RABCHAK, P/O Julian John (J86259) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1923; home in Winnipeg or Kamsack, Saskatchewan; enlisted Saskatoon, 28 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail, 24 February 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 2/9025 has recommendation dated 15 July 1944 when he had flown 28 2/3 sorties (158 hours 45 minutes):

 

15 Feb 44 Berlin 11 May 44 Hasselt

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 15 May 44 GARDENING

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 23 May 44 GARDENING

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 24 May 44 Aachen

24 Mar 44 Berlin 27 May 44 Aachen

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 2 June 44 Calais

11 Apr 44 Aachen 3 June 44 Wimeraux

18 Apr 44 Rouen 5 June 44 St.Martins de Vavre

20 Apr 44 Cologne 6 June 44 Vire

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 9 June 44 Flers

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 12 June 44 Gelsenkirchen

26 Apr 44 Essen 14 June 44 Le Havre

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven 16 June 44 Sterkrade

30 Apr 44 Maintenon 17 June 44 Aulnoye

9 May 44 Mardyke 22 June 44 Calais

 

Since being posted to No.103 Squadron on 14th February 1944, Pilot Officer Rabchak, a Canadian, has completed 28 2/3 bombing sorties with a total of 158.56 flying hours. Included in these sorties are many attacks on industrial targets in the Ruhr and elsewhere in Germany in addition to railway marshalling yards, oil targets and operations in support of the invasion of France. These attacks have been carried out with precision and with complete disregard of the fiercest opposition from enemy defences.

 

Throughout his operational tour, he has shown outstanding skill, courage and devotion to duty. He is an excellent Captain of aircraft, whose calm and quiet manner cloaks a fine offensive spirit in action, and a dogged determination to reach his objective. The fine record of his crew is largely due to the leadership and ability of Flying Officer Rabchak and I strongly recommend that his achievement be recognised by the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RABNETT, W/C Basil (C2819) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 11 October 1940. Award sent by registered mail, from Government House.

 

This officer has displayed continuously a high degree of initiative and forethought in his particular engineering field, and by so doing, has contributed appreciably to his directorate. His contribution to research and development relative to aero engines, fuels and lubricants deserves special commendation. His administration of the engine development and maintenance section deserves high praise. He has long shown great enthusiasm and devotion to duty which have earned for him the admiration and co-operation of all with whom he has served.

 

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RACETTE, WO Jean Fernand (R108311) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.37 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 3 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944. Born 1922 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 23 June 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 17 December 1941). Award sent by registered mail, 3 January 1946.

 

Warrant Officer Racette has invariably completed his duties as rear gunner with keenness and outstanding vigilance. He has operated against the enemy in Africa, Sicily and Italy. In October 1943, after attacking dispersed aircraft at an enemy airfield, his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88. After a long combat during which Warrant Officer Racette displayed skill and coolness and undoubtedly saved his bomber from destruction, the enemy was driven off and probably destroyed. On one occasion when returning from a night attack on Viterbo airfield he sighted an enemy submarine and made a valuable report on its position. He has invariable discharged his duties in a most creditable manner.

 

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RACICOT, F/O Charles Bernard Joseph (J92018) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 3 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born in Montreal, 1924; home there; enlisted there 25 September 1942. In Air Cadets, Montreal, before enlistment. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 June 1943), No.11 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1944). Commissioned 1944. Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. Shot down in the early hours of 19 March 1945; DHist file 181.009 D.1763 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has recommendation which included much more detail of that night and his subsequent experience as a POW.

 


One night in March 1945, this officer was detailed to attack Witten. On the bombing run his aircraft was illuminated in a cone of searchlights. Flying Officer Racicot flew clear, however, and resumed the bombing run. Immediately after the bombs had been released the aircraft was hit by enemy fire and sustained heavy damage. The engines on the starboard side were hit, the outer one being put out of action completely, while the inner engine caught fire; the propeller of the latter had to be feathered. Other damage sustained very badly affected the controls. The aircraft began to lose height rapidly. Although Flying Officer Racicot gave the order to prepare to abandon the aircraft, he remained at the controls and finally succeeded in levelling out. Shortly afterwards it became necessary to leave the aircraft by parachute. Flying Officer Racicot came down safely, but in enemy territory. He was captured. Within a few days he escaped and later came in contact with the liberating forces. This officer has completed numerous sorties and has displayed exceptional ability, skill and cool judgement. He has at all times been a source of great confidence to his crew.

 

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RACINE, F/L Gerald Geoffrey (J5800) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.263 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 21 May 1920 in St.Boniface, Manitoba; educated in Winnipeg (1925-1929), Chicago (1930-31) and Montreal (1931-1938). Home in Montreal. Had trained as an artist, specializing in animation and was working for his father's firm, Vibra-Lite Limited. Also free-lanced as a commercial artist, 1940-1941. Enlisted in Montreal, 11 November 1940 (AC2). At No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon, 11 November to 11 December 1940; No.4 SFTS, Saskatoon (guard duty), 12 December 1940 to 4 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS, Regina (5 January to 7 February 1941; promoted to LAC on latter date; graduated 4 February 1941), No.8 EFTS, Vancouver (8 February to 29 March 1941, graduated latter date) and No.10 SFTS, Dauphin (10 April to 28 June 1941, graduated 21 June 1941). Graduated 7th in a class of 48 which included I.F. Kennedy and J.D. Mitchener. Commissioned 22 June 1941 (subsequently promoted to Flying Officer, 15 June 1942 and Flight Lieutenant, 21 December 1943). Attended Central Flying School, Trenton, 29 June to 18 September 1941; instructed at No.13 SFTS, St.Hubert, 19 September 1941 to 2 April 1943. Attended No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 3 April to 19 June 1943. Posted to Halifax, he embarked from Canada on 30 June 1943 and arrived UK on 7 July 1943. Further trained at No.59 OTU (27 July to 16 October 1943) and No.56 OTU (17 October to 28 October 1943). Posted to No.263 Squadron (Typhoons), 28 October 1943; reported missing 31 March 1944 (baled out at 15,000 feet, landed unhurt other than momentary concussion and sprained ankles). Exposed to moderate hardships sleeping in open in wet clothing; reached Britain 16 April 1944; the SIO at RCAF Headquarters suggested an award for his evasion but none forthcoming. Repatriated to Canada, 11 May 1944; at Station Trenton, 20 June to 18 July 1944; with No.124 (Ferry) Squadron, St.Hubert, 19 July 1944 to 6 February 1946; released 8 February 1946. He had been a competent instructor 1941-43 and the CO of No.124 Squadron recommended him for an AFC in July 1945, describing him as follows: "He has shown an extraordinary keenness to produce competent and successful pupils". No award followed. DFC presented 25 February 1949.

 


His actual victories are a problem. The citation to his DFC appears to be in error when saying that three enemy aircraft were "badly damaged" when they were in fact destroyed. DHist records do no indicate victories prior to attack on Chartres airfield. Yet in November 1944 he applied for operational wings. He listed 18 sorties from 3 February 1944 (dive bombing Noball site, 55 minutes) to his being downed on 31 March 1944. In this form he claims several victories, none of which can be traced through the citation, combat report or intelligence reports. His list (with appropriate comments by Hugh Halliday, is as follows: 13 February 1944, three Bf.109s destroyed on ground during Rodeo (confirmed by citation, combat report and intelligence reports); 23 February 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed during ASR patrol (no confirmation from other sources); 3 March 1944, one Bf.109G destroyed during invasion exercise (no confirmation); 12 March 1944, one FW.190 destroyed during scramble (no confirmation); 31 March 1944, one Me.410 destroyed on night low level sweep (listed on W/C F.H. Hitchins' RCAF Combat Cards and cited in DFC award).

