SHAIL, F/L Vernal Garnet (J20663) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 27 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.  Born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, 1920; home in New Westminster (clerk); enlisted in Regina, 22 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942).  Commissioned November 1942.  Award presented 6 May 1950.  As navigator to D.A. MacFayden he was involved in the following victories: 21 February 1945, one Bf.110 destroyed (NT325 "T"); 28 February 1945, one unidentified enemy aircraft probably destroyed on ground (NT325 "N"); 3/4 March 1945, one FW.190 destroyed and three FW.190s damaged on ground (NT325 "T"); 5/6 March 1945, one Ju.88G destroyed (NT325 "T"); 24/25 March 1945, one He.111 destroyed and four He.111s damaged on ground (NT325 "T"); 9/10 April 1944, two Ju.88s destroyed (NT325 "T"); 24/25 April 1945, one Ju.88 damaged on ground (NT283 "V").

 

As navigator, Flight Lieutenant Shail has participated in many day and night sorties over enemy territory.  He has proved himself to be a navigator of exceptional ability and has consistently displayed a high degree of courage and determination.  As a result of his outstanding qualities, this officer has materially assisted his pilot in the destruction of six enemy aircraft, inflicting damage on numerous others.  His example has been most praiseworthy.

 

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SHANE, F/L John Alfred Neil (J6859) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 14 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 March 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).  Award sent by registered mail  28 June 1949.  As of recommendation he had flown 2,660 hours, 1,012 operational (84 sorties).  No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air."  Following from DHist files:

 

Flight Lieutenant Shane has completed a very large number of operational hours over the North Atlantic.  His keenness and cheerfulness in accepting any sortie in adverse weather and harassing circumstances have been an inspiration to all the members of his squadron.  As captain of a very long range operational aircraft, he has at all times displayed great devotion to duty and resourcefulness that have made an outstanding contribution to the success of his squadron.

 

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SHANKLAND, P/O William Stobo McCririck (J4431) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 20 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS and No.10 EFTS.  Graduated from No.6 SFTS, Dunnville, 5 March 1941. NOTE: This might have been No.4 SFTS and should be checked.

 


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SHANNON, Sergeant Bruce Colin (R107275) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Snowden, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 10 June 1941.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 2 March 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942).  No citation in AFRO.

 

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SHANNON, F/L Charles Philip (J21292) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1915 in Vancouver; home there; enlisted there 4 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 15 September 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 20 December 1940).  Award presented 5 March 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation, no date but circa 20 July 1944, when he had flown 29 sorties (252 hours five minutes), 25 November 1943 to 14 July 1944.  Not included in the sortie list (but included in the operational hours) was a session towing gliders to North Africa, 9 June to 16 August 1943 (90 hours).

 

                                     * denotes service as 2nd pilot; all others as pilot.

 

25 Nov 43      *Frankfurt (7.00)                              26 Apr 44      Villeneuve St.Georges

20 Dec 43     *Frankfurt (6.45)                                                     (5.05)

29 Dec 43     Berlin (7.50)                                     30 Apr 44      Somain (4.25)

21 Jan 44      Magdeburg (6.55)                           1 May 44        St.Ghislain (4.10)

28 Jan 44      Berlin (8.15)                                     12 May 44     Louvain (4.25)

15 Feb 44      Berlin (6.10)                                     19 May 44     Le Clipon (3.20)

6 Mar 44        Trappes (5.20)                                24 May 44     Aachen (5.10)

7 Mar 44        Le Mans (5.30)                                27 May 44     Bourg-Leopold (5.50)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (7.30)                                4 June 44       Calais (3.50)

26 Mar 44      Essen (5.35)                                    5 June 44       Merville-Franceville

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (8.30)                                                   (5.45)

9 Apr 44         Villeneuve St.Georges                   6 June 44       Condes-sur-Noireau

(5.25)                                                                       (5.30)

10 Apr 44      Ghent (4.05)                                    9 July 44        Ardouval (4.05)

18 Apr 44      Le Bourget (4.50)                           12 Jul 44        Acquet (5.05)

22 Apr 44      Dusseldorf (6.05)                            14 Jul 44        Anderbelok (3.5)

24 Apr 44      Karlsruhe (6.15)                             

 

This officer has completed twenty-nine bombing sorties against the enemy, thirteen of which have been on major targets.  He has at all times pressed home his attack with the utmost determination and has shown outstanding courage and devotion of the highest order to his duty and his fine record is considered worthy of recommendation.  I strongly recommend Flight Lieutenant Shannon be awarded a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SHANNON, FS Robert Albert (R80023) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943.  Born 1922; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 18 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 February 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 19 April 1941), No.33 SFTS (ceased training), No.5 BGS (graduated 5 January 1942) and No.10 AOS (graduated 24 September 1941).  Invested with award by King George VI, 12 October 1943.  Commissioned (J18167) and promoted to Flying Officer.  Killed in action 31 March 1944 (Halifax`LV898, No.427 Squadron); buried in Germany.

 

This airman has proved himself one of the keenest air gunners in the squadron.  On every occasion he has displayed the utmost coolness and courage in the face of the enemy.  Despite the fierce opposition which he has encountered over the most heavily defended targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory, Flight Sergeant has maintained an undiminished enthusiasm for operations.  His courage, skill and determination in action have been an inspiration to his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation drafted 21 March 1943 when he had flown 31 sorties (193 hours six minutes.  The text adds little to the published citation, but the sortie sheet is unusually detailed:

 

1 Sept 42      Saarbrucken (6.32)             Bomb burst across factories.

2 Sept 42      Karlsruhe (6.53)                  Large fires seen.

13 Sept 42    Bremen (2.30)                     Returned early; port outer engine unserviceable.

14 Sept 42    Wilhelmshaven (4.23)         Bombs dropped on concentration of flak in target area.

16 Sept 42    Essen (5.26)                        Large explosion seen in aiming point.

19 Sept 42    Saarbrucken (7.28)             Bombs burst in built-up area.

23 Sept 42    Flensburg (6.40)                  Buildings in flames in docks; aircraft damaged by flak.

8 Nov 42        GARDENING (5.00)           All parachutes seen to open.

9 Nov 42        Hamburg (6.17)

20 Nov 42     Turin (9.11)                          Many fires seen in target area.

26 Nov 42     GARDENING (4.00)

28 Nov 42     Turin (9.40)                          Many fires seen in town.

2 Dec 42       Frankfurt (8.13)                    Small scattered fires seen.

14 Dec 42     GARDENING (3.44)

17 Dec 42     GARDENING (7.00)

14 Jan 43      Lorient (5.25)

27 Jan 43      Dusseldorf (5.15)                Incendiaries seen to be well alight.

29 Jan 43      Lorient (6.01)

2 Feb 43       Cologne (5.08)                    Torn hit by numerous fires.

3 Feb 43       Hamburg (7.09)                   Glow of fires seen through clouds.

7 Feb 43       Lorient (5.02)                       Huge fires; glow seen from English coast.

 

11 Feb 43     Wilhelmshaven (5.09)         Very large explosions followed by large fires.

13 Feb 43     Lorient (5.31)                       Fires seen in docks.

14 Feb 43     Cologne (5.04)                    Glow of many fires seen though clouds.

18 Feb 43     Wilhelmshaven (5.17)         Bomb bursts observed in target area.

19 Feb 43     Wilhelmshaven (4.57)         Many fires observed in aiming point.

25 Feb 43     Nuremburg (8.37)                Incendiaries seen starting fires.

26 Feb 43     Cologne (6.60)                    Whole town covered by fires.

28 Feb 43     St.Nazaire (6.05)                 Many bursts observed in target.

3 Mar 43        Hamburg (6.00)                   Large fires counted in target area.

5 Mar 43        Essen (5.58)                        Large explosion seen.

9 Mar 43        Munich (8.23)                       Explosions and fires seen.

 

One of the keenest Air Gunners on the squadron, [Flight Sergeant] Shannon has on every occasion shown the utmost coolness in the face of [the] strongest enemy opposition.  Some of his sorties have taken him over the most heavily defended areas of Germany, and despite his 31 trips he is extremely keen to continue on operations.  He is very strongly recommended for the award f the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

This recommendation was endorsed by the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Linton-on-Ouse on 24 March 1943, and by the Air Officer Commanding, No.4 Group, on 30 March 1943.

 

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SHANNON, W/C William Henry Barnett (C2620) - 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 4 September 1940.  Award presented 22 November 1948.

 

Continuously employed in the Officer's Careers Branch of Air Member for Personnel Division since his appointment to the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940, Wing Commander Shannon's performance of duty has been characterized by unlimited devotion, diligent persistence in overcoming the most difficult problems and by the exemplary manner in which he has given guidance and leadership to his juniors.  The degree of judgement and persistency with which he has handled his tasks has generated confidence on the part of his subordinates and the esteem of his superiors, and the high standards established for officer personnel in the Royal Canadian Air Force are in no small measure due to his efforts.

 

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SHAPIRO, F/O Harry (J7224) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron -  Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in Montreal, 31 October 1916; home there; enlisted there 3 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.3 EFTS (ceased training), No.2 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 23 June 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 4 September 1941).  Commissioned 1941.  Presented with both DFC and Bar at Buckingham Palace, 10 October 1944. Public Records Office says he was recommended after flying 25 sorties (114 operational hours).

 

Flying Officer Shapiro, as navigator, co-ordinates his work with his wireless operator, captain, and bomb aimer with great success and, as a result, on many occasions has returned with excellent photographs of the target.  This officer always displays great skill, enthusiasm and courage.

 

SHAPIRO, S/L Harry (J7224) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943.

 

A conscientious and reliable navigator, this officer has always executed his task in a very commendable manner while his untiring efforts have played no small part in the successes achieved.  By his cheerful courage, determination and devotion to duty, Squadron Leader Shapiro has set a splendid example to the other members of his squadron.

 

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SHARER, F/O Norman Merril (J22103) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 2 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944.  Born 1911 in Belleforte, United States; home in Toronto.  Trained at No.1 WS and No.9 BGS. Commissioned 1942.  Gunner to WO2 D.F. Robertson; injured 15 March 1944.   Cited with WO D.F. Robertson (which see for citation).  NOTE: The AFRO entry for Sharer says award effective 27 April; that for Robertson says 2 June. However, the common citation suggests that the effective date for both should be the same.  CHECK LONDON GAZETTE.

 

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SHARP, F/O Alfred William C24185) - British Empire Medal (Civil Division) - Awarded 2 June 1943 - Born 10 June 1892; home in Dawson Creek, enlisted 19 February 1943 in Edmonton.  After Officer Training School he went to No.6 SFTS, 30 June 1943 as Aircraft Controller; retired 16 March 1944 but rejoined as an Air Cadet Officer, 15 June 1948 to 24 April 1953.  Awarded BEM for services as a civilian.  DHist card mentioned Confidential File C-24185.   Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, File 190-I (1943 dossier) mention an A.W. Sharp, Postmaster at Dawson Creek, as being awarded a BEM with the following details:

 

For gallant service on the occasion of the destruction of Post Office by fire, November 25, 1942.

 

While fire was rapidly spreading along the ceiling, the Postmaster removed first class mail, placed it in a bag which he threw into the lane.  He returned to pick up loose mail and matters from the desk.  Took everything he could out of the safe, including (graduated 1,000 office cash, also stamps, registered mail, unemployment insurance stamps, etc.  He remained in the building until he felt groggy and smoke was choking him.  He then slammed the safe door shut and got out.  He was feeling badly the effects of the smoke and was revived and recovered in a business office across the street.

 

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SHARP, FS Emery Duncan (R61471) - British Empire Medal - No.15 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Regina; enlisted there 4 June 1940.

 

This non-commissioned officer has consistently and efficiently performed his duties in the pay section over a long period of time.  His keenness in his work and devotion to duty has been an inspiration to all his staff.  His unfailing cheerfulness and energy have promoted the welfare of station personnel in many ways.  His devotion to duty has been an outstanding example.

 

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SHARP, W/C Frederick Ralph (C858) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 4 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1913 at Moosomin, Saskatchewan; home in Trenton.  Served in Royal Canadian Artillery, 1934-1937; to RCAF, July 1939.  Remained in postwar RCAF; graduated from National Defence College, 1966; appointed Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, 1966; Deputy Commander of NORAD, 1969; Chief of Defence Staff, 1969-1974.  Died at Carrying Place, Ontario, 10 June 1992.

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties against many of the enemy's most heavily defended targets and has displayed high qualities of leadership, coolness and determination.  On one occasion whilst over the target with the bomb doors open, Wing Commander Sharp's aircraft was attacked by a hostile fighter.  This pilot took successful evasive action, however, and afterwards pressed home a good attack.  In March 1945, Wing Commander Sharp participated in a daylight attack on Essen.  Some time before the target was reached the starboard inner engine became defective.  The propeller had to be feathered.  Nevertheless, Wing Commander Sharp, displaying his usual tenacity, went on to press home his attack.  His determination to complete his mission successfully has won much praise.

 

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SHARP, F/O Howard Gray (J85651) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 1923 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan; home in Edmonton.  Trained at No.3 BGS.  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 44 sorties (200 hours 15 minutes), 11 November 1943 to 9 November 1944.  Second tour, commencing 5 September 1944, was in Pathfinder Force; not sure what first tour unit may have been.

