PLAMONDON, F/L Joseph Marie Guy (J8921) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.198 Squadron - Award effective 5 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373 dated 3 November 1944. Born 8 August 1919 in Quebec; home at St.Michel de Bellechase; enlisted in Quebec, 10 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 5 September 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated and commissioned 21 November 1941.  Posted overseas May 1943; repatriated 23 July 1945; released 1 September 1945.  DFC and Bar presented 1 March 1946.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 28 October 1953 while retired and living in Quebec.

 

This officer has displayed exceptional keenness, great skill and unfailing devotion to duty.  He has participated in numerous attacks on enemy shipping and, more recently, in the attacks against mechanical transport, military installations and other targets on the ground.  He has displayed a high standard of courage and resolution throughout.

 

PLAMONDON, F/L Joseph Marie Guy (J8921) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.198 Squadron -  Award effective 19 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 February 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has led a large number of operational sorties against a wide variety of enemy targets, including enemy strongpoints and lines of communication and in close support of the Army.  As commanding officer he has set a high standard and his brilliant leadership, courage, and determination have been reflected in the operation efficiency of his squadron which since June, 19944, has destroyed or damaged 200 enemy fighting vehicles.  Squadron Leader Plamondon himself destroyed one Messerschmitt 109 in air combat.

 

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PLANT, F/L James (C94065) - Mention in Despatches - No.58 Squadron - Award effective 24 December 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 17/47 dated 10 January 1947. Born 24 February 1914 in Winnipeg; home there.  Educated in Winnipeg, 1920 to 1930, Hoover High School (Glendale, California), 1930-1933.  Worked at an Indian Residential School at Gleichen, Alberta.  Joned RAF, 24 August 1937 as Acting Pilot Officer on Probation.  Attended Sywell Civil Flying School, 24 August to 23 October 1937 as pupil pilot; at Station Uxbridge, 24 October to 7 November 1937; at Flying Training School, Sealand, 8 November 1937 to 7 June 1938; at Station Manston on navigation course, 21 June to 22 August 1938; confirme as Pilot Officer, 23 August 1938; at Manston for parachute course, September 1938; with No.58 Squadron from September 1938 until shot down and taken prisoner, 20 June 1940 on his 19th sortie.  Had been promoted to Flying Officer, 23 April 1940 and was promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 23 August 1941. Transferred to RCAF, 24 November 1944, while still in captivity.  Repatriated to Canada, 7 July 1945; released from RCAF, 13 June 1946.  Served in postwar Militia (Royal Canadian Army Service Corps), 30 January 1948 to January 1969 1964, rising to rank of Major. On 10 April 1948 his wife wrote to the Minister of National Defence (without her husband's knowledge), asking for a citation.  In this rare instance, Air Ministry provided one, requesting however that its contents should not be published.  This was communicated to Mrs. Plant on 10 May 1948:

 

Flight Lieutenant Plant was forced to jump from his aircraft during a raid on Essen in June 1940. He was captured immeiately.  he worked on unsuccessful tunnels at Stalag Luft I (Barth) from November 1940 until April 1942, when he escaped with two other officers. One was dressed as a German guard and he marched the other two through the camp gate.  Flight Lieutenant Plant was recaptured a few hours later.  Shortly after this his camp moved to Sagan and he worked on tunnels there until January 1945.  He was liberated at Lubeck in May 1945.  Flight Lieutenant Plant aided another officer in a successful escape from Stalag Luft I and has been commended by a Senior Officer for his work onthe escape organzation.

 

NOTE: In applying for campaign medals he applied for Atlantic Star on the basis of work assisting Coastal Command, 16 January to 18 March 1940 (convoy escort patrols, commencing 20 January 1940 hile based at Boscombe Down) and the Aircrew Europe Star on the basis of bomber sorties flown 19 March to June 1940 from Linton-on-Ouse (first sortie being against Oslo, 9 April 1940).  On a form dated 2 July 1945 he claimed to have flown 150 operational hours and 400 non-operational hours.

 

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PLANT, G/C John Lawrence (C140) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Born in Swansee, Wales, 20 August 1910; educated in Victoria, British Columbia (high school 1922-1926) and University of British Columbia, 1926-1931 (graduated UBC, 1931, B.Sc. in mechanical engineering). Joined RCAF 4 June 1929 (Camp Borden).  First term as P/P/O was 4 June to 31 August 1929; second term as P/P/O was 2 June to 31 August 1930.  Commissioned 8 June 1931 on posting to Camp Borden.  Awarded wings, 19 August 1931.  To Trenton, 19 October 1931; Advanced Training, 1 November 1931 to 2 February 1932 (graded Average); to AFHQ (leave without pay), 30 April 1932; to Camp Borden, 9 January 1933 (had been promoted to Flying Officer, 1 January 1933 with effect from 6 July 1931).  Army Co-Operation Course, 1 February to 31 May 1933;  Instrument Flying Course, 1 June to 30 June 1933;  Seaplane Conversion Course, 6 July to 29 July 1933; Squadron Armament course, 1 August to 22 December 1933; to Ottawa Air Station, 12 January 1934; Advanced Photographic course, 15 January to 8 March 1934; to Station Vancouver, 15 March 1934; Explosive course, 22 October to 5 November 1934; Flying Instructor course, 2 June to 6 June 1936 (graded Category "B"); Instrument Flying course, 22 June to 28 August 1936; to Camp Borden, 27 May 1936; to No.20 Detachment, Regina, 30 November 1936; promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 28 February 1937; Parachute course, 1 December to 11 December 1937; Flying Instructor test, 25 May 1938 (graded category "A"); promoted to Squadron Leader, 1 April 1939; to AFHQ, Ottawa, 17 May 1939; to Station Rockcliffe, 16 September 1940; promoted to Wing Commander, 1 January 1941; to No.3 Training Command Headquarters, Montreal, 3 February 1941 (special duties aircrew); to Station Patricia Bay, 20 April 1941; to Western Air Command Headquarters, 28 December 1941; extensive Temporary Duty to United States, 28-31 December 1941 and 8 January to 13 February 1942.  To RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 15 March 1942; commanded No.413 Squadron (20 March to 21 October 1942).  Returned to UK to command Station Leeming. promoted to Acting Group Captain, 21 October 1942; at No.1 Repatriation Depot, Rockcliffe, 29 November 1943; to AFHQ, Ottawa, 5 December 1943; promoted to Air Commodore, 1 June 1944; Deputy Air Member for Air Staff, Ottawa   Temporary Duty to Washington, 24 November to 2 December 1944.  Commanded No.9 Transport Group, 1 June 1945 to 4 February 1946. Personally flew penicillin to Poland.  Active on Pacific Coast and AFHQ after the war. On outbreak of war he ferried aircraft to Bermuda.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while an Air Marshal with No.1 Air Division.  No citation to MiD.

 

PLANT, A/C John Lawrence (C140) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - No.9 (Transport) Group, Canada - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.

 

This officer has shown outstanding ability as an Air Officer Commanding the recently formed No.9 (Transport) Group.  Previous to his present appointment he has served in many responsible positions in the United Kingdom, South East Asia Command and in Canada.  In all these appointments he has discharged his many duties in a most efficient and capable manner.  He was selected as the best qualified officer to take the United States Army and Navy Staff College Course where he was reported upon as demonstrating ability and professional attainment of a high order and showing himself to be possessed of good judgement, common sense and initiative.  The United States Army General Staff requested his services in the Southwest Pacific shortly thereafter, but he could not be spared from Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters where he was then employed as Deputy Air Member for Air Staff.  This officer's experience in Home War Establishment Commands in Canada, Coastal Command and Bomber Command Overseas, has admirably fitted him for his many responsible duties which he continues to discharge in an intelligent and exemplary manner.

 

PLANT, A/C John Lawrence, CBE (C140) - Air Force Cross - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has recommendation.

 


Air Commodore Plant, while captain of a Fortress aircraft flying from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Vancouver, displayed superior airmanship throughout the entire trip, particularly during the approach and landing at Vancouver.  As the aircraft approached the field the starboard undercarriage suddenly fell down and refused to lock in place despite several attempts to secure it, neither could it be raised automatically or by hand.  While the port undercarriage was lowered by hand and locked in place, Air Commodore Plant circled the field mostly on instruments, due to the fact that the ceiling was poor.  After advising all passengers of the situation and ensuring that all were in the best positions to withstand a possible crash landing, he made a second approach to the runway and landed the aircraft so lightly that no jar was felt.  His skill in flying the aircraft undoubtedly prevented further serious damage and there is every reason to believe that had the landing not been so well executed, the aircraft might have been badly damaged and the passengers seriously injured.  On another occasion, Air Commodore Plant was the captain of an aircraft loaded with penicillin and destined for Warsaw, Poland.  The aircraft carrying the second load of penicillin to Poland crashed in Germany, killing all members of the crew.  When the third shipment was ready, Air Commodore Plant captained the aircraft, flew it across the Atlantic and delivered it to Warsaw where its arrival was awaited with the greatest of concern, as the situation, due partially to the loss of the previous load, was critical.  This trip was carried out in all types of weather and over unfamiliar terrain where air traffic was controlled by foreign agencies.  More recently, while flying a Fortress aircraft of the mail-carrying service, he established a new non-stop record flight for the Royal Canadian Air Force of seven hours and twenty-six minutes on the east-bound flight between Vancouver and Ottawa.  By his fine flying ability and keenness to handle every type of aircraft in Transport Group, Air Commodore Plant has built up and maintained the morale of No.9 (Transport) Group to a very high level during the period when discharges and retirements have adversely affected practically every unit in the Service.

 

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PLATANA, F/O Daniel Dominique (J18616) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 14 July 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1946 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Born 1922 in Indian Head; Saskatchewan; home in Regina (mechanic); enlisted there 21 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 28 February 1942) and No.4 BGS (graduated 12 May 1942).  Commissioned August 1943.  Killed in action 14/15 July 1944, buried in France.  Medal presented to widow at Government House, 7 November 1949.

 

Flying Officer Platana, as air gunner, has 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 2/9276 has recommendation dated 19 June 1944 when he had flown 46 sorties (265 hours ten minutes) with both a sortie list and a slightly more detailed text.

