READ, FS John Herman (Can 9878) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Enlisted in Saint John, New Brunswick, 30 May 1938. Certificate sent to Station Dartmouth, 4 July 1945.

 

Flight Sergeant Read has been employed in signals section of this Command since its inception. His diligence, initiative and resourcefulness have been of the greatest value under trying conditions. His untiring efforts and ability in his trade are largely responsible for the high standard of maintenance in the wireless section of his present squadron.

 

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READ, FS William Rowland (R174405) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.608 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Verdun, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 29 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.10 AOS (graduated 10 March 1944) and No.6 BGS (graduated 18 October 1943). Award presented 15 April 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 22 February 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (138 hours 25 minutes), 9 October 1944 to 19 February 1945.

 

9 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (3.40) 11 Dec 44 Hanover (3.15)

12 Oct 44 Berlin (4.40) 23 Dec 44 Limberg (3.50)

19 Oct 44 Wiesbaden (3.50) 26 Dec 44 Munster (3.25)

23 Oct 44 Berlin (4.50) 28 Dec 44 Frankfurt (4.00)

30 Oct 44 Berlin (4.50) 30 Dec 44 Cologne (3.25)

1 Nov 44 Berlin (4.35) 2 Jan 45 Berlin (4.25)

11 Nov 44 Wiesbaden (4.20) 5 Jan 45 Berlin (4.30)

20 Nov 44 Hanover (3.10) 7 Jan 45 Hanan (3.30)

21 Nov 44 Stuttgart (4.25) 14 Jan 45 Berlin (5.10)

23 Nov 44 Hanover (3.30) 17 Jan 45 Magdeburg (3.50)

25 Nov 44 Nuremburg (4.40) 29 Jan 45 Berlin (4.45)

28 Nov 44 Nuremburg (4.35) 1 Feb 45 Berlin (4.40)

29 Nov 44 Hanover (4.05) 2 Feb 45 Mannheim (3.50)

30 Nov 44 Duisburg (3.30) 7 Feb 45 Magdeburg (3.55)

2 Dec 44 Giessen (3.25) 13 Feb 45 Magdeburg (3.45)

5 Dec 44 Nuremburg (4.15) 14 Feb 45 Mainz (3.30)

8 Dec 44 Duisburg (3.50) 19 Feb 45 Erfurt (4.10)

 


Flight Sergeant Read has taken part in 34 operations against German targets, nine against Berlin itself. His courage in action and his skill as a navigator in the face of all difficulty have been of great assistance to his pilot. The successes achieved by his crew have been to a large extent dependent upon his excellent work.

 

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READY, F/L Clark Hazelwood (C12897) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Station Rockcliffe (No.168 Squadron) - Award effective 10 March 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Incident described involved Fortress 9205 on 19 November 1944. See Carl Vincent, The Liberator and Fortress (Canada's Wings, 1975), p.139.

 

After taking off from Newfoundland for Europe with a heavy load of overseas Christmas mail, Flight Lieutenant Ready found that his undercarriage was not functioning and after attempting for some time to rectify the trouble decided to return to his home base rather than delay the mail by crash-landing at an overseas base. Reaching his base before daylight he discussed his landing procedure over R/T with the engineering officer on the ground, rejected the suggestion of jettisoning the mail for fear of damaging Christmas parcels and, waiting for daylight, made a clever landing without damaging anything but the four propellers. None of his crew was injured. His judgement and the decisions he made saved an aircraft, the load of mail, and enabled his unit to despatch his load forthwith in another aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Ready has been employed on the Trans-Atlantic service for the past year. He has displayed outstanding airmanship and ability at all times and has set an excellent example as a captain.

 

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REAIN, FS (now F/O) Frederick Fortesque Edmund (R131517/J86288) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Blair, Ontario; enlisted in Calgary, 26 August 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM). This included much information on Reain although the numerous units in which he served makes it diffcult to determine which initiated the recommendation which led to his award.

 

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REANSBURY, Corporal George (R68500) - Mention in Despatches - No.6409 Servicing Echelon - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Brantford, Ontario; enlisted 27 September 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.5529 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has letter dated 23 December 1943 from RAF Station Acklington to Commanding Officer, RAF Station Colby Grange, recommending Sergeant R.T. Irwin [sic], Corporal G. Reansbury and Corporal A.G. Townsley for Mention in Despatches. Irwin and Reansburg are Fitters IIE at No.3063 Echelon; Townsley is a Photographer with No.3063 Echelon. See Irwin for text.

 

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REARDON, Sergeant George Kenneth (R73037) - British Empire Medal - No.149 Squadron - Award effective 26 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1942 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in New Brunswick, 1916; home in St.George, New Brunswick (chemist). Enlisted in Moncton. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 February 1941), No.10 EFTS (ceased training, 29 March 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 7 November 1941). Invested with award by King George VI, 6 July 1943.

 

Flight Sergeant Phillip and Sergeants Reardon and Fossleitner were captain, front gunner and navigator, respectively, of an aircraft which attacked Munich one night in September 1942. On the return flight the engineer reported that there would only be sufficient spare fuel to operate for fifteen minutes on arrival at base. Flight Sergeant Phillip, therefore, obtained permission to land at a nearer airfield. When nearing the airfield, however, one of the engines failed and it was necessary to descend on the sea off the coast. Although the aircraft was kept level it broke in four parts on impact with the water and these three airmen, together with the wireless operator and the mid-upper gunner, were thrown into the sea. Flight Sergeant Phillip, who is a strong swimmer, volunteered to swim to shore alone to get help. He abandoned this intention, however, as it was necessary to help the mid-upper gunner, and in company with Sergeant Reardon, started to swim to shore taking the mid-upper gunner with them. They were picked up by a fishing boat after swimming for three and a half hours but unfortunately the gunner was found to be dead. In the meantime Sergeant Fossleitner, although badly shaken, had volunteered to remain behind on one of the wings and support the wireless operator whose spine was fractured. He supported him for two and a half hours until eventually both were picked up by an air/sea rescue launch. The courage and fortitude displayed by Flight Sergeant Phillip and Sergeants Reardon and Fossleitner were of the highest order.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/4918 has original recommendation (for an Albert Medal) dated 31 October 1942 when he had flown six sorties (27 hours 31 minutes). It differs in detail from the published citation:

 

Sergeant Reardon was the front gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Munich on the night of 19/20 September 1942. On the return flight the engineer reported that there would only about 15 minutes spare petrol on arrival at base.

 


The captain decided to land at Manston and obtained permission to do so. When flying downwind, however, the starboard inner engine failed and the aircraft had to be ditched off Margate. Although the captain managed to keep the aircraft level, the ditching was unsuccessful and the aircraft broke into four parts on impact. The captain, observer, wireless operator, mid-upper gunner and front gunner all found themselves in the water without knowing how they got there.

 

The captain, who is a strong swimmer, decided to swim to shore for help whilst the others stayed by one of the wings. However, Sergeant King (mid-upper gunner) was very nervous about being left; therefore it was decided that the captain and Sergeant Reardon, the front gunner (who was not a particularly good swimmer) should swim to land, taking Sergeant King with them. The captain and Sergeant Reardon set off, each holding a hand of Sergeant King. They were eventually picked up by a fishing boat after swimming for three and a half hours. On getting Sergeant King aboard it was found that he was dead.

 

There is no doubt that Sergeant Reardon showed an outstanding example of unselfish courage in attempting to save the life of Sergeant King, even though this attempt was unsuccessful.

 

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REBICK, F/O Irwin (J90642) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1915 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 3 July 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943). Commissioned September 1944. Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.

 

Throughout many operational sorties this officer has displayed great skill and courage. He has always pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination and has secured some excellent photographs. In November 1944 he was captain of an aircraft which, during a mission to Essen, was attacked three times by a Messerschmitt 110. Flying Officer Rebick's skilful airmanship enabled his gunners to get in accurate bursts of fire. The enemy fighter was seen to catch fire and was forced to break off the engagement.

 

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RECHENUC, F/O John (J29238) - Mention in Despatches - No.437 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 25 September 1942. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 7 December 1942) and No.4 BGS (graduated 9 August 1943). Certificate sent to his home in Toronto, 1 December 1947.

 

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REDEKER, F/L Charles Reginald (J12484) - Mention in Despatches - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 28 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 27 February 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942). Served in No.128 Squadron in Canada - Sydney, Nova Scotia, 19 July 1942 to 24 June 1943 and at Torbay, 24 June 1943 to 5 March 1944. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; see The RCAF Overseas: The Sixth Year, pp.320 and 341.

 

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REDFERN, F/L Cecil William (J10352) - Air Force Cross - No.1 IFS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted at Kingston, 24 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1940), No.5 EFTS (graduated 18 November 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941). Award presented 27 May 1950. As of award had flown 2,510 hours (2,306 as instructor, 350 in previous six months).

 

The instructional duties carried out by this officer have been outstanding due to his intense application to every task. His fine personal example and keen sense of discipline have been of invaluable assistance to more junior officers and have provided marked support to his superiors. He has displayed extreme devotion to duty and by his qualities of leadership and able guidance has raised the morale and standard of training in his flight to an above average standard.

 

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REDMOND, F/L Douglas Rollen (J13751) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.608 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1918 in Musquodobott, Nova Scotia; home there (firefighter); enlisted in Calgary, Alberta, 22 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 4 July 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 August 1942). Commissioned August 1942. Award sent by registered mail, 9 February 1950; living in Connecticut then. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 22 January 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (141 hours 45 minutes), 5 September 1944 to 14 January 1945.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

5 Sept 44 Hanover (4.15) 2 Nov 44 Osnabruck (4.00)

6 Sept 44 Hamburg (3.35) 3 Nov 44 Berlin (4.30)

8 Sept 44 Nuremburg (4.35) 5 Nov 44 Stuttgart (4.30)

9 Sept 44 Brunswick (3.30) 21 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel (3.20)

11 Sep 44 Berlin (4.35) 23 Nov 44 Hanover (3.15)

12 Sep 44 Berlin (4.40) 25 Nov 44 Nuremburg (4.20)

15 Sep 44 Berlin (4.35) 28 Nov 44 Nuremburg (4.50)

2 Oct 44 Brunswick (3.35) 29 Nov 44 Hanover (3.50)


5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (3.40) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (3.35)*

6 Oct 44 Berlin (4.55) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (3.30)

10 Oct 44 Cologne (2.50) 5 Dec 44 Nuremburg (4.20)

13 Oct 44 Cologne (2.55) 8 Dec 44 Duisburg (3.40)*

14 Oct 44 Ludwigshaven (4.05) 11 Dec 44 Hanover (3.50)

16 Oct 44 Cologne (3.00) 28 Dec 44 Frankfurt (4.05)

23 Oct 44 Berlin (4.15) 30 Dec 44 Hanover (3.30)

27 Oct 44 Berlin (4.30) 1 Jan 45 Hanau (4.10)

29 Oct 44 Cologne (3.05) 7 Jan 45 Hanover (3.15)

31 Oct 44 Hamburg (3.35) 14 Jan 45 Berlin (5.05)

 

This navigator has completed 36 operations against targets in Germany of which eight have been against the German capital itself, and most of the others have been against distant targets where the highest standard of navigation was necessary.

 

He has at all times remained calm and collected, even when under attack by the heaviest German defences. The assistance rendered to his captain by this combination of skill with personal courage is worthy of the highest praise, and his example to other navigators in the squadron is unsurpassed.

