RUBIN, F/O Harold (J27115) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1911 in Minah, Russia; home in Ottawa (credit manager).  Former member, Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted in Halifax, 11 June 1943.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Commissioned June 1943.  Award presented at Government House, 7 November 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 28 February 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (184 hours 55 minutes), 17 July 1944 to 2 February 1945,  Sortie list notes that on 12 September 1944 (Dortmund) he had backed up PFF, "few holes in wings and nacelles".  Member of W/C Blackburn's crew.

 

Flying Officer Rubin as Bomb Aimer has completed a tour of operations, the majority of which were attacks against heavily defended major German targets.  He has at all times displayed skill, devotion to duty and courage of a very high order.  His fine offensive spirit and coolness under fire has proven a splendid example worthy of emulation by all.  His helpful instruction and direction to new crews has contributed greatly to the operational success of the squadron,

 

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RUBIN, P/O Hector Bernart (J16411) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943.  Home in Winnipeg.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.5 BGS, No.6 AOS and No.1 CNS.  Commissioned 1942.

 

Throughout his many operational sorties Pilot Officer Rubin has proved to be a navigator of great ability, resourcefulness and determination.  He has set and maintained a high standard which has been an inspiration to his comrades.  His fine example and determined efforts have contributed in no small measure to the excellent results achieved by his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation dated 23 March 1943 when he had flown 30 sorties (181 hours 30 minutes). Document includes a very detailed sortie sheet:

 

4 Sept 42    Bremen (6.05)                    Duty carried out.

6 Sept 42    Duisburg (4.14)                  Target bombed.

10 Sept 42 Duisburg (3.30)                  Fires started near railway yards.

13 Sept 42 Bremen (5.40)                    20 minutes over target; aircraft hit by flak.

14 Sept 42 Wilhelmshaven (5.35)       Successfully carried out.

16 Sept 42 Essen (3.05)                      Returned early; complete electrical failure; crashed on landing.

19 Sept 42 Saarbrucken (6.25)           Ground haze; target bombed.


21 Sept 42 GARDENING (6.10)          Duty carried out.

20 Nov 42   Turin (8.00)                         Target bombed; burst seen.

22 Nov 42   Stuttgart (7.40)                   10/10 cloud; 27 minutes over target.

28 Nov 42   Turin (8.20)                         Target bombed; bursts seen.

11 Dec 42  Turin                                    Reached objective under very bad weather conditions.

20 Dec 42  Duisburg (4.20)                  Duty carried out; rear turret became unserviceable.

21 Dec 42  Munich (7.55)                     Successful trip; reflections of fires seen on cloud.

3 Jan 43      GARDENING (7.30)          Mines laid.

4 Jan 43      Essen (3.40)                      Target bombed; aircraft hit by heavy flak; wireless operator wounded,

13 Jan 43   Essen (5.25)                      No results observed; intense heavy flak.

16 Jan 43   Berlin (7.50)                       Successful trip.

21 Jan 43   Essen (5.00)                      Target bombed.

23 Jan 43   Dusseldorf (4.30)               Bombed from 20,000 feet; attacked by Me.110.

2 Feb 43     Cologne (5.20)                   Successfully carried out.

4 Feb 43     Turin (8.55)                         Fires started.

11 Feb 43   Wilhelmshaven (5.30)       Duty successfully carried out.

13 Feb 43   Lorient (5.30)                     Bombed from 12,000 feet.

14 Feb 43   Milan (8.20)                        Good trip

16 Feb 43   Lorient (5.50)                     Target bombed; bursts seen.

18 Feb 43   Wilhelmshaven (5.00)       Successfully carried out.

21 Feb 43   Bremen (4.45)                    Very satisfactory sortie.

25 Feb 43   Nuremburg (7.45)              Duty carried out.

26 Feb 43   Cologne (4.50)                   Target bombed.

 

Throughout his operational tour with this squadron Pilot Officer H.B. Rubin, a Canadian,  has at all times carried out his duties with great efficiency, and his ability and determined efforts have contributed in a large degree to the excellent results achieved by his crew.

 

On several occasions after bad weather and heavy opposition had been encountered his good navigation and steadiness made a big impression on the other members of his crew, and thereby spurred them on to greater achievements.

 

Under a calm and quiet manner this officer has a fine offensive spirit in action which inspires confidence, and by hi skill and courage he has always set a splendid example to the squadron. His resourcefulness, determination and devotion to duty fully merits his recommendation for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

On 24 March 1943 the Commanding Officer, RAF Station Holme-on-Spalding Moor added his comments:

 

Pilot Officer Rubin has proved himself to be a navigator of great ability and has displayed a strong sense of duty throughout his operational tour worthy of praise. He has set and maintained a high standard which has been an inspiration to his comrades who hold him in high esteem. His example and behaviour have contributed i no small measure to the high morale of his squadron. I regard his fine record of achievement as worthy of recognition by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

This was duty supported by the Air Officer Commanding, No.1 Group, on 30 March 1943 and passed to Air Ministry for approval.

 

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RUBLEE, P/O William Orson (J16205) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.142 Squadron - Award effective 17 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1943 and AFRO 809/43 dated 7 May 1943.  Born 1922.  Home in Wilkie, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 4 March 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 29 August 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942).  Commissioned 1941.  Invested with award by King George, 21 March 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Rublee has completed 34 operational sorties against targets in Germany, Italy and Tunisia, always pressing home his attack with great determination.  On one occasion, when over Sicily, his aircraft was hit repeatedly.  The petrol tank caught fire and the hydraulic system was put out of action.  After the fire had been extinguished Pilot Officer Rublee flew the aircraft back to base and made a successful crash landing.  This officer's fine record of constant devotion to duty is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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RUDDY, WO1 (now P/O) Lawrence Patrick (R125949/J94592) - 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 1922 in Pakenham, Ontario; home in Ottawa (mail clerk); enlisted there 22 September 1941.  Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 24 October 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 27 December 1942). Commissioned March 1945.  Award sent by registered mail 8 March 1946.  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.E. Ferguson dated 18 April 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (220 hours 45 minutes).  On 29 January 1944 he had flown one sorties with No.433 Squadron; the aircraft ditched.  He resumed operations with No.419 Squadron, 27 November 1944, continuing on to 25 March 1945.  Died in Ottawa, 16 December 1996.