 

21 Nov 42    Anti-sub patrol, Atlantic                    17 July 43     Battipaglla

23 Nov 42    Anti-sub patrol, Biscay                     19 July 43     Naples

25 Nov 42    Anti-sub patrol, Biscay                     22 July 43     Salerno

28 Nov 42    Anti-sub patrol, Biscay                     1 Aug 43       Millazo, Sicily

1 Dec 43     Anti-sub patrol, Biscay                     4 Aug 43       Messina

4 Dec 43     Anti-sub patrol, Biscay                     5 Aug 43       Messina

9 Dec 42     Anti-sub patrol, Biscay                     7 Aug 43       Messina


12 Dec 42   Anti-sub patrol, Biscay                     10 Aug 43     Messina

14 Dec 42   Anti-sub patrol, Biscay                     13 Aug 43     Messina

11 Feb 43   GARDENING                                    14 Aug 43     Pizzo beaches, Italy

13 Feb 43   Lorient                                                17 Aug 43     Pizzo beaches, Italy

14 Feb 43   Wilhelmshaven                                  20 Aug 43     Villa Literno, Italy

16 Feb 43   Lorient                                                24 Aug 43     Naples

19 Feb 43   Wilhelmshaven                                  26 Aug 43     Taranto

19 Jun 43    Pavellier                                             9 Apr 44        Lille

26 Jun 43    Sicily                                                  11 Apr 44     Aachen

28 Jun 43    Sicily                                                  3 May 44       Montdidier

2 July 43      Villacidro, Sicily                                11 May 44    Hasselt

8 July 43      Catania                                              19 May 44    Cap Gris Nez (special)

9 July 43      Syacusa                                             27 May 44    Rennes

12 Jul 43      Enna                                                   28 May 44    Mardyck

14 Jul 43      Naples                                               14 June 44   St.Pol

15 Jul 43      Reggio de Calabria                         15 June 44   Lens

 

Flying Officer Platana has had a varied operational career of 46 sorties.  He has completed nine sorties with the Pathfinder Force.

 

This officer is a keen operational gunner with a zest for operations. He is cool and consistently reliable, and his alertness has been largely responsible for many successful evasions of enemy aircraft.  His coolness and determination in carrying out his duties and his high sense of devotion to duty make him very worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PLAYFORD, F/L John Dennis (J11966) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.  Born December 1921 in Kitchener, Ontario; home in Toronto (clerk); enlisted Hamilton 23 July 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 22 November 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 20 June 1942).  Commissioned July 1942.  Medal presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 31 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (193 hours) as follows:

 

                                                     * - denotes daylight trip

 

11 Nov 44      Dortmund                               21 Feb 45      Leuna

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                        13 Mar 45      Benzol plant*

27 Nov 44      Freiburg*                                15 Mar 45      Misburg

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                               21 Mar 45      Buchstrasse


4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe                                23 Mar 45      Bremen

6 Dec 44        Merseburg                             27 Mar 45      Paderborn

12 Dec 44      Essen                                     4 Apr 45         Lutzkendorf

26 Dec 44      St.Vith*                                   9 Apr 45         Kiel

28 Dec 44      Munchen Gladbach*             10 Apr 45       Plauen

28 Jan 45       Stuttgart                                  14 Apr 45       Potsdam

2 Feb 45        Ludwigshaven                       18 Apr 45       Heligoland

13 Feb 45      Weizebaden                          22 Apr 45       Bremen

13 Feb 45      Dresden                                 25 Apr 45       Berchtesgaden

14 Feb 45      Chemnitz                                27 Apr 45       EXODUS (Brussels)

1 Mar 45         Mannheim                              30 Apr 45       MANNA

 

Flight Lieutenant Playford, a Canadian officer, has completed his first operational tour, which includes attacks against such heavily defended and distant targets as Leuna, Chemnitz and Dresden.  He has carried out his tour in a fine offensive manner, and his courage and keenness to press home his attacks has been an inspiration to the whole squadron.

 

On one occasion when attacking Plauen, his port inner engine failed and he was forced to feather the airscrew while more than 200 miles from the target.  Undaunted, this skilful pilot carried on to this distant target even though he was unable to climb within 5,000 feet of his briefed bombing height.  This attack was carried through with good results.

 

Flight Lieutenant Playford has always shown an exceptional devotion to duty, and the manner in which he has carried out his tour has been an example to all.  In recognition of this officer's courage, fortitude and splendid offensive spirit, I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PLEASANCE, W/C Wilbur Provence (C1395) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944.  Born Port Arthur, Ontario, 1909; home in Calgary; enlisted there 1 November 1939.  Educated in public schools and Canadian Institute of Technology and Art.  DFC and Bar presented at Buckingham Palace, 11 August 1944.  Retired 6 July 1958.

 

This officer has displayed high powers of leadership, great skill and determination, qualities which have contributed in a large measure to the high standard of operational efficiency of the squadron he commands.  Wing Commander Pleasance has taken part in very many sorties, including a number of mine-laying missions which he has completed with great success.  His example has proved most inspiring.

 


PLEASANCE, W/C Wilbur Provence, DFC (C1395) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 25 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  Cited with P/O Morley D. McGill (RCAF, awarded DFC), which see above for citation.

 

PLEASANCE, G/C Wilbur Provence, DFC (C1395) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit.  DHist file 181.009 D.1722 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945 from A/C J.L. Hurley, OC No.62 Base.  Enlisted 1 November 1939; had been 27 months in Canada, 24 months overseas.

 

After a most successful tour during which Group Captain Pleasance was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar, he has served in turn as Station Commander at RCAF Stations Tholthorpe, Wombleton and is now Station Commander at RCAF Station Linton.  During the time that this officer has been under my command, I have found him most loyal, tactful and co-operative.  He has been diligent and attentive to his work and has carried out all orders and instructions to my complete satisfaction.  Since coming to Linton this officer has shown the ability to organize and improve many sections of the station.  His ability along these lines is producing excellent results.

 

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PLEDGER, P/O Thomas Oswald (J9694) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943.  Born Palmers Green, London; home in Toronto; enlisted there 27 January 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 5 January 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 7 December 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Killed in action with No.408 Squadron, 12/13 June 1944 (Lancaster DS772); buried in France.  Medal presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 27 June 1945.

 

Pilot Officer Pledger has completed a large number of operational sorties, many of them attacks on the enemy's most heavily defended targets.  A most efficient wireless operator, he has always displayed the utmost coolness in the face of intense enemy opposition and a refusal to be distracted from his duties.  This, combined with his technical skill and personal qualities, have made this officer a most valuable member of air crew.

 

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PLISHKA, F/O William Mitchell (J89324) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born in 1920 in Myrnam, Alberta; home there; enlisted Edmonton, 8 August 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Commissioned September 1944.   No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1741 (RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had completed 32 sorties (153 hours 30 minutes) between 25 July 1944 and 1 November 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Plishka has been screened upon completion of his first tour of 32 sorties against the enemy, the majority of which were against heavily defended targets.  This officer's courage and skill on operations have been outstanding and his devotion to duty has at all times been an example to others.  His coolness and devotion to duty has at all times been an example to others.  His coolness and attention to detail on hazardous mining sorties particularly earned the admiration of his captain and crew.  Pilot Officer Plishka has taken, and continues to take, a leading part in the training of new crews.

 

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PLOMMER, F/O Robert Le Lorme (J23469) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in Princeton, British Columbia; home in Vancouver; served in COTC; enlisted Vancouver 29 September 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.6 EFTS (ceased training 9 October 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Medal presented 29 January 1947.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 18 June 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (153 hours 40 minutes), 20 January to 14 June 1944.

 

This officer has shown a high degree of skill as a navigator on his total of 27 trips over enemy territory without failing to complete a mission successfully.  The majority of these trips have been over heavily defended targets in Germany, including Berlin (five times), Frankfurt, Essen, Dusseldorf, Stettin, Stuttgart, Schweinfurt, Magdeburg and Brunswick.  His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty contributed in a large measure to the success of these operations.  His cheerful confidence, reflected in the high standard of morale in his crew, has inspired the whole unit.  For his devotion to duty and high degree of navigational ability, this officer is strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PLOTKINS, P/O Leon Joseph (J92986) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 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 Calgary; home there (bookkeeper); enlisted Calgary 8 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 December 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 24 July 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 3 August 1943).  Commissioned December 1944.  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".  Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (155 hours), 5 August to 15 December 1944.

 

5 Aug 44        Pauillac                                     5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken

7 Aug 44        Fontenay le Marmion              7 Oct 44         Emmerich

10 Aug 44      Oeuf en Ternois                       12 Oct 44       Frederik Hendrik

11 Aug 44      Douai                                        14 Oct 44       Duisburg

14 Aug 44      Fontaine le Pin                         19 Oct 44       Stuttgart

18 Aug 44      Vincley                                      31 Oct 44       Cologne

25 Aug 44      Russelsheim                            2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf

29 Aug 44      Stettin                                        4 Nov 44         Bochum

5 Sept 44       Le Havre                                   9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel

6 Sept 44       Le Havre                                   16 Nov 44      Duren

10 Sep 44      Le Havre                                   18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel

20 Sep 44      Calais                                       21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg

23 Sep 44      Neuss                                        27 Nov 44      Freiburg

26 Sep 44      Calais                                       12 Dec 44      Essen

3 Oct 44         West Kapelle                           15 Dec 44      Ludwigshafen

 

Warrant Officer Plotkins is the Canadian air bomber in a Lancaster crew and has now completed a very successful first operational tour consisting of 30 sorties comprising 155 hours operational flying.

 

This Warrant Officer has delivered his bombs with great accuracy on targets which include Stettin, Saarbrucken, Stuttgart, Cologne and Duisburg, at the same time always showing a complete disregard for his own personal safety in spite of enemy opposition.

 

The accuracy with which Warrant Officer Plotkins has delivered his bombs has been exceptional, and the close co-operation which he has maintained with his captain has enabled them, as a team, to obtain the most successful results which have been time and again proved by the photographs they have obtained of the targets they have been detailed to attack.

 

His accuracy in his work and the success he has achieved have now become a by-word in the squadron in which he serves, and for his fine record of achievement, his outstanding ability and strong sense of duty he is strongly recommended for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PLUMER, F/L Benjamin Erwin (J10802) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 15 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born 3 November 1917, Bassano, Alberta. Educated there, 1924-1935.  Took two years engineering, Queen's University (1936-38) before returning to farming.  Enlisted in Calgary, 8 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1941), No.19 EFTS 21 November 1941) and No.11 SFTS (wings 27 March 1942).  Posted to "Y" Depot, 29 March 1942; reposted to Central Flying School, Trenton, 26 April 1942.  Served at No.5 BGS, 6 June 1942 to 10 September 1943.  Arrived in UK 19 September 1943.  Further trained at No.12 (P) AFC, 10 October 1943 to 29 February 1944, No.51 OTU (1 March to 11 April 1944) and No.54 OTU (11 April to 21 June 1944).  No.410 Squadron, 21 June 1944 to 2 April 1945 with which he scored four kills as follows: 2/3 August 1944, one Ju.188 destroyed (navigator F/O Evans);  6/7 October 1944, one Bf.110 destroyed, Venlo (navigator F/O Hargrove); 3/4 February 1945, one He.219 destroyed, Garzweiler (navigator F/O E.H. Collis); 26/26 March 1945, one Bf.110 destroyed, Orsov (navigator F/L Bradford).  Served with No.409 Squadron 2 April to 1 July 1945 (one kill - 24/25 April 1945, one FW.190 destroyed on ground, Wittstock with P/O Beynon as navigator).  Repatriated September 1945, released 18 October 1945.  Cited with F/L William W. Hargrove (RCAF observer, awarded DFC), which see above for citation.  Photo PL-40403 shows him reclining in chair.

