ROACH, P/O Fred (J90063) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.  Home in Leamington, Ontario.  Air gunner, killed in action with No.426 Squadron, 12/13 May 1944, Halifax LW682.  Name on Runnymede Memorial.

 

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ROACH, Sergeant Mark (R60727) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1941 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941.  Born in Regina, 1915; home in Vancouver (salesman); enlisted in Edmonton, 4 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 9 December 1940) and No.2 AOS (graduated 26 October 1940) and No.1 ANS (graduated 6 January 1941).  Commissioned 1941.  Invested with award at Buckingham Palace, 7 November 1941.  First sortie was 1 July 1941 (Stirling N3655, Borkum).  The action mentioned in DFM citation also brought a DFC to the RAF pilot, F/O Denis Theodore Witt, DFM; date was 10 July 1941 (his third sortie).  A pencilled note by F.H. Hitchins says that Roach was the second BCATP graduate to be decorated.  Posted from No.9 Squadron to No.426 Squadron, 20 October 1942 on formation of that unit.  Bombing Leader; posted out 22 February 1944.

 

This airman was the air observer of one of a section of three aircraft which was detailed to attack a target near Bethune.  When the section crossed the enemy coast it was subjected to intense anti-aircraft fire, one of the aircraft being shot down.  On approaching the target the two remaining aircraft were again subjected to anti-aircraft fire.  Despite this and the fact that his pilot was taking evasive action, Sergeant Roach carefully and successfully bombed the target.  The success of this high level attack under extremely difficult conditions was largely due to the courage and determination of Sergeant Roach.

 

ROACH, F/L Mark, DFM (J15098) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.  Award presented 31 January 1946.  No citation other than "completed ...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2624 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation by W/C Swetman dated 18 November 1943.  He had then flown 49 sorties (291 hours 50 minutes) in two tours (29 June 1941-27 July 1942 and 23 September 1942-18 October 1943).

 


This officer has served as Bombing Leader since the formation of the squadron.  He joined the unit with a splendid record of operations completed during the first tour, during which time he was awarded the DFM. He has since participated in 45 offensive sorties over enemy territory, including raids on Peenemunde, Dortmund, Mannheim, Essen, and Stuttgart.  He has at all times displayed exceptional fighting qualities and resourcefulness, and by his example has been an inspiration to the whole squadron.  His leadership has been instrumental in bringing the standard of bombing in the squadron up to its present high state of efficiency.  I strongly recommend that his consistent good work and devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROACH, WO2 (now P/O) Percy Carl (R224492/J93966) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1919 in Pembroke, Bermuda; home there (clerk); enlisted in Montreal, 22 April 1943.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 1 October 1943).  Commissioned March 1945.  Award presented through Colonial Office, 23 January 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 20 February 1945 when he had flown 57 sorties (240 hours 25 minutes), 2 June 1944 to 13 February 1945.

 

2 June 44       Neuf Chatel (4.30)                     17 Sep 44      Biggequerque (1.55)

5 June 44       Houlgate (4.20)                          19 Sep 44      Calais (2.10)

6 June 44       Coutances (4.40)                       24 Sep 44      Domberg (1.50)

7 June 44       Acheres (4.50)                           25 Sep 44      Calais (1.55)

9 June 44       Le Mans (5.25)                           26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez (1.40)

12 Jun 44       Cambrai (4.50)                          27 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.20)

14 Jun 44       St.Pol (4.25)                               28 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez (3.15)        

15 Jun 44       Boulogne (3.35)                         30 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.25)

16 Jun 44       Sautrecourt (4.00)                      5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (4.50)

21 Jun 44       St.Martin (4.05)                          6 Oct 44         Dortmund (4.50)

23 Jun 44       Bientque (3.55)                          22 Oct 44       Fort Fredrick Hendrick (2.30)

27 Jun 44       Foret d'Eawy (3.50)                   24 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.20)

1 July 45         Biennais (4.40)                          2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (4.15)

4 July 44         Biennais (3.45)                          6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (2.15),

5 July 44         Biennais (3.45                                                    Duty not carried out

7 July 44         Caen (5.05)                                21 Nov 44      Aschanffenburg (5.00)

12 Jul 44        Thiverny (4.30)                           23 Nov 44      Neuss (4.00)

15 Jul 44        Nucourt (4.45)                            30 Nov 44      Buisburg (4.25)

12 Aug 44      La Pallice (5.15)                        12 Dec 44      Essen (4.20)

14 Aug 44      Quesnoey Area (2.35)               17 Dec 44      Ulm (6.15)

18 Aug 44      Bremen (5.05)                            22 Dec 44      Bingen (4.35)

25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (6.55)                   28 Dec 44      Bonn (4.10)

26 Aug 44      Kiel (5.45)                                   29 Dec 44      Gelsenkirchen (4.50)

28 Aug 44      Fromental (2.20)                        2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (6.40)

6 Sept 44       Emden (4.00)                             5 Jan 45         Hannover (4.40)

8 Sept 44       Le Havre (2.35)                          7 Jan 45         Munich (7.00)

10 Sep 44      Le Havre (2.30)                          16 Jan 45       Zeitz (6.45)

12 Sep 44      Wanne Eickel (3.20)                  7 Feb 45        Cleve (3.50)

15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.20)                                   13 Feb 45      Dresden (8.00)


17 Sep 44      Boulogne (1.55)                        

 

Warrant Officer Roach is an extremely conscientious and efficient Air Gunner who has completed two full tours of operations against such heavily defended targets as Dresden, Magdeburg, Munich and Wanne Eickel.  His knowledge of his job in the air, combined with his willingness to learn on the ground, has been an inspiration to the less experienced gunners of this squadron.  He has been a member of a crew which has had to tarry many minutes over the target area and his courage and extreme devotion to duty has been an inspiration to his crew mates.

 

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ROACH, Sergeant Wilfred Harold (R155536) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943.  Born in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, 1923; home there; enlisted in Saskatoon, 8 July 1941.  Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 22 June 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 26 March 1942).  Award presented 29 January 1947; may have been living in Duncan, British Columbia by then.

 

This airman has participated in many operational sorties in the course of which he has displayed great determination and initiative.  On one occasion during an attack on Rostock he sustained severe injury which, however, did not deter him from continuing his duties as gunner and driving off an enemy fighter which was attacking his aircraft.

 

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ROAN, WO1 (now F/O) Joseph Gordon (R79310/J96010) - Mention in Despatches - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 24 December 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 17/47 dated 10 January 1947.  American in the RCAF.  Born 5 August 1921; home in White Plains, New York; enlisted in Montreal, 24 March 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941).  Posted overseas January 1942; repatriated 1 June 1945; released 4 January 1946.

 

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ROBB, F/L David (J9545) - Air Force Cross - No.7 EFTS (AFRO gives unit only as "No.51 Group Pool Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944.  Born in Winnipeg, 1918; home in St.Vital (clerk, formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery).  Enlisted at Winnipeg, 8 March 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 10 August 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942).  Commissioned January 1942.  Invested with both AFC and DFC, 2 June 1949. No citation to AFC other than "in recognition of distinguished services rendered while engaged on flying duties with the Royal Canadian Air Force overseas."  Public Record Office Air 2/8959 has recommendation which identifies unit and notes he had flown 1,075 instructional hours, 436 in previous six months.

 

This officer has completed 15 months of hard work as a flying instructor,  During this period he has set an excellent example by the zeal and keenness he has displayed in the performance of his duties.

 

ROBB, S/L David, AFC (J9545) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945.

 

Squadron Leader Robb has participated in a number of operations against major German targets.  Throughout he has displayed outstanding leadership both in the air and on the ground which combined with his exemplary zeal, courage and devotion to duty have been most praiseworthy.  In October 1944, during an attack against Emmerich, a fire broke out in his aircraft.  Three of the petrol tanks were punctured and some of the instruments were damaged.  The fire was extinguished and Squadron Leader Robb pressed home his attack.  His skilful airmanship and resourcefulness have won the admiration of his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 when he was a Flight Lieutenant and had flown 18 sorties (87 operational hours).  This gives a sortie list plus more detailed account of action described:

 

                                                                 * daylight sortie

 

27 Aug 43      Nuremburg                             14 Oct 44       Duisburg

23 Sept 43     Neusse                                   15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven

26 Sept 44     Cap Gris Nez*                       19 Oct 44       Stuttgart

27 Sept 44     Calais*                                   21 Oct 44       Essen

5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken                          29 Oct 44       Domburg*

7 Oct 44         Emmerich*                             9 Nov 4           Wanne Eickel*

11 Oct 44       Fort Fredrik Hendrik*            10 Nov 44      Duren

12 Oct 44       Fort Fredrik Hendrik*            3 Dec 44        Urft Dam

14 Oct 44       Duisburg*                               4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe

 


Flight Lieutenant Robb has completed 18 sorties on his first operational tour. He is filling a Flight Commander vacancy with exemplary zeal and devotion to duty, and has displayed outstanding leadership both in the air and on the ground. On the 7th October 1944, during an attack on Emmerich, this Canadian officer's aircraft was struck by incendiaries, three of which punctured the petrol tanks while another fell into the cockpit and damaged his instruments.  The resulting fire was extinguished and the bombing attack pressed home with the utmost determination. Flight Lieutenant Robb's skilful pilotage, fine judgement and ability to take instant decisions has ensured the success of all his missions, and gained for him the respect and admiration of his Flight.  It is considered that this officer's courageous leadership and fine record are most worthy of recognition, and the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross is strongly recommended.

