SAALMANS, WO1 Charles Kenneth (R51489) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Flight Engineer School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Liverpool, England, 8 May 1901. Salesman. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 8 November 1939. Instrument mechanic. Award sent by registered mail 20 November 1945.
Since the formation of the Flight Engineer School, this warrant officer has demonstrated an ability for organization and a marked flair for technical ingenuity far in excess of that demanded by his rank. He very ably directed a group of skilled tradesmen who designed and manufactured instructional mock-ups from scrap material, thereby simplifying the complicated instrument and electrical systems of heavy bomber aircraft to such an extent as to improve instruction beyond reasonable expectations. Despite difficult personal circumstances he continued to devote much time to the manufacture of synthetic training devices. His unselfish devotion to the needs of the service continues to be a source of inspiration to all his associates.
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SABINE, Matron Harriet Butterfield (C4599) - Associate, Royal Red Cross - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted at St.Thomas, Ontario, 16 November 1940. Award sent by registered mail 22 November 1948.
Matron Sabine has performed her duties, in spite of great shortage of staff with marked zeal and devotion to duty. Her efficiency and cheerfulness under all circumstances have been an example to her colleagues and to all personnel who have come in contact with her.
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SABOURIN, F/L Joseph Jean Paul (J3519) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.145 Squadron - Award effective 28 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 October 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born at St.Isidore de Prescott, Ontario, 8 January 1915. Enlisted in Ottawa, 4 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 EFTS, and No.1 SFTS; wings 12 December 1940. Arrived in UK, 2 March 1941. Further trained at No.57 OTU, March to May 1941. With No.145 Squadron, 5 May to 30 October 1941. With No.112 Squadron, North Africa, 12 November 1941 to 28 December 1941. On non-operational duties until May 1942. No.145 Squadron, 18 May to 16 September 1942 (killed in action). Award presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 17 April 1943. Aerial victories as follows: 5 December 1941, one G.50, one Ju.87 and one Bf.109 destroyed plus two Bf.109s and one G.50 damaged (Tomahawk AK457); 8 June 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (shared with another pilot; this was the first Spitfire victory in North Africa); 12 June 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed; 8 September 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed; 16 September 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed. The book Canada's Air Forces by Brereton Greenhous and Hugh Halliday has three photographs relating to his career.
This officer has performed much excellent work. He has destroyed four enemy aircraft and assisted in the destruction of another.
NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9265 has recommendation communicated from RAF Headquarters, Middle East to Air Ministry, 25 August 1942:
This pilot has been a Flight Commander in this squadron for the last six weeks and has done excellent work both in the air and on the ground. He has now been taken off flying for medical reasons; before this he was working under a great handicap, medically, for the last fortnight he was flying; he has shot down four enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of another besides damaging another two.
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SAGER, S/L Arthur Hazelton (J8638) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.443 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 22 October 1916 at Hazelton, British Columbia. BA from UBC, 1938. Pre-war clerk, actor, seaman, reporter and teacher. Enlisted in Vancouver 28 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 July 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 18 August 1941) and No.4 SFTS (wings and commission on 7 November 1941). Arrived in UK 26 December 1941. Further trained at No.58 OTU (10 February to 14 April 1942). Served in No.421 Squadron (14 April 1942 to 4 August 1943), No.416 Squadron (4 August 1943 to 10 January 1944), No.403 Squadron (5-25 August 1944), No.416 Squadron (25 August to 30 September 1944) and No.443 Squadron (30 September 1944 to 30 March 1945). Promotions were as follows: Flying Officer, 1 October 1942; Flight Lieutenant, 10 May 1943; Squadron Leader, 30 September 1944. Aerial victories as follows: 6 June 1943, one Bf.109 damaged Northeast of Poix; 6 July 1943, one Bf.109 damaged, Amiens; 10 July 1943, one FW.190 damaged, Elbeuf; 5 September 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (shared with Chadburn, Noonan and Booth) plus one Bf.109 damaged (shared with another pilot); 3 November 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed, Ijmuiden; 26 November 1943, one FW.190 destroyed; 26 September 1943, one FW.190 damaged, Arnhem; 27 September 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed, Emmerich; 22 January 1945, one unidentified enemy aircraft damaged on ground, Rheine. Released 28 June 1945. Award presented 21 February 1948. Photograph: PL-19035 (seated in Spitfire, No.416 Squadron); PL-22390 (standing beside Spitfire); PL-34808 (formal studio shot). Interesting incident was 15 July 1942 at Central Gunnery School, Sutton Bridge when flying Spitfire P7603 on a tactical exercise (intercepting bombings). Glycol leak set white smoke pouring from exhaust stacks. Had trouble locating airfield due to smoke. Engine seized and he belly-landed in a field.
Squadron Leader Sager commenced operational flying in April 1942 and is now on his second tour of duty with this squadron. Throughout many hours of flying time he has always displayed the utmost determination in all his allotted tasks. He is now in command of 443 Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron and has proved a most skilful and successful leader combing very good judgement and sound reasoning with keenness and courage. He has destroyed five enemy aircraft during his operational career.
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SAIT, F/O Frederick Florent (J24039) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1921 at Hazelton, British Columbia; home there or McBride. Formerly in Canadian Army; enlisted in Vancouver, 7 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 10 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail 24 February 1950. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 16 September 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (184 hours 57 minutes), 21 January to 26 August 1944.
21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.11), 24 Jun 44 Noyelle E.C. (3.40)
crashed 25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (3.35)
15 Feb 44 Berlin (2.13), DNCO, 27 Jun 44 Mont Condon (3.30)
gunner ill. 4 July 44 St.Martin L'Hey
19 Feb 44 Leipzig (3.13), DNCO, (3.39)
engine unserviceable 6 July 44 Croixdale (3.24)
1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.51) 8 July 44 Chateau Bernapre
6 Mar 44 Trappes (4.57) (3.28)
7 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.00) 12 Jul 44 GARDENING (4.00)
13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.07) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (4.56)
15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.51) 25 Jul 44 Foret du Croc (3.58)
18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.15) 1 Aug 44 Prouville (3.58)
22 Mar 44 GARDENING (3.23), 2 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe
DNCO, H2S u/s. (3.35)
24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.10) 3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe
26 Apr 44 Paris (5.09) (3.00)
27 Apr 44 Montzen (4.14) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal
23 May 44 GARDENING (3.59) (4.01)
24 May 44 Aachen (3.52) 11 Aug 44 Chapelle Notre Dame
26 May 44 GARDENING (5.01) (3.18)
6 June 44 St.Lo (5.17) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.26)
7 June 44 GARDENING (4.47) 14 Aug 44 Falaise (3.43)
9 June 44 Laval Airfield (5.13) 16 Aug 44 GARDENING (5.10)
14 Jun 44 Douai (4.10) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.11)
15 Jun 44 Fouilliard (5.21) 25 Aug 44 Watten (3.40)
16 Jun 44 GARDENING (5.27) 26 Aug 44 Homburg (3.51)
22 Jun 44 Laon (4.19)
This officer has completed his first operational tour consisting of 40 sorties involving a total of 184 hours.
He has been outstandingly successful as a navigator, and has shown his ability on many raids against the most heavily defended targets. At all times he has shown the greatest coolness in face of the enemy, and his work on operations has been of an extremely high standard, as is proved by his night photographs.
He has done much to achieve the present standard of navigation on the squadron both by his work in his section and by his fine personal example.
For his outstanding devotion to duty he is most strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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SALE, F/L Douglas Julian (J9929) - Distinguished Service Order - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 24 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 8 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born in Penetanguishene, Ontario, 28 February 1914. Educated in Toronto public schools, Upper Canada College, Northern Vocational (Toronto), and Central Commerce School (Toronto). Raised by foster parents (Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Holmested) as parents were deceased. Prior to war he had attended Toronto public schools, Upper Canada College (junior matriculation, graduated 1932), Northern Vocational School (Toronto), and Central Commerce School (Toronto - night courses in accountancy and publis speaking). He had also taken a ground school course in Air Transport and Training. Last employment was as sales clerk and retail manager at Julian Sale Leather Goods Company, Toronto, a company founded by his grandfather. Also active in Toronto Ski Club. Enlisted in Toronto, 28 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 August 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). Commissioned 1942. Reported missing over Africa, May 1943 but passed through Gibraltar two months later. Shot down, 19 January 1944; died in captivity, 20 March 1944. All awards presented to next-of-kin by Governor General, 27 June 1945.