 

Warrant Officer Ruddy has completed a tour of operational duty during which he has attacked most of the major targets in Germany.  On one occasion when returning from an attack against Berlin his aircraft was forced down onto the sea and he spent ten days adrift in a dinghy.  Undaunted by this hazardous experience, he resumed operational flying with undiminished enthusiasm.  This Warrant Officer has at all times displayed a fine fighting spirit and by his outstanding courage and devotion to duty he has set an inspiring example to the other members of his squadron.

 

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RUDEEN, F/O Howard Melvin (J12980) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 21 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Born 1918; home in Parkber, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 22 August 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 30 December 1941), No.8 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 14 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 July 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented 6 November 1948.

 

Flying Officer Rudeen has participated in numerous attacks against German and Italian targets.  As bomb aimer he has consistently pressed home his attacks in the face of the strongest opposition and invariably obtained an excellent photograph of the aiming point.  Much of the success attained by his crew has been attributable to his courage and skill.

 

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RUDMAN, P/O Stephen David (J87734) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born 1911 in Harris, Saskatchewan; home in Kindersley, Saskatchewan.  Served two years in Royal Canadian Army Service Corps; enlisted in RCAF, 10 August 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented at Government House, February 1956.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operational duty during which he has participated in attacks on such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart and Frankfurt.  On one occasion in March 1944, while over Stuttgart, his aircraft was attacked by two Focke Wulfs.  Largely owing to his able directions to his pilot and accurate fire the attackers were driven off.  Another time when returning from a mine-laying operation Pilot Officer Rudman's aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 410. His turret was put out of action.  He was wounded and lost consciousness.  Nevertheless, immediately he revived he returned to his post.  On many occasions this officer's skilful handling of his guns and coolly calculated defensive manoeuvres have extricated his aircraft from perilous situations.

 

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RUE, S/L David Roderick Hilton (J10118) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.435 Squadron - Award effective 27 March 1946 as per London Gazette dated 5 April 1946 and AFRO 497/46 dated 17 May 1946.  Born 1920 in Winnipeg; home  in Eastview (Vanier), Ontario; enlisted in Winnipeg (where he may have returned to live immediately before the war), 26 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942).  Commissioned January 1942.  Award presented 11 June 1949.  Died in Ottawa, 3 September 1999.

 

Squadron Leader Rue has shown fine qualities of leadership as a flight commander resulting in a very high standing [standard ?] of work by the squadron.  Flying during the monsoon, Squadron Leader Rue has shown great skill and determination in completing his missions despite extremely adverse weather.  This officer has proved himself to be a very capable leader and his devotion to duty has set an example to all.

 

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RUFFELL, F/O Harvey Lorne (J28185) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 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 Listorwell, Ontario; home in Berkley, California or Olympia, Washington (student; may have been studying at Berkley); enlisted in Vancouver, 21 November 1940.   Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 March 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).  Commissioned July 1943.  Award presented 7 October 1949.  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.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (167 hours five minutes) from 18 July to 6 December 1944.

 

This captain has completed thirty heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy.  His work at all times has been exceptional and his coolness and devotion to duty has been an inspiration to his crew.

 

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RUGIENIUS, F/O Anthony Vincent (J17512) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.113 Squadron - Award effective 26 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1922 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 24 January 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 July 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).  Commissioned April 1943. Award sent by registered mail 6 May 1949.  Public Records Office Air 2/9046 notes that he was recommended when he had flown 225 sorties (251 operational hours).

 

Flying Officer Rugienius has been almost continuously engaged on operational flying since early in 1943.  Many of his sorties have been flown over jungle covered mountains and in monsoon weather.  He has always displayed outstanding keenness and devotion to duty.  Most of his flying has been on operations in support of the 14th Army.

 

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RUNCIMAN, P/O Donald Richard (J88894) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1925 in Brockville, Ontario; home there (student); enlisted in Toronto, 5 May 1943.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 20 August 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 12 November 1943).  Commissioned August 1944.  Award presented 19 November 1948.  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.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (221 hours ten minutes) between 18 March and 6 December 1944.

 

This gunner has completed thirty operational bombing sorties against the enemy.  Pilot Officer Runciman has been an example of cheerful courage, unselfishness and sacrifice on the squadron in view of the fact that he was uncrewed for a considerable length of time.  He has shown at all times great willingness to fly with any crew that might need a spare gunner and his splendid co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty have contributed in a large measure to the success of these operational flights.

 

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RUNKLE, F/L John Daniel (C6448) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 1 August 1941.

 

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RUNNER, Sergeant Joseph Moore (R58820) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 13 March 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 611/42 dated 24 April 1942.  Born in Winnipeg, 28 October 1917.  Home in Trehearne or Morden, Manitoba (athletic coach).  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 WS and No.1 BGS (graduated 17 March 1941.  Missing, presumed dead, 8/9 March 1942.  Award presented to net of kin, 9 April 1944.  See Public Records Office Air 2/9262; recommended when he had flown 27 sorties (174 operational hours).

 

This airman has proved himself to be a cool and courageous air gunner when flying over well defended areas in difficult conditions.  Apart from his duties as rear gunner, Sergeant Runner has always taken a keen interest in map reading and in obtaining intelligent [sic] information whilst over enemy territory.  On several occasions it has been largely due to his excellent pin pointing that his crew have been able to identify and bomb their objective.  The sorties in which he has participated have included many of the most important targets in germany and occupied territory.

 

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RUNNING, S/L Kenneth Hewitt (C4070) - Mention in Despatches - No.127 Wing - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 26 May 1912 in Smiths Falls, Ontario; COTC at Queen's University Medical School, 1930-1936.  Practiced in United States (Williamsville, New York) and Smiths Falls; joined Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps; enlisted in RCAF in Vancouver, 16 November 1940.  Student in first course in Canada re aviation medicine.  Senior Medical Officer at No.3 WS and at Dafoe, Saskatchewan.  Posted overseas in April 1944; repatriated September 1945.  Practiced in Carleton Place, Ontario but rejoined RCAF in 1952, retiring in October 1962.  Died in Carleton Place 31 July 1964.  Although with No.127 Wing at the time of the award, he was obviously honoured for services as Station Tholthorpe, as the recommendation originates with G/C J.L. Hurley of that base on 4 September 1944 (DHist file 181.009 D.1730, PAC RG.24 Box 20607).