 

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ROBB, F/L John Malcolm (J10229) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 6 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 15 July 1917 in Toronto; home in Newmarket, Suffolk and Toronto.  Attended University of Toronto (COTC); enlisted in Toronto, 13 March 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated and commissioned 27 February 1942).   Posted overseas 19 March 1942; repatriated 8 July 1945.  Released 7 September 1945.   Credited with the following victories while with No.400 Squadron: 29 August 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed; 11 November 1943, one Me.210 destroyed (shared with F/L H.L. Morham) plus one Me.210 probably destroyed. In No.400 Squadron before joining No.414.  Award sent by registered mail, 20 April 1949.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties including many missions at low level in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire.  His aircraft has sustained damage on three occasions.  Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Robb has always succeeded in flying back to base.  He has destroyed at least one enemy aircraft and has also inflicted much damage on enemy transport.  Flight Lieutenant Robb's enthusiasm, high courage and devotion to duty have been most commendable.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9048 has original recommendation dated 6 October 1944 when he had flown 138 sorties (190 hours 15 minutes) and held the appointment of Flight Commander.

 

Flight Lieutenant Robb commenced operations with No.400 (RCAF) Squadron on September 2nd, 1942. He has completed 139 missions against the enemy. These were all of low level reconnaissance, artillery reconnaissance, etc.  He has undertaken 16 Rhubarb and Ranger intruders during 1943. On these he is credited with one and one-half enemy fighter aircraft and shares in the damage of another. He claims damage to seven trains and one locomotive during this time. Approximately 120 of his total of 190 hours of operations have been put in since D Day. On three occasions his aircraft has been severely damaged by flak. On another occasion he successfully evaded eight FW.190s although struck by their fire.

 

Squadron Leader G. Wonnacott added (same day):

 


This officer has been a flight commander with No.414 Squadron since July 1944. His fine courage and leadership on all operational sorties has been an inspiration to those he commanded. He has completed many photographic missions in the face of intense flak at low level and has sustained damage to his aircraft on three occasions, but has successfully brought the aircraft home. Flight Lieutenant Robb has always shown great keenness and devotion to duty.

 

W/C R.C.A. Waddell (Wing Commander Flying, No.39 Wing) added (23 December 1944):

 

Throughout the 25 months this officer has been on operations, he has consistently displayed a high degree of keenness and determination. As a Section leader, his ability was a source of inspiration to those whom he led. His destruction of enemy aircraft was carried out on low level sorties and, in each case, over 75 miles inside enemy territory. As a reconnaissance pilot, his skill was of the highest. For his high standard of leadership, great determination and strong will to destroy the enemy, I strongly recommend this gallant officer for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROBERGE, F/L Hilaire (C4615) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944.  Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 3 July 1924.  Invested with award by Governor General, 27 June 1945.  No citation in AFRO.  Recommended for BEM, 16 August 1943, for services as Engineer Officer with No.425 Squadron.  The proposed citation noted that he had come to a new squadron and his experience was most helpful in training ground crew.  "Flight Lieutenant Roberge is a most skilful and conscientious engineer whose cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale among the ground crew personnel.  The high serviceability maintained in England and in North Africa, where the undertaking of major repair jobs in the field were done in record time, is worthy of the highest praise.  This officer has fully contributed to the successes achieved by the squadron."

 

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ROBERTS, F/L Edward Alan (J16515) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.313 Ferry Training Unit - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in North Bay, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 24 June 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 3 November 1940), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 25 January 1941).

 

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ROBERTS, FS (now P/O) Frederick John (R133383/J18831) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1943 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.  Born in Vancouver, 1919; home there.  Former clerk and foundry moulder; enlisted in Vancouver, 8 October 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 28 August 1942).  Killed in action 2/3 December 1943 (Lancaster JB400).  Award presented to next-of-kin, 1945.


Pilot Officer Roberts has completed many successful operations against the enemy in which he has displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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ROBERTS, F/L J.H. (C1083) - Air Force Cross - No.116 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942.  Awarded wings at Camp Borden, 28 February 1940.

 

This officer has displayed unbounded enthusiasm during nearly 1,000 hours of flying time, 500 of which were on actual coastal operational duty.  He has shown highly commendable spirit and devotion to duty, and has set a fine example for his brother officers by the cheerful, thorough and uncomplaining manner in which he has carried out any task which was given to him.  A very outstanding young officer whose spirit and ideals deserve recognition.

 

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ROBERTS, FS Jack (Can 2556) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.13 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Trained at No.13 EFTS and No.2 SFTS.  Served in postwar RCAF; awarded Canadian Forces Decoration while at No.3 AFS, Gimli, 16 July 1956.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been employed as a flying instructor with this unit for about ten months.  His devotion to duty has been definitely above the average and the support which he has [NOTE: given ? word missing in torn text] flight commander is most commendable.  In all respects this non-commissioned officer's work has been of the highest order.

 

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ROBERTS, S/L John Fulton (J37731) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 18 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.  Born 1910 in St.Mary's, Ontario; home in Toronto (accountant); enlisted there 17 August 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 12 November 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 30 November 1949.  Postwar chartered accountant; died in Toronto, 18 June 1998.

 

As navigator, this officer has participated in very many sorties against a variety of enemy targets.  His example of keenness and devotion to duty have been of a high order throughout.  On one occasion in March 1945 his navigational aids become unserviceable en route to the target.  Displaying outstanding initiative and resourcefulness, Squadron Leader Roberts successfully navigated the aircraft to the target and back to this country with his usual accuracy.


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ROBERTS, W/C John MacDonald (C1679) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.11 Recruiting Centre - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted in London, Ontario, 2 February 1940.  Award presented 17 May 1948.

 

This officer has been employed in many responsible capacities throughout his service career.  As Officer Commanding various Recruiting Centres his work has been characterized by his exceptional organizing ability.  Despite the great physical strain and long hours imposed on this officer, he has willingly and cheerfully discharged his duties in an exemplary manner.  His sound judgement and keen devotion to duty have been outstanding.

 

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ROBERTS, P/O Kenneth Godfrey (J89779) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.  Born 1922 in Toronto; home there (student); enlisted there 6 May 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Commissioned August 1944. Postwar he ws a Public Relations staff officer, prolific writer and ardent canoist.  Died in Ottawa, 10 July 1997.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties as air bomber.  He has done excellent work and in the face of the enemy he has always displayed coolness and resolution.  In October 1944 he was detailed to attack Sterkrade in daylight.  As the aircraft neared the target it was hit by anti-aircraft fire and a splinter pierced the windscreen, narrowing missing this officer.  Other pieces damaged the oil tanks, fuselage and mainplane.  Undeterred, however, Pilot Officer Roberts coolly completed his allotted tasks.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 15 December 1944 with sortie list and a more detailed text than that which was published.

