ROCHELEAU, F/O Joseph Rodolphe Ulysee (J17973) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born Stoney Point, Ontario, 1918; home there. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.3 BGS and No.3 AOS. Commissioned 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 2/8780 has recommendation dated 11 March 1944 when he had flown 46 sorties (260 hours); first tour (17 May to 27 August 1942) was with No.57 Squadron; sortie list gives targets but no other details; listing for second tour has comments but no times:

 

First Tour

 

15 May 42 Boulogne 2 July 42 Bremen

21 May 42 GARDENING 7 July 42 GARDENING

30 May 42 Cologne 8 July 42 Wilhelmshaven

1 June 42 Essen 13 July 42 Duisburg

2 June 42 Essen 14 July 42 GARDENING

5 June 42 Essen 23 July 42 Duisburg

6 June 42 Essen 26 July 42 Hamburg

8 June 42 Essen 28 July 42 Hamburg

17 June 42 Emden and Osnabruck 31 July 42 Dusseldorf

20 June 42 Emden 9 Aug 42 Osnabruck

22 June 42 Emden 11 Aug 42 Mainz

23 June 42 GARDENING 15 Aug 42 Dusseldorf

25 June 42 Bremen 24 Aug 42 Frankfurt

29 June 42 Bremen 27 Aug 42 Kassel

 

Second Tour

 

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg Rather scattered attack

30 Aug 43 Munchen Gladbach Good bombing of target

23 Sept 43 Mannheim Quiet trip; satisfactory results

27 Sept 43 Hannover Many explosions in built-up area

1 Oct 43 Hagen Bombed in 10/10 cloud.

4 Oct 43 Frankfurt Concentrated attack, Pathfinders very good.

26 Nov 43 Berlin Excellent fires; very successful.

1 Jan 44 Berlin Glow of fires seen through cloud; one large explosion observed.

5 Jan 44 Stettin River and docks seen; attack well concentrated with many fires.

14 Jan 44 Brunswick Successfully carried out in cloud.

20 Jan 44 Berlin Large column of smoke seen after bombing.


21 Jan 44 Magdeburg Good bombing concentration and large fires.

27 Jan 44 Berlin Good attack; large explosion in target area.

30 Jan 44 Berlin Bombed in 10/10 cloud; no results seen.

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart Large area of fires concentrated around target indicator markers.

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt Pathfinder Force marking good; large fires with smoke up to 10,000 feet.

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart Bombed in 10/10 cloud.

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart Successfully carried out.

 

Flying Officer Rocheleau is a Canadian who is on his second tour of operations and has successfully carried out 18 sorties with this squadron and proved himself to be a navigator of outstanding skill and courage.

 

By his enthusiasm and exceptional cheerfulness at all times, this officer has inspired confidence and greatly contributed to the high morale of the crew. The excellent results achieved on many occasions have been largely due to his navigational ability and determination to concentrate on the task in hand and undismayed by the strongest opposition.

 

The high standard of proficiency and devotion to duty displayed by Flying Officer Rocheleau throughout the time he has been with the squadron fully merits his recommendation for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROCHELEAU, Sergeant Marcel Joseph Oliver (R108503) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Enlisted 4 June 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 22 months in Canada, ten months overseas. Described as Base Major Servicing Wing Disciplinarian.

 

Sergeant Rocheleau is the Section Disciplinarian and has been with the unit since its early days. His cheerful disposition and his eagerness to help the men with their troubles has greatly augmented the morale of the Section. He has worked energetically towards better living conditions in the barrack blocks and has always had the welfare of the men at heart. He is recommended for Mention in Despatches for his devotion to duty and ability he has displayed in the smooth solution of all personnel problems that have arisen. he is respected by all and his advice is freely sought.

 

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RODD, F/L David Beckwith (J9070) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. American in the RCAF. Born 1918 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; home in Concord, Massachusetts. Educated at Yale University. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.21 EFTS and No.9 SFTS. Commissioned 1941.

 

This officer has operated against many of the major targets in the Balkans including two mining missions in the Danube which involved flying in bright moonlight at low level, his aircraft presenting an ideal target to the ground defences. His aircraft has been attacked on several occasions by enemy fighters. On one sortie the tire of his aircraft burst on taking off. Despite this he completed his sortie and bombed the oil refinery at Trieste. By his exceptional keenness for operational flying Flight Lieutenant Rodd has set an outstanding example to his flight.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9033 has recommendation dated 12 October 1944. His squadron was part of No.205 Group, Mediterranean Allied Air Forces. He was reported to have flown 860 hours in his first tour with Air Transport Command and had now flown 32 sorties (165 operational hours). He was described as a Flight Lieutenant (Acting Squadron Leader) and a Flight Commander in the unit.

 

Squadron Leader Rodd joined the squadron as Flight Commander on the 11th August 1944, having already completed 22 sorties of his second tour with 40 Squadron where he held the position of Deputy Flight Commander. During his tour he has operated against a large number of targets within the enemy night fighter zones, many of them also having heavy ground defences. These include Budapest, Bucharest (three times), Pardubice in Czechoslovakia, Ploesti, Kamarom (Szolny oil refinery), Miskolc, Kalamaki and Szekesfehervar and two mining sorties in the Danube which involved flying at low level in bright moonlight and thus presenting an almost ideal target to the ground defences. Throughout his tour Squadron Leader Rodd has never failed to reach the target.

 

On the 11/12th May 1944 at Portu Ferrato after his bombing run Squadron Leader Rodd was attacked three times by an enemy night fighter but due to his successful evasive action it was only able to fire one burst which went wide.

 

On the 26/27th June, 1944, his tyre burst on take-off. The safest procedure would probably have been to throttle back and remain on the ground by Squadron Leader Rodd with his usual determination carried on and bombed the target which was the oil refinery at Trieste. On return he made a successful landing with negligible damage to his aircraft.

 

On the 26/27th August 1944, while attacking troops concentrations at Pesaro, after dropping his bombs he went down and attacked at low level with his guns.

 


On the 10/11th September, 1944, at Milan where there was low cloud over the target he was one of only seven aircraft out of the whole Group plotted in the target area.

 

Squadron Leader Rodd has shown no desire to limit himself to the normal number of sorties but rather to continue to operate as frequently as his other duties would allow so long as he remained Flight Commander on this squadron. By his exceptional keenness to operate he has set an outstanding example. He has also shown leadership and efficiency of a high order and I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RODDICK, F/O Frederick James (J16289) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.262 Squadron - Award effective 25 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944. Born in Viking, Alberta; home there. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.15 EFTS and No.11 SFTS. Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of anti-submarine patrols, often flying in very adverse weather. He has constantly displayed great courage, determination and devotion to duty. This was particularly evident when on one occasion he sighted an enemy submarine at about ten miles range. In the face of intense and accurate fire from the U-Boat, Flight Lieutenant Roddick persisted in his attack, straddling the vessel with depth charges and causing such severe damage that the submarine was unable to submerge or proceed at any speed away from the area. During the engagement Flight Lieutenant Roddick's aircraft was hit by fire from the U-Boat and damaged. Nevertheless this officer made a masterly landing.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9624 has a telegram dated 17 March 1944 from "Decrief" (Director-General, South African Air Force) to Air Ministry:

 


Following recommendation submitted for an immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Can/J16289 Acting Flight Lieutenant Frederick James Roddick of 262 Squadron. During extensive operations against enemy U-Boats 500 miles south of (Caphwgwu ?) Roddick sighted U-Boat ten miles range and immediately went into attack. When aircraft about four miles range from U-Boat it opened fire and hits were scored in the wings. In spite of this and in face considerable flak he carried on with determination and depth charges dropped which straddled U-Boat. One depth charge hung up and although aircraft had been damaged Roddick immediately carried out another attack during which remaining depth charge fell within five yards of U-Boat. After the attack U-Boat was damaged to extent that it was unable to submerge or proceed at any speed away from the area ad this enables another aircraft to carry out further attack. Commander-in-Chief South Atlantic has stated that these attacks probably resulted in destruction of U-Boat. On conclusion of this flight in spite of structural damage which prevented the lowering of one wing tip float Roddick carried out very successful landing and prevented loss of aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Roddick actively engaged anti-submarine duties since March 1943 and during period completed 600 hours operational flying consisting 40 sorties under extremely adverse weather. Officer also carried out attack on U-Boat on 12 July 1943. Immediate award recommended for courage, determination and devotion to duty.

 

This was refined into a citation which, however, was still too lengthy for publication:

 

Since March 1943, this officer has taken part in a large number of anti-submarine patrols, often flying in very adverse weather. Throughout this period, he has constantly displayed great courage, determination and devotion to duty. This was particularly evident when on one occasion he sighted an enemy submarine at about ten miles range. In the face of intense and accurate fire from the U-Boat, Flight Lieutenant Roddick persisted in his attack, straddling the vessel with depth charges and causing such severe damage that the submarine was unable to submerge or proceed at any speed away from the area. During the engagement Flight Lieutenant Roddick's aircraft was hit by fire from the U-Boat and the subsequent damage prevented the lowering of one wing tip float. Nevertheless this officer made a masterly landing.

 

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RODEN, F/O Thomas Ryland (J36324) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1914 in Toronto; home there (audit clerk). Trained at No.1 ITS and No.4 AOS. Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 28 October 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (132 hours 35 minutes), 1 August to 14 October 1944.

 

This officer has shown exceptional navigational ability throughout his tour, consisting of twenty-eight operational sorties over a wide variety of targets in France and Germany. His quiet confidence which has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and his co-operation, courage and devotion to duty warrant a strong recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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RODGER, F/L David (J10160) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1918 at Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario; home there (ex-Militia). Trained at No.1 BGS. Commissioned 1943.


Flight Lieutenant Rodger has taken part in many operational sorties as rear gunner. His targets have included such heavily defended objectives as Berlin, Hamburg and centres in the Ruhr. He has also participated in low level attacks on transformer stations, viaducts and other vital targets in France. His calm resolution in the face of the heaviest opposition has always been an inspiration to his crew.

 

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RODGERS, Sergeant (now F/O) Andrew Love (R85924/J96414) - Air Medal with Two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters (United States) - 9th USAAF - Award effective 10 March 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. Born 2 April 1921 in Burbank, Scotland; enlisted in Toronto, 27 December 1940. Trained at No.1 WS and No.6 BGS. Awarded Air Gunner badge, 15 September 1941; posted overseas, 6 October 1941; to RAF Helwan, 31 March 1942; to No.205 Group, 23 August 1942; to Middle East (Ismaili), 6 December 1942; Serving in 81st Bombardment Squadron, USAAF Middle East, when he was shot down and taken prisoner, 5 April 1943. He claimed to have flown 25 sorties. Commissioned 8 May 1945. Announced in General Order No.2 dated 5 January 1945, Headquarters, USAAF, Middle East, Cairo, "he having participated in 5 operational missions, each of more than 2 1/2 hours duration"

 

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RODIER, W/C Gilles Paul (C1112) - 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. Born in Montreal, 23 July 1897; educated St.Mary's College and McGill. Employed by Howard Smith Paper. Enlisted in Montreal, 30 September 1939. Made an adjutant to an east coast squadron, then went to No.3 Training Command Headquarters and on to Ottawa, assisting Air Marshal Bishop, Director of Air Force Recruiting (May 1940 to January 1944). Eventually commanded No.2 Aircrew Graduate Training School.

 

This officer has shown great devotion to duty at all times under what have often been very trying circumstances, and has been of inestimable service to the war effort in morale, recruiting, public relations and Air Cadet matters. During all his flying trips to the United Kingdom, the United States, and all over Canada he has shown great initiative, keenness and self-sacrifices and is an important contributing factor to their success. His performance of these duties has been highly meritorious. As a French-Canadian officer he has shown true qualities of leadership among members of the Royal Canadian Air Force of French descent and has been an example which has inspired many others to enter the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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RODNEY, F/L William (J27015) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 14 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born 1923 in Drumheller, Alberta; home in Calgary. Trained at No.4 ITS, No.16 EFTS and No.4 SFTS. Commissioned 1942. Cited with F/O H.F. Grimble (RCAF, air bomber, DFC - which see for citation).