In air operations this officer displayed great skill and achieved many successes against the enemy's most heavily defended objectives. His unconquerable spirit of determination, great gallantry and fortitude have set an example beyond praise.
SALE, S/L Douglas Julian, DSO (J9929) - Bar to Distinguished Service Order - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 21 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 1 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.
One night in December 1943, this officer was pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in Germany. Although heavy clouds prevailed over the target, Squadron Leader Sale displayed great persistence and made five runs over the area before releasing his bombs. The return flight was safely accomplished but whilst over base at a height of 1,500 feet some stores exploded and flames broke out near the rear turret and the underside of one of the wings of the aircraft quickly became filled with smoke and fumes, and fire spread rapidly. The danger of the tanks exploding was soon apparent. Coolly Squadron Leader Sale turned away from the airfield, regained height and ordered his crew to leave by parachute. By this time he could hardly see the instruments as the smoke in the cockpit was so dense. As he was just about to leave the aircraft himself, Squadron Leader Sale saw standing beside him a member of the crew who had been unable to leave as his parachute was badly damaged and unusable. Squadron Leader Sale therefore decided to attempt to land the burning aircraft and succeeded. In so doing the floor of the fuselage, some equipment and some stores were blazing as he and his comrade got cleared. When they were a bare 200 yards away, the aircraft exploded. In circumstances of great danger Squadron Leader Sale displayed great courage and determination, setting an example of the highest order.
SALE, S/L Douglas Julian, DSO (J9929) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Awarded when he had flown 51 sorties (305 operational hours).
This officer is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Order and one Bar awarded for outstanding individual acts of gallantry. He has taken part in a great many operational sorties against some of the enemy's most strongly defended targets. In order to complete his mission successfully, Squadron Leader Sale has often stayed over the target area for a considerable time pressing home his attacks from low level despite intense opposition. As flight commander he has set a magnificent example by his keenness, courage and devotion to duty.
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SALKELD, FS (now P/O) Herbert Alexander Basil (R151215/J85488) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in New Liskeard, Ontario, 1915; home in North Bay (machinist); enlisted there 26 May 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 18 April 1943. Award sent by registered mail.
This airman has completed many operational sorties against strongly defended enemy targets. He is an excellent air gunner who has always a fine fighting spirit, enthusiasm and courage of a high degree. On two occasions when his aircraft has been attacked by enemy night fighters, Flight Sergeant Sakeld's skilful directions have enabled his captain to take successful evasive action and frustrate the attackers. Another time this airman saw an enemy aircraft intercept one of our bombers. He immediately opened fire hitting the enemy fighter which was probably destroyed.
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SALMON, FS (now P/O) Dennis Day (R54483/J86812) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born in Davenport, England, 1921; home in Astoria, Long Island, New York; enlisted in Ottawa, 5 September 1940. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 28 October 1940. Award presented 17 June 1945. 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 10 May 1944 when he had flown 25 1/3 sorties (171 hours 50 minutes (16 May 1943 to 29 April 1944).
* denotes counted as 1/3 sortie
16 May 43 GARDENING, Frisians, (3.25) 25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (8.25)
25 May 43 Dusseldorf (5.15) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.50)
29 May 43 Wuppertal (6.05) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.15)
21 Jun 43 Krefeld (4.45) 4 Feb 44 GARDENING, La
22 Jun 43 Mulheim (4.50) Rochelle (7.20)
26 Jun 43 GARDENING, Brest (6.00) 22 Feb 44 GARDENING, La
3 July 43 Cologne (2.45), DNCO Rochelle (7.20)
26 Jul 44 Essen (4.30) 2 Mar 44 Meulan (6.05)*
27 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.30) 11 Mar 44 GARDENING, Lorient (7.30)
29 Jul 43 Hamburg (6.05) 16 Mar 44 Amiens (5.15)*
15 Sep 43 Montlucon (7.00) 22 Mar 44 GARDENING, Kiel (7.20)
16 Sep 43 Modane (6.00) 26 Mar 44 Courtrai (5.00)*
22 Sep 43 Hanover (5.40) 30 Mar 44 GARDENING, Heligoland (5.50)
3 Oct 43 Kassel (6.15) 12 Apr 44 GARDENING, Heligoland (4.35)
8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.10) 29 Apr 44 GARDENING (5.10)*
19 Nov 43 Leverkusen (6.55)
Flight Sergeant Salmon is a skilful, cool and determined air gunner. He has taken part in very many sorties and has had several encounters with enemy fighters. He has always cooly and skilfully directed his captain in the necessary evading tactics which have saved both crew and aircraft and he has contributed materially to the successful completion of each sortie in which he has partaken. Flight Sergeant Salmon has set a very fine example by his keenness and confidence.
NOTE: To the above, on 14 May 1944, G/C F.A. Sampson (Station Commander, Middleton St.George) adds:
Flight Sergeant Salmon has always shown above average keenness in his work at the unit, whether the job be training or operations. He sets an excellent example to others. Recommend favourable consideration.
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SALO, F/L Torsti Albert (J11033) - Mention in Despatches - No.435 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "RCAF Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Born 1920 in Tampere, Finland; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 4 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941), and No.12 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.1769 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has recommendation for a DFC dated 15 May 1945 when he had flown 634 hours five minutes on operations (183 supply drops and landings). Name given as Thorsen Albert. Name also rendered as Torsten Albert.
This officer has completed a large number of Transport Support Sorties in Burma. Throughout his tour, he has always displayed outstanding determination and devotion to duty. Many of his sorties have been carried out in the face of enemy air and ground opposition, and many through monsoon weather. His enthusiasm to fly supplies in support of the 14th Army under any conditions has set a magnificent example to the squadron.
SALO, F/L Torsti Albert (J11033) - 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. Award sent by registered mail 4 April 1950.
This officer has completed a large number of sorties with Transport Command in Burma. Many of these have been flown in the face of enemy air and ground opposition and during the monsoon. In flying supplies in support of the 14th Army, Flight Lieutenant Salo's enthusiasm has remained undaunted, however great the difficulties. His outstanding determination and devotion to duty have set a magnificent example to the squadron.
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SALT, F/L Charles Rupert Henry (J22375) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Edmonton, 27 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942). Certificate sent to RCMP "A" Division, Ottawa, 10 August 1948.
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SALTER, F/L Ernest James (C3672) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Station Mountain View - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Oakville, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 20 January 1941. Recommended for MBE, 26 July 1944 at which time he had flown 1,338 hours, 175 in previous six months; Assistant OC Flying at the time. Veteran of First World War (RFC/RAF), reported to have Legion of Honour and Croix de Guerre.
This officer, as staff pilot, flight commander and presently as assistant to the officer commanding flying, has displayed outstanding keenness and unwavering devotion to duty for over three years at this unit. By his own fine example of skill and initiative he has been an inspiration to the younger pilots and contributed much to the efficiency and morale of his station.
