SIBBALD, P/O Roy Everett (J17878) - United States Air Medal and One Oak Leaf Cluster -  9th USAAF (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 20 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Home in Cochrane, Alberta; enlisted in Vancouver, 24 January 1941.  Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1941).  Joined No.434 Squadron in February 1945; slightly wounded by flak 1 March 1945.  Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has citation from General Order No.31, HQ US Army Air Forces in the Middle East, 28 April 1944.

 

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

 

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

 

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SIBBALD, P/O William John (J15700) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 3 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943.  Born in Toronto, 10 July 1917; home there; enlisted in Toronto, 14 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 28 April 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 26 May 1941. Commissioned 1942.  Invested with award by King George VI, 25 March 1943.  Killed in action 21 June 1943 (No.101 Squadron, Lancaster ED650); buried in Germany.

 

This officer, throughout a very successful tour of duty, has displayed exceptional ability as a wireless operator.  He is a cool and reliable member of aircraft crew whose sense of discipline and responsibility has invariably inspired confidence in his comrades.  On several occasions he has successfully dealt with most difficult situations.  Pilot Officer Sibbald has been instrumental in promoting a very high standard of keenness and efficiency through his leadership and personal example.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8934 has recommendation dated 24 November 1942 with sortie list (30 sorties, 156 hours 25 minutes); draft citation is not markedly more informative than that published in AFRO.

 

5 May 42           Nantes (5.45)                                13 July 42         Duisburg (4.00)

7 May 42           St.Nazaire (6.15)                          21 July 42         Duisburg (4.05)

17 May 42        Boulogne (3.40)                           23 July 42         Duisburg (4.10)

19 May 42        St.Nazaire (6.00)                          25 July 42         Duisburg (3.55)

21 May 42        GARDENING (7.15)                    26 July 42         Hamburg (5.50)

30 May 42        Cologne (3.55)                             28 July 42         Hamburg (4.40)

1 June 42          Essen (3.35)                                 29 July 42         Saarbrucken (5.30)


3 June 42          Bremen (4.30)                              15 Aug 42         Duisburg (4.20)

5 June 42          Essen (5.00)                                 17 Aug 42         Osnabruck (5.40)

6 June 42          Emden (4.25)                               23 Aug 42         Kassel (6.50)

25 June 42       Bremen (4.50)                              24 Aug 42         Frankfurt (6.00)

29 June 42       Bremen (4.40)                              29 Aug 42         Nuremburg (7.15)

3 July 42           Bremen (5.20)                              1 Sept 42          Saarbrucken (6.10)

7 July 42           GARDENING (4.20)                    2 Sept 42          Karlsruhe (6.10)

11 July 42         GARDENING (7.00)                    3 Sept 42          GARDENING (5.30)

 

This officer, a Canadian, came to the squadron on the 1st May 1942 and has since carried out a very successful tour of operations on Wellington aircraft, showing exceptional ability as a Wireless Operator.  A very steady and reliable type whose sense of discipline and responsibility has always had a great influence on the crew. He has also proved himself on several occasions and under difficult conditions to be capable of dealing with any situation.  As Signals Officer since the 5th September, Pilot Officer Sibbald has been responsible for promoting a very high standard of keenness and efficiency by his leadership and personal example.

 

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SICOTTE, F/O Joseph Wilfred Rene Guy (J87150) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 26 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born 1919 in St.Joseph de Chambly, Quebec; home in St.Hyacinthe, Quebec (bank clerk); enlisted in Montreal, 10 June 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 20 February 1943), No.11 EFTS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.

 

On October 1944 this officer piloted an aircraft in an attack against Duisburg.  When nearing the target the starboard outer engine failed.  Shortly afterwards the aircraft came under heavy anti-aircraft fire and was hit.  The fuselage was pierced in innumerable places by pieces of shrapnel.  One of the petrol tanks was punctured and much other damage sustained.  Nevertheless, Flying Officer Sicotte executed a determined and successful attack.  This officer has completed very many sorties against well defended targets and has displayed notable skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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SIDDALL, F/O Charles Edwin (J13832) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in Victoria, 1916; home in Kamloops (teacher); enlisted in Vancouver, 19 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 April 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 29 August 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented 5 March 1949.

 

This officer has taken part in numerous operations against the enemy and has always shown a very high standard of navigational skill.  On several occasions his efficiency has resulted in mines being laid in the correct positions and at the correct time.  On one sortie the two port engines of his aircraft failed and a crash landing had to be made.  Flying Officer Siddall received severe injuries but this did not deter him from recommencing operations as soon as possible.  This officer's high courage and determination have been of great assistance to the navigation section of his squadron.

 

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SIDEEN, F/O (now F/L) Oscar (C23501) - Air Force Cross - No.19 Elementary Flying Training School - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Enlisted in Port Arthur, 3 October 1942.  Trained at No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). As of award had flown 3,031 hours, 2,790 as instructor, 285 in past six months.

 

This officer, because of his keen devotion to duty and outstanding ability as a flying instructor, was selected to assist in raising the standard of other instructors at this school.  The leadership and the endless energy he has exercised in this work has shown remarkable results.

 

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SIGGINS, Corporal Malcolm William (R104079) - Mention in Despatches - No.121 (Can) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Grafton, Kings County, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 14 June 1941.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been in charge of the drogue section in No.121 Squadron for the past sixteen months.  He has shown outstanding patience and skill in training the drogue operators and his personal example in performing these duties has been of the highest order.  Corporal Siggens, by perseverance and tenacity both on the ground and in the air, has been responsible for the conservation of valuable and irreplaceable towing equipment which resulted in further improvement and development being made in this field.  This non-commissioned officer's interest in the drogue section is such that he sacrificed promotions in his trade as aero-engine mechanic to further the progress of his section.

 

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SILLERS, F/L Donald Elwood (J26991) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 18 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.  Born 1922 in Regina; home in Estevan; enlisted in Regina, 20 May 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 13 October 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 21 January 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 24 April 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented 18 June 1949.

 

This officer has at all times proved a most reliable captain of aircraft and has displayed commendable courage and skill. One night in February 1945 he was detailed to attack Duisburg. Immediately after the bombing run his aircraft was attacked and severely damaged by an enemy fighter.  One engine was rendered unserviceable and much technical equipment was put out of action.  Displaying great coolness and excellent airmanship, Flight Lieutenant Sillers succeeded in evading the fighter and afterwards brought his damaged aircraft safely back to base. Flight Lieutenant Sillers has completed many sorties and his devotion to duty have been of a high standard.

 

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SILVER, WO1 John Albert (R68735) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Trenton - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in London, England; educated at St.John-Hackney School and Gayhurst Road Grammar School.  Enlisted at Fort William, 26 October 1940.  Award presented 25 May 1945.  Awarded Queen Elizabeth Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when he was a WO1 in Training Command.  See photo PL-20928.

 

This warrant officer has been employed as station warrant officer at a large unit for the past two years.  He has at all times set an exceptionally high standard of duty for which he has been an outstanding example.  His interests and efforts in station activities have been outstanding.

 

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SILVERLOCK, Fl/O Florence Mary (V30368) - Mention in Despatches - Station Wombleton (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.  Home in Port Credit, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 1 January 1943; arrived overseas 1 March 1944.  DHist file 181.009 D.2813 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation dated 23 January 1945.

 

Section Officer Silverlock arrived overseas in March 1944 and was posted to this Station on 6th April 1944.

 

This officer, a born leader of both airmen and airwomen, has put in very long hours, and has a devotion to duty which has resulted in the Messes on this Station being run in a very efficient manner.  Setting the example of the untiring worker, she has won the complete confidence of all personnel in her Section, due to her interest in their welfare both on and off the unit.  She has met every demand made on her Section cheerfully and willingly, and has been an example to the other airmen and airwomen on this Station...

 

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SILVERSTEIN, WO2 Jacob (R67673) - Mention in Despatches - No. 10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944 - Born in London, Ontario; enlisted in Windsor, 22 August 1940.   Reported as having flown 114 sorties (809.35 operational hours) and completed a total of 1,089.35 hours.  Wireless operator/air gunner.

 

This warrant officer has completed hundred of hours of operational flying on anti-submarine patrols.  On one occasion during an attack against a heavily armed enemy submarine his coolness and efficiency in operating his radio, thus obtaining the assistance of another aircraft, were of outstanding assistance in repelling the U-boat attack on a convoy.