 

RODNEY, F/L William, DFC (J27015) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has flown on many more operational sorties. He has continued to display outstanding keenness, courage and initiative and as captain of aircraft and deputy flight commander he has set an inspiring example to all.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 8 December 1944 with sortie list and more extended text; drafted when he had flown 35 sorties (165 hours 23 minutes):

 

1 May 44 Malines (3.40) 28 July 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.29)

8 May 44 Berneval (3.50) 1 Aug 44 Prouville (3.58)

9 May 44 Berneval (3.55) 2 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.22)

10 May 44 Lens (3.52) 3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.14)

31 May 44 Trappes (5.23) 4 Aug 44 GARDENING (4.39)

2 June 44 Trappes (4.42) 31 Aug 44 Soesterburg (3.14)

5 June 44 Courseulles (4.56) 10 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.51)

6 June 44 St.Lo (5.44) 11 Sept 44 GARDENING (5.19)

7 June 44 Juvisy (4.03) 4 Oct 44 GARDENING (5.56)

22 June 44 Laon (4.16) 7 Oct 44 Cleves (4.51)

25 June 44 Montorgueil (4.42) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.22)

27 June 44 Mont Condon (3.25) 25 Oct 44 Essen (5.04)

28 June 44 Blainville (6.09) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.17)

4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.45) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.17)

17 July 44 Caen H.2 (4.10) 21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (6.42)

18 July 44 Acquet (3.58) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (5.33)

20 July 44 Bottrop (4.30) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (6.46)

24 July 44 Stuttgart (7.29)

 

Since this officer was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for an outstanding performance on the 8th of June of this year, he has completed 26 more operations and completed a full tour, consisting of 35 sorties, involving a total of 165 hours (129 points).

 

He has shown outstanding qualities of leadership, both on the ground and in the air, and as a Deputy Flight Commander he has been most valuable in training new crews.

 

Flight Lieutenant Rodney has always shown the greatest keenness for operations and has never failed to fulfil any mission on which he has been sent.


For his outstanding ability on operations and devotion to duty at all times, he is most strongly recommended for the award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROE, F/O George Reginald Burdick (J16508) - Mention in Despatches - No.149 Squadron ? - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.18 EFTS and No.15 SFTS. Killed in action 24/25 June 1944 with No.149 Squadron (Stirling EF140). Unit not given in AFRO which says only "Overseas"; the unit of award is assumed from the unit in which he died.

 

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ROGAN, Sergeant James Beck (R109343) - British Empire Medal - No.61 Base (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). Born in Northern Ireland, 14 September 1919. Educated in Vermillion, Alberta. Enlisted in Canadian Army, 19 March 1941, transferring to RCAF on 15 July 1941. Sent overseas, October 1942, in UK to November 1945, and released 18 December 1945. Clerk. No citation. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (National Archives RG.24 Volume 20634) has recommendation for a Mention in Despatches forwarded from No.61 Base to No.6 Group Headquarters, 27 July 1944. Although this was probably too early to be converted to a BEM, the text gives an idea of the nature of his work:

 

Sergeant Rogan has organized, with untiring effort, considerable ability and unselfish devotion, a highly efficient Aircrew Postings and Records Section at this Heavy Conversion Base Headquarters. His tact and ability have enabled him to accomplish much that would ordinarily have fallen upon the shoulders of executive officers, thereby enabling such officers to devote the time gained to other administrative matters.

 

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ROGERS, F/L Albert William (J29650) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.117 Squadron - Award effective 27 March 1946 as per London Gazette dated 5 April 1946 and AFRO 497/46 dated 17 May 1946. Trained at No.4 WS and No.5 BGS.

 

This officer has completed a number of sorties with this squadron, the majority of which have been flown during the monsoon. He has shown great skill as a despatcher on supply dropping missions. These sorties frequently involved flying over mountainous terrain in adverse weather and, in Central Burma, in the face of enemy ground fire. Despite these difficulties, Flight Lieutenant Rogers' enthusiasm never failed. His courage, skill and devotion to duty have been an example to all.

 


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ROGERS, P/O (now F/O) Douglas Payne (J37349) - Mention in Despatches - No.113 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Trained at No.2 WS and No.8 BGS. NOTE: The facts of the citation should be checked, as a letter dated 6 April 1946 (S/L D.L. Ramsay, CO, WAC HQ Administration Unit to the Department of National Defence for Air) says that Coulter (above) and Rogers were actually with S/L N.E. Small on 31 July 1942, operating from Yarmouth. DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 8 February 1944; claimed 118 patrols with No.113 Squadron (538 hours 50 minutes), 2 March 1942 to September 1943. Briefly with No.8 (BR) Squadron on west coast (two sorties in Venturas) before posting to Patricia Bay.

 

On October 30th, 1942, Sergeant (now Flying Officer) Rogers was a wireless air gunner on a Hudson aircraft from Torbay, Newfoundland, engaged on convoy escort, which participated in an attack on an enemy submarine. According to information received from German sources there is every reason to believe that this attack resulted in the destruction of the submarine. This non-commissioned officer's proficiency as a wireless operator and air gunner was a contributing factor in the success of the attack.

 

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ROGERS, F/O George McClintock (J14220) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1916 in Tillsonburg, Ontario; home there. Trained at No.1 AOS. Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1634 (RG.24 Vol.20604) had recommendation dated 22 July 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (220 hours 40 minutes), 18 November to 4 July 1944.

 

This officer has successfully attacked many of the enemy's heavily defended targets such as Berlin, Leipzig, Frankfurt and Hanover. His skill as a navigator invariably put his aircraft over the target exactly on time on the correct bombing heading so that extremely good bombing results were usually achieved. He also carried out several very important minelaying operations in which much of the success of the whole attack depended on his reaching the target on the exact time and correct heading.

 

At all times he greatly aided in the supervision and training of new navigators and for these efforts as well as the completion of a very satisfactory tour of operations, I recommend the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROGERS, P/O Harold Wilson (J88217) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1924 in Riverside, New Brunswick; home in Colchester, New Brunswick (fitter). Trained at No.3 BGS. Commissioned July 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.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 22 December 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties, 8 Sept 43 (Boulogne, in a Wellington, likely with an OTU) to 4 November 1944. However, citation seems to start sortie count from 28 December 1943 (Berlin).

 

On this officer's first sortie (Berlin) on 28th December 1943, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy aircraft, but due to his skilful instructions to the pilot this enemy aircraft was successfully evaded. Again, when gardening in the Baltic on 23rd April 1944, his aircraft was attacked by a single engine enemy aircraft, and again he was successful in outmaneouvering the enemy aircraft. On a third occasion, i.e. when detailed to attack Versailles on the night of 10th June, 1944, his aircraft was once again attacked by enemy aircraft, but in this case, also, his cool and skilful instructions resulted in his aircraft outmaneouvering the enemy aircraft.

 

This officer, towards the end of his tour, flew with several skippers and each has remarked upon his exceptional skill and coolness on operations.

 

This gunner has completed 34 sorties, some of which have been Berlin (2), Stettin (2), Bremen, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Bochum, and Bottrop.

 

I consider the unswerving devotion to duty and courage shown by this officer fully merits the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROGERS, P/O Paul Amos (J15115) - Mention in Despatches - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Born 18 October 1919. Enlisted in Moncton, New Brunswick. Trained at No.2 AOS and No.1 ANS. Graduated from No.2 BGS, Mossbank, 9 December 1940 and No.1 ANS, Rivers, 6 January 1941. Posted overseas, January 1941. Killed in action, 11 August 1942. No citation.

 

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ROGERS, FS Robert Roy Lorat (Can 22071A) - British Empire Medal - No.9 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, 16 March 1913. Enlisted in Saint John, New Brunswick, 16 September 1939.

 


During the three years he has been on the strength of this unit, Flight Sergeant Rogers has shown fine qualities of leadership and exceptional ability in his trade as an air frame mechanic. He has constantly and regularly worked long hours on duty far beyond the requirements of his ordinary work. Due to his organizing ability, untiring efforts and keen sense of devotion to duty, he has made a worthwhile contribution to the high standard of maintenance and aircraft serviceability that this unit presently enjoys.

 

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ROGERS, Corporal Stanley Ewell (R85945) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born 26 March 1922. Enlisted 27 December 1940; arrived in England 21 January 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944 to No.6 Group Headquarters. NOTE: recommendation incorrectly gives name as "Rodgers".

 

This aero-engine mechanic is far above average as a crew leader. He and his crew have changed power plants on Halifax aircraft in record time, and on more than one occasion have been largely responsible for "another aircraft" going on operations.

 

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ROHER, LAC Max (R182394) - Mention in Despatches - Croft (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted 2 February 1945. Had enlisted 1 August 1942, spending five months in Canada before going overseas. Armourer (Bombs).

 

This airman is employed in the Armament Daily Servicing Section of this station. He has served with the RCAF in England for two years.

 

During the past ten months much exacting work has been required of this station due to operations. On numerous occasions this airman has forgone food, rest and shelter in order that the job at hand could be successfully completed. He has at all times displayed a strong sense of duty and his splendid record has inspired those working with him.

 

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ROHMER, F/O Richard Heath (J24120) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.430 Squadron - Award effective 6 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1924 in Hamilton, Ontario; home in Ohio (airframe mechanic). Trained at No.1 ITS, No.7 EFTS and No.14 SFTS. Commissioned 1943.

 


Since the invasion of Normandy, Flying Officer Rohmer has operated with outstanding success as a tactical reconnaissance pilot. He has been responsible for collecting much information which has proved of great value to the Army. This officer has at all times shown pronounced enthusiasm for this type of operation and has consistently completed the most difficult and hazardous assignments, regardless of anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighters. His courage and devotion to duty have been outstanding at all times.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9048 has recommendation dated 29 September 1944 when he had flown 98 sorties (123 hours 15 minutes).

 

Prior to D Day this officer had flown only twelve operational sorties, but produced good work. Since the invasion his results as a Tactical reconnaissance pilot have been very outstanding and have been responsible for locating, almost daily, both positive and negative information of great value to the Army. His success is partly due to good map reading, keen eyesight, a retentive memory, and ability to express clearly and concisely his observations.

 

At all times he has shown pronounced enthusiasm for tactical reconnaissance missions and has consistently carried out the most difficult assignments regardless of the presence of enemy aircraft and enemy flak. As a tactical reconnaissance section leader he has produced unusually good results and has set a high standard for other pilots to follow.

 

His Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader F.H. Chesters, adds:

 

This pilot has flown on more missions since D Day than any other pilot in the squadron. Over 80 percent of these missions have been tactical reconnaissance from which he has produced outstanding results. In his keenness to complete all tasks he has at all times continued the operation without regard for the intensity of flak from heavily defended enemy positions. Results obtained from these tasks have always been unusually accurate and complete.

 

The recommendation (with Robb's) appears to have been pigeon-holed, as W/C R.C.A. Waddell (Officer Commanding No.39 Wing) does not clear it until 23 December 1944 when he writes:

 

This officer by his unparalleled high standard in reconnaissance work has set an example for all who served with him. His skill as a pilot, accuracy in reporting and coolness in the face of the enemy was a source of great inspiration both the Army units with whom he was in contact as well as his fellow officers. Although never in a position to destroy enemy aircraft he consistently carried his task to completion irrespective of enemy opposition. On the completion of an outstanding operational tour I strongly recommend this officer for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROLFE, F/O Victor (J10676) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943 - Born 1915 in Hadleigh, Essex; home in Windsor, Ontario (auto worker). Trained at No.1 ITS, No.14 EFTS, No.4 BGS, No.4 AOS and No.2 ANS. Commissioned March 1942. Reported to No.426 Squadron from No.22 OTU, 28 October 1942 on formation. Navigator to Sergeant J.J.McGavock's crew.

 

Not only in flying duties, but also on the ground, Flying Officer Rolfe has displayed great energy and initiative. He has, on various occasions, acted as squadron navigation officer when his extremely able navigation has been a material factor in the successes achieved. This officer's quiet determination and efficiency have set a magnificent example to all, while his conduct invariably has been worthy of the highest praise. Flying Officer Rolfe has participated in many mine-laying operations.

