PRANGE, F/O Bruce Willard (J25783) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.614 Squadron - Award effective 20 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1922 in Kitchener, Ontario; home there. Served in Scots Fusiliers. Enlisted in Hamilton, 16 January 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail, 13 January 1949. His DFC was won in conjunction with that of P/O Bernard A.M. Fox; mission in question was on 9 August 1944; four of the crew baled out.

 

One night in August 1944, Flying Officer Prange captained an aircraft detailed to attack a vital target at Ploesti. In spite of strong enemy air and ground defences he successfully executed his task. On the return flight the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained severe damage. The nose of the bomber was smashed. The bomb bays were damaged and several large holes were torn in the fuselage. In spite of this, Flying Officer Prange held to his course while a member of the crew successfully fought a fire which had commenced. Displaying iron determination and great skill, Flying Officer Prange flew his severely damaged aircraft to base and effected a safe landing. He displayed great courage and devotion to duty in most trying circumstances.

 

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PRATLETT, WO2 Oliver John Lancaster (R167080) - Mention in Despatches - No.103 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943). Killed in action 14/15 July 1944 (Lancaster NE136). Certificate sent to his mother, 20 January 1949.

 

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PRATT, LAC Alan Aldridge (R160168) - Mention in Despatches - Croft (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted 2 February 1945. Had enlisted in Toronto, 2 April 1942, serving 13 months in Canada, 20 months overseas. Electrician.

 

This airman has been employed as an electrician in Daily Servicing Squadron for the past twelve months. This airman's devotion to duty and untiring co-operation has contributed to the smooth and efficient operation of his section. His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty under long hours of work and trying circumstances are highly commendable.

 

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PRATT, F/O Dalton Edward (C21691) - Mention in Despatches - No.161 Squadron (Canada) - Awarded 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. - Enlisted at Ottawa, 1 June 1937.

 

This officer has been in charge of maintenance for his squadron since its formation in the spring of 1943. In the early days numerous difficulties inherent in the building up of a squadron were encountered and in the face of these Flying Officer Pratt persevered. After being in operation for several months, the squadron was changed over from Digby aircraft to Canso "A" aircraft, a job entailing the greatest amount of ability, enthusiasm and diligence. Throughout his whole period of service with this squadron, Flying Officer Pratt has always shown himself willing, keen and able to assist in all squadron activities. His cheerfulness and sense of humour and his active interest in the welfare of his men have been no small factors in the high morale throughout the squadron, both ground and aircrew personnel.

 

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PRATT, F/L Donald Owen (J25756) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1915 in Winnipeg; home in Regina (inspector); enlisted in Saskatoon, 12 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned April 1943. Award sent by registered mail, 7 June 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 3 April 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (220 hours), 11 June 1944 to 10 April 1945.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

11 Jun 44 Evreux 1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven

22 Jun 44 Rheims 2 Feb 45 Weisbaden

24 Jun 44 Les Hayons* 8 Feb 45 Politz

25 Jun 44 Ligescourt* 13 Feb 45 Dresden

29 Jun 44 Strecourt* 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen* 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

11 Nov 44 Dortmund 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 7 Mar 45 Dessau

21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 11 Mar 45 Essen

27 Nov 44 Freiburg 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

29 Nov 44 Dortmund* 15 Mar 45 Misburg

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 18 Mar 45 Hanau

6 Dec 44 Merseburg 21 Mar 45 Bremen

22 Dec 44 Coblenz 25 Mar 45 Hanover

7 Jan 45 Munchen 9 Apr 45 Kiel

14 Jan 45 Merseburg 10 Apr 45 Plauen


16 Jan 45 Zeitz

 

Flying Officer Pratt, a Canadian navigator, is now on his first tour of operations, having completed 33 successful sorties, comprising 220 operational hours. These operations include sorties to distant and difficult targets such as Merseberg, Leuna, Munchen, Politz, Dresden, Chemnitz (twice), Bremen, Hanover and Dessau.

 

This officer has at all times shown extreme keenness on operations whilst his coolness and determination under trying conditions have contributed largely to the many missions undertaken by his crew with unfailing success.

 

His quiet and efficient manner has inspired in his captain implicit confidence and his record of technical efficiency in the air is splendidly backed up by his industry and whole-hearted devotion to duty in his capacity on the ground as deputy navigation leader.

 

I recommend this outstanding navigator for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PRATT, F/O John Henry (J16236) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.630 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born 1920 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 10 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 2 May 1948. 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 2/9149 has recommendation dated 24 February 1944 when he had completed 27 sorties (184 hours), 11 June 1943 to 21 January 1944 as follows:

 

11 June 43 Dusseldorf (5.20) 6 Sept 43 Munich (8.45)

21 June 43 Krefeld (5.20) 20 Oct 43 Leipzig (7.15)

22 June 43 Mulheim (5.35) 3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (4.45)

24 June 43 Wuppertal (5.55) 10 Nov 43 Modane (7.45)

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (6.45) 22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.52)

12 July 43 Turin (10.00) 23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.21)

24 July 43 Hamburg (5.15) 16 Dec 43 Berlin (6.44)

29 July 43 Hamburg (4.50) 24 Dec 43 Berlin (7.38)

22 Aug 43 Leverkussen (5.00) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.00)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (7.15) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (8.00)

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.45) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (7.10)

30 Aug 43 Munchen-Gladbach (4.30) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.10)


31 Aug 43 Berlin (7.10) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.50)

3 Sept 43 Berlin (8.45)

 

Flying Officer Pratt has taken part in attacks against many strongly defended targets in Germany, including eleven attacks on Berlin. Flying Officer Pratt's successful tour of operations has been uneventful. This is due in no small measure to Flying Officer Pratt's skill as a pilot. He has shown as a pilot great keenness and determination. He has set a fine example as captain of aircraft and this has been reflected in the excellent spirit among the other members of his crew. He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

 

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PRATT, F/O Robert Alexander (J19004) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1921 in Vancouver; home in Toronto; enlisted there 10 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered ail, 19 November 1948. 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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 22 June 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (177 hours 45 minutes), 27 May 1943 to 14 June 1944.

 

This officer has been with the squadron since its formation and has flown a total of thirty-two operations, including ten heavily defended German targets. Flying Officer Pratt is an outstanding operational pilot, sets his mind on the task in hand, fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit. His courage, exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness, in addition to his outstanding efficiency, zealous devotion to duty and dogged determination, are an inspiration to all crews on the squadron.

 

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PREBBLE, P/O Frank Noel (J19480) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born at Bridgeford, Saskatchewan, 1917; home in Toronto; enlisted in Vancouver, 2 September 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 8 June 1942). Commissioned 1943. Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.

 


Pilot Officer Prebble has taken part in numerous operations since joining this squadron. His aircraft has been damaged both by anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighters. During an attack on Pilsen and Nuremburg his aircraft was twice illuminated by searchlights and damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Later, during the attack by an enemy fighter, Pilot Officer Prebble gave cool and efficient instructions to his captain. The damage sustained was of such a nature that the flight back to the United Kingdom was extremely hazardous and a crash landing became necessary during which Pilot Officer Prebble was injured. Despite this hazardous experience this officer has continued to operate with undiminished ardour.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 11 March 1944 with more extended narrative and sortie list as follows:

 

16 Feb 43 Lorient (5.13) 7 Oct 43 GARDENING (5.55)

25 Feb 43 Nuremburg (8.08) 18 Nov 43 Ludwigshaven (7.55)

26 Feb 43 Cologne (5.32) 19 Nov 43 Leverkusen (6.40)

8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (8.08) 22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.30)

9 Mar 43 Munich (8.26) 25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (7.30)

11 Mar 43 Stuttgart (7.05) 26 Nov 43 Stuttgart (6.53)

12 Mar 43 Essen (4.14) 2 Feb 44 GARDENING (6.31)

4 Apr 43 Kiel (5.01) 4 Feb 44 GARDENING (7.32)

8 Apr 43 Duisburg (5.05) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.39)

10 Apr 43 Frankfurt (6.35) 22 Feb 44 GARDENING (3.05, DNCO, recall)

14 Apr 43 Stuttgart (6.48) 24 Feb 44 GARDENING (7.01)

16 Apr 43 Pilsen (8.36) 25 Feb 44 GARDENING (6.08)

22 Sep 43 Hanover (5.35) 2 Mar 44 Meulan (5.05)

27 Sep 43 Mannheim (7.10) 6 Mar 44 Trappes (4.46)

 

Pilot Officer Prebble was posted to No.10 Squadron as a Sergeant in February 1943, and has now completed 28 sorties comprising 183 operational hours.