 

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PLUMMER, F/O Arthur Gordon (J14032) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944.  Born in Saint John, New Brunswick; home there; enlisted there 5 October 1940.   Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 January 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 21 February 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 27 May 1941).  Commissioned 1942. Invested by King George VI 11 August 1944.

 

One night in March 1944, this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Stuttgart.  When some 200 miles from the target one engine failed and the aircraft lost much height. Although he knew that he would arrive at the target after the main bomber force, Flying Officer Plummer flew on to Stuttgart and pressed home a successful attack.  His determination to complete his allotted task in the face of much difficulty set an excellent example.

 

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PLUMMER, F/O Lloyd Alfred John (J26508) - Mention in Despatches - No.441 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted Windsor 29 January 1940.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 29 August 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Unit not given in AFRO which says only "Overseas"  Shared in destruction of a FW.190, 25 April 1944; destroyed a FW.190 on 13 July 1944.  Very active in armed recce work during Battle of Normandy.  See The RCAF Overseas: The Fifth Year, pp.128, 248 and 269.  When applying for operational wings, 20 June 1945, he reported 130 operational sorties (188 hours 30 minutes), 13 February 1944 to 7 May 1945 and 485 hours 30 minutes accumulated in training.

 


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PLUMMER, P/O William Amos (J19905) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in Ottawa, 1921; home there; formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted Ottawa 23 March 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942).  Commissioned 31 January 1944.  Medal presented 1 December 1948.  Navigator to P/O D.A. Berry.   Posted from No.426 Squadron to No.24 OTU, 11 May 1944 on completion of tour. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Recommendation found in DHist file 181.009 D.1658 "Honours and Awards, Linton-on-Ouse" (PAC RG.24 Vol.1658); dated 19 June 1944 when he had flown 160 hours 10 minutes on operations (25 sorties):

 

Pilot Officer Plummer has completed a tour of operations which took in most of the heavily defended targets in Germany.  He came to this squadron inexperienced and was detailed as navigator to an experienced crew.  In his first week he went to Stettin one and Berlin three times.  All through his tour he has consistently shown outstanding efficiency and devotion to duty and his cheerful confidence and determination have contributed in a very large measure to the success attained by his crew.

 

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PLUNKETT, WO Eric (R136519) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born Lennoxville, Quebec, 1920; home in Compton, Quebec; enlisted Quebec, 14 November 1941.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942.  Award sent by registered mail 24 October 1946.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 21 May 1944 when he had flown 42 sorties (281 hours 35 minutes), 4 May 1943 to 11 May 1944.

 

4 May 43        NICKLING                              3 Dec 43        Leipzig

24 Jul 43        Hamburg                                16 Dec 43      Berlin

25 Jul 43        Essen                                     20 Dec 43      Frankfurt

27 Jul 43        Hamburg                                14 Jan 44       Brunswick

30 Jul 43        Remscheid                            21 Jan 44       Magdeburg

2 Aug 43        Hamburg                                27 Jan 44       Berlin

15 Aug 43      Milan                                       28 Jan 44       Berlin

23 Aug 43      Berlin                                      15 Feb 44      Berlin

30 Aug 43      Gladbach                               19 Feb 44      Leipzig

3 Sept 43       Berlin                                      20 Feb 44      Stuttgart

6 Sept 43       Munich                                    24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt

22 Sep 43      Hanover                                  25 Feb 44      Augsburg


23 Sep 43      Mannheim                              30 Mar 44      Nuremburg

27 Sep 43      Hanover                                  20 Apr 44       Paris

29 Sep 43      Bochum                                  22 Apr 44       Brunswick

2 Oct 43         Munich                                    26 Apr 44       Schweinfurt

3 Oct 43         Kassel                                    28 Apr 44       Bordeaux

18 Oct 43       Hanover                                  1 May 44        Tours

20 Oct 43       Leipzig                                   3 May 44        Mailey-le-Camp

10 Nov 43      Modane                                  7 May 44        Lanveoc

18 Nov 43      Berlin                                      11 May 44      Bourg

 

Warrant Officer Plunkett has now completed a total of 42 operational sorties against the enemy; eighteen of these have been with the Pathfinder Force and have included attacks on some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany.  Throughout, this non-commissioned officer has displayed an outstanding keenness to engage the enemy and his coolness and courage in the face of heavy opposition has been highly commendable.

 

He has set an excellent example at all times, and his skill and ability as an air gunner together with his untiring vigilance in the air under the most trying conditions have on many occasions brought his aircraft safely out of danger and enabled his crew to drive home their attacks successfully.

 

For his outstanding courage and devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PLUNKETT, Sergeant Thomas (R73855) - Mention in Despatches - No.426 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 28 October 1940.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation (for a BEM) dated 26 August 1943, when he was NCO (Clerk) in charge of squadron Orderly Room.

 

The work of this airman is distinguished by unusual courtesy and tact.  His unlimited attention to duty, and extraordinary efficiency and reliability have maintained the administration of his squadron on a very high plane.  He has shown unusual ability in training airmen for the work in his section, and also in raising the standards of technical knowledge throughout his squadron.

 

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PLYLEY, F/O Gordon Edward (J26145) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 15 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1916 in Willoughby, Ontario; home in Niagara Falls, Ontario (crane operator); enlisted Hamilton 9 March 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 August 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 26 November 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented at Stamford Centre, 7 August 1949.

 

This officer is a most efficient captain and pilot.  He has participated in a large number of bombing missions against very many well defended enemy targets and has pressed home his attacks with great determination.  On one occasion whilst over Hamburg he cleverly evaded a fighter which attempted a head-on attack.  A little later a second fighter closed in. Once again Flying Officer Plyly manoeuvred with great skill and his gunners shot down the attacker.  This officer displayed coolness and determination characteristic of that which he has shown throughout his tour.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 (D.2609), in National Archives of Canada RG.24 Volume 20627 has a detailed recommendation drafted 19 October 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (127 hours 55 minutes), 31 May to 9 October 1944 (sortie list in file).  Text as follows:

 

This captain has completed 32 heavy bombing attacks against the enemy, eight of which have been on major targets.

 

On the 15th of August, aircraft was detailed to attack Soesterberg and on the bombing run was hit by flak, putting a hole in the port petrol tank and cutting the wires to the tail wheel; the navigator was also slightly injured.  The bombing run was completed and a primary obtained.

 

On the 28th of July, aircraft was detailed to attack Hamburg and just after dropping bombs, the bomber was attacked head on by enemy fighter; the pilot took evasive action and lost the fighter.  The bomber was again attacked in the Kiel district and the captain took evasive action and was successful in not only evading the enemy fighter, but putting his gunners in a position where they were able to shoot down the fighter (confirmed).  The bomber was attacked twice more while out to sea and this captain was again successful in his evasive action and returned to base with his bomber undamaged.

 

On the 28th of June, aircraft was detailed to attack Metz; on the way into the target bomber was attacked three times by enemy fighter; successful evasive action was taken and the enemy fighter claimed damaged.

 

This captain possesses coolness and displays exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger and his cooperation and devotion to duty contributed in a large measure to the success of the operational flights made by this gallant crew.

 

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POAG, F/L John Herbert (J25926) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.159 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945.  Born 1921 in Montreal; home in Hamilton; enlisted there 23 June 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated(graduated 9 January 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned April 1943.  Award presented 18 February 1949.

 

Flight Lieutenant Poag has completed a tour of operational duty as captain of aircraft.  His persistence and determination have frequently brought success to difficult missions.  He has participated in two long range mine-laying operations, entailing round trips of eighteen and nineteen hours duration, which called for a high degree of skill.  This officer has always shown courage and devotion to duty and his cheerfulness and enthusiasm have been an asset to his crew.

 

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POAG, S/L William Ferguson (C1397) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  No details in biographical file.  No citation.

 

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POCOCK, WO1 (now P/O) Lewis Edward Austin (R157977/J94811) - 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 3 August 1919. Home in North Saskatoon; enlisted Vancouver 1 April 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942).  Posted overseas in January 1943; repatriated 14 May 1945; released 2 August 1945.

 

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POIRIER, F/L Joseph Ernest Gerard (J35285) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born 1918 in Bonaventure, Quebec; home in New Carlisle, Quebec (brakeman); enlisted Moncton 10 January 1941.   Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 7 August 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 28 February 1942).  Commissioned September 1943.  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.

 


This officer has completed a tour of operational duty against a wide variety of targets.  In December 1944 he was pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Osnabruck.  On the outward journey, owing to adverse weather, the aircraft rapidly lost height but Flight Lieutenant Poirier continued to the target.  Before reaching the objective the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter but this officer skilfully evaded the attacker and returned to base.  Throughout his tour, Flight Lieutenant Poirier has displayed gallantry in the air and exceptional qualities of leadership.

 

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POIRIER, P/O Joseph Foch Laurier Renald (J90543) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1922 in St.Jean, Quebec; home in Montreal (cashier); enlisted there 25 February 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 15 April 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned September 1944.  Award presented in Montreal 25 November 1949.

 

Pilot Officer Poirier has taken part in a large number of operational sorties.  In August 1944 he was detailed for a mission over Bois de Cassan.  Owing to poor visibility it was necessary to fly low over the target.  Accurate and heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered and the aircraft was hit many times , but with cool determination and efficiency this officer gave excellent directions to his captain and this mission was completed successfully.  On another occasion Pilot Officer Poirier participated in an air/sea rescue operation.  His excellent directions to his captain enabled the dinghy to be dropped so accurately that three minutes later the crew were all saved.  At all times this officer has displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty.

 

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POIRIER, P/O Paul Nazaire (J88835) - 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 1921 in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island (farmer); enlisted Charlottetown, 20 October 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 2 August 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented 10 March 1946.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 10 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (180 hours 40 minutes).

 

This officer is an excellent operational pilot and captain of aircraft, whose gallantry in the face of enemy action has been outstanding.  On all the sorties in which he has participated, the primary target has been bombed successfully.