 

ROLFE, F/L Victor, DFC (J10676) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.

 

This officer is now on his second tour of operational duty. Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross he has continued to display ability and accuracy of the highest degree. On one occasion, one engine of his aircraft became unserviceable early on the outward flight but due to the navigational skill of Flight Lieutenant Rolfe, the crew were able to complete the mission successfully. By his fine example of courage and devotion to duty, together with his excellent qualities as a leader, he has been an inspiration to all.

 

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ROLLO, P/O Kenneth Park (J87027) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1916 in Saskatoon; home in Vancouver. Trained at No.4 ITS and No.2 AOS. Commissioned June 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.3456 (RG.24 Vol.20639) has recommendation dated 18 August 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (171 hours), 25 March to 9 August 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Rollo as navigator in Pilot Officer Sled's crew has throughout his tour of operations displayed exceptional coolness and tenacity of purpose. His skill as a navigator and ability to make instant decisions in emergency enable him on every occasion to direct his aircraft safely to the target. His skill, coupled with his complete disdain for all enemy defences, enabled this gallant crew to complete their many successful sorties.

 


For his exceptional qualities of leadership and fine record of achievement, Pilot Officer Rollo is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROLLS, F/L Wallace Etherington (J17219) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1914 in Vancouver; home in Hedley, British Columbia. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.3 AOS and No.2 BGS. Commissioned December 1942.

 

Flight Lieutenant Rolls completed his first operational tour with Coastal Command. He commenced his second tour with the same command and took part in many successful anti-shipping missions off the Dutch coast and over the North Sea. His coolness and courage on air operations, often in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, have been of great value to his crew. On one occasion the bomb sight in his aircraft became unserviceable during the run up to the target. With great skill this officer operated the sight manually and scored a hit on an enemy merchant ship. He has also played an important part in operations in support of the 14th Army in Burma.

 

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ROMANCHUK, FS (now P/O) Thomas (R212937) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 18 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1924 in Oshawa; home there. Trained at No.10 BGS. Commissioned 1945. Cited with FS Daniel Shutka (RCAF rear gunner, also DFM). DHist file 181.009 D.1764 (RG.24 Vol.200610) has recommendations for both in much greater detail. Shutka was rear gunner, Romanchuk was mid-upper gunner. Their peak achievement was on night of 1 November 1944 attacking Oberhausen. At 2042 hours Shutka saw a Me.210 attacking a Lancaster which went into corkscrew. Both gunners opened fire and the Me.210 was seen to go down in flames. One minute later they were attacked by a Me.110 which broke away when Shutka opened fire. At 2046, Romanchuk saw a Me.210 positioning itself on the port beam. Both gunner fired, hits were registered, and the enemy aircraft was last seen in flames, diving out of control. Two minutes later they were again attacked by a twin-engine fighter which broke away when Shutka fired.

 

As mid-upper and rear gunner respectively, Flight Sergeant Romanchuk and Flight Sergeant Shutka have participated in very many sorties against enemy targets. They have at all times displayed the greatest keenness, coupled with a high degree of skill and co-operation. On one occasion, during an attack against Oberhausen, they were responsible for the destruction of two of four enemy fighters which engaged their aircraft during the operation. Cool, resolute and devoted, these airmen have proved themselves to be most valuable members of aircraft crew.

 

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ROMANIUK, LAC Walter (R212112) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George (AFRO gives only "Overseas" - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Enlisted 22 December 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945 when he had served 18 months in Canada, 20 months overseas. Clerk.

 

This airman has displayed a zeal in the performance of his clerical duties far beyond the call of duty. He has returned to work evenings to keep the work of his Section up to date at all times, without being requested and has given up his leave days on numerous occasions in order that the various important reports, letters, etc. of the Section would not be delayed. He has done his work very well and has at all times been thoroughly dependable. He has been most cheerful and loyal and has set a splendid example to his fellow workers in the section.

 

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ROMANO, F/O Armando (J21025) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born in Nelson, British Columbia; home in Trail, British Columbia. Trained at No.7 ITS, No.5 BGS and No.1 AOS. Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 15 May 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (189 hours 55 minutes), 4 October 1943 to 11 April 1944.

 

4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (6.55) 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (7.20)

7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (6.50) 25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.55),

18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.55) photo 1/2 mile from

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (4.50) aiming point.

18 Nov 43 Berlin (9.30) 10 Mar 44 Chateauroux (5.15),

26 Nov 43 Berlin (6.55) photo 600 ft from A/P.

2 Dec 43 Berlin (7.30) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.30)

3 Dec 43 Leipzig (7.10) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.25)

19 Dec 43 Berlin (7.00) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.35)

2 Jan 44 Berlin (7.30) 26 Mar 44 Essen (4.50)

15 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.15) 29 Mar 44 Signa Aero Engine

20 Jan 44 Berlin (6.50) Works, Lyon (7.15),

27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.15) photo 700 yds from

28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.50) aiming point.

30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.20) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (6.50)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.40) 11 Apr 44 Aachen (3.50)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (6.45)

 


Flying Officer Romano, as Air Bomber, has completed 27 successful operational sorties. These have included attacks on such heavily defended targets as Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Schweinfurt and Berlin (ten times).

 

Throughout his tour this officer has displayed great skill and accuracy in his work and on several occasions his photographs have been very close to the aiming point.

 

At all times Flying Officer Romano has shown keenness and enthusiasm for his operational flying and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew. His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty have contributed in a large measure to his crew's successes and I consider he fully deserves the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROMBOUGH, F/O Donald Albert (J87999) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1922 in Dunbarton, New Hampshire; home in Gananoque, Ontario (clerk). Trained at No.6 ITS, No.20 EFTS and No.1 SFTS. Commissioned July 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.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C H.M. Smith dated 14 January 1945 when he had flown 27 sorties (154 hours 10 minutes), 10 September 1944 to 7 January 1945.

 

Pilot Officer Rombough, a captain of an aircraft, has carried out twenty-seven successful raids against the enemy including such heavily defended targets as Nuremburg, Ludwigshafen, Bochum and Kiel. Under a calm, quiet manner, Pilot Officer Rombough has through his qualities as a captain inspired his crew that is an example to the squadron.

 

In recognition of this officer's persistence and determination coupled with outstanding courage and devotion to duty, I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RONEY, P/O Robert Howard McGill (J93408) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1921 in Hearst, Ontario; home in Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario (steel recorder). Trained at No.5 ITS, No.7 BGS and No.1 AOS. Commissioned January 1945. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (171 hours), 3 October 1944 to 9 April 1945.

 

3 Oct 44 West Kapelle 29 Nov 44 Dortmund


5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 3 Dec 44 Urft Dam; returned

7 Oct 44 Emmerich with bombs as ordered

11 Oct 44 Fort Frederick Hendrick 15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 4 Jan 45 Hannover

23 Oct 44 Essen 8 Feb 45 Politz

25 Oct 44 Cologne 21 Feb 45 Dortmund

29 Oct 44 Domburg 1 Mar 45 Mannheim

31 Oct 44 Cologne 7 Mar 45 Dessau

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

4 Nov 44 Bochum 23 Mar 45 Bremen

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 25 Mar 45 Hannover

16 Nov 44 Duren 27 Mar 45 Paderborn

27 Nov 44 Freiburg 9 Apr 45 Kiel

 

Pilot Officer Roney is the Canadian Air Bomber of a very efficient Lancaster crew who is nearing the completion of his first tour of operations, having completed 31 sorties for a total of 171 operational flying hours.

 

This officer has taken part in many of the most strongly defended targets in Germany, including Saarbrucken, Duisburg, Essen, Stuttgart and Gelsenkirchen.

 

Pilot Officer Roney has delivered his bombs with great accuracy, and the close co-operation which he has maintained with his Captain has enabled the crew, as a team, to obtain the most successful results which have been proved time and again by the photographs they have obtained of the target which they have attacked.

 

Throughout his tour this officer has maintained a very high standard of efficiency. Attacks have been pressed home regardless of enemy opposition and this Air Bomber has always remained calm and intent on his job, seemingly oblivious to external conditions, showing a complete disregard for his personal safety.

 

The courage and devotion to duty, and the very high standard of accuracy achieved by Pilot Officer Roney in all his work fully merits him an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RONNEBECK, F/O Robert Douglas (J92065) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1924 in Kenora, Ontario; home there. Trained at No.2 ITS and No.3 BGS. Commissioned October 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.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.E. Ferguson dated 22 March 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (181 hours 40 minutes), 29 August 1944 to 2 February 1945. Rear gunner.

 

This Gunner has completed a tour of 29 sorties, 11 of which were daylight, against most of the heavily defended targets in Germany. On many occasions Pilot Officer Ronnebeck's experience and attention to duty have resulted in the carrying out of a large number of successful operations against the enemy.

 

It is considered that Pilot Officer Ronnebeck's consistent spirit of leadership and courageous devotion to duty fully merits the award of the D.F.C. (Non-Immediate).

 

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ROOKE, FS Helen Margaret Ord (W305388) - 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. Born 22 December 1922. Home in North Vancouver; enlisted in Vancouver, 31 July 1942. Trained at No.7 Manning Depot; initially a Messwoman, she was reclassified Administration, 17 December 1942 and reclassified again as Physical Training Instructor, 25 November 1943. Served at various BCATP schools before posting to Sea Island, 25 November 1943; released 16 June 1946. Served in postwar RCAF Auxiliary.

 

This non-commissioned officer has served faithfully in a difficult position and has succeeded in providing excellent leadership. She has carried out her duties in a cheerful, conscientious manner throughout her entire period of service.

 

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ROOP, Corporal John Frederick (R252331) - Mention in Despatches - No.1 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born 11 August 1916. Home in Truro, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 18 May 1943. Postal Clerk.

 

This non-commissioned officer has always taken a keen interest in the welfare of the younger airmen and has devoted practically all his spare time to bettering the conditions under which the airmen work and live. He is highly respected by officers and airmen and his efforts have contributed largely to maintaining a high standard of morale that exists in this group.

 

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ROPER, F/O Frank Adams (J6166) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron- Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. American in the RCAF. Born in Washington, D.C., 13 January 1920; home on Long Island, New York. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.5 EFTS, and No.7 SFTS. Commissioned July 1941.

 

Flying Officer Roper, an American volunteer, is a highly efficient and valuable captain in the squadron. He always takes an interest in his aircraft and the welfare of his crew and on all occasions shows the greatest keenness to take part in operations even on successive nights. By his clear judgement, initiative and leadership, he has set a high example to everyone in the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9604 has recommendation dated 19 September 1942 when he had flown 30 sorties (149 hours 25 minutes).

 

27 Nov 41 Dusseldorf (5.00) 6 May 42 Stuttgart military barracks

7 Dec 41 Aachen (5.40) (6.15, unsuccessful, built-

2 Jan 42 St.Nazaire (6.00) up area bombed)

5 Jan 42 Brest (5.00) 8 May 42 Warnemunde (1.50, DNCO,

8 Jan 42 Brest, cruisers electrical trouble and

(5.20, target rear turret u/s)

obscured by smoke) 22 May 42 GARDENING, Forget-Me-

10 Jan 42 Wilhelmshaven (6.05) Nots (5.30)

14 Jan 42 Hamburg (6.10) 30 May 42 Cologne (4.25)

22 Jan 42 Munster (5.00) 1 June 42 Essen (3.50)

6 Feb 42 GARDENING, Nectarines 2 June 42 Essen (3.50)

(4.00) 7 June 42 GARDENING, Nectarines

24 Feb 42 Ghent (3.25) (3.30)

25 Feb 42 GARDENING, Nectarines 25 Jun 42 Bremen (2.10, DNCO, stbd

(4.05) outer failed)

27 Feb 42 GARDENING, Frisians 27 Jun 42 Bremen (4.55)

(3.40, unsuccessful, 29 Jun 42 Bremen (5.30)

10/10 cloud) 1 July 42 Danzig (9.35, DNCO,

8 Mar 42 GARDENING (6.00) petrol shortage)

10 Mar 42 Essen (5.15) 2 July 42 Bremen (4.15)

25 Apr 42 Rostock (6.05) 3 July 42 GARDENING, Asparagus

2 May 42 GARDENING, Radish (6.05)

(5.45) 8 July 42 Wilhelmshaven (5.15)

 

Pilot Officer Roper has completed 30 sorties. He is an American volunteer who has always shown exceptional keenness and enthusiasm for his work and proved himself to be a highly efficient and valuable captain in the squadron. His interest in his flight, his crew and aircraft is well above the average, and he has on all occasions shown the greatest keenness to operate, even on successive nights.