 

Squadron Leader Running was posted to this station on the 13th May 1944 as Station Medical Officer.  His energetic application of his duties was immediately apparent.  He has entered into all Station affairs, showing a keen interest in the physical and moral welfare of all personnel.  He is a leader in station sporting events, especially track and field events.  On a recent field meet he competed as a representative from this station.

 

To cite an outstanding example of this officer's efficiency and devotion to duty, I would refer to a most serious crash at this station.

 

On the night of 27/28 June 1944, an aircraft on a three-engine landing crashed into another aircraft at dispersal and both aircraft immediately burst into flames.  Squadron Leader Running, who was on duty at the control tower, immediately proceeded to the scene with his staff.  Squadron Leader Running entered the burning aircraft and with assistance removed the pilot who was seriously injured.  Squadron Leader Running continued the rescue and as the last occupant was being removed the Squadron Leader and his staff were thrown to the ground by the explosion of ten 5-cwt bombs from the aircraft in dispersal.  Despite this, Squadron Leader Running continued with his rescue and first aid, being subjected to a further explosion a few minutes later.  When all personnel were safely removed the Squadron Leader proceeded to Station Sick Quarters and carried out an emergency amputation on one of the injured.  Other seriously injured men were given treatment and removed to the Military Hospital in York. During all of this work, Squadron Leader Running displayed the greatest coolness and efficiency and he was unquestionably responsible for saving lives of all personnel...

 

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RUSH, F/L Francis John (J23331) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.502 Squadron - Award effective 23 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; home in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan (druggist apprentice); enlisted in Saskatoon, 29 September 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  DFC and Bar presented 30 October 1948.  Cited with P/O J.P. Lucy (RAAF).  Killed in flying accident, northern Manitoba, 21 August 1949, with six others including F/L W.R. Robson, DFC and F/O G.W. Lineker, DFC.

 

Flight Lieutenant Rush and Pilot Officer Lucy as pilot and navigator-bomb aimer respectively have participated in very many operational missions.  Within recent months they have completed several attacks on enemy shipping and the good results obtained are an excellent testimony to their skill and co-operation.  One night in November 1944 they successfully attacked one of four enemy vessels.  Some nights later they attacked another medium sized merchantman and obtained hits which caused much smoke to pour from various parts of the vessel.  Flight Lieutenant Rush and Pilot Officer Lucy have at all times displayed exceptional keenness and devotion to duty.

 

RUSH, F/L Francis John, DFC (J23331) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.502 Squadron - Award effective 13 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.

 

As pilot and navigator respectively, Flight Lieutenant Rush and Flying Officer Lucy have displayed the highest standard of skill and determination in attacks on enemy shipping.  One night in February 1945 they successfully attacked a large merchantman sailing in convoy.  In spite of fierce anti-aircraft fire from a number of enemy ships a perfect bombing run was executed.  Several hits were obtained on the target which soon became enveloped in flames.  This officer displayed great skill and courage and set a splendid example throughout.

 

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RUSSEL, F/O Blair Dalzell (C1319) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.1 (C) Squadron - Award effective 25 October 1940 as per London Gazette of that date.  Born in Toronto, 9 December 1917.  Enlisted 15 September 1939.  Trained at Trenton and Camp Borden.  F/O 18 May 1940; F/L, 1 August 1941; S/L, 1 January 1942; W/C, 8 July 1943; reverts to S/L, 1 May 1944 but promoted to W/C again, 15 July 1944.  With No.1 (F) Squadron, 28 May 1940 to 26 February 1941.  Repatriated to Canada, he went overseas again in December 1942, commanding Nos.411, 402, and 416 Squadrons.  Headed Nos.17 and 127 Wings, July to October 1943.  At RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 20 October 1943 to 1 May 1944.  Took a cut in rank to command No.442 Squadron (1 May to 15 July 1944) but then made CO of No.126 Wing (15 July 1944 to 27 January 1945).  Returned to Canada; released 3 July 1945.  Associated with postwar RCAF Auxiliary.  For good photos see PL-3093 (beside Hurricane), PL-6911 (portrait), PL-19372 (waist up in battledress, 1943), PL-22169 (with Alsatian mascot), PL-42559 (portrait).  King George VI presented him with DSO, DFC and Bar to DFC on 10 October 1944.

 

Flying Officer Russell [sic] has personally destroyed five enemy aircraft and has assisted in the destruction of a sixth.  He has shown great keenness to attack the enemy.

 

RUSSEL, W/C Blair Dalzell (C1319) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.126 Wing - Award effective 11 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1943.

 

This officer as Wing Leader has led his wing on a large number of escort sorties without the loss of a single bomber to enemy fighters.  The high praise earned by the wing for its skill is largely due to the great devotion to duty and ability displayed by Wing Commander Russel.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8992 has recommendation dated 2 September 1943.  He was credited with a total of 91 sorties (169 hours 25 minutes operational time, of which 64 sorties (91 hours) had been flown since previous award.

 

Prior to the middle of April, the Redhill VB squadrons had operated as an appendage of the Kenley IX wing.  Squadron Leader Russel as Commanding Officer of 411 was deputed to act as VB Wing Leader by the Station Commander in the middle of April.  Since then, Squadron Leader Russel has built up the VB squadrons at Redhill into a most efficient escort wing which, since the middle of April, has carried out 64 sorties as close escort or escort cover, in which over 500 medium bombers and [on] one occasion 30 Fortresses have been taken into and out from targets from Rotterdam to Cherbourg without the loss of a single bomber to enemy fighters.  Although, as close escort and as cover, the wing has been bounced several times, the fine formation and discipline for which Wing Commander Russel is largely responsible have discouraged the enemy on most occasions from pressing home his advantage, and the wing has lost only two pilots against two Huns destroyed and three damaged.

 

The Air Vice-Marshal commanding the Group added (26 September 1943):

 

The wing this officer has ld has been almost solely employed on close escort or cover duties and has carried out these duties with much efficiency and sucess. Although less spectacular than other fighter roles, the Wing has earned high praise for its devotion to its task and its skill, the credit for which is largely due to Wing Commander Russel.