 

Pilot Officer Poirier has completed missions to major German objectives such as Hamburg, Kiel, Sterkrade, Dortmund and the Ruhr area; undeterred by opposition, he has pressed home his attacks regardless of the hazards encountered.

 


On all occasions, this officer has displayed determination and cool judgment.  His keenness and fine fighting spirit have set a praiseworthy example, and he is recommended for the "Non-Immediate" award of the "Distinguished Flying Cross".

 

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POITEVIN, WO1 Daniel Gordon (R77085) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 3 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.5 AOS (graduated 23 June 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 15 September 1941).  Award presented at Vancouver 22 October 1949.  As of recommendation he had flown 1,129 hours, 700 operational (94 sorties).  No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air."  Following from DHist records:

 

Warrant Officer Poitevin is a navigator of outstanding ability who has completed almost two tours of operations.  During his lengthy operational career he has at all times shown the greatest keenness and devotion to duty.  On one sortie in the face of severe North Atlantic weather and with fuel running low, his skilful navigation enabled his pilot to effect a safe landing at a base beyond the Arctic circle.  On one of the several occasions that he has been in contact with the enemy, Warrant Officer Poitevin was taking part in a shipping strike on an enemy convoy on which two hits were scored.  His untiring efforts have been an inspiration to all.

 

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POLLOCK, F/O James (J37724) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1922 in Glasgow, Scotland; home in Hamilton (planner); enlisted there 29 July 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 18 September 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 17 November 1943).  Commissioned October 1943.  Award presented 8 May 1948.

 

As air bomber this officer has completed numerous sorties. On one sortie in March 1945, an enemy aircraft was sighted.  Flying Officer Pollock immediately manned his guns and attacked the aircraft which was seen to burst into flames.  His action probably saved his aircraft and the lives of his crew.  Flying Officer Pollock has always shown tenacity and skill and has been a great asset to his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has detailed list of sorties and citation drafted 6 April 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (213 hours 55 minutes):

 

2 Sep 44           Calais                                     17 Dec 44      Ulm

7 Oct 44            Emmerich                               22 Dec 44      Coblenz

11 Oct 44          Fort Frederik Hendrik           7 Jan 45         Munich

14 Oct 44          Duisburg                                 1 Feb 45         Ludwigshaven

14 Oct 44          Duisburg                                 2 Feb 45         Wiesbaden


23 Oct 44          Essen                                     3 Feb 45         Bottrop

28 Oct 44          Cologne                                  5 Feb 45         Cleve

30 Oct 44          Cologne                                  12 Feb 45      GARDENING, Kadet Channel

31 Oct 44          Cologne                                  1 Mar 45         Mannheim

16 Nov 44         Duren                                      2 Mar 45         Cologne

18 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel                        3 Mar 45         GARDENING, Kattegat

27 Nov 44         Freiburg                                  5 Mar 45         Chemnitz

29 Nov 44         Dortmund                               7 Mar 45         Dessau

3 Dec 44           Urft Dam, abandoned           8 Mar 45         Kassel

on orders of Master               18 Mar 45       Hanau

Bomber.                                 22 Mr 45         Langendreer

4 Dec 44           Karlsruhe                                23 Mar 45       Bremen

6 Dec 44           Leuna                                      25 Mar 45       Hanover

12 Dec 44        Essen                                     27 Mar 45       Paderborn

 

Flying Officer Pollock, a Canadian Air Bomber, has completed 6 operations against such enemy targets as Duisburg, Essen, Munich and Mannheim.  He has been constantly on the alert and has achieved considerable success on mining sorties as well as bombing; the former work he has completed with conspicuous accuracy.

 

An example of his offensive spirit and quickness to grasp the situation was strongly brought out on the night of 3rd March 1945 when an enemy fighter was reported tailing his aircraft.  He at once manned his guns.  Shortly afterwards the enemy aircraft overtook and then dropped flares on the track of our aircraft.  Flying Officer Pollock at once grasped his opportunity, giving a long burst at the enemy fighter which was hit and seen to go down in flames by other members of the crew.  His quick action on this occasion in all probability saved the lives of his crew and the aircraft and showed coolness, determination and offensive spirit of the highest order.

 

Flying Officer Pollock has always shown tenacity and skill and has been a great asset to his captain.  For his work and especially his offensive spirit I recommend that this officer be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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POLLOCK, FS John Robert (R134264) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.  Born 1919 in Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted Winnipeg 30 September 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 March 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 14 August 1942).  Award presented by King George 31 October 1945.

 


Flight Sergeant Pollock has attacked some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and Italy, including Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Duisburg.  On several occasions the aircraft in which he was flying was attacked by enemy fighters.  Once during a sortie against Friedrichshafen his aircraft was attacked by three hostile fighters simultaneously and his skilful search and excellent commentary to his pilot were main contributing factors to the safe return of the bomber.  At all times this airman has displayed skill, courage and a fine fighting spirit.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9153 has recommendation dated 10 November 1943 when he had flown 28 sorties (172 hours 45 minutes).

 

12 May 43     Duisburg                                  9 Aug 43         Mannheim

13 May 43     Pilsen                                       12 Aug 43       Milan

29 May 43     Wuppertal                                14 Aug 43       Milan

11 June 43    Dusseldorf                               17 Aug 43       Peenemunde

12 June 43    Bochum                                   30 Aug 43       Munchen Gladbach

20 June 43    Friedrichshaven                      31 Aug 43       Berlin

23 June 43    Spezia                                     3 Sept 43        Berlin

25 June 43    Gelsenkirchen                         6 Sept 43        Munich

24 July 43      Hamburg                                 20 Sept 43     Dinghy search

25 July 43      Essen                                      22 Sept 43     Hanover

27 July 43      Hamburg                                 23 Sept 43     Mannheim

29 July 43      Hamburg                                 27 Sept 43     Hanover

2 Aug 43       Hamburg                                 29 Sept 43     Bochum

7 Aug 43       Milan                                        1 Oct 43          Hagen

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer was a gunner in Flying Officer Mason's crew during his very successful tour. He attacked some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and Italy, including Berlin (twice), hamburg (four times), Dusseldorf and Duisburg.  During two operational flights he was an Air Gunner in the aircraft which was attacked.  Once on [sic, "over" ?] Hamburg an attack was made by a single fighter, and also against Friedrichshaven, the aircraft was attacked by three fighters simultaneously.  Although no claims were made, his skilful search and excellent commentary to his pilot were undoubtedly main contributory factors to the aircraft's safe return, as on all other sorties. He has at all times displayed an outstanding keenness to engage the enemy which has had a most beneficial effect on other gunners with whom he was associated.

 

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POLLOCK, P/O John William (J92822) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 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 Saskatchewan; home in Prince Alberta, Saskatchewan (clerk); enlisted Saskatoon, 13 March 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.6 EFTS (ceased training 23 October 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 7 March 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943).   Commissioned December 1944.  Award 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".  Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 10 January 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (191 hours 40 minutes).  NOTE:  Sortie sheet not sent from Britain.

 

Pilot Officer Pollock has completed 38 operational sorties, 20 of which have been carried out with the Pathfinder Force.  The majority of the sorties have been on German targets.

 

This officer is a keen and efficient set operator of special equipment, and has carried out these duties with the utmost zeal and tenacity.  When his captain and three of the crew finished on their first tour, he elected to continue with another crew.  He has always shown a fine zest for operations and tackles his work with commendable determination.

 

His enthusiasm, loyalty and devotion to duty have been of a high order and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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POLLOCK, G/C William Romeo (C616) - Air Force Cross - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945 - Enlisted in Montreal, 1 September 1934 with No.15 (F) Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force; wings 8 December 1939.  Award presented 25 February 1949.  No citation in AFRO.  As of recommendation he had flown 703 hours, of which 49 were in previous six months.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.  He had been recommended 28 October 1940 for an OBE when he was a squadron leader and Adjutant of No.1 (C) Squadron.

 

This officer has carried out his duties as Commanding Officer of this Service Flying Training School with the greatest of energy and perseverance.  He has displayed qualities of character and leadership that have made him an outstanding example and inspiration to all personnel under his command.  His keenness and industry go far beyond the normal call of duty and the standard of training maintained at his station is constantly efficient.  This officer, by his splendid devotion to duty, has made an excellent contribution to the air training plan.

 

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POND, F/O Hubert William (J28355) - 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.  Home in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Air bomber, killed in action with No.431 Squadron, 27/28 April 1944.  Halifax LK842.  Buried in Belgium.

 

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POOL, P/O George Robert (J16530) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 13 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943.   Born in Glasgow, 1918; home in Saskatchewan or Edras, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg 7 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 May 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 27 September 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 16 August 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 27 October 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented by King George 7 December 1943.

 

This officer has taken part as navigator in attacks on Berlin, Bremen, Duisburg, and Cologne.  He also participated in a low level attack on Flensburg where extremely heavy anti-aircraft opposition was encountered.  In the face of the enemy he has invariably displayed coolness and courage of a high order, and by his exceptional skill and devotion to duty has contributed much to the success of numerous operational sorties.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8951 has recommendation dated 23 March 1943 when he had flown 28 sorties (183 hours 35 minutes); text differs little in substance from that published;

 

26 June 42   Bremen (7.15)                     7 Nov 42      Genoa (9.20)

29 July 42     Saarbrucken (6.30)            18 Nov 42    Turin (9.40)

31 July 42     Dusseldorf (4.00)                20 Nov 42    Turin (9.25)

28 Aug 42     Saarbrucken (6.40)            28 Nov 42    Turin (8.45)

6 Sept 42      Duisburg (5.35)                   6 Dec 42     Mannheim (8.15)

8 Sept 42      Frankfurt (7.25)                   14 Dec 42   GARDENING (4.45)

10 Sept 42   Dusseldorf (5.40)                14 Jan 43    Lorient (4.45)

13 Sept 42   Bremen (5.25)                     17 Jan 43    Berlin (8.50)

14 Sept 42   Wilhelmshaven (5.00)        7 Feb 43      Lorient (5.40)

24 Sept 42   Flensburg (6.15)                 11 Feb 43   Wilhelmshaven (5.45)

26 Sept 42   Flensburg (5.35)                 13 Feb 43   Lorient (6.40)

13 Oct 42      Kiel (6.00)                            14 Feb 43   Cologne (5.05)

15 Oct 42      Cologne (5.50)                    16 Feb 43   Lorient (5.50)

23 Oct 42      Genoa (9.20)                       19 Fen 43    Wilhelmshaven (4.20)

 

This officer has completed 28 sorties as navigator and flown a total of 183 operational hours. He has taken part in attacks on Berlin, Bremen, Duisburg, Cologne and Dusseldorf and one low level attack through the heaviest and most intense opposition from flak against Flensburg.