 

This officer has taken part in many fighter operations against enemy airfields in France. In February, 1944, he participated in the destruction of an enemy aircraft and later in the same month badly damaged three Messerschmitt 109s on the ground during a determined attack on Chartres airfield. On another occasion an aircraft of his squadron was forced down onto the sea. Flight Lieutenant Racine remained circling in the area until forced to make a hazardous landing from lack of fuel. In March 1944, during a sortie against an enemy airfield in the Brest Peninsula, Flight Lieutenant Racine engaged an enemy aircraft and shot it down. His own aircraft was damaged and he was forced to abandon it by parachute. With great coolness and courage he evaded capture and succeeded in returning to his squadron. He has invariably displayed outstanding gallantry and as a flight commander has inspired his pilots with the utmost confidence.

 

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RACKHAM, F/O Paul Remby (J14658) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.120 Squadron - Award effective 16 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 16 May 1944 and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944. Born 1915; home in Summerside, Prince Edward Island or in Nassau, Bahamas; enlisted in Halifax 26 August 1941. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.1 AOS (graduated 21 June 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 12 November 1948. Cited with F/L Harold F. Kerrigan (RCAF pilot, awarded DSO).

 


In March 1944, these officers were pilot and navigator respectively of an aircraft which successfully attacked two U-Boats. In the fight against the first of these vessels intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire was encountered. The aircraft was hit and one engine was set on fire. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Kerrigan pressed home his attack and the explosion of his depth charges completely enveloped the submarine. Almost immediately the second submarine was sighted. Although the starboard engine was still burning, Flight Lieutenant Kerrigan promptly prepared to attack and made his run in the face of withering fire. The aircraft was repeatedly hit and sustained extensive damage. Flying Officer Rackham was wounded in the head, body and leg but bravely remained at his post to continue his navigational duties. Throughout the long flight home the aircraft was difficult to control but Flight Lieutenant Kerrigan flew it safely to this country. This officer displayed outstanding skill, courage and determination in his fight against the enemy's underwater craft. Flying Officer Rackham also proved a gallant and resolute member of aircraft crew. Although suffering acutely he did everything within his power to assist his pilot to reach home.

 

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RADFORD, FS Sidney Charles Stanley (R52489) - British Empire Medal - No.8 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Chatham, Ontario; enlisted in Galt, Ontario, 30 March 1940. Award presented 28 May 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer has demonstrated leadership and endeavour above that normally required. During a period of changeover from Royal Air Force to Royal Canadian Air Force at this unit, his superior knowledge of the equipment under his supervision and his ability to work his maintenance crews under pressure without deterioration of their morale, was a main factor enabling sufficient serviceable aircraft being maintained to meet the unit's flying commitment.

 

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RADLEY, FS Sidney Alan (R141955) - Mention in Despatches - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2908 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation sent to Station Skipton, 20 July 1944. Home in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta; enlisted in Montreal, 13 November 1941; had served eight months in Canada, two years overseas. Radar mechanic.

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has been with this squadron since its inception and has been in charge of the Radar Section during that time. He has proven to be an exceptional leader of the personnel working beneath him, a great organizer, and one who receives full co-operation from his section with the result that a very high standard of serviceability on our aircraft has been maintained.

 

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RAE, F/O Cuthbert David (J35124) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1922 in Cupar, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted Regina 19 November 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.8 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 18 June 1949. Bomb aimer for F/O N.E. Currie's crew. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 10 December 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (167 hours 45 minutes), 20 April to 28 October 1944. Sterkrade incident was 27 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Rae has completed a tour of operations during which he has as bomb aimer participated in many operational sorties. At all times he has displayed great tenacity and a fine fighting spirit which combined with his outstanding keenness and devotion to duty have been most praiseworthy. On one occasion when engaged on a mission against Sterkrade his aircraft was subjected to intense anti-aircraft fire. During the bombing run the nose of his aircraft was shattered and Flying Officer Rae sustained cuts to his face and hands. Undaunted by these harassing circumstances this courageous officer returned to his position immediately and successfully completed the bombing run.

 

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RAE, F/L John Arthur (J15493) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 12 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 27 August 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born in Winnipeg, 1922; home in Toronto (later in Tunbridge Wells, England); enlisted in Toronto, 6 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 April 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 17 June 1945. Postwar entertainment personality in Britain and Canada. Issue of Flight dated 8 March 1962, Leslie Hunt mentions that one day he was detailed to fly British ATC Cadets in the squadron Magister. That meant 21 flights around the area. "I flopped into bed, tired out, but was awakened early next morning for the Dieppe Operation. Twenty-five times airborne in 24 hours !" Credited with the following victories: 19 August 1942, one Ju.88 damaged; 3 April 1943, one FW.190 damaged; 5 April 1943, one FW.190 damaged; 13 May 1943, one FW.190 destroyed; 27 June 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (shared with F/O R.D. Phillip); 18 July 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (shared with W/C Chadburn); 2 August 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed. Chris Shores, Aces High (2nd edition) explains that confusion of this officer with a New Zealand officer, J.D. Rae, has resulted in some writers attributing as many as eight confirmed victories to the Canadian.

 

This officer has completed sixty sorties and throughout has displayed skill and determination of a high order. He has taken part in many telling attacks on shipping, while in combat he has destroyed at least two enemy aircraft. His fine fighting qualities and excellent leadership have contributed materially to the high standard of operational efficiency of his flight

 

 

NOTE: A news release dated 4 January 2002 from Government House announcing appointments to the Order of Canada (Companions, Officers and Members), included under Members thefollowing:

 


John Arthur (Jackie) Rae, CM, DFC, Toronto, Ontario - At the age of three, he began performing as one of the Three Raes of Sunshine, touring the North American vaudeville circuits. As a teenager, he was already a reasoned veteran of the stage. After serving his country as a pilot in World War II, he returned home a decorated hero and resumed his career as a producer with the CBC at the vanguard of the television era. In the years that followed, he produced scores of programs including the popular Wayne and Shuster Show and returned to the spotlight as the singinghost of his own series. Now retired, he brings the healing power of music to patients at Princes Margaret Hospital with regular performances of The Spitfire Band, a musical group he founded.

 

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RAFTER, F/O George Charles (J29110) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted Regina, 31 August 1942. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 1 July 1943) and No.7 BGS (graduated 9 August 1943). Certificate sent to Winnipeg, 10 August 1948.

 

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RAILTON, F/L Charles Spencer (J26609) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1917 in Vancouver; home there (office clerk); enlisted there 26 May 1942. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned May 1943. Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation of W/C J.F. Easton dated 5 November 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (143 hours 25 minutes), 24 February to 15 October 1944. Squadron Gunnery Leader.

 

A skilful air gunner who has at all times displayed outstanding devotion to duty. Flight Lieutenant Railton has participated in attacks on such major targets as Berlin, Schweinfurt, Stuttgart, Essen and Dusseldorf. In all these sorties, his coolness and fine offensive spirit have been an inspiration to the other members of his crew.