 

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SIM, P/O Frederick Charles (J19612) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944.  Born in Saskatchewan, 1920; home in Tisdale; enlisted in Regina, 2 March 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942.  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 7 June 1945.

 

Pilot Officer Sim has proved himself to be an excellent air bomber.  He has had exceptional success on many sorties and has consistently pressed home all his attacks without regard for the danger encountered.  In September 1943, his aircraft was engaged by an enemy fighter.  On approaching the target severe damage was sustained but showing admirable courage in the face of heavy odds Pilot Officer Sim completed his attack successfully.  His fine fighting spirit has made him an asset to his crew and squadron.

 

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SIMARD, F/O Jean Louis Roger Gilles (J35216) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1922 in Quebec; home there (clerk); enlisted in Quebec City, 10 August 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.11 EFTS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Commissioned September 1943.  Award sent by registered mail, 9 February 1950.

 

Flying Officer Simard has proved himself to be an outstanding pilot and captain of aircraft.  His skill and courage in the face of danger have been most commendable.  He has completed numerous operational sorties including attacks against such targets as Kiel, Duisburg, Cologne and Dortmund.  In December 1944 Flying Officer Simard's aircraft was detailed to attack a synthetic oil plant at Castrop Rauxel, Germany.  When nearing the target very heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered and the aircraft was holed.  A petrol tank and an oil tank were damaged and a large amount of petrol and oil was lost.  Undaunted, this officer pressed home a most successful attack and despite great difficulties the homeward flight was successfully accomplished.  Flying Officer Simard's determination and devotion to duty in the most adverse circumstances have set an excellent example to all.

 

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SIMMONS, Corporal John William Charles (R91472) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Born 9 February 1918; enlisted in Toronto, 3 February 1941.  Instrument Maker and Mechanic; trained at Technical Training School, St. Thomas; posted overseas October 1941; repatriated 14 December 1944; released 13 February 1945.

 

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SIMMONS, P/O Stanley Alfred (J86680) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 20 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1924 in Copper Cliff, Ontario; home there (chemist); enlisted in Hamilton, 27 April 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 2 May 1944.  Posted to No.426 Squadron, March 1944.  Posted to "R" Depot, 2 January 1945.  Award sent by registered mail, 13 January 1949.

 

This officer has completed many sorties and has displayed the greatest determination to achieve success.  On two occasions his aircraft has been severely damaged but he has completed his mission and flown safely to base.  Pilot Officer Simmons has on all occasions displayed enthusiasm, skill and courage.

 

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SIMNING, F/L Roger Leo (C28454) - Mention in Despatches - No.22 Sub Repair Depot - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 October 1939.

 

This officer has distinguished himself by his continuous excellent work with a total disregard of personal inconvenience.  In addition he has contributed greatly both by work and deed in maintaining morale at a high peak.  His complete dependability and performance of his duties over and above that normally expected are deserving of the highest praise.

 

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SIMONS, Section Officer Lilian Gwendoline (V30582) - 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 Toronto; enlisted there.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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SIMONSON, F/L Louis Olaf (J85564) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born 1922 in Ferintosh [?], Alberta; home there (farmer); enlisted in Edmonton, 13 August 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942.  Commissioned December 1944.  C* 27 May 1950.

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour.  On one occasion his aircraft was hit during an attack against Munster but with great determination he pressed home his attack.  At all times this officer has set a high standard of duty.

 

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SIMPSON, Sergeant Alexander (R57654) - Mention in Despatches - No.122 (Can) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Sidney, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 1 April 1940.  Supervising day and night shifts of aero engine mechanics.

 

This non-commissioned officer has shown devotion to duty far beyond the expectations and demands of his work.  The part he has played in maintaining serviceability of target towing Bolingbroke aircraft has contributed in large measure to the efficiency with which Army and Navy anti-aircraft gunnery training has been carried out on Canada's Pacific coast.  His tireless, efficient work has been an inspiration to other maintenance personnel in the squadron.

 

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SIMPSON, S/L Arnold Ernest (C10074) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Home in Sherbrooke, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 30 October 1939.  Award presented 27 February 1947.

 

During his five and a half years overseas service, this officer has attained his present rank from that of Corporal as a result of his exceptional administrative ability and remarkable service spirit.  At all times he has been called upon to assume many responsibilities, to which he has responded with excellent and prompt results, displaying a clear and logical mind combined with efficiency and the utmost confidence and initiative.  During this past year, he has been in charge of the Other Rank groundcrew Posting Section, firstly at a time when the RCAF Overseas was at its peak strength, followed by the immense amount of work connected with the disbandment of units and the consequent repatriation of some 25,000 personnel.  He has carried out these duties superbly, and to his staff and others with whom he came in contact, he has displayed sound, intelligent and comprehensive direction.  He is regarded by his staff of officers, airmen and airwomen with the highest regard, and always with the sure knowledge that they will receive from him sound advice, fair treatment and brilliant leadership.

 

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SIMPSON, F/O David Hope (J14578) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.  Born 1916; home in Leatherhead, Surrey (?); enlisted in Vancouver, 14 November 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 25 September 1942).   Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail, 13 November 1948.  No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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SIMPSON, F/O Donald Wallace (J11110) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 June 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943.  Born Stratford, Ontario, 1912; home in Islington; enlisted in Toronto, 12 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.12 EFTS (ceased training 15 August 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.9 AOS (graduated 16 January 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 30 March 1942). Commissioned 1942.  Navigator in WO P.C. Mariies' crew, but on night of cited action (26 April 1943) was with W/C L. Crook.  Cited with F/L F.P. Marsh (RCAF, WOP).  See above for citation.  Invested with award by King George VI, 1 February 1944.

 

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SIMPSON, F/L Douglas Haig (J85914) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.  Born 1918 in Oxbow, Saskatchewan; home there (labourer, formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in London, England, 19 December 1941.  Trained at No.34 EFTS (graduated 15 January 1943) and No.39 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned April 1944.  Award presented 22 April 1950 when he was living in Weyburn.

 

This officer has operated over some of the most heavily defended objectives in Europe.  On one occasion the success of a major attack was largely due to his initiative and courage.  On another sortie Flight Lieutenant Simpson attacked the Dortmund Ems Canal with great success.  his officer has displayed outstanding gallantry on all his missions.  As captain of aircraft he has been a great asset to his squadron.

 

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SIMPSON, Corporal Edward Thomas (R126327) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit.  Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 8 September 1941.  No citation in AFRO.  DHist file 181.009 D.1658 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20605) had recommendation dated 10 September 1944.  Noted he had enlisted 8 September 1941, served 18 months in Canada, 18 months in UK.  Armourer. NCO in charge of HE Section, Bomb Dump:

 

This non-commissioned officer, since arriving on this station over a year ago, has proved himself a capable, hard working and trustworthy airman.  His ability and knowledge of his trade combined with determination and devotion to duty, especially since D-Day, has been one of the mainstays in an extremely over-worked section.

 

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SIMPSON, S/L Howard Alvar Lewis (J9849) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.613 Squadron - Award effective 25 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 2 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945.  Born 1918 in Guelph, Ontario; home in Toronto; enlisted there 28 May 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 17 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940).  Commissioned December 1941.  Instructed in Canada; arrived in Britain 9 March 1942.  In the course of his first tour he was credited with the following victories: 23 September 1942, one Ju.88 damaged (No.19 Squadron, shared with another pilot); 4 December 1942, two FW.190s damaged (No.402 Squadron); 22 August 1943, one FW.190 damaged; 27 September 1943, one FW.190 probably destroyed.  Repatriated 22 October 1943 but returned overseas for a second tour.  Released 14 September 1945.  Award presented 9 April 1948.  See photo PMR 84-0266.

 

Squadron Leader Simpson has completed two tours of operational duty.  He has taken part in attacks on enemy road and rail transport and airfields.  In December 1944, during a patrol over St.Omer, his aircraft developed an oxygen failure, causing him to lose consciousness.  When he recovered he found himself alone and being attacked by a formation of enemy fighters.  Although outnumbered by eight to one, Squadron Leader Simpson immediately engaged the enemy. In the ensuing engagement he damaged one Focke Wulf 190 before the remainder were forced to break off the engagement.  By his determined courage and fine leadership, this officer has at all times set a fine example to the other members of his flight.