 

This officer quickly acquired a reputation for his extraordinary enthusiasm for operations and has proved himself to be a superior Air Gunner. The aircraft in which he has flown have been badly damaged by enemy flak and fighters.

 

During an attack on Pilsen his aircraft was coned by searchlights and shrapnel could be heard hitting the aircraft. On the same night he was also coned over Nuremburg by about 30 searchlights and again hit by flak. The captain dived to 5,000 feet and the aircraft was then attacked by a night fighter and Pilot Officer Prebble coolly gave successful evasive instructions to his captain. Between 150-200 gallons of petrol had been lost during these attacks and it was estimated that sufficient petrol was left to reach the English coast with 20 minutes flying time to spare. Just prior to reaching the French coast the aircraft was again hit by heavy and light flak barrage, and five minutes later by flak ships. The aircraft was forced to come down to a height of 1,000 feet and was gradually losing height. The crew was ordered to their crash positions and after crossing the English coast the aircraft crashed on sloping ground and broke in two.

 


Pilot Officer Prebble was injured, but despite this he continued to operate with undiminished ardour and it is strongly recommended that his commendable courage and devotion to duty be now recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

To the above, the Station Commander, RAF Station Melbourne, added (15 March 1944):

 

This officer possesses a high degree of courage and determination and is an excellent air gunner. He was involved in a serious accident due to enemy action mid-way through his operational career; however he resumed flying after a rest and completed his tour. His example has done much to maintain a high standard in the squadron.

 

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PRENDERGAST, F/L James Bernard (J8139) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.430 Squadron - Award effective 23 March as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born 23 February 1920 in Victoria; home there (assistant postmaster); enlisted in Vancouver, 8 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated and commissioned 7 October 1941). Posted overseas July 1943; repatriated 23 February 1945; overseas again, April 1945. Commanded No.414 Squadron, 18 April to 7 August 1945. Destroyed two FW.190s, 2 May 1945. Repatriated 16 November 1945; released 13 December 1945. Award presented by Governor General, 24 May 1946.

 

Since the invasion of France in June 1944, this officer has flown daily as a section leader on tactical and photographic reconnaissance, at all times showing great enthusiasm for his work and producing excellent results by his skill as a pilot. As a fighter reconnaissance pilot Flight Lieutenant Prendergast has proved himself to be both competent and outstanding. He has at all times shown exceptional keenness and devotion to duty.

 

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PRENDERGAST, F/L Louis Emile Jacques Hamilton (C1644) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School - award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 29 November 1940.

 

This officer has served at a Bombing and Gunnery School for a period of twenty-two months. He has worked hard and with great success as a Flight Commander for ten months. His efficiency and devotion to duty have done much to maintain a high standard of flying in his flight.

 

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PRENTICE, P/O Francis William (J86208) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1919 in Abbey, Saskatchewan; home there. Served in Army; enlisted Regina 19 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned 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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation by W/C W.P. Pleasance dated 26 June 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (175 hours 50 minutes), 26 November 1943 to 16 June 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Prentice has successfully completed 27 night operations against the enemy, including seven against the main German targets. He has shown exceptional qualities of leadership and has proved to be a cool, efficient Air Bomber and has always done all in his power to press home his attack irrespective of enemy opposition. He has an exceptional knowledge of his trade and is always ready to give any assistance possible to anyone who requires it.

 

On several occasions, when his aircraft has been badly damaged by flak, he remained calmly at his post and assisted very greatly in bringing his aircraft back to this country. Up to the present he has secured nine photographs plotted within the target area. I consider that this officer's continuous gallantry, coolness and high courage, with the fine example he has shown, fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PRENTICE, F/L Vernon David (J27360) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.160 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 3 March 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Abbey, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 12 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 22 May 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 October 1941). No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air." As of recommendation he had flown 1,702 hours of which 1,031 were operational (155 sorties). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.

 

This officer has completed hundred of hours of operational flying in the North Atlantic area. As captain of aircraft on many anti-submarine operations, he has at all times displayed outstanding qualities of skill and leadership. The enthusiasm and thoroughness with which he has carried out each assigned task have been an inspiration to all aircrew. His devotion to duty has been exemplary.

 

PRENTICE, F/L Vernon David, DFC (J27360) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.

 


As captain of aircraft on anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic area, Flight Lieutenant Prentice has proved himself to be a pilot of outstanding ability. The enthusiasm and thoroughness with which he has carried out his tasks are worthy of the highest praise. His leadership has been an inspiration to all members of his crew.

 

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PRESCOTT, F/L Thomas Hammill (J17866) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.433 Squadron (AFRO says only "Overseas") - Croix de Guerre - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted Moncton 25 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 November 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 27 January 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941). DHist file 181.009 D.2611 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 9 January 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (157 hours), 19 May to 21 November 1944.

 

This officer who has now completed an outstanding tour of operations contributed much to the liberation of France by his splendid efforts on a wide variety of well defended targets, during the months of May to August 1944. In that period alone Flight Lieutenant Prescott completed 27 sorties against German occupied positions in France, a great many of which were on or about D Day. His exceptional tenacity of purpose, despite any odds, plus his cool judgement and fine captaincy contributed in a large measure not only to the success of his many operational flights but ultimate victory in France and the Low Countries.

 

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PRESSAULT, LAC Joseph Ernest Floriant (R158626) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.12 Communications Squadron - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Temiskaming, Quebec; enlisted Galt, Ontario, 28 February 1942.

 

This airman displayed great initiative, skill and determination under very trying conditions one night while on duty in an aircraft with a high ranking senior officer aboard. The aircraft's battery had failed and when a landing in the dark was attempted, this airman succeeded in reaching the cable to let down the landing gear, and then manually manipulated the flaps, in such a manner as to enable the aircraft to make a safe landing. His display of coolness, resourcefulness and technical ability was particularly outstanding.

 

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PREST, F/L William Arnold (J15101) - Air Medal (United States) -No.122 Squadron - Air Medal - Award effective 17 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1943 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born 5 July 1918; home in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon 18 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 November 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 26 January 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 28 April 1941). Posted overseas, as a Sergeant pilot; Commissioned December 1941. Joined No.122 Squadron in August 1941 and remained with it to spring of 1943. Repatriated to Canada, May 1943. Posted back to UK, joining No.443 Squadron on 16 February 1944. Posted to No.421 Squadron, 27 July 1944 (Commanding Office); led it to 21 November 1944 when declared tour expired. Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has recommendation dated 5 July 1943, submitted by CO of Station Hornchurch. Supported 7 July 1943 by A/V/M H.W.L.Saunders (AOC No.11 Group) and also on 7 July 1943 by Air Marshal T. Leigh-Mallory (AOC-in-C, Fighter Command).

 

1. This Canadian officer took part in 14 fighter sorties directly connected with the protection of American bomber aircraft on bombing missions against objectives in enemy territory.

 

2. During these operations he destroyed one enemy aircraft, and on many occasions led his flight in such a manner that many enemy fighter attacks against the bombers were rendered abortive.

 

3. He has carried out a total of 96 offensive sweeps over enemy territory, and in my opinion, his work fully merits the award of the American Air Medal.

 

 

Public Records Office Air 2/ 9599 has USAAF 8th Air Force General Order No.104 dated 16 July 1943 which gives citation.

 

For meritorious achievement, while participating in fourteen fighter combat missions directly connected with the protection of United States Army Air Force bombers on raids over enemy occupied territory. The courage and skilful airmanship displayed by Flight Lieutenant Prest on all these occasions reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of His Majesty's government.

 

PREST, S/L William Arnold (J15101) - Netherlands Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Awarded 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Scored victories with Nos.122 and 443 Squadrons, but commanded No.421 from July to November 1944. Public Records Office Air 2/9642 gives name as William Arthur and citation.

 

Squadron Leader Prest led his squadron on many patrols in support of the First Airborne Division. On one occasion a force of at least one hundred enemy aircraft was encountered. Displaying powerful leadership and courage Squadron Leader Prest continued to lead his squadron to attack this overwhelming force. In the engagement Squadron Leader Prest destroyed one enemy aircraft. During the period the First Airborne Division was fighting at Arnhem, Squadron Leader Prest's squadron accounted for ten enemy aircraft destroyed and many others damaged and probably destroyed.

 


NOTE: Credited with the following aerial victories: 17 May 1942, one FW.190 damaged (No.122 Squadron); 13 March 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (No.122 Squadron); 7 June 1944, one Bf.109 damaged (No.443 Squadron); 26 June 1944, one FW.190 damaged (No.443 Squadron); 13 July 1944, one Bf.109 damaged (No.443 Squadron); 25 September 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.421 Squadron).