 

Flight Lieutenant Railton's alertness in spotting enemy fighters, and his prompt directions for evasive action have more than once saved his aircraft from destruction.

 

This officer's outstanding leadership marked him for appointment as Gunnery Leader of the squadron. During the period he has held this position, his efforts in the interest of training and operational flying have been tireless.

 

I consider that his splendid record of achievement fully merits the award of the Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.


RAILTON, F/L Charles Spencer, DFC (J26609) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; proper unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Box 2067). Another source has given unit as No.432 Squadron. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) gives unit as No.408 Squadron and has recommendation submitted 3 February 1945, when he had served 13 months in Canada, 19 months overseas. Squadron Gunnery Leader.

 

A skilful air gunner who has at all times displayed outstanding devotion to duty, Flight Lieutenant Railton has been over many heavily defended targets deep in the heart of enemy territory such as Berlin, Schweinfurt, Essen, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart. On all these sorties his coolness and fine offensive spirit have been an inspiration to all members of his crew. His promptness in spotting enemy aircraft and his alertness have been responsible on many occasions for saving the aircraft from destruction. As Gunnery Leader of the squadron he has been an inspiration to one and all and he has been exceptionally competent.

 

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RAINES, F/L Llewellyn Wilfred (C6358) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there, 8 August 1941.

 

Flight Lieutenant Raines, during his employment on embarkation duties, which comprised movements of entire flying units with their equipment, was responsible for movements of large parties of Australian and New Zealand officers and airmen from American ports to Vancouver and other Canadian points, and in this connection has been highly commended by American Customs.

 

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RAINVILLE, FS (now P/O) Guy Henri (R55373/J15751) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 16 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 22 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born in Montreal, 1913; home in Quebec (agriculture student); enlisted there 29 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.2 WS, and No.2 BGS. Later served in No.425 Squadron. Invested with award by King George, 18 May 1943. Shot down and taken prisoner, 14 November 1944 while with No.432 Squadron.

 


This airman is employed as an air gunner. He has at all times displayed exemplary qualities and his work had been completed in an assuming yet forceful manner. By his skill and teamwork he has played a good part in the success of the crews with whom he has flown. He has participated in attacks on dockyard installations and industrial targets both in Germany and German occupied territory. His courage and tenacity have been noteworthy.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9598 has recommendation (date missing) listing 38 sorties (188 hours 35 minutes) as follows:

 

20 Oct 41 Antwerp (docks) 24 Apr 42 Rostock (industrial)

23 Oct 41 Kiel (docks) 26 Apr 42 Rostock (industrial)

7 Nov 41 Essen (industrial) 2 May 42 Larochelle (docks)

30 Nov 41 Hamburg (docks) 4 May 42 Stuttgart (industrial)

28 Dec 41 Wilhelmshaven (docks) 17 May 42 Borkum (industrial)

9 Jan 42 Brest (docks) 19 May 42 Mannheim (industrial)

17 Jan 42 Bremen (docks) 21 May 42 Lorient (docks)

1 Mar 42 Dinghy search, 30 May 42 Cologne (industrial)

North Sea 2 June 42 Essen (industrial)

8 Mar 42 Essen (industrial) 6 June 42 Emden (industrial)

10 Mar 42 Essen (industrial) 8 June 42 Essen (industrial)

25 Mar 42 Essen (industrial) 18 June 42 Emden (industrial)

28 Mar 42 Essen (industrial) 19 June 42 Emden (industrial)

8 Apr 42 Hamburg (docks) 21 June 42 Borkum (industrial)

10 Apr 42 GARDENING, Dutch 22 June 42 Emden (industrial)

Coast 25 June 42 Bremen (docks)

12 Apr 42 Essen (industrial) 27 June 42 Bremen (docks)

14 Apr 42 Dortmund (industrial) 29 June 42 Bremen (docks)

15 Apr 42 Dortmund (industrial) 2 July 42 Bremen (docks)

15 Apr 42 Cologne (industrial) 8 July 42 Wilhelmshaven (docks)

22 Apr 42 Dortmund (industrial)

 

Flight Sergeant Rainville has completed 38 sorties against the enemy, 31 of which were with this squadron. His determination in the execution of his duties account in a large part for this number of sorties. He displayed at all times most exemplary qualities and his work was carried out in an unassuming yet forceful manner. His cool and cooperative execution of his duties while on operations has played a great part in the successes of the crews with which he has flown.

 

Flight Sergeant Rainville is of French-Canadian descent, and as such he has set a fine example for future French-Canadian aircrew. His ability, courage, tenacity and coolness qualify him for official recognition.

 

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RAKUS, P/O Benjamin (C90730) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1922 in Czechoslovakia; home in Blenheim, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 4 March 1942. Commissioned October 1944. Award presented in Hamilton, 2 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.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 18 January 1945 when he had completed 30 sorties (203 hours 15 minutes), 25 August 1944 to 2 January 1945. Sortie list claims destruction of an Me.163, 4 November 1944 (Bochum).

 

Pilot Officer Rakus has proved himself an outstanding member of a gallant crew. He has displayed great courage, coolness and determination throughout his tour. On 4th November, 1944, while attacking Bochum, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy aircraft. With great coolness and courage Pilot Officer Rakus returned the fire and shot down the enemy aircraft.

 

His tour of operations included a great many heavily defended targets and Pilot Officer Rakus proved of invaluable assistance to his pilot. His coolness and great ability created a high standard of morale in his crew and undoubtedly contributed to a major degree in the completion of their tour successfully.

 

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RAMEY, P/O Harold Douglas (J88783) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1915 in Talbotville, Ontario; home there; enlisted Sarnia, Ontario, 20 August 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943. Commissioned 1944. Award presented 28 June 1946. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 11 September 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (176 hours 20 minutes), 27 October 1943 to 25 August 1944. NOTE, recommendation gives number as J87783.

 

As rear gunner this officer has participated in a large number of sorties, and has displayed great keenness and devotion to duty throughout. His constant vigilance has enabled his pilot to avoid combat on many occasions, and successfully complete many missions. He has proven to be a cheerful and willing worker with his fellow men in the gunnery section.

 

For his airmanship, fine record and intense loyalty, Pilot Officer Ramey is strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RAMSAY, F/L David (J12973) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. See Field of Honour, (Bank of Montreal, c.1950). Born in Dysart, Saskatchewan, 30 December 1920. Educated at Port Alberni, British Columbia; home there. Entered service of Bank of Montreal, July 1939. Enlisted in Glasgow, Scotland, 28 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 July 1942). Commissioned 1942. First tour with No.420 Squadron. On his first sortie (13 October 1942) he collided with a German night fighter which damaged his tail. Flew in North Africa, had a rest at an OTU, then to second tour. Observer, killed in action with No.405 Squadron, 27/28 April 1944. Lancaster JA976. Buried in Belgium. Award presented to next of kin, 2 December 1946.

 

This officer has been bombing leader in his squadron for a period of seven months and during that time has taken part in a large number of operations against German and Italian targets. Flight Lieutenant Ramsay has, by his enthusiasm and leadership, set a splendid example of accurate bombing to all crews and has himself on several occasions made a second or third bombing run.

 

RAMSAY, F/L David, DFC (J12973) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948. Kingdom of Belgium Army Order dated 31 May 1948 gives following:

 

For exceptional war services rendered to Belgium in the course of liberation and in its defence.