 

11 Nov 43      GARDENING, Larochelle (7.54)      10 Jun 44       Dreux (4.30)

26 Nov 43      Berlin (7.30)                                       12 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen (3.45)

2 Dec 43        Berlin (7.30)                                       15 Jun 44       Valenciennes (2.40)

20 Dec 43     Frankfurt (5.05)                                  21 Jun 44       Abbeville (2.40)

29 Dec 43     Berlin (6.25)                                       23 Jun 44       L'Hey (2.15)

21 Jan 44      Magdeburg (7.00)                             27 Jun 44       Riemeux (2.40)

30 Jan 44      Berlin (6.30)                                       5 Sept 44       Emden (3.55)

15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.00)                                       9 Sept 44       Le Havre (2.30)

25 Feb 44      Augsburg (7.00)                                 10 Sep 44      Le Havre (2.30)

27 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (7.15)                             10 Sep 44      Le Havre (3.05)

7 Mar 44        Le Mans (4.00)                                  28 Sep 44      Calais (2.20)

27 Mar 44      Berlin (7.30)                                       30 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.40)

10 Apr 44      Laon (4.30)                                         5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (5.15)

18 Apr 44      Rouen (3.25)                                      6 Oct 44         Schloven (3.20)

20 Apr 44      Cologne (6.00)                                   7 Oct 44         Emmerich (3.40)

22 Apr 44      Dusseldorf (4.00)                               19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.30)

10 May 44     Cap Gris Nez (2.00)                          23 Oct 44       Essen (4.05)

19 May 44     Le Mans (4.30)                                  25 Oct 44       Essen (3.40)

22 May 44     Dortmund (4.00)                                28 Oct 44       Walcheren (2.05)

24 May 44     Boulogne (2.00)                                 1 Nov 44         Oberhausen (4.15)

27 May 44     Aachen (3.40)                                    4 Nov 44         Bochum (4.00)

28 May 44     Angers (7.40)                                     9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel (3.55)

30 May 44     Boulogne (1.40)                                

 

This officer is now on his second tour of operations, having completed in all 44 sorties.  Of these, sixteen have been completed in the Pathfinder Force, as a member of a Marker crew.

 

Flying Officer Sharp has always shown an utter fearlessness in the face of danger, his coolness, confidence and complete disregard for personal safety has gained the confidence of the crew of which he is a member, and his strong sense of duty is an example to the whole squadron.

 

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SHARPE, FS Clarence Robert (R91869) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Born 30 April 1921.  Enlisted 5 February 1941.  Began as radio electrician; remustered to Radar Mechanic, October 1941; posted overseas, April 1941; repatriated 17 August 1945. Released 5 October 1945.

 

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SHARPE, W/C Edward Houghton (C2287) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Born in Winnipeg, attended University of Manitoba, and trained as chartered accountant.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 18 June 1940.  Left service in 1945, rejoined 1946, and retired September 1964 with rank of Group Captain, at which time he was Comptroller of Air Material Command.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, October 1953.

 

This officer who is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a graduate of the University of Manitoba, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a commissioned officer on the outbreak of war and was posted for employment in the Accounts Branch.  Through the various stages of his career he has held positions of high responsibility including that of a senior officer in the Audit Branch.  His superiors have always seen fit, in recognition of his high quality of work, to assess him "well above average".  Wing Commander Sharpe, as Assistant Financial Advisor, Civil Flying Schools, displayed the tact, ability and sense of duty demanded as a liaison between the Service and the Civilian Operators, in such measure as to gain the confidence of all parties and to contribute much towards the smooth operation of the Civil Flying Schools.

 

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SHARPE, W/C (now G/C) James Alexander (C9591) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Air Secretary, AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born in New Liverpool, Quebec, 5 October 1902.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 January 1942.

 

Wing Commander Sharpe, who has been continuously employed by the Minister of National Defence for Air since 1940, was appointed Air Secretary in May 1942.  This officer has cheerfully rendered untiring and devoted service which has entailed many long hours of duty.  He has accompanied the Minister to every important conference as a member of his staff and has been of invaluable assistance in co-ordinating and maintaining close liaison with Allied nations, other services and Headquarters administration.  By reason of his exceptional capabilities and whole-hearted dedication of himself to his duties this officer has rendered service of an outstanding order.

 

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SHARPE, F/O James Carson (J17283) - Mention in Despatches - No.82 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.5 EFTS and No.2 BGS.

 

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SHARPE, W/C John Edward (C4072) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in London, Ontario, 12 January 1906; educated there.  Graduated from University of Western Ontario (MD).  Lecturer at University of Toronto.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 18 November 1940.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7 has citation.

 

This medical officer has been given several difficult and highly important assignments requiring aggressiveness and outstanding professional knowledge and organising ability.  Under unusually difficult circumstances and when confronted with seemingly impossible situations, he has, with complete disregard for all other interests, fulfilled his duties with the greatest efficiency and brought his tasks to a successful conclusion.  Many of his suggestions on re-organization and new methods have been adopted throughout the service.  This officer was instrumental in setting up the first air ambulance in No.2 Training Command for the evacuation of injured personnel from isolated areas.  It was by this officer's own design that Norseman aircraft were fitted for this purpose and his work in this connection was undoubtedly responsible for saving many lives.  As principal medical officer in this Command he has re-organized the medical services, establishments, hygiene and modernisation of many unit hospitals, all of which he has successfully completed.  This officer's outstanding ability, coupled with the highest devotion to duty, has set a fine example.

 

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SHARPLES, P/O James David (J19986) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944.  Born 1922 in Glasgow; home in Toronto (salesman).  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.12 EFTS, No.1 AOS and No.1 BGS.  Commissioned 1944.  Cited with P/O M.H. Sims (RCAF).  Credited with involvement in the following victories: 5 May 1944, two Ju.87s destroyed on ground; 1 June 1944, one W.34 destroyed in air; 14 June 1944, one He.111 destroyed; 24 June 1944, two FW.190s damaged; 16 February 1945, two Bf.109s destroyed (one shared) and one Bf.109 probably destroyed; this last set of victories was as navigator to F/O K.V. Panter, RAF, flying with a Manston-based unit identified on Directorate of History cards as the "P.E.F" or "C.E.F." (printing not clear).

 

As pilot and observer respectively, Pilot Officer Sims and Pilot Officer Sharples have completed a large number of sorties, many of them in adverse weather.  They have displayed a high degree of skill and their keenness has been exceptional.  They have destroyed four enemy aircraft in the air and damaged several more on the ground.

 

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SHARRARD, Sergeant Frederick Roy (R97052) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Born 18 December 1922; enlisted 28 February 1941.  Trained at No.4 WS (posted there 3 August 1941) and No.4 BGS (posted there 18 July 1942).  Posted overseas October 1942; repatriated 8 July 1945.  A wartime air gunner, he rejoined as a Clerk (Accounts), 8 April 1946 to 14 March 1949.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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SHARUN, F/O Michael Rico (J18793) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 23 March as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945.  Born 1915 in Mundare, Alberta; home in St.Paul, Alberta (clerk).  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.2 EFTS and No.2 SFTS.  Commissioned August 1943.  Credited with the following aerial victories: 14 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed north of Lisieux; 28 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed near Caen; 28 August 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed near Forges.

 

This officer has now completed his second tour of operations.  During his first tour he was engaged in fighter operations from Malta, proving himself to be a gallant and courageous pilot and leader.  Since June 1944 he has served with his squadron from bases in France, Belgium and Holland and during the German retreat.  In August 1944 he destroyed more than 60 transport vehicles and nine locomotives.  He has also destroyed three enemy aircraft.

 

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SHAUGHNESSY, F/O Paul (J17715) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 1919 in Toronto; home in Westmount (clerk, ex-COTC). Trained at No.3 ITS, No.9 AOS and No.6 BGS.  Commissioned May 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9112 has recommendation dated 19 May 1945 when he had flown 43 sorties (248 hours 25 minutes) over two tours.  Second tour was clearly in same crew as F/O J.M.P. O'Brien and F/O John McCrindle; first two closely resembles that of McCrindle.

 

First Tour                                                                  Second Tour

 

10 Sept 42       Dusseldorf (4.55)                                        4 Dec 44        Oberhausen (4.05)

16 Sept 42       Essen (6.00)                                               5 Dec 44        Hamm (4.50)

10 Nov 42         NICKELING, Paris (3.50)                          6 Dec 44        Merseburg (7.50)

4 Dec 42           GARDENING, Frisians (4.00)                   16 Dec 44      Siegen (5.25)

17 Dec 42        GARDENING, Frisians (5.10)                   1 Jan 45         Vohwinkel (5.30)

8 Jan 43            GARDENING, Frisians (4.15)                   7 Jan 45         Munich (7.35)

15 Jan 43         GARDENING, Frisians (4.45)                   3 Feb 45        Dortmund (5.20)

17 Jan 43         Lorient (3.55)                                              8 Feb 45        Hohnbudburg (4.40)

11 Feb 43         GARDENING, Gironde (7.15)                   13 Feb 45      Dresden (9.00)

13 Feb 43         Lorient (5.00)                                              14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (8.00)

14 Feb 43         Cologne (4.00)                                            16 Feb 45      Wesel (5.20)

25 Feb 43         Nuremburg (6.55)                                       23 Feb 45      Gelsenkirchen (6.00)

26 Feb 43         Cologne (4.00)                                            12 Mar 45      Dortmund (6.00)

28 Feb 43         St.Nazaire (5.45)                                        27 Mar 45      Hamm (5.35)

1 Mar 43           Berlin (7.55)                                                4 Apr 45         Merseberg (8.30)

3 Mar 43           Hamburg (DNCO)                                      13 Apr 45       Kiel (6.05)

5 Mar 43           Essen (4.45)                                               24 Apr 45       Badoldesloe (5.50)

8 Mar 43           Nuremburg (8.00)

11 Mar 43         Stuttgart (DNCO)

22 Mar 43         St.Nazaire (DNCO)

27 Mar 43         Berlin (8.15)

29 Mar 43         Berlin (DNCO)

4 Apr 43            Kiel (6.35)

8 Apr 43            Duisburg (DNCO)

10 Apr 43         Frankfurt on Main (6.20)

16 Apr 43         Bay of Biscay (6.30)

4 May 43           Dortmund (5.20)

23 May 43        Dortmund (4.35)

26 May 43        Dusseldorf (4.05)

29 May 43        Wuppertal (4.30)

 

This officer has completed 43 sorties as an Air Bomber in heavy bomber aircraft. Most of these sorties have been against heavily defended targets in Germany.

 

The aircraft in which Flying Officer Shaughnessy has been flying has often been hit by heavy anti-aircraft fire but he has never allowed this to deter him from carrying out his duty to the full and he has at all times remained extremely keen and conscientious. There can be no doubt that his skill has been the deciding factor on the success of the sorties in which he has taken part.

 

It is strongly recommended that Flying Officer Shaughnessy be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his determination and continued devotion to duty.

 

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SHAW, F/L Errol Hunter (J14304) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.  Born August 1915 in Toronto; home there (gold miner). Trained at No.2 ITS, No.15 EFTS, and No.6 SFTS.  Commissioned June 1942.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (175 hours 10 minutes) from 2 November 1944 to 10 may 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Shaw is one of the outstanding captains of the squadron, and, in 28 operations against many heavily defended targets, has invariably pressed home his attack with great skill and vigour.  His enthusiasm for operations has been a definite influence in maintaining the high morale of the squadron, and his ability in organization with the flight has had much to do with the operational success of the squadron.

 

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SHAW, S/L Horatio Cecil (C4384) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Stalybridge, Cheshire, England.  Educated at Steelton Public School, Sault Ste.Marie High School, Ontario Technical School, Teachers' Training School, Hamilton College, Northern Vocational School (Toronto) and Michigan State Auto School (Detroit).  Enlisted in Toronto, March 1941.

 

Since this officer assumed the duties of Chief Engineering Officer at his unit nine months ago, he has maintained an exceptionally high standard of aircraft serviceability.  He has given unstintingly of his efforts and has developed numerous repair schemes and modifications on aircraft that have proved of great value.  His contribution to the Engineering Branch of the service has been outstanding.

 

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SHEA, F/L Elgar Denis Gerard (J36503) - Air Force Cross - No.13 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Enlisted in Montreal, 5 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 January 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 28 June 1941).  As of January 1944 he had flown 1,950 hours, 1,700 as instructor, 411 in previous six months.

 

This officer instructed at this unit for over two and a half years.  He has proved himself to be an exemplary pilot in all respects.  His long service as a flying instructor and his devotion to duty in carrying out whatever the service required of him is worthy of high praise.

 

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SHEAHAN, F/O George Lorne (J25383) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives only "Overseas" - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Enlisted 26 January 1940.  Trained at No.5 ITS, No.13 EFTS and No.2 SFTS.  Spent four years in Canada, 13 months in UK as of 2 February 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted 2 February 1945.

 

Through cheerfulness and efficiency this officer has been a great asset to the squadron.  His invariable good humour and outstanding determination to attack the enemy has done much to give confidence to new crew.

 

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SHEARER, F/L Hugh McLean (J17172) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born in Glasgow, Scotland, 1921; home in London, Ontario.   Trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 BGS and No.2 WS.  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9015 has recommendation by W/C R.J. Lane dated 23 April 1944 when he had flown 43 sorties (255 hours 50 minutes), 15 January 1943 to 30 March 1944.