 


Any operational duty that he was given was consistently carried out well, with a spirit of cheerful optimism, and by his clear judgement and qualities of initiative and leadership, he set a high example, not only to the members of his crew, but to everyone in the squadron.

 

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ROPER, P/O Harry Wilson (J94589) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born February 1922 in Toronto; home there (student). Commissioned March 1945. No citation, "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C H.F. Ferguson dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (210 hours 25 minutes), 20 September 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

Pilot Officer Roper has completed a tour of 31 operational sorties as a Flight Engineer. His pilot and section leader have always spoken of him as a skilful and courageous engineer who carried on cheerfully under very trying circumstances. Pilot Officer Roper participated on operations as a spare on very short notice without the least sign of complaint and he has proved to be an inspiration to all who came in contact with him.

 

In recognition of this officer's cheerful attitude towards operations and a job well done, I strongly recommend he be awarded the Non-Immediate D.F.C.

 

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ROSCHAERT, Corporal Charles Louis Maurice (R82567) - British Empire Medal - No.2 SFTS - enlisted at Ottawa, 15 January 1941 - 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 Belgium; enlisted January 1941. Home in Ottawa.

 

Corporal Roschaert has been most assiduous in the execution of his duties as Airframe Mechanic. He has given whole-hearted support to his seniors and has inspired enthusiasm in his juniors by his initiative and devotion to duty. This NCO has, by his energetic performance of duty, been responsible to a large degree for the serviceability of aircraft at this unit.

 

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ROSE, F/L Andrew Haliday (J15757) - Mention in Despatches - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.7 AOS and No.7 BGS. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; listed in 410 Squadron: A History. DHist file has recommendation dated 29 April 1945 where name is given as "Halliday"; as of that date he had flown 75 sorties plus three Ranger trips, assisting in destruction of a Ju.88 (7 August 1944) and a Ju.188 (31 December 1944).


Flight Lieutenant Rose has completed two tours of operations on this unit. He is a very capable Navigator, and at all times has displayed much keenness and enthusiasm in his work. On both tours he has been crewed with Flight Commanders, and on his first tour flew on some of the squadron's first Ranger trips. He has flown many operational patrols, often under adverse conditions.

 

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ROSE, F/O Fredrick William (J23903) - Distinguished Flying Cross -- No.428 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 Toronto; home in Preston, Ontario. Trained at No.6 ITS, No.4 BGS and No.4 AOS. Commissioned February 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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (187 hours 25 minutes), 9 May to 6 December 1944.

 

This officer has displayed exceptional skill, courage and determination throughout his tour. His devotion to duty both in the air and on the ground has been outstanding. He has taken part in thirty-two sorties, many on heavily defended targets such as Duisburg, Karlsruhe, Osnabruck, Emden, Bremen, Stettin, Wilhelmshaven, Kiel, Bottrop, Dortmund, Bochum, Cologne and Neuss as well as precision high level mining and troop concentrations. His results have been excellent and he has secured many fine photographs and he is recognized as one of the outstanding Air Bombers of the squadron.

 

For his great ability and devotion to duty I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROSE, F/L Richard John (J12271) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 6 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born 1923 in Toronto; home there (clerk). Trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 EFTS and No.1 SFTS. Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has completed numerous operational missions and throughout has set a fine example of devotion to duty. One night in January 1945 he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Munich. Some distance from the target the aircraft sustained damage making it difficult to control. In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant Rose continued his mission. Later the port outer engine failed. Height was rapidly lost and the aircraft came down to 1,000 feet. Flight Lieutenant Rose succeeded in regaining control and, displaying outstanding airmanship, flew the badly damaged aircraft to base. His skill, coolness and determination set an excellent example.


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ROSEBLADE, F/L Norman Leslie (J15029) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.190 Squadron - Award effective 9 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1915 in Sheffield, England; home in Toronto. Trained at No.1 AOS, No.1 BGS and No.1 ANS. Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer completed his first tour of duty as navigator and took part in many sorties demanding a high standard of navigational ability in adverse weather. Now on his second tour of duty he participated as a bombing leader in the D-Day operations in June 1944 and the airborne landings at Arnhem. In addition Flight Lieutenant Roseblade has flown on many missions to France, the low countries and Norway. Throughout his operational career he has displayed outstanding qualities of leadership and great devotion to duty.

 

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ROSEBRUGH, F/O Robert Keith (J37780) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1924 at Brantford, Ontario; home in Galt, Ontario (student). Trained at No.3 ITS and No.4 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 fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (203 hours 17 minutes), 25 October 1944 to 11 March 1945. NOTE: sortie list including times almost identical to that of F/O L.H. Kemp and F/O William W. B. Hyndman suggesting they were same crew.

 

25 Oct 44 Essen (5.18) 3,500 yds overshoot from A/P.

29 Oct 44 Zoutelande (3.30) 1,200 yds from aiming point.

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.22) Good attack.

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.51) Many fires; good bombing.

4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.55) Bombed as ordered.

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.39) Bombed target; saw smoke rising from many fires.

29 Nov 44 Essen (6.12) Bombed through cloud.

30 Nov 44 Duisburg (6.09) do.

2 Dec 44 Hagen (6.33) do.

5 Dec 44 Soest (6.17) Bombed aiming point.

6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (6.08) Bombed through clouds.

21 Dec 44 Cologne/Nippes (5.51) Good attack in cloud.

24 Dec 44 Essen/Mulheim a/f Bombed airfield.

(4.39)

26 Dec 44 St.Vith (4.57) Bombed aiming point.

28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.41) Bombed through clouds.


29 Dec 44 Coblenz (6.03) Bombed marshalling yard.

30 Dec 44 Cologne (6.03) Bombed through clouds.

1 Jan 45 Dortmund (4.35) Successful attack.

5 Jan 45 Hanover (4.57) Bombed in cloud.

6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.31) do.

14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.51) Bombed aiming point.

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.58) Many fires seen; good attack.

4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.23) Attacked in clouds.

7 Feb 45 Goch (6.36) Recalled by Master Bomber.

9 Feb 45 Wanne-Eickel (6.05) Fires seen; good bombing.

13 Feb 45 Bohlen (8.29) Bombed through clouds.

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.20) Concentrated fires.

21 Feb 45 Worms (6.41) Many fires in target area.

23 Feb 45 Essen (5.38) Cloud over target; bombed.

24 Feb 45 Kamen (5.59) do.

27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.31) do.

2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.28) Bombed aiming point.

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.35) Bombed through clouds.

11 Mar 45 Essen (5.12) Much smoke from fires; good attack.

 

Navigational work of the highest quality carried out by Flying Officer Rosebrugh has enabled him and his crew to complete a first-class tour of 34 operational sorties against many of the enemy's most heavily defended targets.

 

He has attacked such objectives as Chemnitz, Mainz, Kamen, Bohlen, Hanover and other distant targets where the success of the operation has been almost entirely due to his accurate navigation. At all times his logs have shown able workmanship.

 

In addition to high technical skill, Flying Officer Rosebrugh has revealed courage of a very high order and his demeanour under fire has set a worthy example to others in the aircraft. His keen offensive spirit has also been an inspiring influence throughout the tour.

 

It is recommended that this officer's record of skill, courage and devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROSELAND, F/L Arnold Walter (J4116) - Air Medal (United States) - 11th USAAF (deceased) - Award effective 27 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. Born 31 August 1915. Home in Vancouver, British Columbia. Enlisted in Calgary, 29 June 1940; trained at No.1 ITS, No.11 EFTS, and No.2 SFTS (graduated and commissioned 21 February 1941). Served in Canada with No.14 (F) Squadron, 1942-43. See Cochand for award details; flights were 26 April to 3 August 1943. Posted overseas January 1944; missing in action 13 July 1944.

 

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ROSENBAUM, P/O (now F/O) Eli Maximillian (J27043) - Air Force Cross - No.168 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.8 EFTS, and No.7 SFTS. Incident occurred 3 January 1944; see also F/O H.B. Hillcoat, F/O F.B. Labrish, F/O C.A. Dickson and Corporal A. De Marco.

 

This officer was the second pilot of a Fortress which, while on a routine flight recently from Great Britain to Gibraltar, had a violent collision with an unidentified aircraft. At the moment of impact this officer retained a remarkably cool attitude, advising his captain of the damage done, as much as he could estimate, and then proceeding with the utmost despatch to prepare the aircraft for ditching. This necessitated the jettisoning of cargo and all other loose equipment. Assisted only by the crewman, this was accomplished in the space of approximately four minutes - a remarkable feat in view of the conditions in which the aircraft was at the time. He then returned to his duties as second pilot and proved of great assistance in maintaining flight.

 

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ROSENE, LAC Ernest (R130326) - Mention in Despatches - Station Croft - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) confirms unit and has recommendation submitted 3 May 1945, CO Croft to CO No.64 Base. Enlisted 28 November 1941; had served one year in Canada, 30 months overseas. Fitter 2 (Engines).

 

This airman employed as a fitter has shown outstanding aggressiveness in carrying out all duties assigned to him. His efforts furthered by a strong sense of duty have been of great assistance in turning out the required amount of work in Repair and Inspection Section.

 

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ROSKO, Sergeant Henry Arnold Joseph (R53522) - Mention in Despatches - No.21 Staging Unit - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Cited with Sergeants Edward Howard Baker, F. Londeau, Larus Scheving, Michael George Svos, Ronand James Ward, and Frederick John Wells.

 


These Sergeants showed complete disregard for their own safety when assisting in the rescue of fourteen occupants of a large transport aircraft which crashed recently in British Columbia. The aircraft crashed in a wooded area, which had windfalls up to fifteen feet. In order to effect the rescue, they had to work within a few feet of the wreckage, where there was no chance of escape in the event of explosions, which occurred shortly after the rescue. As a result of their able work, eight of the occupants of the burning aircraft were saved. These airmen displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty in the face of grave danger.

 

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ROSKO, P/O Maurice (J86660) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born 1922 in Melrose, Manitoba; home there. Trained at No.3 BGS. Commissioned 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Rosko is a courageous air gunner who has shown a fine fighting spirit throughout his operational tour. He has participated in many attacks against major German targets and has made a praiseworthy contribution to the successes achieved by his crew. When engaged on his second operation against Berlin in January 1944, his aircraft was attacked and damaged by an enemy fighter and the navigator was wounded. By Pilot Officer Rosko's determined fire the hostile aircraft was forced to break off the attack. On another mission in March 1944 on the return flight from a mission to Stuttgart he was forced to abandon his aircraft by parachute. His pilot, rear gunner and wireless operator were killed. Undaunted by this perilous experience, Pilot Officer Rosko resumed operational flying within a month. His enthusiasm and determination have been worthy of the highest commendation.

 

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ROSS, S/L Alan Redmond (J9663) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Central Flying School - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 26 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Enlisted in Regina, 25 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942).

 

This officer's exceptional ability as a flying instructor and his keen insight into pilot training problems have made his contribution to flying training outstanding. Whilst engaged at Central Flying School on experimental and testing work in connection with flying training, he has proven himself a thorough and tireless worker. His perseverance and devotion to duty are worthy of high praise.

