RICARD, FS Joseph Raoul Aurele (R90644) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Sudbury; enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 18 April 1941.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.  DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 5 May 1945. Radar Mechanic; enlisted 10 April 1941; served eleven months in Canada, three years overseas:

 

This Senior NCO has always shown outstanding ability and devotion to duty.  When this Station was chosen by Command to convert A.I. Mk.IV night fighter Radar equipment into an efficient early warning device for bomber aircraft, this senior NCO personally conducted the experimental work and later supervised the installation of this equipment in all aircraft of this Station.  The value of this early warning device was demonstrated by the number of early warnings given to crews, thus enabling them to avoid attacks.

 

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RICARD, FS Roger Joseph Lucien (R127141) - British Empire Medal - Station Yarmouth - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). Born 30 June 1920 in Montreal; home there and enlisted there 14 August 1941.  Decoration sent by registered mail, 13 February 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has consistently applied himself to duties far beyond normal requirements and given unstintingly of his time and efforts.  He has at all times displayed a high degree of efficiency, intelligence and devotion to duty, plus leadership qualities of the highest order.  He has set a splendid example and has earned the devotion of all junior staff employed under him.

 

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RICE, P/O Glen Alvin (J85844) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1915 in Arcola, Saskatchewan; home in Roblin, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 April 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 19 March 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented 14 June 1949.  In F/L Keane's crew.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 20 July 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (202 hours 30 minutes), 22 September 1943 to 18 July 1944.  He was in O'Gorman's crew (which see for many incidents early in tour).

 


This officer has completed a total of thirty-eight operations, twelve of which have been to heavily defended German targets.  On several occasions his aircraft has been damaged due to enemy action, and this officer's efficiency, coolness and determination have been of great help to his crew.  His courage and devotion to duty are an example to all crews.

 

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RICE, F/O John Douglas (J9169) - Mention in Despatches - No.267 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Born in Norwich, Ontario, 1921; home in Springford, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 4 March 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941).

 

RICE, F/L John Douglas (J9169) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.267 Squadron - Award effective 17 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 August 1944 and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944.  Invested with award 17 May 1948.

 

Flight Lieutenant Rice has served with his present unit since August 1942.  In October of that year he took part in special operations to the oasis of Kufra where his aircraft was completely destroyed by enemy action.  He also participated in the invasion of Sicily in July 1943, continually flying to the most advanced airfields.  Flight Lieutenant Rice had always displayed considerable skill in the performance of his allotted tasks and set a high standard of leadership.

 

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RICE, F/O John Leonard (J29420) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Home in Queen Charlotte City, British Columbia; enlisted in Winnipeg, 24 April 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1943) and No.6 BGS (graduated 2 April 1943).

 

This officer is the most outstanding navigator on his squadron.  His air work, the result of exceptional interest and diligence, is of the highest calibre.  His enthusiasm and keenness keeps the efficiency of his section at a very high level and he is continually spending his spare time striving to improve his section's appearance.

 

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RICHARD, Sergeant Joseph Albert (R64917) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942.  Home in Middle Sackville, New Brunswick.  Enlisted in Moncton, 21 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 WS, No.1 ITS, and graduated from No.3 BGS, Macdonald, 14 April 1941.  Missing, presumed dead, 28/29 April 1942.  DHist file 181.009 D.2620 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for DFM dated 4 March 1942 for himself, Sergeant G.F. Cook, and FS R.J. Majeau. See Cook for text.

 

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RICHARD, F/O Joseph Alyre (J13707) - 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 8 January 1916 at Acadiaville, New Brunswick.  Home in Newcastle, New Brunswick; enlisted in Fredericton, 8 October 1940. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 21 June 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 25 May 1941).

 

This officer has spent many hours on convoy patrols and sweeps over the North Atlantic and has at all times displayed courage and exceptional devotion to duty and his efficiency as a Wireless Operator has set a high example.

 

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RICHARD, F/L Joseph Oliver (J23518) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born in Mill Creek, Nova Scotia, 1916; home at Bras d'Or or Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island; enlisted in Halifax, 11 July 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail, 16 November 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 2/9632 has recommendation dated 14 May 1944 when he had flown 23 2/3 sorties (160 operational hours), 2 December 1943 to 11 May 1944.

 

2 Dec 43        Berlin (7.45)                                24 Mar 44      Berlin (6.50)

3 Dec 43        Leipzig (7.40)                             26 Mar 44      Essen (5.15)

16 Dec 43      Berlin (8.40)                                30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (7.50)

1 Jan 44         Berlin (8.20)                                10 Apr 44       Aulnoye (4.56)

2 Jan 44         Berlin (7.30)                                11 Apr 44       Aachen (3.39)

14 Jan 44       Braunschweig (5.50)                 18 Apr 44       Rouen (3.50)

15 Feb 44      Berlin (6.50)                                20 Apr 44       Cologne (4.16)

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (7.35)                             22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf (4.32)

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (8.50)                      24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (6.05)

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart (8.35)                           27 Apr 44       Friedrichshafen (8.25)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (8.25)                           9 May 44        Mardyck (2.31)

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.30)                          11 May 44      Hasselt (3.29)

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt (6.25)

 

Flight Lieutenant Richard has flown 23 2/3 operational sorties in the present bomber offensive against the principal centres of enemy industry both in Germany and occupied territory.  These attacks have involved 160 flying hours against the enemy.  At all times, as a heavy bomber pilot, he has displayed an unshakable spirit and determination to fly his aircraft to his target and carry out his attacks successfully, and this he has done in the face of the heaviest opposition when attacking targets on six occasions in Berlin and on many attacks against enemy industry in the Ruhr.  He has proved himself to be a most exacting captain and skilful pilot.  His continual devotion to duty and fine leadership at all times fully merits him , I consider, for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RICHARDS, G/C Henry Gordon (C959) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.5 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 1 April 1939.  Award presented 1948 while in Stockholm.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Group Captain, Canadian Joint Staff, Washington).