 

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REDMOND, P/O Hugh Carleton (J87157) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1921 in Edmonton; home there; enlisted there 20 March 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 23 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 12 February 1943). Commissioned June 1944. Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 7 August 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (183 hours 45 minutes) as follows:

 

8 Sept 43 Boulogne (3.05) 26 Apr 44 Schweinfurt (8.50)

20 Jan 44 Berlin (6.35) 28 Apr 44 Bordeaux (6.50)

27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.20) 1 May 44 Toulouse (7.35)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.30) 11 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.15)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (2.30) DNCO 19 May 44 Tours (5.30)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.30) 21 May 44 Duisburg (4.50)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.45) 22 May 44 Brunswick (5.45)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.15) 24 May 44 Eindhoven (2.55)

9 Mar 44 Manignane (9.00) 27 May 44 Nantes (3.00)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.15) 31 May 44 Saumur (6.00)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.50) 3 June 44 Cherbourg (3.30)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.40) 6 June 44 Argentan (3.40)


5 Apr 44 Toulouse (7.20) 10 Jun 44 Orleans (5.30)

20 Apr 44 La Chapelle (4.40) 14 Jun 44 Aunay sur Odon (4.20)

24 Apr 44 Munich (10.15) 15 Jun 44 Chatellerault (6.15)

 

This officer has completed 29 sorties as Air Bomber. He has participated in attacks on some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and also in precision attacks on targets in occupied Europe both by day and by night. At all times Pilot Officer Redmond has shown great ability as Air Bomber, and a courage and tenacity that have been an inspiration to his crews. He has brought back many photographs of his targets which testify as to his skill in accurate bombing.

 

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REED, F/L Arthur Philip (C8492) - King Haakron VII's Medal of Liberation (Norway) - Award effective 13 December 1949 as per Canada Gazette of 17 December 1949 and AFRO dated 23 December 1949. Born 14 October 1902. Home in Toronto. Served in 1st Hussars (Militia), 1921 to 1938 (Sergeant and Pay Sergeant). Employed pre-war by Ford Motor Company. Enlisted 1 November 1941 and trained as Administrative Officer. From 13 December 1941 to 16 July 1942 he was with No.16 SFTS, Hagersville. To McMaster University on 16 July 1942; to Orlando, Florida, 23 August 1942 (temporary duty, identification course); to Western Air Command, 30 September 1942; to No.2 Group Headquarters, Victoria, 15 January 1943. In 1943-1944 he was in No.2 Filter Detachment, Victoria, and on 16 May 1944 he was posted to Station Prince George. On 31 October 1944 he was sent to participate in "Polar Bear". Retired 21 February 1945. Awarded Canadian Efficiency Medal, GO 351/1943. Had been a liaison officer with Norwegians and Press Release 7581 (16 December 1949) said it was for "assistance rendered by these officers (Cowley, Loosely, Reed) in the training of members of the Royal Norwegian Air Force in Canada during the Second World War and particularly during the training of flyers at Little Norway, near Toronto.".

 

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REED, F/L John Thomas (C1646) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Born 17 June 1918 in Algonquin, Ontario; home in Ottawa (bank clerk). Enlisted and commisioned, 29 January 1940; trained at Toronto Flying Club; to Station Trenton, 8 May 1940; to Camp Borden, 18 July 1940 for training at No.1 SFTS; promoted to Flying Officer, 5 October 1940 (Flight Lieutenant, 1 August 1942; Squadron Leader, 15 September 1944). To Trenton, 4 November 1940; instructed at No3 SFTS, 7 January 1941 to 8 May 1942; to RAF overseas, 9 May 1942; served with No.422 Squadron, 23 November to 19 December 1942; with Marine Experimental Establishment, Helensburg, 24 February 1943 to 6 January 1944; with No.131 OTU, 6-18 January 1944; posted to No.512 Squadron, 19 January 1944 and flew with them on D Day; with No.437 Squadron, 14 September 1944 to 3 July 1945. As of 22 July 1945 he claimed 306 hours on Sunderlands, 634 hours on Dakotas, 201 hours on Catalina. See postwar awards data base for more on career. Awarded U.S. Bronze Star Medal, 10 August 1951, and Queen's Coronation Medal, 1953.


REED, S/L John Thomas (C1646) - 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. DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation dated 10 April 1945 when he had flown 1,760 hours (220 in previous six months). Noted that he had "participated in all airborne operations since and including D-Day."

 

Squadron Leader Reed has displayed noteworthy skill, courage and resource in action against the enemy. In the airborne operations against Arnhem he led his flight with the greatest resolution in the face of extremely heavy opposition. Later, Squadron Leader Reed flew with much distinction in the operations in support of the Rhine crossing. His work won much praise.

 

REED, S/L John Thomas (C1646) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Overseas - Award effective 3 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date. NOTE: This does not appear to have been published in RCAF Routine Orders.

 

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REED, FS (now P/O) Thomas Edward (R90512/J23544) - Air Force Medal - Station Mountain View - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born 24 May 1916. Home in Richards Landing (was this near Sault Ste. Marie ?), Ontario. Bank clerk before war. Enlisted in North Bay, 18 February 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 20 December 1941), and No.14 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Award presented. DHist file 181.009 D.1244 (RG.24 Vol.20596) has recommendation dated 22 January 1943. However, it adds little to the published citation.

 

As a staff pilot this Flight Sergeant has at all times shown a keen interest in his flying duties. His personal qualities of dependability, steadiness and good spirits have made him an example to all NCO pilots. His conduct and deportment have been excellent. He has constantly set himself a high standard and his efforts toward that standard have been commendable. During the year 1942 Flight Sergeant Reed completed 821 flying hours.

 

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REED, F/L William Herbert (J10665) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Castlegar, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 28 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 September 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 March 1942). DHist award card gives unit and says the award was "for incident on 17 March 1945 when one engine of his aircraft failed". Certificate mailed to Castlegar, 10 August 1948.

 

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REEKIE, F/O John (J17767) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1919 in Fifeshire, Scotland; home in Winona, Ontario or Varsity View, Manitoba; enlisted in Hamilton, 14 October 1940. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 3 February 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 21 July 1941). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 22 November 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 68 sorties (386 hours 54 minutes).

 

18 June 42 Ferrying, Portreath to 25 Sep 42 Tobruk (7.15)

Gibraltar (7.45) 30 Sep 42 Tobruk (8.05)

19 June 42 Gibraltar-Malta (8.35) 1 Oct 42 Tobruk (7.15)

19 June 42 Gibraltar-LG.224 (8.35) 15 Oct 42 Tobruk (7.15)

28 June 42 Enemy concentrations, 25 Oct 42 Ghazal (3.00)

Mersa Matru (5.40) 30 Oct 42 Ghazal (3.00)

30 June 42 Crete (8.10) 2 Nov 42 Ghazal (3.10)

3 July 42 El Daba (4.45) 4 Nov 42 Daba (3.20)

5 July 42 El Almein (5.30) 6 Nov 42 Sidi Barrani (6.20)

8 July 42 Tobruk (8.00) 8 Nov 42 Halfaya Pass (6.05)

11 July 42 Tobruk ( 7.45) 10 Nov 42 Tobruk (7.25)

14 July 42 Tobruk (9.00) 22 Jun 43 Sea Sweep (4.45)

16 July 42 Tobruk (8.40) 4 Dec 43 Sea Sweep (5.45)

18 July 42 Tobruk (8.10) 10 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.45)

21 July 42 Battle area (2.00, DNCO) 12 Jul 44 Paris/Vaires (3.08)

22 July 42 Tobruk (8.25) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.30)

24 July 42 Enemy concentrations, 17 Jul 44 Cagny (2.30)

LG.106 (4.05) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.17)

26 July 42 ditto, LG.104 (4.30) 30 Jul 44 Battle area (2.34)

28 July 42 Tobruk (8.35) 3 Aug 44 Nieppe (2.03)

30 July 42 Tobruk (8.00) 4 Aug 44 L'isle Adam (2.44)

1 Aug 42 Tobruk (7.30) 13 Aug 44 Falaise (2.38)

3 Aug 42 Tobruk (8.20) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 21 (2.21)

10 Aug 42 Tobruk (8.20) 15 Aug 44 Melsbroek (4.15)

13 Aug 42 Tobruk (8.05) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (4.57)

15 Aug 42 Tobruk (8.30) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (3.34)

19 Aug 42 Tobruk (7.00) 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (6.42)

24 Aug 42 Tobruk (6.20) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.24)

27 Aug 42 Tobruk (6.30) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.32)

29 Aug 42 El Alamein (3.35) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.23)

31 Aug 42 Enemy concentrations (2.50) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.23)

31 Aug 42 Enemy concentrations (2.55) 11 Oct 44 Fort Fredrick

1 Sept 42 Enemy concentrations (2.35) Hendrick (2.09)

4 Sept 42 Tobruk (6.55) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.55)


11 Sept 42 Tobruk (7.05) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.06)

16 Sept 42 Tobruk (6.35) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.09)

21 Sept 42 Enemy landing grounds

(3.45)

 

Flying Officer Reekie is a skilled Wireless Operator/Air Gunner who is now on his second tour of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily-defended areas as Kiel, Stuttgart and Stettin. Invariably, this officer has inspire confidence by his coolness, determination and unabated desire to take offensive action against the enemy on every possible occasion. Undoubtedly this officer's unselfish devotion to duty has done much to contribute to the operational efficiency of all members of his crew. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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REES, F/O Horace Lewis (J22187) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born in Nelson, British Columbia, 1911; home there; enlisted in Vancouver, 22 August 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award sent by registered mail, 3 June 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 2/8780 has recommendation dated 17 March 1944 when he had flown 22 sorties (157 hours 55 minutes), 7 October 1943 to 25 February 1944.

 

7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (7.30) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (7.40)

18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.40) 14 Jan 44 Braunschweig (5.45)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (4.40) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.45)

10 Nov 43 Modane (8.40) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.20)

18 Nov 43 Berlin (8.15) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.30)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.30) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.50)

3 Dec 43 Leipzig (7.30) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.50)

16 Dec 43 Berlin (6.35) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.15)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (4.15) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (8.00)

24 Dec 43 Berlin (7.50) 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.30)

29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.05) 25 Feb 44 Augsburg (8.00)

 

Since commencing his operational tour in October 1943, Flying Officer Rees, a Canadian, has completed 22 operational sorties and has flown 158 hours on operations as an Air Bomber. He has attacked many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany, including eleven attacks on Berlin.

 


Under a calm and quiet manner this officer possesses a fine offensive spirit in action which inspires confidence and he is largely responsible for the high standard of morale and efficiency attained by his crew. In all his attacks, often in the face of heavy opposition, he has pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination and he has consistently shown courage and coolness of a very high order.

 

For his devotion to duty he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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REESOR, F/O Edward Martin (J86987) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Dauphin, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943). Award presented 11 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 18 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (151 hours 45 minutes), 10 June to 14 October 1944.

 

This officer, a captain of an aircraft, has made thirty operational sorties against the enemy, including such distant and well defended areas as Kiel, Bremen and Duisburg. Beneath a calm, quiet manner, Flying Officer Reesor has fused his crew with an aggressive spirit that has allowed them to press home the attack on every occasion. Encountering their fair share of flak and fighter attacks, this pilot, through his outstanding ability as a leader, has always received perfect crew co-operation. In recognition of Flying Officer Reesor's cool daring and bravery and devotion to duty, I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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REEVE, F/L Alexander Jardine (J11484) - 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 Oxford, Nova Scotia; enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 22 July 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 October 1941), No.10 AOS (graduated 2 February 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 28 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 27 April 1942). Certificate mailed to home in Fredericton, New Brunswick, 10 August 1948.