 

In the face of heavy odds he has shown courage and coolness of a high order, and by his exceptional skill and devotion to duty has made possible the completion of a great number of successful attacks. His courage and determination have beyond doubt been a magnificent inspiration to his crew.

 

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POOLE, F/L Donald Frederick (J26026) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1911 in Kelowna, British Columbia; home there (bank teller, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted Vancouver 17 December 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 March 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).  Commissioned November 1942. Award presented in Vancouver 22 October 1949.  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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 5 December 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (168 hours 25 minutes), 29 August to 4 December 1944.  NOTE: The recommendation was for an immediate award but it was granted as a periodic award.  The incident described also involved F/O J.V. Vantighen (or J.V.V. Tighen).

 

On the night of 2nd December 1944, on the attack on Hagen, the Gee in Poole's aircraft became unserviceable shortly after leaving base.  It was not permitted to use H2S at this time and on reaching the allowed time it was also found to be unserviceable.  Despite this and although heavy icing was being experienced in clouds and the Air Speed Indicator [was] out of commission, the trip was completed by Directional Radio navigation and the aircraft reached the target area on time.

 

On reaching the target it was found that the electrical circuit of the bomb sight was unserviceable.  Not daunted, Poole orbited the target and in order to bomb accurately formated on another aircraft on the run-in.  He opened his bomb doors when the other aircraft was seen to do so and dropped his bombs when the others' were seen to fall.

 

For his exceptional display of cool courage, great determination, initiative and devotion to duty, I recommend the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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POPE, F/L Charles Stewart (J16309) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  Born 30 June 1921 in Stratford, Ontario; home there (carman); enlisted London, Ontario, 13 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated(graduated 7 February 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 18 July 1941).  Posted overseas in August 1941. Commissioned 12 July 1942.  Repatriated 5 August 1945; released 8 November 1945.  Award presented by King George 29 June 1945.  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) has recommendation dated 19 January 1945.  It states that his first tour consisted of 59 sorties on fighters, as follows: No.145 Squadron (16-30 October 1941, five sorties, one hour 40 minutes); No.401 Squadron (5 December 1941 to 25 May 1942, 37 sorties, 51 hours 20 minutes); No.411 Squadron (22 December 1942 to 18 May 1943, 17 sorties, 21 hours 15 minutes).  Second tour was 16 sorties (99 hours), 1 November 1944 to 13 January 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Pope has completed an operational tour on fighter aircraft.  Returning for a second tour on bomber aircraft, this officer has established a splendid record of operational flying.  He has completed sixteen bombing missions, most of which have been against the heavily defended industrial targets of Germany.  He has at all times proven himself an outstanding captain of aircraft, possessed with a fine offensive spirit and a determination to press on to his objective in spite of all difficulties.  By his cheerfulness and skilful leadership he has at all times inspired and encouraged his crew.

 

It is considered that this officer's fine operational record and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

NOTE: This pilot destroyed a FW.190 on 14 April 1943 northeast of Cherbourg.

 

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POPE, F/O Reginald Harry (C17852) - 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 Timmins; enlisted North Bay 19 April 1941.

 

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POPPITT, FS John Britch (R50844) - British Empire Medal - No.10 RD - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Calgary. Enlisted in Edmonton, 17 October 1939.  Award presented 29 November 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer had devoted a great deal of his own time after working hours assisting in trade improvement of airmen at this Depot.  His efforts have undoubtedly been of great assistance to the Service.  He has set a high standard of department and his ability and devotion to duty are outstanding.

 

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POPPLESTONE, F/O Donald Harold (J17792) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1921 in Viking, Alberta; home there or Pilot Mound, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg 7 March 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 October 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 15 March 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated25 May 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Joined unit 15 June 1943; screened from operations 2 August 1944; posted 23 August 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 4 August 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (184 hours eight minutes), 29 January 1943 to 1 August 1944).  Aircraft coned and hit by flak on 3 March 1943 (Hamburg).  Rear gunner shot down Bf.110, 3 October 1943 (Kassel).  No sorties between 8 October 1943 and 29 April 1944, and only seven sorties in this latter part of tour.

 

This officer has completed a tour of 31 operations and has a fine operational record.  A great many of these sorties have been against targets in the Ruhr Valley, Berlin, Mannheim, Kassel and other German cities.  His fine fighting spirit, dogged determination and devotion to duty have always been apparent and he has set a most commendable example.

 

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PORRITT, FS William Jeremiah (R58432) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 29 May 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 880-881/42 dated 12 June 1942. Born in Winnipeg, 1922; home in Vancouver.  Trained at No.2 ITS and No.3 AOS.  Graduated from No.2 BGS, Mossbank, 26 May 1941.  Photos PL-7181 and PL-7182 shows him.  DHist file 181.009 D.1505 (RG.24 Vol.20599) has recommendation dated 22 January 1942, citing attacks on Brest on 18 December and 30 December 1941 (he had by then flown ten sorties, 73 hours).  Incident with four '109s was on latter occasion (pilot was P/O A.E. Hacking).  This did not bring an award, but same file has recommendation dated 7 May 1942 when he had flown 14 sorties (103 hours).  The first recommendation said he had joined on 25 July 1941, the second gave date as 21 August 1941.  Following the encounter with four Bf.109s he spent several weeks in hospital.  The May 1942 incident was on the morning of 6 May (Saarbrucken).  The recommendation says, in part, "Undeterred by his previous injuries, Flight Sergeant Porritt has once again displayed outstanding fighting qualities.  By his brilliant marksmanship he has set the highest example to every gunner in the squadron."

 

As an air gunner Flight Sergeant Porritt has displayed great skill and coolness in combat.  During a daylight attack on the German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau his aircraft was attacked by four Messerschmitt 109s.  Using his guns most effectively, Flight Sergeant Porritt shot down one of the attackers in flames, probably destroyed another of them and warded off the remaining two until fighter assistance arrived.  In the encounter Flight Sergeant Porritt was wounded in the face and arms.  One morning in May 1942, whilst returning from an operation over Germany he engaged a Messerschmitt 109 from close range.  Following a well directed burst of fire the enemy aircraft was observed to plunge vertically towards the ground where a few seconds later it apparently burst into flames.  On both these occasions this airman undoubtedly saved his aircraft from destruction.

 

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PORTEOUS, Matron Jessie Elizabeth Christian (C5637) - Associate, Royal Red Cross - AFHQ, Directorate of Medical Services (Air) - Award effective 18 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944).  Born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba; educated there, Brandon Normal School, Winnipeg Normal School, Manitoba Agriculture College, Saskatoon City Hospital School of Nursing, University of Manitoba and McGill University.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 26 May 1941.

 

This nurse has shown outstanding good work in the position of Administrative Matron in the Directorate of Medical Services at Air Force Headquarters.  She has organized and raised to a high professional level the work of the Matrons and Nursing Sisters in the medical branch.  Prior to her present appointment, she occupied the position as Matron of the largest Royal Canadian Air Force hospital where she demonstrated her exceptional ability as an administrator, teacher, and skilled nurse.  Her service in the Royal Canadian Air Force has been outstanding.

 

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PORTER, F/O Charles Edward (J9668) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Home in Manson Creek, British Columbia; enlisted Vancouver 21 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).  Killed in action 27 March 1943 (Halifax DT634); buried in Germany.

 

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PORTER, S/L Charles Husband (J11973) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1919 in Appleton, Ontario; home in Weston, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton 18 June 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 21 November 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail 16 May 1950.  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.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C H.M. Smith dated 9 March 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (184 hours 30 minutes), 21 September 1944 to 1 March 1945 (25 sorties with No.434 Squadron, 21 September 1944 to 2 February 1945, four sorties with No.431 Squadron, 13 February to 1 March 1945).  The sortie sheet indicates a very adventurous tour with fighter attacks on 9 October (Bochum), 23 October (Essen), 2 November (Dusseldorf, also flak and searchlights), 4 November 1944 (Bochum, two flak holes), 2 December 1944 (Hagen), five flak holes on 5 November 1944 (Gelsenkirchen).

 

In air operation, Squadron Leader Porter has displayed courage and fortitude of the highest order.  As captain of an aircraft on twenty-nine operational sorties against such heavily defended targets as Essen, Hanover, Hamburg and Cologne, his skill and determination have extricated his aircraft and crew from many difficult situations.  His ability to inspire confidence together with his excellent leadership is reflected in the outstanding work of the flight, which he commands.


In view of Squadron Leader Porter's outstanding ability and gallantry, I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PORTER, Sergeant Donald Fraser Callin (R89119) - Mention in Despatches - No.9434 Servicing Echelon (No.64 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Truax, Saskatchewan; enlisted Galt, Ontario, 14 February 1941.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation dated 26 July 1944.  Service number may be R89189.

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer enlisted 14th February 1941, and has served in the United Kingdom as a rigger since 9th August 1941.  He is in charge of modifications in the Repair and Inspection Squadron.  He has at all times carried out his duties with exceptional tenacity of purpose, and has set an excellent example to his men by his unswerving loyalty and dogged determination and devotion to duty.

 

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PORTER, WO Garvin Herbert (R94737) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.  Born 1920 in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted Regina, 13 March 1941.  Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 25 May 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 7 December 1941).  Award sent by registered mail 11 March 1949.

 

This Warrant Officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties including anti-submarine patrols and bombing attacks on some of the major German and Italian targets.  On one occasion when pressing home an attack on Hanover his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter.  Warrant Officer Porter opened fire and drove off the attacker, his accurate instructions enabling his pilot to take effective evasive action.  An exceptionally skilful air gunner, Warrant Officer Porter's fine fighting spirit, courage and devotion to duty have always merited the highest praise.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9153 has recommendation for a DFM (he was  the a Sergeant) dated 20 November 1943; he had flown 40 sorties (265 hours ten minutes).