 

15 Jan 43      Lorient (6.00)                        1 Aug 43       Randazzo (5.20)

21 Jan 43      Schiermonikoog (4.25)        3 Aug 43       Paola (5.40)

26 Jan 43      Lorient (5.25)                        5 Aug 43       Messina (5.20)

4 Feb 43       Lorient (6.05)                        7 Aug 43       Bardi (5.15)

7 Feb 43       Lorient (6.50)                        9 Aug 43       Messina (5.15)

13 Feb 43     Lorient (6.25)                        11 Aug 43     Messina (5.00)

26 Feb 43     Cologne (5.40)                      12 Aug 43     Messina (5.00)

5 Mar 43       Target not stated                  15 Aug 43     Viterbo (5.25)

 (2.10, DNCO)                       20 Jan 44      Berlin (7.00)

28 Mar 43     St.Nazaire (6.25)                  21 Jan 44      Magdeburg (6.40)

14 Apr 43      Stuttgart (8.00)                      27 Jan 44      Berlin (7.25)

16 Apr 43      Mannheim (7.30)                  29 Jan 44      Berlin (8.05)

27 June 43    St.Gionavanni (5.35)            30 Jan 44      Berlin (6.25)

30 June 43    Caghiari (5.00)                     15 Feb 44     Berlin (7.05)

1 July 43        Caghiari (5.30)                     19 Feb 44     Leipzig (6.35)

3 July 43        Trapani (3.20)                       20 Feb 44     Stuttgart (6.15)

8 July 43        Gerbini (4.50)                        24 Feb 44     Schweinfurt (6.50)

9 July 43        Caltagirone (4.20)                15 Mar 44     Stuttgart (6.45)

13 July 43     Messina (4.35)                      18 Mar 44     Frankfurt (4.50)

14 July 43     Naples (5.25)                        22 Mar 44     Frankfurt (5.15)

16 July 43     Capodichino (5.25)              24 Mar 44     Berlin (6.40)

17 July 43     Montecorvino (5.45)             30 Mar 44     Nuremburg (6.40)

19 July 43     Capodichino (5.25)

 

This officer is a very capable Wireless Operator/Air Gunner who has completed 44 [sic] operational sorties against such strongly defended enemy targets as Berlin, Stettin and Nuremburg. Flight Lieutenant Shearer has, by his fine personal example of devotion to duty, has been an inspiration to his crew, and has in no small way contributed to the success attending their efforts.  Strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SHEARER, F/O Robert Henry (J29530) - 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 1916 in London, Ontario; home there (clerk, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery). Trained at No.1 ITS and No.5 AOS.  Commissioned May 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 18 December 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (155 hours 40 minutes), 3 July to 6 December 1944.

 

During a most successful tour of operational duty, this officer has proved to be a most valuable member of his squadron.  He is an outstanding navigator and has invariably made the utmost effort to complete his duties.  His cheerful confidence and willing co-operation has always been apparent in whatever task he is assigned to.

 

For his inspiring example, his fine record of achievement and devotion to duty, this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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SHEBESKI, F/O Leonard Hylary John (J10314) - Mention in Despatches - No.115 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per Canada Gazette dated 6 May 1944 and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.  Trained at No.4 ITS, No.2 BGS, and No.3 AOS.  DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has recommendation for a DFC dated 25 January 1944, although on 16 November 1943 G/C G.R. McGregor (CO, Patricia Bay) had advised that an MiD was the best that might be offered.  Attack had occurred 7 July 1942; delay attributed to slowness of American authorities in acknowledging RCAF role in operation (although other letters on file indicate the Americans were forthcoming as early as 16 December 1942).  File contains much on this incident.  Pilot was FS (later F/O) William E. Thomas.

 

This officer, while acting as Navigator of an RCAF aircraft patrolling off the Alaska Coast, showed close attention to duty and the ability to think and act quickly in that he first sighted evidence of an enemy submarine and took action which enabled the Pilot of the aircraft to carry out an attack which resulted in the probable sinking of the enemy submarine.

 

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SHEDD, F/L Frederick Randolph (J3471) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1912 in Toronto; home there.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.8 EFTS and No.4 SFTS.  Commissioned December 1941.  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.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 27 July 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (141 hours five minutes), 15 February to 20 July 1944.

 

This captain of aircraft has made many successful operations against enemy targets including heavily defended ones such as Berlin,, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Nuremburg and Dusseldorf.  His fine offensive spirit and superb captaincy and airmanship has set a splendid example to his crew and his squadron.

 

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SHEDDEN, F/O John Kenneth (J22076) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1922 in Calgary; home there.  Trained at No.2 ITS and No.3 AOS. Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has completed many operational sorties over such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Magdeburg, Stuttgart and Essen.  On one occasion, during an attack on Berlin, his aircraft was severely damaged by a Junkers 88.  Despite this he successfully navigated the bomber to within a few mile of his base when owing to a petrol shortage he was forced to leave it by parachute.  At all times Flying Officer Shedon has displayed outstanding skill and determination.

 

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SHEINE, Flight Sergeant Max (R53176) - British Empire Medal - No.12 RCAF (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Enlisted in Toronto, 20 November 1939.

 

This non-commissioned officer, throughout his service in charge of maintenance at No.12 Communications Squadron, has displayed exceptional loyalty and executed his duties in a most efficient manner.  He was selected as non-commissioned officer in charge of maintenance and servicing of aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force detachment supplied for the Quebec Conference of 1944.  In addition to these duties, he was responsible for the ground handling of the many visiting aircraft.  In carrying out his onerous responsibilities, which entailed long hours of duty, Flight Sergeant Sheine displayed excellent leadership, initiative and efficiency, setting a very fine example to all those working under him.  By his outstanding ability, devotion to duty and cheerful attitude throughout this period, he made a valuable contribution to the efficient operation of air transport for this conference.

 

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SHELDON, W/C Charles (C2270) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Born 19 October 1899; enlisted 1 April 1924; commissioned 15 July 1940.  The whole of his commissioned service (as an Administrative Officer) was at AFHQ until his release, 31 October 1946.

 

This officer has completed approximately 28 years service with the Royal Canadian Air Force and since his commissioning in July 1940, he has displayed unswerving loyalty and devotion to duty.  He has made full use of his extensive knowledge of service matters accumulated over the many years he has been employed on administrative duties.

 

SHELDON, W/C Charles, MBE (C2270) - Officer of the Order of the Crown (Belgium) - Canada Gazette dated 17 July 1948 and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.

 

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SHELFOON, S/L Anthony Allan Joseph (C1263) - Air Force Cross - Central Flying School - Award effective 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943.  Enlisted at Camp Borden, 27 October 1939 - No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  Appointed Chief Flying Instructor, Empire Central Flying School, December 1943.  DHist file 181.009 D.1721 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 30 December 1942:

 

Squadron Leader Shelfoon was a pilot of some distinction in civilian life, and volunteered his services to the RCAF in September of 1939.  He was retained after a course of instruction on the staff of the Flying Instructor School.  Squadron Leader Shelfoon revised the Sequence of Flying Instruction for advanced types of training aircraft and his invaluable work in the compilation of the Syllabus of Advanced Flying Instruction in use throughout the C.T.E. [?] has proved invaluable.  He is in command of the Visiting Flight.  This officer is an A1 category instructor and is showing extraordinary ability in his demonstration of flying technique.  He is an outstanding pilot with marked devotion to duty and his work is well deserving of the award of the Air Force Cross.

 

This differs from the proposed citation that eventually went to Government House.  The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.

 

Since the commencement of the war Squadron Leader Shelfoon has been continuously employed on flying instructor duties.  As a member of the staff of the Flying Instructor School he revised the Sequence of Flying Instruction for advanced types of training aircraft and his work in the compilation of the Syllabus of Advanced Flying Instruction in use throughout the C.T.E. [?], has proved invaluable.  He is now in command of the Visiting Flight and is showing extraordinary ability in his demonstration of flying technique.  He has flown 1,415 instructional hours over a period of three years.

 

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SHELLARD, S/L Douglas Coulthard (J8831) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born in Montreal, 4 August 1919; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 14 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 June 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 30 August 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 7 November 1941). Served at No.3 AOS, Regina, 6 December 1941 to 19 September 1942; with No.6 (BR) Squadron, Alliford Bay, 24 September 1942 to 22 September 1943; with No.117 (BR) Squadron, Sydney, Nova Scotia, 7-9 October 1943; with No.5 (BR) Squadron, 10 October 1943 to 15 June 1945; to Headquarters Administration Unit, Eastern Air Command, 16 June 1945; to No.8 Release Centre, Vancouver, 3 March 1946; released 17 April 1946.  Commissioned 11 November 1941; promoted Flying Officer, 1 October 1942; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 March 1944 with seniority from 11 November 1943; promoted Squadron Leader, 1 March 1945.  No citation in AFRO; the following is the text of recommendation drafted 8 April 1945 by Commanding Officer, No.5 (BR) Squadron when he had flown 1,100 hours (250 in previous six months); total operational hours were 600; total sorties were 80.

 

Squadron Leader Shellard has proven himself to be a Squadron Navigation Officer of outstanding ability.  His keenness to do a good job has evidenced itself in the fact that the capabilities of all navigators of this squadron have improved.  Squadron Leader Shellard has navigated many operational patrols in the face of inclement weather conditions, and his cheerfulness under adverse conditions is an example to all aircrew of this unit.

 

NOTE: His application for Operational Wings dated 28 May 1945 shows 26 sorties (103 hours 35 minutes) on Stranraers with No.6 (BR) Squadron, 15 October 1942 to 14 September 1943.  Of these the longest (six hours 20 minutes) were on 25 November 1942 and 18 March 1943; he was airborne six hours 15 minutes on 7 July 1943 and six hours 10 minutes on 6 March 1943.  With No.5 (BR) Squadron he flew 519 hours 50 minutes, 11 October 1943 to 27 May 1945.  His very first trip lasted 12 hours 15 minutes, and his longest trips were on  11 November 1943 (14 hours 15 minutes), 11 February 1944 (14 hours 15 minutes), 10 June 1944 (14 hours five minutes), 17 December 1944 (14 hours 30 minutes), 15 March 1945 (14 hours), and 26 March 1945 (16 hours 30 minutes, attacked  a U-Boat).

 

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SHELLINGTON, Sergeant (now P/O) William Ralph (R84134/J18030) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943.  Born in Burford, Ontario, 1920; home in Brantford (book keeper). Trained at No.1 BGS and No.1 WS.  Commissioned 1943.

 

Sergeant Shellington has taken part in many operational sorties against some of the enemy's major and most heavily defended targets.  At all times he has shown outstanding ability as a wireless operator and a strong sense of duty.  His cheerful confidence has contributed largely to the high standard and morale obtained by his crew.

 

SHELLINGTON, F/O William Ralph, DFM (J18030) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Trained at No.1 WS and No.1 BGS.

 

Flying Officer Shellington has completed his second tour of operations.  Throughout his tours he has proved himself a valuable member of his crew and has attained a high degree of efficiency.  He has successfully effected repairs in the air on several occasions.  At other times his vigilance has played a large part in evading attacks by enemy night fighters.  His skill and cheerfulness combined with a fine fighting spirit have been most praiseworthy.

 

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SHEMILT, F/O Gordon Leonard (J8405) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.23 Squadron - Award effective 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 27 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943.  Born in Souris, Manitoba, 1922; home in Keewatin, Ontario.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.16 EFTS, and No.10 SFTS.  Further trained in UK at No.15 SFTS (15 December 1941) and No.51 OTU (27 January 1942).  To No.23 Squadron, 29 April 1942.  Commissioned 1941.

This officer has completed forty-two sorties including a number of attacks on airfields and lines of communications in Northern France and the Low Countries.  In the Middle East he has achieved much success in attacks on road and rail transport.  In a sortie in February 1943, Flying Officer Shemilt show down a Junkers 88.  The same night he reported the presence of a big convoy near Maritimo.  The convoy was later attacked with great success by a torpedo carrying aircraft.  This officer has at all times displayed great skill, determination and devotion to duty.

 

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SHENKER, F/O Hyman Alexander (J25782) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1920 in Hamilton, Ontario; home in Toronto (machine operator).  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.9 EFTS and No.6 SFTS.  Commissioned April 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9069 (Part 2) has recommendation dated 15 February 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (171 hours 34 minutes), 10 September 1944 to 22 January 1945.

 

10 Sep 44      Le Havre (4.00)                     6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (4.00)

12 Sep 44      Frankfurt (7.27)                      16 Nov 44      Duren (4.48)

16 Sep 44      Steenwijk (3.33)                    18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel (5.48)

17 Sep 44      Biggekerke (2.55)                 21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg (6.47)

23 Sep 44      Neuse (5.05)                          27 Nov 44      Freiburg (6.43)

26 Sep 44      Calais (3.24)                          29 Nov 44      Dortmund (6.09)

27 Sep 44      Calais (3.21)                          3 Dec 44        Uft Dam (4.26)

6 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (6.28)               4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe (6.22)

7 Oct 44         Emmerich (4.23)                   12 Dec 44      Essen (5.49)

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (7.07)                      15 Dec 44      Ludwigshaven (6.34)

23 Oct 44       Essen (5.43)                          17 Dec 44      Ulm (7.23)

24 Oct 44       Essen (4.04)                          29 Dec 44      Scholven-Buer (6.17)

28 Oct 44       Cologne (5.00)                      2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (7.50)

30 Oct 44       Cologne (5.59)                      14 Jan 45       Merseburg (8.40)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.26)                  22 Jan 45       Hamborn (5.06)

4 Nov 44         Bochum (4.57)

 

This young Canadian officer has completed his first operational tour consisting of 31 sorties involving 171.34 hours of operational flying as captain and pilot of a Lancaster bomber.  He has taken part in attacks on a wide variety of targets ranging from heavily defended areas in the Reich, such as Essen, Cologne, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, to precision targets in France.

 

He lets nothing deter him from pressing home his attack with a fine determination to bomb the targets, and his coolness in the face of fierce enemy opposition, and on occasions adverse weather conditions, has been a source of inspiration to his crew.

 

He has proved himself an excellent leader and his courage and cheerfulness at all times have commanded the respect of all who knew him.  Such courage, skill and devotion to duty well merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SHEPHERD, FS (now P/O) Alan (R172111/J90214) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1923 in Kamloops; home in Barhartvale, British Columbia.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.2 EFTS and No.12 SFTS.   Commissioned 1944.  No published citation other than that he has "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Ian Tavender records, in The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War (London, Savanah Publications, 2000) the following recommendation as found in Public Record Office Air 2/9039; it noted that Shepherd had flown 31 sorties (144 hours 27 minutes).