 

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REEVE, Sergeant (now P/O) Peter Alan (R157637/J89401) - 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 14 March 1922; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 9 March 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 29 August 1942), No.2 EFTS (ceased training 4 December 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 6 August 1943). Posted overseas, August 1943; repatriated October 1944; released 26 January 1945.

 

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REEVES, S/L Harold James (J10644) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1919 in Toronto; home there (aircraft inspector); enlisted in Hamilton, 20 May 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 26 August 1949 at No.1 FTS, Claresholm. 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.1764 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has recommendation for immediate DFC dated 23 January 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (162 hours five minutes).

 

Squadron Leader Reeves has completed a tour of operations on four-engined bombers. On the night of January 14, 1945, his last sortie against the enemy prior to completing his tour, one of his engines cut prior to reaching the target, which was Grevenbroich. Although two of the remaining engines were losing power, he pressed on to the target, released his bombs and flew safely home.

 

Throughout his tour Squadron Leader Reeves has displayed the utmost in courage and devotion to duty. He has proven to be an exceptional pilot both in the air and on the ground and has the complete confidence of every member of the squadron. His keenness on operations and cheerful disregard for any and all defences the enemy has to offer have made him an inspiration and outstanding example to all...

 

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REEVES, P/O Thomas Henry (J16268) - 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. Home in New Westminster, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 30 December 1940. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 18 August 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 3 March 1941). Commissioned 1942; action described was 26/27 July 1942. Award presented 16 May 1945.

 

Pilot Officer Reeves has completed a large number of operational sorties, many of them directed against heavily defended targets such as Cologne, Essen and Bremen. As wireless operator/air gunner he has displayed commendable courage and devotion to duty. In July 1942, when returning from Hamburg, his aircraft, which had been damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, was attacked twice by a Junkers 88. On the second occasion Pilot Officer Reeves hit the attacking aircraft. It turned over on its back and was last seen diving steeply. Throughout his operational career this officer has invariably displayed outstanding reliability in difficult situations.

 


NOTE: DHH file RG.24 Volume 20627 has original recommendation drafted on 17 March 1943 when he had flown 26 sorties (158 hours) between 30 May 1942 and 11 March 1943 (sortie list in file) and was much more detailed:

 

Pilot Officer Reeves has made 26 operational sorties on which some of the most heavily defended German targets have been attacked. These operations included the following: Cologne (1), Essen (1), Lorient (6), Emden (1), Wilhelmshaven (3), St.Nazaire (2), Duisburg (1), Hamburg (2), Dusseldorf (2), Mainz (1), Osnabruck (1), Flensburg (1), Saarbrucken (1), Bremen (1), GARDENING (1), Stuttgart (1).

 

During this officer's operational tour, as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, on Hampdens, he has shown commendable courage and devotion to duty. On the night of the 26th July 1942, when returning from Hamburg, the aircraft in which Pilot Officer Reeves was flying was very badly shot up over the target by flak. When Pilot Officer Reeves sighted a JU.88 approaching at approximately 75 yards, he opened fire just as the JU.88 opened fire. There was a second attack from the JU.88 at an approximate range of 60 yards at which time Pilot Officer Reeves again opened fire when the JU.88 was seen to turn over on its back and go down in a steep dive. It was last seen entering low clouds. The aircraft was claimed as a probable.

 

This officer has carried out his duties most efficiently and through showing a great interest in his work has been an inspiration to his crew members.

 

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REGAN, P/O William Henry (J49680) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Cayuga, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 15 June 1942. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 28 September 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 31 May 1942).

 

Pilot Officer Regan has completed a tour of operations on the East Coast and has carried out his duties in a quiet and efficient manner. His willingness to accept responsibility has been an inspiration to his section as well as to members of the squadron.

 

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REGIMBAL, F/L Joseph Henri Robert (J10149) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Sudbury, Ontario; Enlisted in North Bay. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942. No citation in AFRO.

 

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REGIMBAL, P/O Peter Ernest (J87673) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1919 in Clemsford, England; home in Chapleau, Quebec (bulldozer operator); enlisted in Toronto, 15 February 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned 1944. Invested with award by King George VI, 13 July 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 14 September 1944 when he had flown 23 sorties (114 hours 55 minutes), 24 May to 12 September 1944. The recommendation is far more detailed, mentioning the following: 27 May 1944 (Bourg Leopold) aircraft attacked by fighter and he directed evasive action while opening fire and claiming a "probable"; 4 July 1944 (Villeneuve St.George) attacked by fighter and directed evasive action; 25/26 July (Stuttgart) aircraft hit by flak over target causing damage to hydraulics and mechanical up-locks. Undercarriage came down and hence fuel consumption excessive.

 

This officer has proved himself to be a resolute air gunner whose skill and coolness have contributed materially to the success of many of the sorties in which he has taken part. His sterling qualities were well in evidence on one occasion in a sortie against Stuttgart. Whilst over the target the aircraft sustained severe damage. As the French coast was neared it became apparent that the petrol supply was fast becoming exhausted. The pilot thereupon altered his course to bring him over the beachhead. On reaching the area it was necessary for the crew to leave the aircraft by parachute. At this stage two enemy fighters approached. His comrades had commenced to leave the aircraft but Pilot Officer Regimbal remained at his guns ready to give covering fire if necessary. He only left his turret when finally requested by his captain. Since the incident, this officer has completed numerous sorties.

 

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REGIMBALD, F/L Joseph Gaetan Marcel Eugene (J14794) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1919 in Montreal; home there (bookkeeper, formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery); e* there, 13 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented at Sea Island, 21 November 1949.

 

As navigator, Flight Lieutenant Regimbald has participated in attacks on such heavily defended targets as Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Wesseling and Castrop-Rauxel. Throughout he has exhibited a high degree of skill and resolution. On one occasion while en route to the target his compasses were rendered unserviceable as well as the air speed indicator. Undaunted, this officer, with exceptional ingenuity, directed his pilot to the target and back to base. An outstanding deputy navigation leader, he has displayed great administrative ability and set a splendid record by his fearlessness, cool courage and efficiency.

 

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REICHEL, F/L Robert Craig (J26014) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.88 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born 1917 in St.James, Manitoba; home in Winnipeg (checking clerk, formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 11 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 June 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 29 September 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 8 November 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 8 December 1941). Commissioned November 1942. Award sent by registered mail, 24 February 1950.

 

Flight Lieutenant Reichel has completed many operational sorties against such heavily defended targets as Venlo, Deventer and Roermond. He has guided his pilot over heavily defended areas and on his bombing runs with exceptional accuracy and coolness, ensuring the achievement of excellent results. His reliability and efficiency as navigator and his keen sense of devotion to duty are worthy of high praise.

 

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REICHERT, P/O Clifford Clarence (J18083) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 25 October 1919 at Thornhill, Manitoba of Austrian parents. Home in Morden, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 21 June 1941. Posted to No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon, 21 June 1941; to No.4 ITS on 2 September 1941 (graduated 3 October 1941, although not promoted to LAC until 26 October 1941), to No.5 EFTS on 27 October 1941 (graduated 21 December 1941); to No.12 SFTS on 27 December 1941 (graduated 10 April 1942 and promoted Sergeant). Taken on strength of No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, 13 May 1942; to No.12 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit, 21 July 1942; to No.22 OTU, 15 September 1942; promoted Flight Sergeant, 10 October 1942; to No.1659 Conversion Unit, 19 December 1942; to No.408 Squadron, 9 February 1943; promoted WO2, 10 April 1943; commissioned 11 August 1943 (backdated). Killed in action 22 June 1943 (Halifax BB375); name on Runnymede Memorial. Although no citation appears with the AFRO, a letter on DHist 181.009 D.1516 (NAC RG.24 Vol.20601) states that on the night of 21/22 June 1943 his aircraft was hit by flak. Two crewmen were killed outright. Flames swept through the nose, enveloping the cockpit where Reichert was pilot. He stayed at the controls to allow others to bale out; the aircraft exploded while he was still aboard. Evidence provided in June 1944 by P/O G.F. Pridham, who survived gravely wounded (lost a leg) and was repatriated from POW camp who wrote to the family (13 January 1944), "He was the bravest man I ever knew. He died to save my life." The other survivor, J22511 F/O J.C.A. Russell, wrote:

 

Our aircraft was attacked twice by a fighter and it is probable that most of the crew members were badly injured. I was the first to leave the front hatch and immediately after baling out the aircraft exploded before anyone else had the opportunity of escaping in like fashion. The aircraft was in flames from the first attack and completely riddled with bullets. I saw no parachute open and have since heard nothing whatever of the missing members of my crew.

 

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REID, Corporal Anne Anderson Rennie (W302541) - Mention in Despatches - Station Linton-on-Ouse (AFRO says only "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 26 March 1942. Certificate forwarded to her 12 October 1948. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation for a BEM dated 24 May 1945, at which time she was employed as a Clerk General in the Station Orderly Room.

 

During the eighteen months that this Corporal has served with the RCAF Overseas the service which she has rendered as a Clerk General have been most commendable. At all times she has carried out her duties in a most cheerful and efficient manner, often voluntarily working long hours far beyond the normal call of duty. Her exemplary conduct and devotion to duty has been a real inspiration to those working with her, and has served greatly in strengthening the hands of those under whom she has served...

 

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REID, P/O Charles Alfred (J86586) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1920 in Windsor, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 4 March 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 11 September 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned May 1944. Award presented 28 June 1946. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1633 (RG.24 Vol.20603) has recommendation dated 16 August 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (152 hours ten minutes), 26 March to 14 August 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Reid has completed a very large number of sorties against the enemy, many of which were to very heavily defended targets deep in the heart of Germany. On all occasions he has shown a fine offensive spirit and a great determination to come to grips with the enemy. The photographic evidence of his bombing shows unmistakably what a splendid job Pilot Officer Reid and his crew have done. Nearly all his pictures indicate that his bombs have fallen squarely on the aiming point.

 

Pilot Officer Reid, by his keenness to operate and results achieved on operations, has set a splendid example to the whole squadron.

 

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REID, WO2 David Martin (R163730) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born 1913 in Balcarres, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted in Regina, 8 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 5 April 1943) and No.8 BGS (graduated 7 August 1942). Award presented 18 June 1949. No citation, "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 2/8772 has recommendation dated 20 May 1945 when he had flown 49 sorties (267 hours five minutes).