 

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RAMSAY, F/L George Balfour Nicol (J7200) - Mention in Despatches - No.202 Squadron (now No.1 CNS) - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 23 June 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 1 September 1941).

 

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RAMSAY, FS Robert Hector (R64032) - Mention in Despatches - No.424 Squadron (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 Vancouver; enlisted in Galt, Ontario, 30 March 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 has recommendation dated 17 July 1944 when he had served 17 months in Canada, 34 months in UK.

 

Flight Sergeant Robert Hector Ramsay has displayed marked skill in his trade, and has been outstanding as a leader of men placed under his command. During times of stress when it was essential to maintain a high degree of serviceability, Flight Sergeant Ramsay obtained the cheerful co-operation of all concerned. Through his own outstanding efforts, he has set a high and fine example to his fellow men.

 


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RAMSDEN, S/L William (C2902) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.15 Aeronautical Inspection Detachment - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born at Sheffield, England, 28 June 1897. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 1 April 1924. Award presented 5 June 1944.

 

Squadron Leader Ramsden, since the outbreak of war, has made exceptional use of his Service knowledge to organize and guide civilian contractors, both in production and overhaul of Service aircraft, thus promoting good will between the contractors and the RCAF, thereby providing immeasurable assistance to the Combined Training Establishment. By persistent application to duty, far in excess of normal requirements, this officer has set a high standard of service, not only for members of his own Detachment but also for civilian employees of contractors coming under his supervision.

 

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RAMSEY, P/O Colin John Alfred (J89659) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1919 in Surbiton, Surrey; home in Calgary (salesman); enlisted there 14 July 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 February 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned August 1944. Award presented 9 July 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 19 February 1945 when he had flown 43 sorties (185 hours), 26 June 1944 to 7 February 1945.

 

26 Jun 44 Mont Candon 11 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen

28 Jun 44 Blainville sur Mer 14 Sep 44 Wilhelmshaven

1 Jul 44 St.Martin l'Hautier 17 Sep 44 Boulogne

7 July 44 Caen 7 Oct 44 Cleve

12 Jul 44 Haute Boisson 23 Oct 44 Essen

23 Jul 44 Haute Boisson 25 Oct 44 Essen

25 Jul 44 Wanne Eickel 28 Oct 44 Westkapelle

28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe 15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven

1 Aug 44 Ops P-Plan Site 23 Dec 44 Cologne

3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe 27 Dec 44 Ryndt

5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe 28 Dec 44 Bonn

6 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe 2 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven

7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 5 Jan 45 Hanover

9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal 6 Jan 45 Hanau

10 Aug 44 Somain 7 Jan 45 Munich

14 Aug 44 Potigny 13 Jan 45 Saarbrucken


15 Aug 44 Eindhoven 14 Jan 45 Merseburg Leuna

16 Aug 44 Kiel 22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade 1 Feb 45 Mainz

3 Sept 44 Venlo 4 Feb 45 Bonn

9 Sept 44 Le Havre 7 Feb 45 Goch

10 Sep 44 Le Havre

 

This officer, a navigator, has taken part in 43 bombing attacks against the enemy, both by day and by night, and by his unerring accuracy has played a big part in the outstanding success achieved by his crew, which has a fine record of many marker sorties carried out with extreme precision.

 

His cheerful personality and the thoroughness of his attention to all details of his work has made him a valuable member of the squadron.

 

In recognition of this officer's fine record of service and devotion to duty he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished.

 

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RAMSEY, F/O Colin John Pope (J27234) - Mention in Despatches - No.158 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 21 February 1947 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 120/44 dated 7 March 1947. Born 18 June 1924; home in Bedford, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 25 August 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Posted overseas September 1943. Killed in action, 20 February 1944 (Halifax LV920); buried in Germany. Certificate sent to his mother, 12 September 1949.

 

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RANCE, F/L Thomas Frederick (J25093) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1921 in Toronto; home there (former member of Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 16 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 14 June 1949.

 


This officer is a most efficient and resolute pilot. He has completed very many sorties and has attacked such targets as Berlin, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Essen. On one occasion he was detailed for a bombing mission against a target in northern France. In the run-in the aircraft was hit in the tailplane by anti-aircraft fire. The elevator was damaged and the starboard rudder control was severed; the hydraulic gear was also damaged. In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant Rance pressed home his attack and afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to base. This officer has set a fine example of devotion to duty.

 

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RANCOURT, F/O Joseph Leandre Marc Louis Fernand (J22884) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 6 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born 1917 in St.Victor de Beauce, Quebec; home there (blacksmith); enlisted in Quebec City, 10 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 4 September 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 12 January 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 5 October 1947.

 

This officer has taken part in many successful attacks on enemy shipping and throughout has displayed the greatest courage and determination. On one occasion in March 1944 he piloted one of a formation which attacked a heavily escorted enemy liner. In spite of fierce anti-aircraft fire and much fighter opposition, Flying Officer Rancourt pressed home his attack with his usual determination. After turning away from the target he engaged one of the enemy fighters and shot it down. On this notable sortie Flying Officer Rancourt displayed courage and skill of a high order.

 

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RAND, F/O Donald Ross (J22572) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born in Vancouver, 1919; home there. In Seaforth Highlanders, 1940-1941. Enlisted in Vancouver, 20 November 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 5 March 1949. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 21 May 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (167 hours 20 minutes).

 

This officer has a distinguished operational record. His careful and accurate planning and his outstanding skill as a navigator has always led to the successful completion of this crew's mission. His courage and devotion to duty has been a tower of strength to his crew and full merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RANDALL, W/C Lawson Hunter (C834) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.413 Squadron - Award effective 13 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, 25 January 1914; educated at Bristol, New Brunswick, provincial Normal School and Mount Allison University (BA); enlisted in Saint John, 4 July 1938. Trained at Station Trenton (pilot's badge awarded 17 June 1939). Promoted to Flying Officer, 4 July 1939; Flight Lieutenant, 1 September 1940; Squadron Leader, 15 August 1941; Wing Commander, 18 August 1941. With No.3 (B) Squadron, Halifax, 27 August 1939; on strength of Station Dartmouth, 29 August 1939; to ASD, Montreal, 18 July 1941; to No.413 Squadron, 18 August 1941. Returned to Canada in October 1944; attended RCAF War Staff College, Toronto. To AFHQ (Plans and Requirements Division). In January 1947 attended Joint Services Staff College in Britain; later that same year returned to Canada to join staff of Directorate of Personnel Administration. Three years Air Attache to Moscow. Returned to Canada in 1951 to command Station Winnipeg. Attended NATO Defence College, Paris, 1953 and then became Senior Personnel Staff Officer at No.1 Air Division. In 1956 went to National Defence College, Kingston; then became Senior Personnel Staff Officer, Air Materiel Command Headquarters. Appointed CO, Station Centralia, August 1961. DFC sent by registered mail, 19 February 1951. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Group Captain, No.1 Air Division Headquarters.

 

This officer has a long record of operationally flying. He has completed two hours of operational duty and has been employed on flying duties continuously since September 1939. As captain of aircraft he has flown on long and arduous patrols over the Arctic, Atlantic and Indian oceans. Wing Commander Randall has commanded his squadron since June 1943, and his courageous leadership, skill and devotion to duty have earned the admiration of all.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9043 has recommendation dated 29 October 1944 when he had flown approximately 150 sorties (1,714 hours ten minutes operational time):

 

This officer has been on operations without a rest since September 1939. He has now completed two tours (operational) on flying boats. He has been captain of aircraft on long and arduous patrols over the Arctic, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

 

As squadron commander his qualities of leadership and devotion to duty were instrumental in creating and maintaining a very high morale in No.413 Squadron, which he has commanded since 21st June 1943. HIs courage and skill has won the respect and admiration of all with whom he has worked.