 

NOTE:  Public Records Office Air 2/9132 has recommendation dated 21 May 1945 when he had flown 184 sorties (284 hours 25 minutes) and goes into much greater detail than the published citation.  The discrepancy about the date of his brush with FW.190s is difficult to resolve, although December 1942 (or even 1943) appears to be the more probable; a Channel crossing would have been unnecessary in 1944 given the presence of Allied airfields on the continent.

 

Squadron Leader Simpson, who is a flight commander in this squadron, has had a first-rate operational record.

 

In 1942 and 1943, as a fighter pilot on Spitfires, he completed a tour of duty lasting seventeen months, the concluding six of which saw him commanding a flight in No.402 (RCAF) Squadron. During this time he destroyed at least one enemy aircraft and probably destroyed or damaged four more.

 

On one occasion in December 1942, during an offensive sweep over St.Omer, this officer's aircraft developed an oxygen failure while flying at 35,000 feet. Squadron Leader Simpson temporarily lost consciousness.  This he regained at 15,000 feet to find himself all alone and being attacked by a formation of FW.190s.  Although outnumbered by eight to one, Squadron Leader Simpson immediately engaged the enemy.  While attacking and damaging one fighter his own aircraft was hit by cannon fire. Undaunted, this officer continued to engage the enemy and damaged a further FW.190. The remainder of the formation broke off and dived away into France.

 

In spite of his aircraft being hit in the oil radiator and engine, Squadron Leader Simpson elected to recross the Channel and make for his base.  While over the Channel his motor cut out three times. Nevertheless, although he was steadily losing height this officer, showing considerable skill, managed to regain the English coast at Dungeness where he carried out a masterly forced landing.

 

On 22nd February 1945, soon after beginning his second tour, Squadron Leader Simpson, now flying Mosquitos, took part in the large-scale daylight operation against transport targets in Germany. After bombing the communications centre at Treia, he pressed home a strafing attack against the strongly defended airfield at Jagel. Here, strikes were seen on hangars, administrative buildings and on gun sites. Then followed a further attack on a locomotive north of Rendesburg which resulted in extensive damage to the engine. Finally, a vigorous strafing attack was made on the railway station at Brekendorf, again with telling results.

 

By night, Squadron Leader Simpson has, in 6 sorties, been thoroughly successful. On 13th February 1945, a bombing attack was driven home against the heavily defended town of Duisberg where two large fires were started. Later, on 21st April, a locomotive drawing 30-40 trucks was located and attacked with bombs at Basbeck. After getting a direct hit on the middle of the train and despite intense light flak, Squadron Leader Simpson came back again and again to strafe the whole length of the train. After his last attack, the locomotive exploded.

 

Three nights later this officer pressed home aggressive attacks on three more locomotives. One of these was seen at Schwerin drawing over 50 trucks, among which were oil tankers. After a series of attacks the locomotives blew up and black smoke was seen billowing up from the tankers.

 

Throughout his operational career, this officer has shown himself to be splendidly aggressive. He has engaged the enemy at every opportunity, frequently in the face of vigorous defensive fire. His determined courage, allied with his fine qualities of leadership, have made him an ideal flight commander. The example he has et in his fight has been first rate.

 

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SIMPSON, WO2 Irving Rae (R215338) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1924 in Vancouver; home there (aircraft worker); enlisted there 29 January 1943.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Award sent by registered mail, 17 July 1951.

 

As air gunner Warrant Officer Simpson has completed forty-two sorties.  On one occasion in July 1944, his crew were detailed for a mission to Criel.  On leaving the target they were attacked four times by a Junkers 88.  Warrant Officer Simpson remained cool throughout, returned the enemy fire and hits were observed on the enemy aircraft.  This Warrant Officer's aircraft was again attacked in March 1945, but he successfully drove the enemy off.  Warrant Officer Simpson has always shown a fine fighting spirit and devotion to duty.

 

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SIMPSON, F/L John Alexander Trager (J16625) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944.  Born in London, England, 1914; home in Kirkland Lake or Birmingham, England; enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 7 October 1940.  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).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented 9 April 1948.  No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

SIMPSON, F/L John Alexander Tragger, DFC (J16625) -  Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Simpson has completed a number of sorties and has continued to display outstanding skill. Excellent results have been obtained on many of his missions, all of which have required a very high degree of determination, courage and ability.

 

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SIMPSON, F/L John Frederick (C26874) - Mention in Despatches - No.167 (Communications) Squadron (now EAC Communications Flight) - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946.  Home in Kitchener, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 18 January 1944.  DHist file 181.009 D.1122 (RG.24 Vol.20595) has recommendation from No.167 Squadron for an AFC dated 26 May 1945 which must have become this MiD.  At time of recommendation he had flown 1,805 hours as instructor; no other flying times indicated.

 

At all times Flight Lieutenant Simpson has displayed outstanding keenness and ability.  On many difficult Communication flights he has proven himself an exceptionally capable pilot.  His interest, drive and initiative has done much to encourage and inspire all squadron personnel.

 

SIMPSON, F/L John Frederick (C26874) - Air Force Cross - EAC Communications Flight - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Described as having flown 3,200 hours to date, 1,704 as instructor and 268 in previous six months.  Award sent by registered mail, 24 February 1950.

 

This officer has completed many flying hours as a pilot, both in an instructional capacity and as a transportation and communications pilot.  During his lengthy career he has never damaged an aircraft, although at various times he has had to fly in extreme adverse weather conditions, including mercy flights to such isolated bases as Sable Island and Goose Bay, Labrador.  On one occasion he flew a forest survey for tree infected areas in connection with the Newfoundland Government pulp and paper authorities, the trip taking him into the most isolated localities in Newfoundland and lasting approximately two weeks.  During this survey he was obliged to carry out a forced landing due to engine failure which he executed so skilfully that no further damage resulted to the aircraft.  The outstanding ability and devotion to duty he has displayed is most praiseworthy and has set a splendid example to all members of aircrew in this Command.

 

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SIMPSON, F/L John Huntington (J12090) - Air Force Cross - No.3 SFTS - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  Born 1918 or 1919 in Kingston, Ontario; educated there.  Enlisted April 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS and No.1 SFTS.  At No.3 SFTS, December 1940 to September 1941; Central Flying School, September 1941 to August 1942; No.15 SFTS for three years.  As of recommendation he had 2,800 flying hours, 2,600 instructing, 247 in previous six months.  Remained in postwar RCAF.  See photo PL-142382.

 

This officer is a most skilful and efficient flying instructor who throughout his lengthy instructional career has never caused damage to an aircraft.  His ability to impart knowledge to trainees has been held in very high regard at this unit.  His conscientious manner and devotion to duty have set a fine example for all those who are employed on flying instructional duties,

 

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SIMPSON, F/O John William (C87319) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 1923; home in Derby, Nova Scotia (time keeper).  Commissioned January 1944.  File not found at DHist, 13 October 1995.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 55 sorties (227 hours 13 minutes), 22 September 1943 to 18 December 1944.

 

                            * denotes 1/3 sortie in calculating tour points

 

22 Sep 43      Hanover (5.55)                           30 Jun 44       Villers Bocage (2.36)

27 Sep 43      Hanover (4.15), DNCO             2 July 44         Oisemont Neuville au Bois (2.16)

3 Oct 43         Kassel (7.25)                              4 July 44         Biennais (2.19)

3 Nov 43         Dusseldorf (5.40)                       5 July 44         Watten (1.38)

19 Nov 43      Leverkusen (6.40)                      6 July 44         Croix Dalle (2.25)

20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (6.40)                          7 July 44         Caen (2.42)

29 Dec 43      Berlin (7.20)                                12 Jul 44        Acquet (2.44)

29 Jan 44       Berlin (9.00)                                17 Jul 44        Caen (2.29)

3 Mar 44         Meulan-les-Mureaux (5.20)*     18 Jul 44        Acquet (1.32)

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (6.40)                          20 Jul 44        Bottrop (3.20)

9 Apr 44         Paris (5.25)*                               23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.03)

10 Apr 44       Ghent (4.10)*                              24 Jul 44        L'Hey (1.46)

20 Apr 44       Lens (4.35)*                                25 Jul 44        Foret du Croc (2.22)

22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf (5.25)                       28 Jul 44        Stuttgart (6.31)

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (7.45)                         30 Jul 44        Battle area (2.16)