 

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ROSS, F/O Allan David (J37009) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born July 1922 at Kincaid, Saskatchewan; home there (farmer). Trained at No.6 ITS, No.12 EFTS and No.1 SFTS. Commissioned October 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 2/9137 has recommendation dated 16 May 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (205 hours 15 minutes):

 

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 13 Mar 45 Herne

6 Dec 44 Merseburg 15 Mar 45 Misburg

22 Dec 44 Coblenz 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

29 Dec 44 Scholven Buer 19 Mar 45 Hanau

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 21 Mar 45 Bremen

28 Jan 45 Zuffenhausen 22 Mar 45 Hildesheim

1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven 24 Mar 45 Dortmund

3 Feb 45 Bottrop 9 Apr 45 GARDENING

8 Feb 45 Politz 14 Apr 45 Potsdam

20 Feb 45 Dortmund 18 Apr 45 Heligoland

21 Feb 45 Duisburg 22 Apr 45 Bremen

2 Mar 45 Cologne 24 Apr 45 Berchtesgaden

7 Mar 45 Dessau 28 Apr 45 EXODUS (POW repatriation)

8 Mar 45 Kassel 30 Apr 45 MANNA

11 Mar 45 Essen 2 May 45 MANNA

12 Mar 45 Dortmund

 

Flying Officer Ross was posted to No.103 Squadron on 18th November 1944 and has completed 31 sorties on Lancaster aircraft with a total of 205.15 hours operational flying.

 

In the course of these numerous sorties, extending over a period of five months, this Canadian officer took part in attacks on a wide variety of targets in Germany, including the important centres of Cologne, Essen, Dessau, Dortmund, Duisburg and Kassel. Many of these operations involved long and arduous flights against heavy air and ground defences, but Flying Officer Ross invariably pressed home his attacks in the most determined fashion regardless of enemy opposition.

 

Under a quiet and unassuming manner, this young Canadian possesses an inflexible determination and splendid offensive spirit which has been an inspiration to his crew and an example to the whole squadron. I strongly recommend that his excellent work be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROSS, Flight Sergeant Allen Lawrence (R95492) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 24 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 April 1943 and AFRO 809/43 dated 7 May 1943. Born in Treherne, Manitoba, 1918; home in Holland, Manitoba (farmer, formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery). Trained at No.2 ITS, No.18 EFTS, and No.15 SFTS. Commissioned January 1943. Died in Holland, Manitoba, 20 December 1995.

 

Flight Sergeant Ross has taken part in 30 sorties against a wide variety of enemy targets. He is a fine operational captain, who invariably presses home his attacks with great determination. His skill and sound judgement have won the confidence of all with whom he has flown.

 

ROSS, F/L Allen Lawrence, DFM (J16986) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 17 sorties on his second tour (123 hours 30 minutes), 4 February to 13 April 1945.

 

This officer has consistently displayed a high degree of courage and exceptional devotion to duty. During his two tours of operational duty he has participated in sorties against many highly fortified objectives. On every occasion he has made a successful attack. Under his skilled leadership his crew has become a highly effective and efficient unit, which has contributed to a major degree to the success of the squadron.

 

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ROSS, Fl/O Annie Isabel (V30188) - Mention in Despatches - No.76 Base Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Base Catering Officer. Enlisted 6 July 1942; had served one year and three months and England when recommended (23 June 1945). No published citation; DHist 181.002 D.225 gives following:

 

This officer has been in charge of catering in this base since 6th April 1944. During this time she has, by her cheerful, efficient manner, inspired the personnel under her to produce the present high standard of messing throughout the Base which has, in no small way, improved the morale of all personnel. Her professional knowledge is outstanding.

 

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ROSS, P/O Archie Joseph (J19864) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1918; home in Pitman, Saskatchewan. Formerly in Canadian Army. Trained at No.7 ITS, No.5 BGS and No.3 AOS. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 24 July 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (222 hours 27 minutes), 3 November 1943 to 2 June 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Ross has completed one tour of operations, having attacked Berlin, Kassel, Hanover, Frankfurt and many other targets in Germany and France as well as having carried out many minelaying operations. He has been very steady, reliable and cool in emergencies which made him a very strong asset to his crew and as bomb aimer he has given invaluable aid to the navigator at all times in helping to direct the plane to the target and safely back to base again.

 

For loyalty to his crew and squadron and general good work, I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROSS, G/C Arthur Dwight (C111) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; positive unit identification from No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Operational and Training Activities (January 1944). Born in Winnipeg, 18 March 1907. Entered Royal Military College, 1925 and then applied for RCAF. Awarded flying badge at Camp Borden, 25 February 1929. Many years in aerial survey work and staff work. Appointed commander, No.5 (BR) Squadron, 1 July 1939. From August 1940 to March 1942 he was on BCATP staff work and commanding No.3 SFTS. Posted overseas, November 1942. In February 1944 he was promoted to Air Commodore and given command of No.62 Base. Remained in postwar RCAF, retiring 9 February 1961. Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19850460-001). No citation.

 

ROSS, A/C Arthur Dwight (C111) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Middleton St.George (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. No citation with OBE in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9148 has recommendation for a DSO when he was a Group Captain. He was reported as having flown 72 sorties (385 operational hours) although most of this had been in Canada. The recommendation was converted from a DSO to an OBE (for more see Clayton, A.C.P.); the original text, as brought to Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee, was as follows:

 

Group Captain Ross has served in the Royal Canadian Air Force continuously for 15 years and has held several important commands during the present war. Prior to commanding his present unit he commanded a squadron on ant-submarine and convoy escort duty on the east coast of Canada. Since December 1942 he has commanded the Royal Canadian Air Force Station at Middleton St.George, showing outstanding ability as a leader and an administrator. By his participation in sorties against Lorient, Hamburg and St.Nazaire, he has set a splendid example to all ranks.

 


ROSS, A/C Arthur Dwight ((C111) - George Cross - Overseas (No.62 Base, Linton-on-Ouse) - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. GC event also led to award of George Medal to FS J.R.M. St.Germain and Corporal M. Marquet, and BEM to LACs M.M. McKenzie and R.R. Wolfe. Incident occurred 27/28 June 1944 at Tholthorpe.

 

One night in June 1944, an aircraft, while attempting to land, crashed into another which was parked in the dispersal area and fully loaded with bombs. The former aircraft had broken into three parts and was burning furiously. Air Commodore Ross was at the airfield to attend the return of aircraft from operations and the interrogation of aircrews. Flight Sergeant St.Germain, a bomb aimer, had just returned from an operational sortie and Corporal Marquet was in charge of the night ground crew, whilst Leading Aircraftmen McKenzie and Wolfe were members of the crew of the crash tender. Air Commodore Ross, with the assistance of Corporal Marquet, extricated the pilot who had sustained severe injuries. At that moment ten 500-pound bombs in the second aircraft, about 80 yards away, exploded, and this officer and airman were hurled to the ground. When the hail of debris had subsided, cries were heard from the rear turret of the crashed aircraft. Despite further explosions from bombs and petrol tanks which might have occurred, Air Commodore Ross and Corporal Marquet returned to the blazing wreckage and endeavoured in vain to swing the turret to release the rear gunner. Although the port tail plane was blazing furiously, Air Commodore Ross hacked at the perspex with an axe and then handed the axe through the turret to the rear gunner who enlarged the aperture. Taking the axe again the Air Commodore, assisted now by Flight Sergeant St.Germain as well as by Corporal Marquet, finally broke the perspex steel frame supports and extricated the rear gunner. Another 500-pound bomb exploded which threw the three rescuers to the ground. Flight Sergeant St.Germain quickly rose and threw himself upon a victim to shield him from flying debris. Air Commodore Ross' arm was practically severed between the wrist and elbow by the second explosion. He calmly walked to the ambulance and an emergency amputation was performed on arrival at station sick quarters. Meanwhile, Corporal Marquet had inspected the surroundings and, seeing petrol running down towards two nearby aircraft, directed their removal from the vicinity by tractor. Leading Aircraftmen McKenzie and Wolfe rendered valuable assistance in trying to bring the fire under control and they also helped to extricate the trapped rear gunner, both being seriously injured by flying debris. Air Commodore Ross showed fine leadership and great heroism in an action which resulted in the saving of the lives of the pilot and rear gunner. He was ably assisted by Flight Sergeant St.Germain and Corporal Marquet who both displayed courage of a high order. Valuable service was also rendered by Leading Aircraftmen McKenzie and Wolfe in circumstances of great danger.

 


ROSS, A/C Arthur Dwight, GC (C111) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ (RCAF Staff College) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Following citation was found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Vol.60, File 190-I (dossier 9).

 

Air Commodore Ross has given many years of loyal service to the Royal Canadian Air Force. He has been entrusted with a number of important commands during the war, including an operational squadron, Service Flying Training School, Operational Station and, finally, an Operational Base in the United Kingdom. He has always been devoted to the service and has displayed those qualities of leadership and courage which have been an inspiration to his colleagues and those serving under his command. His integrity, sound judgement and energy have made a splendid contribution to the war effort. In 1945 he was selected as Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Force Staff College in which capacity he wields a valuable influence on the careers of those officers under training upon whom the future of the service will largely depend.

 

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ROSS, F/L Arthur Stuart (C8323) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.193 Squadron - Award effective 25 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born in 1917 in Montreal; home there. Educated at Lower Canada College, Montreal, and South Beyfield, Massachusetts. Enlisted 1940. Commissioned 15 October 1941. Posted overseas February 1942; repatriated 10 October 1944; released 3 August 1945.

 

This officer has participated in a very large number of sorties, including attacks on enemy airfields, shipping, railways and mechanical transport. He is a skilful and courageous pilot whose determination to press home his attacks, often in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, has been most praiseworthy. In air fighting Flight Lieutenant Ross has destroyed two enemy aircraft.

 

ROSS, F/L Arthur Stuart, DFC (C8323) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - No.193 Squadron - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

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ROSS, Corporal Donald (R133046) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Born 21 May 1917; enlisted 26 September 1941. Posted overseas January 1943; repatriated 2 June 1945; released 2 September 1945. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 16 months in Canada, 24 months overseas.

 


As a junior NCO, Corporal Ross displays exceptional initiative and resourcefulness. In the past he has been entrusted with the major task of embodying modifications on all aircraft on this Unit within a limited period and to interfere with the flying program as little as possible. He has never failed, although it has meant astute organization, working nights on dispersal points under adverse conditions and few facilities. Many Section Commanders of the ancillary trades have commented favourably about him and have learned to trust and rely upon him where co-ordination between those trades is necessary.

 

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ROSS, Corporal Donald MacGregor (R87820) - Mention in Despatches - No.429 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as Station Leeming) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Enlisted 21 January 1941. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 12 February 1945 when he was a Rigger in "A" Flight, No.429 Squadron. Had served 26 months in Canada, 23 months in UK.

 

As NCO in charge an operational aircraft, Corporal Ross has established a serviceability record that has always been a mark for other crews "to shoot at". Corporal Ross combines all the attributes of an efficient tradesman and competent NCO. His reliability and determination has done much towards maintaining the service efficiency of the squadron his section services.

 

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ROSS, F/L George (C2957) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 AOS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.

 

This officer has displayed outstanding ability and meritorious service in his capacity as squadron commander. At all times he displays a keen interest in the students and their flying training and, by his untiring devotion to duty, has accomplished much on their behalf.

 

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ROSS, W/C George Morrison (C635) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.3 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 5 October 1932. Retired as of award.

 

This officer, during his lengthy career, flying with the Royal Canadian Air Force, has shown remarkable qualities of leadership, and exceptional flying ability. He has been at all times an outstanding example to his subordinates. His ability along the administrative lines connected with a flying squadron have definitely been a deciding factor in the success of any unit to which he has been attached.

 


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ROSS, WO (now P/O) Jack Robert (R178408/J92889) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1924 in Scotland, Alberta; home in Innisfail, Alberta (assistant agent to CPR). Trained at No.7 ITS, No.5 BGS and No.1 CNS. Commissioned December 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 46 sorties (178 hours 20 minutes), 10 May to 12 December 1944.