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SAM, F/O Kam Len Douglas (21283) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - No.426 Squadron (unit not identified in AFRO). Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Born in Victoria, 6 April 1918. Educated there. Enlisted in Vancouver, 21 October 1942. At No.3 Manning Depot, 21 October 1942 to 8 January 1943; No.8 BGS, Lethbridge, 9 January to 4 April 1943; No.9 PAE Detachment, Montreal, 5 -30 April 1943; No.1 Air Gunners Ground Training School, Quebec, 1 May to 12 June 1943; No.9 BGS, Mont Joli, 13 June to 6 August 1943. Arrived overseas, August 1943; No.22 OTU, 14 September to 21 December 1943; No.61 Base, 21 December 1943 to 18 February 1944; No.426 Squadron, 18 February 1944. Missing on 29 June 1944; reported safe in UK, 6 September 1944. Repatriated to Canada, October 1944 and initially remained in postwar RCAF. Ranking in career: AC2, 21 October 1942; LAC, 12 June 1943; Sergeant, 23 July 1943; Flight Sergeant, 23 April 1944; Commissioned 2 May 1944; Flying Officer, 2 November 1944. A note on DHist biographical file is interesting:
Fluent in four languages in addition to English, namely Mandarin Cantonese, Japanese and French. Completed a tour (30 trips) with 426 Squadron as a rear gunner. On the last trip of his tour he was shot down over occupied France but managed to elude capture. He made contact with the French Underground and subsequently served as an active participant in the Marquis, distinguishing himself creditably in hand-to-hand fighting during the Liberation of Paris. It is presumed that it is for this action that he received the French award of the Croix de Guerre with Silver Star.
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SAMPSON, G/C Frank Augustus (C101) - Legionnaire, Legion of Merit (United States) - Overseas - Award effective 2 February 1944 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. (Had earlier been announced in Canada Gazette of 6 April 1946 and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946; why reprint it ? Born in Toronto, 7 July 1905. Attended University of Toronto for Engineering; P/P/O, 14 May 1925; pilot's wings, 31 August 1927; commissioned at Camp Borden, 1 September 1927; F/O 1 September 1928; F/L 1 May 1934; S/L 1 April 1938; W/C 15 August 1940; G/C 1 April 1942. Career postings as follows: Camp Borden, 1 September 1927 to 4 January 1928; RCAF HQ, 5 January 1928 to 31 March 1930; No.10 Photo Detachment, 1 April 1930 to 1 April 1931; Ottawa Air Station, 2 April 1931 to 15 May 1932; Winnipeg Air Station, 17 May 1932 to 1 December 1935; Station Trenton, 4 December 1935 to 23 April 1937; No.209 (Flying Boat) Squadron, Felixstowe and Malta while on RAF exchange duties, 4 May 1937 to 7 July 1938; Pembroke Dock while on RAF exchange duties, 8 July 1938 to 3 November 1938; Singapore, 4-27 November 1938, delivering Sunderlands; No.209 Squadron, 28 November 1938 to 2 May 1939; Station Dartmouth, 8 May to 30 September 1939; EAC Halifax, 1 October 1939 to 26 July 1940; No.5 (BR) Squadron, 27 July 1940 to 8 September 1940; RCAF HQ, Ottawa, 9 September 1940 to 15 October 1942 (Director, Postings and Careers); No.2 SFTS, Uplands, 16 October 1942 to 21 May 1943; No.5 MD, Lachine, 22 April-13 May 1943; RCAF HQ Overseas, 16-21 May 1943; No.6 Group HQ, 22 May 1943 to 23 August 1944 (Station Commander); RCAF Overseas HQ, 24 August 1944 to 29 March 1946 (Director of Personnel); No.1 Repat Depot, Lachine, 30 March-9 April 1946; No.1 Air Command, Trenton, 10 April-8 May 1946; NWAC, Edmonton, as Chief Staff Officer, 9 May 1946- ?. At end of war he was attached to Eisenhower's staff at SHAEF HQ in connection with liberation of Canadian POWs. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 28 October 1953 (Group Captain, Air Attache, Paris). Retired 1955. American award presented by Eisenhower at Camp Griffis, Kingston-on-Thames, 12 December 1944. On 10 April, 1945, Lieutenant-Colonel W.F. Brazeau, Foreign Liaison Office, wrote to G/C F. Homer Smith, Air Attache in Washington, with citation:
Group Captain F.A. Sampson, Royal Canadian Air Force, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services as a member of the Joint Canadian-American Military Board. Through his willing assistance, untiring efforts, and sympathetic handling of administrative problems with United States members of the Board he materially aided in the successful accomplishment of the transfer of United States citizens from the Canadian armed forces to the armed forces of the United States by expediting procedures which made the transfers possible and this contributing materially to the success of the Board's mission.
NOTE: Sampson was with Sully on these duties. The award seems to have been done by the Americans without prior clearance from Canada, then "legalized" after the fact.
SAMPSON, G/C Frank Augustus (C101) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas Headquarters (attached AEAF) - 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.4364 (RG.24 Volume 20648) has a recommendation for MiD submitted from No.64 Base to No.6 Group Headquarters, 28 July 1944, which may have been the basis for this award. Station Commander, Middleton St.George.
Group Captain Sampson, as Commanding Officer of the Base Station in No.61 (RCAF) Base and, later, the Base Station at No.64 (RCAF) Base, has been largely responsible for the very enviable record shown by both of these stations under his command. He has devoted unusual attention to becoming personally acquainted with both aircrew and ground personnel, thereby acquiring an exceptional insight into their problems. He has been particularly successful in providing and improving the living conditions and amenities on his stations. This has contributed outstandingly to maintenance of morale during recent months when cancellation of leave and increasing tempo of training and operations has strained personnel's endurance to a high degree.
SAMPSON, G/C Frank Augustus (C101) - 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 29 January 1947.
Throughout his entire service career, as Squadron Commander, Staff Officer at Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters, Commanding Officer of a bomber station and latterly as liaison officer on Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, this officer has displayed a zeal and understanding which is exceptional. He is noted for his intense interest in the welfare of those who work with and under him, and his sympathetic approach to the problems of other ranks and junior officers have endeared him to all his associates. As Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force Liaison Officer, Group Captain Sampson was responsible for ensuring the rapid evacuation of released prisoners of war and he spared neither time nor effort to render all possible assistance to all prisoners of war regardless of nationality. The effect on morale which resulted has left a memorable impression.
SAMPSON, G/C Frank Augustus, OBE (101) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.
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SAMPSON, S/L Hugh Albert (C9036) - Mention in Despatches - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Fort Erie, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 28 November 1941.
SAMPSON, S/L Hugh Albert (C9036) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.
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SAMPSON, Corporal William Patrick (R76486) - 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. Home in Sydney, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 21 January 1941. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted 2 February 1945. Had spent 27 months in Canada, 21 months in England. Electrician.
This airman has been employed as NCO in charge Electrical Repair and Inspection for the past ten months. This airman's dogged determination and devotion to duty has been responsible for the efficient and smooth operation of his section. He has continually displayed initiative in seeking out the work to be done without waiting for instructions from his superiors. He has maintained a high standard of morale in his section under trying circumstances and long hours of work.
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SAMSON, F/O Robert Glenn (J19899) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1917 in Calgary; home in Kildonan, Manitoba; enlisted there 15 September 1941. Served three years in Manitoba Dragoons. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.6 EFTS (ceased training 28 August 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 18 May 1946. Bomb aimer in Sergeant R.A. Grant's crew from June 1943 to end of July 1944; completed tour in F/L R.B. McCullough's craw. Incident was 29/30 December 1943.
In December 1943, when attacking Berlin, the aircraft in which Flying Officer Samson was flying was seriously damaged and the flight engineer killed by heavy anti-aircraft fire. Through able assistance rendered by Flying Officer Samson the pilot was able to bring the aircraft back to this country. Flying Officer Samson has invariably displayed a high degree of courage, determination and zeal and this keenness and courage have earned for him the admiration and confidence of the members of his squadron.
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SAMUELS, F/O Frederick Charles (J36856) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 20 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO/431 dated 8 August 1947. Born 1923 in Portland, Oregon; home in New Westminster, British Columbia (clerk). Commissioned October 1943. Award sent by registered mail 11 May 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 2/9082 has recommendation dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (205 hours one minute). NOTE: Sortie sheet not sent from England.
One of the ablest navigators this squadron has had for some months. Flying Officer Samuels has successfully completed an excellent tour of 36 operational sorties in Halifax III aircraft.
Highly skilled in all the intricacies of his vital task of navigation, he has been mainly responsible for the good results his crew has achieved. Cool, courageous and conscientious in all circumstances, he set an excellent example to all with whom he flew. Under the heaviest fire he remained unperturbed.