 

RANDALL, W/C Lawson Hunter (C834) - Mention in Despatches - No.413 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.

 

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RANDALL, WO2 (now P/O) Richard Edward (R136687/J94725) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 4 September 1919 in Wainwright, Alberta; home in Delbourne, Alberta (farmer, formerly Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Quebec, 26 February 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 May 1942), No.1 BGS (posted there 15 May 1943) and No.1 AOS (posted there 7 August 1943). Promoted to Sergeant, 17 September 1943. Posted overseas, October 1943; repatriated 13 August 1945. Commissioned 24 March 1945. Re-engaged as an airman clerk, 29 September 1948 to 28 September 1953. Awarded Queen's Coronation as a Sergeant soon after 1953 release. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C E.W.W. Marshall dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (164 hours 40 minutes), 23 July 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

Warrant Officer Randall has completed thirty successful operational sorties, thirteen of which were against heavily defended German targets and five minelaying missions which demanded the highest skills and concentration.

 

During his tour, his skill, determination and devotion to duty have been of a very high order. He has also given much valuable assistance in training new crews.

 

In view of Warrant Officer Randall's outstanding record, I strongly recommend him for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RANEY, F/O Lloyd Elia James (J24721) - 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 in Fillimore, Saskatchewan; home in Cannington, Ontario (surveyor); enlisted Toronto, 21 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 1 July 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 August 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (170 hours 35 minutes) from 25 March to 1 August 1944.

 

This navigator has taken part in thirty-six attacks on enemy territory including such heavily defended targets as Essen, Dusseldorf, Nuremburg and Stuttgart. 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 well 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 at the completion of his mission.

 

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RANKIN, F/O John Peddieson (J12752) - Mention in Despatches - No.413 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Sarnia, Ontario; enlisted London, Ontario, 5 July 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 30 March 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 4 July 1942). DHist file 181.009 D.1751 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 29 May 1944, at which time he had flown 926 hours 40 minutes:

 

Flying Officer Rankin recently completed his first operational tour with this squadron. During this time he has maintained a consistently high standard of navigation on all sorties. Several of these sorties have been outstanding. One P.R.U. mission entailed a 29 hour round trip of over 3,000 miles and proved highly successful. On another flight, he was called upon to intercept a tanker 900 miles at sea which was being attacked by a submarine. A successful interception was carried out on D.R. and astro, and the tanker later reached port safely. At least one long sortie involved patrol of enemy coastal waters. Flying Officer Rankin is a brilliant navigator and has served as an inspiration to all aircrew of the squadron.

 

NOTE: On the same file there is a recommendation re Rankin, submitted about September 1944 (unit records very poor), for an AFC (not granted):

 

This officer has now completed one tour of operations. Participating in a large number of sorties, Flying Officer Rankin has displayed a high standard of skill, tenacity and confidence, qualities which have contributed to the morale of the squadron. He has rendered much valuable service.

 

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RANKINE, Sergeant David Alexander (R92270) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Born 5 January 1905; home in Calgary; enlisted in Vancouver 17 January 1941. Trained as an airframe mechanic at St.Thomas; posted overseas, 12 December 1941; repatriated 23 March 1945; released 11 May 1945.

 

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RANSON, WO1 Ernest Harold (R162125) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Arden, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 31 March 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 3 December 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.1 ANS (graduated 28 May 1943). Air Gunner. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; proper unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Box 2067). DHist file 181.009 D.1722 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation drafted by W/C J.K. MacDonald (CO, No.432 Squadron) dated 2 October 1944 for Marcus, Ranson, Stokx, Walker, Wyers, and 1890323 FS Eric Arthur Slaughter (RAF Flight Engineer). See FS Norman Marcus for recommendation text.

 

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RANSON, FS Norman Elwood (R160329) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born 1920 in Haliburton, Ontario; home in Lindsay (stockman). Two years in Canadian Army. Enlisted in Toronto, 10 April 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 6 November 19442), No.4 EFTS (ceased training 29 January 1943), No.7 BGS (graduated 14 May 1953) and No.1 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Award sent by registered mail, 13 February 1948.

 

Flight Sergeant Ranson, as air bomber, has participated in many successful sorties. On his first mission he was a member of a crew detailed to attack Stuttgart. When over the target the aircraft was struck by shrapnel which wounded the pilot and killed the navigator. On the return flight, Flight Sergeant Ransom assumed the duties of the navigator and guided his pilot to this country with much skill. His coolness and resource in a trying situation were most commendable.

 

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RASMUSSEN, F/O Karl Ellsworth (J43074) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Overseas - Award effective as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945. Born 26 May 1923; enlisted Regina, 29 May 1942. Posted to No.2 ITS on 2 September 1942; to No.15 EFTS, 21 November 1942; to No.12 SFTS, 20 February 1943; posted to Britain, 6 February 1944; repatriated 2 August 1945; released 19 September 1945. Certificate sent to Regina, 8 November 1948. No details; this seems not to have been published in RCAF Routine Orders.

 

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RATCLIFFE, Sergeant John Thomas (R66130) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 24 April 1942 as per London Gazette dated 28 April 1942 and AFRO 691/42 dated 8 May 1942. Born in Edmonton, 1916; home in Welland, Ontario (draughtsman, Commonwealth Electric Company); enlisted Niagara Falls, Ontario, 14 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.3 AOS and No.2 BGS (graduated 23 June 1941. Cited with P/O G.C. Hooey, DFC (CAN/RAF). Killed in action, 15 October 1942; buried in Germany. Award presented to next of kin, 6 April 1944.

 


A force of Lancaster heavy bombers was detailed to deliver an attack in daylight on the Diesel Engine Factory at Augsburg in southern Germany. To reach this highly important military target and return, a most daring flight of some 900 miles over hostile country was necessary. Soon after entering enemy territory and whilst flying at a very low level the force was engaged by a superior number of enemy fighters. Later, most intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire was encountered. Despite this formidable opposition and the violent evasive tactics which it necessitated, a considerable proportion of the force succeeded in reaching the target and in delivering a successful attack on the factory almost at the time which had been planned...officers and airmen who participated in various capacities as members of the aircraft crews displayed courage, fortitude and skill of the highest order.

 

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RATCLIFFE, F/L Russell Edwin David (J10421) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born in Kingston, Ontario, 1919; home there. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.9 EFTS, No.5 BGS and No.6 AOS. Commissioned 1942. Navigator in W/C W.H. Swetman's crew; posted from No.426 Squadron to Station Leeming, 30 April 1944 on completion of tour. Remained in postwar RCAF; Commended for Valuable Services in the Air, 13 June 1952. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2624 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation dated 19 February 1944 when he had flown 19 sorties (133 hours ten minutes) between 17 August 1943 and 15 February 1944.

 

This officer has displayed exceptional ability as a Navigator during his many sorties over enemy territory. His crew have worked with keenness and co-operation, and the successes attained have been in a large measure due to this officer's effort and fine fighting spirit. During the course of operations by this officer, nine complete sorties have been directed against the German capital.