 

9 June 44    Laval (5.31)                          Bombed in cloud

12 June 44  Amiens (4.50)                      Successful attack

14 June 44  Evrecy (4.54)                        Bombed as ordered

16 June 44  Sterkrade (4.09)                  Attacked in cloud

17 June 44  St.Martin l'Hortier (3.30)      Bombed target

22 June 44  Siracourt (3.45)                    First daylight operation

23 June 44  Oisemont (3.25)                   Bombed aiming point

24 June 44  Le Grand Rossignol (3.27)                 do.

27 June 44  Marquise Mimoyecques (3.43)          do.

28 June 44  Wizernes (3.05)                                   do.


30 June 44  Villers Bocage (3.47)          Very concentrated bombing

18 July 44    Caen H.1 (3.58)                   Completed sortie

20 July 44    Ardouval II (4.02)                  Recalled by Master Bomber

23 July 44    Les Catelliers (3.41)            Successful attack

25 July 44    Wanne Eickel (4.33)            Bombed through cloud

29 July 44    Foret de Nieppe (3.52)       Successful attack

1 Aug 44      Chapelle Notre Dame (4.02)              Recalled by Master Bomber

3 Aug 44      Bois de Casson (4.37)        Successful attack

5 Aug 44      Foret de Nieppe (3.39)       Bombed as ordered

6 Aug 44      Foret de Nieppe (3.16)       Duty carried out

7 Aug 44      TOTALIZER 3 (4.35)           Bombed as ordered

9 Aug 44      Bois de la Haie (3.42)         Successful

11 Aug 44   Ferfay (3.50)                         Bombed aiming point; flak damage

14 Aug 44   TRACTABLE 21A (4.04)    Duty carried out

15 Aug 44   Eindhoven (3.30)                 Bombed airfield

16 Aug 44   Kiel (4.19)                             Bombed through cloud

18 Aug 44   Sterkrade (4.26)                                  do.

25 Aug 44   Brest (Point des Espagnoles)

(5.48)                                     Duty carried out

27 Aug 44   Homberg (4.22)                   Bombed target

3 Sept 44    Soesterburg (3.08)              Successful attack

25 Sept 44  Calais (2.39)                        Bombed in cloud

26 Sept 44  Calais (3.28)                        Successful

30 Sept 44  Bottrop (4.30)                       Bombed in cloud

6 Oct 44       Sterkrade (4.18)                  Bombed as ordered

7 Oct 44       Kleve (4.03)                          Successful

14 Oct 44    Duisburg (5.25)                    Bombed as ordered

15 Oct 44    Duisburg (5.25)                    Bombed in cloud

15 Oct 44    Wilhelmshaven (3.33)          Successful attack

23 Oct 44    Essen (5.17)                         Bombed in cloud          

 

On 6th October 1944, Pilot Officer Roberts was Air Bomber in a Halifax III aircraft detailed from No.158 Squadron to attack Sterkrade in daylight. As the aircraft neared the target it was buffeted by shell bursts and then, as Pilot Officer Roberts started his course directions for the bombing run, another burst peppered the aircraft with shell splinters. One piece went through the perspex in the nose and narrowly missed this officer, and others damaged oil tanks, fuselage and main planes. In spite of this, however, Pilot Officer Roberts cooly continued to direct the bombing run, and his photograph proves that he straddled the aiming point.

 

On 11th August 1944, on a daylight attack on Ferfay, Pilot Officer Roberts again returned an aiming point photograph when bombing from an aircraft severely damaged by flak on the run up.

 


Throughout an eventual tour of 39 sorties this Air Bomber has done excellent work. His keen offensive spirit has been an inspiring influence in his crew and in his section.  On the ground and in the air he has been an asset to the squadron.  It is recommended that Pilot Officer Roberts' excellent record of courage, bombing efficiency and unfailing devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROBERTS, F/O Lorne Russell (J40055) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.   Born in Calgary, 1922; home there (clerk); enlisted there 28 November 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 7 August 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 14 January 1944).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 April 1945 when he had completed 26 sorties (171 hours ten minutes), 2 December 1944 to 16 April 1945.

 

Flying Officer Roberts, as navigator of heavy bomber aircraft, has participated in twenty-six operational sorties, of which five were mine laying expeditions.  He has attained an exceedingly high standard of ability and has played a large part in the successes achieved by his crew.  His keenness, cheerful co-operation with other crew members and determination are worthy of much praise.

 

It is considered that his ability and devotion to duty, coupled with his fine offensive spirit, fully merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROBERTS, Sergeant Peter (R64285) - Mention in Despatches - Station Alliford Bay - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Born in Grace Bay, Nova Scotia.  Home in Guelph, Ontario.  Enlisted in Hamilton, 12 June 1940.

 

Since January 1941, as a Motor Boat Crewman in the Marine Section, Sergeant Roberts has shown exceptional determination and initiative in all his duties which, on many occasions, have been of a most trying and arduous nature.  He has frequently been responsible, when heavy seas were running, for saving aircraft from being wrecked on the shoreline.  His determination and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to all personnel of the squadron.

 

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ROBERTS, WO2 Richards Bush (R92291) - Mention in Despatches - No.166 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  American in RCAF; enlisted in Vancouver 19 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 9 November 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941).

 

On July 17, 1942, this Warrant Officer was the wireless operator of an aircraft which crashed into mountains near Yakataka, Alaska.  Although handicapped by severe face injuries and a broken leg, he assisted in extricating the pilot from the aircraft and in fixing an approximate position on a map to enable other occupants to start for help.  During the eleven days before rescue, this warrant officer displayed extraordinary courage and spirit.  Since that date he has flown over 900 hours, including searches for missing aircraft, during which time his work has continued to be an inspiration to those with whom he serves.

 

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ROBERTS, F/O William McIntosh (J17046) - 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 in MacGregor, Manitoba, 1921; home there (clerk).  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 December 1940.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 4 January 1942) and No.4 BGS (graduated 31 May 1942).  Commissioned March 1943.  No citation in AFRO.  Later awarded DFC for services with No.419 Squadron.

 

ROBERTS, F/L William McIntosh (J17046) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 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."  DHist file 181.009 D.1741 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C H.F. Ferguson dated 18 April 1945 when he had flown 49 sorties (352 hours ten minutes).  First tour was 4 February to 24 July 1943 (30 trips); second tour was 15 December 1944 to 12 March 1945 (19 sorties).  Mid-upper gunner.

 

This officer has completed two tours consisting of 49 sorties, both tours being over Europe, and he made many attacks against Germany's most heavily defended areas.  Flight Lieutenant Roberts has always done a good job and I consider that his steadfast devotion to duty and his consistent eagerness through two tours merits the award of the Non-Immediate D.F.C.

 

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ROBERTSON, Corporal Albert Peter (R263460) - British Empire Medal - No.1 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 St.Catharines, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 28 June 1943.

 


This non-commissioned officer of the Construction Engineering Branch has performed duties over and above what is normally expected of him for the past six months, due to the reduction in strength of the personnel in this Branch.  He has proven most capable and has displayed administrative and technical ability far above that normally expected of an airman of his rank.  His application to duty, initiative and willingness, have marked him as outstanding among his fellows.  The complete history of his service has been of a consistently high order and he remained cheerful and uncomplaining under the most discouraging circumstances.

 

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ROBERTSON, F/L David (J23747) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born in Winnipeg, 1919; home there; educated there.  Former salesman and member of the Royal Canadian Artillery.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 31 December 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.1 ANS (graduated 10 December 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 5 February 1943).  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 2/9050 has recommendation dated 22 December 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (160 hours 15 minutes) as follows:

 

                                                                 * daylight sortie

 

30 Jan 44   Berlin (6.05)                                  15 Jul 44    Nucourt (4.31)

20 Feb 44  Stuttgart (7.24)                             3 Aug 44    Bois de Casson (3.53)*

24 Feb 44  Schweinfurt (7.05)                        6 Aug 44    Hazerbrouck (3.02)

6 Mar 44    Trappes (4.44)                             7 Aug 44    TOTALIZER 3 (4.06)

7 Mar 44    Le Mans (5.05)                             27 Aug 44 Homburg (4.14)*

18 Apr 44   Tergnier (4.23)                             10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.28)*

20 Apr 44   Ottignes (3.50)                             11 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.07)*

22 Apr 44   Dusseldorf (4.44)                         30 Sep 44 Bottrop (4.05)*

24 Apr 44   Karlsruhe (6.21)                           15 Oct 44  Duisburg (5.18)

26 Apr 44   Essen (4.35)                                 18 Oct 44  Wilhelmshaven (4.08)

27 Apr 44   Aulnoye (4.00)                              23 Oct 44  Essen (5.14)

9 May 44    Morsolines (3.39)                         25 Oct 44  Essen (5.05)

10 May 44  Lens (3.14)                                   29 Oct 44  Domburg (3.30)*

27 May 44  Marquis Mimoyecques (3.30)*   2 Nov 44    Dusseldorf (5.19)

28 Jun 44   Wizernes (2.59)*                          6 Nov 44    Gelsenkirchen (4.24)

30 Jun 44   Villers Bocage (3.59)*                 16 Nov 44  Julich (4.45)

12 Jul 44    Thiverny (4.18)*                            20 Nov 44  Sterkrade (5.20)

15 Jul 44    Nucourt (4.31)                               29 Nov 44  Essen (5.51)

 


Flight Lieutenant ant Robertson has carried out 35 operations totalling 160.15 hours during which he has taken part in many attacks upon important tactical and strategical targets including Berlin, Frankfurt, Duisburg and Sterkrade.