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has carried out a very successful tour of operations including attacks on many heavily defended targets.  He has displayed throughout fine qualities of courage and tenacity in pressing home his attacks on every occasion.  Although his tour has not been punctuated by incidents of an outstanding nature, his consistently reliable performance as a pilot and Captain of aircraft have inspired the utmost confidence and he has set a fine example to his crew and others on the squadron. His refusal to permit anything to interfere with the efficiency of his operational performance has resulted in many fine and accurate attacks. I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

                                                              * daylight operation

                                                             # mine laying sortie

 

5 July 44         Watten (2.08)                         26 Aug 44      Kiel (5.48)

7 July 44         Vaires (5.04)                         29 Aug 44      Stettin (10.36)

10 July 44       Nucourt (4.02)                        31 Aug 44      Pont Remy (3.41)*

12 July 44       Vaires (4.35)                         5 Sep 44        Le Havre (3.42)*

18 July 44       Caen (3.46)*                          12 Sep 44      Moerdijk (2.34)

20 July 44       Homberg (3.43)                     16 Sep 44      Wartet (2.48)

23 July 44       Kiel (5.17)                              20 Sep 44      Calais (3.27)*

24 July 44       Stuttgart (7.42)                      23 Sep 44      Meuse (4.10)

5 Aug 44        Bassens (8.24)*                    25 Sep 44      Calais (2.50)*

8 Aug 44        Lucheux (3.27)                       27 Sep 44      Calais (2.54)*

9 Aug 44        Fort d'Englos (2.29)              3 Oct 44         West Kapelle (2.10)*

11 Aug 44      Lens (3.36)*                           5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (5.31)

12 Aug 44      Brunswick (5.16)                   6 Oct 44         Dortmund (5.12)

16 Aug 44      Kiel Bay (6.56)#                    7 Oct 44         Cleve (4.09)*

18 Aug 44      Bremen (5.17)                       14 Oct 44       Duidberg (5.06)

25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (8.07)              

 

 

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SHEPHERD, Sergeant Boyd Carson (R149025) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.  Born 16 May 1920; enlisted 22 December 1941.  Radar mechanic; posted overseas September 1942, he seems to have been repatriated in June 1943 but sent overseas again soon after; finally returned to Canada 23 July 1945 and released 26 September 1945.

 

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SHEPHERD, P/O Dean Alexander (J90167) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 1922 in Youngstown, Alberta; home in Vancouver (ledger keeper). Trained at No.7 ITS and No.2 AOS.   Commissioned September 1944.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 11 December 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (132 hours), 1 August to 27 November 1944.

 

This officer has successfully navigated his aircraft on many long operational flights, and has shown complete devotion to duty and technical skill in the face of enemy opposition.  His quiet courage has earned him the confidence of his crew who fully placed their trust in his ability.  Pilot Officer Shepherd has shown coolness and efficiency of a high order, and in view of this officer's fine record, I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SHEPHERD, F/O Thomas George (C8121) - Mention in Despatches - No.334 Wing - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.

 

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SHEPPARD, F/O Frederick George (J90331) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.83 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Trained at No.3 BGS.  Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 

Pilot Officer Sheppard has flown 45 sorties against the enemy as Air Gunner in Lancaster aircraft of which 22 were against targets in French territory.  On many occasions they encountered enemy night fighters, but by unfailing watchfulness on the part of this officer the enemy was never allowed to approach unobserved.  This officer's courage and judgement in dealing with the situations of this kind enabled the bombing run to be completed, after which he cooly attended to the enemy fighter and instructed his pilot to take evasive action.

 

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SHEPPARD, S/L Jackson Eddie (J6289) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 11 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 22 August 1944 and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.10 EFTS and No.9 SFTS. Arrived overseas in August 1941.  Served in No.43 Squadron and with a Merchant Ship Fighter Unit.  In the latter role he was launched from a ship on 10 February 1942 but had to circle the vessel with controls jammed; port wing struck sea and was torn off; he was picked up unhurt.  Posted to No.401 Squadron, February 1943 and to No.412 Squadron as Commanding Officer in April 1944.  Shot down on 2 August 1944 but evaded capture.  Repatriated to Canada in October 1944; released in February 1946.  Credited with the following victories: 26 November 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (Spitfire MJ146); 7 March 1944, one FW.190 (MJ246); 15 March 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (MJ246); 10 May 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (MH826); 2 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (MJ304).

 

Squadron Leader Sheppard has taken part in many varied operational sorties including escorts to bombers, fighter sorties and defensive patrols.  An excellent leader, he has et a splendid example by his fine fighting spirit.  This officer has himself destroyed four enemy aircraft.

 

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SHEPPARD, F/L Thomas Saxton (J14871) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.261 Squadron - Award effective 25 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 2 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945.  Home in Toronto.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 EFTS and No.4 SFTS.

 

This officer has completed a full operational tour since May 1943, during which time he has served in the European and southeast Asia theatres of war.  He has led his flight with distinction on numerous occasions against all types of enemy transport and lines of communication.  His skill and enthusiasm have materially contributed to the many successes attained by his squadron.

 

NOTE:  Public Records Office Air 2/9132 has recommendation dated 14 April 1945 when he had flown 287 hours fine minutes on operations.  It is slightly more detailed and is cited here for comparison:

 

Since May 1943, Flight Lieutenant T.S. Sheppard has completed a full operational tour on fighter aircraft, during which time he has flown 144 sorties against the enemy both in the European and the South-East Asia theatres of war.  These sorties have included fighter sweeps over France, night rhubarbs and strafing of enemy troops in the Arakan, and an intensive series of strikes on enemy airfields, troop concentrations and lines of communication during the present campaign in Burma.  He has been leading his flight with distinction for over four months and on occasions the squadron, most notably in the successful attack on Fort Dufferin during the battle of Mandalay.

 

Flight Lieutenant Sheppard has at all times flown with considerable skill and enthusiasm and his determination and efficiency, coupled with his fine offensive spirit, have achieved a consistently high standard of success.

 

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SHEPPARD, F/L Walter James (C6106) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born in Montreal, 1905; home in Dunnville, Ontario (fire inspector).  Commissioned 1941.  No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 5 August 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (178 hours 15 minutes), 3 November 1943 to 6 June 1944.

 

This officer has completed one tour of operations.  He has attacked Berlin several times, Leipzig, Dusseldorf, Hanover and other targets in Germany and France, and has also carried out numerous minelaying operations.  His vigilance has several times prevented attacks by enemy aircraft and on several operations he has carried out his duties despite great physical discomfort.  His determination to carry on has been admired by all and the spirit he has shown has greatly added to the morale of the squadron.

 

For completing his tour of operations and for good service to the squadron at all times I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SHEPPARD, F/O William Jonathan (J19633) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 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 there.  Formerly in Winnipeg Light Infantry.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.5 EFTS and No.10 SFTS.   Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 12 October 1944 when he had flown 35 2/3 sorties (229 hours 55 minutes), 8 September 1943 to 7 August 1944.  Document gives his name as "William John".

 

                                                           * counted as 1/3 sortie

 

8 Sept 43       Boulogne (3.25)                    20 Apr 44       La Chapelle (4.40)

20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (5.40)                      24 Apr 44       Munich (9.50)

29 Dec 43      Berlin (7.30)                           26 Apr 44       Schweinfurt (8.45)

14 Jan 44       Brunswick (2.00, DNCO)     6 May 44        Sable sur Sarthe (4.45)

20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.10)                           29 June 44     Beauvoir (3.00)

21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (7.00)                 12 July 44       Culmont-Chalandrey (8.00)

15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.10)                           14 July 44       Villeneuve St.George (7.00)

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (7.45)                      17 July 44       Caen (3.30)

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (8.00)                 20 July 44       Courtrai (3.00)

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart (8.30)                      24 July 44       Stuttgart (8.00)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (8.00)                      25 July 44       St.Cyr (4.15)

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (6.05)                      26 July 44       Givors (8.40)

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.45)                      28 July 44       Stuttgart (7.05)

24 Mar 44      Berlin (7.00)                           31 July 44       Joigny la Roche (5.25)

26 Mar 44      Essen (5.15)                          2 Aug 44        Bois de Casson (4.30)

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (2.45, DNCO)    3 Aug 44        Trossy (4.25)

5 Apr 44         Toulouse (8.00)                     4 Aug 44        Etaples (3.30)

10 Apr 44       Tours (5.55)*                          5 Aug 44        Etaples (3.30)

11 Apr 44       Aachen (4.45)                        7 Aug 44        Lorient (4.40)

18 Apr 44       Juvisy (4.45)*

 

This officer has just completed a highly successful tour of 37 sortie as Captain of aircraft, in the course of which he has attacked some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany, including four sorties to Berlin. Many other heavily defended targets in Germany attacked by Flying Officer Sheppard have involved flying over great distances of enemy territory, in many cases through fighter defences.  In addition he has attacked with considerable success many precision targets in occupied Europe, by night and by day.  At all times Flying Officer Sheppard showed the greatest courage and determination to press home his attacks, whilst his cheerful enthusiasm was an inspiration, not only to his crew but to the whole squadron.

 

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SHERIDAN, F/L James Thomas (J25828) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1919 in Belleville, Ontario; home there.  Served in Picton Rifles.  Trained at No.3 ITS, No.20 EFTS and No.11 SFTS.  Commissioned 1943.  Posted from No.61 Base to No.426 Squadron, 3 June 1944; posted to "R" Depot, 27 November 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 16 October 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (146 hours), 6 June to 6 October 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Sheridan has carried out 32 sorties, many of which have been to heavily defended areas such as Metz, Wesselling, Stuttgart and Osnabruck.  He has at all times shown keen determination to do his utmost under difficult circumstances and set an example to those who work with him.  His interest in all matters concerning the squadron as a whole has always been very evident and he has done his utmost to assist in any way he can.  He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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SHERK, F/O Raymond John Frederick (J15237) - Mention in Despatches - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Born 20 March 1922; enlisted in Hamilton, 16 September 1940; trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 December 1940), No.15 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.32 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1941.  Struck off strength of Canada on posting to RAF overseas, 4 May 1941.  Credited with the destruction of a Bf.109 west of Boulogne while a Sergeant pilot with No.129 Squadron (13 October 1941) and destruction of a FW.190 on 25 March 1942 (still with No.129 Squadron).  Commissioned 2 April 1942.  Later to No.601 Squadron; forced down 29 September 1942 and captured next day; escaped captivity in Italy, 12 September 1943. Force landed in France, 15 March 1944 following glycol leak and again escaped.  Reptatriated to Canada (date uncertain); taken on strength of No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 17 July 1944; to No.164 Squadron, 3 November 1944; to No.3 Release Centre, 3 February 1946; released 5 February 1946.  Public Records Office Air 2/8784 has recommendation for a Military Cross (undated but circa 28 May 1944).  The downgrading of this to a mere Mention in Despatches may have been due to Army jealousy in protecting MC awards for its own members.

 

During the last two years this officer has shown continuous determination and devotion to duty.  After participating in the destruction of an enemy aircraft in the Quattara Depression on 29 September 1942, he crash landed 30 miles inside enemy territory.  He was captured after walking to within a mile of the British lines.  He remained a prisoner in enemy hands for almost a year during which time he made several unsuccessful attempts to escape. On one occasion after being at large for four days he was recaptured by the Germans but by a subtle ruse escaped again the same day and finally reached the 1st Canadian Division on 26 October 1943.

 

He came to No.401 Squadron in February 1944 and has taken part in over 70 operational trips. On 15 March 1944 while escorting Marauders over the Pas de Calais area his engine failed and he bailed out. Again showing fine determination he evaded capture and rejoined his squadron about a month later.

 

His record of fine determination and courage is a grand example to others.

This was used with other documents to compose a slightly more detailed citation for Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee (also in Air 2/8784):

 

During the last two years this officer has shown continuous determination and devotion to duty.  After participating in the destruction of an enemy aircraft in the Quattara Depression on 29 September 1942, he made a crash landing 30 miles inside enemy territory.  He was captured after walking to within a mile of the British lines.  He was subsequently interrogated by the German authorities but managed to counter all their attempts to secure information from him which would be of value to them.  He was in enemy hands for nearly a year and had made many unsuccessful attempts to escape.  In September 1943 he was one of a party which secured permission from the German guard to rest in the shade of a nearby rock.  Here, by leaving a cap on the rock as a decoy, he managed to escape with some other prisoners, several of whom were afterwards recaptured.  Pilot Officer Sherk succeeded in eluding the searchers, and after hiding in a cave and in woods, ultimately was one of a party which reached the 1st Canadian Division on 26th October 1943.  He joined No.401 Squadron in February 1944 and has taken part in 70 operational sorties.  On 15th March 1944 whilst escorting bombers over the Pas de Calais, his engine failed and he was forced to abandon his aircraft.  Again showing fine determination he succeeded in evading capture and rejoined his squadron about a month later.

 

Air 2/8784 also has a document describing his capture, detention and escape of 1942-43, noting that he had been captured in the Quattara Depression on 30 September 1942 and evaded at Sulmona on 12 September 1943:

 

1. CAPTURE:

 

I left landing ground No.91 at Amyra at about 1300 hours 29 September 1942 in company with two other Spitfires.  It was a long-range strafe on an ammunition train in the vicinity of Charing Cross. near Mersa Matruh.  We did not see the train.  On our way back at about 1430 hours we shot down a Junkers 52 (I have since learned that each pilot was credited with a 1/3).  This action took place near Charing Cross.

 

At 1515 hours when behind our lines about 30-40 miles and in the Quattara Depression, on switching over from my long-range petrol tanks to my main tank, the engine cut out, due to an air lock.  I was flying at about 200 feet and, before I could do anything, I had made a successful crash landing.  I blew up my IFF and called up the Flight leader on W/T and got his acknowledgement.