 

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PRESTON, F/L (now S/L) George Delong (C1266) - Air Force Cross - No.122 (Composite) Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Trained at Camp Borden. Recommended 11 September 1942 by S/L G.G. Diamond. DHist file 181.009 D.1283 (RG.24 Vol.20597) has a lengthy report on the incident. Goose 917 had crashed between Yakutat and Cordova, Alaska, on July 21st, 1942. See also Sergeant F.M. Bailey (George Medal). Subsequently commanded the Communications Flight in No.122 (Composite) Squadron, 15 April 1943 to 14 July 1943; Commanding Officer of No.166 (Communications) Squadron, 15 July 1943 to January 1944. Medal presented 3 April 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Preston recently completed a brilliant rescue of five members of an aircraft crew which crashed in a very remote part of Alaska. His courage and judgement in carrying out this operation under adverse weather conditions, landing on a glacial lake covered with floating blocks of ice, and the part he subsequently played in rescue operations were most praiseworthy achievements, to which those rescued owe their lives. Not only on this operation, but for several months past on various operations, he has shown courage, determination, resourcefulness and devotion to duty of the highest order, which has set an excellent example to other members of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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PRESTON, Corporal John Drake (R89121) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Wingham, Ontario; enlisted in Galt, 14 February 1941; reached England 29 September 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 31 July 1944.

 

This airman deserves special mention for exceptional keenness and ability as an NCO and airframe mechanic, particularly in his specialized field of hydraulic systems.

 

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PRICE, Flight Sergeant Earl George (R84592) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 21 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Born 7 September 1921. Home in Canterbury, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton 7 January 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 12 October 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 8 November 1941). Posted overseas December 1941; reported missing, 5 August 1942; reported safe (evader), 7 November 1942; repatriated 9 December 1942. Subsequently retrained as a pilot (15 October 1943, commissioned as J37115) but remained in Canada; released 23 January 1945. No citation - "member of aircraft crew...displayed great gallantry and determination in attacks against targets in enemy occupied territory." Ian Tavender records, in The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War (London, Savanah Publications, 2000) the following recommendation as found in Public Record Office Air 2/4937; it noted that Price had flown five sorties (24 hours 24 minutes).

 

Sergeant Price was Air Bomber in an aircraft which took off from Eastmoor at 2230 hours on 5th August 1942 to bomb Bochum. After completing the operation, the crew were forced to bale out. Sergeant Price landed in a field by a small road feeling slightly shocked but otherwise unhurt. By a display of great courage and determination, he evaded capture and eventually arrived safely in this country. I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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PRICE, Sergeant Gordon Richard (R79417) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born 1922; home in Montreal (electrician); enlisted there 28 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 August 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). Medal presented by King George VI, 14 August 1944.

 

Sergeant Price is a fearless and reliable pilot who has captained his aircraft and achieved splendid results on many occasions. He has taken part in operations against many of the most heavily defended German and Italian targets and has frequently secured excellent photographic evidence of accurate bombing. Sergeant Price has invariably pressed home his attacks, undeterred by the heaviest opposition, and throughout his operational career has displayed a high courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation dated 26 March 1943 when he had flown 26 sorties (182 hours 25 minutes). The sortie list and original text add something to the record:

 

6 Nov 42 Genoa (8.00) Flew as 2nd pilot.

18 Nov 42 Turin (7.25) Flew as 2nd pilot; photograph one mile Aiming Point.

20 Nov 42 Turin (3.35) Mission abandoned.

28 Nov 42 Turin (9.00) Photograph of aiming point.

9 Dec 42 Turin (8.45) Bombs in town from 5,000 feet.

20 Dec 42 Duisburg (4.00) Photograph two miles from Aiming Point.


21 Dec 42 Munich (8.05) Attacked from 9,000 feet.

8 Jan 43 GARDENING Sweetpeas Successful.

9 Jan 43 Essen (4.40) Successfully bombed flares.

12 Jan 43 Essen (6.00) Successful attack on P.F.F. [Transcriber's note: should this read "by P.F.F." ?]

17 Jan 43 Berlin (8.25) Photograph of highly built-up area.

23 Jan 43 Dusseldorf (5.45) -

27 Jan 43 Dusseldorf (4.50) -

30 Jan 43 Hamburg (7.00) -

11 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.35) Successfully bombed; attacked by Ju.88 which was driven off.

13 Feb 43 Lorient (6.10) Bombs across target, 10,000 feet.

14 Feb 43 Milan (8.50) Photograph of aiming point. Made hour reconnaissance to assess result of raid.

16 Feb 43 Lorient (6.30) -

18 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.45) Successful attack.

25 Feb 43 Nuremburg (8.05) Bombs seen to burst in town.

26 Feb 43 Cologne (6.05) Successful.

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (6.30) Bombs near aiming point from 8,000 feet.

1 Mar 43 Berlin (7.05) Successful attack on marker bombs.

8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (7.30) Bombs fell amongst fires near Aiming Point.

10 Mar 43 GARDENING, Baltic (8.00) Successful

12 Mar 43 GARDENING, Baltic (9.10) Successful

 

A fearless and reliable pilot, Sergeant Price has captained his aircraft on 24 operational missions and he has achieved splendid results.

 

Against [Amongst ?] the heavily defended targets he has successfully attacked are Essen (twice), Duisburg, Bremen, Wilhelmshaven, Berlin (twice) and Nuremburg. He has several times bombed Italian targets with good results and has recently taken part in the damaging raids on Lorient, St.Nazaire and Munich. Often he brings back photographic evidence of the accuracy of his bombing, twice obtaining pictures of the aiming point.

 

Sergeant Price has invariably pressed home his attacks in the face of the heaviest opposition and throughout his operational tour has displayed qualities of courage and determination.

 

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PRICE, F/L (now S/L) Jacques (C12143) - Mention in Despatches - Station Torbay - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Fonthill, Ontario; enlisted in Halifax, 12 June 1942.

 

This officer has displayed exceptional ability and devotion to duty under extremely difficult conditions. His constant initiative and forethought, particularly towards aerodrome serviceability, has greatly increased operational flying time, thereby directly affecting the war effort. In addition, he has displayed marked industry and originality in the construction and engineering field, resulting in improved living conditions throughout the station.

 

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PRICE, P/O John Reginald (J16259) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943. Born at Indian Head, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted Regina 29 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 February 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 7 July 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 26 May 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 6 August 1941). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 21 August 1949.

 

Since joining this squadron Pilot Officer Price has participated in numerous operational sorties over well defended enemy objectives such as Berlin, Emden, Rostock and Turin. He has led his pilot to these targets with cool judgement and determination, often securing photographs which display a fine record of achievement. One night in March 1943, while returning from Stuttgart, his aircraft was severely damaged in an encounter with an enemy fighter. Although two engines were put out of action, this officer unerringly navigated the aircraft which made a safe landing at base. His courage and devotion to duty have been outstanding.

 

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PRICE, S/L Lyall Basil Burman (C920) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1942 and AFRO 1371/42 dated 28 August 1942. Born in Montreal, 18 April 1920; home in Quebec; enlisted Montreal 3 January 1939. Trained at Camp Borden. Commissioned 1939. Killed in flying accident, 29 July 1942 (Hampden AT113, No.408 Squadron); buried in UK.

 

Squadron Leader Price is a captain who has never failed to attack the most highly defended targets with the greatest determination and skill. He has set an inspiring example.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9595 has recommendation dated 26 June 1942 when he had flown 25 sorties (122 hours 59 minutes); it included a sortie list and a much more detailed text.

 


* unsuccessful sortie

 

27 Dec 41 Boulogne (4.06) 10 Mar 42 Essen (5.08)*

5 Jan 42 Cherbourg (4.20)* 24 Mar 42 GARDENING,

8 Jan 42 Cherbourg (4.34)* Artichokes (4.15)

10 Jan 42 Wilhelmshaven (6.07) 26 Mar 42 GARDENING,

15 Jan 42 Hamburg (5.56) Deodar (5.50)

25 Jan 42 Brest (6.41)* 6 Apr 42 Essen (6.53)

27 Jan 42 Brest (55 min)* 8 Apr 42 Hamburg (6.23)

31 Jan 42 Brest (5.34) 15 Apr 42 Dortmund (45 min)*

16 Feb 42 GARDENING, 24 Apr 42 Rostock (8.31)

Rosemary (1.10)* 26 Apr 42 Rostock (8.01)

18 Feb 42 GARDENING, 28 Apr 42 Kiel (5.39)*

Rosemary (4.58) 4 May 42 Stuttgart (7.47)

24 Feb 42 GARDENING, 8 May 42 Warnemunde (7.52)

Rosemary (3.52)* 30 May 42 Cologne (15 min)*

26 Feb 42 GARDENING, 1 June 42 Essen (4.31)

Hawthorn (2.56)*

 

Squadron Leader Price has completed 25 operational flights as Captain of a bomber aircraft. Throughout, his courage, cheerfulness and devotion to duty have been outstanding. He has been a fine example to all aircrew in his squadron, and the results he has achieved have gone far to inspiring his fellow crews to greater efforts.