 

Flight Lieutenant Robertson, as Bombing Leader in this squadron for six months has proved himself both in the air and on the ground to be an outstanding leader. In the air he has set a splendid example to all squadron Bomb Aimers by his determination and his continuous disregard of the heaviest defences, as for instance on Sterkrade on 21/22 November 1944 when he insisted on making two runs over the target through heavy flak to obtain his aiming point photograph, and also by his eagerness to fly as a "spare" Bomb Aimer with new crews, thus materially assisting several Captains to gain confidence in their operational ability. In addition, Flight Lieutenant Robertson has contributed in great measure to the outstanding success of his own Captain's operational tour which consisted of 44 successful sorties. On the ground his particular loyalty and conscientiousness combined with his fine qualities of leadership have been invaluable in the training of new crews and in the administration of the Bombing Section. Throughout the eleven months of his operational tour, this officer, by his continuous devotion to duty, his strength of character, and his fine example, has raised the morale of all crews with whom he has flown and of all who have come in contact with him and served under him.

 

For his fine record of achievement, Flight Lieutenant Robertson is strongly recommended for the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

To the above the Commanding Officer, RAF Station Burn, adds (23 December 1944):

 

This Canadian officer has displayed courage and a strong sense of duty throughout his operational tour. His ability and his enthusiasm for operations has been outstanding, and by his own personal example he has inspired crews with whom he has flown. While in charge of the squadron Bombing Section his sound instructional work, combined with his own personality and fine offensive spirit has done much to keep the standard of bombing at a high level.

 

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ROBERTSON, S/L David Nicholson Sneddon (C5011) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  Home in St.Jean, Quebec.  Enlisted in Toronto, 10 May 1941.  Graduated from No.1 ANS, Rivers, 1 September 1941.  No citation.

 

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ROBERTSON, F/L Donald Peter (J6159) - Air Medal (United States) - 9th USAAF - Award effective 19 September 1947 as per AFRO 498/47 of that date.  Public Records Office Air 2/8973 has letter dated 1 May 1944 by which Colonel M.van Voorst, American Embassy, London, proposes to C.G. White, Air Ministry, proposing Air Medal for the following:

 

Flight Lieutenant Donald P. Robertson, Royal Canadian Air Force, Navigation Liaison Officer, IX Bomber Command.  For meritorious achievement on an aerial flight against the enemy in the European theatre of operations on 4 January 1944.  Flight Lieutenant Robertson serving as an observer on a B-26 type aircraft for purposes of obtaining valuable information on newly installed navigation aids.  On this bombardment mission over enemy occupied territory Flight Lieutenant Robertson experienced exposure to anti-aircraft fire involving great personal danger.  Under these trying conditions, the courage and skill displayed by Flight Lieutenant Robertson reflect great credit upon himself and the Allied armed forces.

                                                                             

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ROBERTSON, WO2 Douglas Furg (R117140) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 2 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944.  Born 1921 in Sault Ste.Marie; home there (millwright).  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.15 EFTS and No.4 SFTS.  Posted from No.426 Squadron to No.432 Squadron, 9 June 1944; reposted to No.426 Squadron, 16 June 1944; posted from No.426 Squadron to No.24 OTU, 17 August 1944.  Cited with F/O N.M. Sharer (RCAF).  Incident was 15 March 1944.

 

Flying Officer Sharer and Warrant Officer Robertson were mid-upper gunner and pilot respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Stuttgart one night in March 1944.  When nearing the target area the aircraft was struck by shrapnel.  The fuselage was pierced in many places.  Two more large holes were torn in the airframe, one in the starboard wing and the second near the mid-upper turret.  The hydraulic gear was damaged and much oil seeped away and caught fire.  The flames brilliantly illuminated the aircraft and at this moment a fighter attacked.  Warrant Officer Robertson took skilful evading action, however, while Flying Officer Sharer, despite a most painful wound in the knee, successfully fought the fire.  After extinguishing the flames, Flying Officer Sharer returned to his post and, although his turret was unserviceable, he maintained constant vigilance.  In spite of heavy odds, Warrant Officer Robertson completed a successful attack and afterwards flew the badly damaged aircraft back to this country.  He displayed great skill, courage and tenacity.  Flying Officer Sharer also proved himself to be a valiant member of aircraft crew and his efforts contributed materially to the safe return of the aircraft.

 

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ROBERTSON, F/L Douglas Raymond (J13712) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.190 Squadron - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 November 1944 and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.  Born 1921 in New Westminster, British Columbia; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 18 March 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 January 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Killed on flying operations in Norway, 10 May 1945 (Stirling LK297).

 

Flight Lieutenant Robertson has proved himself an outstanding pilot and captain of aircraft.  He has set a fine record of successful operations.  His superb airmanship was demonstrated on one occasion in September 1944 when he was captain of an aircraft detailed to drop supplies to airborne forces in Holland.  While over the dropping zone the aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire and immediately went into a steep dive from which Flight Lieutenant Robertson recovered it with extreme difficulty.  He then flew away from the danger area to allow his crew to abandon the aircraft by parachute.  As the wireless operator was unable to jump owing to wounds the whole crew remained in the aircraft which was kept in the air with increasing difficulty.  Flight Lieutenant Robertson eventually successfully accomplished a most hazardous emergency landing on a Belgian airfield.  Throughout the perilous operation he displayed great skill, courage and fortitude worthy of the highest praise.

 

ROBERTSON, F/O Douglas Raymond (J13712) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - No.190 Squadron - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.   DHist file 181.009 D.3386 (RG.24 Vol.20638) indicates it was for "19 special operational flights over enemy territory".  Although not gazetted until this date, it appears to have been presented to him in Paris in September 1944 by General Koenig.  Public Records Office Air 2/8769 has recommendation.

 

This officer has carried out 19 special operations over occupied territory.  That his crew have obtained a high percentage of successes is largely due to the skill and determination displayed by him, often in the face of adverse circumstances.  He has at all times set a praiseworthy example to his crew and to the remainder of the squadron.

 

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ROBERTSON, P/O Forbes (J17881) - Air Medal and Two Oak Leaf Clusters (United States) - 12 USMGB - Award effective 20 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 30 December 1940.  Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1941).  Killed in action 29 April 1943; buried in North Africa.  Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has citation from General Order No.31, HQ US Army Air Forces in the Middle East, 28 April 1944.

 

For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flights against the enemy while on duty with the Ninth United States Air Force in the Middle East...he having participated in ten operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Same order awards the first Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in twenty operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."


Same order awards the second Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in four operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and 22 operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

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ROBERTSON, LAC Gordon Haig (R140233) - Mention in Despatches - No.428 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Kimberley, British Columbia; enlisted in Calgary, 10 November 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation from W/C W.A.G. McLeish, CO of No.428 Squadron, dated 13 July 1944.  Had served one year in Canada, 20 months overseas.  Armourer (Bombs).

 

This airman has proved on many occasions to be a very superior tradesman.  He has constantly shown excellent leadership, outstanding initiative and a capability of fulfilling any technical requirement.  His efforts through long hours and under adverse conditions have proved an example for other tradesmen to follow.

 

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ROBERTSON, S/L Graham David (J15113) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 20 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 19 September 1919 in Toronto; home there.  Educated there and at Queen's University (one years).  Worked in mines one summer.  Enlisted in Toronto, 13 April 1940 (AC2).  At No.1 Manning Depot, 15-29 April 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (29 April to 23 May 1940; LAC on 24 May 1940), No.9 EFTS (St.Catharines Flying Club, 29 May to 21 July 1940) and No.2 SFTS (5 August to 29 November 1940 (Sergeant on 18 November 1940).  Posted overseas; No.2 Squadron (RCAF - later No.402), 16 December 1940 to 12 June 1942; promoted to Flight Sergeant, 1 September 1941; Pilot Officer, 20 December 1941).  To No.421 Squadron, 12 June 1942 to 8 July 1943 (promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 12 June 1942).  No.17 Wing, 8 July to 7 August 1943; No.127 Wing, 8 August to 24 November 1943; No.421 Squadron, 24 November 1943 to 10 February 1944.  Leave in Canada, 12 February to 25 March 1944.  No.421 Squadron, 6 April to 20 May 1944.  Promoted to Squadron Leader, 20 May 1944 and given command of No.411 Squadron (to 5 August 1944).  Repatriated to Canada; Rockcliffe, 18 August to 2 October 1944; No.1 AOS, Malton, 9 October to 2 December 1944.  Staff College, 3 December 1944 to 25 February 1945.  No.4 Release Centre, Toronto, 6 March to 21 August 1945; released, 24 August 1945.  See PL-30263 (perched on Army truck with two soldiers).  Victories as follows: 26 June 1941, one Ju.88 damaged east of Lowestoft; 18 September 1941, one Bf.109F probably destroyed over Channel; 8 June 1942, one FW.190 damaged, St.Omer; 6 July 1942, 1/2 Bf.109 damaged; 7 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 27 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Bretteville; 30 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 1 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed; 4 July 1944, 1/2 Do.217 destroyed with F/L Trainor, Cabourg; 17 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed northeast of Lisieux.