26 Apr 44       Essen (4.30)                               1 Aug 44        Belle Croix (1.51)

1 May 44        St.Ghislain (4.05)                       3 Aug 44        Nieppe (2.02)

7 May 44        St.Valery en Caux (3.30)           25 Aug 44      Russelsheim

9 May 44        St.Valery en Caux (3.35)           27 Aug 44      Homburg (3.01)

11 May 44      Boulogne (3.25)                         28 Aug 44      Fromental (2.11)

12 May 44      Louvain (4.30)                            29 Aug 44      Stettin (8.44)

5 June 44       Longues (3.08)                           1 Sept 44       Dourchinte (2.16)

7 June 44       Foret de Cerisy (3.25)               5 Sept 44       Le Havre (2.17)

16 Jun 44       Renescure (2.00)                       6 Sept 44       Le Havre (2.12)

23 Jun 44       Coubranne (1.50)                      8 Sept 44       Le Havre (2.10)

24 Jun 44       Middle Straete (1.54)                10 Sep 44      Le Havre (2.16)

27 Jun 44       Oisemont Neuville en                12 Sep 44      Wanne Eickel (3.13)

Bois (2.18)                                  18 Dec 44      Duisburg (4.26)

28 Jun 44       Metz (5.06)

 

Pilot Officer Simpson is a very keen and efficient Flight Engineer now almost finished his second tour of operations.  He has participated in many attacks on such heavily defended enemy targets as Berlin, Frankfurt and Hanover.  Invariably he has displayed a high degree of courage and initiative, even under the most adverse circumstances.  Undoubtedly, the fine fighting spirit and dogged determination evinced by this officer, along with his superior technical knowledge and its practical application makes him a very valuable member of aircrew.          

 

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SIMPSON, F/O Raymond Howard (J28667) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born North Battleford, 1917; home there (farmer); enlisted in Saskatoon, 30 August 1940.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 January 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 22 April 1950.  Cited with Sergeant Ormond M. Brown and Sergeant Russell E. Budd (both RCAF, both awarded DFM).  Incident occurred 4 August 1944, HX275 (433/S); recommendations submitted to Station Skipton-on-Swale, 18 August 1944; see DHist file 181.009 D.2988 (RG.24 Vol.20633) which also has a very long report by Simpson on the incident. 

 

In August 1944, Flying Officer Simpson was captain of an aircraft detailed for a daylight attack on Bois de Casson.  When leaving the target his aircraft was heavily hit by anti-aircraft fire.  The bomber went into a steep dive and Flying Officer Simpson found the controls useless, but after ordering the crew to prepare to abandon aircraft, he regained control by the skilful use of his throttles and ailerons.  It was then discovered that the control rods to the elevator and rudders had been severed in three places.  Under Flying Officer Simpson's directions Sergeants Brown and Budd effected skilful temporary repairs and by pulling and pushing as the broken end of the controls enabled Flying Officer Simpson to fly the bomber back to this country where the crew abandoned the aircraft by parachute.  These members of aircraft crew displayed great fortitude, skill and determination.

 

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SIMPSON, F/O Robert Lloyd (J25998) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Home in Skidgate, British Columbia; enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 5 October 1940.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.8 BGS (graduated 3 May 1943).  DHist file 181.009 D.1632 (RG.24 Vol.20603) has his application for Operational Wings dated 27 August 1945.  On 21 August 1943 he was posted from No.3 OTU to this squadron (then at Prince Rupert); on 24 July 1945 he was posted from the unit (now Alliford Bay) to Western Air Command Aircrew Assessment Board.  His first sortie had been 7 September 1943 (six hours ten minutes on a Stranraer, anti-submarine patrol), and he eventually flew 53 sorties, all anti-submarine patrols, compiling 17 hours 25 minutes flying time on Stranraers, 335 hours 40 minutes on Cansos, and 74 hours ten minutes on Catalinas.  His last patrol was 6 July 1945.  His longest patrols were as follows: 23 May 1944, 20 hours 40 minutes in a Catalina; 20 May 1944, 14 hours 35 minutes in a Canso; 12 May 1944, 14 hours 20 minutes in a Catalina; 16 April 1944, 13 hours 25 minutes in a Canso.

 

This officer has at all times displayed airmanship of a very high calibre.  His enthusiasm, efficiency and perseverance have been instrumental in raising the standard of wireless air gunner training on his squadron to a high peak.  His interest and co-operation in furthering the training of inexperienced wireless air gunners have been most laudable and deserving of high praise.

 

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SIMPSON, FS Samuel William (R50777) - Mention in Despatches - No.166 Squadron - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Born 17 June 1915.  Enlisted in Calgary, 18 January 1940.  Airframe mechanic.

 

This non-commissioned officer has at all times set an outstanding example to the airmen under him by his keenness and devotion to duty.  He is a superior tradesman and his patience in imparting his knowledge to his juniors was admirable. His leadership has been an inspiration to the personnel in the squadron serving under him.

 

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SIMPSON, Flight Sergeant Thomas Lockerbie (Can 7750) - Mention in Despatches - No.4 Repair Depot - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born in Ottawa, 27 June 1914; home there; enlisted there 8 September 1939 (microfilm) or 27 June 1941 (award card).  Airframe mechanic with this unit, 30 June 1940 to 14 July 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer has displayed exceptional devotion to duty and proven to be outstanding in initiative and resourcefulness in the performance of his duties on mobile salvage parties under most trying conditions.

 

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SIMPSON, F/O Thomas William (J12681) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 4 August 1917; home in Winnipeg (gold miner); enlisted there 29 August 1941. Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 6 July 1942).  No citation in AFRO.  Public Records Office Air 2/9219 has recommendation by W/C R.J. Lane dated 23 January 1944.  It gives his crew position as "Navigator" (inconsistent with his training and with the Air Force List, both of which point to Air Gunner) and states he had flown 12 missions (166 hours twelve minutes) which does not agree with the sortie sheet.

 

7 Dec 42        Anti-Sub Patrol (9.25)           23 May 43      Dortmund (5.00)

11 Dec 42                  do.                   (7.40)  25 May 43      Dusseldorf (4.27)

15 Dec 42                  do                    (9.15)  29 May 43      Wuppertal (4.25)

19 Dec 42                  do.                   (9.30)  19 Jun 43       Le Creusot (6.08)

23 Dec 42                  do.                   (9.50)                          (NOTE: might be 15 Jan 43

30 Dec 42                  do.                   (10.10)            21 Jun 43       Krefeld (3.53)

16 Jan 43                   do.                   (11.20)            28 Jun 43       Cologne (4.19)         

20 Jan 43                   do.                   (9.50)  15 Jul 43        Montbeliard (Missing)

5 Feb 43                    do.                   (9.30)

8 Feb 43                    do                    (9.30)

15 Feb 43                  do.                   (9.30)

19 Feb 43                  do.                   (8.30)

23 Feb 43                  do.                   (9.20)

 

This officer successfully effected his escape from enemy occupied France in November 1943.  The skill, fortitude and common sense displayed by this officer throughout his hazardous adventures is most commendable.  Strongly recommend for Mention in Despatches.

 

NOTE:  With this is a report from MI.9 (No.1427) which confirms his crew position (mid-upper gunner) and states he left Gibraltar on 1 October 1943, arriving Leuchars on 2 November 1943.  His statement is as follows:

 

I was a member of the crew of a Halifax bomber which took off on 15 July from Granston Lodge at 2230 hours to drop markers and bombs at Montreliard.  We reached our target, dropped our flares, etc. and were on our return journey when at about 0200 hours (16 July) we were attacked by two fighters east of Orleans.  We were flying at about 5,000 feet and two starboard engines were hit.  The pilot gave orders to bale out.

 

I landed in the middle of a forest in a small clearing.  I buried my parachute and Mae West, and started walking south, keeping to small roads.  Shortly before dawn I crawled into a bush in which I slept until midday.  When I woke I opened my escape box, ate some Horlick's tablets, and continued my journey.  At about 1800 hours I saw a farm which I approached. A woman and two children were in the farm house and they gave me food when I told them that I was a member of the RAF.  I remained here until about 2230 hours.

 

I then took off my badges and started again to walk south.  I walked all night.  I sheltered from dawn til midday (17 July) and then continued my journey.  On the road I was overtaken by a Frenchman in a car who motioned me to take a seat.  He gave me to understand that his wife spoke English and that he would pick me up again on his way back after completing his errand.  At about 2000 hours he returned and drove me to his farm, north of !X.  I was given civilian clothes and stayed here til the morning of 20 July, when I left with his two small sons who escorted me across a river.  They left me in the neighbourhood of St.Florent.  They had given me plenty of food and I walked for four days, resting by day and walking by night until I reached Chateaumeillant on 23 July.  During this period I met nobody.