 

This officer, a former General Duties Officer of the Royal Air Force, since appointment to the Royal Canadian Air Force has filled a number of positions in a most capable manner.  After serving as Senior Personnel Staff Officer in a Training Command with high proficiency, he was successful in his application to receive refresher training and a transfer to the General List.  Since assuming command of a Service Flying Training School, Group Captain Richards has continued to display the initiative and ability, which were so marked in his previous appointments, with the result that this school became an outstanding example of the success of the training scheme in Canada.

 

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RICHARDS, P/O John Kennedy (J85552) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.218 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 Welland County, Ontario; home in Collingwood; enlisted in Toronto, 11 June 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 31 August 1941), No.10 AOS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 11 May 1942).  Commissioned March 1944.  Decoration sent by registered mail, 10 March 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 document Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 18 August 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (145 hours 55 minutes).

 

3 Oct 43       GARDENING Frisians (2.55)      7 Mar 44         Special Target (4.55)

4 Oct 43       GARDENING Bay of                    10 Mar 44      Special Target (7.20)

Biscay (5.45)                                 9 Apr 44         Lille (3.30)

7 Oct 43       GARDENING Kattegat (7.05)     20 Apr 44       Chambley (4.10)              

8 Oct 43       Bremen (4.40)                               22 Apr 44       Laon (4.15)

19 Nov 43    Leverkusen (4.15)                        23 Apr 44       N.Brussels (3.15)

16 Dec 44   GARDENING San                        26 Apr 44       Chambley (4.05)

Sebastian (7.10)                           1 May 44        Chambley (3.40)

14 Jan 44    Special Target (3.30)                   5 June 44       Special Target (3.15)

21 Jan 44    Special Target (3.15)                   12 Jun 44       GARDENING Le Havre

27 Jan 44    GARDENING Heligoland                                                        (3.15) 

                     (3.50)                                             24 Jun 44       Special Target (2.55)

28 Jan 44    GARDENING Kiel Bay (5.50)     4 July 44         GARDENING Brest

10 Feb 44   GARDENING La Pallice (5.40)                           Harbour (4.25)

15 Feb 44   GARDENING Kiel Bay (5.00)     27 Jul 44        France (3.25)

24 Feb 44   GARDENING Kiel Bay (6.50)     28 Jul 44        Fomentel (2.55)

4 Mar 44      Special Target (7.45)                   9 Aug 44        Falaise (1.55)

5 Mar 44      Special Target (7.25)                   16 Aug 44      Stettin (7.45)

 

Pilot Officer Richards has completed 31 operational sorties.  This navigator has shown great skill in the use of all navigational aids, to the best advantage in order to reach the target.

 

He was detailed for Special Operations on "D" Day, which proved so successful.

 

At all times Pilot Officer Richards has displayed exceptional coolness and devotion to duty, and his navigational ability has been an example to less experienced navigators of the squadron.

 

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RICHARDS, F/O Joseph Alexander Tortwood (C17365) - Mention in Despatches - Malvern - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 28 April 1941.  DHist file 181.009 D.3386 (RG.24 Vol.20638) dealing with Honours and Awards Section overseas has the following entry dated August 10th, 1944:

 

The outstanding work performed by P/O J.A. Richards (C17365) in connection with experimental Radar duties was brought to our notice by DAS.  This officer is on the strength of T.R.E., Malvern - a RAF Station.  The report on his past performance was given to S10A, Air Ministry in our letter RC17365 (Pld) d/14 Aug. 44.  Mr. C.G. White 'phoned and promised to do his best to have the RAF CO recommend P/O Richards for a suitable award.

 

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RICHARDS, F/L William Alfred (J26043) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.12 SFTS - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  American in RCAF.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 19 June 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942).

 

This officer, as Examining Officer of this unit, has shown outstanding devotion to duty and keen application to his work.  Through his ability and energy he has set a splendid example to all those who have worked with him.

 

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RICHARDSON, P/O Abraham Leroy (J86243) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1921 in Cumberland, British Columbia; home in Union Bay, British Columbia (fireman); enlisted in Vancouver, 21 April 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Invested with award 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.1750 (RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation (undated, about mid-October 1944) when he had flown 35 sorties (158 hours) between 20 October 1943 and 27 August 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Richardson has participated in numerous operational sorties against heavily defended enemy targets and has consistently displayed a high standard of navigational skill.  This officer during these sorties has through his skill on several occasions guided his aircraft safely to and from the target despite diversions due to enemy activity.  Pilot Officer Richardson in addition to his navigational skill has set a fine example to his crew and squadron by his constant display of cheerfulness and determination.

 

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RICHARDSON, F/O Albert Tindale (J29330) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 1911 in Fort Steele, British Columbia; home in Kimberley, British Columbia (ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Calgary, 14 August 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Commissioned 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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 29 October 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (175 hours 40 minutes), 5 June to 25 October 1944.

 

Flying Officer Richardson has displayed exceptional skill as a navigator coupled with a determined and courageous spirit.  His skill, coolness and devotion to duty have contributed to a major degree in the success achieved by his crew in their tour of operations and have set a magnificent example to the squadron.  Of his thirty-two sorties, sixteen have been on major targets and despite being forced to take evasive action four times in an attack on Stuttgart through fighter attacks and from heavy flak at Bottrop and other targets, he has navigated to the target on time on every occasion.