 


Squadron Leader Robertson's keenness and enthusiasm to engage the enemy have been an inspiration to all those under his command.  He has completed a second tour of operational duty during which he has been responsible for the destruction of a large number of enemy vehicles and other targets on the ground.  He has destroyed four enemy aircraft.

 

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ROBERTSON, Sergeant Harry Malcolm (R63605) - Mention in Despatches - No.99 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Home in Tara, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 9 May 1940.  Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 21 June 1940) and no.1 BGS (graduated 15 December 1940).  Taken prisoner 3 July 1941; died a POW 30 April 1942.

 

ROBERTSON, Sergeant Harry Malcolm (R63605) - Mention in Despatches - No.99 Squadron  (deceased) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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ROBERTSON, Sergeant Hector Rene (R66962) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Born 16 March 1920; home in Verdun, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 29 August 1940 for General Duties.  Remustered to aircrew, 16 May 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 June 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941), and No.14 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1941).  Posted overseas November 1941; commissioned 9 July 1943 (J18356).  Repatriated 10 December 1944; posted overseas again in February 1945; repatriated 13 August 1945; released 20 December 1945. No citation.

 

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ROBERTSON, F/O James Donald (J28216) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born in Chilliwack, British Columbia, 1923; home there.  Educated at University of British Columbia.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 12 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Commissioned July 1942.  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 20 January 1945 when he had flown 45 sorties (209 hours 43 minutes), 8 February 1944 to 16 January 1945.

 

8 Feb 44        NICKLING, Paris (6.35)            12 Sep 44      Frankfurt (6.05)

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (4.30)                13 Sep 44      Nordstern (3.25)

31 May 44      Mont Couple (3.05)                    20 Sep 44      Calais (2.05)


5 June 44       Houlgate (4.40)                          27 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.15)

6 June 44       Coutance (4.10)                         5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (4.50)

9 June 44       Le Mans (5.15)                           14 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.25)

21 Jun 44       St.Martins (4.05)                        23 Oct 44       Essen (4.20)

23 Jun 44       Bienque (3.40)                           25 Oct 44       Homberg (3.20)

24 Jun 44       Bamieres (3.55)                         30 Oct 44       Cologne (4.25)

28 Jun 44       Metz (6.45)                                 11 Nov 44      Dortmund (4.10)

1 July 44         Biennais (4.00)                          18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel (4.35)

4 July 44         Biennais (3.40)                          20 Nov 44      Coblenz (4.10)

5 July 44         Biennais (3.40)                          21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg (5.10)

7 July 44         St.Germaine (4.05)                    30 Nov 44      Duisburg (4.20)

12 Jul 44        Thiverny (4.10)                           22 Dec 44      Bingen (5.40)

18 Jul 44        Caen (4.00)                                28 Dec 44      Bonn (4.20)

20 Jul 44        Fermes du Bois (3.25)              29 Dec 44      Gelsenkirchen (4.50)

25 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.20)                           2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (6.45)

28 Jul 44        Hamburg (5.30)                          4 Jan 45         Royan (5.15)

4 Aug 44        Bois de Cassant (4.55)             5 Jan 45         Hannover (4.40)

5 Aug 44        St.Leu d'Esserant (4.30)           6 Jan 45         Munich (7.00)

27 Aug 44      Homberg (3.05)                         14 Jan 45       Merseburg (5.55)

6 Sept 44       Emden (4.00)                             16 Jan 45       Zeitz (6.43)

 

Flying Officer Robertson is a very efficient navigator who has recently completed one tour of operations.  He has taken part in attacks on such heavily defended targets as Hamburg, Dortmund and Stuttgart, and has at all times shown an outstanding keenness and devotion to duty.  This officer's fine work has materially contributed to the operational successes achieved by his crew.

 

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ROBERTSON, F/O James Duncan Alexander (J29252) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.160 Squadron (missing, believed killed) - Award effective 22 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1923 in St.Andrews, Jamaica; family there. Enlisted in Montreal, 30 April 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 9 November 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 20 March 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Killed in action 30 April/1 May 1945 (Liberator BZ868).  Name on Singapore Memorial. Cited with F/L Leslie Waterfield (RCAF pilot, same unit), plus F/L H.F. McNabb (RAFVR), W/C J.N. Stacey (RAF), WO L.T. Sutton (RAF) and FS J.McGarry (RAF).

 


These members of aircraft crew have taken part in many operational missions.  One night in March 1945, they were detailed to participate in a minelaying mission in enemy waters.  The operation called for a high degree of courage and resolution, and the success achieved reflects the credit on the efforts of the above-named personnel who, in various capacities, displayed skill and fortitude of a high order.  On reaching base at the completion of the sortie they had been in the air for some twenty-one hours on a flight covering more than 3,000 miles.

 

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ROBERTSON, S/L John Charles Ross (C15559) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  Home in Broderick, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 3 January 1940.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.  No citation.

 

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ROBERTSON, F/O John Hodge (J88784) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Home in Cobourg, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 25 February 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1942).

 

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ROBERTSON, FS John Ross (Can 4072) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Murrayville, British Columbia.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 9 May 1939.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been in charge of the motor transport section of this station for the past twenty months.  Through his untiring efforts and own initiative he has maintained a very high record of serviceability.  Regardless of severe winter weather conditions, which at times blocked the roads to the station for days, this non-commissioned officer personally was responsible for the mail and rations going through.

 

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ROBERTSON, F/L Morley Ross (J9756) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1918 in Port Elgin, Ontario; home in Brantford, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 24 April 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 9 January 1942).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 11 August 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (141 hours), 21 May to 5 August 1944.

 


                                                         * denotes daylight sortie

 

21 May 44      Duisburg                                24 Jun 44       Hayons*

24 May 44      Le Clipon                               25 Jun 44       Ligescourt*

27 May 44      Merville                                   27 Jun 44       Vaires

28 May 44      Eu                                           2 July 44         Oisemont*

31 May 44      Tergnier                                  5 July 44         Dijon

2 June 44       Berneval                                 6 July 44         Foret de Croc*

5 June 44       Caisbecq                               7 July 44         Caen

6 June 44       Vire                                         18 Jul 44        Scholven

7 June 44       Cerisy                                     20 Jul 44        Courtrai

10 Jun 44       Acheres                                  23 Jul 44        Kiel

12 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen                       25 Jul 44        Coquereaux

14 Jun 44       Le Havre*                               25 Jul 44        Stuttgart

16 Jun 44       Domleger; attacked              28 Jul 44        Stuttgart

and damaged by u/i              31 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe

enemy aircraft.                       4 Aug 44        Pauillac*

22 Jun 44       Rheims                                   5 Aug 44        Pauillac*

 

Flight Lieutenant Robertson has now completed his first tour totalling 30 operational sorties.  He has throughout his tour displayed a most admirable combination of cheerful confidence and devotion to duty which has inspired a high standard of morale and fine team work in his crew.  When attacked by enemy fighters or damaged by flak his coolness, presence of mind and skilful pilotage have extricated his aircraft from perilous situations and ensured the success of his missions.  He has always pressed home his attacks regardless of hostile defences and has obtained first class results.  This officer's tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit have proved him an outstanding leader of a gallant crew and he fully deserves the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROBERTSON, F/L Oliver Brook (J10302) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 1 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943.  Born at Innerkip, Ontario, 1920; home in Woodstock.   Enlisted in London, Ontario, 23 May 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942).  Commissioned February 1942.

 


One night in July 1943 this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Hamburg.  When about to commence his bombing run, one engine caught fire while one of the wings was set alight.  Almost immediately the bomber was illuminated by the searchlights.  In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant Robertson pressed home his attack and afterwards flew the damaged bomber to this country.  This officer displayed great courage and resolution in the face of harassing circumstances.

 

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ROBERTSON, P/O Peter Albert (J90559) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.    Born in Pincher Creek, Alberta, 1924; home there. Clerk.  Enlisted in Calgary, 14 July 1942.   Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned October 1944.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 44 sorties (191 hours 55 minutes), 10 May to 6 December 1944.