 

On the evening of 23 July some people at Chateaumeillant took me in for the night and helped to get a ticket for Toulouse via Chateauroux.  I reached Toulouse on 24 July with [without ?] incident.  From here I started to walk southwest.  After about two hours I was approached by a lad who asked me for a match.  He was trailing a bicycle with a punctured front tire.  We walked along together.  He indicated that there was a German aerodrome nearby which it would be dangerous for me to pass, and offered to take me to his home for the night.  We walked back to the suburbs of Toulouse.  He told me he had a friend who could speak English.  On the afternoon of 25 July the friend turned up and told me that he knew somebody who could help me.

 

NOTE: This appears to be the end of the report; was there more in the file that was not copied and mailed to me ?

 

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SIMPSON, F/O Wallace James (J86657) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 1921; home in Gainsborough, Saskatchewan (former COTC); enlisted in Regina, 19 June 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented 18 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 Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 4 November 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (149 hours 30 minutes).

 

15 Jul 44        Nucourt                                   10 Sep 44      Le Havre

18 Jul 44        Caen                                       11 Sep 44      Darmstadt

18 Jul 44        Wesseling                              16 Sep 44      Salzbergen

20 Jul 44        Courtrai                                  17 Sep 44      Westkapelle

25 Jul 44        Wanne Eickel                        20 Sep 44      Calais

28 Jul 44        Hamburg                                23 Sep 44      Neuss

3 Aug 44        Trossy St.Maximim               26 Sep 44      Cap Griz Nez

4 Aug 44        Pauillac                                  3 Oct 44         Westkapelle

5 Aug 44        Blaye                                      14 Oct 44       Duisburg

7 Aug 44        Fontenoy le Marmion            14 Oct 44       Duisburg

9 Aug 44        Fort d'Eglos                           19 Oct 44       Stuttgart

12 Aug 44      Russelsheim                          23 Oct 44       Essen

15 Aug 44      Volkel                                     25 Oct 44       Essen

16 Aug 44      Kiel                                         27 Oct 44       Cologne

18 Aug 44      Ghent-Terneuzen                   29 Oct 44       Domburg

3 Sept 44       Gilze-Rijen                             30 Oct 44       Cologne

 

Flying Officer Simpson, a Canadian, has just completed a very fine tour of operations with this squadron, compris­ing 32 sorties against the enemy. On many of these sorties intense opposition was experienced but this in no way deterred Flying Officer Simpson from his firm intention to strike the enemy as hard and as often as possible.

 

On one occasion while making an attack on a Flying Bomb dump in France the aircraft of which Flying Officer Simpson was the Captain was hit by flak and the rudder controls were damaged, but nothing daunted, he flew up and bombed the target and by a fine feat of airmanship brought his aircraft back and made a safe landing at base.

 

Flying Officer Simpson by his high degree of courage, skilfullness and determination has shown himself to be a superb captain of aircraft and it is recommended that his fine record of achievement be recognized by an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SIMPSON, F/O Warren Oxford (J29022) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.170 Squadron - Award effective 15 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.  Home in Chicago; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 3 July 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 January 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Award sent by registered mail, 28 May 1948.

 

One night in March 1945 this officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Dessau.  When nearing the target the aircraft was hit by fire from the ground defences.  The pipe lines of the hydraulic gear were severed which caused all the pressure instruments to become unserviceable.  A fire started near the bomb bay.  The flames began to get a firm hold but the mid-upper gunner fought them strenuously and finally got the fire under control.  At this stage the aircraft was attacked by a fighter.  Further damage was sustained before the enemy aircraft was driven off.  Flying Officer Simpson afterwards flew the badly damaged aircraft to an airfield in this country and effected a safe landing in difficult circumstances.  This officer displayed the finest qualities of skill, courage and resolution throughout.

 

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SIMPSON, F/L William George Raymond (C35376) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.  Born December 1920 in Sedgewich, Alberta; home in Lethbridge (truck driver, former Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Calgary, 15 May 1941.  Commissioned November 1943.  Award presented 9 July 1949.  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 19 May 1945 when he had completed 30 sorties (213 hours 40 minutes), 30 November 1944 to 25 April 1945.

 

Flying Officer Simpson has completed a successful tour of operations including numerous attacks on important and well defended German targets in addition to many mine laying missions in enemy waters.  He has proven himself to be an outstanding pilot and a most efficient captain of aircraft, and the manner in which he has always pressed home his attacks plus his enthusiastic keenness to operate at all times has set an example of the highest order.

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SIMPSON, WO William John (R137108) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.  Born in Saskatoon, 13 April 1922; home given variously as Detroit and Owen Sound, Ontario (salesman); enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 15 October 1941.  Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 17 July 1942).  Later commissioned (J19697).  Posted overseas September 1942; repatri­ated 25 November 1944; released 9 February 1945.  Award presented 1952.  Died 14 August 1966.  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 2/9153 has recommendation dated 17 November 1943 when he had flown 27 sorties (183 hours 27 minutes).

 

18 Feb 43                                                            Paris (4.10)    13 July 43                   Aachen (5.04)

29 Mar 43                                                            Anti-sub patrol (8.25)                        15 July 43 Montbelliard (7.23)

1 Apr 43   Anti-sub patrol (10.20)                      9 Aug 43        Mannheim (6.04)

4 Apr 43   Anti-sub patrol (7.05)                        10 Aug 43      Nuremburg (7.51)

7 Apr 43   Anti-sub patrol (8.45)                        17 Aug 43      Peenemunde (7.05)

13 Apr 43 Anti-sub patrol (10.05)                      23 Aug 43      Berlin (7.01)

16 Apr 43 Anti-sub patrol (9.55)                        27 Aug 43      Nuremburg (7.26)

19 Apr 43 Anti-sub patrol (9.30)                        15 Sept 43     Montlucon (6.25)

22 June 43                                                           Mulheim (4.37)                                  16 Sept 43           Modane (7.53)

24 June 43                                                           Wuppertal (4.46)                               23 Sept 43           Mannheim (6.56)

25 June 43                                                           Gelsenkirchen (4.04)                        27 Sept 43           Hannover (5.37)

28 June 43                                                           Cologne (4.39)                                  3 Oct 43   Kassel (6.29)

3 July 43   Cologne (5.02)                                  3 Nov 43         Dusseldorf

9 July 43   Gelsenkirchen (5.43)

 

Warrant Officer Simpson was posted to this squadron on 14th June 1943. He has now completed seven Coastal Command sorties totalling 64.05 hours and twenty Bomber Command sorties totalling 119.22 hours. He is an Air Gunner of outstanding skill and ability, always keen to operate and has proved himself to be exceptionally cool and courageous in the face of intense enemy activity.  He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SIMS, LAC John Joseph (R168109) - Mention in Despatches - No.429 Squadron (Station Leeming in AFRO) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Hamilton; enlisted there 9 June 1942.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served one year in Canada, 20 months overseas.

 

This airman is employed as an Armourer (Guns) in "B" Flight of 429 Squadron.  He has worked extremely hard at his trade despite inclement weather and adverse condi­tions.  LAC Sims has cheerfully undertaken the most difficult tasks and brought them to a successful con­clusion.  He has earned the support and friendship of his comrades and is strongly deserving of recognition for his efforts...