 

Squadron Leader Price has never failed to attack the most highly defended targets with the greatest determination and skill. He has brought back excellent photographs of the primary target taken whilst bombing, an outstanding example being that showing the actual sheds of the Heinkel Aircraft Works at Rostock which he was detailed to attack on the night of 26/27 April 1942.

 

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PRICE, FS Malcolm Gerald (R179322) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.49 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Montreal, 1921; home in Toronto; enlisted Montreal 31 July 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 16 April 1943). Medal presented 18 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". Public Records Office Air 2/9015 has recommendation dated 4 April 1944 when he had flown on 29 sorties (204 hours 25 minutes).

 

30 Aug 43 Rhayte (5.15) 3 Dec 43 Leipzig (7.25)

5 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.55) 16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.45)

6 Sept 43 Munich (8.50) 20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (5.55)

29 Sept 43 Borkum (5.20) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.15)


1 Oct 43 Hegan (5.55) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (8.00)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (6.15) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (7.15)

7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (7.20) 5 Jan 44 GARDENING, Pomeranian

18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.55) Gulf (9.00)

20 Oct 43 Leipzig (7.30) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.35)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (4.50) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (8.10)

18 Nov 43 Berlin (8.30) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.30)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.10) 25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.25)

23 Nov 43 Berlin (7.00) 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.00)

26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.25) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.50)

2 Dec 43 Berlin (7.35) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.35)

 

Flight Sergeant Price has proved himself to be an outstanding Air Gunner whilst in No.49 Squadron. On 29 operational sorties he has carried out his duties fearlessly and efficiently. He has participated in all the most difficult attacks which this squadron has undertaken during the last seven months, including twelve sorties to Berlin.

 

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PRICE, P/O Reginald William Douglas (J19829) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, 1921; home in Campbellford, Ontario (former signaller, Oxford Rifles, 1938-1941); enlisted London, Ontario, 26 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.20 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 29 December 1948.

 

Throughout his operational tour, which has included sorties against many major targets, this officer has displayed fine airmanship. On one occasion, shortly after taking off with a heavy bomb load, two of his engines failed, one catching fire. Maintaining height with great difficulty, he extinguished the fire, jettisoned his bomb load into the sea and made a successful landing at base without further damage to his aircraft. At all times he has displayed fine qualities of determination and courage and has achieved excellent results.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation drafted 31 May 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (213 operational hours). The sortie list and text add more detail to his career.

 

* damaged by flak

 

20 Oct 43 Leipzig 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart

22 Oct 43 Kassel 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt

18 Nov 43 Berlin 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt

22 Nov 43 Berlin* 24 Mar 44 Berlin


26 Nov 43 Berlin 26 Mar 44 Essen

1 Jan 44 Berlin 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg

2 Jan 44 Berlin 10 Apr 44 Aulnoye

5 Jan 44 Stettin 11 Apr 44 Aachen

14 Jan 44 Brunswick 20 Apr 44 Cologne

20 Jan 44 Berlin 22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf

27 Jan 44 Berlin 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe

19 Feb 44 Leipzig 26 Apr 44 Essen

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart 27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt 30 Apr 44 Maintenon

25 Feb 44 Augsburg 1 May 44 Lyons

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart

 

This Canadian Pilot Officer has completed 31 sorties comprising 213 operational flying hours as captain of a Lancaster aircraft. He and his crew have attacked many major targets including Leipzig, Stettin, Schweinfurt, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Essen and many others including no less than eight sorties over Berlin.

 

Throughout a most arduous tour of operations this officer has displayed fine qualities of airmanship as was clearly demonstrated one night in November when, shortly after take off with a full bomb load and at a height of only 300 feet, both port and starboard inner engines failed, one engine catching fire. Pilot Officer Price is a cool and skilful manner, feathered the propellers of these engines, extinguished the fire and, maintaining height with great difficulty, proceeded out to sea where, after jettisoning equipment and incendiary bombs, he was at last able to reach sufficient height to drop his high explosive bombs with safety. Pilot Officer Price then returned to base and made a successful landing without damage to his aircraft or injury to his crew.

 

This officer has carried out his tour of operations displaying quiet persistence and a cool, determined endeavour over a long period, sometimes under most trying circumstances, and for the success he has achieved I consider he fully deserves an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

The Officer Commanding, RAF Station Kelstern, added on 14 May 1944:

 

After a number of set backs at the beginning of his tour, this officer has proved to be a most reliable aircraft captain. Under a quiet manner he has displayed fine qualities of determination and is strongly recommended for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

The Commander of No.12 Base concurred on 16 May 1944, and the Air Officer Commanding, No.1 Group, added his approval on 31 May 1944.

 

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PRICE, F/O Stanley (J19317) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1922 in Bracknell, Ontario; home in Brockville (store clerk, former member of Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted Ottawa 11 February 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 27 September 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 26 October 1941). Commissioned October 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 May 1945 when he had completed a second tour of 15 trips 24 March 1945 to 10 May 1945 including EXODUS trips on 8 and 10 May 1945. First tour had been 32 trips, 16 September 1942 to 8 April 1943. Hours given but not totalled.

 

This officer has now completed fifteen trips on his second operational tour. Practically all his forty-five sorties have been carried out against long range and heavily defended targets in Germany.

 

Throughout his tour he has consistently displayed a high degree of ability and by his courage and initiative has proven himself to be an outstanding member of a gallant crew. Flying Officer Price has also greatly strengthened the hand of the Signals Leader of the squadron when on the ground, where his keenness and tireless energy have done much to improve the efficiency of his section.

 

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PRICE, F/O Stanley Reuben (J29327) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1923; home in Sault Ste.Marie (bank clerk). Enlisted in North Bay, 31 August 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned 1943. Wounded on his 31st sortie (Wanne Eickel). Medal sent by registered mail 10 September 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 October 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (155 hours 55 minutes), 6 June to 3 October 1944.

 

This navigator has taken part in a large number of sorties including attacks against such heavily defended targets as Brunswick, Kiel and Dortmund. Throughout his tour of operations he has shown great keenness and enthusiasm for his work and has in addition been of great assistance to the navigation Leader on the ground. By his skilful and careful navigation he has been of great assistance to his captain and by keeping on track at all times, even under great strain, has enabled his captain to reach and attack his objective and bring the aircraft safely back to base on the completion of his mission.

 

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


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PRIDDAY, P/O Robert George (J17739) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943. Born in Port Carling, Ontario, 1921; home there; enlisted Toronto 6 January 1941. Commissioned 1943. DFC presented by King George VI, 11 August 1944; Bar to DFC presented 24 April 1948.

 

This officer has flown on operations against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. He has always displayed courage, coolness and resourcefulness under fire. On several occasions when his aircraft had developed engine trouble Pilot Officer Pridday's skill in effecting repairs has enabled the mission to be completed successfully.

 

PRIDDAY, F/O Robert George, DFC (C17739) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.

 

Flying Officer Pridday is an excellent flight engineer. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has completed a second tour of operations, during which he has completed many attacks on heavily defended targets in Germany. On several occasions his skill and resource have largely contributed to the prevention of attacks by enemy night fighters. At all times he has displayed qualities of courage and determination of a very high order.

 

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PRIESTMAN, F/O Robert Edmund (C19539) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base Servicing Echelon - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 4 September 1941. 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 dated 3 February 1945, noting he had served ten months in Canada and 32 months overseas:

 

Pilot Officer Priestman was posted to Base Major Servicing Section in August 1944 and since his arrival he has proven himself to be a capable and diligent officer. His patient, sympathetic handling of his NCOs and men have to no small degree contributed to the general efficiency of the Base Major Servicing Section. This officer, though a Radar Officer, has in a few months organized and made extremely efficient a combined Signals Radar Servicing Section. By diligent and faithful application to his duties, Pilot Officer Priestman has in a short time mastered the complicities [sic - complexities ?] of two technical trades and raised his section to its present excellent standard.