 

RICHARDSON, F/O Albert Tindale, DFC (J29330) - Mention in Despatches - No.428 Squadron (AFRO gives only "Overseas" - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted 2 February 1945.  Had served 13 months in Canada, 16 months overseas.  Navigation Training Inspector.  Recommendation spells name as Albert Tyndale.

 

Flying Officer Richardson has given whole-hearted and intense attention to the tasks at hand.  He has placed the interests of the Navigation Section and the squadron over and above personal interests, displaying exceptional loyalty  and co-operation far beyond the ordinary call of duty.  The operational efficiency of the squadron is due to a large degree to the untiring efforts and devotion to duty of this officer.

 

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RICHARDSON, F/L Gordon Alexander (C8071) - Mention in Despatches - Ballykelly - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in South Peterborough, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 8 April 1941.  DHist file 181.009 D.5578 (RG.24 Vol.20669) has letter from G/C H.R.A. Edwards (CO, Station Ballykelly) to CO, Station Archdale, stating that Richardson was Radar Officer for No.422 Squadron during 1943.  Although not aircrew by virtue of his medical status, he had flown on several patrols and it was suggested that he was at least entitled to an operational badge.

 

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RICHARDSON, FS Harry Frederick (R184955) - Mention in Despatches - No.159 Squadron (deceased). Award as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1946 and AFRO 1059/46 dated 8 November 1946.  Home in Centretown, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 14 August 1942.  An Air Gunner, he was reported missing as of October 5th, 1944 (Liberator B7978).  Aircraft shot down by Japanese fighters, and although he survived being adrift in a dinghy, he died as a prisoner of the Japanese.  No citation other than:

 

...in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst prisoners of war in Japanese hands.

 

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RICHARDSON, FS (now P/O) Henry Holmes (R101593/J17320) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 21 April 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 August 1941), No. 18 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1941).  Invested with award by King George VI, 25 March 1944. Killed in flying accident 14 April 1944 (Lancaster W4103 of No.5 LFS in mid-air collision); buried in Britain.

 

By his excellent example this airmen has helped to maintain a high standard of efficiency among the pilots of his squadron.  Many of the sorties undertaken by him were raids on strongly defended targets in Germany.  On several of these he avoided encounters with night fighters by skilful manoeouvering and flew his aircraft safely to base.  Flight Sergeant Richardson also took some good shots.  His courage and skill in pressing home his attack have invariably been worthy of high praise.

 

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RICHARDSON, F/O John Andrew (J85309) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 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 St.Mary's, Ontario; home there (bookkeeper); enlisted in London, Ontario, 9 March 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 4 December 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented by Governor General, 24 May 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (155 hours 40 minutes from 19 July 1943 to 9 October 1944 including eleven in the Mediterranean (no sorties after 1 October 1943 and before 30 July 1944).

 

Pilot Officer Richardson has just been screened on the completion of twenty-seven operations.  Throughout the major portion of his tour Pilot Officer Richardson has been flying as spare air bomber, flying with thirteen different crews.  All his sorties have been successfully carried out, particularly good work being done when he served with this squadron in the North African campaign.  Pilot Officer Richardson has on several occasions deputized for the Section Commander and has performed outstanding work in this exacting position, taking extreme interest in training new crews that have arrived on the squadron.  His energy and efficiency in performing these duties has done much to raise the bombing standard of this squadron.

 

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RICHARDSON, F/L Ronald Herbert (J12050) - 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 Portage la Prairie, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 9 July 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942).  DHist file 181.009 D.3691 (RG.24 Vol.20640) has recommendation for an AFC dated 26 January 1944 when he had flown 755 hours (216 in previous six months) including 44 sorties (221 operational hours).  Noted that he had volunteered for a Rocket Course overseas and on return had "rendered very valuable service in training pilots on the new weapon."

 

Flight Lieutenant Richardson has completed a tour of operations on the East Coast and has carried out his duties, often under most adverse weather conditions, in a highly commendable manner.

 

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RICHER, W/C Joseph Albert Dollard Baxter (C626) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 February 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944.  Born August 1910 in Ottawa; educated in Montreal;  home at St.Joseph (Montreal); educated at University of Montreal (civil engineering); enlisted in Montreal, 1 October 1937.  Flying instructor early in the war; posted overseas in 1942.  Repatriated in 1944, he commanded Station St.Hubert to 1949.  At AFHQ, 1949-1952.  In September1952 he took command of Station Gimli (to August 1955).  Subsequently at AFHQ and as Air Attache to Belgrade.  Award presented by Governor General, 28 February 1946.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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RICHES, F/O James Robert (J40058) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947).  Born 4 May 1923 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan; home in Aberdeen, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 15 November 1942.   Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 7 August 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 14 January 1944).  Commissioned December 1943.  Overseas in March 1944. Navigator in F/L A.A. Jones' crew.  Released 7 November 1945.  Award sent by registered mail, 7 June 1950.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 21 April 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (174 hours five minutes) from 25 October 1944 to 10 April 1945.

 

Throughout his tour of operations this officer has shown himself to be a skilful, courageous and resourceful navigator.  He has participated in numerous sorties including daylight missions.  His accurate navigation played a large part in the success of these attacks.  In spite of difficulties he has encountered, Flying Officer Riches has always displayed coolness, initiative and devotion to duty...

 

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RICHEY, F/O Russell Samuel Clair (J35537) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1914 in Halifax; home in Westville, Nova Scotia (bank clerk and teller).  Trained at No.3 ITS, No.11 EFTS and No.1 AOS.  Commissioned September 1943. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 21 March 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (190 hours 25 minutes), 1 August 1944 to 15 January 1945.

 

Flying Officer Richey has displayed great skill and ability as a navigator and also a high degree of courage and determination.  His ability and courage proved of invaluable assistance to his pilot as it created a high standard of morale in his crew and contributed to a major degree to their operational efficiency.