It is strongly recommended that Flying Officer Samuels' outstanding work, his courage and devotion to duty at all times during a hazardous tour be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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SANDERS, F/O Samuel Donald (J27679) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1922 at Salter, saskatchewan; home at Hay Post Office, Exeter, Ontario (clerk); enlisted in Saskatoon, 12 May 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.23 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned July 1943. Award presented 9 April 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.1766 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has recommendation for an Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross dated 22 January 1945 when he had flown 14 sorties (79 operational hours, 15 August 1944 to 2 January 1945.
This officer was detailed to attack Duisburg on the night of November 30th, 1944. While still over Base, just prior to setting course for the target, the starboard inner engine became unserviceable and had to be feathered. Despite this great handicap, Flying Officer Sanders determined to press home the attack against the enemy. Setting course immediately in his endeavour to be over the target at the proper time, this officer successfully carried out his mission on time, bombing from 14,000 feet, the highest altitude he could attain, but well below that of the other aircraft on the same target. On his return he found it necessary to land at another aerodrome, due to petrol shortage. This landing was carried out successfully and Flying Officer Sanders displayed courage, determination and skill of a very high order and is deserving of great praise.
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SANDERSON, P/O George Frederick (J5790) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 Squadron (deceased). Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born 8 December 1940 in Avonlea, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted in Regina, 9 July 1941; Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 February 1941), No.6 EFTS and No. 7 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941). Commissioned 22 June 1941. Posted overseas in July 1941. Posted from No.15 Squadron to No.7 Squadron, 20 February 1942. Killed in action 3 June 1942; name on Runnymede Memorial.
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SANDERSON, F/L James Harold (J6275) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Dresden, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 13 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 February 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 14 July 1941). Award presented 16 January 1945. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I) has citation; notes indicate that as of recommendation he had flown 2,017 hours, of which 1,190 were on operations (131 sorties).
This officer has had considerable service in anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic area over a long period. During this time he has made two attacks on enemy submarines, and after one of these attacks he brought his aircraft safely back to base despite severe tailplane damage caused by a ricocheting depth charge. By his constant good humour and thoroughness under trying conditions, and his outstanding ability he has been an inspiration to his squadron.
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SANDERSON, F/O John Harold (J21356) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Toronto, 1913; home there; enlisted there 8 January 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned November 1942. Award presented 22 June 1949. No citation in AFRO other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to Station Leeming, 22 June 1944 when he had completed 25 sorties (150 hours 30 minutes).
This navigator has completed twenty-five trips out of which thirteen have been on major targets. His work has been of excellent calibre and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew. His splendid record and quiet but dogged determination has been an example to all.
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SANDERSON, P/O John Stephenson (J89028) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1917; home at Elstow, Saskatchewan (farmer); enlisted in Saskatoon, 24 January 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 25 July 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 26 February 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. Invested with award by the King, 13 July 1945.
Pilot Officer Sanderson has completed many operations including attacks against such major targets as Kiel, Stuttgart and Stettin. He has consistently shown exceptional skill, enthusiasm and courage by his determination to press home his attacks despite all enemy opposition. He has set a splendid example to all his crew. In September 1944 Pilot Officer Sanderson was detailed for a daylight operation against a military target at Flushing. While preparing to release his bombs he was wounded in the face by anti-aircraft fire. Undaunted he continued at his allotted task despite further facial injuries. His gallantry and devotion to duty have been most commendable.
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SANDERSON, Sergeant (now WO2) Stephen Andrew (R78549) - Air Force Medal - No.14 SFTS, Aylmer, Ontario - Award effective 20 October 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1830/42 dated 13 November 1942. Born in London, Ontario, 10 July 1919; home there (miner, 1937-1939); enlisted there 8 October 1940 (had been in COTC, 1939-1940). Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 December 1940 and promoted LAC; placed 70th in a class of 154), No.3 EFTS (graduated 9 February 1941, placed 9th in a class of 26) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 22 April 1941 and promoted Sergeant; placed 16th in a class of 36). Posted to Central Flying School, 19 May until 8 August 1941; to No.14 SFTS, 9 August 1941; promoted Flight Sergeant, 1 December 1941; promoted WO2, 1 June 1942; commissioned 14 November 1942; posted to Eastern Air Command, 14 November 1942; award presented by Governor General, 3 December 1942; promoted Flying Officer, 14 May 1943; killed in flying accident (Liberator 3701).
Sergeant Pilot Sanderson displayed exceptional devotion to duty on 17 October 1941 when, on discovering his aircraft to be on fire, first of all ensured the safety of his pupil by ordering him to jump from the burning aircraft, the pupil making a successful parachute landing. The pupil being safe, Sergeant Pilot Sanderson prepared to abandon the aircraft, but seeing that the fire was diminishing, stayed with the aircraft and proceeded to carry out a successful forced landing. His action at all times during this emergency were extremely commendable. This NCO has carried out some 400 hours of instructional flying. This, together with the initiative and presence of mind displayed on the above occasion, constitute a most valuable contribution to the success of flying training at this unit.
NOTE: As of 22 December 1942 he had flown 50 hours at No.3 EFTS, 87 hours at No.6 SFTS, 65 hours at Central Flying School, and 900 hours at No.14 SFTS.
The incident described occurred on 17 October 1941 and involved Harvard 3068. A summary of the accident report stated "On recovery from spin engine took fire. Pupil abandoned aircraft on order of pilot who subsequently got fire under control and landed wheels up." The incident was blamed on carburettor icing and a stuck throttle. The pupil was L.M. Sullivan (subsequently killed on operations, 7 November 1943, Typhoon JP728, No.56 Squadron).
He was first recommended for the AFM by one S/L Miller who was Officer Commanding, No.2 Squadron, No.14 SFTS. This was concurred in by W/C G.N. Irwin who wrote, "It is felt that this award would bolster the morale of Sergeant instructors." A/C G.E. Brookes agreed and endorsed the recommendation on 11 March 1942. Subsequently, on 27 October 1942, he was assessed as follows: " Has consistently shown high average ability in training students and has frequently been chosen to instruct difficult pupils."
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SANDERSON, Corporal William Andrew (R102847) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 6 May 1941. 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 22 months in Canada, 22 months overseas.
This NCO is in charge of a bomb dump crew, has been a bomb dump crew chief and key loading man over a long period of time. He is both cheerful and energetic, carrying out arduous tasks in a manner that is both efficient and trustworthy. His unfailing efforts have at all times set an example to his men and gained the confidence of his superiors. Corporal Sanderson has spent many hours over and above those normally required and has proven himself to be definitely outstanding both as a tradesman and NCO...
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SANDERSON, F/L William Clifford (J7331) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 158/47 dated 28 March 1947. Born in Tate, Saskatchewan, 1917; home there (school teacher). Commissioned September 1941. No DHist file found as of 2 October 1995. No training or citation in AFRO, and no explanation as to why the time lapse between London Gazette and AFRO publication. With NWAC K Flight, as S/L, when AFRO published. Retired from RCAF in 1967. Thereafter he was an avid outdoorsman (rafting anf fishing in Northwest Territories) and a supporter of the Aero Space Museum in Calgary. Died in Calgary, 16 May 1998.
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SANDGREN, F/L Harry William (J16791) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Home in Nelson, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 16 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942. Commissioned 1943. Invested with award by the King, 11 August 1944.
This officer has a splendid record of successful operational flying. He has attacked many of the enemy's most vital targets in Germany including Berlin, Essen, Duisburg and Cologne. The determination with which he has pressed home his attacks in the face of intense opposition has been proved by excellent photographic results. An outstanding captain of aircraft, the fine spirit with which he has inspired his crew is a tribute to his qualities of leadership.
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SANGSTER, P/O George Alexander (J87066) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1923 in Hensall, Ontario; home there (carpenter); enlisted in London, Ontario, 3 August 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943). Commissioned May 1944. Award sent by registered mail 19 December 1949.