 

10 May 44 Courtrai (2.50) 9 Aug 44 Foret d'Emglos (2.40)

19 May 44 Le Mans (5.20) 11 Aug 44 Lens (3.25)

21 May 44 Duisburg (5.05) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.00)

24 May 44 Boulogne (1.45) 14 Aug 44 Hamel (3.35)

27 May 44 Aachen (3.50)

28 May 44 Angers (6.45)

3 June 44 Calais (1.55) PATHFINDER SORTIES

6 June 44 Caen (3.10)

6 June 44 Liseaux (2.50) 6 Oct 44 Scholven Buer (3.15)

10 Jun 44 Dreux (4.20) 7 Oct 44 Emmerich (3.10)

12 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.30) 12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel (3.40)

14 Jun 44 Le Havre (2.55) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.10)

15 Jun 44 Valenciennes (3.20) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.15)

30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (3.20) 28 Oct 44 West Kapelle (2.00)

2 July 44 Beauvoir (3.30) 29 Oct 44 West Kapelle (2.00)

5 July 44 Watton (2.20) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.20)

10 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.20) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (3.55)

15 Jul 44 Chalons sur Marne (6.20) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.15)

18 Jul 44 Emieuille (3.05) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.35)

18 Jul 44 Aulnoye (3.35) 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (5.00)

20 Jul 44 Homberg (3.35) 21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (4.15)

23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.05) 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (5.05)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.25) 5 Dec 44 Soest (5.05)

30 Jul 44 Amaye sur Suelles (3.40) 6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (5.10)

8 Aug 44 Foret de Lucheux (3.05) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.35)

 

This non-commissioned officer is on his second operational tour, having so far completed 17 of his 46 successful sorties on this squadron; he has on three occasions operated as a member of a Marker Crew.

 


Of a quiet disposition, Warrant Officer Ross has nevertheless at all times shown a dogged determination to carry out his duties, and his high standard of efficiency as an air bomber helped materially in the success with which the crew of which he is a member have always operated.

 

Always willing and cheerful, he has a complete disregard of personal safety and this has inspired the utmost confidence of his captain and the remainder of the crew.

 

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ROSS, F/O John Alfred (C3556) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 142/42 dated 30 January 1942. Home in Moncton; enlisted there, 16 November 1940.

 

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ROSS, FS (now P/O) John Murdock (R207165/J90151) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1924 in Bainsville, Ontario; home there (mechanic). Trained at No.3 BGS. Commissioned 1944. No citation other than that he has "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 23 October 1944 when he had completed 35 sorties (168 hours 20 minutes) from 22 May to 23 September 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant Ross has completed a tour of operations which have included many difficult sorties over heavily defended targets. Throughout his tour he has shown great coolness and confidence, two essential qualities that have made him a most valuable member of aircraft crew. His duties in the gunnery section and ground work outside have been commented on by old and new members of the squadron as a gunner who has always displayed coolness and devotion to duty of a high order.

 

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ROSS, F/O John Thomson (J85482) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 19 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 March 1946 and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Born 1920 in Dundee, Scotland; home in Jersey City, United States. Trained at No.5 ITS and No.6 BGS. Commissioned February 1944.

 

This officer has completed, as air gunner, numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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ROSS, F/L Robert Gordon (J28357) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1922 in Oxford, Nova Scotia; home there (machinist). Trained at No.5 ITS, No.4 BGS and No.9 AOS. Commissioned July 1943. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 10 December 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (196 hours 25 minutes), 29 March to 21 November 1944.

 

In the air Flight Lieutenant Ross has shown great courage and exceptional ability and skill as an Air Bomber. He has flown 34 sorties, many of which were on heavily defended targets such as Stuttgart, Brunswick, Stettin, Bremen, Kiel, Domburg, Castrop, Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen and on targets requiring precision bombing. He has successfully bombed each and has secured many excellent photographs.

 

As Bombing Leader he has displayed exceptional leadership and has maintained a high standard of efficiency in his section. His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty have contributed to a major degree in the operational efficiency of the unit.

 

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ROSS, F/O Robert Knox (J50545) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Thornloe, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 4 August 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 6 July 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 3 August 1942).

 

This officer has flown approximately 700 operational hours over the North Atlantic. At all times he has proved himself to be a most valuable and co-operative crew member. He has consistently displayed courage and devotion to duty of the highest order. His contribution to the morale and efficiency of his squadron is deserving of the highest praise.

 

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ROSS, F/O Robert Russell (J10006) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Trained at No.2 WS and No.3 BGS. No citation in AFRO.

 

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ROSS, WO William Donald (R60211) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.148 Squadron - Award effective 1 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.5 EFTS, and No.4 SFTS.

 


Since February 1942, Warrant Officer Ross has taken part continuously in operational flying. He has participated in fourteen bombing raids on Tobruk, pressing home his attacks regardless of opposition. On one occasion he attacked from 10,000 feet despite having a crippled aircraft. In addition this officer has made several raids on the enemy's transport in the battle area. At all times his devotion to duty has set a fine example to his crew.

 

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

 

This pilot joined No.148 Squadron on 6th February 1942 and has operated continuously against the enemy since that date, carrying out in all 41 sorties.

 

His devotion to duty was an example to his crew. He carried out 14 bombing raids on Tobruk and despite difficulties encountered, always pressed home his attacks. On 7th August he bombed ships at Tobruk through 5/10s cloud and dropped two sticks. On 13th September, despite unserviceable intercommunication, he attacked the defences at Tobruk at 10,000 feet. On the 13th July, bombing Tobruk from 10,000 feet, he caused a large explosion and four fires developed from this. On 18th September he scored a direct hit on a ship in Tobruk harbour and debris was seen flying up into the air.

 

He has also carried out several successful attacks on motor transport in the battle area, causing four fires on 2nd July and another one in a raid on 4th September.

 

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ROSS, G/C William Waldon Scott (C638) - Mention in Despatches - Station Torbay - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Winnipeg. Joined RCAF 17 June 1933 as Pilot Officer, Non-Permanent General List. Qualified for pilot's wings, 27 April 1936. Active in summer camps at Shilo, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, and 1939, plus armament course (1937) and army co-operation course (1938). Had earned Air Efficiency Award, 26 February 1945. Died in Winnipeg, 23 March 1952, age 47.

 

Throughout his service in Eastern Air Command, Group Captain Ross has, by his enthusiasm, tact and leadership, contributed to a large extent to the high morale and good discipline prevalent in his Command. He has provided an inspiration and example to all personnel that is worthy of high praise. His devotion to duty has been of a very high order.

 

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ROTH, S/L Arthur Noel (C3592) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 31 July 1944. Born 1908 in England; home in London, Ontario. Commissioned 1940. Base Armament Officer, enlisted 26 September 1930. Served in Canada 13 years, in UK ten months.

 

Flight Lieutenant Roth is the Base Armament Officer at No.62 (RCAF) Base, having been employed as an Armament Officer at this Base since September 1943, when he arrived from Canada. This officer enlisted September 26, 1930 and made twelve operational flights with No.10 (BR) Squadron from Gander, Newfoundland, as an Air Observer. In the early hours of June 28th, 1944, Flight Lieutenant Roth arrived at the scene of an aircraft crash at RCAF Station Tholthorpe shortly after a bombed-up aircraft had exploded. In the dark and with a complete disregard for his personal safety, he conducted a search for unexploded bombs despite the fact that some bombs were known to have already exploded from the intense heat. He located several fuzed bombs, all of which were hot from the explosion and fire. He then, assisted by another officer and two non-commissioned officers, removed two hot bombs fuzed long delay to a safe area and assisted in their demolition. This officer courageously exposed himself to danger over a period of several hours and is extremely worthy of commendation.

 

ROTH, S/L Arthur Noel (C3592) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.62 Base (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 17 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Public Records Office Air 30/186 has citation as submitted to Buckingham Palace which is essentially the same as below except for the opening sentence, "On the morning of 8th March 1945, Squadron Leader Roth, the Base armament officer, was informed that a No.37 pistol with an anti-removal device..."

 


One morning in March 1945, Squadron Leader Roth, an armament officer, was informed that a delayed action anti-removal device fitted into a 500-pound bomb stored in the bomb dump showed red stains, indicating that it was in a precarious condition. He immediately conducted a swift examination and discovered that the missile had been placed on the bomb dup the previous evening, that it had a six hour delay, and that no one knew when the ampoule had been broken. Consequently there was no way of telling when the mechanism might be actuated, causing the bomb to explode. It was located in a storage bay with a 1,000-pound bomb fused with a long delay device and in one of the adjoining bays were 168,000 pounds of normally-fused bombs and a quantity of unfused bombs were in two other adjacent bays. It was apparent that the whole bomb dump and the station were in grave danger. Squadron Leader Roth decided that an attempt must be made to remove the bomb despite all hazards. He commandeered a mobile crane and, with the assistance of the driver, succeeded in lifting the missile on to a trolley. Others then assisted him to move the trolley by hand for some fifty yards. Squadron Leader Roth then obtained a tractor and towed the trolley to an open field about 800 yards away. In the meantime armament personnel had collected the necessary demolition equipment and the bomb was eventually successfully demolished. Squadron Leader Roth had displayed courage and initiative in the face of danger and, as a result of his action, great damage and some loss of life were in all probability avoided.

 

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ROTHENBUSH, F/L Jack Warren (J13048) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1918 in Winnipeg; home in Vancouver (bookkeeper, labourer, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery). Trained at No.2 ITS, No.19 EFTS and No.10 SFTS. Commissioned July 1942. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.9 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 3 April 1945 when he had flown 24 sorties (164 hours 15 minutes), 28 October 1944 to 31 March 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Rothenbush has completed numerous operations against the enemy, the majority of which were attacks carried out against heavily defended major German targets. Throughout his tour, Flight Lieutenant Rothenbush has at all times displayed great keenness, determination and devotion to duty. On several occasions under harassing circumstances he has pressed home the attack with tenaciousness and unswerving determination. His skill, loyalty and gallantry has been an incentive and example to other members of the squadron.

 

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ROTHWELL, F/L Warren Randall (C22927) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.

 

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ROTSTEIN, F/L Lorne Albert (J21910) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born October 1920 in Toronto; home there (clerk). Trained at No.6 ITS and No.1 AOS. Commissioned September 1942. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 27 April 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (178 hours), 2 October 1943 to 8 August 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Rotstein has completed 31 trips as Navigator on heavy bombers in a most praiseworthy and commendable fashion. His coolness and courage, coupled with his meticulous work carried out even under the most adverse circumstances, have safely brought his aircraft back from such targets as Hanover, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Aachen and Berlin. On at least three occasions he was faced [sic, forced], through the loss of other aids, to navigate deep into enemy territory solely on Astro.


Flight Lieutenant Rotstein's skill and determination on operations, coupled with his cheerful helping of junior crews, have done much to boost the efficiency and morale of the squadron. He is deserving of the highest praise...

 

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ROULSTON, F/O Kenneth Charles (J26466) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1923 in London, Ontario; home there (student). Trained at No.5 ITS, No.10 EFTS and No.2 SFTS. Commissioned May 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 21 March 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (198 hours 15 minutes), 12 August 1944 to 21 February 1945.

 

This officer has shown exceptional qualities as a leader and great coolness, courage and determination. Throughout his tour of operations he has evinced a desire to press home the attack and, although attacking many heavy defended targets, he has shown no regard for enemy opposition and has successfully dropped his bombs every time.

 

His obvious ability and great coolness tended to make his crew a valuable unit to the betterment of the squadron as a whole and contributed highly to the operational efficiency.

 

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ROULSTON, F/L Robert Keith (J10395) - Mention in Despatches - No.161 Squadron (Canada) - now overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in London, Ontario; educated there; employed by Kelvinator Refrigerator Company there; enlisted there in April 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 EFTS, and No.2 SFTS (wings, November 1940). As of award had flown 2,270:50 hours, including 249 operational hours (33 sorties).

 

This officer has been a very keen and efficient operational pilot who has executed his duties under all conditions in a most cheerful manner, which has been a great inspiration to his comrades.

 

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ROUSSELL, F/L Joseph Ludger Aurele (J20230) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 23 March as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born 1923 at Matapedia, Quebec; home there (farm labourer). Trained at No.3 ITS, No.11 EFTS and No.13 SFTS. Commissioned October 1942. In postwar RCAF and CAF: awarded Officer, Order of Military Merit, as per Canada Gazette dated 22 June 1974 when he was a Colonel.