 

His ability to produce results under trying circumstances and great devotion to duty have proved an inspiration to the squadron as has been his unselfish loyalty and desire to press on to the attack.

 

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RICHMOND, P/O Douglas Elgin (J89161) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1925 in Parry Sound, Ontario; home there; enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 4 June 1943.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 12 November 1943).  Commissioned August 1944.  Award sent by registered mail, 30 March 1949.  No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 12 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (186 hours), 31 May to 27 September 1944.

 

This officer has displayed exceptional skill, courage and keenness on operations together with a fine sense of duty and spirit of co-operation.  His cheerful confidence and ability have inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and have set a fine example for the squadron.  He has flown on 34 sorties including major targets such as Bremen,, Stuttgart, Brunswick, Stettin, Emden, Bottrop, Hamburg and Russelsheim and proved to be of incalculable assistance to his captain on each.

 

For his all around ability and tenacity I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RICKARD, W/C Hugh Percy (C1147) - Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords (Netherlands) - Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 12 October 1946 and AFRO 1059/46 dated 8 November 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 4 October 1939.

 

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RIDDELL, F/L (now A/S/L) Frederick Raymond (J3999) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Fort William, Ontario, 29 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 October 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 24 November 1940), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 11 February 1941).

 

For two years at this unit this officer has been engaged in regular flying training and has by his example and ability raised to a high standard the quality of students turned out by his squadron.  He has at all times shown constant devotion to flying duty.

 

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RIDDELL, F/L John Evans (C2557) - Mention in Despatches - No.178 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Rouville, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 19 August 1940.  Trained at No.10 AOS (graduated 24 March 1943).  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1754 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation for Operational Wings dated 14 March 1945 (by 7 April 1945 he was en route to UK); as of former date he had flown 42 sorties (192 hours 20 minutes) with unit, 14 September 1944 to 9 March 1945.

 

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RIDEOUT, F/O Chester Franklin (J21262) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.272 Squadron - Award effective 7 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Sardis, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 9 May 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 17 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940).  Instructed in Canada for one year; posted overseas 21 October 1942.  Further trained in UK; posted to Middle East, 15 September 1943.  Tour-expired with No.272 Squadron, 30 September 1944 and attached to No.203 Group as Chief Test Pilot.  On 30 January 1945, when interviewed, he claimed 1,900 hours flying on 20 different types of aircraft.  Invested with award 29 January 1947.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties involving attacks on enemy shipping, airfields, radio installations, bridges and mechanical transport.  He has set a fine example of skill and throughout his determination and devotion to duty have been unflagging.  In a recent successful attack on a large enemy vessel Flying Officer Rideout flew with great distinction.

 

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RIDGE, FS Harold Wilfred (R64154) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in South Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 17 May 1950.  No citation in AFRO, which also gives unit only as "Overseas".  DHist file 181.009 D.5696 says that he was recommended for Canada Medal, 19 November 1943, with the following citation:

 

This non-commissioned officer has been on the squadron for the past two years and has been outstanding in his devotion to duty in all kinds of weather, etc.  His untiring efforts to keep aircraft serviceable for operations has been an example to all other groundcrew personnel on the unit.

 

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RIDGE, F/O Raymond Clifford (J24425) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 7 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 29 March 1946 and AFRO 497/46 dated 17 May 1946.  Born 1922 at Angusville, Manitoba; home in Brandon; enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 December 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3  July 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943).  Commissioned March 1943.  Killed in action 8 March 1945 during a shipping strike; name on Runnymede Memorial.  Award presented to next-of-kin by Governor General at Government House, 7 November 1949.

 

Since joining his present squadron, Flying Officer Ridge has completed a large number of operational sorties, many of which have been successful anti-shipping patrols against enemy naval and merchant vessels near the Dutch, French and Norwegian coasts.  These convoys have been frequently accompanied by destroyers and anti-aircraft ships and have occasionally been protected by shore based guns.  Flying Officer Ridge has always pressed home his attacks with great courage and fearlessness.  He is a most experienced and capable pilot who has always given his leader every possible assistance.

 

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RIDGERS, F/O Cyril Frederick (J14577) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 18 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 194 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944.  Born 1917; home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 26 November 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 25 September 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Killed in action 26 February 1944 with this unit (Lancaster DS791); buried in Germany.  Presented to next-of-kin by Governor General, 2 December 1946.

 

Flying Officer Ridgers has participated in very many sorties including fourteen attacks on Berlin.  Throughout he has displayed a high standard of navigational ability which has been reflected in the many successes achieved.  His example of keenness and devotion to duty have been highly commendable.

 

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RIDLEY, FS (now WO2) Frank George (R214651) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 1914 in Berkshire, England; home in Nevin, North Wales (agriculturalist); enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 12 January 1943.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 25 March 1944) and No.2 BGS (graduated 19 May 1944.  Invested with award 22 November 1948.  DHist file 181.009 D.1502 (RG.24 Vol.20599) has recommendation dated 21 May 1945.  Incident had been during day raid of 24 March 1945.  As of recommendation he had flown ten operations (66 hours 25 minutes).  This encompassed seven bombing trips (21 March to 16 April 1945) and three trips under Operation Exodus (8-10 May 1945).  Wireless Operator.

 

Flight Sergeant Ridley has displayed great courage and devotion to duty.  In March 1945, whilst participating in an attack against Bottrop, his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire, starting fires in the engine, fuselage and inside the aircraft.  The fire spread to the floor which was sprayed with petrol from a broken fuel line.  Flight Sergeant Ridley, with great coolness and tenacity, continued with his allotted task and then with the assistance of another member of the crew he extinguished the fire.  Throughout this trying experience this airman displayed outstanding coolness, initiative and resolution.