 

23 Jul 44 Kiel 5 Jan 45 Hanover

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart 6 Jan 45 Hanua

28 Jul 44 Stuttgart 13 Jan 45 Saarbrucken

31 Jul 44 Le Havre 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg

3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim 1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven

4 Aug 44 Pauillac 2 Feb 45 Weisbaden

5 Aug 44 Blaye 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

7 Aug 44 Caen 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

29 Aug 44 Stettin 23 Feb 45 Pforzhiem

11 Sep 44 Castrop Rauxel 3 Mar 45 Kamen

13 Sep 44 Osnabruck 7 Mar 45 Dessau

15 Sep 44 Kiel 8 Mar 45 Kassel

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

6 Oct 44 Schloven 13 Mar 45 Herne

4 Nov 44 Bochum 15 Mar 45 Castrop Rauxel

16 Nov 44 Julich 22 Mar 45 Dulmen

18 Nov 44 Munster 24 Mar 45 Sterkrade

21 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel 4 Apr 45 Lutzkendorf

27 Nov 44 Neuss 8 Apr 45 Hamburg

30 Nov 44 Duisburg 9 Apr 45 Kiel

3 Dec 44 Heimbach 10 Apr 45 Leipzig

6 Dec 44 Leuna 14 Apr 45 Potsdam

12 Dec 44 Essen 22 Apr 45 Bremen

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 25 Apr 45 Wangerooge

17 Dec 44 Duisburg

 

Warrant Officer Reid is an excellent navigator in a most successful and experienced visual marker crew. He has completed an extended tour of operations of which 37 sorties have been marker sorties. His skill and determination have at all times been of the highest order, and his cool confidence and spirit have set a fine example to all. He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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REID, FS Donald George (R67906) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.185 Squadron - Award effective 25 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 28 July 1942 and AFRO 1243/42 dated 7 August 1942. Born Lacombe, Alberta, 6 June 1922; home in Windsor, Ontario, enlisted there 28 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (16 January to 21 February 1941), No.10 EFTS (22 February to 22 April 1941) and No.9 SFTS (3 May to 16 July 1941). Arrived overseas 30 August 1941. At No.57 OTU (5 September to 21 October 1941), No.152 Squadron (21-28 October 1941), No.412 Squadron (28 October to unknown date, 1941), No.161 Squadron (unknown date to 15 December 1941), No.601 Squadron (15-23 December 1941), No.19 Squadron (23 December 1941 to 30 April 1942). Posted to Malta, arriving with major reinforcement (Operation "Bowery" via aircraft carriers on 9 May 1942; assigned to No.185 Squadron. Commissioned 7 July 1942 (but not gazetted until November). Killed in action 22 July 1942 (Spitfire BR203 coded "X" during engagement with Bf.109s, one of which he may have shot down; name on El Alamein Memorial. Chris Shores lists following victories in Aces High (2nd edition): 2 June 1942, one Z.1007 damaged (although citation says an Italian bomber destroyed) plus one Re.2001 probably destroyed; 6 June 1942, one Re.2001 destroyed plus one Re.2001 damaged plus one Z.506B destroyed (shared with two other pilots); 7 June 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed; 22 June 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (Spitfire coded GL-O); 1 July 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged (Spitfire BR294); 2 July 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (BR294); 6 July 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed plus one Ju.88 damaged (both on BR317; latter shared with another pilot); 17 July 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one damaged (BR380). He was short - only five feet four and one-half inches tall and weighed 120 pounds on enlistment and was very shy. At EFTS he was described as "Excellent pilot material - aggressive, bright and keen, an energetic battler who should be excellent as a fighter pilot". He crashed a Spitfire at Hal Far, 2 July 1942 (port tyre burst, wingtip dug in, aircraft overturned). He had three older brothers, plus a younger brother and sister who were twins. His mother died in 1937, his father in January 1941; Read left his estate to his younger siblings.

 

This airman has displayed skill and courage and determination in the face of the enemy. On two occasions recently he has been detailed to attack enemy fighters escorting bombers and although greatly outnumbered, he destroyed one fighter on each occasion. In June 1942 he encountered a force of Italian bombers which were heavily escorted by fighter aircraft. Diving through the fighters he attacked one of the bombers and set it on fire and then destroyed one of the fighters which had attacked him. Flight Sergeant Reid has destroyed at least five enemy aircraft in a period of seven weeks.

 

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REID, F/O Douglas MacKay (J18696) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.252 Squadron - Award effective 11 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Home in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia; educated at Queen's University. Royal Bank employee; enlisted in Halifax, 5 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1943). NOTE: long lapse between EFTS and SFTS; held back as instructor ? Commissioned 1943. Award presented in New Brunswick, 21 December 1949.

 


This officer has displayed the greatest tenacity and courage throughout many engagements with the enemy. In July 1944 he attacked an enemy vessel off Leros. During this action his aircraft was severely damaged in the port wing and fuselage. Despite this, Flying Officer Reid orbited his base for one hour while an emergency flare path was laid before making a successful crash landing. In September 1944 he attacked enemy shipping on a number of occasions; several of the vessels attacked were destroyed. This officer has also taken part in a number of successful reconnaissance sorties. Throughout his tour of duty he has set a fine standard of keenness and good judgement.

 

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REID, F/O (now F/L) Earl Frank (J8751) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 17 August 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 819/46 dated 23 August 1946. Born in Regina, 1918; home in Westmount, Quebec. Former signaller in Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Enlisted 14 March 1941. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 8 November 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 26 May 1941). Commissioned 1941. Award presented 1 March 1945. No citation other than "In recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations." In postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Flight Lieutenant, Maritime Air Command Headquarters).

 

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REID, WO1 Gordon Ernest (R65753) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1915 in Toronto; assistant manager of a Woolworth store; home in New York City; enlisted in Toronto, 6 June 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 24 November 1940) and No.4 BGS (graduated 10 April 1941). Award presented 25 May 1945. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 54 sorties (230 hours 34 minutes) as follows:

 

29 Aug 41 Frankfurt (8.25) 5 June 44 Longues (3.10)

29 Sep 41 Stettin (9.50) 7 June 44 Foret de Cerisny (3.19)

1 Oct 41 Stuttgart (8.05) 9 June 44 Lhey (1.43)

23 Oct 41 Kiel (7.30) 11 Jun 44 Toures (4.58)

7 Nov 41 Sylt (6.30) 15 Jun 44 Lens (2.11)

12 Feb 42 Sea Search 24 Jun 44 M-Straete (1.54)

14 Feb 42 Cologne (6.35) 27 Jun 44 Oisemont (2.30)

22 Feb 42 Norway (5.15) 28 Jun 44 Metz (5.18)

3 Mar 42 Paris (5.30) 30 Jun 44 U-Bocage (2.27)

5 May 42 Stuttgart (8.10) 2 July 44 Oisemont (2.30)

8 May 42 Warnemunde (6.10) 5 July 44 Wizernes (1.51)

17 May 42 France (3.05) 6 July 44 Coquereaux (2.38)

5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.09) 7 July 44 Caen (2.36)

14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.24) 9 July 44 Lhey (1.43)


20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.16) 10 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.44)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.44) 12 Jul 44 Paris/Vaires (3.14)

20 Apr 44 Lens (2.57) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.33)

22 Apr 44 Laon (4.09) 17 Jul 44 Cagny (2.30)

8 May 44 Maine St.Pierre (2.31) 19 Jul 44 Rollez (2.58)

10 May 44 Ghent (2.33) 20 Jul 44 Courtrai (2.03)

11 May 44 Boulogne (2.33) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.21)

19 May 44 Mont Couple (3.00) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.04)

21 May 44 Duisburg (4.02) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.08)

24 May 44 Aachen West (3.36) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.22)

27 May 44 Rennes a/f (3.41) 30 Jul 44 Battle area (2.54)

28 May 44 Mardick (1.54) 12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (4.34)

31 May 44 Mont Couple (1.58) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (5.08)

18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.52)

 

Warrant Officer Reid is a keen and reliable Air Gunner now on his second tour of operations. He has taken part in many sorties, which include such targets as Berlin, Stuttgart and Stettin. This Warrant Officer has always displayed a fine fighting spirit and determination to complete the most difficult tasks allotted to him. The excellent personal example set by the Warrant Officer has been an inspiration to all members of the squadron. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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REID, F/O Ivan Douglas (J36848) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 20 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO/431 dated 8 August 1947. Born 1921 in Hamilton; home in Cleveland, Ohio (layout man, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 27 May 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.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (192 hours 10 minutes), 17 September 1944 to 4 March 1945.

 

This officer, navigator of the crew captained by Flight Lieutenant Bertram, has now completed thirty-two trips over enemy territory including several long distance targets which called for a high degree of navigational ability.

 

Flying Officer Reid has at all times displayed courage and coolness of a very high order and his exceptional skill and devotion to duty has contributed much to the successful completion of his operational flights including many specialist mining sorties. He has also taken a very keen interest in the working of his section where his experience and advice has done much to improve the efficiency of the junior members of the Navigation Section.


I consider that this officer, by his co-operative and unselfish example, plus his splendid record of achievement, fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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REID, WO1 James Ian McBride (R69941) - French Croix de Guerre with Palm - Overseas - Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 16 July 1949 and AFRO 307/49. Born in Toronto, 30 July 1918; enlisted 16 July 1940. Posted overseas, September 1943; repatriated 23 November 1945; released 4 January 1945. Trade given as Clerk/Accounts; how could such a tradesman be awarded such a singular honour ?

 

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REID, W/C Joseph Wendell (C927) - 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 18 June 1918 in Sydney, Nova Scotia; home in Montreal; enlisted in RCAF Auxiliary, 3 January 1939. Qualified for wings at Trenton, 2 September 1939. Flying instructor to September 1941; with RAF Transport Command, September 1941 to January 1942; No.118 Squadron, January to March 1942; returned to Transport Command, March 1942 to January 1943 (but apparently overseas from March 1942 onwards). Promoted Squadron Leader, 1 June 1942. With No.409 Squadron, January 1943 to August 1944 after which he was loaned to TCA; repatriated 12 August 1944; released 22 September 1945; became Director of Flight Standards. Postwar he was with RCAF Auxiliary (service number 120182) in Vancouver and Montreal; commanded No.401 Squadron; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal 23 October 1953 (No.1 Group, rank of Group Captain). Claimed to have flown 53 types of aircraft during the war including gliders, autogyros, fighters and bombers; his passengers had included Churchill. Died in Vancouver, 9 August 1985. No citation in AFRO.

 

REID, W/C Joseph Wendell (C927) - No.409 Squadron - United States Distinguished Flying Cross - Award effective 15 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.3053 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has text of citation taken from USAF General Order 92 dated 14 November 1944.

 

For extraordinary achievement while participating in many patrols over the Normandy beachhead area. As a result of his outstanding leadership, Wing Commander Reid's squadron has destroyed at least twenty enemy airplanes since D Day. His courage and devotion to duty reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

 

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REID, F/O Kenneth Percy James (J23359) - 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 1921 in Kingston, Ontario; home there (accountant); enlisted in Ottawa, 30 March 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 6 August 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 21 August 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (155 hours 36 minutes) as listed below. The CO, Station Burn, also writes, "This quiet Canadian has undoubtedly been an outstanding member of a gallant crew. His skill and accurate navigation have played a vital part in the successes achieved by his crew."

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

9 Apr 44 Lille (4.35) 23 Jun 44 Oisemont (3.58)

10 Apr 44 Tergnier (5.01) 24 Jun 44 Le Grand Rossignol (3.25)

18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.48) 27 Jun 44 Marquis Mimoyecques (3.25)*

20 Apr 44 Ottignies (4.07) 30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (3.41)*

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.59) 12 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.33)*

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.33) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.19)

26 Apr 44 Essen (4.20) 18 Jul 44 Caen H.2 (3.35)*

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.09) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.09)

30 Apr 44 Acheres (4.25) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.32)*

8 May 44 Berneval (3.57) 30 Jul 44 Battle area (4.12)*

10 May 44 Lens (3.13) 1 Aug 44 Anderbelck (2.34)*

22 May 44 Orleans (4.46) 2 Aug 44 Le Nieppe (3.24)*

24 May 44 Aachen (4.06) 3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.06)*

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.59) 6 Aug 44 Hazelbrouck (3.02)*

4 June 44 Boulogne (3.28) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.38)*

5 June 44 Mont Fleury (4.16) 11 Aug 44 Somain (4.18)*

6 June 44 Chateaudun (5.49) 12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (5.35)

17 Jun 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.36) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE (3.35)*

22 Jun 44 Siracourt (3.47)* 15 Aug 44 TRACTABLE (3.31)*

 

Flying Officer Reid has carried out 38 sorties totalling 155.36 hours during which he has attacked many important targets which have included those situated in such well known areas as Dusseldorf, Essen, Aachen and Russelsheim.