 


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PRIME, FS (now P/O) Harry Cyril (R180870/J86810) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born at Carleton, Ontario; home there; enlisted Ottawa 11 August 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 27 February 1947.

 

This airman has achieved a fine record as an air gunner. He has shown fearlessness and courage in combat and his high standard of skill and proficiency has undoubtedly contributed largely to the successful completion of his sorties. He has now completed a tour of operations and his courage and constant alertness are on a very high level.

 

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PRIMEAU, FS William Archy (R62586) - Mention in Despatches - No.9427 Servicing Echelon (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 17 April 1940; embarked for UK 24 January 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 31 July 1944.

 

He is employed as Flight Sergeant Electrician and has carried out his duties in a superior manner. His eagerness to maintain a high rate of serviceability in aircraft has necessitated long hours of overtime.

 

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PRINGLE, F/O Howard Monckton (J86187) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1910 in Toronto; home there (salesman); enlisted there 12 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned May 1944. 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 20 December 1944 when he had flown 56 sorties (228 hours), 9 April to 17 December 1944.

 

9 Apr 44 Lille 23 Jul 44 Kiel

11 Apr 44 Aachen 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart

26 Apr 44 Essen 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart

10 May 44 Lens 31 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe

11 May 44 Louvain 16 Aug 44 Stettin

21 May 44 Duisburg 18 Aug 44 Connantre


22 May 44 Dortmund 25 Aug 44 Brest

24 May 44 Aachen 20 Sep 44 Calais

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold 23 Sep 44 Neuss

28 May 44 Mardick 27 Sep 44 Calais

31 May 44 Montcouple 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken

5 June 44 Longues 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

9 June 44 Rennes 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

11 Jun 44 Tours 25 Oct 44 Essen

14 Jun 44 Everecy 31 Oct 44 Cologne

15 Jun 44 Fouillard 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

16 Jun 44 Renescure 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen

27 Jun 44 Oisemontnaville Bois 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel

4 July 44 Villeneuve St. George 20 Nov 44 Coblenz

9 July 44 L'Hey 21 Nov 44 Worms

10 Jul 44 Nucourt 27 Nov 44 Frieburg

11 Jul 44 Gapennes 29 Nov 44 Dortmund

12 Jul 44 Tours 4 Dec 44 Urst

14 Jul 44 St.Philibert 5 Dec 44 Soest

20 Jul 44 Wizernes 6 Dec 44 Merseburg Leuna

17 Dec 44 Ulm

 

Pilot Officer Pringle has a fine record in the squadron as a most accurate and reliable plotter and the success which has attended his crew is in a large degree due to him. Included in his total of 56 bombing attacks are sorties on targets such as Dortmund, Stettin, Duisburg and Essen.

 

Pilot Officer Pringle has always been a member of a crew engaged on vital marking duties using special equipment and there can be little doubt that on many occasions the success of the attack has depended partly on his accuracy.

 

This officer continued to show the utmost enthusiasm to fly against the enemy on all possible occasions and it is considered that his fine record of service fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PRINGLE, F/O Terence Harry (J25203) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1913 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; home in Regina; enlisted there 1 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office document Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 21 August 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (154 hours 23 minutes).

 

Flying Officer Pringle has completed 36 operations totalling 154.23 hours.

 

This Canadian navigator has carried out his duties throughout a large number of sorties with a consistently high standard of execution, devoting his energy unsparingly towards any task which might be set. Always ready with a cheerful and enthusiastic attitude to tackle the most difficult navigational problems, Flying Officer Pringle has shown a courageous desire to play a vital part as a key member of his crew.

 

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PRITCHARD, F/L John Everett (J9348) - No.139 Wing - Distinguished Flying Cross - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born 1915 in Austin, Illinois; home in Middleton, Wisconsin; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 30 November 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 8 October 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941). Commissioned 1942.

 

Flight Lieutenant Pritchard has an outstanding operational record. He is a determined, skilful and courageous officer and his crew have great confidence in his ability to defend the aircraft. His sorties have been varied and hazardous but his skill and coolness have been most praiseworthy.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9633 has recommendation drafted about 30 March 1944 when he had flown 52 sorties (104 operational hours) as an air gunner. The text is much more detailed than that above.

 

During his second operational flight (2 June 1942) the aircraft in which this officer (Air Gunner) was flying was attacked by eight Focke Wulf 190s, and it is largely due to his skill and cool-headedness that the aircraft was able to return safely to base. An outstanding example of his determination to press home an attack resulted in the Leeuwarden airfield being shot up from an altitude of only 50 feet (25 June 1942). Also worthy of note are his operations against heavy guns at Dieppe (twice on August 19th, 1942), Boulogne harbour (twice), Dunkirk docks (twice), Rouen (twice), Brest airfield, shipping at Cherbourg (twice), aircraft factory at Albert, marshalling yards at Creil, and E-Boat shelters at Ijmuiden, and many other targets of great military importance.

 

This officer left the U.S.A. for Canada in 1941 when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. Since that time he has completed his training as Air Gunner and undertaken 52 operational flights.

 


This officer's cheerfulness, skill and great courage are responsible for the very high morale of his crews, and their confidence in his ability to defend his aircraft is unlimited.

 

A Group Captain (signature illegible) added on 1 April 1944:

 

Throughout his lengthy tour of operations this officer has displayed great coolness, courage and devotion to duty. He has demonstrated his skill as an Air Gunner on numerous occasions and his crew as a whole have the utmost confidence in his ability. In addition to this he has added much to the success of the crew by virtue of his cheerfulness and keenness in the face of heavy odds. In recognition of his good services I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PRITCHARD, F/O Lorne Thomas (J14783) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born 1922; home in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; enlisted Calgary 10 December 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 22 April 1950. No citation other than "...completed ...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8782 has recommendation dated 16 December 1943 when he had flown 20 sorties (126 hours ten minutes) as follows:

 

3 July 43 Cologne 27 Sep 43 Hanover

2 Aug 43 Hamburg 29 Sep 43 Bochum

7 Aug 43 Milan 2 Oct 43 Munich

9 Aug 43 Mannheim 3 Oct 43 Kassel

12 Aug 43 Milan 4 Oct 43 Frankfurt

23 Aug 43 Berlin 8 Oct 43 Hanover

30 Aug 43 Munchen 20 Oct 43 Leipzig

3 Sept 43 Berlin 22 Oct 43 Kassel

6 Sept 43 Munich 3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf

23 Sep 43 Mannheim 18 Nov 43 Berlin

 

Flying Officer Pritchard has completed twenty operational sorties as Navigator on his first tour. These have included such long distance targets as Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Milan and Leipzig. He has also taken part in raids on the Ruhr. Skilful and very accurate navigation have been the key note of all his operational sorties and he was of great assistance to his pilot in obtaining photographs of aiming points in raids on Kassel and Dusseldorf in October and November 1943.

 


His manipulation of special navigational equipment is of a high order and an example to the other navigators on his squadron. He has shown great enthusiasm to operate against the enemy and his skill and bravery on operations have well earned for him the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PROBERT, P/O Rex Howard (J16848) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.92 Squadron - Award effective 29 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born in Moose Jaw, 1921; home there; enlisted in Regina 6 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 April 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 8 June 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 16 August 1941). Commissioned 1943. Posted to No.416 Squadron, 23 February 1942; to No.22 PTC, 27 May 1942; to No.33 Squadron, 29 July 1942; to No.92 Squadron, 5 December 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 11 January 1944. Stated that he had trained in UK at No.59 OTU; to No.416 Squadron in December 1941 and Middle East in July 1942. To No.33 Squadron in September 1942 (75 operational hours, ground support), No.92 in December 1942 (172 operational hours).

 

One day in July 1943 this officer, in company with a pilot in another aircraft, engaged a formation of more than twelve enemy fighters over Catania airfield. In the engagement two of the enemy aircraft were destroyed and another was seriously damaged. Pilot Officer Probert personally destroyed one and damaged another. The enemy force, greatly superior in number, was so completely outflown that this pilot and his companion were able to return to base with both aircraft unscathed. Pilot Officer Probert has always set a high standard in flying and his courage and determination have been of the highest order.

 

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PROCTOR, F/L Albert Alexander (J12094) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Flying Instructor School - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Enlisted in Winnipeg 11 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 18 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940). As of award had flown 2,601:05 hours (2,372:05 as instructor, 349:40 in past six months).

 

This officer, throughout many hours of instructional flying time, has displayed leadership and skill of a high order. These qualities, combined with his exceptional keenness and devotion to duty in all his activities, have been an excellent example to all those with whom he has come in contact.