 

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RIDLEY, P/O Henry Penman (J85399) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1914; home in Oakville, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 4 October 1940.  Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942).  Commissioned 1914.  Presented at Hamilton, 27 July 1949.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 20 June 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (206 hours two minutes), 24 April 1943 to 7 June 1944.

 

This officer has been with the squadron since its formation.  He has completed thirty-three operations, twenty-three of which have been against heavily defended targets in Germany.  He has always displayed the highest degree of courage, and his dogged determination and outstanding devotion to duty are an example and inspiration to all gunners on the squadron.

 

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RIGBY, F/O John James (J15370) - Air Force Cross - No.165 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945.  Enlisted in Regina, 22 August 1940; trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 29 November 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 25 January 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941).  As of recommendation had flown 1,317 hours, including 100 operational hours (19 sorties).  Award presented at uncertain date.  Remained in postwar RCAF (presented with CD at St.Jean, Quebec, 1953).

 

This officer has invariably displayed outstanding devotion to duty and has proven himself to be a skilful and resourceful heavy transport captain on several difficult flying missions, which called for a high degree of determination and good judgement.  Indicative of his splendid flying record, recently, despite having flown many hours the previous day, he was detailed as captain of an aircraft to fly two seriously injured airman from the West to Eastern Canada for emergency treatment.  Despite exceptionally adverse weather conditions, with praiseworthy initiative and devotion to duty, Flying Officer Rigby successfully completed his trip.

 

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RIGLIN, Corporal William Welfare (R205457) - British Empire Medal - Northwest Staging Route (now No.2 SU) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.  Home in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 November 1942.  Award presented, date uncertain.  Other person cited was LAC G.D. McCaffrey, Mentioned in Despatches.  The incident mentioned involved Norseman 3529 (on strength of AFHQ) which crashed at 1730 hours, thirty miles north of Fort St.John, fatally injuring the pilot, S/L I.M. MacLean (1,351 flying hours, including 418 hours on type).  Aircraft was en route from Beatton River to Fort St.John.  There were five others aboard, all injured to some degree or another. The aircraft had been assigned to transport and inspect Heatton River Station, and suffered an oil system failure.   The forced landing was made in a burned over area surrounded by heavy timber.  DHist file 181.009 D.1688 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20605) indicates that Riglin was recommended for an AFM, McCaffrey for a Commendation (28 December 1943) and that on 28 January 1944 it was suggested that Riglin be given a George Medal.  DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has much information on the incident.

 

This NCO, on December 28th last, in Northern Canada, was a passenger in a single engine aircraft that had engine failure which necessitated a forced landing.  This airman, although himself injured, and assisted by another airman, who was also injured, extricated the four other more seriously injured occupants from the blazing aircraft.  Despite great personal risk from exploding gasoline tanks, he exhibited outstanding courage and initiative.  He rendered first aid to the injured before the arrival of medical personnel, who had to travel to the scene of the accident over a long distance of difficult terrain.  Corporal Riglin's action displayed courage and devotion to duty of a very high order.

 

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RILEY, F/L Arthur Rhodes Hounsfield (C7717) - 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 Calgary; enlisted there 4 October 1941.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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RILEY, F/O George Courtenay (J40826) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 22 July 1946 as per London Gazette of 6 August 1946 and AFRO 845/46 dated 30 August 1946.  Home in Hudson Heights, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 15 January 1943.  Trained at No.3 IRS (graduated 6 August 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 28 January 1944).  Award sent by registered mail, 4 June 1948.

 

On the night of 13th April 1945, this officer was navigator of an aircraft detailed for an attack against Kiel.  While on the bombing run the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and the pilot wounded.  Further severe damage was sustained when leaving the target area.  Subsequently, after complete engine failure, the pilot was forced to bring the aircraft down upon the sea and all the members of the crew were injured with the exception of the wireless operator and Flying Officer Riley.  This officer assisted the injured members of the crew into the dinghy and helped in the efforts, which unfortunately proved fruitless, to rescue the mid-upper gunner.  Shortly after the crew had left the aircraft it sank.  The pilot having been rendered unconscious as the result of exhaustion and injuries, Flying Officer Riley assumed command and organized the sailing of the dinghy as well as attending to the injuries of the crew.  He also started the keeping of a log and arranged for some form of navigation.  Throughout the eleven to twelve days spent in the dinghy this officer exhibited outstanding qualities of leadership.  With coolness, calm courage and splendid example he kept up the spirits of the crew by reading passages from a pocket bible and by organizing diversions such as card games.  He was instrumental in preventing the crew from drinking sea water when the fresh water supplies were running low and he organized the distribution of the emergency rations on an economical basis.  Eventually the dinghy grounded on some sand flats near Bremerhaven and the crew were taken prisoners.  Without this officer's direction, guidance and example, it is doubtful if the members of his crew would have survived this very trying ordeal.

 

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RILEY, S/L Harold William (C4069) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 16 November 1940.

 

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RILEY, F/O William Francis (J40371) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1923 in Hornepayne, Ontario; home in Toronto (student); enlisted there 19 August 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 28 January 1944).  Commissioned January 1944.  Invested with award 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 2/8750 has recommendation dated 9 April 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (238 hours), 11 November 1944 to 4 April 1945.  Died in Toronto, 14 November 1981.