 

Leaving the aircraft intact in accordance with orders I took my emergency rations and started walking due East.  About 1715 hours two Spitfires came over, but apparently I was not seen.  At 1700 hours on 30 September, when I had got to within one mile of our own lines, I was surrounded by an Italian patrol and captured.  I was immediately thoroughly searched and my watch and other trinkets taken from me.

I was taken to the officer in charge, who spoke good English.  He retrieved my watch, etc and had them parcelled up to go with me.  He interrogated me in a rather haphazard manner.

 

At about 1200 hours on 1 October I was taken by Field Ambulance (as I was pretty exhausted) to Army Headquarters.

 

There I was interrogated by an Intelligence Officer who spoke good English.  He asked numerous questions, but did not press me when I replied, "I can't say."  My watch and rings were returned to me.  The guards were not very pleasant.  I had only a German flying suit and no blankets.  I had to sleep with my guards in the sand.  During the night I attempted to slip away quietly but was discovered when I had got only about 100 yards away.  I therefore proceeded to fulfil the functions of nature and rejoined my guards without arousing suspicion.

 

At 1000 hours I was taken by truck to El Daba, arriving there about 1730 hours.  I was left with one guard.  Attempts were made to hitch-hike further on without success.  Eventually I was taken to a small cage in El Daba.  The Germans were in charge here.

 

I was interrogated by a German who said he was a Corporal Barnes and a Red Cross official.  He was extremely affable and said he was only too anxious to help, and that he had 32 forms to fill up on my behalf.  He then produced a bogus Red Cross form with about 30 questions.  When I only filled in my name, rank and number, he became quite furious.  He showed me forms which purported to have been signed by other officers.  I did not recognize any as people I knew.  My flying suit was taken from me and I was thoroughly searched.  He found my belt with maps and compass, but missed the compass which I had in a packet of cigarettes.  I was taken to a tent and relieved of my shorts.

 

On 3 October this Corporal discovered that my flying suit was a German one.  He threatened to have me shot as a spy when I still refused to answer his questions.  He then said I belonged to 74 Squadron and had been shot down in a Spitfire on 26 September.  I was then put into a tent with a man who claimed to be a South African Lieutenant.  I suspected this man was a stool pigeon.  He told me he was an Air Observer.  He attempted to pump me.  Finally he held out the promise of obtaining a B.D. suit for men.

 

On 4 October the South African and I left for Mersa Matruh.  He said he was going by Ju.52 to Italy and that I was a fool to suffer discomfort when I could easily tell them at least something.  I was then handed back to the Italians.

 

I was interrogated by quite a charming fellow, the Intelligence Officer, who said he liked Canadians and did not press his interrogation.  I was taken out and placed in a tent with a man who told me he was a Pilot Officer from Southend-on-Sea.  He did not appear to be very well spoken and I did not suspect him at the time of being a stool pigeon.  His knee was bandaged.  He told me he flew Wellingtons and had been shot down.  He said he had walked for nine days before capture.  He also was able to mention my Wing Commander by name.  In this way he got from me the information that I was a pilot, that I had walked one day prior to capture and that my squadron was 601.  He also got a glimpse of my compass in my packet of cigarettes.

 

Later the same day I was given a German guard, and we hitch-hiked to Fuka en route for El Daba.  On the way the German insisted on my producing my cigarettes, and thereupon was very pleased when he got my compass.  From then on he kept his revolver cocked.  We stayed the night in Fuka.

 

On 5 October we arrived back in El Daba. I saw the German corporal who was apparently surprised to see me.

 

On 6 October I was taken to Mersa Matruh and put into a compound with two British Other Ranks.  On 10 October two RAF officers were brought in, but they were not allowed into the same compound.  On 11 October when there were about twenty Prisoners of War we were sent to Derna via Bardia.  On the way I met the two RAF officers (F/O McLarty and P/O Trevor-Harvie).  On comparing notes we discovered that the Pilot Officer from Southend-on-Sea has been bogus.

 

On 14 October we left Derna by Savoie 82, arriving Lecce at 1700 hours.  The night of 14 October was spent at Lecce.

 

2. CAPTIVITY:

 

On the morning of 15 October we took train for Bari.  I was quarantined for three weeks before being let into the compound.  Conditions in this camp were extremely bad.  There were no Red Cross parcels.  Complaints were put up and the Commandant said he wrote to Rome but received no reply.  Many Other Ranks died through sheer starvation.  Medical supplies were poor.  Cats were eaten by many.  Complaints did not receive any attention by the Commandant and his assistant.  They were entirely responsible for a considerable amount of the privations of this camp.

 

In February 1943 I at last was able to change my shirt and shorts for a B.D. suit.  Red Cross parcels started to come in.

 

On 3 March 1943 I was taken by train to Sulmona, arriving on 4 March.  Conditions in this camp were much better.

 

I was a member of the Escaping Committee.  I copied maps and made clothes out of blankets. I took an active part in one tunnel syndicate.  Two officers actually got out of camp, but were captured and returned.  On 15 July, 160 officers were taken to Rimini.  On 10 September the Senior British Officer took over the camp.

 

3. RELEASE, CAPTURE BY GERMANS, AND ESCAPE:

 

On 12 September the camp was evacuated and we made for the foothills.  On 14 September the party was surrounded by Germans and many rounded up.

 

McLarty and I had food and water.  We hid in the woods until 16 September when we decided to move.  We were immediately captured by the Germans.  Later the same day we halted by the side of a mountain.  There were five Other Ranks besides ourselves in the party.  McLarty and I asked the German guard if we could get into the shade of a nearby rock about 25 yards away.  We were granted permission, and at a favourable opportunity, after leaving a cap on the rock as a decoy, we rolled down the mountain and hid in some scrub.  The search passed completely over us.

 

On 19 September, whilst still hiding, we met a Palestinian and four Arabs, all escaped Prisoners of War.  They told us they had met some Italians who advised them to make for the village of Roccaoasla.  We all moved there, and lived in a cave, being well cared for by the villagers.

 

About 6 October the village was surrounded by Germans.  Sergeant-Major Glass and three Other Ranks evaded capture, I think.  The remainder (about 30) were captured.  A shepherd guided us up a mountain track.  In the mountains we met War Correspondent Kriegge, a South African of Dutch origin, and Lieutenant Rochberg, an Austrian Jew.

 

On 15 October after being guided for about five miles, we marched in the direction of Campobasso.  That night we arrived at Campogivde.  We stayed there until the night of 18 October, waiting for the return of a guide who had taken Major Cochrane (the Senior British Officer of Sulmona) through the lines.  The camp Italian Medical Officer was there also, busily engaged in organizing escapes.  The Germans machine gunned the village and surrounds on 17 October.  We got into the woods just in time.  On 18 October there were rumours of the Germans combing out the woods, so the four of us left on 18 October, walking southeast.  On 20 October Rochberg went off on his own, as it was thought our party was too large.

 

We arrived at Cuepllo on 23 October.  There we waited until 25 October, when a guide came and took us three, five Other Ranks and 20 Italians through the lines, crossing the Lucera.

 

On 26 October we fell in with 1 Canadian Division.  We were then taken to Campobasso, thence by truck to Foggia, where I saw my old squadron on 27 October.  We then went by aircraft to Bari, where I left McLarty sick on 29 October.  I then took train for Taranto, arriving there 30 October.  I was flown to Algiers on 1 November.  I fell sick on 2 November, and was taken to No.2 Royal Air Force Hospital, where I was until 9 November.  On 12 November I left Algiers and was flown to Rabat Sale, then to Gibraltar.  I left Gibraltar on 12 November and arrived in London on 13 November.

 

SHERK, F/O Raymond John Frederick (J15237) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.

 

NOTE: In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM).  This included much information on Sherk although it adds little to the escape story already narrated.

 

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SHERK, P/O Walter Scott (J16137) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 17 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 March 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943.  Home in Fort Erie, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 5 May 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 20 December 1941).  Posted from No.419 Squadron to No.35 Squadron, 4 March 1943.  DFC and Bar presented 15 April 1944.  As of June 1998 Gateway Coin and Militaria (Winnipeg) were selling his medals for $ 3,300.

 

Pilot Officer Sherk, as captain of aircraft, was detailed to attack Cologne in February 1943.  When about 70 miles short of the target the port engine failed.  This officer, with great determination, pressed on, however, and successfully completed his mission.  On all his operational sorties this officer has displayed the same fine fighting spirit and his determination and courage have been a source of inspiration to the whole squadron.

 

SHERK, P/O Walter Scott (J16137) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Awarded 31 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943.  Cited with F/O G.G. McGladrey (DFC), F/O R.G. Morrison (DFC), and Sergeant D.G. Bebensee (DFM).  See McGladrey, above, for citation.

 

SHERK, F/L Walter Scott, DFC (J16137) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.5 OTU Detachment - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  Home in Fort Erie, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 5 May 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 20 December 1941).  DFC awarded 17 March 1943, Bar to DFC awarded 31 May 1943, both with No.35 Squadron.

 

This officer has long been employed on instructional duties at this unit.  He has at all times shown the greatest enthusiasm and energy both in the air and on the ground.  By his ability as a pilot instructor and keen devotion to duty he commands the respect of all with whom he serves.

 

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SHERLOCK, F/O Allan Arthur (J15488) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.  Born 1915 in St.Williams, Ontario; home in Simcoe, Ontario.  Served four years with Norfolk Regiment.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.6 EFTS and No.4 SFTS.  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

SHERLOCK, F/L Allan Arthur, DFC (J15488) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.   Recommended in October 1944 when he had flown 48 sorties (281 hours 25 minutes).  First tour was 10 July 1943 to 5 October 1943 (29 trips, 182 hours 30 minutes) of which all but one were in the Mediterranean (No.331 Wing ?).  Second tour was 18 August to 14 October 1944 (19 trips, 98 hours 55 minutes) when recommended.

 

This officer has completed an outstanding operational tour.  Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has completed many sorties against major targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory.  He has proved himself a fine pilot and an enthusiastic and resourceful captain of aircraft.  Flight Lieutenant Sherlock's determination, coolness and fearlessness in the face of danger have set an excellent example to his crew.

 

NOTE: Document with complete listing in Public Record Office Air 2/9038. Sorties as follows:

 

                                                # denotes Nickel (leaflet) operation

                                                      * denotes duty not callied out

 

                                                                      First Tour

 

10 July 43      Lorient (7.35)#                             6 Sep 43       Battipaglia (5.50)

1 Aug 43        Randazzo (5.25)                          7 Sep 43       Viterbo (6.50)

3 Aug 43        Poala (5.40)                                 8 Sep 43       Greta Docks (5.50)

4 Aug 43        Messina (5.20)                            11 Sep 43     Frosinone (5.50)

6 Aug 43        Naples (6.30)                               13 Sep 43     Torre Annunziata (6.20)

8 Aug 43        Messina (6.00)                            14 Sep 43     Battipaglia (7.00)

10 Aug 43      Messina (6.20)                            15 Sep 43     Tann (6.30)

12 Aug 43      Messina (5.00)                            16 Sep 43     Cisterna (6.20)

17 Aug 43      Briatico (6.00)                             17 Sep 43     Cerveteri (6.15)

21 Aug 43      Battipaglia (6.10)                        19 Sep 43     Benevento (6.45)

24 Aug 43      Torre Annunziata (6.35)              22 Sep 43     Formia Roads (6.30)

28 Aug 43      Taranto (7.00)                              23 Sep 43     Pisa San Guista (7.35)

31 Aug 43      Salerno (6.00)                             3 Oct 43         Civitevechia          (6.50)

3 Sep 43        Capadachino (6.00)                   5 Oct 43         Grossetto (6.50)

4 Sep 43        Grazzinise (6.20)

 

                                                                Second Tour

 

12 Aug 44      Diversion sweep (6.35)              14 Sep 44     Wilhelmshaven (4.15)* recall

18 Ayg 44      Connantres (6.20)*                     17 Sep 44     Boulogne (4.00)   

25 Aug 44      St.Mathieu (5.40)                        20 Sep 44     Calais (3.00)

27 Aug 44      Mimoyecques (4.10)                   25 Sep 44     Calais (4.20)

28 Aug 44      Ferme du Forestel (4.10)           27 Sep 44     Sterkrade (5.30)

31 Aug 44      Cezembres (5.30)                       28 Sep 44     Cap Gris Nez (4.20)

3 Sep 44        Volker (3.35)                                9 Oct 44         Bochum (6.45)

6 Sep 44        Emden (4.20)                              12 Oct 44      Wanne Eickel (5.30)

11 Sep 44     Le Havre (4.15)                           14 Oct 44      Duisburg (5.25)

12 Sep 44     Dortmund (5.30)                          14 Oct 44      Duisburg (5.45)

 

The comments of his Commanding Officer, W/C J.B. Millward (20 October 1944) are particularly striking:

 

Flight Lieutenant Sherlock's keenness and ability appear to increase with each operation.  He is an outstanding captain of aircraft.

 

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SHERLOCK, F/O Eric Thomas (J15489) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.  Born 1915 in St.William, Ontario; home in Simcoe, Ontario.  Twin brother of Allan Sherlock; see Press Release 7281 of November 1947.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.6 EFTS and No.4 SFTS.  No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

SHERLOCK, F/L Eric Thomas, DFC (J15489) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.   Recommended 19 October 1944 when he had flown 46 sorties (279 hours).  First tour was ops from 5 June to 4 October 1943 (28 trips, 186 hours 15 minutes), all but one sortie in the Mediterranean.  Second tour was, when recommended, 18 trips (92 hours 45 minutes), 18 August to 16 October  1944.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross Flight Lieutenant Sherlock has completed many more successful sorties against targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory.  His work has been of an excellent standard and his ability to make instant decisions in emergencies together with his skilful pilotage and cool judgement have been an inspiration to his crew.  He has displayed fine qualities of skill and leadership.  His courage and devotion to duty are worthy of high praise.