 

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RATHWELL, F/O Donald Wesley (J18284) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.17 Squadron - Award effective 23 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born 15 July 1921 in Brandon, Manitoba; home in Winnipeg (clerk, former COTC and former member, Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 5 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated with wings on 16 January 1942. Overseas in March 1942. Further trained before service with No.403 Squadron ( 25 August to 25 November 1942). To No.81 Squadron, North Africa, 21 December 1942; to Malta, 6 June 1943. Commissioned 26 March 1943 (Flying Officer, 26 September 1943). With No.81 Squadron to India (November 1943), remaining with that unit until 4 March 1944. To AFTU (India), 7 March to 13 November 1944; to No.17 Squadron (Ceylon), 13 November 1944; promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 26 March 1945. Left India in April 1945; repatriated to Canada, July 1945; released 13 September 1945. He claimed two tours; that with No.81 Squadron (1 September 1942 to 4 November 1943, 132 sorties) and with Nos.81 and 17 Squadrons (20 December 1943 to 20 December 1944, 145 sorties), with claims of 3 1/2-1-3. Transferred from Reserve to No.402 Squadron (Auxiliary), 14 November 1946 as Flying Officer; Flight Lieutenant on 1 January 1949; Squadron Leader on 1 June 1950; Wing Commander on 8 November 1951. Commanded No.402 (Auxiliary) Squadron, 8 November 1951 to 1 August 1953. DFC presented 18 May 1946. Received Queen's Coronation Medal, 28 October 1953 as Wing Commander.

 

Flying Officer Rathwell has a long record of operational flying. Throughout he has displayed outstanding keenness and devotion to duty. He has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and damaged others.

 

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RATTLE, F/O Gordon George (J17653) - Mention in Despatches - No.260 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 24 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). Arrived in UK, December 1941. Further trained at No.59 OTU. Posted to Middle East, May 1942; to No.260 Squadron, 9 October 1942. Posted out again, 19 November 1942 but returned to that unit, 19 February 1943. See G.A. Brown, Those Who Dared. Shot down in Sicily, 4 August 1943, captured by Italians, he stalled his own handover to POW authorities until British troops caught up to him. Appears also to have shared in the destruction of three Me.110s at some time over Tunis Bay. Public Records Office Air 2/9230 has recommended citation based on a War Office suggestion and Interrogation Report No. M.I. 9/S/PG.1853; this differs considerable from Brown's version; the reference to "15th August 1944" is apparently a typing error as it is unlikely that he was at large for a year.

 

This officer was on a sortie in a single-engined fighter on 4 August 1943 when the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and came down in S. Maria Tecia harbour. He swam ashore, was taken into custody and sent to hospital at S. Maria D. Malati where his wounds were dressed. On 10th August 1943, the Italians handed him over to the Germans, and he was subjected to questioning and threats in the presence of his Italian escort. During an interval in his interrogation, and in the absence of the German officer, Flying Officer Rattle roundly abused the Italians for handing him over to the Germans and for other things until the Italians decided to help him get away from the Germans. After numerous adventures in the next few days, during which time he collected an Italian officer and five other ranks, he made contact with the British forces on 15th August 1944 [sic]. He was able to hand over the six Italian prisoners.

 

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RAVENSCROFT, F/L Ian Edward (J26709) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1915 in Toronto; home in Mimico; enlisted Vancouver, 7 July 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 8 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 28 May 1943). Commissioned May 1943. Award presented by Governor General at Government House, 12 June 1953.


Flight Lieutenant Ravenscroft has completed a large number of sorties against heavily defended targets in Europe. His courage in the face of the enemy is worthy of high praise and was well illustrated in April 1944 when his aircraft was hit and the windscreen shattered. Despite the intense cold Flight Lieutenant Ravenscroft remained at his post and successfully bombed the target. At all times he has displayed skill, courage and unfailing devotion to duty.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 10 December 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (247 hours five minutes); earlier unit not identified:

 

* daylight sortie

 

Previous Squadron No.97 Squadron

 

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.45) 6 June 44 St.Pierre du Mont (3.50)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.10) 6 June 44 Argentan (3.35)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.30) 12 June 44 Caen (4.30)

5 Apr 44 Toulouse (8.00) 15 June 44 Chatellerault (5.30)

10 Apr 44 Tours (5.40) 4 July 44 Creil (3.45)

11 Apr 44 Aachen (4.00) 15 July 44 Nevers (7.00)

18 Apr 44 Juvisy (4.25) 25 July 44 Stuttgart (7.20)

20 Apr 44 La Chapelle (4.15) 30 July 44 Caumont (3.30)*

22 Apr 44 Brunswick (6.45) 11 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.15)

24 Apr 44 Munich (9.10) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.15)

26 Apr 44 Schweinfurt (9.10) 14 Aug 44 Brest (5.15)*

28 Apr 44 Bordeaux (7.30) 15 Aug 44 Deelan (3.50)

10 May 44 Lille (2.55) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (7.15)

11 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.30) 18 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.10)

25 Aug 44 Darmstadt (8.05)

26 Aug 44 Konigsburg (9.45)

29 Aug 44 Konigsburg (10.00)

11 Sept 44 Darmstadt (5.15)

27 Sept 44 Kaiserlauten (6.35)

6 Oct 44 Bremen (4.10)

14 Oct 44 Brunswick (6.10)

28 Oct 44 Bergen (5.35)

6 Nov 44 Ems-Weser Canal (4.25)

21 Nov 44 Dortmund-Ems Canal (5.20)

22 Nov 44 Trondheim (9.40)

26 Nov 44 Munich (9.00)

 


Acting Flight Lieutenant Ravenscoft has now completed 40 operational sorties against some of the most heavily defended targets in Europe. By his skill, sound judgement and unfailing reliability, even in the face of heavy opposition, he has raised the status of his crew to Primary Blind Markers. His accurate blind marking and flare dropping at targets such as Stuttgart, Konigsburg, Brunswick, Darmstadt, Kaiserlauten and Munich (twice) has contributed in no small measure to the success of these attacks.

 

His courage in face of the enemy is worthy of high praise, and was well illustrated on the night of April 26th, 1944, when a flak burst took away the whole perspex nose. Despite the intense cold, Flight Lieutenant Ravenscroft remained at his post and successfully bombed the target. A few nights previously, during an attack on Munich, the aircraft was hit by flak, and all navigational aids failed. By a fine display of map reading, Flight Lieutenant Ravenscroft materially assisted in the safe return of the crew ad aircraft.

 

For his skill, courage and unfailing devotion to duty, he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RAWLYCK, P/O Peter William (J94177) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1920; home in Edmonton (farmer); enlisted Saskatoon, 20 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 November 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned February 1945. Award presented 6 May 1950. Navigator in F/L T. Coughlan's crew. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.9 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had completed 31 sorties (215 hours ten minutes), 16 November 1944 to 4 April 1945. The sortie list includes the following notations: 2 December 1944 (Hagen) "One motor u/s"; 4 November 1944 (Karlsruhe) "Return on three engines"; 13 February 1945 (Dresden) "Three holes in aircraft. Navigation aids unserviceable"; 25 March 1945 (Hannover) "Mid upper turret hit by flak".