 

11 Nov 44      Dortmund                               8 Feb 45        Politz

16 Nov 44      Duren                                      13 Feb 45      Dresden

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                        14 Feb 45      Chemnitz

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                       20 Feb 45      Dortmund

6 Dec 44        Merseburg                             23 Feb 45      Pforsheim

12 Dec 44      Essen                                     7 Mar 45         Dessau

15 Dec 44      Ludwigshaven                       8 Mar 45         Kassel

17 Dec 44      Ulm                                         11 Mar 45      Essen

22 Dec 44      Coblenz                                  12 Mar 45      Dortmund

28 Dec 44      Munchen Gladbach               13 Mar 45      Herne

29 Dec 44      Scholven-Gladbach              18 Mar 45      Hanau

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                             21 Mar 45      Bremen

5 Jan 45         Hanover                                  22 Mar 45      Hildesheim

22 Jan 45       Duisburg                                24 Mar 45      Harpenerweg

28 Jan 45       Stuttgart-                                27 Mar 45      Paderborne

Zuffenhausen                         1 Apr 45         Hamburg

1 Feb 45        Mannheim                              3 Apr 45         Nordhausen

2 Feb 45        Weisbaden                            4 Apr 45         Lutzkendorf

7 Feb 45        Cleve                                     

 

This Canadian navigator has carried out 36 attacks on the enemy.  Many of these sorties have called for the most accurate navigation as the targets have been of a specialized nature.

 

Throughout his tour he has never failed to guide his aircraft to the target and, when running the gauntlet of enemy defences, he has calmly carried on with the task in hand regardless of his personal safety.  His coolness under fire and gallant conduct on all occasions have been an inspiration to his crew.

 

For his devotion to duty, dogged determination and consistent skill, he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RIMMER, F/O Arthur (J26841) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.44 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born 1924; home in Mimico, Ontario; enlisted 25 August 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Invested with award 17 June 1945.

 

Flying Officer Rimmer has completed many operational sorties, the majority of which have been against important and highly defended enemy targets.  In January 1944 he was mid-upper gunner in an aircraft detailed for an attack on Magdeburg.  While en route to the target he sighted a Messerschmitt 109 preparing to attack his aircraft.  This attack was frustrated largely owing to his accurate fire and the directions given by this officer to his pilot.  Shortly afterwards two more enemy fighters attacked and damaged his aircraft but once again Flying Officer Rimmer's splendid commentary enabled his captain to break off the engagement without sustaining further damage to his aircraft.  Throughout his tour Flying Officer Rimmer has maintained a high standard of vigilance, efficiency and courage.

 

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RIOME, F/O William Ernest (J26655) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1921 in Thorold, Ontario; home there (paper tester). Trained at No.6 ITS and No.4 AOS.  Commissioned 1943. 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 13 September 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (140 hours five minutes), 26 May to 28 August 1944.  In a sortie on 27 May (Bourg Leopold) the aircraft was attacked 14 times (two fighters shot down) and on 10 June 1944 two more fighters were destroyed.

 

Flying Officer Riome, Navigator, has at all times shown a high standard of efficiency in his operational work.  His aircraft has been repeatedly attacked by enemy fighters which on one occasion carried out 14 attacks against the aircraft in which he was Navigator.  In the face of strong enemy opposition, Flying Officer Riome showed himself to be a cool, confident and capable Navigator.

 

I feel that the outstanding courage with which Flying Officer Riome has carried out his duties fully deserve the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RIOUX, LAC Lucide (R99315) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Born 29 January 1922; home in Grand Falls, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 26 May 1941.  Aero engine mechanic; posted overseas November 1941; repatriated January 1945; released 5 April 1945.

 

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RIPLEY, F/O Harold Edward (J25891) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.9 AOS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in St.Jean, Quebec; enlisted in Edmonton, 13 April 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 1 January 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Certificate and insignia sent to him at Station Trenton, 5 July 1945.

 

This officer, responsible for the advanced instruction of staff pilots, has been greatly responsible for the high standard maintained on his unit.  He has continued to display keenness, efficiency and great devotion to duty, setting a splendid example to all who have served with him.

 

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RIPLEY, G/C Robert Campbell (C189) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, 1913.  Enlisted at Camp Borden, 30 August 1935.  An air armament specialist during the war; became Director of Air Operations at AFHQ in Ottawa, 1944.  Attached to U.S. Forces via Washington, 1945.  On RCAF Postwar Planning Committee and in December 1945 was appointed Director of Selection and Manning, AFHQ.  In January 1948 he was named assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff and in 1951 appointed Air Officer Commanding, Air Transport Command.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Air Commodore).  Transferred to NATO, December 1953.  Returned to Canada in late 1956 to become Air Officer Commanding, Air Materiel Command.  Killed in the crash of a Mitchell, 1 March 1957, while Air Vice-Marshal.  OBE presented by Governor General, 10 December 1947.

 

This officer has shown outstanding ability as Director of Operations with Air Member for Air Staff Division.  He has had considerable experience at Royal Canadian Air Force stations in Canada and overseas with Service Flying Training School, Sealand, and Bombing and Gunnery Stormy Down or Porthcawl, Wales, London, also temporary duty over all Labrador and Newfoundland.  He has served with the Royal Canadian Air Force since 1938 [sic] and has had a well rounded service career.  He is the Royal Canadian Air Force representative on the joint Royal Canadian Navy-Royal Canadian Air Force Anti-Submarine Warfare Committee and has displayed a high degree of initiative and forethought in connection with operations on the East Coast, particularly with regard to the submarine menace.  He has shown an active interest and vital concern in the seriousness of submarine warfare and has been untiring in his efforts to combat this danger and instrumental in calling together anti-submarine meetings which have been productive of excellent results.  His strenuous efforts in this respect have involved work of a highly trying character and hours of work beyond the ordinary course of duty.

 

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RIRIE, WO (now P/O) Arnold Lawrence (R202642/J94521) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1922 at Magrath, Alberta; home there (farmer); enlisted in Calgary, 14 November 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Commissioned March 1945.  Award sent by registered mail, 30 December 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 2/9083 has recommendation dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 44 sorties (221 hours 45 minutes), 22 May 1944 to 14 March 1945.