 

This brilliant Canadian navigator has shown throughout a long operational tour an efficiency and skilful ability combined with a ready willingness to deal with the longest and most difficult routes which he might be given. Conscientiously he always continued with the calculating and completing of his charts with accuracy and speed, placidly undisturbed by the strongest enemy anti-aircraft defences or fighter action in which the aircraft might be involved. On one occasion a burst of flak near the nose caused some fragments to enter his compartment, one of which struck his parachute harness and caused a superficial wound. This he did not report to his captain but continued with his work.

 


This is typical of his disregard for his own safety, combined with a high sense of duty which has encourage and spurred on all those with whom he flew. It is recommended that he should receive the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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REID, F/O Mervyn Garfield (J90338) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 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 Winnipeg; home in Minaki, Ontario (repairman); enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 25 October 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 28 August 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail, from Government House, November 1949. In postwar RCAF with No.408 Squadron, Rockcliffe. 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." Public Records Office Air 2/9131 has recommendation dated 5 May 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (94 hours 20 minutes), 18 July 1944 to 24 March 1945.

 

18 Jul 44 Acquet Road (3.50) 6 Oct 44 Schloven (4.40)

20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.40) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.58)

23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.20) 28 Oct 44 Westkappelle (3.20)

25 Jul 44 Foret de Croc (3.40) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.30)

28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.25) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.44)

7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE (3.55) 18 Nov 44 Munster (5.08)

9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.55) 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (6.38)

10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.25) 28 Feb 45 Stuttgart (6.50)

12 Aug 44 Russelheim (5.40) 7 Feb 45 Goch (5.32)

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE (4.15) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.10)

17 Aug 44 Brest (4.50) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (7.55)

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.50) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (7.40)

25 Aug 44 Pons Corff (5.25) 11 Mar 45 Essen (5.50)

27 Aug 44 Homburg (4.15) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.45)

1 Sept 44 La Pouchinte (3.10) 13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (5.35)

12 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.10) 15 Mar 45 Bottrop (5.10)

23 Sep 44 Neuss (4.55) 18 Mar 45 Witten (6.40)

25 Sep 44 Calais (3.05) 22 Mar 45 Dulmen (5.00)

26 Sep 44 Calais (3.30) 24 Mar 45 Sterkrade (6.00)

 

Pilot Officer Reid was posted to No.10 Squadron in March 1945 [?] and has now completed his first tour of operations comprising 38 sorties, 194 operational hours. He has participated in attacks on heavily defended German targets, including Gelsenkirchen (twice), Sterkrade (twice), Dusseldorf, Duisburg and Magdeburg.

 


This Canadian officer has at all times proved himself to be a consistently superior navigator whose outstanding skill has enabled his captain to bring back many good photographs of the target area and has played a great part in the safe return of his aircraft and crew. His enthusiasm for operations has been abounding, while his extreme coolness under adverse conditions has done much to foster a high standard of morale in his crew. On several occasions he has led the squadron and the group in daylight attacks on German targets. These attacks were carried out with the greatest skill and determination and have been highly successful. He has greatly assisted in the training of new crews and has always set a fine example to his fellow navigators in the squadron.

 

I strongly recommend that Pilot Officer Reid's outstanding skill, courage and strong devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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REID, P/O Norman Duncan (J10353) - Air Force Cross - No.11 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Durban, Manitoba, 6 December 1914. Enlisted at Fort William, 20 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.2 EFTS, and No.3 SFTS. Invested with award by King George VI, 2 February 1943. Missing in action, 22/23 June 1943 (Mannheim raid).

 

The above noted officer was employed as an NCO Flying Instructor at No.11 Service Flying Training School, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, for a period of eleven months, after which he was appointed to a commission as Pilot Officer on 1 March 1942. During this period of eleven months, he logged nine hundred hours of instructional flying time. The quality of his work was outstanding in that his pupils always placed high in their respective classes, and during the whole period only one of his students was involved in an accident. His steadiness and persistent attention to duty furnished an excellent example to other NCO flying instructors. He has flown, while in the service, 1,651 hours. His persistent efforts and devotion to duty have, if anything, increased since his appointment to commissioned rank.

 

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REID, F/L Raeburn Livingstone (C10385) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.7 Photo Wing - award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 1 November 1939.

 

This officer is in command of a ground survey control detachment of four aircraft operating from the lakes in the Barren Lands west of Hudson Bay. He has shown excellent leadership and a sound knowledge of this phase of detached operations, which has been the main contributing factor in the successful accomplishment of a difficult task.

 

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REID, F/L Ralph Garlett (J36186) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1922 in Beamsville, Ontario; home in Falconbridge, Ontario (plumber); enlisted in North Bay, 14 July 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.20 EFTS (graduated 12 June 1943) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 13 June October. Commissioned October 1943. Award presented in Stamford Centre, Ontario, 7 August 1949.

 

As pilot and captain of aircraft this officer has consistently harassed the enemy. In December 1944 he was detailed for an attack against Siegen. Appalling weather was encountered en route to the target but Flight Lieutenant Reid pressed home his attack with great success. Other targets he has attacked include Ludwigshaven, Osterfield Gelsenkirchen, Dresden and Chemnitz. This officer has also twice attacked the Leuna oil refinery at Merseberg. Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Reid's fine fighting spirit and devotion to duty have been outstanding.

 

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REID, F/O Robert Tennant (J23371) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 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 Toronto; home there; enlisted there, 8 August 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.4 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.7 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned 1943. Award 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". Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 13 July 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (195 hours 15 minutes), 16 December 1943 to 24 June 1944.

 

16 Dec 43 Berlin 26 Mar 44 Essen

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg

29 Dec 43 Berlin 11 Apr 44 Aachen

1 Jan 44 Berlin 18 Apr 44 Paris

14 Jan 44 Brunswick 10 May 44 Lille

20 Jan 44 Berlin 11 May 44 Bourg Leopold

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg 19 May 44 Tours

27 Jan 44 Berlin 21 May 44 Duisburg

30 Jan 44 Berlin 22 May 44 Brunswick

15 Feb 44 Berlin 24 May 44 Eindouer

19 Feb 44 Leipzig 27 May 44 Nantes

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart 31 May 44 Saumur

10 Mar 44 Chateauroux (DNCO, stbd 3 June 44 Ferme d'Uriville

outer engine u/s) 5 June 44 St.Pierre du Mont

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 6 June 44 Argentan

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 8 June 44 Rennes

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 23 June 44 Limoges


24 Mar 44 Berlin 24 June 44 Prouville

 

Flying Officer Reid has successfully completed 34 operational sorties, 21 of which have been against German targets, including Berlin (eight times), Frankfurt (three times), Stuttgart (twice), Essen and Nuremburg, as well as small targets in France.

 

His high degree of skill as a Bomb Aimer has contributed greatly to the obtaining of frequent photographs of aiming points.

 

For his unflagging devotion to duty, his bravery against the enemy, and his keenness to press home the attack, Flying Officer Reid is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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REID, S/L Ross Frederick (J9936) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.438 Squadron - Award effective 19 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 February 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born 5 October 1922 in Montreal; home in Toronto; enlisted there 1 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 August 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1942); commissioned 1942. Award presented 27 January 1946. Postwar RCAF Auxiliary (No.400 Squadron).

 

Throughout a prolonged tour of duty this officer has consistently shown exceptional courage, skill and determination. He has led his squadron on many sorties against heavily defended bridges, ammunition dumps and a wide variety of other targets, invariably achieving outstanding success. On a recent occasion Squadron Leader Reid led an attack on an important bridge at Meijel in Holland. Despite heavy defences the target was destroyed. Again in November 1944, he delivered a telling attack on canal locks at Sneek and Gaarkuiken which were severely damaged. He has always completed his duties with outstanding initiative and courage.

 

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REID, F/L Thomas Gillen (J8391) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.117 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born at Milton, Ontario, 1922; home in Delore, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 13 January 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 June 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1941). Commissioned 1941. Award sent by registered mail, 28 October 1948.

 


During the past two years this officer has completed a large number of operational sorties, the majority of which have been on transport operations in support of the Army and Air Force in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He took part in both the landing of troops and supplies by air in the operations in Burma when, despite adverse weather, he showed the utmost determination to reach his objectives. At all times he has set an inspiring example by the skill, courage and resolution he has displayed.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9627 has recommendation drafted 4 April 1944 when he had flown 750 operational hours.

 

During the past two years this officer has completed 1,200 hours flying on this unit, a large proportion of which has been carried out in transport operations in support of the Army and Air Forces in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. During the recent airborne invasion of Burma, Flight Lieutenant Reid carried out many sorties, both landing troops and supplying by air and at all times he displayed the greatest desire to take part in any operations against the enemy. Recently, during adverse weather at night, Flight Lieutenant Reid has shown the utmost determination to reach his objectives. The skill, courage and determination with which he has completed his task at all times has been of the highest order and proved an inspiration to all other crews.

 

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REID, F/O Wallace Irving (J29050) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.435 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 12 September 1940. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 February 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943). No citation. DHist file 181.009 D.1768 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has recommendation for an AFC dated 27 October 1945 when he had flown 1,380 hours, 800 on transport work, 400 in previous six months.

 

Flying Officer Reid is a pilot with considerable experience in Transport Command. In ACSEA, in the carrying and dropping of supplies to the 14th Army during their victorious march through Burma, his trips were made in difficult monsoon weather over the Chin Hills and the rough Burma terrain. His experience included the carrying of parachute troops to the forward area, and the evacuation of wounded casualties.

 

Some six months ago, this officer joined No.437 Transport Squadron, and was engaged in the transport of passengers and freight to the forward European theatre during the latter stages of the war in Europe, and to the subsequent occupation forces.

 

Since joining this squadron, Flying Officer Reid has proved himself to be a very capable pilot, and a keen organizer. In the training of new crews his services as an instructor were invaluable. He is a very enthusiastic officer. He is recommended for an Air Force Cross.


NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9144 has citation as refined for Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee:

 

Flying Officer Reid is a transport captain with considerable experience in this type of work. He made several flights in difficult monsoon weather over the Chin Hills during the victorious march of the 14th Army through Burma. His experience included the carrying of parachute troops to the forward area and the evacuation of wounded casualties. He was later employed in carrying passengers and freight to the forward European Theatre during the later stages of the war in Europe. Since joining his present squadron he has proved himself a very capable pilot and a keen organizer, whilst his services as an instructor were invaluable to the training of new crews. His zeal, energy and enthusiasm for all activities is most commendable.

 

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REID, Corporal William Alexander (R121861) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Bentley, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 20 August 1941. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.1762 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation composed about April 1945; enlisted 20 August 1941; served 14 months in Canada, 30 months in UK; Radio Telephone Operator.

 

Corporal Reid has been in the Flying Control Section of Skipton for nearly two years. During that time he has had the training of several Radio Telephone operators as his responsibility and has brought them to a high degree of efficiency. He has assumed far more than his share of shift work and his efficiency, superior intelligence and quick wittedness have been of incalculable value to the landing of numbers of aircraft returning from operations. His willingness to work long overtime shifts during staff shortage at critical times have been of indispensable value. He has been, and is, a bulwark of the section.

 

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REID, F/L (now S/L) William Denness (J5134) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.6 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted in Winnipeg, 25 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 December 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 9 February 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 18 April 1941).