 

Since joining his present squadron this officer has taken part in a large number of sorties. Many of his missions have been completed in the face of strong enemy anti-aircraft fire from heavily defended areas. Prior to the invasion of France Flight Lieutenant Roussell flew on two outstanding fighter sorties against an enemy installation near Dieppe. These were successfully completed in the face of intense and accurate ground fire. Flight Lieutenant Roussell has proved himself on many occasions to be fearless and a skilful pilot.

 

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ROUTLEDGE, P/O George Arnold (J92661) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born October 1912 in Regina; home in Ottawa (student). Trained at No.5 ITS, No.13 EFTS and No.5 SFTS. Commissioned November 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." Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 15 February 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (162 hours 23 minutes), 28 July 1944 to 4 February 1945. Died in Ottawa, 12 June 1992.

 

28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.56) Formation of bombers

30 Jul 44 Battle area (4.31) Abandoned on orders of Master Bomber.

11 Aug 44 Etaples (3.51) Bombed aiming point.

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 21A (4.07) do.

16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.48) Good bombing.

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.49) Many fires; bombed target indicators.

27 Aug 44 Homberg (4.20) Bombed aiming point.

31 Aug 44 La Pourchinte (3.25) Ordered by master bomber to abandon.

3 Sept 44 Soersterberg (2.55) Bombed aiming point.

9 Sept 44 Le Havre (4.27) Recalled by master bomber.

12 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.27) Good results.

13 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.39) Bombed as ordered.

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.00) Successful attack in cloud.

7 Oct 44 Kleve (4.25) Bombed aiming point.

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.10) Bombed through cloud.

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.31) Good attack; many fires.

4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.55) Bombed target.

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.29) Good attack.

16 Nov 44 Julich (4.45) Bombed aiming point.

28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.26) Successful.

29 Dec 44 Coblenz (5.56) Bombed aiming point.

30 Dec 44 Cologne (6.21) Bombed through clouds.


1 Jan 45 Dortmund (4.27) Good attack.

2 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (6.09) Bombed aiming point.

5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.10) Attacked through clouds.

6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.23) Many clouds seen below clouds.

14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.56) Good attack.

22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.01) Bombed through cloud.

28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (8.02) do.

1 Feb 45 Mainz (6.29) Good bombing; cloud.

2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (4.58) Successful sortie.

4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.35) Bombed through clouds.

 

Pilot Officer Routledge has completed 32 operational sorties as an air bomber with No.158 Squadron. He has bombed such heavily defended targets as Gelsenkirchen, Mainz, Stuttgart, Hanau, Hanover, Dortmund, Coblenz and Dusseldorf, and many other precision objectives in the battle areas and occupied territories.

 

Possessed of a fine offensive spirit, this officer has shown complete disregard for any personal safety in his determination to press home his attacks upon the enemy. His fearlessness in the face of the severest defences has set an example of the highest order and has contributed greatly to the high morale of the crew.

 

Pilot Officer Routledge has been a valuable member of his section in every way and his work on the ground and in the air is worthy of the highest commendation. It is recommended that this officer's fine operational record of courage and unfailing devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROUTLEDGE, P/O John Denison (J19988) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born Mission City, British Columbia, 1922; home there. Trained at No.7 BGS and No.2 WS. Commissioned 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 2/8780 has recommendation by W/C R.J. Lane dated 23 March 1944 when he had flown 46 sorties (308 hours 28 minutes) as follows:

 

* daylight sortie

 

20 June 42 Dinghy search, 9 Dec 42 Turin (3.15, early

North Sea (6.15) return)

11 Aug 42 NICKELLING, Vichy (7.25) 20 Dec 42 Duisburg (4.35)

15 Aug 42 GARDENING, Frisians (4.00) 16 Jan 43 Berlin (7.25)

27 Aug 42 Kassel (4.55) 17 Jan 43 Berlin (7.00)

28 Aug 42 Nuremburg (6.40) 27 Jan 43 Dusseldorf (5.30)


6 Sept 42 Duisburg (4.00) 30 Jan 43 Hamburg (6.30)

8 Sept 42 Frankfurt (6.25) 1 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.55)

10 Sept 42 Dusseldorf (4.20) 13 Feb 43 Lorient (6.40)

13 Sept 42 Bremen (4.10) 20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (5.20)

14 Sept 42 Wilhelmshaven (4.10) 23 Dec 43 Berlin (7.30)

16 Sept 42 Essen (4.55) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.10)

18 Sept 42 GARDENING, Gulf of Danzig 1 Jan 44 Berlin (6.55)

(9.35) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (7.20)

23 Sept 42 Wismar (6.35) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (9.10)

24 Sept 42 Kullen (7.25) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.10)

1 Oct 42 Wismar (6.15) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.45)

13 Oct 42 Kiel (5.35) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (7.15)

15 Oct 42 Cologne (4.50) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.30)

17 Oct 42 Le Creusot (10.15)* 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.00)

22 Oct 42 Genoa (9.25) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.40)

24 Oct 42 Milan (9.35)* 25 Feb 44 Augsburg (6.45)

15 Nov 42 Genoa (8.10) 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.55)

28 Nov 42 Turin (8.40) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.30)

8 Dec 42 Turin (8.10) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.50)

 

This officer is a highly efficient Air Gunner who has completed 46 operational sorties against such heavily defended enemy targets as Berlin, Frankfurt and Stettin. In the face of extreme danger this officer has shown courage of a high order and has nt been deterred from successfully completing his missions. His fine example has ben an inspiration to those less experienced than himself and to the squadron generally. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ROUTLEDGE, F/O Robert Henry (J12275) - Air Force Cross - No.4 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Enlisted in Calgary, 26 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 14 July 1942). As of recommendation had flown 1,010 hours, 401 operational hours.

 

This navigation officer, since becoming a member of this squadron, has continued to display great keenness and ability in the execution of his duties and has set a splendid example as a navigator. His energetic and capable efforts have done much in maintaining the high standard of navigation in this squadron. The manner in which he has completed many arduous operational patrols is praiseworthy.

 

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ROW, F/L Daniel Nicholson (C16030) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born Smith Falls, Ontario, 1910; home in Almonte, Ontario. Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9149 has recommendation dated 20 February 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (234 hours five minutes), 24 June 1943 to 15 February 1944. The sortie sheet lists only 35 trips, however.

 

24 Jun 43 Elberfeld (4.55) 23 Sept 43 Darmstadt (6.00)

28 Jun 43 Cologne (4.20) 27 Sept 43 Hanover (4.45)

13 Jul 43 Aachen (5.05) 29 Sept 43 Bochum (4.10)

25 Jul 43 Essen (4.00) 2 Oct 43 Munich (8.15)

27 Jul 43 Hamburg (6.25) 7 Oct 43 Friedrichshaven (6.20)

29 Jul 43 Hamburg (6.00) 8 Oct 43 Hanover (4.35)

9 Aug 43 Mannheim (5.20) 18 Oct 43 Hanover (4.50)

12 Aug 43 Milan (7.55) 20 Oct 43 Leipzig (5.20)

13 Aug 43 Milan (8.40) 22 Oct 43 Frankfurt (6.05)

15 Aug 43 Milan (7.55) 3 Nov 43 Cologne (4.10)

17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.10) 26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.35)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (6.45) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (7.15)

30 Aug 43 Munchen Gladbach (3.35) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.00)

31 Aug 43 Berlin (7.15) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.40)

3 Sept 43 Berlin (8.20) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (8.20)

5 Sept 43 Mannheim (5.50) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.20)

6 Sept 43 Munich (7.50) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.55)

22 Sep 43 Oldenburg (4.35)

 

Flight Lieutenant Row has completed 38 operational sorties with the Pathfinder Force, 29 of which have been as Marker.

 

Flight Lieutenant Row has been Wireless Operator to a crew which has carried out many successful sorties against all the recent targets in Germany. His cheerful confidence and ability are most praiseworthy and have set a fine example to the more junior Wireless Operators in the squadron, to whose training he has devoted much time and interest.

 

This officer has at all times displayed an exceptionally fine spirit and resourcefulness in the completion of his operational duties.

 

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ROWAN, F/O Frank Harold (J19707) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1921 in Winton, Ontario; home in Orillia (printer). Trained at No.4 WS and No.1 BGS. Commissioned 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." Public Records Office Air 2/8749 has recommendation dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 47 sorties (256 hours 55 minutes) in two tours.

 

First Tour Second Tour

 

16 Nov 42 GARDENING, 5 Nov 44 Solingen (4.20)

Norderny (6.05) 6 Nov 44 Coblenz (5.00)

17 Dec 42 GARDENING, 8 Nov 44 Homberg (4.00)

Frisians (5.35) 11 Nov 44 Castrop-Rauxel (4.10)

2 Jan 43 Brest (5.40) 14 Nov 44 Dortmund (4.20)

9 Jan 43 Alemand (4.00) 16 Nov 44 Heinsberg (4.10)

14 Jan 43 Brest (6.00) 20 Nov 44 Homberg (4.20)

15 Jan 43 Lorient (4.40) 21 Nov 44 Homberg (4.45)

26 Jan 43 Lorient (6.30) 23 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.10)

30 Jan 43 Oldenburg, DNCO 15 Jan 45 Langendreer (5.30),

7 Feb 43 Lorient (6.15) with No.75 Squadron

19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.20) 22 Jan 45 Hamborn (4.55)

20 Feb 43 GARDENING, 28 Jan 45 Cologne (5.45)

Skiermonnikoog (5.05) 29 Jan 45 Krefeld (5.15)

24 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.20) 26 Feb 45 Dortmund (5.35)

26 Feb 43 Cologne (5.20) 28 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.30)

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (6.00) 1 Mar 45 Cologne (5.30)

29 Mar 43 Bochum (DNCO) 6 Mar 45 Salzbergen (5.55)

4 Apr 43 Kiel (7.20) 7 Mar 45 Desau (9.15)

8 Apr 43 Duisburg (5.15) 11 Mar 45 Essen (5.50)

10 Apr 43 Frankfurt (7.45) 9 Apr 45 Kiel (5.50)

26 Jun 43 Criacca (4.05)

29 Jun 43 Messina (5.45)

1 July 43 Cagliari (5.15)

5 July 43 Gerbini (4.50)

8 July 43 Catania (4.25)

9 July 43 MANDREL Patrol (7.30)

14 Jul 43 Naples (6.00)

15 Jul 43 San Giovanni (5.30)

17 Jul 43 Montecorvino (5.35)

19 Jul 43 Capodichino (6.40)

26 Jul 43 Capodichino (6.05)

 

This officer has completed forty-seven sorties as a wireless operator in heavy bomber aircraft. He has taken part in many attacks against heavily defended targets both in occupied territory and far into Germany.

 


On several occasions his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire but nevertheless he has invariably carried on with his duty, remaining very ken and enthusiastic.

 

Flying Officer Rowan has at all times set a very good example to all his comrades and it is strongly recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his continued devotion to duty.

 

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ROWAND, F/L James George (J8954) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 21 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 28 March 1944 and AFRO 921/44 dated 28 April 1944. Born in Bethune, Saskatchewan, 1917; home there. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.6 EFTS and No.10 SFTS. Commissioned 1941.

 

Flight Lieutenant Rowand has completed a tour of operations during which he has consistently displayed courage, keenness and devotion to duty. On numerous occasions he has led formations and has never failed, when a target was sighted, to press his attack with resolute determination and great skill, regardless of the opposition encountered. On one occasion, while on a reconnaissance flight off the Norwegian coast, this officer sighted the "Lutzow" escorted by five destroyers. Before withdrawing in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, he obtained valuable information, thus enabling the attack to be made later.

 

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ROWE, P/O Alfred George (J16574) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943. Born in Toronto, 1920; home there. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 BGS, No.1 AOS and No.2 ANS. Commissioned 1943. Killed in action, 11 March 1945 in attack on Essen as navigator to F/L R.J. Fern, No.434 Squadron.

 

This officer has displayed high courage, ability and efficiency during many operational sorties over enemy territory. His outstanding skill as a navigator has been an inspiration to his crew and, in a large measure, responsible for their success on operations. Pilot Officer Rowe, who has displayed gallantry and devotion to duty in the face of the heaviest opposition, has set up an excellent operational record.