 

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PROCTOR, F/L Billy Wright (J24138) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.601 Squadron - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 August 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born 1921 at Caledon East, Ontario; home there (student); enlisted Toronto 28 January 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 29 August 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned May 1943.


Flight Lieutenant Proctor has completed numerous operational sorties. On many occasions his aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire, but despite all hazards he has maintained consistent accuracy and determination in his bombing. He has shown unfailing courage and devotion to duty, which have contributed in no small measure to the successes achieved by his squadron.

 

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PROCTOR, F/O Charles Stanley Wright (J6150) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.104 Squadron - Award effective 1 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943. Born at Brighton, Ontario, 1917; home in Toronto; enlisted there 19 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 January 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 8 June 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 28 April 1941). Commissioned 1941. Killed in crash of a Dakota, Estevan, Saskatchewan, 15 September 1946 (one of 21).

 

This officer has at all times displayed great skill as a navigator bomb aimer. He was engaged throughout the critical period of the enemy advance and succeeded in spotting enemy concentrations in the battle area and scoring many hits on enemy transports. Throughout these operations on a large variety of targets, his technical ability and conduct have inspired confidence in all with whom he has flown.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8933 has the earlier text of the recommendation for a non-immediate award, sent on 21 December 1942 from Headquarters, Royal Air Force, Middle East to Air Ministry.

 

This officer has completed 39 operational flights and 238 hours 25 minutes since joining the squadron at the beginning of March this year, after navigating a Wellington out from England.

 

This officer has at all times shown marked ability as a navigator and bomb aimer, flying consistently through the intensive period of operations covering our last withdrawal, picking out enemy concentrations in the battle area and scoring many direct hits on vehicles, resulting in fires, on many occasions getting his captain to go down low so that the weight of bombs could be used to the best advantage, the height being such that machine guns were used to try and drive off the attacking aircraft.

 

During all these operations on a large variety of targets his navigation has been perfect and this ability has inspired confidence in everyone who flew with him.

 

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PROSSER, F/L Charles Alexander (J23364) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born at Milton, Ontario; home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton 6 April 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 54 sorties (251 hours), 6 March to 18 November 1944.

 

6 Mar 44 Trappes 15 Jul 44 Nucourt

7 Mar 44 Le Mans 18 Jul 44 Wesseling

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 23 Jul 44 Kiel

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart

24 Mar 44 Berlin 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart

26 Mar 44 Essen 14 Aug 44 Falaise area

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 16 Aug 44 Stettin

3 May 44 Montdidier 18 Aug 44 Connantre

6 May 44 Nantes 25 Aug 44 Brest

8 May 44 Haine St.Pierre 26 Aug 44 Kiel

11 May 44 Louvain 29 Aug 44 Stettin

21 May 44 Duisburg 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt

24 May 44 Aachen 15 Sep 44 Kiel

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold 23 Sep 44 Neuss

28 May 44 Mardick 6 Oct 44 Dortmund

5 June 44 Longues 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven

8 June 44 Fougeres 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

11 Jun 44 Tours 25 Oct 44 Essen

23 Jun 44 Coubrounne 28 Oct 44 Cologne

24 Jun 44 Middel Straete 30 Oct 44 Cologne

27 Jun 44 Oisemontnaville Bois 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

2 July 44 Oisemontnaville Bois 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen

4 July 44 Villeneuve St.Georges 16 Nov 44 Duel

7 July 44 Caen 18 Nov 44 Munster

9 July 44 L'Hey

 

This officer is the navigator of a Blind Marker crew that has achieved particularly fine results on operations. He has now taken part in 54 attacks against the enemy on many occasions, dropping markers which were vital to the success of the operation.

 

Flight Lieutenant Prosser continues to display the keenest desire to fly against the enemy and his determination to achieve the most accurate results despite the heaviest opposition is outstanding. In recognition of this officer's long record of successfully completed operations, he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 


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PROTHEROE, F/O David Harrison (J14679) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born 1922; home in Elnora, Alberta; enlisted Calgary 28 October 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 2 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. Flew twelve sorties with No.100 Squadron before transfer to No.625. Medal presented by King George VI 11 August 1944. Remained in postwar RCAF, rising to Colonel as a service dentist. Press report of 20 November 1978 stated he was last member of regular forces to be wearing the DFC (Ockenden was second-last).

 

Flying Officer Protheroe has taken part in many operational sorties, attacking some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. He has had to face very adverse weather conditions on occasion but each time his skilful navigation has guided the aircraft to the target and back safely. On one occasion in January 1944 his aircraft lost height from 19,000 feet to 3,000 feet in an uncontrolled dive while over Germany. Despite severe structural damage to the aircraft this officer navigated it back to England where he gave his captain every assistance in making a successful crash landing. Throughout his tour Flying Officer Protheroe has maintained a high standard of courage, cheerful confidence and devotion to duty.

 

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PROUDFOOT, S/L Robert (C5010) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.3 ANS - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Enlisted 10 May 1941 at Toronto.

 

This officer has been employed for four years as a navigation instructor and chief ground instructor. He has at all times shown diligence, skill and a keen sense of responsibility beyond normal service requirements while discharging his duties and has contributed greatly to the success of this unit.

 

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PROULX, Sergeant Joseph Lionel Jean Baptise (R73522) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron (No.62 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 St.Cyril de Wendover, Quebec; enlisted Montreal 11 September 1940. Fitter IIE. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944, noting he had served one year in Canada, 33 months overseas. Note change in rank between recommendation and final award.

 


LAC Proulx is a specialist tradesman of outstanding ability. He enlisted in September 1940 and has served one year in Canada, six months in North Africa and 27 months in England. He has served with No.425 Squadron in North Africa where he completed many difficult assignments under extremely trying conditions. Since returning to this country, his great determination and tireless energy have proven an example and an inspiration to those serving with him.

 

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PROVENCHER, WO2 Real Emile Amy Joseph (R139809) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.5 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Tessier, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 21 November 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943).

 

This non-commissioned officer staff pilot has shown great skill and keenness in his work both in the air and on the ground that is an example for his fellow workers. His outstanding ability, loyalty and devotion to duty are worthy of the highest praise.

 

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PROVOST, WO (now P/O) Rene Joseph (R123513/J87652) - Mention in Despatches - No.47 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in St.Boniface, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg 4 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1942).

 

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PROWSE, S/L Russell Aylen (C14618) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 4 October 1940. Medal sent by registered mail July 1951.

 

This equipment officer has discharged his many responsible duties in a most commendable and enthusiastic manner. The untiring efforts of this officer have been an inspiration to all. His devotion to duty and close co-operation with both civil and service authorities has made his contribution to the Royal Canadian Air Force outstanding.

 

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PRUDENCE, FS John Frederick William (R75514) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.5527 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation from CO, Base Major Servicing Section to Station Adjutant dated 30 April 1945. Enlisted in Hamilton (his home) 16 September 1940; 27 months in Canada, 29 months overseas.

 

Flight Sergeant Prudence has been with this unit since its formation nearly a year ago and is in charge of the Electrical Section. His vigorous direction and with long hours spent over the working day have resulted in a high standard of work coming from his men. He has also been most active in keeping up the morale, not only of his section but also the whole unit and has spent considerable time and trouble as chairman of their entertainments committee. His energy and enthusiasm in all he has undertaken has been an outstanding example. He is accordingly recommended for Mention in Despatches.

 

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PRUNEAU, WO Joseph Ernest Roger (R66972) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base Servicing Echelon - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. 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 drafted January 1945; Wireless Operator Mechanic; enlisted in Montreal (his home) 31 August 1940. Served three months in Canada, 50 months overseas:

 

Warrant Officer Pruneau arrived in the United Kingdom in December 1940 and his four years of overseas service have been outstanding for achievement and rapid promotion. This NCO by his excellent example of untiring effort and masterly technical knowledge has served his section well and is a source of pride to his men and his officers.

 

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PRYSZLAK, F/O Mike (J20720) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1913 at Swan Plain, Saskatchewan; home in Toronto; enlisted Regina 8 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.3 BGS. Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 August 1944 when he had completed 36 sorties (170 hours 35 minutes) between 25 March and 1 August 1944.

 


This Air Gunner has completed a tour of thirty-six attacks on enemy targets including such heavily defended targets as Essen, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf. He has shown great enthusiasm for his work and a fine offensive spirit. On the ground he has been of great assistance to the Gunnery Leader to whom he has acted as deputy. His cheerfulness and enthusiasm for his work have been an inspiration to his crew and to the other members of his Section. By his unfailing watchfulness he has on several occasions been able to warn his Captain of the approach of hostile aircraft in time for him to evade attack and successfully attack his objective and return to base safely...