 


This officer, for over three years, has served in various training units in Canada and New Zealand. He has most capably trained a large number of inexperienced pilots to become service pilots and experienced pilots to become flying instructors. He is a most willing and co-operative worker, who cheerfully accepts duties over and above ordinary requirements. He is a most conscientious and capable pilot, instructor and organizer, who has made a substantial contribution to the training plan.

 

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REID, F/O William Robert (J87704) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1909 in Ontario; home in Perdue, Saskatchewan (farmer); enlisted in Saskatoon, 6 May 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 4 August 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 16 February 1944). Commissioned 1944. Award presented 6 September 1947. No citation in AFRO 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 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 March 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (222 hours 45 minutes), in tours with No.115 Squadron (22 sorties, 122 hours, 16 September 1942 to 29 May 1943) plus No.427 Squadron (21 November 1944 to 16 January 1945, nine sorties) and No.427 Squadron (28 January to 14 March 1945).

 

This officer has completed one operational tour as a Wireless Operator, and fifteen heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy on his second tour, nine of which as a Wireless Operator and six as a Gunner.

 

Flying Officer Reid did an excellent job of work as a wireless operator, and his co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty contributed in a large measure to the success of the many sorties he has completed. His work as a gunner is outstanding and his cheerful confidence has instilled a very high standard of morale in his crew.

 

In view of Flying Officer Reid's splendid record both as a wireless operator and as an air gunner, I strongly recommend that he be awarded a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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REID, F/O Wilmer Harry (J16290) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.43 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 3 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944. AFRO erroneously identified unit as No.45 Squadron. Born Toronto, 12 November 1919; home there (barrel setter); enlisted there 12 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 7 August 1941). Sergeant, 8 August 1941; Flight Sergeant, 8 February 1942; WO2, 8 August 1942; WO1, 1 September 1942. Commissioned 6 December 1942; Flying Officer, 6 June 1943; Flight Lieutenant, 1 September 1944. Posted to England, August 1941; No.52 OTU, 9 September to 28 October 1941; No.247 Squadron, 28 October 1941 to 14 March 1942. With No.1447 Flight (Scilly Isles), 14 March to 22 August 1943; with No.247 Squadron, 22-28 August 1942; with No.175 Squadron, 28 August 1942 to 10 June 1943; with No.43 Squadron, Malta, 10 June 1943 to 8 January 1944 (flying Spitfires). Non-operational postings in the Mediterranean; arrived back in Britain, 27 September 1944; to Canada, 29 October 1944. On strength of No.4 BGS, Fingal, 10 December 1944 to 17 February 1945; released 10 April 1945. Overall he claimed 320 sorties (300 by day, twenty by night). Victory list not known. On 13 June 1942 on a convoy patrol his Hurricane developed a glycol leak and caught fire. He baled out and was picked up by HMS Pearl. On 6 August 1943 his Hurricane's undercarriage collapsed as he landed at last light in Scillies. Photo PL-34097 shows him sitting at a table. Award presented 22 November 1948. Postwar lawyer, QC; died in Toronto 18 February 1994.

 

Flying Officer Reid has completed a long tour of duty on day and night fighter bomber operations. He has served in England and throughout the North African, Sicilian and Italian campaign. This officer has always shown exceptional courage and keenness to engage the enemy, on several occasions pursuing aircraft far into enemy territory. He has destroyed four enemy aircraft.

 

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REINHART, Sergeant (now F/L) William Leonard (R68070/J15197) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 13 February 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944. Born Stratford, Ontario, 1916; home there (salesman); enlisted in London, Ontario, 20 June 1940. Trained at No.1 AOS (graduated 9 November 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 January 1941). Later attached to RAF, US Delegation). DFM presented by King George at Buckingham Palace, 19 May 1942.

 

This airman has participated in many sorties including raids on Bremen, Mannheim, Hamburg and Duisburg and mine-laying operations in enemy waters. On one occasion two ships were observed near Dan Helder. One of them was attacked from a low level and direct hits were scored throughout. This airman has shown great skill and devotion to duty.

 

REINHART, F/L William Leonard, DFM (J15197) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Presented by Governor General, 28 February 1946.

 

Flight Lieutenant Reinhart has completed numerous attacks on heavily defended industrial targets in enemy territory. He has recently been engaged in bombing attacks which have required extreme precision and accuracy. He has consistently produced excellent results, even under vigorous circumstances and in the face of much enemy opposition.

 

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REMIGIO, F/O George Bernard (J25848) - Mention in Despatches - No.82 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Thorold, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 27 June 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 26 April 1943).

 

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RENAUD, Sergeant Leroy (R52025) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Enlisted 19 February 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 30 months in Canada, 27 months in North Africa and Britain.

 

This NCO has been in charge of the majority of the electricians in Daily Servicing Squadron at this station. The supervision he has exercised has been of a high order with a result that operational failures and faults due to electrical maintenance have been kept to a minimum. In addition, he has spent a number of hours out of ordinary working time organizing and lecturing at trade improvement classes. This has resulted in the majority of electricians at this Station reaching a high standard of technical knowledge and their maximum trade grouping.

 

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RENEAU, F/O Gordon Louis (J9750) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.47 Squadron - Award effective 2 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 24 August 1943 and AFRO 2049/43 dated 8 October 1943. Born Toronto, 5 May 1919; home there; enlisted there 13 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 August 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 9 January 1942). Commissioned 1942. Invested with award by King George VI, 7 November 1944.

 

This officer has taken part in several attacks on enemy shipping and has displayed great tenacity in pressing home the attacks. In July 1943 he flew one of a formation of aircraft which operated against a strongly escorted convoy. As the formation turned away after the attack Flying Officer Renaud discovered that the release gear had failed to work. He thereupon made another run over the target and this time was successful in obtaining a hit on a merchant vessel. His success was worthily earned.

 

NOTE: In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM). This included much information on Reneau including details of his being shot down, captured, and subsequent escape. Excepts as follows:

 


2nd August 1943 led second section of Beaufighters in dawn attack on shipping in Caghari harbour, Sardinia. On shoot-up of harbour was badly hit by shore ack-ack. Starboard engine on fire, prop would not feather, fire could not be extinguished. Jettisoned torpedo, fired off cannon shells to lighten load but had to ditch about 7-8 miles out of harbour. In dinghy two days, anti-drift drogue and hoping for Air/Sea rescue. Second night cut drogue and drifted back into harbour. Prisoner 3 August. Spent two weeks in primitive prison camp an San Luiri, Sardinia, then flown in Italian SM.82 to Rome. Two weeks in special interrogation facility (in a villa overlooking back garden of the Vatican !). Then early in September 1943 by train to officer's POW camp in Bologna.

 

After Italian capitulation, September 1943, POW camp taken over by German army who decided to move us to secure camps in Germany. We were loaded into decrepit freight cars, 40 to each wagon. Spent two days in marshalling yards. On second night a group of Australian army officers cut a small hole in the end of our wagon, over the buffers. I joined Aussie Lieutenant Don MacDonald and jumped from train at first light, September 13, 1943. Met farmers and exchanged POW battle dress fro rough peasant clothes. Advised to head for Switzerland. Joined three days later in the mountains by other Australian officers. Of these, Flight Lieutenant Fred Eggleston was fluent in Italian and did negotiating with peasants for help from their meagre provisions. Fred kept a record of their names, gave them each a note for presentation to Allied liberators, hoping they would be rewarded. After seven days over mountain ranges, across glaciers, on September 20 our group met two young Italians who arranged for smugglers to take us over a remote mountain pass into Switzerland. Met British Legation officials from Berne two days later...Returned to UK October 1944; to Canada November 1944. Discharged 19 February 1945 as Flight Lieutenant, DFC.

 

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RENNICK, LAC William Monteith (R161199) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 29 September 1922; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 8 April 1942. Initially slated for aircrew, he was switched to instrument technician and trained at St.Thomas. Posted to No.145 Squadron, 26 August 1943; posted out 1 July 1945; discharged that fall.

 

This airman, over a period of seventeen months, has proved himself to be very keen and conscientious. In the performance of his duties he has displayed enthusiasm and keenness of the highest order. His high standard of conduct and deportment has at all times been a splendid example to his comrades.

 

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RENNIE, P/O Henry Thompson (J17126) - Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) - No.83 Bombardment Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - decease - Award effective 27 July 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. Home in Elora, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 22 November 1940. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 20 July 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941). Killed on air operations, 22 March 1943. Public Records Office Air 2/9599 identifies unit and gives citation. Recommended only for Air Medal.

 

Sergeant Rennie had successfully completed twenty-five combat [missions] each of which has been over one hour in duration.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9599 also has letter dated 23 May 1943 with recommendation for DFC.

 

Sergeant Rennie, on the afternoon of March 22, 1943, was performing his duties of Radio-Gunner in the B-25 of which Captain Ingram was pilot. Since assignment to the 83rd Bombardment Squadron in August 1942, Sergeant Rennie's service to his new organization has been one of fidelity and initiative. His activities were operationally on time and he was constant in his attention to the various tasks that were his. On more than one occasion he proved himself eager and capable in his handling of his duties while flying with Captain Ingram.

 

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RENNIE, F/O James Peter (J22940) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1910 in Edmonton; home there (newsman); enlisted there 20 March 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943). Commissioned 1943. 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 2/8827 has recommendation dated 11 August 1944 when he had flown 27 2/3 sorties (131 hours 11 minutes).

 

10 Apr 44 Aulnoye (5.15) 3 June 44 Wimereaux (3.01)

18 Apr 44 Rouen (4.05) 5 June 44 Crisbecq (4.13)

20 Apr 44 Cologne (4.13) 6 June 44 Acheres (4.08)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.53) 9 June 44 Flers (4.21)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.07) 10 Jun 44 Acheres (4.52)

26 Apr 44 Essen (4.39) 12 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.55)

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen (8.17) 14 Jun 44 Le Havre (3.11)

30 Apr 44 Maintenen (4.37) 16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (Holten) (4.08)

10 May 44 Dieppe (3.18) 27 Jun 44 Chateau Bernapre (3.44)

19 May 44 Orleans (4.55) 29 Jun 44 Domeleger (3.01)

21 May 44 Duisburg (4.42) 30 Jun 44 Oisemont Neuville (3.35)

22 May 44 Dortmund (4.15) 2 July 44 Domeleger (3.36)

24 May 44 Aachen (4.22) 4 July 44 Orleans (6.00)

27 May 44 Aachen (4.23) 5 July 44 Dijon (8.34)

2 June 44 Calais (2.51)


 

This Canadian officer has shown, throughout his excellent tour of operations, the greatest fortitude and devotion to duty. As a Navigator, he has always carried out his duties with great zeal and efficiency and his splendid work has contributed very largely to the success of all the sorties on which his crew have been engaged, including attacks on some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. I consider that his very fine work and fortitude are worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RENNIE, FS Robert Sutherland (R156805) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1922 in Merritton, Ontario; home there (electrical apprentice); enlisted Hamilton, Ontario, 4 March 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 30 April 1943_ and No.2 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943). Award presented 30 May 1947.

 

As an air bomber Flight Sergeant Rennie has delivered some highly successful attacks. On several occasions, when faced by heavy opposition, he has shown great presence of mind. In May 1944, after an attack on Aachen, his aircraft was attacked and severely damaged by an enemy fighter. The intercommunication system was rendered useless, the rear gunner was unconscious and trapped in his turret and the hydraulic system set on fire. Three of the crew were employed in extinguishing the fire and Flight Sergeant Rennie on his own initiative relayed messages from the pilot to the navigator. The fire, after being extinguished, broke out again on two other occasions. After quelling these fresh outbursts Flight Sergeant Rennie was able to give the captain valuable assistance in estimating the extent of the damage. His quick thinking, courage and devotion to duty made it possible for a subsequent emergency landing to be successfully accomplished.