Pilot Officer Sangster has completed many sorties against targets in Germany including eight attacks on Berlin. On one occasion when attacked by a Messerschmitt 110, by his skill and tenacity, the enemy fighter was driven off damaged. At all times this officer has shown great keenness and devotion to duty setting a splendid example to all.
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SANGSTER, Corporal Wilfred Lloyd (R104444) - British Empire Medal - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Halifax; enlisted there 29 July 1941. Award presented 16 April 1948.
This non-commissioned officer has rendered outstanding service to the Royal Canadian Air Force during his entire service career. At various times when he was occupied on operational duties he worked long and arduous hours almost to the limit of his endurance. For a period of approximately two years he was employed in the Aircraft Detection Corps branch during which time he travelled extensively, organizing observation posts and supervising twelve reporting centres. His cheerful demeanour and thorough knowledge of service procedure were at all times conducive to the all-round efficiency of the section in which he was employed and he is considered most worthy of recognition.
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SANHAM, Corporal Frank Henry (R63777) - Mention in Despatches - No.429 Squadron (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. Home in Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted in London, Ontario, 10 June 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 31 July 1944 when he had served 30 months in Canada, 19 months overseas.
By his zeal for his work, and his good leadership, this NCO has made a great contribution to the work of the squadron and the war effort. For the past nine months he has been NCO in charge the Armourers of one Flight, a position normally filled by a Sergeant. He has proved himself an efficient and reliable NCO. He has instructed his men and by his energy and determination inspired them to great efforts in an endeavour to increase operational efficiency.
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SANKEY, Sergeant Douglas Ernest Eric (R128978) - British Empire Medal - Station Tofino - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. No card on file at DHist (4 October 1995).
At various stations throughout his career, Sergeant Sankey has maintained a consistent record of efficient endeavour far beyond the normal call of duty. Personnel shortages have continually laid a heavy load on his shoulders but at all times he has more than adequately coped with the tasks assigned with diligence and efficiency.
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SANSOUCY, Sergeant (now P/O) Joseph Germain Fabien (R66953/C86345) - Mention in Despatches - No.75 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Iberville, County, Quebec; enlisted Montreal, 27 August 1940.
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SARGEANT, WO Maurice Sidney (R99002) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Born 21 March 1914; home in Winona, Ontario; enlisted in Digby, England with No.402 Squadron, 16 November 1940. Began as a Nursing Orderly, reclassified as a Medical Clerk, 28 July 1942. Repatriated January 1945; released 15 November 1945.Served again with RCAF, 12 September 1949 to 1 February 1952.
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SARGENT, F/O John Heitmann (J36850) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1918 in Hazelton, British Columbia; home there (store manager, formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 28 July 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned October 1943. Award presented 6 May 1950.
Flying Officer Sargent has displayed great courage and sound navigational ability throughout his tour of operational duty. During one mission his aircraft was attacked and damaged by a night fighter while over the target and, during the next hour and a half, seven more attacks were made. Despite the fact that the navigational aids had been rendered unserviceable and the log lost during the combat, Flying Officer Sargent navigated the bomber safely to an emergency airfield in Belgium, coolly warning his pilot of high ground and wooded areas as they flew in to make a successful crash landing.
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SARGENT, F/L Paul Treneman (J10828) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 6 April 1917 in Bawl, Alberta; home in Toronto (clerk); enlisted there 27 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940 when promoted to LAC), No.1 EFTS (graduated 19 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 26 November 1940 when promoted Sergeant). To Trenton for course as instructor, 27 November 1940 to 19 January 1941; instructing at No.6 SFTS, 20 January 1941 to 18 May 1942; commissioned 1 April 1942; arrived in UK, 25 May 1942; to No.4 (CO) OTU, 18 August 1942; to Lough Erne, 19 November 1942; to No.422 Squadron, 23 November 1942; promoted Flying Officer, 1 October 1942 and Flight Lieutenant, 23 March 1943. Praised throughout his career as a fine instructor and then as a flying boat pilot; a report dated 6 October 1943 described him as "An excellent pilot, persistent and consistent." Killed in action, 17 October 1943 (Sunderland JM712); name on Runnymede Memorial. Public Records Office Air 2/5010 indicates that he was recommended for the Victoria Cross which was not awarded. Recommendation was as follows:
On the 17th October 1943, Flight Lieutenant Sargent was pilot and captain of a Sunderland aircraft escorting an important North Atlantic convoy. The convoy was attacked by submarines and Flight Lieutenant Sargent sighted two surfaced U-boats in close company near to the convoy. There was very little cloud cover but, without hesitation, he pressed home a determined attack from a low level, taking avoiding action to minimize the effect of the intense fire from the two vessels. Owing to a mechanical defect only three depth charges could be released and these fell short. A few hits were sustained by the aircraft and her return fire was so good that the decks of the U-boat under attack were seen to be clear of gun crews.
Flight Lieutenant Sargent at once made a second attack. To ensure the greatest accuracy, he maintained a straight course during the run-in and, disdaining the withering fire, released his two remaining depth charges. These straddled the submarine perfectly and it was seen to rise and then disappear.
During the second attack the Sunderland sustained many hits, two of the crew being killed, the navigator fatally injured and damaged caused to the engine controls. The aircraft was almost unmanageable through lack of power. Before he died, the navigator provided a course to the nearest convoy and Flight Lieutenant Sargent descended in the very heavy seas with such skill that, with assistance from HMS Drury, uninjured members of the crew were able to escape. Unfortunately the gallant captain was trapped and went down with his aircraft. He had previously completed 34 sorties, involving 457 hours flying, and had invariably displayed great courage, skill and devotion to duty.
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SARRE, F/L George De Carteret (J11765) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 WS - award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Kitchener, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 2 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.9 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 11 March 1941).
This officer has been employed as staff pilot and flying instructional duties for the past three years. He has always displayed great enthusiasm and keenness for his work. As a flight commander he has set a high example of initiative and devotion to duty.
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SARUK, FS (now WO2) Michael Alexander (R163670) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.576 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 21 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1918 in Fish Creek, Saskatchewan; home Alvena, Saskatchewan (farmer); enlisted in Regina, 4 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.5 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943), and No.5 BGS (graduated 20 March 1943). Killed in action, 23 May 1944 (Lancaster ME687); buried in Germany. Award presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 9 December 1947.
Since the commencement of his operational tour in January 1944, Flight Sergeant Saruk has completed many sorties over well defended enemy areas. During May 1944, his aircraft was attacked and set on fire by one enemy night fighter before reaching the target, rendering the inter-communication system useless. By using hand signals this airman directed his captain over the target and successfully bombed it. Almost immediately after leaving the target the aircraft was again attacked and set on fire. Flight Sergeant Saruk was of invaluable assistance to his captain in helping him to control the aircraft which was almost unmaneouverable. On many occasions he has displayed the utmost skill and determination which merit the highest praise.
NOTE: The DFC event was further described in a British paper under the heading "Bomber's Miracle Flight", reprinted in Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, date unknown.
With the flight engineer helping the pilot with the control column and the bomb aimer [Saruk] clinging to the rudder pedals, a Lancaster flew home from the 1,500 ton attack on the big tank depot at Nailly, near Rheims, on the night of May 3, 1944, so badly damaged that it was a wonder it remained in the air.
The bomber had been on fire and the rear gunner killed. There was a large hole in the floor, the compasses were broken, the intercom dead, the wireless set useless and some of the oxygen supply had leaked away. The elevators, rudders and electrical circuits were all severely damaged.
The electrical system had to be switched off, which caused the radiator flap to close and the engine to overheat.
The Lancaster was hit from end to end and fire broke out in the rear. Evasive action took it away from the target, so a second run up was made. Owing to damaged hydraulics the bomb doors had already swung open and the crew were to bomb the markers.
While still on fire it was attacked by another fighter and damaged again.
The Flight Engineer, Sergeant A. Taylor of Norton Cuckney, Mausfield, Notts., went to inspect the damage and through a hole in the fuselage saw the wreckage of the rear turret. It appeared to be hanging down by a thread.