 

RUSSEL, W/C Blair Dalzell, DFC (C1319) - Distinguished Service Order - No.126 Wing - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.

 

In recent intensive air operations the squadrons under the command of Wing Commander Russel have completed a large number of sorties.  Within a period of three days a very large number of enemy transport vehicles were attacked of which 127 were set on fire and a bigger number were damaged.  In addition, four hostile aircraft were destroyed and seventeen tanks and nineteen other armoured vehicles were damaged.  By his masterly leadership, sound judgement and fine fighting qualities, Wing Commander Russel played a good part in the success achieved.  His example inspired all.

RUSSEL, F/O Blair Dalzell, DSO, DFC (C1319) - Officer, Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords (Netherlands) - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1948 and AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948.  Public Records Office Air 2/9293 has recommendation drafted when he was a Wing Commander:

 

In operational command of No.126 Wing, Royal Air Force [sic], stationed at the aerodrome Volkel from September 1944 until February until April 1945, through his excellent work has greatly contributed to the liberation of the Netherlands.

 

RUSSEL, F/O Blair Dalzell, DSO, DFC (C1319) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.  NOTE:  The rank requires explanation; Russel reverted to Flying Officer on 19 November 1946 and was not reappointed to Wing Commander rank until 13 July 1948.

 

RUSSEL, F/O Blair Dalzell, DSO, DFC (C1319) - War Cross, 1939 (Czechoslovakia) - Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948, AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948.

 

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RUSSELL, Sergeant Alfred Ernest (R179A) - Mention in Despatches - Iceland - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Born 18 May 1917.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 15 April 1941. Radio mechanic retrained to radar work; posted to No.113 Squadron, 9 June 1942 and No.162 Squadron, 30 November 1943. To Iceland, 31 December 1943; repatriated 16 March 1945; released 7 September 1945.  No citation.

 

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RUSSELL, F/O Alfred Herbert (J8972) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.423 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.  Born in Edmonton, 1918; home in Tofield, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 19 December 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941).   Commissioned 1941.  Award sent by registered mail 11 March 1949.  A press release dated 10 June 1943 reported he had dropped a portable wireless set to 19 seamen whose ship had been torpedoed, enabling them to send out continuous SOS signals that brought about their rescue.   He sank U-610 on 8 October 1943.

 

As captain of an aircraft Flying Officer Russell has flown on a large number of operational sorties.  On one occasion he was detailed for an anti-submarine patrol in the vicinity of an important convoy which had been attacked and was being threatened by a pack of U-Boats. In poor visibility and in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire this officer sighted and attacked an enemy submarine which was probably destroyed.  Flying Officer Russell displayed great skill and determination.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9153 has recommendation dated 9 October 1943 when he hhad flown 31 sorties (405 hours 40 minutes on operations).  The text differs little from that given above. The Commanding Officer, Station Archdale, supported the recommendation on 10 October 1943; the Air Officer Commanding No.15 Group cleared it on 26 Ooctober 1943; the Air Officer Commanding, Coastal Command, cleared it on 13 December 1943.

 

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RUSSELL, A/C Arthur Herbert Keith (C640) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born in Hamilton, Ontario, 12 June 1893; attended University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School.  Joined RCNVR, May 1915 and transferred to RNAS/RAF, April 1918-January 1919.  Joined RCAF Auxiliary, Toronto, on 26 July 1933; granted pilot's flying badge same day.  Flying Officer, 26 July 1933; Flight Lieutenant 30 May 1936.  To command No.110  Squadron 1 October 1938, vice Curtis.  Attended summer camps at Camp Borden, 1936, 1937, 1938 and at Trenton, 1939. Posted to No.1 Training Command Headquarters, September 1939, to AFHQ (spring 1940), No.2 Wireless School, Calgary (August 1940), No.4 Wireless School, Guelph (July 1941) and AFHQ (May 1943).  Award presented 8 April 1949.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Air Commodore, retired, on Auxiliary List).

 

This officer, who before the war belonged to the Auxiliary Air Force, served with distinction in the Active Air Force from September 1939 until January 1945, at which time he was transferred to the Reserve. Throughout his whole service in the Active Air Force, he has been an indefatigable worker, his zeal and energy being unsurpassed.  As Director of Air Training and Director of Technical Training he has always displayed the highest order of initiative and sound judgement when dealing with the difficult and multifarious problems with which he has been confronted.  His contribution to the success of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan has been of inestimable value.

 

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RUSSELL, WO Charles Alfred (R140888) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in Roblin, Manitoba, 1912; home in Russell, Manitoba (boiler maker); enlisted in Winnipeg, 22 November 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 4 December 1942).  Air Bomber; Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 13 June 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (188 hours 20 minutes), from 27 September 1943 (Hanover) to 5 June 1944 (Caen) and including seven consecutive trips to Berlin (18 November 1943, 22 November 1943, 26 November 1943, 23 December 1943, 29 December 1943, 2 January 1944, 20 January 1944) with a break for Magdeburg (21 January 1944) followed by four more consecutive trips to Berlin (27 January 1944, 28 January 1944, 30 January 1944, and 15 February 1944).  Award presented 6 May 1950.

 

Warrant Officer Russell has taken part in numerous operational sorties.  Many of these have been against the enemy's most strongly defended targets including Berlin.  Although his aircraft has on several occasions been damaged by fire from the enemy's defences, this Warrant Officer continues to display undiminished keenness for operational flying.  He has always maintained a consistently high standard of skill and ability in his work and great determination to achieve his objective, while his courage and devotion to duty have been most praiseworthy.

 

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RUSSELL, S/L David William (C3884) - Air Force Cross - No.170 (Ferry) Squadron - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  American - home in Passadena, California; enlisted in Ottawa, 28 January 1941.  As of recommendation he had flown 2,180 hours.  Award presented 27 January 1948.

 

This officer, now Officer Commanding, No.170 Ferry Squadron, over a long period of time has been Flight Leader on ferrying operations all over Canada.  His technical knowledge and excellent judgement have always been an example to his fellow pilots.  His great enthusiasm, leadership and splendid devotion to duty have been largely responsible for the high standard of efficiency in his squadron.  This thoroughly capable pilot has, by his keen efficiency, contributed a great deal to the work of ferrying operations.