 

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RENOUF, F/O John Stanley (J5682) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1425 Flight (DHist card gives No.24 OTU but see below) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date. NOTE: This does not appear to have been published in RCAF Routine Orders. Home in Regina. Killed in action 23 March 1943 with No.511 Squadron (Liberator AL587); name on Runnymede Memorial. Public Records Office Air 28871 has recommendation which links him to No.1425 Flight but misspells his name as "Renauf".

 


This officer has completed over 220 hours flying as navigator on the UK-Middle East route. He has shown exceptional navigational skill on work almost entirely dependant upon the high standard of astro navigation, not only in Central Africa but also in the Mediterranean where errors might have proved fatal. Flying Officer Renauf [sic] has performed outstanding service showing great devotion to duty.

 

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RENOUF, Sergeant Joseph Raymond (R55006) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base Servicing Echelon - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Halifax; enlisted in Quebec City, 9 October 1939. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1722 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945 in which name is spelled "Renough". Air Frame Mechanic, NCO in charge of Rigging Section, No.62 Base Major Servicing Section. Enlisted 7 October 1939; served 30 months in Canada, 21 months overseas.

 

Sergeant Renouf is the NCO in charge the Major Inspection Branch of the Base Major Servicing Section. His ability to organize the six sections responsible for doing this work is outstanding and the men under his direction have delivered a high calibre of workmanship.

 

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RENTON, F/L William Douglas (J22484) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Britain, 1922; home in Victoria, British Columbia; enlisted in Winnipeg, 14 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. Postwar RCAF. Award sent by registered mail, 7 November 1950 when he was living in Brandon. 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 2/8780 has recommendation by W/C R.J. Lane dated 23 March 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (179 hours 42 minutes). His sortie list is very similar to that of F/L. L.L. MacKinnon.

 

23 Sept 43 Mannheim (5.35) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (6.39(

1 Oct 43 Hagen (4.55) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (6.08)

2 Oct 43 Munich (7.19) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.27)

18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.11) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (6.59)

20 Oct 43 Leipzig (6.31) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.27)

22 Oct 43 Frankfurt (5.45) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (6.56)

3 Nov 43 Cologne (4.03) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.24)

17 Nov 43 Mannheim (5.11) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.06)

18 Nov 43 Mannheim (5.42) 15 Feb 44 Frankfurt-on-Oder (7.05)

2 Dec 43 Berlin (5.48) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.22)

3 Dec 44 Leipzig (6.33) 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (5.47)

16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.07) 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (6.40)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (4.45) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.20)


23 Dec 43 Berlin (7.05) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.40)

29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.12)

 

This officer is a highly efficient Navigator who has completed 29 operational sorties against such heavily defended enemy targets as Berlin, Leipzig, and Frankfurt. The courage, skill and devotion to duty displayed by this officer in the performance of his duties has set a fine example to his crew and the squadron generally. Strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RENWICK, F/L Roy Duffy (J9117) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 17 February 1921 at Lucknow, Ontario. Home in Teeswater, Ontario. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 25 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 12 September 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Postwar with Trans-Canada Airlines.

 

This officer's devotion to duty and efficiency with which he has cheerfully carried out all tasks assigned to him has been outstanding. He has at all times set a high example and standard which has been a source of encouragement to all ranks.

 

RENWICK, S/L Roy Duffy (J9117) - Air Force Cross - Station Yarmouth - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Award sent by registered mail, 22 November 1948. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 58, file 190-I) has citation. As of recommendation he had flown 2,030 hours, 959 of them operational (112 sorties).

 

This officer has executed his duties on operational flying with outstanding devotion and efficiency. He is a keen and cheerful pilot who has set a very high standard on flying. His present duties, as officer commanding meteorological flight, have been carried out with the same meritorious qualities, which have been reflected in a very efficient unit. The skill and enthusiasm with which he performs a hazardous type of flying set an excellent example and instil absolute confidence in his fellow pilots.

 

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REYNO, W/C Edwin Michael (C806) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Operational Training Unit - Award effective as of 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born 1917 in Halifax; educated there including BA from St.Mary's University, 1936. Enlisted in RCAF, 3 January 1938 in Halifax. Served with No.1 (C) Squadron in Battle of Britain. Commanded No.115 Squadron in Alaska. Later appointed Chief Instructor at No.1 OTU. In 1944 promoted to Group Captain and given command of Station Weyburn and then of Station Greenwood. In 1946 appointed Senior Personnel Staff Officer in Western Air Command, 1946. Attended RCAF Staff College, 1947, then to Training Command Headquarters at Trenton. Assigned to RCAF Staff College in 1949 as Chief Instructor. In 1952 appointed Director of Strategic Air Plans at AFHQ. Promoted to Air Commodore, September 1955 and made Deputy AOC, Air Defence Command. Attended Imperial Defence College, 1959-60, then made Deputy Vice Chief of Air Staff to 1963. Promoted to Air Vice-Marshall and made Chief of Air Staff, 4th Allied Tactical Air Force, NATO. Promoted to Air Marshal, July 1966 to become Chief of Personnel for the Canadian Armed Forces. Described in AFC documents as having flown 355 hours, 46 hours as instructor, 46 hours in previous six months. Award presented 6 July 1945. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 (Group Captain, AFHQ).

 

This officer's work as Chief Instructor of a Fighter Operational Training Unit has been outstanding in all respects. He has displayed exceptional ability and leadership and due to his fine efforts the training at this unit has reached a very high standard.

 

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REYNOLDS, F/L Arthur Harold (J13476) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.5 SFTS - award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 11 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 November 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 12 March 1941).

 

This officer has been an instructor and flight commander at this unit. A keen, alert officer, who manifests exceptional interest in his pupils, he has not spared himself in his efforts to attain a high standard of flying. He has displayed fortitude and devotion to duty of a high order.

 

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REYNOLDS, F/O George Ernest (J35869) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 3 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born 1924 in London, Ontario; home there. Former signaller with Royal canadian Corps of Signals; enlisted in London, Ontario, 7 July 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 19 September 1943). Commissioned 1943. Invested with award by the King, 29 June 1945. Cited with FS Alfred J. Horne (RCAF, AG, awarded DFM).

 


This officer and airman were pilot and rear gunner respectively in an aircraft detailed for a mine-laying mission in enemy waters. After leaving the target area, smoke began to filter into the rear turret. Presuming the trouble to be caused by a defect in the electrical circuit, Flight Sergeant Horne switched off his electrically heated flying suit. At this stage flames appeared from underneath the rear compartment. Flight Sergeant Horne immediately obtained an extinguisher with which he attempted to quell the flames. He had reported the position to his captain, Flying Officer Reynolds, who requested another member of the crew to assist in fighting the fire. The flames increased. The turret became enveloped causing ammunition in the guns to explode. Nevertheless, Flight Sergeant Horne worked strenuously and finally brought the fire under control. By now, Flying Officer Reynolds was nearing land. He therefore altered course for the nearest airfield where he brought down the badly damaged aircraft safely. Under harassing circumstances this pilot and captain displayed the greatest coolness and determination. Flight Sergeant Horne also proved himself to be a most valuable member of aircraft crew. His promptitude, courage and devotion to duty set a fine example.

 

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REYNOLDS, F/O James Victor (J92456) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1917 in Toronto; home there (butcher, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Ottawa 30 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.8 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned November 1944. Award presented at Government House, 24 January 1956. He was then living in North Bay. 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". See also P/O Miller G. Brittain. Public Records Office Air 2/9083 has recommendation dated 22 March 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (193 hours three minutes), 25 August 1944 to 23 February 1945.

 

25 Aug 44 Watten (2.30) 21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (5.15)

1 Sept 44 Lumbres (3.29) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (5.18)

3 Sept 44 Soesterburg (3.24) 5 Dec 44 Soest (6.11)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (6.00) 18 Dec 44 Duisburg (6.21)

17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.18) 26 Dec 44 St.Vith (6.01)

23 Sep 44 Neuss (5.11) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.41)

25 Sep 44 Calais (3.37) 6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.46)

26 Sep 44 Calais (3.29) 12 Jan 45 GARDENING (5.30)

6 Oct 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.32) 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (6.31)

7 Oct 44 Cleves (4.40) 1 Feb 45 Mainz (6.24)

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.31) 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.25)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.30) 3 Feb 45 GARDENING (4.15)

29 Oct 44 Westkapelle (2.58) 7 Feb 45 GARDENING (5.57)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.19) 13 Feb 45 Bohlen (8.19)

31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.23) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.46)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.43) 17 Feb 45 Wesel (4.46)

5 Nov 44 Bochum (4.44) 20 Feb 45 Reisholz (6.40)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.16) 23 Feb 45 Essen (5.08)

18 Nov 44 Munster (5.15)

 


This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 37 sorties (136 points) involving a total of 193 hours.

 

He is a very efficient and capable navigator who has completed a very successful tour. He has always shown a high degree of courage, skill and initiative in action against the enemy, both on the ground and in the air, and has always set a high standard in the execution of his duties.

 

For his good operational record and devotion to duty, he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

NOTE: The Station Commander, G/C J.C. Bird, added his comments on 22 March 1945.

 

This officer has proved one of the most reliable and conscientious Navigators in the squadron and his crew has achieved an excellent record for accurate navigation and adherence to the Flight Plan. On the ground he has taken a leading part in his section and has devoted himself to the training of new crews in the use of navigational aids.

 

This officer has shown a commendable enthusiasm for operational flying throughout his tour and for his excellent example and leadership and for his personal courage and high sense of responsibility the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross is strongly recommended.

 

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REYNOLDS, P/O James William Bromley (J15356) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.174 Squadron - Award effective 10 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born in Pembroke, Ontario, 1921; home there. Formerly in Canadian Army; enlisted in Ottawa, 23 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 EFTS, and No.1 SFTS. Commissioned 1942. Invested with award by King George VI, 8 December 1942.

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties involving low flying attacks on important enemy industrial targets and aerodromes in Northern France. In the recent combined operations at Dieppe, Pilot Officer Reynolds participated in attacks on enemy gun positions. He has displayed excellent leadership and initiative.

 

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REYNOLDS, P/O John Aldridge (J8421) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.69 Squadron - Award effective 17 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Born in Saskatchewan, 1918; home in Winnipeg; enlisted in London, Ontario, 14 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941). Commissioned 1941. DFC and Bar presented by the King, 1 May 1945.

 

While operating from Malta, Pilot Officer Reynolds has displayed outstanding ability in searches for enemy shipping proceeding to North African ports. In January 1943 his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire from an enemy destroyer. Though one of the crew was injured and the hydraulic gear put out of action, Pilot Officer Reynolds successfully flew the aircraft to base where he made a skilful crash landing without using the flare path. His ability and resource in completing the landing without obstructing the flare path enabled operations to continue uninterrupted. This officer's keenness and efficiency are outstanding and he has invariably exhibited great courage and determination.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8940 has recommendation sent 12 February 1943 from Headquarters, RAF Middle East to Air Ministry; text obtained through the courtesy of Sean Morrison:

 

The following recommendation for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to John Aldridge Reynolds (CAN/J.8421) of No.69 Squadron is forwarded.

 

This officer arrived in Malta on 30th November 1942, and has completed 600 flying hours, 150 of which have been flown operationally from this island. Pilot Officer Reynolds is Captain of Wellington aircraft with special equipment, and has carried out his duties with outstanding ability and determination.