 

22 May 44      Le Mans (5.40)                           25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (7.10)

24 May 44      Aachen (4.30)                            26 Aug 44      Kiel (5.45)

26 May 44      GARDENING (3.50)                  12 Sep 44      Wanne Eickel  (3.15)

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (4.45)                13 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen (3.15)

31 May 44      Au Fevre (4.05)                          15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.15)

6 June 44       Conde sur Moireaux (4.45)       5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (5.05)

7 June 44       Lorient (5.55)                              14 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.25)

9 June 44       Le Mans (5.45)                           25 Oct 44       Hamburg (3.25)

12 Jun 44       Arras (4.30)                                2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.30)

21 Jun 44       Oisemont Neuville                      12 Dec 44      Essen (4.25)

au Bois (5.30)                            17 Dec 44      Ulm (6.05)

24 Jun 44       Bonnetot (4.30)                          28 Dec 44      Bonn (4.10)

25 Jun 44       Gorenflos (4.25)                         2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (6.40)

27 Jun 44       Wizernes (3.50)                         5 Jan 45         Royan (4.55)

4 July 44         Villeneuve St.                             14 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (4.30)

Georges (5.55)                          3 Feb 45        Bottrop (4.30)

6 July 44         Siracourt (4.25)                          8 Feb 45        Politz (8.05)

8 July 44         Lorient (6.20)                              23 Feb 45      Pforsheim (6.25)

12 Jul 44        Bremont (4.15)                           1 Mar 45         Mannheim (5.00)

7 Aug 44        Caen area (2.40)                       5 Mar 45         Chemnitz (8.10)

14 Aug 44      Potigny (2.40)                             7 Mar 45         Dessau (7.55)

15 Aug 44      Volkel (3.10)                               8 Mar 45         Hamburg (5.30)

18 Aug 44      Bremen (4.05)                            14 Mar 45      Zweibrucken (5.00)

 

Warrant Officer Ririe is an experienced and capable Air Gunner, having participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy targets as Kiel, Duisburg, Hamburg and Nuremburg.  His capabilities, keenness and extreme devotion to duty have, in no small way, contributed much to the successes attained by his crew.  He has proven himself an asset, not only to this squadron, but to the service as a whole.

 

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RITCH, P/O James Gerald (J86868) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 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 Toronto; home there (sales clerk); enlisted there 21 October 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned May 1944.  Invested with award 22 June 1949.

 

Throughout an operational tour of outstanding merit, Pilot Officer Ritch has at all times displayed a fine fighting spirit, endurance and devotion to duty.  During a sortie in May 1944, his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 410.  Largely owing to his skill in handling his guns, his aircraft escaped damage.  Another time in May 1944, when on a mission to Aubigny, he successfully delivered several bursts at a Messerschmitt 109 which was hit and damaged.

 

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RITCHIE, W/C Donald Frederick  (C2051) - 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 Aylmer, Quebec; enlisted in Ottawa 22 May 1940.  Invested with award by Governor General, 10 December 1947.

 

This officer took over the position of Overseas Records Officer a year ago and since his appointment his work has been exceptional.  He has a most comprehensive grasp of the intricate workings of his Branch.  Apart from being an efficient organizer, his planning for the heavy commitments which he expected after VE Day has proven very sound.  Under exceedingly high pressure he has been producing excellent results and has been commended by other Directorates for his complete co-operation and zeal in the performance of his duties.

 

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RITCHIE, LAC Francis Bruce (R123063) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 1 August 1941.  No citation in AFRO, but DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 31 July 1944; enlisted 1 August 1941; served six months in Canada, 26 months in UK.

 

This airman has put in many arduous hours in bombing and de-bombing aircraft, under conditions which in many cases were of an extremely trying nature.  he has at all times shown an exceptional tenacity of purpose on one of the least glamorous of ground trades.

 

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RITCHIE, Sergeant Gordon John McDowell (R211243) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 13 July 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 July and AFRO 2160/44 dated 6 October 1944.  Originally published as a DFC citation in AFRO 2052/44, cancelled by AFRO 2101/44 and then corrected.  Born 1924 in Montreal; home there (stock keeper); enlisted there 16 December 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Invested with award by the King, 11 August 1944.  Cited with Sergeant Gilbert E.J. Steere (RAF, awarded CGM) and Sergeant John Mangione (RCAF, awarded DFM, which see above for citation).

 

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RITCHIE, G/C Gordon Muir (C2039) - Mention in Despatches - EAC Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there, 15 May 1940.  Certificate and emblem sent to Eastern Air Command Headquarters, 27 June 1945.

 

Group Captain Ritchie has been employed in this Command as Staff Officer Construction Engineering for the past sixteen months.  During this period he was responsible for a large volume of new construction at northern isolated bases.  This difficult work was always carried out with the utmost despatch due to his keen, unflagging personal interest.  During the same period this branch has been faced with an increasing volume of aerodrome maintenance as well as increasingly difficult maintenance of temporary accommodation.  He has developed an organization of outstanding merit, rendering excellent service to Eastern Air Command and the Royal Canadian Air Force as a whole.

 

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RITCHIE, F/O, James (C7940) - Mention in Despatches - No.600 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Born in Glasgow, Scotland; home in Outremont, Quebec.  Formerly in Victoria Rifles of Canada.  Enlisted in Montreal, 25 April 1941.  Commissioned 1941.

 

RITCHIE, F/O James (C7940) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.600 Squadron - Award effective 15 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Award sent by registered mail.

 

This officer is of non-aircrew category but has shown himself competent to fly as observer and has always availed himself of every opportunity of flying.  As a member of an operational aircrew he has participated in the destruction of four enemy aircraft, two of which were destroyed on the same night.  Flying Officer Ritchie has always shown outstanding courage and coolness.