 

10 May 44      Dieppe                                   9 Aug 44        Foret d'Englos

24 May 44      Aachen                                   14 Aug 44      Battle area

27 May 44      Aachen                                   16 Aug 44      Stettin

2 June 44       Calais                                     18 Aug 44      Connantre

3 June 44       Wimereux                               25 Aug 44      Russelsheim

5 June 44       St.Martin du                           26 Aug 44      Kiel

Varville                                   12 Sep 44      Frankfurt

6 June 44       Acheres                                  5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken

7 June 44       Versailles                               12 Oct 44       Wanne Eickel

10 Jun 44       Acheres                                  14 Oct 44       Duisburg

12 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen                       14 Oct 44       Duisburg

14 Jun 44       Le Havre                                15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade                               19 Oct 44       Stuttgart

17 Jun 44       Aulnoye                                  25 Oct 44       Essen

15 Jul 44        Nucourt                                   30 Oct 44       Cologne

18 Jul 44        Cagny                                     18 Nov 44      Munster

19 Jul 44        Rollez                                      20 Nov 44      Koblenz

20 Jul 44        Foret de Croc                        21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg

23 Jul 44        Foret de Croc                        27 Nov 44      Freiburg

24 Jul 44        Acquet                                    28 Nov 44      Essen

5 Aug 44        Coulonvilliers                         4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe

6 Aug 44        Hazebrouck                           6 Dec 44        Osnabruck

7 Aug 44        Battle area

 

Pilot Officer Robertson has completed 44 operational sorties, 31 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force, including 24 Marker sorties.

 


This officer is a determined and skilful navigator of a good Blind Marking crew.  His keenness for his work is only excelled by his operational zest.  He is cool and unruffled, and his navigational skill has been maintained at a consistently high standard in spite of many perilous flights.  He is a courageous and very useful member of his crew.

 

He has shown determination and devotion to duty of a high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROBERTSON, WO2 Robert Alvin Ian (R90527) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Home in Port Dover, Ontario.  Enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 22 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS, No.1 AOS  (graduated 7 December 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 17 January 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 16 February 1942).

 

This warrant officer has proven himself to be an outstanding instructor and organizer in every way.  His keenness, ability and untiring devotion to duty have set a splendid example to his associates and have done much in maintaining a high standard of efficiency in training.

 

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ROBERTSON, P/O Ronald Douglas (J17128) - United States Air Medal and Three Oak Leaf Clusters- 82nd Squadron, 12 Bomber Group (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 20 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Home in Roblin, Manitoba. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 20 November 1940 (AC2).  Sent to No.2 Manning Depot (Brandon), then to No.34 SFTS, Medicine Hat (2 January 1941). Trained No.2 WS (arrived 28 April 1941, graduated 14 September 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941).  Qualified for Air Gunner's Badge, 11 October 19421.  Sergeant as of 13 October 1941; Flight Sergeant 1 November 1942; Pilot Officer 3 December 1942; Flying Officer 3 June 1943; Flight Lieutenant 3 December 1944.  Posted overseas via Halifax, October 1941; served with 83rd Squadron, 12 Bomber Group, USAAF, Tunisia, August 1942 to July 1943 (34 missions).  Repatriated to Canada, 20 July 1943.  Retrained as a pilot, No.15 EFTS (posted there 21 December 1943) and No.7 SFTS (posted there 21 April 1944).  Qualified for pilot's badge, 3 November 1944.  No.1  "Y" Depot, 27 April 1945;  No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Overseas, 8 May 1945.  Repatriated 9 July 1945; released in Winnipeg, 20 August 1945. Qualified for Africa Star with Clasp, Italy Star.  Following citation in DHist biographical file as "Commendation for USA Air Medal".

 

On 31st March 1943, this officer was radio operator/air gunner in a B-25 aircraft while participating in a bombing attack over the Sfax area.  The port engine was put out of action by anti-aircraft fire, and it was largely due to this officer's skill and devotion to duty, in maintaining contact with his base, that the bomber was flown back safely.

 


Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has letter dated 23 May 1943 with more details.

 

On the 31st March 1943, Pilot Officer Robertson was performing the duties of Radio Operator-Gunner in a B-25 aircraft while participating on a bombardment mission over the Sfax area.  The ship in which he was flying was struck repeatedly from fragments of close A.A. bursts.  With the port engine so damaged that the aircraft had to operate on one engine and proceed alone to its base with the potential threat of enemy fighters, Pilot Officer Robertson elected to stay with the ship and calmly continued to perform his radio work and contact the home landing ground.  Pilot Officer Robertson's commendable performance has won him the praise of his fellow combatants.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has citation from General Order No.31, HQ US Army Air Forces in the Middle East, 28 April 1944.

 

For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flights against the enemy while on duty with the Ninth United States Air Force in the Middle East...he having participated in three operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and four operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Same order awards the first Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in three operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and four operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Same order awards the second Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in two operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and six operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Same order awards third Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in four operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and two operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

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ROBERTSON, FS Thomas (R100749) - Mention in Despatches - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Born 10 September 1924.  Home at Mount Dennis, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 8 April 1941.  Trained at University of Toronto and No.31 Radio School as Radar Mechanic.  Posted overseas, November 1941; repatriated 21 August 1945; released 10 October 1945.

 

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ROBERTSON, F/O Thomas McLellan (J87248) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 1919 in Melita, Manitoba, home in Winnipeg, Manitoba (labourer); enlisted there 4 July 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 February 1942) and No.4 BGS (graduated 28 April 1942).  Commissioned June 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C W.F. McKinnon dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 47 sorties (292 hours 35 minutes).  First tour was 29 sorties (162 hours 15 minutes) as rear gunner, 4 December 1942 to 3 July 1943; second tour was 18 trips (129 hours 20 minutes) as mid-upper gunner, 4 February to 26 April 1945.

 

Flying Officer Robertson (Air Gunner) has completed eighteen trips on his second tour of operations.  With the invaluable experience he has gained, this officer has been a ready source of guidance and assistance to his Squadron mates.  With courage, devotion to duty, and unceasing vigilance, he has safeguarded his crew and helped to successfully press home the attack on such heavily defended targets as Hamburg, Merseburg, Dresden, and Leipzig.  This officer's cheerful coolness and complete disregard of personal danger has made him not only a highly valued crew member but a veritable inspiration to the others.

 

In view of Flying Officer Robertson's courage, devotion to duty and keen desire to carry home a successful attack in the face of heavy enemy opposition, I strongly recommend him for the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROBERTSON, W/C Thorington Blair (C8448) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 8 April 1940.

 

Because of this officer's extraordinary ability for some time he has been in charge of a variety of duties of a very trying character requiring an unusual degree of application of long and arduous hours.  He was largely instrumental in the development of existing establishment policies, a theory of scales and machine method of establishments, preparation and production.  He was a member of the Phase II Plans Committee and his untiring work has contributed much to the organization and establishments of the commitment.  This officer has constantly displayed initiative of a very high order and has frequently on his own responsibility reported on important matters which have been of great assistance to the higher authorities concerned.  He has on different occasions performed special services of a meritorious character in addition to always carrying out his ordinary duties in a manner beyond that ordinarily expected.  He is accurate, reliable and of superior deportment and a staff officer of outstanding qualifications whose devotion to duty and general service attitude is a continual example to all those with whom he comes in contact.


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ROBERTSON, FS (now P/O) Torrance MacDonald (R196102/J92912) - Distinguished Flying Medal -  No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 2 May 1917.  Home in Winnipeg or Fort William; enlisted in Winnipeg 14 October 1942.   Initially a radio mechanic; remustered to aircrew in 1943.  Trained at  No.9 BGS (graduated 7 April 1944).  Commissioned 20 December 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1750 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 22 November 1944 when he had completed 33 trips (160 hours):

 

As air gunner, this airman has participated in very many sorties and has displayed a high standard of skill, courage and resolution, qualities which have contributed materially to the great success of several operations in which he has recently taken part.  His example of keenness and devotion to duty has been most commendable.

 

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ROBERTSON, FS Wilber Alvin (R109341) - Mention in Despatches - No.3 Repair Depot - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born 30 May 1909.  Enlisted in Calgary, 15 July 1941.  Disciplinarian and Physical Training Instructor; assigned to No.2 Manning Depot, 1 November 1941; to No.133 Squadron, 19 June 1942; to No.3 Repair Depot, 29 January 1943; to No.7 REMU, 1 November 1945; to No.8 Release Unit, 4 March 1946; released 19 March 1946.

 

This non-commissioned officer has served as a member of the Command Visiting Squadron for almost a year.  During this period he has worked long and tedious hours under difficult conditions, visiting all stations and units in Western Air Command.  His ability and cheerfulness under the most trying circumstances have been a tower of strength to his superiors and an example and inspiration to others.

 

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ROBERTSON, F/O William Dale (J20812) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.  Born in Ottawa, 1915.  Educated there (High School of Commerce).  Wartime home given as Indian Head, Saskatchewan, but he may have come from Mayo, Northwest Territories.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 4 November 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 10 May 1942), No.9 EFTS (left 9 July 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 25 September) and No.7 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Died at Grand Forks, British Columbia, 29 September 2000. 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 2/9038 has recommendation dated 3 October 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (142 hours 44 minutes), 16 June to 11 September 1944.