 

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RUSSELL, Fl/O Eileen Calhoun (V30152) - Mention in Despatches - Station Torbay - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 4 December 1941.

 

This officer has maintained a splendid record throughout her service.  She was the first Women's Division Officer posted to Newfoundland and in addition to her normal administrative duties has been in charge of the Women's Division either at No.1 Group Headquarters or Torbay since July 1942.  The efficiency and morale of the Women's Division at Royal Canadian Air Force Station, Torbay, has to a great extent been due to Flight Officer Russell's untiring efforts and interest on their behalf.  Her high principles and leadership have been an example to all and her services are well worthy of special recognition.

 

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RUSSELL, Sergeant Harry Tingley (R50456) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Recommendation found in DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606); Fitter/Armourer, NCO in charge of "B" Flight Armament Section.  Home in Windsor, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Moncton, 10 April 1940; served eleven months in Canada, 40 months overseas.

As Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of a flight, Sergeant Russell has displayed great qualities of leadership and has been of inestimable inspiration to his men.  His devotion to duty over a long period has played a considerable part in the success of his squadron.

 

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RUSSELL, F/L Howard Borwick (J12466) - Air Force Cross - No.16 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born in Ste.Agathe des Monts, 26 April 1916; enlisted in Valcartier, 15 August 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (11 November to 27 December 1941), No.1 EFTS (28 December 1941 to 14 March 1942), and No.5 SFTS (15 March to 1 August 1942).  Attended Flying Instructor School, 2 August to 21 September 1942.  Instructed at No. 16 SFTS, 22 September 1942 to 21 September 1945.  In postwar RCAF he served in No.412 Squadron (Wing Commander) and in the Congo.  As of award had flown 1,995 hours, if which 1,758 were as instructor, 160 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer, when faced with a difficult and responsible task, has displayed a tenacity of purpose, a willingness to work, and an ability far beyond the call of ordinary duty.  Recently faced with such an assignment which entailed long hours and many weeks of close supervision, this officer displayed these qualities to such a degree that the assignment with which he was entrusted enjoyed the highest success.  In so doing, he set a most excellent standard.

 

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RUSSELL, F/L Jack Albert (J20593) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.203 Squadron - Award effective 5 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 1921 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 28 October 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 25 April 1942), No.1 EFTS (graduated 18 July 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942).  Commissioned November 1942.  Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.  Died in Toronto, 15 July 1997.

 

This officer has been employed on anti-submarine duties over the Indian Ocean and anti-shipping operations over the Bay of Bengal.  He has at all times displayed outstanding skill, initiative and enthusiasm which, coupled with his courage and determination, have materially contributed to the successful completion of many missions.

 

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RUSSELL, FS Joseph Vincent (R120651) - Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Born in Lisburn, County Antrim, Ireland,  1920; home in Saskatchewan (farmer).  Trained at No.7 ITS, No.16 EFTS and No.7 SFTS.  Arrived at Personnel Reception Centre, in England, 1 December 1942.  Further trained at No.14 (P) AFRU (23 March to 10 May 1943) and No.30 OTU (11 May 1943).  Went on to No.1651 Conversion Unit; to No.15 Squadron, 19 August 1943.  Commissioned after CGM event (J18912).  Killed in action with this unit, 20/21 February 1944 (Lancaster LM456); buried in Germany.

 

One night in October 1943, this airman piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Kassel.  Whilst making his bombing run the aircraft was subjected to heavy fire from the ground defences, but Flight Sergeant Russel held to his course and executed his bombing attack.  Almost immediately the aircraft was repeatedly hit by machine gun fire from a fighter.  Extensive damage was sustained causing the bomber to become difficult to control, but displaying superb airmanship Flight Sergeant Russell flew the crippled bomber to an airfield in this country.  Although almost exhausted by his efforts he succeeded in effecting a safe landing.  This airman displayed outstanding courage and tenacity.

 

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RUSSELL, F/O Neil Gillespie (J8136) - Mention in Despatches - No.203 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). Born at Vancouver, 6 August 1919; home there (bank clerk).  Enlisted there, 12 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 22 May 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 14 July 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 4 October 1941).  Commissioned 7 October 1941; promoted to Flying Officer, 1 October 1942; to Flight Lieutenant, 7 October 1943.  Arrived in UK, 8 January 1942, and in Egypt 8 March 1942.  Flew a tour with No.250 Squadron (20 June 1942 to 3 July 1943, briefly with No.203 Squadron (3-25 July 1943), and then served at No.73 OTU, Abu Sueir (25 July 1943 to 10 January 1944.  After leave in Canada he returned to Britain (7 May 1944), undertook refresher training at No.53 OTU (24 May to 23 June 1944) and went to No.416 Squadron (4 July 1944 to 29 March 1945).  Returned to Canada, 2 May 1945; released 26 July 1945.  Known victories as follows: date uncertain, one Bf.109 destroyed in North Africa; 28 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed northwest of Caen; 25 September 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Arnhem; 27 September 1944, one FW.190 damaged, Emmerich; 29 September 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Emmerich.  Photos PL-10241 (beside Kittyhaek in Africa) and PL-36067 (studio portrait).

 

RUSSELL, F/L Neil Gillespie (J8136) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Award presented 13 July 1946.

 

During two tours of operations Flight Lieutenant Russell has completed numerous sorties.  He has destroyed or damaged at least thirty mechanical vehicles.  In addition he has destroyed four enemy aircraft and damaged a further two.  On his first tour he participated in many dive bombing missions and attacks against various ground targets.  He has always displayed a fine fighting spirit, keenness and courage which merit high commendation.

 

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RUSSELL, F/O Ronald Albert (J27738) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1921 in Workworth, Ontario; home in Campbellford, Ontario (teacher); enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 18 May 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned July 1943.  Award presented 21 May 1949.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 15 December 1944 when he had completed 32 sorties (165 hours 20 minutes), 12 August to 30 November 1944.

 

This officer has now completed his first tour of operations comprised of thirty-two sorties over enemy territory including a wide variety of well defended targets over Germany and France.