 

He has made 14 operational sorties from Malta, each of which have been in search of enemy convoys proceeding to North African ports. During his searches for enemy shipping he has founf five enemy merchant vessels, and also on the night of 9th December 1942, sighted a destroyer which he was unable to attack because of the attentions of enemy night fighters. As a result of successful handling of his arcraft he eluded the enemy and returned to base.

 


On the night of 6th/7th January 1943, whilst operating on search for enemy shipping, his aircraft was damaged by intense anti-aircraft fire from an enemy destroyer, one of his crew was injured, and the hydraulics of the aircraft completely shot away. Pilot Officer Reynolds decided to return to base and set course with his damaged aircraft. He successfully reached base where further operations were taking place at night-time. He was unable to lower his undercarriage and if he had had landed on the flarepath he would have hampered other operations. He decided to crash-land off the flarepath and with great initiative and excellent airmanship landed the aircraft without injury to his crew. The ability and resource shown by this officer in landing his aircraft as he did are deserving of the highest praise and enabled uninterupted bombing operations to take place over enemy territory on the night in question which would otherwise have been hampered if he had landed on the flarepath.

 

Pilot Officer Reynolds keenness and efficiency are outstanding in the squadron and he has played a major part in locating enemy convoys attempting to convey reinforcements to the enemy in North Africa.

 

REYNOLDS, S/L John Aldridge, DFC (J8421) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.489 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 9 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Reynolds has taken part in numerous attacks against enemy shipping and shore positions in Norway and Holland. On many occasions he has led his squadron with such skill that despite heavy opposition much damage has been inflicted on the enemy. In May 1944, this officer led a formation of aircraft in an attack on seven enemy merchant and twelve escort vessels off the Dutch coast. As the result of this operation three of the merchant ships were hit by torpedoes and all the escort vessels were attacked with fire from machine guns. In September 1944, Squadron Leader Reynolds participated in a low level attack on Den Helder Harbour and although his aircraft was damaged, excellent results were achieved. Later as deputy leader of combined wings this officer took part in a daring attack against enemy shipping and shore batteries. He personally made a low level attack on an anti-aircraft ship before attacking the shore positions. During the engagement the fin of his aircraft was almost completely shot away, making control an extremely difficult task. Nevertheless, Squadron Leader Reynolds flew back to base where he made a perfect landing. He is an outstanding flight commander who has inspired the other members of his squadron by his courage and determination.

 

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REYNOLDS, F/O John Keith (J7805) - Mention in Despatches - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 24 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 March 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 19 June 1941), and No.2 ANS (graduated 29 September 1941). No citation.

 

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RHODES, F/O Robert William Arthur (J91122) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1919 in Toronto; home there (bank clerk, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 25 August 1941). Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 16 June 1943). Commissioned October 1944. Award presented 14 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (150 hours five minutes), 20 May 1944 to 13 April 1945.

 

* denotes sorties flown in Pathfinder duties

 

20 May 44 GARDENING, Le 22 Jan 45 Duisburg (5.05)

Havre (3.05) 28 Jan 45 Cologne (5.15)

22 May 44 Borkum (3.25) 29 Jan 45 Krefeld (5.15)

24 May 44 GARDENING (5.35) 1 Feb 45 Munchen Gladbach (5.00)

2 June 44 GARDENING, 2 Feb 45 Weisbaden (5.45)

Antwerp (2.25) 15 Mar 45 Hagen (5.45)*

6 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.10) 18 Mar 45 Hanau (6.30)*

8 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.00) 20 Mar 45 Recklinghausen (4.45)*

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.15) 21 Mar 45 Rheine (4.20)*

23 Sep 44 Dusseldorf (4.05) 22 Mar 45 Hildesheim (4.50)*

26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (2.40) 25 Mar 45 Hanover (5.10)*

28 Sep 44 Calais (2.50) 31 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.05)*

30 Sep 44 Calais (2.55) 3 Apr 45 Nordhausen (6.00)*

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (1.50) 4 Apr 45 Hamburg (5.40)*

2 Nov 44 Homberg (4.45) 8 Apr 45 Hamburg (5.05)*

4 Nov 44 Solingen (4.30) 9 Apr 45 Kiel (6.10)*

5 Nov 44 Solingen (5.00) 13 Apr 45 Kiel (6.05)*

15 Nov 44 Saarbrucken (6.50)

 

This officer, now on his second tour, has completed 33 operational sorties, of which twelve have been completed in the Path Finder Force, all of them as Markers.

 

Pilot Officer Rhodes always displays courage, skill and determination in action without consideration of his personal safety. His strong devotion to duty, initiative and co-operation have contributed to a large extent to the success with which his crew operates.

 

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RHODES, F/O Thomas Alfred Thornycroft (J85976) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1922 in Vernon, British Columbia; home in Victoria. Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted in Vancouver, 8 December 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 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.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 13 October 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (125 hours 48 minutes), 7 June to 6 October 1944.

 

Since joining this squadron, this officer has completed twenty-nine operational sorties, during which time he has acquired a reputation for unfailing courage and fine leadership. Flying Officer Rhodes' cheerful confidence and excellent technical ability has contributed greatly to the morale of his crew and the squadron as a whole. This officer's devotion to duty and unconquerable spirit of determination is worthy of the highest praise. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RHODES, Sergeant Theodora Gertrude (W315817) - British Empire Medal - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 29 September 1943. Clerk. Posted to Western Air Command, 29 April 1944; released 29 October 1946. Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949.

 

Since her enlistment in the Royal Canadian Air Force (Women's Division), this non-commissioned officer has shown outstanding ability in every task or duty assigned to her and has provided especially notable leadership to the airwomen under her jurisdiction. She has worked long, arduous hours during the building up period of the Vancouver Flight Control Airway Centre and at all times proved a highly capable non-commissioned officer in every respect. She not only strengthened the hand of the officers under whom she served, but proved a splendid morale builder at all times.

 

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RHUDE, F/L Cecil Anderson (J16727) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1918 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia; home there (student); enlisted in Halifax, 15 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 9 January 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award sent by registered mail, 18 October 1950. 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 2 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (140 hours), 14 October 1944 to 13 March 1945.

 

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.10) 25 Dec 44 Cologne (5.40)

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.45) 1 Jan 45 Osterfeld (5.55)

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (7.25) 15 Jan 45 Merseberg (8.17)

23 Oct 44 Essen (6.25) 17 Jan 45 Zeitz (7.38)

25 Oct 44 Essen (5.15) 23 Jan 45 Hamborn (5.11)

28 Oct 44 Cologne (5.10) 2 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven (6.48)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.25) 3 Feb 45 Wiesbaden (6.45)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.40) 8 Feb 45 Cleve (5.40)

4 Nov 44 Bochum (5.20) 14 Feb 45 Dresden (9.52)

12 Nov 44 Dortmund (5.55) 15 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.57)

16 Nov 44 Duren (4.54) 21 Feb 45 Dortmund (6.27)

19 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (5.59) 22 Feb 45 Duisburg (6.09)

5 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (6.35) 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim (7.53)

7 Dec 44 Merseburg (8.06) 7 Mar 45 Dessau (9.36)

13 Dec 44 Essen (5.51) 8 Mar 45 Kassel (7.22)

16 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven (6.35) 11 Mar 45 Essen (5.08)

18 Dec 44 Ulm (7.34) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.47)

23 Dec 44 Koblenz (6.00) 13 Mar 45 Erin (5.51)

 

This young Canadian captain of a Lancaster bomber has now completed 36 bombing sorties, many of which have been long and arduous flights deep into the heart of Germany, necessitating mental and physical strain whilst exposed to fighter and flak opposition.

 

His powers of endurance and concentration on reaching the target have not been appreciably affected, as he had then executed vigorous and determined attacks, the accuracy of which have been amply proved by the photographic evidence he has brought back.

 

By such excellent results verifying the accuracy with which he presses home his attacks, it is evident that Flight Lieutenant Rhude goes through all enemy opposition, and lets nothing deter him from his primary objective.

 

It is recommended that such gallantry throughout his operational tour be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RHUDE, F/O Henry Burton (J19195) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1923 in Halifax; home there; enlisted there 4 September 1941. Trained at No.8 AOS (graduated 12 October 1942. Commissioned 1943. Award presented 10 January 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 2/9026 has recommendation dated 11 July 1944 when he had flown 45 sorties (289 hours 40 minutes), 27 July 1943 to 25 June 1944.

 

* early return; duty not carried out

 

24 July 43 Hamburg (5.30) 8 Feb 44 Special (8.10)

25 July 43 Essen (4.40) 12 Feb 44 Special (7.35)

27 July 43 Hamburg (5.50) 2 Mar 44 Special (4.40)

29 July 43 Hamburg (5.30) 4 Mar 44 Special (6.45)

2 Aug 43 Hamburg (5.30) 10 Mar 44 Special (8.05)

15 Aug 43 Milan (8.40) 15 Mar 44 Special (5.35)

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.05) 16 Mar 44 Special (7.15)

31 Aug 43 Berlin (8.05) 18 Mar 44 Special (6.40)

3 Sept 43 Berlin (8.45) 29 Mar 44 Special (7.20)

6 Sept 43 Munich (8.45) 5 Apr 44 Special (7.30)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (6.50) 10 Apr 44 Special (4.50)

4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (6.35) 18 Apr 44 Juvisy (5.35)

8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.35) 22 Apr 44 Brunswick (5.55)

18 Oct 44 Hanover (3.30)* 24 Apr 44 Munich (9.50)

20 Oct 43 Leipzig (7.20) 5 June 44 Special (3.55)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (6.10) 8 June 44 Saumur (6.10)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (4.40) 14 June 44 Le Havre (4.10)

10 Nov 43 Modane (7.50) 15 June 44 Boulogne (2.20)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.00) 19 June 44 Watten (2.55)

23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.55) 20 June 4 Wizernes (2.00)*

26 Nov 43 Berlin (8.55) 22 June 44 Wizernes (3.00)

29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.15) 24 June 44 Wizernes (2.25)

1 Jan 44 Berlin (8.10) 25 June 44 Siracourt (3.15)

5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.40)

 

Flying Officer Rhude has completed a total of 45 operational sorties as Navigator. He has taken part in seven attacks against Berlin and four against Hamburg. On completion of his first tour he volunteered immediately to continue on active operations with a Special Duties squadron. In spite of great difficulties and many hazards he has without fail achieved a high and most praiseworthy standard of navigation. His methodical and accurate work in the face of danger and severe opposition has invariably enabled his captain to reach his objectives with unfailing accuracy and much of the damage which has been inflicted on the enemy can thus be attributed to him in no small measure.

 

Flying Officer Rhude's great courage and unwavering devotion to duty have been in the highest traditions of the service and I therefore recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.


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RHUDE, W/C Samuel Burton (C2382) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Halifax, Nova Scotia; enlisted there 10 July 1940. Award presented 16 April 1948.

 

Throughout his service career, this officer has been entrusted with the implementing of financial policy of the highest level, firstly as Director of Financial Services for the Royal Canadian Air Force in Canada, in the agreements with the Governments participating in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and latterly, in the agreements with the Government of the United Kingdom in the participation of the Royal Canadian Air Force in operations against the enemy. He has arranged other financial agreements and procedures which have reduced administrative efforts and costs considerably. His unstinting energy and his exceptional ability in the performance of his duties have gained for him the confidence of those representatives of the Canadian Government and other Governments, and for the Service, a conscientious endeavour of exceptional merit.

 

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