 

Although a victim of Air-Sickness throughout his entire tour of operations, this officer successfully navigated a four engine bomber on many sorties deep into enemy territory. At no time did this navigator's continued illness in the air interfere with the competent completion of his duties and he displayed a great knowledge of operational navigation. On one occasion he successfully navigated his aircraft to Dresden and back to base although all his navigational aids became unserviceable soon after setting course.

 

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RAWSON, F/L Byron Frederick Norman (J10982) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario, 1922; home in Hamilton (former COTC while attending McMaster University); enlisted there 26 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 23 November 1941), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned 1942. Invested with award by King George, 11 August 1944. Died in Hamilton, 23 December 1945 following a nervous breakdown. A news clipping ((Ottawa Journal, 26 December 1945) reported that at 21 he had been the youngest Wing Commander in the Empire.

 

Flight Lieutenant Rawson has taken part in operations against the enemy on some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. As acting Flight Commander and captain of aircraft, he has at all times set a fine example of courage, enthusiasm and devotion to duty.

 

RAWSON, W/C Byron Frederick Norman, DFC (J10982) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Award presented 1 December 1948.

 

This officer has now completed his second tour of operations, participating in attacks against major targets in Germany and occupied territory. By his courage and determination to press home his attacks, despite enemy opposition, he has contributed highly to the success of the squadron. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Wing Commander Rawson has continued to set a splendid example of skill and devotion to duty.

 

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RAWSON, F/L Clarence Arnold (J12089) - Air Force Cross - No.10 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945 - As of award had flown 2,812 hours, 2,601 as instructor, 163 in previous six months. Home in Trenton; enlisted Winnipeg, 18 April 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS and No.1 SFTS. Award presented 21 May 1949. Served in postwar RCAF.

 

This officer has been instructing since 1940 and has over 2,800 [sic] instructional hours to his credit. An exceptionally conscientious and hard worker, he has strived continually to improve his knowledge for the benefit of the pupils under him. His enthusiasm and keenness are of the greatest value to his unit and highly commendable. Over a long period of time he has given loyal and devoted service to the production of trained aircrew.

 

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RAWSTHORNE, F/L Ralph (J22791) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in St.James, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 20 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942).

 


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RAY, F/O Donald Gordon (J22902) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1918 in Toronto; home in Port Credit; enlisted Toronto, 17 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail, 12 September 1946. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 14 August 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (156 hours 40 minutes).

 

18 Apr 44 Rouen 24 Jun 44 Flers

3 May 44 Mailly-le-Camp 27 Jun 44 Vaires

7 May 44 Bruz 29 Jun 44 Sirracourt

9 May 44 Merville/Franceville 30 Jun 44 Vierzon

21 May 44 Duisburg 2 July 44 Domleger

22 May 44 Dortmund 4 July 44 Orleans

24 May 44 Aachen 5 July 44 Dijon

27 May 44 Aachen 12 Jul 44 Tours

2 June 44 Berneval le Grand 18 Jul 44 Caen

4 June 44 Sangatte 20 Jul 44 Courtrai

5 June 44 Varreville 23 Jul 44 Kiel

6 June 44 Acheres 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart

9 June 44 Flers 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart

11 Jun 44 Evreux 30 Jul 44 Caumont

12 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen 31 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe

23 Jun 44 Saintes

 

Flying Officer Ray, a Canadian, has recently completed his first tour of operations against the enemy as Navigator in a Lancaster aircraft. The outstanding success achieved by his crew can be attributed very largely to his exceptional skill and to his cool efficiency, which was never impaired even in most adverse circumstances.

 

Flying Officer Ray operated with a most cheerful and willing spirit, inspiring his captain and crew with the utmost confidence. He has been a most valuable member of a very successful crew. I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RAY, F/O Frederick Lyman (J17589) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1916 in London, Ontario; home there. Former member of Royal Canadian Corps of Signals; enlisted London, 22 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.2 WS (graduated 17 February 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 16 March 1941). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail, 20 April 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 63 sorties (464 hours 40 minutes). First tour had been 20 August 1941 to 20 July 1942 in North Africa, attacking targets in Libya, Sicily, Crete and Greece with some trips lasting up to 14 hours (40 sorties, 343 hours ten minutes). Second tour was 12 August to 2 November 1944 (23 sorties, 121 hours 30 minutes).

 

This Wireless Operator has completed two operational bombing tours against the enemy. His work in general has been outstanding and his courage, skill and determination in action have been an inspiration to his crew.

 

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RAYBONE, F/O Harold (C10466) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Marine Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Victoria; enlisted Vancouver 6 March 1942.

 

This officer, while in command of a Royal Canadian Air Force rescue vessel, carried out a difficult search for a missing aircraft during very heavy weather conditions. Despite the fact that other rescue craft were forced to seek shelter, Flying Officer Raybone displayed resourcefulness, determination and outstanding seamanship under very trying circumstances, by continuing the search until recalled. On a subsequent occasion he was instructed to proceed to the assistance of a ditched aircraft, which was finally located, despite adverse weather conditions and heavy snow storms. He made the aircraft fast to his vessel and stood by all night in a strong wind and rough sea. This officer is held in the highest regard for his seamanship and outstanding devotion to duty at all times.

 

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RAYMES, P/O (now F/O) Daniel Francis (J9872) - Air Force Cross - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 28 March 1918. Home in Bounty, Saskatchewan. Enlisted at Saskatoon, 15 April 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 May 1940), No.1 SFTS (graduated 18 September 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1940). Award presented by Governor General at Government House, 16 April 1943. The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.

 


Pilot Officer Raymes' exceptional ability as a pilot coupled with his devotion to duty and the cheerful manner in which he performs any task, makes him an outstanding example to those with whom he works. He has carried out 120 operational sorties which cover 847 hours operational flying, some of which were flown under exceptionally poor flying conditions.

 

RAYMES, F/L Daniel Francis, AFC (J9872) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.

 

On October 30th, 1942, Flying Officer (now Flight Lieutenant) Raymes was captain of a Digby aircraft returning from convoy escort to Torbay, Newfoundland, when a German submarine was sighted. Under his leadership an attack was made and brilliantly executed. According to information received from german sources there is every reason to believe that this attack resulted in the destruction of the submarine.

 

NOTE: Some hazards of home defence flying; on 1 April 1942 a crewman in his Digby was seriously hurt; the report stated, "Gunshot wound in right hand from small arms fire, believed from merchant vessel in convoy being escorted."

 

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RAYMOND, A/V/M Adelard (C621) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - No.3 Training Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Born at St.Stanislas de Kosta (near Valleyfield), Quebec, 10 July 1899. Served in RFC in First World War. Opened a flying field at Cartierville and later went into hotel business. Joined RCAF (Auxiliary) in Montreal, 1 September 1934. At outbreak of war he commanded No.118 Squadron; sent to France in 1940 and got out again just ahead of the Germans. Later commanded Manning Depot at Lachine, No.2 SFTS, and No.3 Training Command. In January 1944 appointed AOC No.1 Air Command. To Reserve, 19 May 1945. Award presented 27 June 1945. Active in business after war; Aide de Camp to Governor-General; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 13 October 1953. Died 23 February 1962.