 

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SIMS, F/O Merlin Harold (J85710) - Distimguished 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 21 September 1920 in Chilliwack; educated in Vancouver including time at University of British Columbia, 1940-41 taking Chemical Engineering (COTC at the time).  Enlisted in Penhold, Alberta, 20 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS, Edmonton (16 May to 19 August 1941), No.18 EFTS, Boundary Bay (20 August to 11 October 1942) and No.15 SFTS (20 October 1941 to 3 January 1942).  Graduated as a Sergeant, 2 January 1942; promoted to Flight Sergeant, 2 July 1942; promoted to WO2, 2 January 1943; promoted to WO1, 2 July 1943;  commissioned on 29 March 1944; promoted to Flying Officer, 29 September 1944.  Arrived in UK, January 1942; further trained at No.2 (P) AFU, 16 March to 16 June 1942 and No.51OTU, 16 June to 16 September 1942.  With No.418 Squadron, 16 September to 17 October 1942; Station Bradwell Bay, 17 October 1942 to 19 June 1943; No.418 Squadron, 19 June to 28 September 1943; No.60 OTU, 28 September to 7 December 1943; No.418 Squadron, 7 December 1943 to 10 July 1944; to No.3 FIS, 11 July 1844 to 9 August 1944; at No.60 OTU, 10 August to 1 September 1944; to No.54 OTU, 1 September 194 to 6 February 1945; special leave in Canada, 6 February to 24 April 1945.  Returned to UK, 22 April 1945; No.406 Squadron, 11 May to 13 July 1945; No.19 ACHU, 13-24 July 1945; No.25 ACHU, 25 July to 24 November 1945; No.437 Squadron, 24 November 1945 to 13 June 1946; to Canada, 14 June 1946; released in Vancouver, 30 August 1946.  Victories as follows: 12 April 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed; 27 April 1944, one unidentified twin-engined aircraft destroyed on ground plus two unidentified twin-engined aircraft probably destroyed on ground; 5 May 1944, two Ju.87s destroyed on ground; 1 June 1944, one Ju.34 destroyed; 14 June 1944, one Ju.34 destroyed; 21 June 1944, two FW.190s destroyed on ground; 5/6 July 1944, one V-1 destroyed.  Cited with P/O J.D. Sharples (observer).

 

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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SIMS, S/L Owen Anthony Haig (C1490) - Air Force Cross - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Home in Willimette, Illinois, but described as a Canadian; enlisted in Toronto, 2 January 1940.  Trained at No.1 SFTS (graduated 13 July 1940).  Award presented 6 May 1947.  As of award had flown 1,500 hours flying, 1,200 hours as instructor.

 

This officer has made an outstanding contribution to the training plan by his keenness and ability as an instruc­tor.  His leadership and efficiency in the execution of his duties have been an outstanding example to all his associates.  Throughout his flying career he has distin­guished himself by his zeal, initiative and forethought.  He has displayed devotion to duty, which is most praise­worthy.

 

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SINCLAIR, Sergeant Albert Edward (R1708) - British Empire Medal - No.4 SFTS - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942.  Home in Ottawa where he worked in the Civic Hospital; enlisted there.  Recommended when he was an LAC.  Award presented 3 December 1942.

 

By prompt action on the part of R1706 Sergeant Sinclair, A.E., in bringing fire extinguisher to play upon the blaze at a very close range, with utter disregard for his personal safety, Service crews were able to rock the aircraft off the jacks and get it outside the hangar.  He thus prevented total destruction by fire of the hangar and eighteen aircraft.  Due to his act of bravery, Sergeant Sinclair suffered severe injuries to his eyes.  The above outstanding act took place at No.4 Service Flying Training School, Saskatoon, on 18 June 1941.

 

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SINCLAIR, F/L Andrew Lloyd (J17656) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 18 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Home in Paris, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 11 November 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1941).  Award presented 1 December 1948. A full accounting of his Middle East experiences is not available as of this compilation (25 July 1999) but Directorate of History and Heritage cards list the following claims, all registered while flying with No.401 Squadron: 28 August 1942, one FW.190 damaged (Flight Sergeant at the time); 7 July 1944, one FW.190 and one Bf.109 destroyed; 2 October 1944, one FW.190 damaged; 5 October 1944, one Me.262 destroyed (shared with four others).

 

Flight Lieutenant Sinclair has served in both the Middle East and European theatres of war.  While in the Middle East he destroyed at least one enemy aircraft.  During the early stages of the invasion of Normandy he distin­guished himself by destroying a further two enemy aircraft.  In addition his devastating attacks against enemy transport, often in the face of intense fire from the ground defences, have inflicted considerable damage on enemy vehicles.  In October 1944, Flight Lieutenant Sinclair attacked and shared in the destruction of an enemy jet propelled aircraft after a long and bitter struggle.  More recently he has led a section of his squadron through heavy anti-aircraft fire in attacks against the enemy's rail communications in Germany and Holland.  At all times he has displayed a high degree of courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9045 has recommendation dated 14 November 1944 when he had flown 278 sorties (313 operational hours).  Text slight more detailed than that published.

 

This officer is an experienced second tour pilot who has proved himself an invaluable asset to the squadron during the Normandy, Belgium and Holland campaigns. On his first tour in the Middle East he destroyed one enemy aircraft and damaged another.

 

During the early stages of the Normandy invasion, Flying Officer Sinclair distinguished himself by destroying a further two enemy aircraft on one operation shortly after joining the squadron. His devastating attacks against enemy transport, often in the face of intense return fire from the ground defences, have resulted in the destruction or damaging of some 50 enemy vehicles. On October 5th, while on a routine patrol with the squadron over the vital Nijmegen bridge, this officer attacked and shared in the destruction of the first enemy jet propelled aircraft, an Me.262, to be shot down by the Royal Air Force or Royal Canadian Air Force. This was only accomplished after a long bitter struggle.

 

Lately he has participated and led sections of his squadron through intense flak to dive bomb the enemy's rail communications in Northwest Germany and Holland. Flying Officer Sinclair's aggressiveness and utter disregard of his own personal safety have been major factors in the successful operations of this squadron.

 

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SINCLAIR, F/L Duncan (J12784) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.249 Squadron (now POW) - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 10 October 1944 and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944.  Born 1922 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 19 August 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail, 13 January 1949.

 

This officer has led a number of bombing attacks and has destroyed at least two enemy aircraft.  He has also destroyed four locomotives and one E-boat as well as causing much damage to enemy motor transports and shipping.  As a flight commander Flight Lieutenant Sinclair has achieved much success imparting his own enthusiasm and determination to those under his command.  His keenness to engage the enemy on every possible occasion has been an inspiration to all.

 

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SINCLAIR, FS Frederick Wilson (R59022) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home in Cayuga, Ontario; enlisted Winnipeg, 29 May 1940.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommenda­tion for an MiD dated 14 July 1944 submitted by W/C W.P. Pleasance, CO of No.419 Squadron.  Had served 21 months in Canada, 29 months in England.  Fitter IIE, NCO in charge of "A" Flight.

 

Flight Sergeant Sinclair has always been a steady, conscientious worker and leader.  His keenness and thoroughness in performing his duties as NCO in charge of "A" Flight has been far beyond the call of normal duty.  The thoroughness with which he has trained man men in the performance of their several duties has been instrumental in developing a high percentage of serviceability in his flight and his personality and ability as a leader is beyond praise.

 

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SINCLAIR, F/L Harold Daniel (C8117) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Cranbrook, British Columbia; enlisted in Calgary, 9 May 1941.

 

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SINCLAIR, F/O John Henry (J19013) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1918 in Vancouver; home there; enlisted 11 October 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 April 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 5 August 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (242 hours 40 minutes), 5 September 1943 to 10 June 1944.

 

Flying Officer Sinclair has completed one tour of operations.  He has attacked Berlin, Hanover, Kassel, Frankfurt and many other targets in Germany and France; at all times he has pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination and has always achieved very satisfactory results even under difficult conditions.

 

On two successive occasions he carried on to the target and completed successful attacks even though his airspeed indicator went completely unserviceable just after the aircraft left the ground.  He has always shown himself to be a fearless captain of aircraft.

 

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SINCLAIR, F/O Selby James (J28912) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1921 in Toronto; home in Montreal; enlisted there 17 July 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned August 1943.  Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.  No citation other than  "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1750 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 21 December 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (161 hours 30 minutes):

 

As navigator he has completed a tour involving many heavily defended German targets.  Highly skilled, he has directed his aircraft to the target and avoided trouble.  Always calm and courageous on operations, he has also been most co-operative in assisting ground training.  A good leader and a fine officer.  Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immedi­ate).

 

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SINGER, F/O John Wallace (J89650) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1922 in Toronto; home there (despatch clerk); enlisted there 17 June 1942).  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned August 1944.  Award presented at Government House, 7 November 1949.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (178 hours), 16 July 1944 to 22 February 1945.