 

The successful completion of these operational sorties was due largely to the initiative, resourcefulness and skilful airmanship of this officer.  His tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit have undoubtedly inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and the squadron in general.

 

I consider that his exceptional qualities of leadership and his fine record of achievement fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RUSSELL, F/O Walter Andrew (J12247) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.31 Squadron - Award effective 8 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 24 March 1944 and AFRO 921/44 dated 28 April 1944.  Born Jamer [?], Saskatchewan, 1918; home in Le Roy, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 8 July 1941).  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 18 June 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented 6 November 1948.

 

This officer has participated in many sorties involving the dropping of supplies to our ground forces.  On numerous occasions anti-aircraft fire and fighter opposition have been encountered but Flying Officer Russell has always completed his task successfully. He is a courageous and resolute pilot whose example has been commendable.

 

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RUSSELL, Sergeant Walter Harry (R82898) - Mention in Despatches - Wombleton - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Airfield Controller; enlisted in Ottawa, 12 February 1941.  Served in Canada one year, and as of recommendation (16 May 1945) had spent 39 months in UK.  No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.002 D.225 has recommendation:

 

This non-commissioned officer has proved himself to be outstanding and can at all times be expected to do more than is required of him.  He has inspired others with whom he works to greater efforts, applies himself with diligence to his work and has set a high example of efficiency for the guidance of his workers.  His good spirits have definitely been a morale builder.

 

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RUSSELL, F/L Walter Lyle (J29734) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1923 in Chilliwack; home in Vancouver (truck driver); enlisted there 4 September 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942).  Commissioned December 1942.  Award presented while serving in the RAF sometime about 1950.  No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy".

 

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RUSSELL, S/L William Alfred (J8401) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944.  Born 1919 in London, England; home in Mount Denis, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 20 December 1940.  Formerly in Governor General's Horse Guards.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 June 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941).  Commissioned 1941.  Invested with award by King George, 11 August 1944. Died in Toronto, 21 May 1982.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of sorties, including nine attacks on the capital of the German Reich, four on Hamburg and others on the strongly defended targets of the Ruhr area.  He is a gallant and skilful leader and he has contributed materially to the fine fighting qualities of the squadron.  His determination and devotion to duty have been reflected in the successes obtained.

 

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RUTHERFORD, F/L Jack Wilson (J10351) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.60 Squadron - Award effective 23 March as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945.  Born 1918 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan; home there or in Pincher Creek, Alberta (steam fitter, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Saskatoon, 15 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 17 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940).  Commissioned March 1942.  Award presented 9 July 1949.

 

This officer has participated in a large number of operational sorties which have been flown over difficult hill country in Burma and Assam.  He has led his flight and for a short period his squadron on numerous successful missions.  At all times his courage and devotion to duty have been worthy of the highest praise.

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RUTHERGLEN, P/O Raymond Allan (J86032) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1920 in Winnipeg; home in Nelson, British Columbia or in Victoria (ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Vancouver, 26 June 1941.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 10 November 1941) and No.8 BGS (graduated 20 June 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  Award sent by registered mail 7 June 1950.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 50 sorties (230 hours 40 minutes).

 

                                               * counted as 1/3 sortie

 

18 Nov 43                                                Nantes (4.05, Nickle  28 June 44     Metz (5.09)

sortie)                              30 June 44     Villers Bocage (2.28)

8 Mar 44   Le Mans (5.20)*                    2 July 44         Oisemont (2.00)

13 Mar 44                                                Le Mans (5.35)*         5 July 44         Wizernes (1.45)

15 Mar 44                                                Stuttgart (9.30)           6 July 44         Coquereaux (2.34)

19 Mar 44                                                Frankfurt (5.20)          7 July 44         Caen (2.26)

22 Mar 44                                                Frankfurt (6.20)          9 July 44         L'Hey (1.41)

24 Mar 44                                                Berlin (8.20)   10 July 44                    Nucourt (2.52)

26 Mar 44                                                Essen (5.05)  12 July 44                    Paris/Vaires (3.08)

30 Mar 44                                                Nuremburg (8.10)      15 July 44       Nucourt (3.17)

18 Apr 44 Paris (5.30)*                         19 July 44      Rollez (2.57)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.20)*                          3 Aug 44        L'isle Adam (2.51)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (7.00)                    4 Aug 44        St.Maximim (2.59)

26 Apr 44 Essen (5.00)                         5 Aug 44        Chaussee (3.00)

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.40)*                     7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE 5 (2.30)

30 Apr 44 Somain (4.20)*                     8 Aug 44        Lucheux (2.55)                       

19 May 44                                               Mont Coupe (2.02)    12 Aug 44      Russelheim (4.29)

21 May 44                                               Duisburg (3.41)          16 Aug 44      Stettin (5.02)

22 May 44                                               Dortmund (3.43)         18 Aug 44      Bremen (4.50)

24 May 44                                               Aachen (3.28)            25 Aug 44      Russelheim (7.13)

27 May 44                                               Rennes airfield (3.54)                        26 Aug      Kiel (5.27)

28 May 44                                               Mardyck (2.00)           29 Aug 44      Stettin (8.32)

11 June 44                                              Toures (5.03) 15 Sept 44                  Kiel (5.00)

15 June 44                                              Lens (2.36)    5 Oct 44                      Saarbrucken (4.52)

16 June 44                                              Renescoure (1.51)     6 Oct 44         Dortmund (4.49)

23 June 44                                              Coubromme (1.48)    14 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.55)

24 June 44                                              Middel Straete (1.38)                        15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.02)

27 June 44                                              Oisemont (2.14)         19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.24)

 

Pilot Officer Rutherglen is an exceptionally capable and keen Wireless Operator/Air Gunner who has almost completed his second tour of operations.  He is an excellent leader, imbued with a fine offensive spirit and a keen desire to perform operational duties on every possible occasion.  His excellent personal example of fearlessness and determination has done much to contribute towards the operational efficiency of his crew.  Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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RUTHIG, WO2 Victor Milner (R256267) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1915 in St.Mary's, Ontario; home in Stratford (mink rancher, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Hamilton, 24 May 1943.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 15 January 1944).  Award presented 14 June 1949.  See also WO2 Ernest J. Ash. 