 

22 Feb 43     St.Nazaire                               21 June 43     Krefeld

12 Mar 43     Essen                                      3 July 43         Cologne

22 Mar 43     St.Nazaire                               8 July 43         Cologne

26 Mar 43     Duisburg                                  9 July 43         Gelsenkirchen

27 Mar 43     Berlin                                       12 July 43       Turin

29 Mar 43     Berlin                                       27 Aug 43       Nuremburg

3 Apr 43        Essen                                      31 Aug 43       Berlin

4 Apr 43        Kiel                                           3 Sept 43        Berlin


8 Apr 43        Duisburg                                  5 Sept 43        Mannheim

9 Apr 43        Duisburg                                  6 Sept 43        Munich

13 Apr 43      Spezia                                     27 Sept 43     Hanover

16 Apr 43      Pilsen                                       29 Sept 43     Bochum

18 Apr 43      Spezia                                     2 Oct 43          Munich

20 Apr 43      Stettin                                      3 Oct 43          Kassel

26 Apr 43      Duisburg                                  7 Oct 43          Stuttgart

13 May 43     Pilsen                                       8 Oct 43          Hanover

18 May 43     Duisburg                                  18 Oct 43        Hanover

23 May 43     Dortmund                                22 Oct 43        Kassel

27 May 43     Essen                                      10 Nov 43       Modane

29 May 43     Wuppertal                                18 Nov 43       Berlin

 

Sergeant Porter has completed 40 operational sorties against the enemy as a Rear Gunner; 24 of these have been with the Pathfinder Force, and in addition he has also operated with Coastal Command on seven anti-submarine patrols.

 

Targets attacked have included five on Berlin, five on Duisburg, three Essen, Stettin, Spezia, Pilsen and other heavily defended targets in the Ruhr. Throughout all these operations Sergeant Port has maintained a high standard of courage and cheerfulness under the most trying conditions of weather and enemy hazards.

 

On one occasion in September when pressing home an attack on Hanover his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter. Sergeant Porter opened fire and drove off the attack, giving accurate instructions for evasive action to his pilot, and displaying great coolness throughout the engagement.

 

Sergeant Porter's skill and ability as an Air Gunner is exceptional and his work on the ground is highly commended. He is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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PORTER, LAC Kenneth Francis (R183742) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded by A/C J.L. Hurley 3 February 1945 when he was Hospital Assistant; enlisted in Sarnia (home), 21 August 1942; in Canada six months, overseas 24 months.

 


This airman has been outstanding in his devotion to duty, working long after regular hours to complete his job and further his service knowledge.  On one occasion he was of prompt and material assistance in rescuing aircrew trapped in a burning aircraft, sustaining minor wounds in the process.  He has by his example and spirit encouraged his comrades and fostered harmony throughout the unit.

 

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PORTER, WO (now P/O) Kenneth Patterson (R149473/J89233) - Mention in Despatches - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Est Calgary; enlisted Calgary 10 March 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942).

 

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PORTER, F/L Paul Wilson (J6862) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Home in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.  Enlisted in Montreal, 18 November 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).  As of recommendation he had flown 1,601 hours, 1,012 operational (184 sorties).  A clipping, Hamilton Spectator, 29 March 1946 says he was from Hamilton.  In October 1941 was severely burned when an RCAF reconnaissance bomber was destroyed in an explosion at Halifax.  Born in Dallas, Texas, he migrated as a youth with his parents to Hamilton.  Was attending University of Pennsylvania when he enlisted.  Clipping said he had just won an art prize (Milliken Arts Prize) in design.  Award sent by registered mail 5 January 1950.  No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air."  Following from DHist files:

 

Flight Lieutenant Porter has completed two tours of operations over the North Atlantic during which he has established an excellent record amongst those with whom he has served.  Under the most trying circumstances he has repeatedly shown himself a diligent and most capable leader.  His perseverance, ability and devotion to duty have at all times been in evidence throughout the most difficult sorties and have set a splendid example to those serving with him.

 

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PORTER, S/L Robert Edward (J4117) - Air Force Cross - No.9 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Bairdsville, New Brunswick, 13 June 1920; educated at Andover, New Brunswick.  Clerk with A.G. Irvine, Perth, New Brunswick.  Enlisted at Moncton, 27 June 1940; trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.11 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 15 February 1941).  Instructed in both Canada and UK.  After the war attended Empire Central Flying School, RCAF Staff College and United States Command Staff School.  Closely associated with training and in 1964, with rank of Group Captain, became Director of the Staff School at the RCAF Air Force College.  Award sent by registered mail 3 February 1948.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation; when recommended he had flown 1,774 hours, 1,572 as instructor, 97 in previous six months.


This officer has been instructing at his present unit since 1941.  He has amassed over fifteen hundred instructional hours and his ability in this field is outstanding.  His qualities of leadership and organization are most commendable and the long meritorious service he has rendered has been in keeping with the best traditions of the service.  By his zeal, efficiency and loyalty he has contributed greatly to the production of trained aircrew.

 

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PORTER, FS Spencer Maxwell (R105189) - British Empire Medal - War Staff College (now AFCS, Washington) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Toronto, 22 May 1941.  Award presented 9 January 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been employed as Administration Clerk at the Royal Canadian Air Force War Staff College since its inception over two years ago.  To him fell the responsibility of organising the Orderly Room and solving many problems for which there was no precedent in the Service.  Flight Sergeant Porter, with initiative, forethought and a cheerful willingness, created an administrative organization which has greatly contributed to the successful operation of the College.  He has discharged his duties in a superior manner.  His example and leadership are an inspiration.

 

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PORTER, Sergeant Wallace Saxby (R88024) - Mention in Despatches - Station Yarmouth - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Grafton, Kings County, Nova Scotia.  Enlisted in Halifax, 27 January 1941.

 

This non-commissioned officer has just returned to Canada after nearly three years of service in England with No.6 Bomber Group.  Sergeant Porter has proved himself a very valuable asset to the Equipment Section.  His work has always been of the highest standard, being applied with great presence of mind, initiative and efficiency.  His work, both in a physical and advisory capacity, was exemplary and resulted in the serviceable condition of almost 100 percent of stocks received at this station from the British Isles.

 

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PORTZ, F/L John Maxwell (J15613) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 13 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born 1917 in Vautage, Saskatchewan; home in Weyburn (civil servant); enlisted Regina 5 November 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 1 September 1941).  Commissioned June 1942.  Award presented by King George 30 October 1945.  Photos PMR-78-7 (with Spitfire), PMR-78-185 (Sergeant Herb Cunn and Sergeant J.M. Portz).

 

This officer has completed a very large number of operational sorties during the North African campaign and the invasion of the continent.  He has taken part in numerous attacks against ground targets and in fighter bombing sorties.  In addition to many enemy vehicles, Flight Lieutenant Portz has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and damaged others.  He has always displayed commendable courage and enthusiasm.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9043 has recommendation dated 4 November 1944 when he had flown 244 sorties (335 operational hours).

 

Flight Lieutenant John Maxwell Portz has carried out a great number of operational sorties throughout the North African campaign and on the Continent during which he has shown continued keenness and outstanding enthusiasm. Since starting his second tour of operations he has led a section with competence against ground targets and in dive-bombing sorties. He has numerous ground targets to his credit, has destroyed three enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of another, has probably destroyed an additional one and has damaged four more.

 

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POSNER, P/O Sam Wilfred (J86477) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1917 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 28 July 1941.  Formerly in Royal Canadian Army Service Corps.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 February 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented in Detroit, 21 April 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".  Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 5 July 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (169 hours eight minutes), 22 June 1943 to 23 June 1944.  The reference to Hamburg being the target, 30 March 1944, is odd; should it not read Nuremburg ?

 

22 June 43    Mulheim (4.45)                         10 Apr 44         Laon (4.40)

24 June 43    Wuppertal (5.35)                      20 Apr 44         Cologne (5.00)

28 June 43    Cologne (5.40)                         22 Apr 44         Dusseldorf (5.03)

3 July 43        Cologne (6.00)                         24 Apr 44         Karlsruhe (6.23)

27 July 43      Hamburg (5.55)                       27 Apr 44         Friedrichshafen (8.13)

29 July 43      Hamburg (6.25)                       8 May 44          Haine St.Pierre (4.11)

22 Sept 43    Hanover (6.40)                         10 May 44        Ghent (3.40)

23 Sept 43    Mannheim (8.05)                     11 May 44        Boulogne (3.09)

27 Sept 43    Hanover (6.30)                         22 May 44        Dortmund (4.25)

3 Oct 43         Kassell (6.50)                           12 June 44       Cambrai (4.28)


3 Dec 43        Leipzig (7.55)                           14 June 44       St.Pol (3.55)

24 Dec 44     GARDENING (4.00)                15 June 44       Cologne (3.25)

29 Dec 43     Berlin (7.50)                             16 June 44       Sterkrade (4.30)

25 Mar 44      Aulnoye (5.20)                          21 June 44       St.Martin (3.50)

26 Mar 44      Essen (5.32)                            23 June 44       Bientques (3.50)

30 Mar 44      Hamburg (7.24)

 

Pilot Officer Posner, navigator, has completed an operational tour against the enemy from this country. He has navigated successfully to many very heavily defended targets deep in Germany, including Berlin, Nuremburg and Friedrichshaven.  His standard of navigation throughout has been exemplary on all occasions and the fact that his crew reported very few enemy aircraft sightings and were seldom holed by flak is a clear indication of the excellence of his track keeping.

 

Pilot Officer Posner's keenness and skill as a navigator have been a very large contribution to the high degree of success and bombing accuracy obtained by his crew during their tour.  He has set a splendid example of keenness and navigational skill to all navigators on this squadron. Therefore, considering his fine operational record I recommend that he be awarded a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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POSTE, F/O John Richard (J35236) - 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 1923 in Woodstock, Ontario; home there (machinist); enlisted London, Ontario, 3 July 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 29 May 1947.  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 9 November 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (194 hours five minutes), 14 June to 2 November 1944.

 

This officer, a Navigator, has completed a successful tour of thirty-two trips against the enemy.  Flying Officer Poste has accurately navigated his aircraft to such distant and well defended targets as Stuttgart, Hamburg, Kiel and Dortmund.  Throughout his tour, whether hampered by enemy fighters or intense flak, Flying Officer Poste has resolutely carried out his duties in a high order.  In recognition of this officer's coolness under fire, tenacity of purpose and devotion to duty, I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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POTHIER, WO Bourneuf Freeman (R104431; later commissioned with number J91133)) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born in Pinkney's Point, Nova Scotia; home in Yarmouth (fisherman). Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942).  Killed in action 6/7 May 1944 (Lancaster ND617); buried in France.  Award sent by registered mail to next-of-kin from Government House, 2 December 1946.  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 22 April 1944 when he had flown 41 1/3 sorties (267 hours 54 minutes), 16 May 1943 to 18 April 1944.