 

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ROWE, F/O Charles Joseph (J18799) - 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 1916 in Newmarket, Ontario; home in Aurora, Ontario. Trained at No.1 WS and No.4 BGS. Commissioned August 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 49 sorties (225 hours five minutes) in two tours - 30 May 1942 to 15 October 1942 and 20 September 1944 to 13 February 1945.

 

First Tour Second Tour

 

30 May 42 Cologne (5.45) 20 Sep 44 Calais (2.20)

1 June 42 Essen (4.50) 25 Sep 44 Calais (2.05)

20 Jun 42 Emden (4.45) 27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.15)

22 Jun 42 Emden (4.50) 28 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.50)

25 Jun 42 Bremen (5.35) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.15)

27 Jun 42 Bremen (3.30) 11 Oct 44 Fort Fredrick

12 Aug 42 Mainz (6.50) Hendrik (2.15)

16 Aug 42 Bochum (3.25) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.20)

18 Aug 42 Flensburg (5.40) 15 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.00)

20 Aug 42 La Rochelle (7.25) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.25)

27 Aug 42 Kassel (5.30) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.00)

28 Aug 42 Nuremburg (2.15) 25 Oct 44 Homberg (3.15)

DNCO, nil sortie 29 Oct 44 Walcheren (2.05)

8 Sept 42 Frankfurt (6.00) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.15)

10 Sep 42 Dusseldorf (3.50) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.30)

13 Sep 42 Bremen (4.50) 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.35)

14 Sep 42 Wilhelmshaven (4.25) 21 Nov 44 Castrop (4.25)

16 Sep 42 Essen (5.00) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (4.10)

21 Sep 42 GARDENING, Baltic (6.00) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.25)

26 Sep 42 GARDENING, Baltic (3.40) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (6.30)

28 Sep 42 Bingen (2.40), 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.30)

DNCO, sortie counted 22 Dec 44 Bingen (6.50)

2 Oct 42 Krefeld (4.30) 7 Feb 45 Cleve (4.00)

5 Oct 42 Aachen (5.05) 8 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (4.00)

6 Oct 42 Osnabruck (4.30) 13 Feb 45 Bohlen (7.05)

10 Oct 42 La Rochelle (6.35)

13 Oct 42 Kiel (2.30), DNCO,

nil sortie

15 Oct 42 Cologne (5.10)

 

Flying Officer Rowe is one of the most able Air Bombers of the squadron. His ability at his work in the air and his unfailing determination to fulfil his tasks to the best of his ability have been reflected in the results achieved by Flying Officer Rowe, which have always been of the highest standard. In addition, Flying Officer Rowe has aided very greatly in the instruction of other Bomb Aimers on the squadron.

 

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ROWE, P/O Edward Lionel Llewellyn (J18597) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective as per London Gazette dated 11 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born 1922 in Berkley, Ontario; home in Own Sound, Ontario. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.10 AOS and No.4 BGS. Commissioned 1943.

 

Pilot Officer Rowe has taken part in numerous anti-shipping sorties during which his navigation, even in very adverse weather, has always been of the highest order. In February 1943, he was navigator in an aircraft detailed to attack an enemy convoy. Despite heavy anti-aircraft fire a successful attack was completed, but this officer's aircraft was badly damaged, all the navigating instruments being lost and one engine set on fire. Throughout the engagement Pilot Officer Rowe calmly directed his captain in evasive action and later, when the aircraft was forced down on the sea, his accurate positions passed to the wireless operator were largely responsible for the rescue of the crew. In April 1943, he again gave great assistance to his squadron commander in a daylight attack on a blockade runner in the Bay of Biscay. At all times this officer has displayed praiseworthy keenness, determination and devotion to duty.

 

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ROWE, F/O Fred Leon (J16034) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born 1919 in Vancouver; home there. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.7 AOS and No.7 BGS. Commissioned 1942. Incident described was on air test, 25 February 1944; pilot was P/O Pollard; see also F/O R.H. James, bomb aimer.

 

Flying Officer Rowe has completed two tours of operational duty during which he has taken part in very many attacks on targets in Germany. Throughout he has displayed a high standard of navigational ability, combined with great determination and devotion to duty. On one occasion his pilot was temporarily blinded by particles of glass from the shattered windscreen. On reaching an airfield in this country, Flying Officer Rowe proved his resource by assisting another member of the crew to make a safe landing. This officer is a most valuable member of aircraft crew.

 

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ROWE, F/O John Earl (J37072) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 16 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born in St.Lambert, Quebec; home in Montreal (clerk). Trained at No.3 ITS, No.11 EFTS and No.16 SFTS. Commissioned 1943.

 


One night in January 1945, Flying Officer Rowe, as captain of aircraft, took part in an attack on Magdeburg. On the outward journey one of the engine became unserviceable and the propeller had to be feathered. Some height was lost and Flying Officer Rowe was unable to maintain his place in the main bomber formation. Despite this he continued to the target and made a successful bombing attack. Flying Officer Row has participated in many attacks on enemy targets, most of which have been heavily defended. He has at all times shown great coolness and skill, setting a fine example to all.

 

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ROWLATT, F/L James Hugh (C3424) - Mention in Despatches - No.75 Wing (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 7 January 1941. No citation.

 

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ROWLEY, F/L Ivan Harold (C17686) - Mention in Despatches - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in London, Ontario; e* there 13 September 1939. Nighthawk: A History of 409 (Night Fighter) Squadron lists ground personnel of No.409 which includes F/L I.H.F. Rowley as Squadron Adjutant. DHist file 181.009 D.5529 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation for MBE dated 9 June 1945.

 

This officer enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force on September 13th, 1939, and has never spared himself in the service of his country ever since. He joined this unit on 24th May 1944 and has welded his headquarters into a smooth running organization which has operated most efficiently ever since. His untiring efforts have contributed enormously to the success and high morale of the squadron through the difficult stages from D Day to VE Day.

 

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ROY, P/O Allan MacDougall (J29626) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.119 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Winnipeg, 28 January 1920. Educated at Maitland, Nova Scotia. Enlisted in Halifax, 23 August 1940. Trained at No.6 BGS $ 18 August 1941) and No.1 WS $ 30 July 1941). P* 3 March 1945. As of award had flown 1,283:30 hours (927 operational, 200 sorties).

 

This officer has served at his present unit as a Wireless Operator Air Gunner for over three years, in which time he has completed hundreds of hours of operational flying. He cheerful enthusiasm and dependability have set an excellent example for all his associates and his skill and devotion to duty have been outstanding at all times.

 

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ROY, S/L Georges Albert (C1362) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born in Paris, France, October 1914, son of the Honourable Philippe Roy, Canada's first Minister to France; educated in law; home in Westmount; enlisted in Montreal, 6 November 1939. Commissioned 1939. Trained at No.1 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1940). Presented by King George, 23 May 1943. Shot down 9 October 1944 while commanding No.424 Squadron; wounded, he succeeded in baling out but a leg was subsequently amputated.Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 28 October 1953 (Group Captain, RCAF Auxiliary, retired, living in Senneville, Quebec). Practiced law in Montreal for 45 years after the war and was made a QC. Died in Montreal, 9 January 1988.

 

Squadron Leader Roy is an outstanding captain of aircraft. He has taken part in many raids on heavily defended targets such as Bremen, Essen and Cologne, and on every occasion has pressed home his attack with good effect. When detailed for special reconnaissance work he has invariably produced accurate and thoroughly reliable reports. Squadron Leader Roy's good work and splendid example are worthy of high praise.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation drafted by W/C J.M.W. St.Pierre about 15 March 1943 when he had flown 22 sorties (122 hours 12 minutes). The sortie sheet and more detailed text add to the record and are transcribed here.

 

* daylight operation

 

30 May 42 Cologne (2.15) 25 Nov 42 GARDENING, Brest (8.00)

1 June 42 Essen (3.30) 6 Dec 42 Mannheim (5.30)

8 June 42 Essen (4.35) 7 Dec 42 GARDENING, Brest (6.10)

22 Jun 42 Essen (4.25) 17 Dec 42 GARDENING, Heligoland.

5 Oct 42 Aachen (6.30) (6.25)

6 Oct 42 Osnbruck (6.10) 15 Jan 43 Lorient (4.45)

13 Oct 42 Kiel (6.00) 15 Jan 43 Essen (4.50)*

23 Oct 42 Krefeld (3.00)* 16 Feb 43 Lorient (7.30)

9 Nov 42 Hamburg (6.52) 19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.40)

15 Nov 42 GARDENING, Nordeney 24 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.20)

(4.00) 26 Feb 43 Cologne (6.05)

20 Nov 42 Turin (7.30) 3 Mar 43 Hamburg (7.10)

 

Squadron Leader Roy is an outstanding officer in all respects. On bombing sorties, he has set a very high standard for himself and expects the same from every bomber captain. He has taken part in raids against such heavily defended targets as Essen, Hamburg, Cologne and Bremen, and on every occasion has pressed home his attack with courage and determination. Whenever he has been ordered to carry out a special reconnaissance, his reports have been very accurate and thoroughly reliable. The consistent good work and the splendid example set by Squadron Leader Roy is most deserving of recognition.


On 20 March 1943, G/C J.L. Plant, Officer Commanding, RAF Station Dishforth, wrote:

 

Squadron Leader Roy proceeds on a bombing sortie with grim determination to see the job well done. His quiet manner and his keenness for operational flying raises the confidence and morale, not only of his own crew, but of all personnel of his Flight.

 

On 29 March 1943, Air Vice Marshal G.E. Brookes, Air Officer Commanding, No.6 Group, added his remarks:

 

Squadron Leader Roy has led his flight since the formation of the squadron, and his example has done much to foster a fine offensive spirit in the unit.

 

ROY, W/C Georges Albert, DFC (C1362) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Pilot.

 

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ROY, FS Joseph Henri (R62694) - Mention in Despatches - Topcliffe - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Sherbrooke, Quebec; enlisted there 20 July 1940. Certificate sent to his home in Verdun, Quebec, 22 September 1948. Recommended for BEM, 19 June 1945 but granted the lesser award. DHist 181.002 D.225 gives following:

 

Flight Sergeant Roy has acted as Disciplinarian for Base Major Servicing since his arrival on this station in July of last year. With a pleasing personality and excellent appearance he combines a keen enthusiasm and loyalty to the Service. A strong disciplinarian, he is also an excellent organizer, and has contributed greatly not only to the good discipline of his section, but also to the morale of the men. Flight Sergeant Roy has a broad service interest and far from confining his time and energies to his section work, he has devoted many of his off duty hours to station activities, and for many months was this station's official reporter for "Wings Abroad", as well as taking an active part in promoting sports and entertainment on the station. The splendid co-operation, loyalty and untiring efforts of this excellent non-commissioned officer are responsible to no small extent for the high morale and keen efficiency of his section.

 

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ROY, F/O Patrick Denson (J29845) - Distinguished Flying Cross - 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 1921 in Lethbridge, Alberta; home there (stenographer). Enlisted in Calgary, 29 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943). Presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Recommendation dated 15 November 1944 credited him with 35 sorties, 160.45 operational hours. "This officer has completed a large number of sorties against some of the enemy's most strongly defended targets. He has displayed skill of a high order and his devotion to duty and courage have been most commendable. His praiseworthy co-operation, initiative and complete disregard of personal safety have contributed in a large measure to the success of many operational flights. Flying Officer Roy has proven himself to be an outstanding member of a gallant crew."

 

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ROY, F/O Paul Jean (J17397) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.278 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1919 in Campbellton, New Brunswick; home in Moncton. Trained at No.1 WS and No.6 BGS. Commissioned 1943.

 

As wireless operator (air) Flying Officer Roy has participated in a large number of air/sea rescue operations. On these missions many personnel have been saved, a result in which Flying Officer Roy has played his part worthily. He has displayed commendable courage, fortitude and resolution.

 

ROY, F/L Paul Jean, DFC (J17397) - Medal of Merit, First Class (Czechoslovakia) - No.12 Communications Squadron - November 2nd, 1946. Believed to be for penicillin flight after the war.

 

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