 

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11 June 44      Sterkrade (4.19)                          3 Aug 44    Trossy St.Martin (4.22)

22 June 44      Mimoyecques (3.09)*                  4 Aug 44    Pauillac (8.09)

23 June 44      Saintes (7.10)                              8 Aug 44    Fontenay (3.39)

24 June 44      Flers (3.28)                                   10 Aug 44  Dugney (5.16)

27 June 44      Chateau Bernapre (3.43)           11 Aug 44  Douai (4.47)

29 June 44      Domleger (3.24)                          12 Aug 44  Bordeaux (7.15)

30 June 44      Oisemont/Neuville (3.53)            14 Aug 44  Fontaine le Pin (4.04)

2 July 44          Domleger (3.31)                          15 Aug 44  Le Cullot (3.33)

4 July 44          Orleans (6.04)                              18 Aug 44  Ghent/Terneuzen (3.25)

5 July 44          Dijon (8.27)                                  28 Aug 44  Kiel (4.09)

6 July 44          Foret de Crois (3.46)                  29 Aug 44  Wemars-Cappel (3.05)

12 July 44       Revigny (9.21)                              5 Sept 44   Le Havre (3.46)

14 July 44       Revigny (8.42)                              6 Sept 44   Le Havre (3.48)

31 July 44       Le Havre (3.36)                            8 Sept 44   Le Havre (3.59)

2 Aug 44         Le Havre (3.24)                            11 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.30)

 

This Canadian officer has completed a tour of operations in Bomber Command as Air Bomber.  This tour comprised sorties against Germany and occupied territory. He operated during the most intensive period just after D Day.

 

By this officer's dogged determination, skill and efficiency, small precision targets of high priority were bombed with the highest degree of accuracy. On one occasion the crew, of which he is a member, were selected to obtain accurate photographic proof of the result of a daylight operation.  The results proved that not only the bombs aimed by Flying Officer Robertson but also of the whole attack had obliterated the target.  This was the final sortie of a most consistent tour.

 

Such consistent, cool, calm deliberation against all odds to deliver the hardest possible blow against the enemy well merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROBERTSON, F/L William Struan (J8211) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 27 March 1946 as per London Gazette dated 5 April 1946 and AFRO 497/46 dated 17 May 1946.  Home in Scarborough, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 7 January 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 June 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 22 October 1941).

 


Flight Lieutenant Robertson has served as deputy flight commander in the squadron since its formation.  He has displayed great keenness for operational flying and marked executive ability.  From the time of the capture of Ye-U to the fall on Rangoon he flew on a large number of sorties, carrying vital supplies to the 14th Army.  These missions were undertaken by day and night in the face of enemy interception and ground fire.  Later, monsoon weather added to the difficulties and dangers.  On many occasions he has dropped supplies at low altitudes within range of the Japanese lines.  During the bitterly contested struggle for Meiktila when supplies were imperative for success, Flight Lieutenant Robertson landed his important cargo and supervised the unloading while the airstrip was being subjected to enemy artillery and machine gun fire.  This officer has cheerfully and successfully accomplished his duties both on the ground and in the air.  His skill and courage have materially contributed to the operational success of his squadron.

 

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ROBICHAUD, Sergeant Joseph George Emilien (R64638) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Shippegan, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 5 June 1940.  Armourer. No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 8 July 1944 from F/L R.F.L. Hanna.

 

In the early hours of 28th June 1944, at RCAF Station Tholthorpe, Sergeant Robichaud assisted in loading on to a bomb trolley a highly dangerous bomb, fuzed long delay, and damaged by fire and explosion.  With complete disregard for his own personal safety he hauled this bomb to a disposal area for demolition.  By his coolness and courage in the face of danger he materially assisted in clearing the aerodrome for further salvage operations and in preventing possible moss of life.

 

For his courageous action and praiseworthy disregard for danger I [Hanna] consider him worthy of the award of Mention in Despatches.

 

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ROBILLARD, Sergeant Joseph Guillaume Laurent (R54188) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.145 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1941 as per London Gazette dated 11 November 1941 and AFRO 1378/41 dated 21 November 1941.  Born in Ottawa, 28 November 1920; home there.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.12 EFTS, and No.2 SFTS.   Posted to No.145 Squadron, 3 June 1941.  Shot down over France, 2 July 1941, evaded capture, reported safe in Gibraltar, 12 August 1941.

 


One day in July 1941, this airman was the pilot of an aircraft which participated in an operational sweep over the Lille area.  During the operations he observed one of our pilots descending by parachute.  Believing it was his commanding officer who had been shot down, Sergeant Robillard escorted him down, but was himself attacked by nine enemy fighters.  Nevertheless, he succeeded in destroying at least two of them.  Sergeant Robillard has always displayed great keenness and initiative.  He has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft.

 

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ROBIN, F/O Clarence Ernest (J12571) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.265 Squadron - Award effective 29 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943.  Born in McBride, British Columbia, 12 August 1917; home in Hazelton, British Columbia.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.18 EFTS and No.12 SFTS.  Commissioned 1942.  Cited with F/L L.O Barnett and Sergeant K.V.S. Caligari.  Action involved destruction of U-197 on 20 August 1943 by aircraft of Nos.259 and 265 Squadrons.  See Halliday/Milberry, RCAF at War, 1939-1945, p.349.  Died in Victoria, British Columbia, 23 July 1995.

 

Flight Lieutenant Barnett and Sergeant Caligari were captain and first wireless operator, respectively, of a Catalina aircraft engaged in a search for enemy submarine in the Indian Ocean.  Sighting a surfaced U-Boat, Flight Lieutenant Barnett carried out a most determined attack in the face of opposing fire from the submarine guns.  The vessel listed to port and dived.  Forty minutes later the U-Boat resurfaced but as Flight Lieutenant Barrett had expended his explosives, Sergeant Caligari signalled for a relief aircraft to attack and he displayed commendable skill in directing the second aircraft to the scene where it arrived after four hours.  Throughout this period Flight Lieutenant Barnett maintained constant contact with the submarine.  The second Catalina was captained by Flying Officer Robin who made a determined and accurate attack and finally sank the submarine.  Successful photographs of the attack were taken.  This success, which was so worthily earned, was due to the courage and complete co-operation between these members of aircraft crew.

 

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ROBINSON, S/L Albert Wade (C4187) - Member, Order of the British Empire - MCHQ - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Home in Alexandria, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 30 August 1927.

 

By virtue of hard work under most trying condition, this officer was responsible in a large way for efficient organization and administration of ship conducting personnel during the two year period when the waters of the North Atlantic were most dangerous.  His loyalty, keenness, devotion to duty and his long service record has set a fine example to all.  Since the formation of RCAF Maintenance Command, this officer has continued to carry out his duties in a most efficient manner.

 

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ROBINSON, S/L Arnold Paul (C16013) - Mention in Despatches - No.410 Repair and Salvage Unit, No.83 Group - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born at Parry Sound, Ontario, 6 July 1909.  Educated there and worked for CNR.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 18 November 1939; overseas in December 1940.   No citation.

 

 

ROBINSON, S/L Arnold Paul (C16013) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.410 Repair and Salvage Unit - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945.  No citation in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/9056 has recommended citation.

 

Squadron Leader Robinson has commanded No.410 Repair and Salvage Unit since it formed in the United Kingdom early in 1944.  Since being based on the Continent the unit has repaired and passed back to service some 205 aircraft whilst another 347 aircraft have been salvaged. The training and organization which has enable this fine record to be achieved is in large measure due to the efforts of Squadron Leader Robinson.

 

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ROBINSON, FS Cecil (R65749) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette  dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943.  Born in Toronto, 1912; home in Montreal (salesman).  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.4 BGS and No.1 WS.

 

This airman, as air gunner, has participated in a large number of attacks against the most heavily defended German and Italian targets.  He also took part in the daylight raid on Le Creusot and Milan.  Flight Sergeant Robinson has set a splendid example to all other air gunners by his skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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ROBINSON, FS Clifford Manly (R220282) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1925 in Cockburn Isle, Ontario; home in Poplar, Ontario (teacher). Trained at No.9 BGS. Commissioned July 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 41 sorties (189 hours five minutes), 1 August 1944 to 13 February 1945.