 

In March 1945, this Warrant Officer was mid-upper gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Hamburg.  While in the target area the aircraft was subjected to five consecutive attacks by enemy fighters.  Warrant Officer Ruthig, together with the rear gunner, directed their pilot in a correct evasive action.  The attacks continued and one of the enemy was finally shot down.  The coolness and courage shown by this Warrant Officer on all his sorties has set an excellent example to all in the squadron.

 

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RUTLEDGE, FS Ervine Edwin (R64894) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.69 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943. Home in Canterbury, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 14 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 January 1941), No.5 EFTS (ceased training, 9 March 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 2 September 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 21 July 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 30 September 1941).  Award presented 14 May 1946.

 

During the last four months Flight Sergeant Rutledge has been operating from Malta with outstanding enthusiasm and skill.  He has set an example to the flight which has been of inestimable value to his squadron commander.

 

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RUTLEDGE, G/C Herbert Hugh Carvell (C149) - Mention in Despatches - Station Eastmoor (No.61 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 19 November 1919 in Wawanesa, Manitoba; attended University of Manitoba.  Joined RCAF at Camp Borden, 4 June 1928; also employed by Manitoba Government (Department of Northern Development).  Taken on Permanent RCAF on 15 February 1934 (with effect from 15 February 1933); on flying duties at Lac du Bonnet, Ottawa, and Winnipeg.  On east coast with a bomber reconnaissance unit, 1939-1940l AFHQ, 1940-1943 (Directorate of Plans).  To St.Johns (No.1 Group).  Overseas in April 1944 (No.6 Group and RCAF Overseas Headquarters).  Returned to Canada, 1946.  Commanded Station Trenton and was air attache to Sweden.  Attained Air Commodore rank, January 1953.  In August 1955 made Group Commander, 14 Training Group, Winnipeg.  Retired 1961.  A newspaper clipping dated 28 May 1987 says he had died "Tuesday" (about 26th or 27th).  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 15 August 1944.

 

Group Captain Rutledge has commanded RCAF Station Eastmoor since his arrival overseas.  His personal ability, service experience and devotion to duty combine to make him an excellent operational station commander.  By tactful handling and tireless effort he has endeavoured at all times to maintain the highest standards of morale and efficiency in the personnel under his command.

 

RUTLEDGE, G/C Herbert Hugh Carvell (C149) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946.  Award presented 9 April 1948.

 

 

This officer, an officer of the Regular Air Force since February 1934, has been assigned such important positions as command of a Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron, Deputy Director of Air Service, Air Force Headquarters, and command of operational and training stations in Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force.  In all these assignments he has displayed superior leadership and devotion to duty.  Through his fine judgement and confident manner in handling all his duties he has been an inspiration and has set an outstanding example to his juniors, thereby contributing considerably to successful operations.  During his present employment as Director of Air Staff duties, Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas Headquarters, this officer in addition to his normal duties, gave most effective direction to planning for Royal Canadian Air Force participation in Phase II operations.  His personal contribution to the war effort in all respects has been outstanding and a definite credit to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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RUTTAN, W/C Charles Graham (C871) - Distinguished Service Order - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 28 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944.  Born 1916 in St.Boniface; home in Toronto; enlisted in Winnipeg and commissioned, 4 July 1938.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Group Captain, Tactical Air Command.

 

Wing Commander Ruttan has been in command of his squadron since April 1943.  During that period he has flown on operational sorties on every possible occasion and has always been the first pilot of the squadron to try out new methods of attack.  By his untiring efforts and splendid leadership he has been largely responsible for the fine operational efficiency of the squadron he commands.

 

RUTTAN, W/C Charles Graham, DSO (C871) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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RUTTLEDGE, F/O Alfred John Delaune (J15160) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born Winnipeg, 1914; home in Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 21 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 October 1940), No.9 EFTS (graduated 8 December 1940) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 11 March 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  DFC and Bar presented by Governor General, 9 December 1947.

 

During the last few months, this officer had participated in a large number of missions, the success of which have been largely owing to his leadership and skill as a pilot.  His outstanding record of success and magnificent example have been a source of inspiration to his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has the original recommendation, drafted 25 March 1943 when he had flown 44 sorties (309 hours five minutes). This lists his sorties (although those with No.138 Squadron are described only as "Operations as Ordered") and provides a more detailed account (but still tantalizingly vague) of his work.  However, he is mentioned several times by Fred Clark in Agents by Moonlight: The Secret History of RAF Tempsford During World War II (Tempus Publishing Group, 1999) from which some of his destinations can be determined.

 

12 Aug 41      Hanover                                      17 Nov 42      -

14 Aug 41      Magdeburg                                 22 Nov 42      -

17 Aug 41      Duisburg                                     28 Nov 42      -

26 Aug 41      Cologne                                      23 Dec 42      -

29 Aug 41      Mannheim                                   14 Jan 43       -

2 Sept 41       Frankfurt                                      18 Jan 43       -

6 Sept 41       Huls                                             22 Jan 43       -

8 Sept 41       Kassel                                         13 Feb 43      Germany

11 Sept 41     Kiel                                              16 Feb 43      -

20 Sept 41     Frankfurt                                      19 Feb 43      Czechoslovakia

26 Sept 41     Genoa                                         24 Feb 43      -

28 Sept 41     Genoa                                         26 Feb 43      -

10 Oct 41       Cologne                                      9 Mar 43         Poland

12 Oct 41       Nuremburg                                  14 Mar 43      France

20 Oct 41       Bremen                                       20 Mar 43      France

22 Oct 41       Mannheim                                   23 Mar 43      -

26 Oct 41       Hamburg                                     24 Mar 43      Holland

1 Nov 41         Brest

26 Nov 41      Emden

30 Nov 41      Hamburg

15 Dec 41      Brest

17 Dec 41      Brest

2 Jan 41         Brest

9 Mar 42         Essen

10 Mar 42      Essen

12 Mar 42      Kiel

17 May 42      Norway

 

Flying Officer Ruttledge has now completed 44 operational sorties of which 17 have been carried out with this squadron.  In the last few months, he has carried out a large number of special missions, requiring particular skill and determination. The success of these missions has been due to Flying Officer Ruttledge's ability as a pilot, and his leadership as a captain of aircraft. During the last fourteen days, Flying Officer Ruttledge has, on five sorties, completed nine special missions, one of which had previously been attempted, without success, on nine occasions by other crews.  This outstanding record has been a source of inspiration and a fine example to the other crews in the squadron.