 

NOTE: Document with complete listing in Public Record Office Air 2/9038. Sorties as follows:

 

                                                # denotes Nickel (leaflet) operation

                                                      * denotes duty not callied out

 

                                                                      First Tour

 

5 June 43       Vichy (4.50)#                               4 Sep 43       Grazzinise (6.20)

27 July 43      Naples (5.50)                               6 Sep 43       Badipaglia (5.25)

1 Aug 43        Randazzo (5.25)                          7 Sep 43       Viterbo (6.20)

3 Aug 43        Poala (6.20)                                 8 Sep 43       Badipaglia (6.40)

4 Aug 43        Messina (5.00)                            11 Sep 43     Frozzinise (5.30)

6 Aug 43        Naples (5.35)                               14 Sep 43     Badipaglia (7.00)

8 Aug 43        Messina (5.30)                            15 Sep 43     Torre Annunziata (6.00)

12 Aug 43      Messina (5.20)                            16 Sep 43     Cisterna (6.10)

19 Aug 43      Foggia (7.35)                              18 Sep 43     Viterbo (6.40)

23 Aug 43      Bagnoli (5.35)                              19 Sep 43     Benevento Bridge (6.30)

24 Aug 43      Torre Annunziata (5.50)              21 Sep 43     Bastia Docks, Corsica (7.00)

27 Aug 43      Salerno (5.45)                             23 Sep 43     Pisa (7.35)

29 Aug 43      Torre Annunziata (5.35)              1 Oct 43         Formia (6.05)

3 Sep 43        Naples (5.20)                               4 Oct 43         Formia (2.30)*

 

                                                                Second Tour

 

12 Aug 44      Diversion sweep (6.30)              14 Sep 44     Wilhelmshaven (3.15)* recall

18 Ayg 44      Connantres (6.20)                       20 Sep 44     Calais (3.00)

25 Aug 44      St.Mathieu (5.35)                        24 Sep 44     Calais (4.45)

27 Aug 44      Mimoyecques (3.35)                   25 Sep 44     Calais (4.40)

28 Aug 44      Ferme du Forestel (4.05)           27 Sep 44     Sterkrade (6.05)

31 Aug 44      Cezembres (4.30)                       28 Sep 44     Cap Gris Nez (3.50)

3 Sep 44        Volker (3.20)                                9 Oct 44         Bochum (6.05)

6 Sep 44        Emden (4.45)                              14 Oct 44      Duisburg (5.15)

11 Sep 44     Le Havre (4.00)                           14 Oct 44      Duisburg (5.35)

12 Sep 44     Dortmund (3.00)*                        16 Oct 44      Wilhelmshaven (4.45)

 

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SHERLOCK, F/L Frederick John (J5343) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born 1917 in Walton-on-Thames; home in Calgary; served as a Corporal in Calgary Highlanders.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.11 EFTS and No.1 SFTS.  Commissioned 1941.  Reached Malta on 9 May 1942 as part of Operation BOWERY, detailed in Chris Shores' Malta: The Spitfire Year, which has a long personal desciption of his arrival of his arrival (p.246-247) as well as numerous other quotations from his recollections.  Credited with one Bf.109 damaged on 1 July 1942, one Bf.109 damaged on 6 July 1942. With No.421 Squadron he was credited with the following: 20 June 1943, one FW.190 probably destroyed; 3 November 1943, one FW.190 destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged.

 

Throughout two tours of operational duty this officer has always shown himself a keen and capable pilot.  Part of these tours were completed in Malta during a period of intense operations but he always displayed great keenness to engage the enemy.

 

NOTE:  Public Record Office Air 2/9633 has recommendation drafted about 29 March 1944 when he had flown 89 sorties (275 operational hours).

 

This officer has completed two operational tours of duty in Malta and Fighter Command (Great Britain), and has proven himself to be an aggressive, capable fighter pilot, at all times eager to seek out and engaged the enemy. He has discharged his duties on the ground and in the air with commendable efficiency, and his devotion to duty has been a source of inspiration to his fellow pilots.

 

He has destroyed 1 ˝ enemy aircraft and probably destroyed two.  All sorties in Fighter Command were offensive, Ramrods, Rodeos, etc.

 

The Acting Commanding Officer of No.421 Squadron (F/L E.L. Gimbel) wrote on 30 March 1944:

 

Flight Lieutenant Sherlock has at all times demonstrated devotion to duty and the highest capability as a fighter pilot.  This award is strongly recommended.

 

On 31 March 1944, Group Captain W.R. McBrien, commanding No.17 Fighter Wing, added his remarks:

 

This pilot has completed two tours of offensive and defensive operations. His tour in Malta was done during some of the island's worst times. He has always sown himself extraordinary keen and aggressive; I recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate Award).

 

This was duly supported by an Air Vice Marshal (signature illegible) on 11 April 1944, by Air Marshal Alan Coningham, Commanding 2nd Tactical Air Force (24 April 1944) and by Air Chief Marshal Trafford Leigh Mallory, Air Commander -in-Chief, Allied Expeditionary Air Forces (31 May 1944).

 

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SHERLOCK, F/L George Thomas (J87336) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 1921 in Saskatchewan; home in Regina (farmer). Served in Royal Canadian Artillery.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.15 EFTS and No.10 SFTS.  Commissioned June 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 May 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (216 hours 50 minutes) between 5 August 1944 and 8 March 1945.

 

This officer has completed thirty-four successful operational sorties over enemy territory. On several occasions his aircraft was hit by flak, but Flight Lieutenant Sherlock always displayed great courage and his cheerful confidence inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.  His sple­ndid ex­ample and outstanding ability as Captain of aircraft proved a great asset to the squadron...

 

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SHERMAN, F/O Lawrence (J10591) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 11 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  Trained at No.4 ITS, No.18 EFTS and No.7 SFTS.

 

Recently this officer captained an aircraft which attacked a U-boat.  In spite of heavy fire from the submarine's guns, Flying Officer Sherman pressed home his attack with great determination.  His depth charges were released with such accuracy that within a few minutes of the explosions, the U-boat sank.  In this well executed operation, Flying Officer Sherman displayed courage and coolness of a high order.

 

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SHERMAN, F/O Stephen George Cockrane (J17360) - Mention in Despatches - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Trained at No.4 BGS.  Killed in action 10 May 1944.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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SHERNOFSKY, F/O Sam (J17215) - Mention in Despatches - No.353 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.5 AOS and No.7 BGS.

 

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SHERRET, F/O Robert John (J17048) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Trained at No.4 BGS.  No citation in AFRO.

 

SHERRETT, F/L Robert John (J17048) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 1923 in Toronto; home in Goderich (student).  Trained at No.4 ITS, No.2 WS and No.4 BGS.  Commissioned March 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C W.F. McKinnon dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 46 sorties (240 hours).  First tour was 30 trips (184 hours 30 minutes), 10 November 1942 to 2 August 1943.  Second tour was 16 sorties (155 hours 30 minutes), 7 February to 22 April 1945.  As of 1996, Gatewest Militaria (Winnipeg) was selling his medals with logbook for $ 2,350.00. Their catalogue entry states he had flown two tours; that his Mention in Despatches for a Channel ditching; also that he survived a 1944 crash that killed three. "After returning to Canada for pilot training he volunteered for a second tour as an air gunner. He flew 16 missions in 1945 and was still flying at the end of the war, His logbook shows air combat with the famous Me.262 jet fighters."

 

This Air Gunner has completed forty-six sorties against the enemy. Despite a most harassing first tour when on one occasion his Navigator was killed by shrapnel, on another a crash landing on a return from operations and many encounters with enemy aircraft, this courageous air officer has successfully carried on through sixteen trips on his second tour.  A vigilant gunner, whose accuracy has wrought havoc to the enemy.

 

Flight Lieutenant Sherrett has set an example for all to follow.  In recognition of this officer's bravery and devotion to duty, I strongly recommend that he be awarded a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SHERVILL, Sergeant Lloyd Frederick (R64137) - Mention in Despatches - Attached to Middle East Command - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1943.  Born 29 September 1920.  Home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 13 May 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS and No.1 AOS.  Graduated from No.1 BGS, Jarvis, 15 March 1941.  Posted overseas, April 1941; repatriated 28 February 1945; released 17 May 1945.

 

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SHERWIN, FS Gordon Keith (R160354) - 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 4 March 1924; enlisted 15 April 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS, No.1 BGS and No.10 AOS.  Posted overseas October 1943; repatriated 28 October 1944; released 13 September 1945.

 

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SHERWOOD, F/O Charles Huril (J28960) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1909 in Winnipeg; home in Seattle, Washington.  Served with Canadian Scottish.  Trained at No.4 ITS and No.2 AOS.  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 23 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (159 hours 20 minutes) from 5 June to 28 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Sherwood has proved himself to be an exceptional navigator throughout thirty-four operations over enemy territory.  His aptitude for navigation and his experience as an instructor has been of great value to the Squadron Navigation Section in advising and improving new crews joining the squadron.  Flying Officer Sherwood has been an inspiration to the members of his crew and an example to all other navigators on the squadron. At all times he has shown great determination in his work in the air and on the ground.  His track keeping and timing have been invaluable in making his crew one of the most reliable on the squadron.  Among the heavily defended targets to which he has guided his crew accurately are those of Stuttgart, Emden, Kiel and many others.  Other trips have been on tactical targets in enemy occupied territory, as well as mining sorties, all of which have required most accurate navigation.

 

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SHERWOOD, F/L Garnet Alexander (J35858) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1914 in Fairville, New Brunswick; home in Hampton, New Brunswick (skipper).  Trained at No.3 ITS, No.11 EFTS and No.8 SFTS.  Commissioned 1943.  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 2/9082 has recommendation dated 7 March 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (170 hours five minutes), 23 November 1944 to 23 February 1945.

 

23 Nov 44      Gelsenkirchen (4.50)                 11 Jan 45       Krefeld (5.25)

27 Nov 44      Cologne (4.20)                           13 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (7.35)

29 Nov 44      Neuss (4.50)                               15 Jan 45       Langendreer (5.15)

1 Dec 44        Osterfeld (4.10)                          16 Jan 45       Wanne Eickel (5.40)

2 Dec 44        Dortmund (4.15)                         21 Jan 45       Duisburg (5.00)

4 Dec 44        Oberhausen (4.35)                    28 Jan 45       Cologne (5.10)

8 Dec 44        Duisburg (4.20)                          29 Jan 45       Krefeld (5.30)

11 Dec 44      Osterfeld (4.40)                          9 Feb 45        Hohenbudburg (4.45)

12 Dec 44      Witten (5.00)                               13 Feb 45      Dresden (8.40)

16 Dec 44      Siegen (5.55)                             14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (8.15)

29 Dec 44      Koblenz (5.10)                            16 Feb 45      Wesel (5.15)

31 Dec 44      Vohwinkel (5.05)                        18 Feb 45      Wesel (4.55)

1 Jan 45         Vohwinkel (5.35)                        20 Feb 45      Dortmund (5.55)

3 Jan 45         Dortmund (5.10)                         22 Feb 45      Osterfeld (5.00)

5 Jan 45         Ludwigshaven (6.15)                 23 Feb 45      Gelsenkirchen (5.15)

6 Jan 45         Munich (8.20)                            

 

Flight Lieutenant Sherwood is the captain and pilot of heavy bomber aircraft.  He has taken part in well over twenty raids on the well defended Ruhr area, both by day and night.  He is a zealous operational pilot and courageous in action.  He was well up with the Leaders in the daylight attack on Osterfeld on 22nd February 1945, the sky was clear of cloud and the flak was accurate.  Seventy percent of our aircraft were badly damaged, but Flight Lieutenant Sherwood obtained a photograph of the aiming point.  He also took part in a daylight attack on Ludwigshaven when conditions of no cloud made the aircraft an easy target for the enemy anti-aircraft gunners.  On this occasion he also brought back a good photograph of the aiming point.  His determination to reach the objective marks him as a gallant officer and captain of aircraft.

 

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SHERWOOD, F/O Melvyn Curtis (J23409) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 13 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Born 1918 in  Glenwood (province ?); home in Calgary.  Trained at No.4 ITS, No.5 EFTS and No.3 SFTS.  Commissioned 1943.  Cited with F/O G.L. Spackman (which see).

 

These officers were pilot and air bomber of an aircraft detailed to attack the railway junction at Aulnoye one night in April 1944.  Just as the bombs were released over the target the aircraft was struck by shrapnel.  The wings and the bomb doors were pierced by fragments of flying metal, the mid-upper turret was put out of action and its occupant was wounded.  Displaying great promptitude, Flying Officer Spackman went to the assistance of his comrade and rendered efficient first aid.  A fire had started just behind the bulkhead of the petrol tanks near to the flames.  Flying Officer Sherwood ordered all the engines to be fed from this tank, thus to reduce the contents as soon as possible and minimize the danger.  Eventually Flying Officer Sherwood reached this country and made a safe landing.  This officer displayed great courage and determination in hazardous circumstances.  Flying Officer Spackman also proved himself to be a gallant and cool member of aircraft crew throughout the homeward flight.  He never spared himself in his endeavours to be of assistance to his captain.

 

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SHERWOOD, Sergeant Walter Stewart (R53869) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born 5 October 1920 at Ottawa; home there; enlisted there 23 May 1940.

Sergeant Sherwood has proven to be a Flight Engineer of exceptional merit whose efficiency and devotion to duty have been an excellent example to all.