 

                                                           * counted as 1/3 sortie

 

16 May 43     GARDENING (4.20)             22 Nov 43     Berlin (6.40)

21 May 43     GARDENING (4.10)             23 Nov 43     Berlin (6.37)

23 May 43     Dortmund (5.15)                   26 Nov 43     Berlin (6.40)

3 July 43        Cologne (6.40)                      3 Dec 43       Leipzig (6.32)

9 July 43        Gelsenkirchen (6.30)            23 Dec 43     Berlin (6.58)

13 Jul 43       Aachen (6.00)                       29 Dec 43     Berlin (6.13)

25 July 43     Essen (5.20)                         1 Jan 44        Berlin (6.24)

27 July 43     Hamburg (5.10)                    2 Jan 44        Berlin (2.35, early return)

29 July 43     Hamburg (7.20)                    14 Jan 44      Brunswick (5.04)

30 July 43     Remschied (6.00)                 30 Jan 44      Berlin (6.23)

12 Aug 43     Milan (9.45)                           15 Feb 44     Berlin (7.01)

17 Aug 43     Peenemunde (8.00)             19 Feb 44     Leipzig (6.40)

22 Aug 43     Leverkusen (6.45)                20 Feb 44     Stuttgart (5.53)

23 Aug 43     Berlin (8.00)                          24 Feb 44     Schewinfurt (7.07)

27 Aug 43     Nuremburg (8.40)                 25 Feb 44     Augsburg (2.32, early return)

16 Sept 43    Modane (5.20)                      1 Mar 44       Stuttgart (6.52)

4 Oct 43        Frankfurt (6.17)                     15 Mar 44     Stuttgart (6.38)

7 Oct 43        Stuttgart (6.22)                      18 Mar 44     Frankfurt (4.42)

8 Oct 43        Hanover (5.06)                      22 Mar 44     Frankfurt-on-Maine (5.14)

18 Oct 43      Hanover (5.20)                      24 Mar 44     Berlin (6.42)

3 Nov 43       Cologne (4.15)                      30 Mar 44     Nuremburg (6.45)

10 Nov 43     Modane (7.29)                      18 Apr 44      Paris/Noisy-le-Sec (3.35)*

 

This Warrant Officer is a keen, efficient Air Gunner who has completed 41 1/3 sorties, some of which have been against such heavily defended enemy targets as Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart.  By his zeal in performance of duties and determination of effort in the face of danger, he has set a fine example to his crew.  Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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POTTER, F/O Aurele Louis (J87033) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1924 in Saint John, new Brunswick; home there (bank clerk, formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted Moncton, 29 May 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 26 March 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 12 June 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Commissioned June 1944.  Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) had recommendation dated 16 February 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (189 hours 20 minutes), 1 August 1944 (check date, target was La Hogue) to 14 February 1945.

 

At 1155 hours on the 24th December 1944, the above mentioned took off on a daylight sortie.  Shortly after leaving Base, trouble was experienced with the port inner engine.  The engine cut out altogether over the Channel, but was successfully feathered.  The pilot pressed on, but due to adverse winds, it was impossible to keep up with the stream.  Height could not be maintained, and the aircraft dropped to 11,000 feet.  The pilot approached to within fifteen miles of the target (Dusseldorf) but the whole stream had by now passed over.  Believing it was suicide to attack Dusseldorf, Flying Officer Potter veered to port, identified a town as Krefeld and bombed the marshalling yards and railway lines.

 

For his display of sustained courage and unusual initiative, his coolness and devotion to duty resulting in the success of this operational flight, Flying Officer Potter is most strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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POTTER, FS (now P/O) Marwood Armstrong (R188018/J96645) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945.  Born July 1921 in Warkworth, Ontario; home there (wire insulator); enlisted Toronto, 17 August 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 19 February 1943).  Commissioned May 1945. Award sent by registered mail.  Events described occurred 20/21 January 1944 during raid on Berlin when he became a POW.

 


This officer has taken part in many operational sorties, throughout which he has displayed outstanding determination and courage.  In August 1943 he destroyed one Focke Wulf 190.  In January 1944, Flight Sergeant Potter was rear gunner in an aircraft detailed for an attack against Berlin.  When over sixty miles from the target his aircraft was attacked by an enemy night fighter and the rear turret was damaged.  Despite this, Flight Sergeant Potter returned fire.  A cannon shell then burst inside the turret, putting some of the guns out of action and wounding Flight Sergeant Potter.  Although dazed and bleeding, he continued to engage the enemy, manipulating the turret by hand and putting up such accurate fire that the hostile fighter went down in flames.  On the return flight, Flight Sergeant Potter took over the duties of the flight engineer, who had been killed, giving his captain every assistance but, while still over enemy territory, the crippled aircraft was again hit by anti-aircraft fire and the crew were forced to abandon it.

 

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POTTS, F/O Ralph Maxwell (J26299) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1919 in Toronto; home there (assistant purchasing agent); enlisted Toronto, 15 December 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.7 BGS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned 1943. Award presented in Toronto 22 June 1949.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 17 September 1944 when he had flown 35 1/2 sorties; the half-trip is a sea search on 25 November 1943; all others are from 1 March to 15 September 1944.

 

As Air Bomber, this officer has completed thirty-five and a half successful operational  sorties over enemy territory.  Throughout, he has displayed the greatest keenness and his example of courage  and determination has been of a high order.  For his outstanding record of achievement and devotion to duty, this officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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POUNDER, W/C Elton Roy (C1514) - Air Force Cross - RCAF Station Trenton - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945 - Born in Montreal, 10 January 1916; educated there, Stanstead College and McGill University.  Bell Telephone employee.  Enlisted in Montreal, 15 December 1939; completed 738 flying hours to date of recommendation.  Award presented 5 October 1946.

 

This officer has been one of the key men in the navigation branch for the last five years and has held almost all senior positions open to navigators in Canada.  As training navigation staff officer at No.1 Training Command and as chief instructor and chief supervisory officer at No.4 Air Observer School, his work was of a high calibre.  He was officer commanding the Navigation Visiting Flight in 1944 and as a member of the same organization in 1942, was chiefly responsible for issuing Air Force Pamphlet No.25 and Air Force Pamphlet No.31 and the standardization of all navigation flying at Elementary Flying Training Schools and Service Flying Training Schools.  By his great ability and devotion to duty he has made an exceptional contribution to navigation training.

 

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POUPORE, S/L Michael Joseph (C2950) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.4 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 23 September 1908 at North Bay, Ontario.  Trained at No.2 BGS.

 

This officer, although assigned to the onerous and sometimes uninteresting duties of Staff Pilot, has displayed great interest and enthusiasm in his work and carried out the duties of Flight Commander and Squadron Commander with marked success.  He is a very capable pilot and a good administrator and, although a stern disciplinarian, maintains the respect and confidence of all who serve with him.  His diligence and devotion to duty have been particularly directed towards improving air training.

 

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POUSHINSKY, F/O Valentine Walter (J23728) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born Nickolski, Russia, 1912; home in Calgary (farmer); enlisted Calgary, 21 July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 December 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 9 July 1949.  Bomb aimer; Public Records Office file Air 2/8826 notes he had flown 29 sorties, 148 operational hours.

 

This officer has flown on operational sorties against many heavily defended and distant enemy targets, including Brunswick, Magdeburg, Cologne and Friedrichshafen.  His operational career has been distinguished by his fine fighting spirit and eagerness to press home his attacks in the face of the most intense enemy opposition.  On one occasion he made an accurate and successful bombing run despite persistent attacks by an enemy fighter which severely damaged his aircraft, killed one member of his crew and wounded four others including his captain.

 

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POW, F/L Jack McIntosh (J6232) - Mention in Despatches - No.113 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Home in Tillsonburg, Ontario, enlisted London, 17 October 1940.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943). (CHECK THIS - CITATION IS FOR A PILOT AND RCAF GRADATION LIST SHOWS HIM AS GENERAL LIST).

 

This pilot has contributed greatly to the successful operations of the squadron.  His devotion to duty and exceptional zeal have been an example to all.

 

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POWDRILL, F/L Ross (J19169) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 6 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/45 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 1921 in Moose Jaw; home there; enlisted Regina 11 October 1939.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942).  Commissioned August 1943.  Killed in action 7/8 June 1944 (Lancaster DV367); buried in France.  Award sent by registered mail to his father 7 November 1949.

 

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

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 13 May 1944 when he had flown 22 sorties (150 hours), 18 November 1943 to 9 May 1944.

 

18 Nov 43      Berlin                                      22 Mar 44      Frankfurt

20 Jan 44       Berlin                                      30 Mar 44      Nuremburg

21 Jan 44       Magdeburg                            20 Apr 44       Cologne

27 Jan 44       Berlin                                      22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf

28 Jan 44       Berlin                                      24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe

30 Jan 44       Berlin                                      26 Apr 44       Essen

19 Feb 44      Leipzig                                   27 Apr 44       Friedrichshaven

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart                                  1 May 44        Lyons

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart                                  3 May 44        Mailly

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart                                  6 May 44        Aubigne

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt                                 9 May 44        Mardyck

 

This Canadian officer has completed 22 sorties against the enemy on some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany including five attacks on Berlin.  During all his sorties this officer, as captain of aircraft, has shown complete disregard of enemy opposition and has always pressed home his attack.  He has maintained a very high level of discipline in his crew and his own cheerfulness has inspired the whole squadron.

 

On a number of occasions, when faced with heavy enemy opposition, this officer has shown complete contempt for the defences and sought out the target to deliver a successful attack.

 

He sets his mind on the task in hand fearlessly and with a magnificent offensive spirit and for his courage and devotion to duty he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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POWELL, G/C Griffith James (C1227) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Unit Air Transport Command - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  DHist has no complete file and no citation can be found.  However, he is identified in W.A.B. Douglas, The Creation of a National Air Force (pp.643-644) as being a veteran of Imperial Airways and, in 1940, Chief Navigation Officer for Eastern Air Command with the rank of squadron leader. Public Records Office Air 2/9336 has citation and put him in Ferry Command Headquarters.

 

This officer was in charge at Bermuda for over six months during which period he showed outstanding ability.  Since January 1942 he has been senior air staff officer at Command Headquarters and has successfully organized the flights for the North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Labrador, Greenland and South Pacific to Australia.  His organizing and administrative abilities are outstanding and he has had to handle service and civilian personnel as well as to deal with the Canadian and United States of America governments.  He has proved himself to be a pilot of exceptional ability and has flown the Atlantic many times.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8925 has a near-identical submission made at the time pf 1943 New Years Honours Lists being prepared; clearly the submission failed then but was submitted again.

 

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POWELL, F/O Harvey James (J17055) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Home in Frankford, Ontario; enlisted Ottawa, 23 January 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 31 March 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 8 November 1941).  Award presented by King George 11 August 1944.

 

As air gunner, this officer has participated in a very large number of sorties involving attacks on such well defended targets as Berlin, Hamburg and centres in the Ruhr area.  He is a valiant and resourceful member of aircraft crew and his gunnery skill has, on more than one occasion, contributed materially to the safe return of the aircraft.  His devotion to duty has been unfailing.