The flames were helped by the tremendous draught through the floor, but Sergeant Taylor put them out with an extinguisher. The wireless operator patched up his set and distress signals were sent out.
Once across the sea, a fighter station was asked to prepare for a crash landing, but on getting near it, P/O R.R. Reed of Willingborough, Northants., thought he could reach his own base.
On arriving there the pilot was strapped in and the crew took up their crash positions. As the Lancaster touched down the starboard wheel collapsed and the bomber swung off the runway, skidding sideways to a standstill with steam rising from one of the engines.
FURTHER NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 21 May 1944 when he had flown 17 sorties (104 hours 30 minutes).
Since commencing his operational tour on 17th January 1944, Sergeant Saruk (a Canadian) has completed 17 operational sorties and 104 hours 30 minutes flying hours against many of the most heavily defended of the enemy targets as Bomb Aimer in a Lancaster bomber.
On the night of 3rd/4th May 1944, he was in an aircraft detailed to bomb a tank depot at Mailly in France. When the aircraft was about 20 miles from the target it was hit, severely damaged and set on fire by a night fighter. The aircraft immediately went into a step dive and after much exertion the captain, aided by the Engineer, managed to straighten out after having lost a good deal of height.
Soon after this the navigator who had gone aft to see what damaged had been done, returned and reported by shouting to the Engineer, as the inter-communication system was useless, that the fire had gone out but that there appeared to be a great deal of damage.
The captain returned to the target area, and was directed on a bombing run over the objective by Sergeant Saruk using hand signals, which were relayed by the Flight Engineer to the captain, and in spite of tremendous difficulties a successful attack was achieved.
Almost immediately after leaving the target the aircraft was again attacked and set on fire in the middle of the fuselage. The Engineer went aft and successfully put the fire out; meanwhile Sergeant Saruk helped his captain to control the aircraft which was almost unmanoeuverable. By his coolness and presence of mind this Non-Commissioned Officer was to a large extent responsible for a successful bombing attack on the target. Throughout the flight and throughout his tour he has shown considerable courage and devotion to duty and In strongly recommend him for the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.
The Officer Commanding, RAF Station Elsham Wolds, added his remarks on 22 May 1944:
Sergeant Saruk has displayed the utmost courage and skill in aiming his bombs accurately at many strongly defended enemy industrial and military centres. His spirit is well shown by the attack which he carried out on Mailly on the night of 3rd/4th May when despite the fact that his aircraft had been attacked and set on fire, he cooly directed his captain over the target and dropped his bombs accurately. For his splendid contribution towards bombing of the enemy he is recommended for the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.
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SATTERLY, Fl/O Mary Florence (V30086) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 23 October 1941. No citation.
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SATTLER, F/O Martin (J21942) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Yugoslavia, 1922; home in Regina, Saskatchewan; enlisted there 13 August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 January 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 8 April 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). Commissioned 1942. DFC and Bar sent by registered mail, 23 April 1946.
This officer, as captain of aircraft, has completed many operational sorties against some of the enemy's most important targets including Berlin, Stuttgart and Cologne. At all times he has shown complete disregard for danger and great determination and skill in pressing home his attacks.
SATTLER, S/L Martin (J21942) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.
Squadron Leader Sattler has taken part in many operational missions, the majority of which have been directed against major targets in Germany in attacks on such objectives as Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne. He has proved himself an outstanding pilot. Many of his non-operational duty hours have been spent improving the efficiency of less experienced crews.
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SAUNDERS, F/O Donald Robert (J89293) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 17 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born 27 August 1922. Home in Ottawa; Royal Canadian Artillery, 1936-1940; enlisted in Ottawa, 23 April 1940. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 10 January 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943). Rejoined RCAF in 1952.
As pilot and captain of aircraft, this officer has participated in very many attacks against enemy targets. He has set a very fine example in pressing home his attacks and his determination to make all his sorties a success has won great praise. On one occasion, whilst over Bremen, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Flying Officer Saunders was struck about the eye with fragments of shrapnel. Although suffering from shock, loss of vision in the injured eye and bleeding profusely, Flying Officer Saunders pressed home a successful attack. His example of courage and devotion to duty was typical of that which he has shown throughout his tour of operational duty.
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SAUNDERS, FS (now P/O) Frederick George Kenneth (R210293/J94202) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Home in Basswood, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 18 December 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 9 July 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1944). Award presented 13 September 1947.
In March 1945, this airman was detailed to attack Heide. During the bombing run, the aircraft sustained severe damage. A large hole was torn in the port wing. The aircraft became almost uncontrollable and went into a dive. Flight Sergeant Saunders succeeded in levelling out and turned away from the target. The mounting of one of the engines was badly damaged and Flight Sergeant Saunders was forced to feather the propeller. The aircraft began to lose height and was vibrating badly and could scarcely be manoeuvred. Nevertheless, this pilot displayed the greatest coolness and later brought the aircraft down safely. In hazardous circumstances this airman set a splendid example of skill, courage and resolution.
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SAUNDERS, S/L Howard Laun (J9149) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.218 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Midale, Saskatchewan, 1920; home in Fort Qu'Appelle; enlisted in Regina, 21 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 July 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941), and No.15 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Commissioned 1941. Further trained at No.15 (P) AFU (2 March 1942), No.13 OTU (22 June 1942), No.14 OTU (25 August 1942), and No.1657 Conversion Unit (11 December 1942). Reported to No.218 Squadron, 17 February 1943. Public Relations release 1990 dated 18 May 1943 reported he had two Canadians in his crew (navigator James Bell, rear gunner Earl Dixon). Attacked twice on first operation. Second and third trips were to Berlin with heavy flak damaging aircraft on first of these while searchlights held him for five minutes on second. Invested with award by the King, 13 July 1945.
Squadron Leader Saunders has proved himself to be an excellent pilot and has displayed outstanding coolness and tenacity. In March 1943, whilst raiding Essen, his aircraft was attacked by two fighters. Later severe damage was sustained from anti-aircraft fire. Despite these harassing incidents Squadron Leader Saunders continued and completed his mission. He has at all times displayed high courage and determination.
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SAUNDERS, F/O Leslie Christopher (J39816) - Mention in Despatches - No.441 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as “Overseas”) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.10 EFTS and No.1 SFTS. No biographical file found at DHist, 4 October 1995. Application for operational wings dated 17 October 1944 stated he had flown 105 sorties (154 operational hours), 13 February t6o 15 October 1944.
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SAUNDERS, F/O Paul Duncan (J26371) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1921 in Torbolton, Ontario; home in Ottawa (Westboro, where he was a wood worker and electrician); enlisted there 30 April 1942). Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 15 January 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1953). Commissioned May 1943. Presented by Governor General, 28 February 1946. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9059 has recommendation dated 12 January 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (176 hours), 16 September 1944 to 22 January 1945 (sortie list obviously updated after first submission).
16 Sep 44 Steenwyk 11 Nov 44 Dortmund
23 Sep 44 Neuss 16 Nov 44 Duren
26 Sep 44 Calais 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel
5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 29 Nov 44 Dortmund
7 Oct 44 Emmerich 3 Dec 44 Urft Dam
12 Oct 44 Fort Frederick 6 Dec 44 Merseburg
Hendrik 12 Dec 44 Essen
13 Oct 44 Duisburg 15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven
15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven 21 Dec 44 GARDENING
19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 24 Dec 44 Cologne
23 Oct 44 Essen 28 Dec 44 Munchen Gladbach
28 Oct 44 Cologne 29 Dec 44 Scholven-Buer
30 Oct 44 Cologne 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg
31 Oct 44 Cologne 5 Jan 45 Hanover
4 Nov 44 Bochum 6 Jan 45 GARDENING
6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 22 Jan 45 Duisburg
This Canadian officer, as captain of aircraft, has taken part in 31 sorties against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany.
Throughout these sorties, Flying Officer Saunders has proved himself to be a most proficient captain of aircraft and has inspired his crew by his total disregard for enemy opposition and determination to press home his attacks to the maximum advantage.