 

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SHIACH, F/L James Spence (J14126) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.58 Squadron - Award effective 23 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1918 in Winnipeg; home there.  Former Sea Cadet and member of Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.2 EFTS and No.11 SFTS.  Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties and throughout has set a fine example of keenness and skill.  In October 1944, as pilot of aircraft, he executed a most determined attack on two merchantmen. In spite of accurate and concentrated anti-aircraft fire from two escorting vessels, Flight Lieutenant Shiach pressed home his attack and obtained hits on one of the merchantmen and one of the escorting vessels, which caught fire.  This officer displayed courage and resolution worthy of high praise.

 

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SHIELDS, P/O Raymond Edward (J92079) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1923 in Toronto; home in Point Bolster, Ontario (press operator, former member of the Royal Canadian Artillery).  Trained at No.9 BGS.  Commissioned October 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Shields has participated in sorties against many heavily defended targets including Kiel, Essen, Cologne and Dusseldorf.  On one occasion in November 1944 he was mid-upper gunner in an aircraft detailed to attack Oberhausen.  Shortly after leaving the target area two hostile aircraft were sighted.  Evasive action was taken and Pilot Officer Shields together with the rear gunner succeeded in damaging the enemy fighters which were finally shaken off.  He has always shown exceptional keenness and efficiency in the air and on the ground.

 

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SHIELDS, F/O William Clement (J21634) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1915 at Cobalt, Ontario; home in Timmins, Ontario (chemist).  Trained at No.6 ITS and No.9 AOS.  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 September 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (168 hours five minutes), from 20 December 1943 to 6 June 1944.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations attacking many of the more heavily defended targets in Germany.  On all occasions he has displayed fine fighting spirit and his coolness under fire has been most praiseworthy.  By his accurate navigation he has contributed largely to the success of his missions.  His cheerfulness and eagerness to come to grips with the enemy has been most inspiring.  He is a most skilful navigator and crew member.  It is considered that his great devotion to duty, courage and valour fully merits the award of the D.F.C.

 

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SHIELDS, F/O William John (J23850) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 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 Victoria, British Columbia; home in Cobocank [?], Ontario (clerk).  Trained at No.3 ITS, No.11 EFTS and No.13 SFTS.  Commissioned February 1943.  No citation other than "completed... many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation dated 6 December 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (153 hours 25 minutes), 4 July to 1 November 1944.

 

Flying Officer Shields has successfully completed a tour of operations against the enemy.  Many of his sorties carried him over such heavily defended targets as Kiel, Sterkrade, Duisburg and Essen.  Throughout his tour he has displayed a fine offensive spirit and has pressed home his attacks with exceptional determination and coolness.  Flying Officer Shields, by his devotion to duty, has imparted to his crew members an esprit de corps that has been exceptional.

 

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SHILLINGTON, Sergeant Clarence Howard (R87493) - Mention in Despatches - Station Patricia Bay - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer has at all times carried out his difficult tasks in a highly efficient and exemplary manner.  There were periods when very difficult situations arose and he has always surmounted these difficulties in a very commendable manner.  Arduous tasks and long hours have never dampened this non-commissioned officer's enthusiasm and he has been a great credit to his station.   

 

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SHIPLEY, F/O George Richards (J16334) - Mention in Despatches - No.169 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.5 EFTS and No.3 SFTS.

 

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SHIRKIE, LAC James Traquair (R163818) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Born 29 March 1916; home in Toronto; enlisted in Regina, 16 May 1942.  Radar Mechanic; posted overseas April 1943; repatriated 23 November 1945; released 1 December 1945.

 

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SHIRLEY, FS (now WO) Clifford Alvin (R79864) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Born in Carlyle, Saskatchewan, 1912; home there or in Ladner, British Columbia (teacher); enlisted in Regina, 28 November 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 31 March 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 23 June 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 1 September 1941).  Commissioned 1942. Invested with award by King George VI, 16 March 1943.

 

Flight Sergeant Shirley, as navigator, has participated in many attacks on important targets in the Ruhr and the Rhineland.  He also took part in two of the attacks on Rostock, all three 1,000 bomber raids on Cologne, the Ruhr, and Bremen, the highly successful attacks on genoa and the daylight raid on Milan.  His standard of navigation has invariably been of the highest order. Throughout, this airman's conduct and determination has set a fine example both in the air and on the ground.

 

SHIRLEY, F/L Clifford Alvin, DFM (J16399) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 16 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations."  Award sent by registered mail.

 

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SHNIDER, F/L Maurice (J13755) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.212 Squadron - Award effective 15 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1923 in Shilo, Saskatchewan; home in Inglis, Manitoba.  Educated at University of Manitoba.  Bank clerk; enlisted in Winnipeg, 15 July 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 January 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 11 May 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 August 1942).  Commissioned 1942.   Cited with F/L Cecil R. Bradford (RCAF, pilot, awarded DFC), which see for citation.

 

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SHOEMAKER, P/O Wilbert Andrew (J7035) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 22 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 7 August 1942 and AFRO 1371/42 dated 28 August 1942.  Born in Ontario, 1919; home in Kitchener.  Former Sergeant and instructor in Scots Fusiliers of Canada; enlisted in Hamilton, 16 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 EFTS, and No.1 SFTS. Posted overseas 15 September 1941.  Further trained at No.10 OTU.  Posted to No.19 OTU on 9 January 1942 and to No.15 Squadron on 22 April 1942.   Two other captains of No.15 Squadron decorated for raid cited (16/17 July 1942) - F/L L.R. Barr (Bar to DFC) and F/O N.A. Bennett (DFC).  Killed in action on 25 July 1942 (Stirling W7676); buried in Holland.  Award presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 22 April 1944.

 

This officer captained an aircraft detailed to attack the submarine slipways at Lubeck.  Despite bad weather and the strong opposition from ground defences, he attacked his objective from a height of only 500 feet.  He also directed the fire of his gunners on searchlight positions and machine gun posts, several of which were put out of action.  Pilot Officer Shoemaker has invariably set a high standard of skill, determination and courage.

 

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SHOPLAND, FS (now P/O) Robert Wilson (R159124/J90339) - Distinguished Flying Medal - 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 1916 in Rochester, Alberta; home in Edmonton (farm labourer); enlisted there 13 April 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.3 AOS and No.1 CNS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented 14 June 1947.  No citation other than that he has "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (153 hours 59 minutes).  Appears to have been in same crew as F/O W.F. Martin, DFC.

 

6 June 44       Houlgate (4.30)                         16 Aug 44      Stettin (5.45)

6 June 44       Coutanies (4.40)                       25 Aug 44      Russelheim (7.01)

8 June 44       Mayenne (5.25)                         26 Aug 44      Kiel (5.35)

9 June 44       Le Mans (6.00)                          28 Aug 44      L'Hey (2.07)

14 June 44     St.Pol (4.00)                              29 Aug 44      Stettin (8.36)

15 June 44     Boulogne (3.45)                        15 Sept 44     Kiel (5.07)

16 June 44     Sterkrade (4.45)                        17 Sept 44     Boulogne (1.50)

10 July 44       Nucourt (2.52)                            20 Sept 44     Calais (1.57)

12 July 44       Paris/Vaires (3.11)                   24 Sept 44     Calais (1.52)

15 July 44       Nucourt (3.33)                            25 Sept 44     Calais (1.37)

28 July 44       Hamburg (4.54)                         26 Sept 44     Cap Gris Nez (1.54)

30 July 44       Battle Area (4.01)                     27 Sept 44     Bottrop (3.04)

3 Aug 44        L'isle Adam (2.52)                    28 Sept 44     Cap Gris Nez (1.56)

4 Aug 44        St.Maximim (2.58)                    30 Sept 44     Bottrop (3.11)

5 Aug 44        Bordeaux (7.26)                        5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (4.36)

7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE 5 (2.33)                   6 Oct 44         Dortmund (4.41)

8 Aug 44        Lucheux (2.54)                           11 Oct 44       Fort Frederick

12 Aug 44      Russelheim (4.31)                                             Hendrick (1.58)

14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE 21 (2.29)            14 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.25)

15 Aug 44      Melsbroek (4.22)                       14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.05)

 

Flight Sergeant Shopland is a highly efficient Bomb Aimer in a crew which has a splendid operational record.  He has participated in attacks on such strongly defended enemy areas as Russelheim, Dortmund, and Duisburg.  He has invariably displayed a fine offensive spirit and a keen sense of responsibility, which has inspired his fellow crew members on to greater efforts.  Although on many occasions he has been placed in great personal danger, he has not faltered from pressing home his attacks to the full and utmost so that his bombs hit the proper objective.  Undoubtedly, this Non-Commissioned Officer's fine example will be difficult to surpass.

 

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SHOQUIST, Sergeant Frederick Albert (R51019) - Mention in Despatches - No.9429 Servicing Echelon, No.63 Base (AFRO gives unit as No.2 HDC) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Calgary; enlisted in Saskatoon, 16 October 1939.  No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation from No.63 Base, forwarded 20 August 1944 to No.6 Group Headquarters.

 

This Senior NCO enlisted 16th October 1939 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  He arrived overseas 4th April 1943.  Since that time he has been stationed at Leeming in charge of the Riggers in the Repair and Inspection Section.  He has the happy faculty of getting his men to work willingly long hours to keep the Station maintenance high.  The full hearted support given to him by his men is emphasized by the subscriptions he solicits on each Victory Loan campaign.

 

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SHORE, G/C Taylor Coombs (C3602) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Detachment, Headquarters, British Air Forces of Occupation (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 November 1940.  Appears to have been attached to RAF from at least January 1942 and did not finally return to Canada until July 1946; released 19 August 1946. Administrative Officer.  Award presented in New York 29 May 1950 when he was on staff of United Nations at Lake Success.  No citation in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/9668 has recommendation that identifies unit.

 

As Senior RCAF Liaison Officer in BAFO since October 1945, Group Captain Shore has been very largely responsible for the maintenance of liaison between the RAF in BAFO, the Canadian Air Forces in Germany and the Canadian Overseas Headquarters in London, and by his unsparing endeavours he has ensured that there have been few problems requiring the attention of higher authority.  During the period following the cessation of hostilities the management of the Canadian forces in BAFO necessitated careful handling in that the scheme for repatriation could only be implemented slowly.  That this scheme has worked smoothly is the direct reflection of Group Captain Shore's influence over the RCAF personnel which he has won by his tireless efforts and rapid dealing with all difficulties as they arose.  It has also been due to his excellent supervision that his staff at BAFO Headquarters have almost entirely taken over the administrative work on behalf of the RCAF personnel in BAFO.  Prior to his joining BAFO, Group Captain Shore was RCAF Liaison Officer at the Air Ministry for three years during which period he headed the D.P.2 (Can) Branch.  Throughout, Group Captain Shore has fulfilled his difficult duties as Liaison Officer with conspicuous success and that both services have worked in harmony has been largely the result of his hard work, efficiency and willing co-operation.

 

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SHORE, F/O Thomas Arthur (J85611) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 15 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1922 in Ottawa; home there.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.9 EFTS and No.14 SFTS.  Commissioned 1944.  Wife was an RCAF WD.

 

As captain and pilot, this officer gas completed a large number of sorties involving attacks on a wide range of enemy targets.  In October 1944 he participated in an attack on Dortmund.  Whilst over the target area the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained much damage.  In spite of this, Flying Officer Shore pressed home his attack.  Three petrol tanks had been pierced by leakage by pieces of shrapnel.  Some fuel was lost through leakage but Flying Officer Shore flew the damaged bomber to this country and effected a landing at an airfield near the coast.  This officer has invariably displayed a high degree of skill, courage and determination.

 

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SHORT, F/L Clarence Harvey (J17892) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born 1919 in Orillia, Ontario; home there (clerk); enlisted in Toronto, 17 December 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 May 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 8 October 1941).  Commissioned June 1943.  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Officer Air 2/8749 has recommendation (undated) compiled when he had flown 37 sorties (243 hours 15 minutes), 5 October 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken                          31 Dec 44      Osterfeld

23 Oct 44       Essen                                     21 Jan 45       Nuremburg

24 Oct 44       Essen                                     28 Jan 45       Zuffenhausen

28 Oct 44       Cologne                                 1 Feb 45        Ludwigshaven

30 Oct 44       Cologne                                 2 Feb 45        Wiesbaden

31 Oct 44       Cologne                                 7 Feb 45        Cleve

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf                             8 Feb 45        Politz

4 Nov 44         Bochum                                  13 Feb 45      Dresden

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen                       14 Feb 45      GARDENING

9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel                        20 Feb 45      Dortmund

11 Nov 44      Dortmund                               21 Feb 45      Duisburg

16 Nov 44      Duren                                      5 Mar 45         Chemnitz

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                        7 Mar 45         Dessau

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                               8 Mar 45         Kassel

3 Dec 44        Urft Dam                                 11 Mar 45      Essen

12 Dec 44      Essen                                     12 Mar 45      GARDENING

17 Dec 44      Ulm                                         13 Mar 45      Herne

22 Dec 44      Koblenz                                  15 Mar 45      Misburg

29 Dec 44      Scholven Buer

 

This Canadian officer was posted to No.103 Squadron on 2nd October 1943, and has since completed 37 sorties on Lancaster aircraft, involving a total of 243.15 hours flying.

 

Flight Lieutenant Short has at all times displayed an eagerness to carry out operational flights whenever possible and has on every occasion carried out his sorties with a cheerful courage which has been a source of inspiration, not only to his crew, but to the whole squadron.

 

Of the many heavily defended targets which this officer attacked, Essen, Cologne, Dortmund, the Urft Dam, Chemnitz, Dessau and Politz are notable, in addition to which attacks on railway marshalling yards and tactical targets associated with the Allied Expeditionary Force all figure in a distinguished record of successful sorties.