 

                                             * denotes daylight sortie

 

16 Jul 44        Villeneuve St.                             15 Aug 44      Gilste (3.25)

George (7.00)                            16 Aug 44      La Pallice (6.35)

17 Jul 44        Caen (3.30)                                24 Aug 44      Ijmuiden (3.15)

18 Jul 44        Revigny (5.45)                            15 Sep 44      Tirpitz (7.10)

20 Jul 44        Courtrai (3.25)                            23 Sep 44      Munster (4.55)

30 Jul 44        Cahagnes (4.55)*                      7 Oct 44         Flushing (3.45)

31 Jul 44        Joigny la Roche (5.10)*             17 Oct 44       Westkapelle (2.45)

1 Aug 44        Mont Candon (5.05)*                 29 Oct 44       Tirpitz (13.10)

2 Aug 44        Bois de Casson  (4.50)*           8 Dec 44        Urft Dam (5.05)

3 Aug 44        Trossy (4.35)*                             17 Dec 44      Munich (9.00)

4 Aug 44        Etaples (3.45)                            18 Dec 44      Gyndia (9.20)

7 Aug 44        Lorient (9.35)                              3 Feb 45        Ijmuiden (3.20)

9 Aug 44        La Pallice (6.10)                        6 Feb 45        Paderborn (5.40),

10 Aug 44      Bordeaux (6.55)                                                 unsuccessful

11 Aug 44      Givors (8.10)                              14 Feb 45      Paderborn (6.25),

13 Aug 44      Brest (4.50)                                                        unsuccessful

14 Aug 44      Brest (4.30)                                22 Feb 45      Paderborn (6.00)

 

This officer has completed 31 sorties as an Air Bomber.  In addition to heavily defended targets in Germany, his targets have included many requiring accurate bombing.  He took part in two of the attacks on the battleship Tirpitz and was only prevented by sickness from taking part in the last and fatal attack.  On the two attacks on the Tirpitz Pilot Officer Singer rendered valuable service to his captain and navigator by his accurate map reading.  In the actual bombing of his targets, he has always shown the greatest coolness and determination to drop his bombs accurately, even when more than one run on a heavily defended target has been necessary.  He has at all times shown great keenness to operate and has proved a valuable member of a very successful bombing crew.

 

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SINGLETON, F/O Chalmers Melbourne (J20166) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1919 in Saskatoon; home in Outlook, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 12 June 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS, No.7 BGS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail, 30 April 1951.  No citation other than  "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 17 August 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (170 hours nine minutes).

 

27 Sep 43      Hanover (6.35)                           18 Apr 44       GARDENING (6.24)

previous unit                               20 Apr 44       Ottignies (3.59)

29 Sep 43      Bochum (6.20)                           22 Apr 44       Laon (5.08)

previous unit                               3 May 44        GARDENING (3.24)

8 Oct 43         Hanover (6.10)                           2 June 44       Trappes (4.55)

previous unit                               5 June 44       Maisy (5.14)

15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.50)                                6 June 44       St.Lo (5.08)

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (7.19)                             8 June 44       Alencon (5.13)

22 Feb 44      GARDENING (3.00)                  24 Jun 44       Noyelle en Chausse

incomplete, recalled                                          (3.42)

24 Feb 44      GARDENING (7.01)                  25 Jun 44       Montorgueil (3.30)

25 Feb 44      GARDENING (6.08)                  27 Jun 44       Mont Candon (3.48)

2 Mar 44         Meulan (5.34)                             4 July 44         Domleger (3.54)

6 Mar 44         Trappes (5.28)                           7 July 44         Caen (4.16)

18 Mar 44      GARDENING (4.36)                  12 Jul 44        Hauts Boissons (3.40)

22 Mar 44      GARDENING (6.16)                  17 Jul 44        Caen (4.25)

23 Mar 44      Laon (5.29)                                 20 Jul 44        Chappelle Notre Dame (3.30)

9 Apr 44         Lille (4.16)                                   28 Jul 44        Wann Eickel (5.10)

10 Apr 44       Tergnier (5.05)                           2 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.25)               

12 Apr 44       GARDENING (4.17)                 

 

This officer Air Bomber has now completed his first operational tour of 34 sorties, six of these being raids on German targets, and including a number of mine-laying missions enemy waters.  He has obtained a very good photographic record, with many Aiming Point photographs, which reveals tenacity of purpose of high merit and which undoubtedly contributed in no uncertain manner to the general operational success of the squadron.

Flying Officer Singleton's record is one of devoted operational endeavour and his courage, together with his excellent application of skill to his important task, are worthy of high praise, and he is considered fully deserving of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SINTON, S/L Clive Baldwin (C1491) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 11 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 27 August 1943 AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born 1915; home in Pembroke, Bermuda; enlisted in Ottawa, 2 January 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 April 1940), No.1 SFTS (graduated 12 August 1940) and Station Trenton (graduated 15 June 1940).  Commissioned 1943.  Invested with award by King George VI, 11 August 1944.

 

One night in July 1943, this officer piloted an aircraft detailed for an operation against Essen.  Whilst over the target the bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire, one of its engines was put out of action while the port petrol tank was damaged.  Despite this, Squadron Leader Sinton flew the damaged bomber home to an airfield near the coast.  Whilst circling the airfield it became apparent that a safe landing could not be effected.  The aircraft was rapidly losing height but Squadron Leader Sinton coolly headed the bomber towards the sea where it came down on the water about a mile from the shore.  After ensuring that all his comrades were safely out of the aircraft, Squadron Leader Sinton supported one of them until they were rescued half a mile from the shore.  This officer displayed great skill and determination through­out and was mainly responsible for the ultimate safety of his crew.

 

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SISMAN, F/L John Eades (J13141) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born August 1921 in Aurora, Ontario; home there (shoe maker); enlisted in Toronto, 19 August 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.1 AOS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 8 September 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommenda­tion by W/C R.F. Davenport dated 12 February 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (160 hours 37 minutes), 9 June 1944 to 7 February 1945.

 

This officer, a navigator, has completed twenty-nine operational sorties over enemy territory, including such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Hamburg, Bremen and Brest.  Regardless of opposition, he has repeatedly pressed home the attacks, by accurately navigating his aircraft onto the most difficult of targets.  He has shown, throughout his tour of operations, outstanding ability and a strong sense of duty.  His coolness and exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger has proved a source of confidence  to his crew, who have placed their whole trust in his vigilance and skill.  In the light of this officer's operational ability and leader­ship, I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SISSON, F/O Spurgeon Jasper (J87735) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 1918 in Perth, New Brunswick; home there (shoe maker).  Trained at No.17 EFTS and No.6 SFTS.  Commissioned July 1944.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  No file found at DHist, 12 October 1995.  Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 8 December 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (169 hours) 16 August to 4 December 1944.

 

16 Aug 44     Stettin                                      25 Oct 44        Essen

18 Aug 44     Reime                                      28 Oct 44        Cologne

29 Aug 44     Stettin                                      30 Oct 44        Cologne

31 Aug 44     St.Roquier                               2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf

5 Sept 44      Le Havre                                  4 Nov 44         Bochum

6 Sept 44      Le Havre                                  6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen

7 Sept 44      Le Havre                                  9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel

10 Sept 44    Le Havre                                  11 Nov 44       Dortmund

12 Sept 44    Frankfurt                                  16 Nov 44       Duren

23 Sept 44    Neuss                                      18 Nov 44       Wanne Eickel

26 Sept 44    Calais                                      21 Nov 44       GARDENING

2 Oct 44        Westkapelle                            27 Nov 44       Freiburg

5 Oct 44        Saarbrucken                           29 Nov 44       Dortmund

7 Oct 44        Emmerich                                3 Dec 44         Urft Dam

19 Oct 44      Stuttgart                                   4 Dec 44         Karlsruhe

23 Oct 44      Essen

 

This captain of aircraft is a Canadian officer who has carried out 31 sorties over enemy territory and Germany itself.  On several occasions this officer has extricated his aircraft from dangerous situations when faced with heavy enemy opposition and bad weather conditions.  These factors have never prevented him from delivering a successful attack with the determination which has characterized all his sorties.

 

He has a cheerful personality and a great capacity for sustained operational effort and has inspired his crew with his own sense of discipline.  For his determination and proved discipline in the face of the enemy he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SITLINGTON, F/O Lyle William (J37838) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 26 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born 1921 in Watford, Ontario; home there.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 18 September 1943) and No.4 BGS (graduated 1 November 1943). Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 14 June 1949.  Cited with F/O Ronald L Cox (RCAF, pilot awarded DFC) and FS Raymond A. Toane (RCAF, AG, awarded DFM).  See Cox. above, for citation.