Under a calm and quiet manner he has set a fine offensive spirit in action and on more than one occasion has extricated his aircraft from a perilous situation by his skill and presence of mind.
For his devotion to duty, courage and magnificent operational spirit he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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SAUNDERS, F/O Robert Frederick (J89420) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1921 in Wadena, Saskatchewan; home in Victoria (machinist); enlisted in Vancouver, 31 August 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943), No.13 EFTS (graduated 25 June 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned August 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (204 hours 25 minutes), 14 September 1944 to 2 March 1945.
This officer has now completed his first tour of operations comprised of thirty-three trips over enemy territory. This officer was captain of one of the outstanding specialist crews and in this capacity completed eleven mining operations, many of them in adverse weather conditions and under difficult circumstances.
The courage, skill and determination in action displayed at all times by Pilot Officer Saunders have been a great inspiration to his crew. His coolness and devotion to duty has contributed in a large measure to the success of his many operational flights.
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SAUVE, F/O Aurel Mederic (J18874) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 1916 in Hull, Quebec; home there (B.F. Goodrich employee); enlisted in Ottawa, 14 June 1940. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 3 March 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 6 December 1941). Commissioned 1943. Award presented by Governor General, 28 February 1946.
As rear gunner this officer has participated in a large number of sorties, many of them far into enemy territory. He has proved himself to be a most devoted crew member whose vigilance and coolness have contributed materially to the successes of many missions. On one occasion whilst over an enemy target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft shells. A fire started near the bomb bays. Flying Officer Sauve, displaying great coolness, soon got the fire under control and with the assistance of another member of the crew eventually extinguished the flames completely. His promptitude and resolution set a fine example.
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SAVAGE, F/L Cyril Raymond (J13415) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.44 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born 1921; home in Calgary; enlisted there 4 August 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942). Award sent by registered mail 12 September 1946. Deputy Squadron Navigation Leader.
This officer has completed an outstanding tour of operational duty as a navigator. During this period he has participated in attacks on Berlin, Peenemunde and many targets in the Ruhr area. During the sortie to Peenemunde his aircraft was attacked by two enemy fighters which were eventually driven off. The aircraft was then engaged by heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire, height was lost and the aircraft was far off its course, whilst the lack of fuel began became a great anxiety. Nevertheless, cool, skilful navigation by Flight Lieutenant Savage extricated the crew from this dangerous situation and ensured a safe landing at base. This officer has done excellent work in training junior navigators.
NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9153 has recommendation dated 19 November 1943 when he had flown 30 sorties (193 hours 28 minutes).
8 Apr 43 Duisburg (5.37) 9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (5.18)
13 Apr 43 Spezia (9.34) 12 July 43 Turin (10.44)
18 Apr 43 Spezia (9.36) 16 July 43 Reggio (11.00)
20 Apr 43 Stettin (8.07) 24 July 43 Leghorne (8.15)
26 Apr 43 Duisburg (5.10) 27 July 43 Hamburg (4.54)
30 Apr 43 Essen (4.36) 30 July 43 Ramscheid (4.54)
4 May 43 Dortmund (5.47) 14 Aug 43 Milan (9.16)
23 May 43 Dortmund (5.06) 17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.05)
25 May 43 Dusseldorf (4.40) 22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (4.37)
29 May 43 Wuppertal (5.49) 23 Aug 43 Berlin (7.13)
11 June 43 Dusseldorf (4.42) 30 Aug 43 Munchen Gladbach (4.36)
12 June 43 Bochum (5.16) 31 Aug 43 Berlin (7.21)
24 June 43 Wuppertal (5.22) 2 Sept 43 GARDENING, Nectarines
25 June 43 Gelsenkirchen (5.18) (2.54)
28 June 43 Cologne (4.42) 30 Sept 43 Berlin (8.34)
3 July 43 Cologne (5.28)
Flying Officer Savage has now completed an outstandingly efficient operational tour of 30 sorties as navigator. During this period he has taken part in attacks on Berlin (thrice), Peenemunde, and the Ruhr on numerous occasions. A striking example of the quality of his work is that his log for his last trip - Berlin - was selected for publication (Bomber Command Navigational Summary).
For the greater part of his service in the squadron he has been Deputy Navigation Leader and as such has done a great deal to raise the squadron navigational standard, both by his own operational example and his enthusiasm and devotion to duty on the ground where he coached and inspired new navigators with splendid results.
Shortly after attacking the target at Peenemunde, Flying Officer Savage's aircraft was first attacked by two enemy fighters, which were eventually driven off, then engaged by heavy and accurate fire from ground defences. Considerable height was lost, however, and the aircraft was well off track and fuel also became a great anxiety. Cool and skilful work by Flying Officer Savage extricated the crew from this situation and the aircraft eventually landed safely at base.
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SAVARD, F/L Joseph George Ernest (J20430) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.440 Squadron - Award effective 23 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 June 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1920 in Winnipeg; home in Kildonan, Manitoba. Apprentice mechanic; enlisted in Winnipeg, 18 June 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 11 June 1949.
Throughout numerous operational sorties Flight Lieutenant Savard has attacked many heavily defended targets. He has always pressed home his attacks, often in the face of intense enemy opposition and has destroyed a large number of enemy transports and locomotives. As a flight commander, by his outstanding ability and fine leadership, this officer has materially contributed to the many successes achieved by his squadron.
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SAVARD, S/L Joseph Logan (C1664) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. Home in Quebec City; enlisted there 29 January 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (posted there 22 April 1940), Station Trenton (posted there 3 June 1940) and No.SFTS (wings and commission on 19 August 1940). Promoted to Flying Officer, 5 October 1940. Posted to No.6 SFTS as instructor, 27 November 1940; promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 15 September 1941; embarked for Britain, 14 April 1942, arriving next day. To No.419 Squadron, 24 April 1943; promoted to Squadron Leader on 24 June 1942; to No.425 Squadron, 28 June 1942; to No.429 Squadron (simultaneous promotion to Wing Commander), 1 June 1943. Killed in action 22 June 1943 (Wellington HZ312 of No.429 Squadron); buried in Germany.
Squadron Leader Savard has taken part in numerous operational sorties, many of them against the most heavily defended targets. He has, throughout, demonstrated his courage on operations, being most keen to participate in attacks against strongly defended objectives. This officer's untiring efforts and his splendid example have done much towards establishing a squadron Esprit de Corps and have succeeded in bringing the squadron to its present high state of efficiency.
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SAVARD, F/O Joseph Roger (J24821) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 19 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born 1919 in St.Catharines, Ontario; home in Montreal; enlisted there 26 June 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned March 1943. Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.
Since March 1944, this officer has taken part in a large number of attacks against enemy naval units and merchant shipping off the Norwegian, Dutch and Bay of Biscay coasts. On several occasions he has led formations of aircraft and on two occasions his squadron with excellent results. In February 1945 he was detailed for an attack against eleven enemy naval vessels including a destroyer which were lying at anchor in a fjord. The target was well defended by anti-aircraft fire from the ships and shore as well as being covered by the steep hills surrounding the fjord. As the attack commenced our aircraft were engaged by twelve enemy fighters. Flying Officer Savard immediately turned into the enemy's attack and to the assistance of his leader. In the ensuing combat his aircraft was so badly damaged he was compelled to make a forced landing on the ice-covered fjord. Throughout his operational career this officer has invariably displayed fine leadership, dauntless courage and great devotion to duty.
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SAVAS, FS Theodore (R140600) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1920 in Fort William, Ontario; home there (waiter); enlisted in Winnipeg, 11 November 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 27 July 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943. Award sent by registered mail. 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 1 December 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (152 hours 51 minutes), 6 July to 12 October 1944.