 

Flight Lieutenant Short has always shown a very high degree of skill and determination and I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SHORT, WO1 (now P/O) James Edgerton (R61644/J27863) - Air Force Cross - No.4 SFTS - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943.  Enlisted in Regina, 22 June 1940.  Trained at No 6 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1940.  Award presented.

This officer has been instructing steadily since July, 1940, both at Elementary and Service Flying Training Schools and has completed 2,227 instructional hours.  During this period he has performed his duties in an exceptionally meritorious and efficient manner.  The keenness and loyalty to duty displayed by Pilot Officer Short have been an inspiration to the other instructors of the school as well as to his pupils.

 

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SHORTT, F/L Harry Siberry (J16511) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944.  Born 1917 in western Ontario; home in Whitby, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 12 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 January 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail 4 February 1946.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9149 has recommendation dated 15 February 1944 when he had flown 20 sorties (132 hours ten minutes) as follows:

 

22 June 43    Mulheim                                   20 Oct 43        Leipzig

24 July 43      Essen                                      3 Nov 43         Dusseldorf

27 July 43      Hamburg                                 10 Nov 43       Modane

27 Aug 43     Nuremburg                              2 Dec 43         Berlin

5 Sept 43      Mannheim                               3 Dec 43         Leipzig

6 Sept 43      Munich                                     23 Dec 43      Berlin

22 Sept 43    Hanover                                   1 Jan 44          Berlin

23 Sept 43    Mannheim                               2 Jan 44          Berlin

27 Sept 43    Hanover                                   27 Jan 44       Berlin

18 Oct 43      Hanover                                   30 Jan 44       Berlin

 

Flight Lieutenant Shortt has now completed 20 successful sorties comprising a total of 132.10 hours operational flying. Among the more recent attacks this officer has made have been such targets as Berlin (six times), Hanover, the Ruhr, Leipzig, Hamburg and Mannheim.  Flight Lieutenant Shortt is an outstanding captain and his successes are a tribute to his skill and resolution.  His determination, fearlessness and devotion to duty have proved most inspiring to all.  This officer has also rendered valuable service in the training of other members of the squadron.

 

For his personal example of coolness and courage, his determined resolution always to make the most vigorous attacks in the face of the enemy's defence and his valuable service to the squadron, he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SHORTTS, F/L Frederick Cameron (J12966) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1913 in Newbury, Ontario; home there; enlisted in North Bay, 13 August 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 January 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 25 April 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 9 June 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 July 1942).   Commissioned 1942.  Award presented at Station North Bay, 23 January 1953 when he was living in Sudbury.  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 Record Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 16 February 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (120 hours), 3 December 1943 to 29 November 1944.

 

3 Dec 43        Leipzig                                   10 Sep 44      Le Havre

25 Jul 44        Stuttgart                                  11 Sep 44      Le Havre

3 Aug 44        Bois de Cassan                    12 Sep 44      Dortmund

4 Aug 44        Bec d'Ambes                         17 Sep 44      Westkapelle

6 Aug 44        Acquet                                    20 Sep 44      Calais

7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE                              24 Sep 44      Calais

9 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe                    5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken

11 Aug 44      Douai                                      6 Oct 44         Dortmund

12 Aug 44      Russelsheim                          12 Oct 44       Fort Frederick Hendrik

14 Aug 44      Falaise area                          28 Oct 44       Walcheren

15 Aug 44      Le Culot                                  2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf

16 Aug 44      Stettin                                     6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen

3 Sept 44       Gilze Rijin                               16 Nov 44      Duren

5 Sept 44       Le Havre                                18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel

6 Sept 44       Le Havre                                27 Nov 44      Frieburg

8 Sept 44       Le Havre                                29 Nov 44      Dortmund

9 Sept 44       Le Havre

 

This officer has taken part in many bombing attacks against the enemy both by day and by night as Visual Air Bomber in a most successful crew.  Targets he has attacked include Leipzig, Stuttgart, Dortmund and  Stettin.

 

At all times, Flight Lieutenant Shortts displayed outstanding determination to find and mark his objective with the greatest precision and his fine record of achievement is proved by the many excellent photographs he obtained.

 

It is considered that Flight Lieutenant Shortts' fine record of service is worthy of the highest praise and fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

NOTE: The station commander writes on 24 February 1945:

 

This officer's operational career was cut short for medical reasons.  In the short time he was with his squadron he showed himself to be an very outstanding visual bomb aimer.

 

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SHOTTON, F/O William Henry (J27703) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 1923 in Newcastle, Ontario; home in Riverside, Ontario (draughtsman); enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 15 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned June 1942.  Award sent by registered mail 23 June 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.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation for an immediate DFC, dated 5 December 1944, when he had flown 20 sorties (115 hours 20 minutes).

 

On the night of November 2nd, 1944, the crew of which Flying Officer Shotton is captain were detailed to bomb Dusseldorf, Germany.  The trip to the target was carried out without incident.  While over the target, the aircraft was struck by a friendly aircraft which was taking violent evasive action.  The aircraft was seriously damaged.  The starboard wing and outer engine were hit by the friendly aircraft.  The starboard propeller could not be feathered and it set up violent vibrations through the aircraft, control of which increasingly difficult.  However, the pilot, displaying exceptional presence of mind and outstanding airmanship, persisted in his efforts to feather the engine.  He succeeded in doing so after about half an hour.

 

The safety of the crew and safe return of the aircraft to England were largely due to Flying Officer Shotton's untiring devotion to duty and to his outstanding airmanship.  This gallantry in the air is highly commendable...

 

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SHOWLER, S/L John Gavin (J3108) - Air Force Cross - No.164 Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1944 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945 - Enlisted in RCAF, 9 May 1940 at Winnipeg. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 18 August 1940), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940).  Award presented at Government House, 7 November 1949.  Later  McKee Trophy winner for 1957.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation. When recommended he had flown 3,122 hours, of which 774 were operational.  AUCTION NOTE:  In December 1993 Jeffrey Hoare Auctions advertised his medals with documents and valued them at $ 1,500 (U.S.).

 

Over a long period of instructional duties in all branches of flying, this officer has proved to be a most capable and conscientious pilot.  Since being employed in a Heavy Transport Squadron he has flown long hours and has shown the greatest keenness and devotion to duty.  He has demonstrated great ability and skill in training and supervising captains and co-pilots in this type of work.  The determination and high qualities of leadership that he has displayed have been an inspiration to the younger pilots in his squadron.

 

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SHULEMSON, F/O Sydney Simon (J12483) - Distinguished Service Order - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 3 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.  Born 1915 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 11 August 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 27 February 1942), and No.14 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  DSO and DFC presented 25 February 1949.

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties including several successful attacks on shipping.  He is a skilful, courageous and determined leader whose example has inspired all.  In January 1944, he participated in an attack on a convoy consisting of enemy merchant vessels and four armed ships.  In the face of considerable anti-aircraft fire the attack was well pressed home and a medium sized merchant vessel and two small merchantmen were hit and set on fire.  Hits were also obtained on two of the escort ships, one of them appearing to blow up as course was set for home.  One member of the formation was attacked by a fighter and sustained damage.  Flying Officer Shulemson immediately turned and joined the fight.  By skilful and daring tactics he drew away the attacker thus enabling his comrade to fly clear.  Some eighteen minutes later the enemy aircraft was forced to terminate the engagement and Flying Officer Shulemson flew on to base and landed safely in spite of a burst tire on one of the landing wheels.  Throughout the sortie this officer displayed inspiring leadership, great skill and courage.

 

SHULEMSON, F/L Sydney Simon, DSO (J12483) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 26 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 February 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Shulemson has completed many successful sorties against enemy shipping.  He has taken part in attacks against heavily defended convoys and units of the Germany Navy off the Dutch and Norwegian coasts and in the Bay of Biscay.  On numerous occasions he has led the squadron and the wing in a most competent and capable manner, once inflicting heavy damage on three enemy destroyers and on another sortie sinking two heavily defended enemy vessels in the Bay of Biscay.  Flight Lieutenant Shulemson has always maintained the highest efficiency both on the ground and in the air.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9046 has recommendation by W/C E.W. Pierce dated 19 December 1944 when he had flown 49 sorties (197 operational hours) with a much more detailed text.

 

Flight Lieutenant Shulemson, DSO, has been with this unit since June 1943, and during the past 18 months has shown himself to be an outstanding operational pilot. He has completed 49 operational sorties for a total of 197 operational hours, of which no less than twelve have been successful shipping strikes. He has taken part in attacks against the most heavily defended enemy convoys and against units of the German Navy on the Norwegian, Butch and Bay of Biscay coasts.

 

On numerous occasions he had led not only this squadron, but the whole wing in a most competent and capable manner. On D Day he led the squadron against three enemy destroyers in the Bay of Biscay inflicting heavy damage on them, and on August 13 he was deputy leader of this unit's aircraft which, together with aircraft from another unit, attacked and sank two heavily defended 8,000-ton enemy Speerbruchers in the Bay of Biscay.

 

Flight Lieutenant Shulemson has always maintained the highest efficiency both on the ground and in the air, and his continued and untiring search for knowledge has made him one of the most well-informed and capable leaders on the most difficult Norwegian coast. His perseverance, devotion to duty and his courage and determination in pressing home his attacks in the face of very heavy flak from both ships and shore, are outstanding. I therefore have no hesitation in strongly recommending him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

This was supported by the Officer Commanding RAF Station Dallachy on 24 December 1944, by the Air Officer Commanding No.18 Group on 31 December 1944, and by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Coastal Command, on 7 January 1945.

 

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SHULTIS, Corporal Norman Elder (R75231) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with Born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, 26 February 1921; attended Technical College in Saskatoon; home in Eston, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 30 October 1940.  Aero engine mechanic; served at No.12 SFTS, June 1941 to March 1942; posted overseas March 1942; repatriated 2 June 1945; released 3 September 1945.  MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit.

 

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SHUTKA, FS (now P/O) Daniel (R160137/J94140) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 18 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Oshawa, Ontario, 1923; home in Orono, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 31 March 1942.  Trained at No.10 BGS (graduated 14 January 1944).  Commissioned 1945.  Invested with award by King George VI, 29 June 1945.  Cited with FS Thomas Romanchuk (see above for citation).

 

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SHUTTLEWORTH, F/O Douglas Dalton (J13018) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 17 August 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born 1922; home in Regina; enlisted there 18 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 January 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 8 April 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Reported to No.426 Squadron from No.22 OTU, 13 February 1943.  Killed in action 17/18 August 1943 (Lancaster DS674) during Peenemunde raid; name on Runnymede Memorial.  Award presented to next-of-kin by King George VI, 24 June 1945.

 

This officer has taken part in numerous sorties against varied targets in enemy territory and in several successful minelaying operations.  He has attacked heavily defended targets in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Mannheim and the Ruhr Valley.  His determination to press home his missions has been amply illustrated by the photographs he has obtained.  Flying Officer Shuttleworth's courage and fine fighting spirit have at all times been an inspiration to his squadron.

 

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SHUTTLEWORTH, F/L Jack Caddey (J17102) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1920 in West Oxford, Ontario; home in Ingersoll, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 29 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 9 December 1940) and No.4 BGS (graduated 26 May 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail 15 April 1946.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 16 July 1944 when he had flown 49 sorties (316 hours ten minutes).  In sortie list for second tour the mission is described only as ""Operations as ordered":

 

First Tour                                                                    Second Tour

 

19 May 42    Le Havre (6.55)                                        10 Dec 43      (4.35)

30 May 42    Cologne (6.10)                                         29 Dec 43      (2.50)

1 June 42      Essen (5.20)                                             4 Jan 44         (6.50)

3 June 42      Bremen (5.40)                                          7 Jan 44         (7.55)

6 June 42      Emden (5.10)                                            27 Jan 44       (5.40)

8 June 42      Essen (5.30)                                             28 Jan 44       (6.55)

11 June 42   GARDENING, Frisians (4.45)                 5 Feb 44        (6.35)

19 June 42   Emden (5.05)                                            11 Feb 44      (7.00)

21 June 42   GARDENING, St.Nazaire (7.40)            1 Mar 44        (8.10)

22 June 42   Emden (5.30)                                            3 Mar 44        (7.00)

25 June 42   Bremen (6.35)                                          5 Mar 44        (4.35)

26 June 42   GARDENING, Terschelling (4.50)          7 Mar 44        (8.15)

29 June 42   GARDENING, St.Nazaire (7.50)            20 Mar 44      (6.15)

6 July 42       GARDENING, St.Nazaire (7.40)            22 Mar 44      (5.55)

8 July 44       Wilhelmshaven (5.40)                              31 Mar 44      (7.00)

21 July 42     Duisburg (5.40)                                        9 Apr 44         (5.50)

25 July 42     Duisburg (5.00)                                        11 Apr 44       (5.30)

26 July 42     Air/Sea Rescue (5.00)                             26 Apr 44       (6.50)

29 July 44     Saarbrucken (6.25)                                  27 Apr 44       (6.35)

22 Nov 42     Stuttgart (8.40)                                          1 May 44        (6.10)

6 May 44        (7.45)

23 May 44     (6.20)

1 June 44       (6.30)

2 June 44       (5.35)

16 Jun 44       (5.55)

24 June 44    (5.55)

5 July 44        (5.30)

9 July 44        (7.10)

11 July 44      (8.00)

 

An outstanding Bomb Aimer, this officer has played no small part in the successes achieved by his crew whilst engaged on operations of a special nature.  His accuracy in obtaining pinpoints has been of great assistance to his navigator, and his skill in locating difficult targets is most commendable.  He has displayedgreat courage and a high sense of devotion to duty throughout his tours of operations. As Squadron Bombing Leader, Flight Lieutenant Shuttleworth has also been of great help and assistance to new crews, and his tutoring has done much to increase the number of successful operations achieved by the squadron.

 

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