 

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POWELL, F/L Kenneth Orvil (J36200) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 18 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.  Home in London, Ontario; enlisted Montreal, 9 July 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.9 EFTS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 1 October 1943).  Award presented 14 June 1949.

 


Flight Lieutenant Powell is a skilful and resourceful pilot who has completed many sorties against the enemy, including numerous difficult minelaying missions, requiring a high degree of accuracy.  In March 1945 this officer was detailed for a night attack on Cologne.  Early on the outward flight one of his engines became unserviceable.  Nevertheless, he continued to the target which he successfully attacked.  On the return journey a second engine failed.  Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Powell succeeded in flying the aircraft back to base, where he executed a masterly landing.  The keenness, efficiency and devotion to duty shown by this officer have been exceptional.

 

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POWELL, P/O Lloyd Woodrow (J15339) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 15 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Pickardville, Alberta; home in Durham, Yorkshire; enlisted Edmonton.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 July 1940), No.5 EFTS (graduated 4 October 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 17 January 1941).  Commissioned 20 April 1942.  To No.412 Squadron, 20 April 1942; to Biggin Hill, 29 August 1942; reposted to No.412 Squadron, 7 September 1942.  Killed in action, (Spitfire AR522), 17 June 1942.  No known grave; name on Runnymede Memorial.  Award presented by King George to next-of-kin, 25 May 1943. Credited with the following aerial victories: 17 September 1942, one FW.190 destroyed; 16 May 1943, one FW.190 destroyed.

 

Pilot Officer Powell has taken part in many operational sorties.  Recently he has been engaged in a number of low level attacks against the enemy during the course of which he has severely damaged 19 locomotives.  This officer has always shown exceptional keenness to get at grips with the enemy coupled with a total disregard for his own safety.  His enthusiasm and cool courage have set a splendid example to all.

 

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POWELL, F/L Patrick Albert (J11222) -  Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 25 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  Born 1916 in Vancouver; home at Copper Mountain, British Columbia; enlisted Montreal, 28 April 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 19 October 1941), No.10 AOS (graduated 14 January 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented 29 January 1941.  Cited with F/L Albert H. Hodson (RCAF pilot, DFC), which see for citation.

 

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POWELL, F/L Peter Geoffrey (J8817) - 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 Rosedale Abbey, Yorkshire, 1917; home at Sherrperton Green, Middlesex; enlisted Halifax, 12 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 February 1941), No.10 EFTS (washed out), No.5 BGS (graduated 12 October 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 28 August 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 10 November 1941).  Commissioned 1941.  DFC and DSO presented by King George VI, 7 December 1943.  With Trans-Canada Airlines after January 1946 (Chief Navigation Officer).

 


During his many sorties against enemy targets, Flight Lieutenant Powell has displayed exceptional ability as a navigator.  With unfailing accuracy he has consistently brought his aircraft to the target and thus been largely responsible for the successes achieved by his crew.

 

NOTE: The original recommendation is in Public Records Office Air 2/8950.  Dated 20 March 1943, it credits him with 36 sorties (220 hours) as follows:

 

30 May 42    Cologne                                    8 Sept 42       Frankfurt

1 June 42     Essen                                       6 Nov 42         GARDENING, Nectarine

17 Jun 42     GARDENING, St. Nazaire      8 Nov 42         GARDENING, Broccoli

20 Jun 42     Emden                                      22 Nov 42      Stuttgart

2 July 42       Bremen                                     28 Nov 42      Turin

8 July 42       Wilhelmshaven                        6 Dec 42        Mannheim

14 Jul 42      GARDENING, Lorient             8 Dec 42        Turin

26 Jul 42      Hamburg                                  9 Dec 42        Turin

29 Jul 42      Saarbrucken                            11 Dec 42      Turin

31 Jul 42      Dusseldorf                                23 Jan 43       Lorient

6 Aug 42      Duisburg                                   26 Jan 43       Lorient

11 Aug 42    GARDENING, Scharhorn       3 Feb 43        Hamburg

12 Aug 42    Mainz                                        4 Feb 43        Turin

17 Aug 42    Osnabruck                                11 Feb 43      Wilhelmshaven

18 Aug 42    Flensburg                                 13 Feb 43      Lorient

27 Aug 42    Kassel                                      16 Feb 43      Lorient

28 Aug 42    Saarbrucken                            18 Feb 43      Wilhelmshaven

6 Sep 42      Duisburg                                   25 Feb 43      Nuremburg

 

During his many sorties against enemy targets, a number of them in a most important role, Flight Lieutenant Powell has displayed exceptional ability as a navigator in guiding his aircraft to enable the allotted task to be carried out.  With unfailing accuracy and success he has thus proved very largely responsible for the excellent results he and his crew continue to achieve.  In recognition of his fine service Flight Lieutenant Powell is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

POWELL, S/L Peter Geoffrey, DFC (J8817) - Distinguished Service Order - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 19 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 November 1943 and AFRO 2507/43 dated 3 December 1943.

 


Squadron Leader Powell is a navigator whose unerring skill has contributed in a large way to the success achieved on many sorties, including the recent heavy attacks on Peenemunde and Berlin.  In addition to his operational tasks, Squadron Leader Powell has rendered yeoman service in the training of other navigators and his excellent work has been reflected in their numerous successes.  This gallant officer has set an inspiring example.

 

POWELL, W/C Peter Geoffrey, DSO, DFC (J8817) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.

 

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POWER, F/L Jack Leonard (J12254) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.144 Squadron - Award effective 28 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born in Birmingham, England, 1921; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 4 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 October 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 2 January 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented to next of kin, 29 January 1947.  NOTE: CHECK THE FOLLOWING:  Died in Toronto, 1 March 1946

 

This officer has participated in many sorties and has displayed a high degree of skill, courage and tenacity. In October 1944 he took part in an attack on an enemy convoy.  In the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, Flight Lieutenant Power pressed home his attack with great determination and obtained a hit on a merchant vessel.  His fine work in this spirited action won high praise.

 

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POWERS, P/O John Edward (J19064) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron -  Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Toronto, 1919; home there; enlisted there 12 February 1941.  Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 8 November 1941).  Commissioned 1943.  Wireless Operator for P/O A.L. Olsson.  Posted from No.426 Squadron to No.1659 CU, March 1944 for instructional duties.  Award presented by King George 11 August 1944.  NOTE: CHECK THE FOLLOWING:  Died in Toronto, 1 March 1946.  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 19 February 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (178 hours 55 minutes) with No.102 Squadron (15 September 1942 to 14 April 1943) and No.426 Squadron (23 September 1943 to 15 February 1944).

 

This officer has flown on operations against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets, five of which were against the German capital.  He is a courageous and skilful Wireless Operator, and his fine fighting spirit has inspired his crew.  His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty have contributed greatly to the success attained...

 

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POWERS, F/O Ulric Benjamin (C12581) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted Toronto 4 June 1940.

 

This officer, with over 2,400 hours as an instructor, has been employed in many capacities since the outbreak of hostilities.  He has strived in many ways to increase his knowledge and experience.  The high example he has set has inspired those under him to put forth more and greater effort.

 

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POYNTZ, F/L Hardy Alford Peter (J6233) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.571 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1916 in Regina; home in Montreal; enlisted Vancouver 10 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 February 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941).  Commissioned July 1941.  Award presented 11 June 1949.  Served postwar at Rivers (No.444 AOP Squadron).  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 22 December 1944 when he had flown 41 sorties (156 hours 15 minutes), 18 August to 11 December 1944.

 

18 Aug 44      Bremen (3.35)                                   15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven (3.10)

23 Aug 44      Cologne (3.10)                                  22 Oct 44       Hamburg (3.25)

26 Aug 44      Berlin (4.45)                                       24 Oct 44       Hannover (3.05)

28 Aug 44      Essen (3.05)                                      27 Oct 44       Berlin (3.55)

29 Aug 44      Hamburg (3.45)                                 28 Oct 44       Cologne (2.40)

31 Aug 44      Dusseldorf (3.15)                              30 Oct 44       Berlin (4.30)

1 Sept 44       Bremen (3.25)                                   31 Oct 44       Hamburg (3.40)

4 Sept 44       Karlsruhe (3.50)                                3 Nov 44         Berlin (4.30)

6 Sept 44       Hamburg (3.35)                                 5 Nov 44         Stuttgart (4.20)

8 Sept 44       Nuremburg (4.35)                              8 Nov 44         Hannover (3.40)

9 Sept 44       Brunswick (3.25)                               23 Nov 44      Hanover (3.25)

11 Sep 44      Berlin (4.50)                                       25 Nov 44      Nuremburg (4.30)

12 Sep 44      Berlin (4.30)                                       28 Nov 44      Nuremburg (4.30)

15 Sep 44      Berlin (4.40)                                       29 Nov 44      Duisburg (3.21)

17 Sep 44      Bremen (3.15)                                   30 Nov 44      Duisburg (3.30)

30 Sep 44      Hamburg (3.45)                                 1 Dec 44        Karlsruhe (4.10)

1 Oct 44         Brunswick (3.35)                               5 Dec 44        Ludwigshaven (3.45)

5 Oct 44         Berlin (4.50)                                       8 Dec 44        Duisburg (3.40)

9 Oct 44         Wilhelmshaven (3.10)                       9 Dec 44        Berlin (3.55)

11 Oct 44       Berlin (4.45)                                       11 Dec 44      Hanover (3.50)

13 Oct 44       Cologne (3.00)

 


Flight Lieutenant Poyntz has completed 41 sorties against German targets including ten to Berlin.  All his operations have been carried out with great efficiency and determination and he has shown a fine offensive spirit combined with a highly commendable keenness to go on operations.  On several occasions he has continued to the target in the face of difficulties when a less stout-hearted pilot would have turned back.

 

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POYNTZ, W/C Henry Herchmer (C5940) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 21 June 1941. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Squadron Leader at Air Materiel Command Headquarters.   DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944 to No.6 Group Headquarters.  Had served in UK since 14 January 1943.

 

Squadron Leader Poyntz is in charge of the Equipment Section.  Taking over his section at the beginning of this year, he has worked in a zealous manner, without consideration of office hours and in so doing has brought the equipment section to an extremely high state of efficiency.  He has inspired the confidence of those working under him and as a result has maintained a high degree of efficiency.  Besides his duties in the Equipment Section, Squadron Leader Poyntz has acted as PMC, taking over this position when shortage of staff and overcrowded conditions had created a serious problem.  He has handled this situation admirably, and has not only overcome these difficulties but also made many innovations, thereby creating a greatly improved atmosphere in the Officers Mess.

 

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