 

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RITCHIE, WO James Willett (R93698) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.467 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944.  Born in Ottawa, 1922 (clerk); home in Edmonton, enlisted there, 2 May 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 18 December 1941), No.12 EFTS (ceased training 6 February 1942) and No.6 BGS (graduated 27 April 1942).  Arrived in UK, 11 June 1942.  To No.3 Air Gunnery School, 31 July 1942; to No.19 OTU, 25 August 1942; to No.1654 Conversion Unit, 15 October 1942; to Station Swinderby, 3 November 1942; to No.267 Squadron, 28 January 1943.  Public Relations Release 2228 dated 5 July 1943 says he shared with Sergeant C.R. Usher in the destruction of the first German night fighter claimed by this squadron - the first time either man had fired his guns in battle.  Award presented.

 

As air gunner Warrant Officer Ritchie has taken part in a large number of sorties and has proved himself to be a skilful and reliable member of aircraft crew.  His fine fighting qualities were amply demonstrated in a combat with a fighter during a recent operation against Hanover.  Although he was wounded in the eye, Warrant Officer Ritchie fought with rare zest and afterwards refused to leave his turret until the danger from further interference by enemy aircraft was past.  His exemplary conduct was worthy of great praise.

 

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RITCHIE, Corporal Miller (R97806) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Kirkland Lake, Ontario; enlisted in Vancouver, 24 March 1941.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit.  No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 3 February 1945.  Armourer (G), he had enlisted 24 March 1941, serving two years in Canada, one year eleven months overseas.

 

Corporal Ritchie is employed in charge of a bombing-up crew.  The manner in which he persistently carried out his arduous duties provides an outstanding example to the many others engaged in this work.  His ingenuity in getting aircraft bombed up in record time has been a great asset to the operational efficiency of his squadron.

 

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RITCHIE, P/O William (J92262) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1918 at Saltcoats, Saskatchewan; home in Biedenbury, Saskatchewan (farmer); enlisted in Regina, 4 June 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 4 March 1943), No.2 BGS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned October 1944.  Award sent by registered mail, 27 November 1950. Recommended 24 February 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (176 hours 15 minutes), 18 July 1944 to 17 January 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation.  Bottrop attack was 27 September 1944.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational missions.  His work has always been of a very high standard and his reliability has been a source of confidence to the other members of his crew.  On his first sortie to Wesseling, Pilot Officer Ritchie pressed home his attack and bombed the target despite the attacks of a Junkers 88 and heavy anti-aircraft fire.  On another occasion he attacked Bottrop in daylight in the face of heavy ground defences although his aircraft had been damaged.  He has at all times shown outstanding enthusiasm for operations.

 

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RITZEL, S/L Dalton Frank (J9234) - Air Force Cross - WAC Communications Flight - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1946 and  AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Enlisted at Vancouver, 2 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 June 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941). As of award had flown 3,000 hours (210 hours in previous six months).

 

This officer organized and commanded the Meteorological Flight which, although operating under the extremely severe weather conditions that existed in this command during the winter months, completed almost one hundred percent of its daily flights during the past year. Through his outstanding ability and devotion to duty by personally flying the most hazardous flights, he has set an example to his unit that has made their achievement possible and his untiring efforts in maintaining schedule has been a major contribution towards the safety of flying on the West Coast. On disbandment of the Meteorological Flight, he was appointed Commanding Officer of Western Air Command Communication Flight which he continues to operate with the same zeal and efficiency.

 

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RIVARD, Sergeant Joseph Jean Nicholas (R55971) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943.  Born 1921 in Quebec; home there (clerk).  Trained at No.3 ITS, No.11 EFTS and No.8 SFTS.

 

This airman has been continuously engaged in night flying operations since November 1942.  A skilful pilot, he has consistently shown great courage and determination to complete his mission regardless of the difficulties encountered.  As captain of aircraft Sergeant Rivard's inspiring leadership has been worthy of high praise.

 

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RIVERS, F/L Russell Nelson (J9566) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.  Born 1921 in Kitchener; home there (clerk, former member of Royal Canadian Artillery).  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 AOS and No.1 BGS.  Commissioned December 1941.

 

Flight Lieutenant Rivers has almost finished his second tour of operations.  His keenness and courage at all times have been an outstanding example to the squadron.  By his skill and ability as a navigator he has assisted his pilot to destroy three hostile aircraft.  As squadron navigator leader he has shown tenacity of purpose and devotion to duty of the highest order.

 

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RIZON, F/O Robert Louis (C2846) - Air Force Cross - No.13 (Operational Training) Squadron, Patricia Bay - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942.  American; home in Los Angeles, California; enlisted in Ottawa, 3 October 1940.  Graduated from No.1 BGS, Jarvis, Ontario, 11 December 1940.  Transferred to USAAF and was reported as a Captain when award announced.

 

On 2 November 1941, while taking off in Stranraer 932 in Patricia Bay on an instructional flight, his port engine burst into flames.  He stopped his take-off and has the fire extinguisher pulled.  This did not have any appreciable effect on the fire.  He ordered his crew to abandon the aircraft, which was done with the exception of one man who, in the excitement, could not find his life-saving jacket (which was still in the aircraft) and could not swim.  Flying Officer Rizon and LAC Hunt then climbed back aboard.  By this time the port upper and lower wings were afire.  Flying Officer Rizon stood behind the port engine and under the main fuel tanks, which were wreathed in flames, and finally succeeded in putting the fire out with extinguishers and buckets of sea water.  Flying Officer Rizon showed complete disregard of personal safety.  His action saved the aircraft from complete destruction and also possible loss of life of some members of his crew.

 

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