 

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PUBLICOVER, S/L Ernest Franklyn (C89502) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.547 Squadron - Award effective 29 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1912 at Hubbard, Nova Scotia; home in Halifax. Originally in RAF (August 1939); transferred to RCAF in London, England, 10 October 1944. Medal presented 10 January 1946.

 

This officer, who has completed a very large number of sorties, has displayed skill and determination of a high standard. His keenness to engage the enemy has always been apparent and he has taken part in numerous attacks on enemy shipping. One night in March 1945, Squadron Leader Publicover executed a most determined attack on an enemy U-boat. This officer is an extremely efficient flight commander whose work both in the air and on the ground has won much praise.

 

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PUCHALSKI, WO2 Arthur (R196158) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1921 at Gilbert Plains, Manitoba; home in Grandview, Manitoba (farmer); enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 October 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943). Medal presented 13 September 1947.

 

An alert and skilful air gunner this Warrant Officer has now completed his first operational tour. He has participated in many sorties against such important targets as Kiel, Essen and Cologne. On three occasions his aircraft has been in combat with enemy fighters, two of which made very persistent attacks. In June 1944, during a sortie against Trappes, his aircraft was subjected to three attacks by a Messerschmitt 109. By his speedy counter fire and accurate directions to his captain Warrant Officer Puchalski successfully beat off the attacker. While engaged on another mission against Dusseldorf in November 1944, repeated attacks were made on his aircraft by an enemy fighter. A very prolonged engagement ensued and his aircraft was forced down to a height of 4,000 feet before eventually evading the fighter. By his prompt and faultless commentary to his pilot Warrant Officer Puchalski was once again largely responsible for the safe return of his aircraft and crew. This Warrant Officer's cool courage and devotion to duty have always been of a high order.

 

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PUDNEY, Sergeant Clinton Landis (R139022) - George Medal - No.1659 Conversion Unit (later No.405 Squadron) - Award effective 13 July 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1949/43 dated 24 September 1943. American in RCAF (Belmar, New Jersey or Buffalo, New York). Former aircraft apprentice. Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 25 October 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.3 ITS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.22 EFTS (left 15 June 1942). Arrived No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, 6 November 1942. Reported to No.1659 Conversion Unit, 20 December 1942. His GM exploit was on 28 January 1943 while on the strength of that unit. To No.405 Squadron on 8 April 1943; flew on raids to Dortmund (4/5 May 1943), Wuppertal (25 May 1943), Dusseldorf (11 June 1943) and Bochum (12 June 1943) Killed at Sutton Bridge in flying accident, 16 July 1943 (routine cross-country flight).

 

While engaged on a local practice flight the Halifax aircraft in which Sergeant Pudney was flying as mid-upper gunner struck high ground, crashed and burst into flames. Three members of the crew were killed and the others, with the exception of Sergeant Pudney, were too severely injured to extricate themselves from the burning wreckage. Though suffering from severe lacerations on his face and in spite of loss of blood and shock, Sergeant Pudney entered the blazing aircraft several times and finally succeeded in bringing all his companions out. He then struggled over rough moorland for two miles to obtain help.

 

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PUDNEY, F/O John William David (J37039) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.98 Squadron - Award effective 29 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 10 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born in Montreal, 20 April 1923; home in Vancouver. Bank of Montreal employee, enlisted in Vancouver, 23 July September 1942. Sent to Manning Depot at Edmonton. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 25 June 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943; wings and commission that day). Further trained at General Reconnaissance School, Summerside and OTU at Debert, Nova Scotia. Posted overseas 25 May 1944. First sortie was 1 September 1944 (Givet, France); 37th sortie was Venlo Bridge, 25 October 1944 with P/O Bodano as navigator, Warrant Officer Wellman as WOP (Air) and Flight Sergeant Gravelle as gunner; 49th and last sortie was Henisburg, Germany (raid conducted from Melsbroek, Belgium where unit had moved 18 October 1944). Returned to England on 10 April 1945. Returned to Canada 30 March 1945. Transferred to Reserve, 15 June 1945; attended University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Commerce, 1948); appointed married and three weeks later was to Permanent Commission, 17 May 1948 as Account Officer. Postwar postings included Sea Island, Greenwoods, No.1 Air Division (December 1954), No.3 (F) Wing, Zweibrucken (January 1956), and RCAF Staff College (September 1958). In the late 1960s, as a Colonel, he headed the Armed Forces Training Team assigned to Ghana and attended (1969-1970) the Imperial Defence College. Invested with DFC, 24 January 1947.

 


Flying Officer Pudney has throughout his operational tour shown outstanding skill and keenness. During a sortie to the Venlo Bridge in December 1944, one engine of his aircraft was put out of action. Despite this he pressed home a telling attack, afterwards returning to base where he accomplished a successful landing. Many of this officer's missions have been to heavily defended targets. He has always set a magnificent example of courage, ability and outstanding determination.

 

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PUE, P/O Peter Royal (J87957) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1918 at Napinka, Manitoba; home in Melita, Manitoba (farmer). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 September 1942. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 8 February 1943) and No.7 BGS (graduated 4 October 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (171 hours), 6 June to 23 October 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Pue has taken part in thirty-two attacks on enemy territory, many of which have been against the heavily defended districts of the Ruhr. He has at all times shown great enthusiasm for his work both in the air and on the ground. His cheerfulness under trying conditions has been most inspiring to the other members of his crew. He has been of great assistance both to his captain and to the Signals Leader of his squadron to whom he has given very willing co-operation at all times.

 

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PUGH, F/L John Edwards, MC (C3059) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 Recruiting Centre - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Great Soughall, Chester, England, 29 April 1890, and educated there, 1896-1906. Joined Department of Indian Affairs, 1913. Served in RFC and RAF, flying FE2d (51 hours), Armstrong-Whitworths (165 hours) and DH.4s (218 hours); awarded MC, 22 June 1918 for services in No.25 Squadron. Postwar he returned to Indian Affairs; home at Cardston, Alberta. Joined RCAF at Trenton, 9 November 1940 and eventually rose to S/L. Spent most of his time at No.2 Recruiting Centre, Calgary and No.3 Recruiting Centre, Edmonton. Transferred to Reserve, 17 August 1944. Award presented by Governor general, 16 April 1943.

 

F/L J.E. Pugh, MC, has been engaged in recruiting duties in this Command for two years and for the past seven months has been Commanding Officer of a Recruiting Centre. During this time F/L Pugh has worked unusually hard and has cheerfully devoted all his time and energies to recruiting personnel for the RCAF. His efforts in creating and stimulating interest among the public has been notable, and as a result he has succeeded in filling the demands made on his Recruiting Centre in a most successful manner over a period of many months. The interests of the Service come first with Flight Lieutenant Pugh at all times. He is capable and efficient - a Commanding Officer who has the welfare of those serving under him at heart always.

 


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PULLAR, F/L William Stewart (J18049) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born 1918 at Delia, Alberta; home there (former member, Royal Canadian Artillery). Enlisted in Calgary, 19 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 April 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Commissioned 1943. Lost 15 December 1944 when a Fortress of No.168 (HT) Squadron disappeared. Medal presented to his mother, 1 December 1948.

 

Flight Lieutenant Pullar is a keen and efficient captain whose example of courage and resolution has been well reflected in the fine fighting spirit of his crew. He has attacked many heavily defended targets and his successes are an excellent tribute to his ability and tenacity. He has set a fine example to all.

 

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PURA, Corporal Paul (R80129) - Mention in Despatches - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 29 October 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.2617 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 16 July 1943. (NOTE: documents spell the name as "Pura" and "Purna".

 

Corporal Pura has carried out his duties with such zeal and enthusiasm that he has contributed to a great extent to the success of Signals Sections of 427 Squadron. At all times his work has been outstanding, and his stamina and devotion to duty during particularly busy periods have encouraged and heartened other members of the squadron.

 

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PURCELLO, F/L William Michael (C22330) - Air Force Cross - No.2 FIS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Rossland, British Columbia. Enlisted in Vancouver, 8 October 1940. Medal presented 10 October 1947. As of award had flown 3,600 hours, 2,900 as instructor, 800 in previous six months.