 

1 Aug 44     Ferme de Forestal (3.45)             16 Nov 44      Julich (3.20)

3 Aug 44     Foret de Nieppe (4.00)                 17 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel (4.30)

4 Aug 44     Bois de Cassant (4.05)                2 Dec 44        Hagen (5.20)


5 Aug 44     St.Leu d'Esserant (4.15)              6 Dec 44        Leuna (6.20)

8 Aug 44     Foret de Chantilly (4.10)               12 Dec 44      Essen (5.25)

16 Aug 44   Kiel (4.15)                                      17 Dec 44      Ulm (6.25)

18 Aug 44   Bremen (5.25)                               22 Dec 44      Bingen (4.30)

25 Aug 44   Brest (5.30)                                    27 Dec 44      Gladbach (3.45)

27 Aug 44   Mimoyceques (3.35)                     28 Dec 44      Bonn (4.30)

28 Aug 44   Oeuf en Ternus (3.30)                   29 Dec 44      Gelsenkirchen (4.40)

26 Sep 44  Cap Gris Nez (2.30)                      30 Dec 44      Cologne (4.10)

27 Sep 44  Bottrop (3.15)                                2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (6.15)

5 Oct 44      Saarbrucken (4.40)                       5 Jan 45         Royan (3.00)

6 Oct 44      Sterkrade (3.10)                            14 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (4.40)

15 Oct 44    Wilhelmshaven (4.15)                   16 Jan 45       Magdeburg (5.40)

19 Oct 44    Stuttgart (5.15)                               22 Jan 45       Duisburg (7.45)

23 Oct 44    Essen (4.20)                                  28 Jan 45       Stuttgart (5.40)

25 Oct 44    Homberg (3.15)                             1 Feb 45        Mannheim (5.10)

28 Oct 44    Cologne (4.35)                              8 Feb 45        Cleve (4.05)

29 Oct 44    Walcheren Island (2.20)                13 Feb 45      Dresden (7.35)

6 Nov 44     Gelsenkirchen (3.30)

 

Flight Sergeant Robinson is a capable and efficient Air Gunner, with many operational sorties to his credit.  All this NCO's missions have been successful, partially due to his complete and sincere devotion to duty.  Some of the targets which he has successfully completed missions against are Frankfurt, Dresden, Russelsheim and Dusseldorf.  His skill and aptitude has contributed, in no small way, to the operational efficiency of his crew.

 

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

 

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ROBINSON, Corporal E.J. (W305376) - Mention in Despatches - awarded as per AFRO 80/49 dated 25 February 1949 with effect from 1 January 1946.  Teleprinter Operator.

 

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ROBINSON, F/O Edward La Page (J9200) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.145 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 26 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Trained at No.4 ITS, No.8 EFTS, and No.3 SFTS.  DHist file 181.009 D.3690 (RG.24 Vol.20640) has recommendation for an AFC dated 31 August 1943 when he had flown 1,011 hours 40 minutes (268 hours 10 minutes in previous six months), of which 466 hours 50 minutes were operational (111 sorties).  The AFC appears not to have been granted.  Recommendation for DFC on same file, dated 6 November 1942, may have been sent forwarded about the same time (the DFC being a resubmission) and the DFC granted.  Sank U-658 on 30 October 1942 (50 degrees 32 minutes north, 46 degrees 32 minutes west).  Killed in crash of Ventura 2160, No.145 Squadron, 2 October 1943.

 

This officer has carried out numerous operational sorties during the past year and shown himself to be a most capable and skilful pilot.  While on an operational sweep recently he sighted an enemy submarine which was surfacing.  Flying Officer Robinson manoeuvred into position and was able to carry out a perfect attack which, it is believed, destroyed the submarine.  His excellent work has inspired confidence in his crew.

 

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ROBINSON, F/O George Douglas (J20412) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 20 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in Winnipeg, 1918; home in Transcona.  Trained at No.2 ITS and No.5 AOS.  Commissioned 1942.  Cited with S/L James D. Somerville (RCAF pilot, awarded DFC).  Hitchins notes that the reference to a victory on their "first sortie" is incorrect; they had flown some previous patrols in January 1944.

 

As pilot and observer respectively, these officers have completed very many sorties.  They have displayed the highest standard of skill and determination, qualities which were well illustrated in their first sortie when they destroyed a Junkers 88.  Since then they have shot down another three enemy aircraft at night.

 

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ROBINSON, S/L George Foshergill (C2895) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 13 October 1939.

 

This officer has successfully organized the Marine Squadron of this Command into a very efficient unit.  His pleasant and keen personality and the morale of his staff which is most difficult to maintain under the conditions of this coast, is of the highest order.  During periods of storms or emergencies, he has worked as a deck-hand, engine room operator or filled any gap in the crews of vessels, urgently required over and beyond his call of duty.  There is no difficult task that he has instructed his staff to undertake which he has not first undertaken himself.  The experiments and improvements he has made on marine craft has been the means of saving many thousands of dollars of the public's money.  He is an officer that does not understand defeat, and his example of devotion and self-sacrifice to duty is an inspiration rarely beheld.  He is an officer of the highest calibre, a gentleman and a classical example of efficiency and leadership.

 

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ROBINSON, FS (now P/O) Hugh Wilson (R212986/J89242) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 20 October as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1924 in Fenelon Falls, Ontario; home there.  Trained at No.6 ITS and No.9 BGS.

 

As rear gunner, this airman has participated in very many sorties.  He is a most efficient and devoted member of aircraft crew and has set a fine example of determination and devotion to duty.  He has destroyed two enemy aircraft.

 

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ROBINSON, P/O Leslie (C88231) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1917 in Lanchester, England; home in Norton, New Brunswick.  Commissioned May 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 22 November 1944 when he had flown 20 sorties on his second tour (20 July to 28 October 1944).  First tour had been 23 sorties on Catalina in the Indian Ocean, 3 June to 5 October 1943, with sorties lasting up to 17 hours 35 minutes.

 

Flying Officer Robinson has completed two tours of operations, the first with Coastal Command and the second with Bomber Command.

 

This officer has shown great keenness to operate and has at all times proved himself to be a most capable and trustworthy Wireless Operator.  His fine offensive spirit, coupled with his reliability, has been an inspiration to all who came in contact with him.

 

I consider the outstanding devotion to duty shown by this officer fully merits the award of the non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROBINSON, F/O Ross Alexander (J36601) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1919 in Kindersley, Saskatchewan; home in Calgary (butcher, truck driver).  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 BGS and No.1 AOS.  Commissioned October 1943.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 16 December 1944; credited with 31 sorties (174 hours 55 minutes operational flying):

 


This officer has completed many trips against heavily fortified targets, and throughout his tour has always been an inspiration to his crew.  His determination and skill were well in evidence on a raid on Kiel on the night of August 16th, 1944, when Flying Officer Robinson directed his skipper in an orbit over the target for seventeen minutes, until he was sure he would drop his bombs on the aiming point.  Flying Officer Robinson is a very competent bomb aimer whose navigational ability has contributed largely to the success of his crew.

 

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ROBLIN, S/L Charles Dufferin (C2218) - Mention in Despatches - No.83 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.   Home in Winnipeg; enlisted in Ottawa 30 May 1940.  Postwar politician, Premier of Manitoba, Senator.  Remained on Supplemental Reserve and received Queens Coronation Medal, 13 October 1953.  No citation.

 

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ROBLIN, Sergeant Gordon Rodman (R106978) - British Empire Medal - Station Sea Island - 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 16 June 1941.

 

This non-commissioned officer, in his trade as an Equipment Assistant, has proved to be a definite asset to the service.  Throughout his Air Force career, by virtue of his outstanding ability and wide experience, he has proved to be a model for others about him to follow.  He has, at all times, displayed a sense of loyalty and co-operation of the highest order, and has proved himself most deserving of recognition.

 

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ROBSON, FS Cecil Arnold (R65063) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 29 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 August 1942 and AFRO 1412/42 dated 4 September 1942.  Born Colchester, Truro Country, Nova Scotia, 1919; home there (hosier mill knitter).  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 WS, and No.1 BGS.  Commissioned 1942.

 

As wireless operator, Flight Sergeant Robson has participated in many important attacks on docks and industrial targets in enemy and enemy occupied territory.  His competence, courage and devotion to duty set a high standard for others.

 

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ROBSON, F/O William Wishart (J14214) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 14 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born 1916 in East Kildonan, Manitoba; home in Minnesota.  Trained at No.6 ITS and No.9 AOS.  Postwar RCAF; killed on flying operations, 21 August 1949 with six others including F/L F.J. Rush, DFC and F/O G.W. Lineker, DFC.


This officer has completed many attacks against the enemy as navigator with outstanding success.  On one occasion during a mission to Kassel all navigational aids and the interior lighting system of the aircraft failed, but by the use of astro navigation the target was reached and a successful attack was completed.  On one occasion Flying Officer Robson was detailed for an important operation, the success of which largely depended on accurate timing.  When still at some distance from the objective, the aircraft lost speed owing to the failure of one engine.  Flying Officer Robson quickly picked out an alternative route and, by skilful navigation, guided the aircraft to the target where an effective attack was made at the correct time. This officer's efficiency and courage have made him a valuable asset to his unit.

 

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