 

The station commander added his remarks on 27 March 1943:

 

This officer is now more than half way through his second operational tour.  His work at this station has been very good indeed. Being extremely retiring and unostentatious in character, his merit is liable to be overlooked. I strongly endorse his squadron commander's recommendation.

 

The original submission had been for an immediate DFC, but on 28 March 1943 the air Officer Commanding, No.3 Group, wrote, "Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross".

 

RUTTLEDGE, F/L Alfred John Delaune (J15160) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.624 Squadron - Award effective 27 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 July 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in May 1943, Flight Lieutenant Ruttledge has completed many more operational sorties.  He has flown over enemy occupied territory in Europe with a complete disregard of opposition or adverse weather.  This officer is a courageous pilot whose courage and devotion to duty have always been of the highest order.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9016 has recommendation dated 5 February 1944 when he had flown 1,374 hours (310 in previous six months) of which 644 were operational.  He had flown 35 sorties and 292 hours since previous award (although the text also speaks of 41 sorties):

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in May 1943 this officer has continued operating with the greatest enthusiasm and has completed a further 41 sorties on special operations.

 

He has flown over all occupied territories in Europe and has shown great determination and complete disregard for personal safety. His professional knowledge has greatly assisted the more inexperienced crews and he was always the first to volunteer for difficult and dangerous tasks. On one occasion he was detailed to carry out a mission involving a long and hazardous flight into central Europe and the nature of which precluded the possibility of carrying additional fuel. This officer set off and successfully completed his task although he knew that his fuel safety margin was of only a few minutes duration. His devotion to duty has at all times been most marked and he is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

RUTTLEDGE, F/L Alfred John Delaune, DFC (J15160) - Netherlands Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") (deceased) - Flying Cross - effective 3 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946.  Public Records Office Air 2/9556 gives unit and citation.

 

Over a period of twelve months this officer completed six sorties of a special nature over Holland.  He fully appreciated the very great hazards involved, but by the display of the highest degree of resolution, skill and leadership he set a most inspiring example to his contemporaries, and made a very fine contribution to the air effort in Holland.

 

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RYAN, Sergeant Clayton Thomas (RCAF 7803) - Mention in Despatches - No.8 (BR) Squadron -  Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Ottawa; educated there including Ottawa Technical School; home there; enlisted there, September 1939. 

 

This NCO has proven himself to be an aero-engine mechanic of outstanding ability and leadership.  His resourcefulness, persistence and unfailing cheerfulness have been an inspiration to all under his direction.

 

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RYAN, F/L Harry Joseph (J23105) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.10 AOS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Enlisted in Moncton, 26 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 August 1940), No.3 AOS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 19 January 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 March 1941).

 

Since this officer's repatriation from operations in 1942, he has made a splendid contribution as a navigation instructor.  His industry, reliability and knowledge of his work are of a very high order.  His devotion to duty has been an inspiring example to trainees and staff at this unit.  At all times he is ready and willing to impart his knowledge to the pupils, having first and foremost their interests at heart.

 

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RYAN, WO2 (now P/O) John Arthur (R156114/J87866) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944.  Born Toronto, 24 June 1921; home there; enlisted there 21 February 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 6 April 1943).  Commissioned June 1944.  Killed 14 February 1951 while flying a Mustang.  Award presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 9 December 1947.

 

Warrant Officer Ryan is an outstanding pilot who has consistently displayed superb captaincy and airmanship. One night in August 1944 he was detailed to attack Foret de Nieppe in France.  During the outward flight two engines became defective and Warrant Officer Ryan was compelled to jettison some of his equipment and to set course for an emergency airfield.  Before the landing ground was reached, the starboard outer propeller flew off and damaged the starboard inner engine.  Under difficult and hazardous circumstances this airman effected a masterly landing without causing injury to his crew or further damage to his aircraft.

 

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RYMER, F/O David (J37727) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1916 in Walkerville, Ontario; home in Timmins (surveyor's assistant); enlisted in North Bay, 3 June 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.4 AOS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.4 BGS (graduated 18 September 1943).   Commissioned November 1943.  Award sent by registered mail 10 January 1946.

 

Flying Officer Rymer has completed numerous operational sorties against such targets as Duisburg, Stuttgart and Nuremburg, obtaining some excellent photographs.  He has given his captain every support in the most adverse circumstances.  One night in October 1944 his aircraft was badly damaged by an enemy fighter and the rear gunner was killed.  It was only with great difficulty that the aircraft was flown safely back to base.  On another occasion, when his aircraft was damaged and the pilot was killed, Flying Officer Rymer was forced to leave it by parachute.  Although shaken by this incident, he has proved himself still keen to continue flying.  The great determination which he has displayed has contributed greatly to the fine record achieved by his crew.

 

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RYRIE, W/C George (C3932) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 17 February 1941.  Award sent by registered mail.

 

This officer was in charge of costing in the Directorate of Accounts and Finance for a period of about three and a half years.  During this time he computed the costs in connection with all the large financial arrangements and lump sum settlements with the United Kingdom Government.  These settlements have already involved some approximating [approximately ?] two and one half billion dollars.  In addition, he has been responsible for the costing of projects in Canada and Newfoundland involving inter-governmental adjustments with the United States Government and also in projects requiring a division of costs between Canadian Western Hemisphere operations and the Commonwealth Air Training Plan.  In all these responsible tasks he has exhibited an exceptionally high degree of intelligence, initiative and imagination combined with sound common sense.  Subsequent comparison of his estimates with actual costs have clearly indicated the high degree of accuracy of his work.  In connection with his duties, Wing Commander Ryrie has been called upon to attend conferences in London, Washington and Canada in presentation and support of this fundamental data, and in this connection deal with very high ranking Governmental officials.  As a result of continuing negotiations and associations with this officer over a protracted period of time, the zeal and outstanding ability which this officer has shown are held in the very highest regard by the Air Ministry, in Washington and in the Canadian Government financial circles.