 

This officer has almost 3,000 instructional hours to his credit. The zeal and energy displayed towards his flying duties have been outstanding. He has shown endless perseverance both to his pupils and brother officers alike and he has set an example in accordance with the best traditions of the service. By his splendid devotion to duty this officer has made a valuable contribution to the success of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

 

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PURKIS, F/O Robert Sydney (J38089) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.437 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born 1924; home in Salmon Arm, British Columbia (creamery hand); enlisted Vancouver 17 December 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 14 June 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 23 July 1943)_and No.3 SFTS (graduated 12 November 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 29 May 1947. DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation dated 1 April 1945 when he had flown 735 hours (240 in previous six months), 260 operational hours (40 sorties). Noted that he had "always flown as No.2 to the Squadron Commander, never failing to maintain close formation despite the intensity of enemy opposition."

 

This officer has served in the squadron since its formation and he has displayed the highest standard of keenness and determination and has proved a most valuable asset. Flying Officer Purkis has taken part in several airborne operations and his skilful and devoted efforts contributed materially to the successes achieved.

 

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PURVES, F/L James Kent Blair (J4342) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.21 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born at Truro, Nova Scotia; home in Halifax (formerly in COTC while attending Dalhousie University); enlisted there 27 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.9 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 11 March 1941). Posted to No.113 Squadron, 16 December 1941; to UK, 25 March 1943. Award sent by registered mail 7 August 1949.

 

This officer has completed many sorties on his second tour of operational duty. In the course of his assignments he has attacked a wide range of targets including enemy airfields, shipping and transport and other objectives. He has displayed great skill and determination, setting an excellent example.

 

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PURVES, F/L Robert Winsor Victor (J35595) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.153 Squadron - Award effective 4 December 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO/431 dated 8 August 1947. Born June 1923 at Toronto; home there; enlisted there (student). Commissioned September 1943. Medal presented in Toronto 30 November 1949, No citation other than "completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 3/8772 has recommendation dated 30 May 1945 when he had completed 30 sorties (179 hours 20 minutes) as follows:

 

30 Oct 44 Cologne 2 Mar 45 Cologne

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 6 Mar 45 Chemnitz

12 Dec 44 Essen 11 Mar 45 Essen


17 Dec 44 Ulm 13 Mar 45 Gelsenkirchen

22 Dec 44 Coblenz 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

28 Dec 44 Bonn 19 Mar 45 Hanau

29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen 22 Mar 45 Hildesheim

31 Dec 44 Osterfeld 4 Apr 45 GARDENING

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 22 Apr 45 Bremen

16 Jan 45 Zeitz 25 Apr 45 Berchtesgaden

22 Jan 45 Duisburg 29 Apr 45 MANNA (The Hague)

3 Feb 45 Bottrop 1 May 45 MANNA (Rotterdam)

7 Feb 45 Cleve 3 May 45 MANNA (Rotterdam)

8 Feb 45 Politz 7 May 45 MANNA (Rotterdam)

1 Mar 45 Mannheim 8 May 45 MANNA (Rotterdam)

 

Flight Lieutenant Purves, a Canadian, has carried out thirty sorties during his operational tour as pilot and captain of aircraft. Many of these sorties were attacks on very distant and heavily defended targets in Germany, such as Nuremburg, Chemnitz and Berchtesgaden. At all times Flight Lieutenant Purves has proven himself to be an excellent captain of aircraft on operations, filling his crew with a confidence in his own abilities and setting a most gallant example to them for enthusiasm and fearlessness in the face of heavy opposition.

 

His skill as a pilot is of high order, and his cheerful enthusiastic manner has infused not only his crew but has had a marked effect on Maintenance personnel.

 

I submit that the great service performed by this officer and the sterling qualities he has displayed would be suitably recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PUSKAS, P/O Stephen (J86956) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1922 in Czechoslovakia; home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 19 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned May 1944. Medal presented in Hamilton 27 July 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 August 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (191 hours 30 minutes) from 15 February to 15 August 1944.

 


This officer has completed a notable tour of thirty-eight attacks on enemy targets, including attacks on such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Dusseldorf. Throughout his tour he has shown a keen offensive spirit and a great desire to come to grips with the enemy. he has been an outstanding captain of aircraft and has encouraged and trained his crew so that they have invariably carried out their duties satisfactorily...

 

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PUTERBOUGH, F/L Carl Cooper (J21296) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.214 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1919; home in Norland, Ontario (carpenter, truck driver); enlisted Toronto 24 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 22 June 1949. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 17 September 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (132 hours), 27 June 1943 to 10 September 1944.

 

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

 

27 Jun 43 NICKLING, Paris (4.15) 30 Apr 44 France (3.30)*

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.50) 7 May 44 Tours (5.15)*

15 Sep 43 Montlucon (6.15) 19 May 44 Tours (5.10)*

21 Sep 43 GARDENING, Frisians (3.30) 31 May 44 Saumar (5.25)*

22 Sep 43 Hanover (5.00) 17 Jun 44 Aulnoye (3.30)*

17 Oct 43 GARDENING, Bay of 12 Jul 44 Culmont-Chalindray (8.00)*

Biscay (4.20) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (4.30)*

24 Oct 43 GARDENING, Frisians (4.00) 25 Jul 44 Ruhr (3.00)*

19 Nov 43 Leverkusen (4.30) 29 Jul 44 Patrol (2.15)*

30 Nov 43 GARDENING, San 8 Aug 44 Patrol (4.10)*

Sebastian (9.00) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.00)*

16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.30)*

* * * * * 26 Aug 44 Patrol (4.15)*

27 Aug 44 Patrol (4.25)*

4 Jan 44 France (3.15)* 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.45)*

20 Apr 44 Brussels (3.00)* 10 Sep 44 Patrol (4.45)*

 

This pilot and captain of aircraft has completed twenty-seven operational sorties, attacking a variety of targets in enemy and occupied territory. On one occasion, due to intensive evasive action, his aircraft was found to be in an upside down position; by coolness and fine control he righted his aircraft and returned to base safely.

 

He has throughout his tour shown a high standard of flying ability and determination always to complete the operation ordered.

 

NOTE: To the above, on 18 September 1944, the station commander adds:

 


A captain of aircraft who has displayed much determination and outstanding flying ability throughout his tour of operations. An excellent leader who has always inspired confidence, completing his missions to schedule in a most exemplary manner.

 

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PYNE, FS Dermot Ronald (R210040) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1923 in Winnipeg; home there (student); enlisted there 8 December 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 26 November 1943). Commissioned December 1942. Medal presented 14 May 1948. See his article, "A Night on the Ruhr", Airforce, December 1983. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 46 sorties (218 hours ten minutes), 20 April 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

* denotes counted as one-third of a sortie

 

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.40)* 20 Jul 44 Ferme du Forrestal (4.05)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (5.50) 24 Jul 44 Ferfay (3.30)

26 Apr 44 Essen (5.15) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (1.45), DNCO

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.45)* 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE (2.35)

30 Apr 44 Le Mans (4.40)* 15 Aug 44 Melsbroeck (4.35)

1 May 44 St.Ghislain (4.45) 16 Aug 44 Kiel (8.05)

9 May 44 Haine St.Pierre (4.10) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.30)

10 May 44 Ghent (4.20) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.15)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.15) 20 Sep 44 Calais (2.00)

31 May 44 Au Fevre (4.20) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.40)

2 June 44 Neuf Chatel (3.25) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.25)

6 June 44 Coutrances (4.30) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.00)

7 June 44 Acheres (5.05) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.10)

9 June 44 Le Mans (5.50) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.45)

14 Jun 44 St.Pol (4.00) 18 Nov 44 Munster (3.45)

15 Jun 44 Boulogne (3.40) 20 Nov 44 Koblenz (4.25)

17 Jun 44 Oisemont-Nouvelle- 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg (5.00)

au-Bois (4.10) 27 Nov 44 Freiburg (5.40)

21 Jun 44 St.Martin (4.10) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.40)

24 Jun 44 Bamieres (3.50) 4 Dec 44 Urft Dam (5.00)

27 Jun 44 Foret d'Eawy (4.50) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (6.25)

4 July 44 Biennais (4.10) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (5.25)

6 July 44 Biennais (3.30) 8 Feb 45 Politz (7.45)

17 Jul 44 Caen (4.20) 13 Feb 45 Dresden (7.30)

18 Jul 44 Cologne (5.20) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.00)


 

Flight Sergeant Pyne is a capable and efficient Air Gunner who has completed many operational attacks on such strongly fortified enemy targets as Stuttgart, Hannover, Dortmund and Mannheim. On all these missions this Air Gunner has shown courage and devotion to duty of the highest order. His ability and personality have made him a very valuable crew member.

 

Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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