6 July 44 Foret du Croc (3.44) 26 Aug 44 Russelsheim (8.32)
12 Jul 44 Revigny (9.00) 27 Aug 44 Kiel (4.13)
16 Jul 44 Sannerville (3.46) 30 Aug 44 Stettin (8.51)
18 Jul 44 Scholven Buer 3 Sept 44 Gilse-Rijen (3.29)
20 Jul 44 Wizenef (3.25) 5 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.50)
23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.10) 6 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.36)
24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.37) 8 Sept 44 Le Havre (4.01)
28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.16) 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt (7.10)
31 Jul 44 Le Havre (3.30) 16 Sep 44 Steenwijk (3.21)
1 Aug 44 Belle Croix les 17 Sep 44 Calais (3.04)
Bruyere (2.47) 3 Oct 44 Westkappelle (3.06)
2 Aug 44 Le Havre (3.21) 6 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (6.28)
4 Aug 44 Pauillac (8.07) 7 Oct 44 Emmerich (4.18)
8 Aug 44 Fontenay (3.22) 11 Oct 44 Fort Frederick
10 Aug 44 Le Culot (3.22) Hendrick (3.24)
16 Aug 44 Stettin (8.22) 12 Oct 44 Fort Frederick
18 Aug 44 Ghent Terneuzen Hendrick (3.06)
This young Canadian non-commissioned officer has now completed his first tour of operations which has included attacks on such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Stettin, Frankfurt and Kiel.
Throughout his operational tour of duty he has shown dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty. The accuracy with which he has pressed home his attacks has been confirmed by the photographic evidence he has brought back and which has been of inestimable value in assessing the accuracy of the raid.
By such results it is proved that Flight Sergeant Savas consistently goes through all enemy opposition and lets nothing deter him from invariably reaching the target and pressing home his attack.
I strongly recommend that such a fine record of achievement be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.
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SAVOIE, Corporal Armand (R73381) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Shippegan, New Brunswick; enlisted in Edmundston, New Brunswick, 5 December 1940. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945. Air Frame Mechanic; enlisted 5 December 1940; served 30 months in Canada, 18 months overseas.
This NCO has displayed outstanding qualities both as an NCO and as a tradesman. His untiring efforts under extremely difficult conditions, especially while serving in North Africa, are worthy of the highest praise.
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SAWERS, F/O William (J14539) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Glasgow, 1922; home in Montreal; enlisted there 10 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 8 June 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 22 June 1949. Action mentioned in citation was on 24 December 1944 when he shot down three Bf.109s and damaged two in the Cologne and Venlo areas.
This officer has displayed a high degree of skill and courage in his attacks on the enemy. In an engagement against a force of some ten enemy fighters in December 1944, Flying Officer Sawers fought with great tenacity and shot down three of the enemy aircraft. This officer has taken part in very many sorties and throughout has shown the greatest keenness.
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SAWLE, F/L (now S/L) Charles Leonard Tregerthen (C1489) - Air Force Cross - No.12 SFTS - Award effective 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943 - Born in Edmonton, 29 June 1918. RMC and Militia, 1937-1939. Enlisted in Kingston, 2 January 1940. Primary training at Edmonton Flying Club, 2 January to 28 April 1940; further trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 31 May 1940), Ferry Flight at Trenton (8-15 June 1940, practising on Fleets), and No.1 SFTS (17 June to 5 October 1940, with wings granted on 19 August but training not complete in Advanced Training School until 5 October 1940). To Central Flying School (7-23 October 1940) and then to instruct at No.2 SFTS (26 November 1940 to 12 May 1941: attained B Category Instructor Level, 2 April 1941), No.12 SFTS (13 May 1941 to 13 June 1944 (A2 Instructor as of 11 December 1942), with time out to take refresher course at Central Flying School (8-26 March 1943; graded A1 Instructor). At No.5 OTU, 17 June to 5 November 1944. Subsequently to Headquarters, No.2 Air Command. As of 14 September 1946 he claimed 581 hours 25 minutes on single-engine aircraft, 1,629 hours 25 minutes on multi-engines aircraft. To No.9402 Squadron Detachment, 16 September 1946 until 16 April 1947; on strength of Station Winnipeg, 16 April 1947 to 12 February 1948. To Canadian Joint Staff London, 12 February 1948. Commissioned 16 December 1939; promoted to Flying Officer, 5 October 1940; promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 15 October 1941; to Squadron Leader, 15 January 1943. Award presented 20 March 1944. Killed on flying operations overseas, 30 August 1948 flying Meteor IV, EE568, Empire Test Pilot School, Farnborough. Took off at noon to test lateral and directional stability of aircraft, intending to go to 20,000 feet. At 1225 hours he dove into ground at 45 degree angle. At the that he had flown only five hours in Meteor. Speculation that aircraft sustained structural failure, but there was not enough left to be sure. The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.
During the year and a half that Flight Lieutenant Sawle has been employed at this unit he has proven to be extremely capable in all phases of his work. His ability and knowledge as a Flying Instructor and later as Examining Officer have made him an extremely valuable member of the staff. His devotion to duty and the conscientious manner in which he has performed his work have been an excellent example to all members of this unit. This officer has completed 1,328 flying hours as an instructor over a period of twenty-four months. His total flying time is 1,617 hours.
First recommended for AFC, 1 March 1942 by S/L Knowles when he was Flight Lieutenant and Examining Officer, No.12 SFTS: "This officer has carried out the duties of Flight Commander and Examining Officer in a highly satisfactory manner at all times and by his efforts has set a good example to all junior officers on the station." Recommendation approved same day by W/C E.H.G. Moncrieff and further approved by an Air Commodore (possible Slemon) at No.2 Training Command Headquarters, 2 May 1942. However, it did not reach priority list for New Year 1943. Recommended again by a S/L Laing (name not clear on form), 8 January 1943: "This officer has proven to be extremely capable in all phases of his work during the year and a half that he has been on this station. His organizing ability and his professional knowledge and ability have made him a popular and valued member of the staff who has shown consistent keenness and initiative. This officer has completed 1,617 hours flying time, of which 1,328 hours have been instructional since 9th December 1940, being the date of commencement of duty as an instructor in Combined Training Effort." This was approved on 9 March 1943 by W/C W.S. Wurtel (for No.12 SFTS), on uncertain date by A/V/M T.A. Lawrence for No.2 Training Command, and on 3 March 1943 by A/M Breadner (Chief of the Air Staff).
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SAWYER, F/L Francis Morris (J10596) - Mention in Despatches - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Hatzie, British Columbia; enlisted in Calgary, 3 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 10 September 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). Unit not given in AFRO which says only "Overseas". Credited with one V-1 destroyed (11/12 August 1944) plus several intruder victories including one Ju.88 destroyed (7/8 July 1944). See The RCAF Overseas: The Fifth Year, pp.168, 191 and 280.
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SAYE, Sergeant Herbert George John (R112983) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Station Goose Bay - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 July 1941. Award presented 18 October 1947. Cited with Flight Sergeant C.H. Brooks (see above for citation). See also G/C A.J. Hanchet-Taylor, OBE.
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SAYE, F/O William Paul (J27647) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 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 Toronto; home there (student); enlisted there 29 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1942) and No.17 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943 (NOTE: Latter date should be checked). Commissioned June 1943. Award presented 18 October 1947. 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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 28 October 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (147 hours 40 minutes), 3 July to 25 October 1944.
This officer has made thirty-one successful sorties over enemy territory. During these trips he has shown a high degree of skill and has been an outstanding captain of aircraft. At all times he has been a keen, willing worker and an inspiring example to other pilots.
For his airmanship, intense loyalty and splendid record, Flying Officer Saye is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).
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SAYEAU, F/O Harold Ernest (J19922) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 17 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1922 in Cardinal, Ontario; home there. Served with Brockville Rifles; enlisted in Ottawa, 16 October 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 4 July 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail 18 September 1945.
This officer has completed many sorties as captain of aircraft and has at all times displayed outstanding determination and skill. One night in August 1944 he was detailed for a mine-laying mission. The operational called for the highest standard of accuracy and resolution as the target area was very strongly defended. However, regardless of personal danger, the mines were laid with great precision despite intense fire from the ground defences. His devotion to duty has been unfailing.
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