 

This officer has consistently displayed efficiency and capacity for work, which have been of great value to the Royal Canadian Air Force. As Air Officer Commanding the Training Command in which the Quebec Conference of 1944 was held, he was responsible to no small extent for the arrangement of the many facilities in connection with the provision of the air requirements of this conference. Through his outstanding organizing ability and spirit of co-operation, all arrangements were carried out promptly and efficiently, resulting in a very smoothly functioning organization. His able direction contributed in large measure to the success of the facilities provided. Air Vice-Marshal Raymond, who was active in the Auxiliary Air Force prior to the war, has held many appointments during his war service, in all of which he has served with distinction. His devotion to duty at all times has been outstanding.

 


RAYMOND, A/V/M Adelard (C621) - Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947 and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947

 

RAYMOND, A/V/M Adelard (C621) - Croix de Guerre avec Palm (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947 and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947.

 

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RAYMOND, Sergeant Charles Oliver (R62658) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 13 June 1917; home in Cornwall; enlisted there 6 July 1940. Aero engine mechanic; trained at St.Thomas, 16 August 1940 to 2 January 1941; at No.8 SFTS, 3 January 1941 to 15 October 1942; at No.2 ANS, 16 October 1941 to March 1942. Posted overseas, March 1943; repatriated 7 August 1945; released 22 September 1945. Certificate sent 27 September 1948.

 

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RAYMOND, FS Clifford Thomas (R53312) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 19 July 1913; home in Toronto; enlisted there 22 September 1939. Aero engine mechanic; trained at St.Thomas; posted overseas March 1943; repatriated June 1945; released 16 October 1945. No citation in AFRO.

 

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RAYMOND, F/L Paul Victor (J13323) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. American in RCAF; home in Auburn, New York. Enlisted in Toronto, 21 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 20 January 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942). Certificate sent, 7 July 1945.

 

This officer has been a flying instructor for twenty-seven months, the part ten months of which he has been a flight commander. he has displayed a superior degree of initiative, persistence and co-operation at this unit. This officer was given the task of organizing, writing up and lecturing on airmanship, which was done with excellent results. He has always taken a very personal interest in his pupils with the result that perfect harmony existed in his flight, ensuring efficient operation.

 

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RAYMOND, F/O William Ford (J93257) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1921 in Woodstock, New Brunswick; home there (student); enlisted Moncton, 23 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 February 1943), No.13 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned December 1942. Award presented 17 August 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 11 March 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (195 hours 45 minutes), 24 August 1944 to 3 March 1945. His sortie list is virtually identical to that of P/O Lawrence W. Clark, suggesting they were in the same crew.

 

24 Aug 44 Brest (5.20) 21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (6.30)

25 Aug 44 Chapelle Notre 29 Nov 44 Essen (5.40)

Dame (3.40) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (5.30)

31 Aug 44 Lumbres (3.25) DNCO 6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (6.10)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.40) 24 Dec 44 Mulheim (5.30)

12 Sep 44 Munster (4.15) 1 Jan 45 Dortmund (5.00)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.45) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.20)

17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.15) 13 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.40)

20 Sep 44 Calais (3.45) 1 Feb 45 Mainz (6.35)

6 Oct 44 Gladbach (4.20) 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.00)

7 Oct 44 Cleve (4.25) 4 Feb 45 Bonn (5.40)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.40) 7 Feb 45 Goch (6.10)

15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.45) 13 Feb 45 Bohlen (8.00)

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.30) 17 Feb 45 Wesel (5.30)

25 Oct 44 Essen (4.55) 20 Feb 45 Reisholz (6.40)

28 Oct 44 Walcheren (2.45) 23 Feb 45 Essen (5.35)

31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.15) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.40)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.25) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.40)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.35) 3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.15)

 

This officer, captain of aircraft, has completed his first operational tour of 37 sorties, comprised of day and night raids over a large variety of targets. His tour has been marked throughout by a good photographic record, showing numerous aiming points revealing consistency of accuracy.

 

Flying Officer Raymond always carried out his duties in a cool and calculating manner, an instance of which was displayed on the 17th September, 1944, when attacking the target at Boulogne, when he made three runs over the bombing area before he was able to release his bombs. On four other occasions his aircraft has sustained damage due to heavy flak.

 

From the beginning of his tour, this officer has always shown an excellent operational spirit and in recognition of his fine performance he is strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RAYNER, F/L Alan Garrett (J23881) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1921 in Saskatoon; home in Battleford, Saskatchewan (student, formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted Saskatoon, 26 June 1940. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 4 July 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". Public Records Office Air 2/9081 has recommendation dated 16 March 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (200 hours nine minutes), 20 July 1944 to 5 March 1945.

 

20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.52) 21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (6.52)

5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.34) 29 Nov 44 Essen (5.59)

7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 3 (3.52) 5 Dec 44 Soest (5.43)

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.49) 6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (5.58)

1 Sept 44 Lumbres (3.30) 14 Dec 44 GARDENING (5.41)

3 Sept 44 Soesterburg (3.44) 18 Dec 44 Duisburg (6.09)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.57) 26 Dec 44 St.Vith (6.09)

11 Sep 44 GARDENING (5.20) 6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.16)

12 Sep 44 Munster (4.09) 12 Jan 45 GARDENING (5.50)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.23) 14 Jan 45 Dulmen (6.06)

20 Sep 44 Calais (3.36) 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (6.05)

25 Sep 44 Calais (3.54) 14 Feb 45 GARDENING (6.23)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.24) 17 Feb 45 Wesel (5.07)

15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.25) 20 Feb 45 Reisholz (6.16)

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.38) 23 Feb 45 Essen (4.54)

25 Oct 44 Essen (4.36) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (5.51)

29 Oct 44 Westkapelle (3.03) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.14)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.18) 3 Mar 45 Kamen (5.58)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.35) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.14)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 38 sorties (141 points) involving a total of 200 hours.

 

He has always displayed great enthusiasm for operations and has never failed to attack the target, and has shown exceptional fighting qualities and resourcefulness on operations.

 

This officer has attacked some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and has always successfully pressed home his attacks.

 

For his devotion to duty, courage and coolness in the face of the enemy, he is most strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RAYNER, P/O (now F/O) Harold Clifford (J29638) - Mention in Despatches - No.113 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there, 15 March 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 4 January 1942) and No.8 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942).

 

This wireless operator air gunner has set an excellent example by his ability and loyalty throughout his tour of duty on operational flying.

 

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RAYNOR, Sq/O Edna May (V30187) - 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 Vancouver; enlisted there 5 June 1942. Award sent by registered mail, 30 September 1948.

 

The exceptional devotion to her duties and the intense interest in messing displayed by this officer has resulted in a very high standard of messing in No.2 Air Command. Her example has been an inspiration to the staffs working under her supervision and guidance. Her willing and cheerful manner in accepting the most difficult assignments and carrying them through to a successful conclusion is deserving of the highest praise.

 

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RAYNSFORD, F/O Leonard Thomas (J14742) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1920 in Aurora, Ontario; home in Timmins; enlisted Halifax, 1 November 1941. Trained at 9 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award sent by registered mail, 19 February 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 23 July 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (151 hours 50 minutes) from 14 June 1943 to 4 July 1944.

 

This navigator has participated in 27 attacks on enemy territory, seven of them against Berlin and many others against heavily defended targets. His skill as a navigator has been above average and he has always, by his skilful navigation, kept the aircraft well on track and in so doing contributed greatly to the success of the attacks and the safety of the aircraft.

 

His devotion to duty has been outstanding and his work on the ground has contributed greatly to the operational success of other navigators. It is considered that this officer's outstanding devotion to duty fully merits the award of the D.F.C.

 


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