 

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SKEBO, Sergeant Theodore Herbert (Can 4190A) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2437/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Born in Winnipeg, 1916; home there (butcher); enlisted there 12 November 1936.  Invested with award by King George VI, 11 August 1944.  DHist biographical file includes a long interview with him including much information on LMF problems.

 

Since joining this squadron Sergeant Skebo has completed numerous operational missions.  Many of these have been accomplished in the face of heavy opposition and against such targets as Hamburg, Berlin and other strongly defended areas. In the capacity of flight engineer this airman has done much to ensure success on many sorties and has given material assistance in the training of new members of aircraft crew.

 

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SKEE, F/O Ernest Arthur Walter (C89644) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 25 October 1910; enlisted in London, Ontario, 23 December 1940.  Served with No.5 (BR) Squadron, 25 June 1941 to 3 May 1942; with No.10 (BR) Squadron, 4 May to 4 December 1942; returned to No.5 (BR) Squadron, 5 December 1942.  Posted overseas in January 1944; repatriated August 1945; released 28 September 1945. Aero engine mechanic (remustered to Flight Engineer, 1 May 1942).

 

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SKELDING, FS Robert (Can 6052A) - Mention in Despatches - No.436 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Montreal; enlisted in St.Hubert, 30 August 1937.  No citation in AFRO.   DHist file 181.009 D.1769 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has recommendation dated 9 June 1945; NCO in charge of Maintenance.  Born in Montreal, but next-of-kin living in East Orange, New Jersey.

 

This NCO is outstanding in his position as NCO in charge Maintenance.  During the formation of this unit in India, Flight Sergeant Skelding showed qualities of leadership and organizing ability that was an inspiration to all under his command and it was chiefly through his untiring efforts and devotion to duty that the Maintenance Organization is the pride of the  squadron.  It is strongly recommended that his distinguished service be recognized by an award of the "Mention in Despatches".

 

NOTE: Public Records Office document Air 2/9139 has a citation which appears to be of later drafting, as follows:

 

This airman has been employed as NCO in charge of maintenance.  During the formation of his unit in India he showed qualities of leadership and organizing ability that were an inspiration to all and it was chiefly owing to his energy and devotion to duty that the maintenance organization has been so successful.  Flight Sergeant Skelding has rendered outstanding service to his unit.

 

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SKELDING, S/L William (C7930) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Home in Ottawa; enlisted in Winnipeg, 3 March 1939.

 

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SKELTON, S/L Neil Kennedy (C1523) - Mention in Despatches - Station Dishforth - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Enlisted 27 December 1939 in Trenton.  Spent four years six months in Canada; as of recommendation (23 January 1945) he had been seven months overseas.  No citation in AFRO; recommendation (DHist 181.001 D.225) noted he was Senior Administrative Officer and went on:

 

This officer is an outstanding administrator and has an excellent record at home and overseas.  In his care and effort on behalf of all Station personnel, particularly other ranks, he has rendered service far above the ordinary to the morale and spirit of this station.

 

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SKENE, S/L Donald Charles (C18818) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.139 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944.  Born in Toronto, 1916; home in Kingston.  Canadian in RAF, 1937-1943; transferred in London, England, 26 October 1943.  Award presented 13 November 1948.  Remained in postwar RCAF and retired as a Wing Commander; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while CO of Station Saskatoon.  Died in Kingston, Ontario, September 18th, 1993.

 

Squadron Leader Skene's operational sorties have often been undertaken and completed in extremely bad weather.  The targets and defended areas which he has attacked have been, with few exceptions, the most heavily defended in all Germany.  His excellent work in the air has been most commendable.

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SKENE, FS Hamilton Hayes (R54510) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 16 June 1919; enlisted in Montreal, 29 January 1940.  Aero engine mechanic; posted overseas April 1941 to serve in No.400 Squadron; repatriated February 1945; released 1 November 1945.  Certificate sent 11 September 1948.

 

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SKERIK, F/O William Gordon (J35109) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1921 in Stettler, Alberta; home in Creston, British Columbia; enlisted in Calgary, 21 January 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.5 EFTS (ceased training 17 December 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949.  No citation other than "com­pleted...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) gives recommendation by W/C A.F. Avant dated 14 October 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (165 hours 50 minutes), 10 June to 11 October 1944.

 

This officer as Air Bomber has completed a notable tour attacking a wide variety of French and German targets, including such heavily defended areas as the Ruhr, Stuttgart and Hamburg.  At all times by his skill and coolness under fire he has been instrumental in the safe return of his aircraft and crew.  Throughout his tour he has displayed great fortitude and courage in pressing home his attacks and his bombing results are a tribute to his fighting qualities.  His cheerfulness and eagerness to come to grips with the enemy have been most praise­worthy.  He is a valuable crew member.

 

It is considered that his fine operational record, gallantry and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SKILLEN, FS Robert Lyster (R79352) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943.  Born in Montreal, 1920; home in Arvida, Quebec (chemist); enlisted in Montreal, 21 April 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (grad­uated 15 July 1941), No.13 EFTS (left 9 August 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 31 January 1942), and No.2 ANS (graduated 2 March 1942).  Invested with award by King George VI, 11 August 1944.  No citation in AFRO, "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty".  Died in London, Ontario, 12 April 1996.

 

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SKILLETER, P/O Eric Arthur (J16999) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.  Born Toronto, 1919; home there; enlisted there 25 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 11 October 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 30 August 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 10 November 1941).  Commissioned 1943.  Invested with award by King George VI, 23 May 1944.

 

During his operational tour this officer has participated in the daylight attacks on Le Creusot and Milan as well as in attacks on many of the most strongly defended objectives in Germany and Italy.  His navigation has been of an exceptionally high standard throughout all his sorties and has earned the praise of his captains.  Pilot Officer Skilleter's cheerful courage and devotion to duty, often under heavy fire, have been exemplary.

 

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SKINNER, F/L Elgin Arnold (R129825) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 5 July 1920; home in Exeter, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 6 December 1941.  Radio mechanic at first; remustered as Radar Mechanic, 1 July 1943.  Posted overseas in September 1942; repatriated 23 October 1945; released 4 December 1945.  May have died at Exeter, Ontario, 15 July 1947.

 

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SKINNER, F/L Frederick Weber (J17092) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1919 in Morris, Manitoba; home there (store clerk and manager; former member of Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 April 1941.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 2 March 1942).   Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 11 June 1949.  No citation other than "in recogni­tion of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy".  See DHist file 181.009 D.1746 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608); recommended 3 March 1945 when he was Squadron Signals Leader and was on his second tour.  First tour (27 sorties) had been 30 September 1942 to 27 May 1943 and had included a low-level raid on Milan (16 April 1943).  Second tour had so far run 30 December 1944 to 14 March 1945 (11 sorties), and both totalled 214 hours 30 minutes:

 

Flight Lieutenant Skinner completed his first tour on Wellingtons, Stirlings and early Lancasters in 1942 to such difficult targets as Essen, Duisburg, Aachen, Osnabruck, Kiel, Genoa, Turin, Stuttgart and Berlin.  He then did a non-operational tour as instructor and then returned to a second tour, attacking such targets as Cologne, Ludwigshaven, Essen and Hamburg.  In addition to operating, Flight Lieutenant Skinner has been Signals Leader and has done a particularly fine administrative and organizing job in developing a section that is an asset to the squadron in the excellent training given to the crews, and in inspiring leadership with which they are maintained.

 

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SKINNER, F/L Stuart (J39135) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.  Born March 1914 in Stettler, Alberta; home in Edmonton (clerk, salesman); enlisted there 5 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 August 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 11 October 1941), and No.15 SFTS (graduated 17 January 1942).  Commissioned  September 1943.  Award presented 9 July 1949.  No citation other than "com­pleted... numerous operations against the enemy in which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 4 June 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (206 hours 42 minutes).

 

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                             21 Mar 45      Bremen (day)

14 Jan 45       Merseburg                             22 Mar 45      Hildesheim (day)

16 Jan 45       Zeitz                                        25 Mar 45      Hanover (day)

28 Jan 45       Stuttgart                                  9 Apr 45         Kiel

2 Feb 45        Weisbaden                            10 Apr 45       Plauen

3 Feb 45        Bottrop                                   14 Apr 45       Potsdam

8 Feb 45        Stettin (Politz)                        18 Apr 45       Heligoland (day)

13 Feb 45      Dresden                                 22 Apr 45       Bremen (day)

14 Feb 45      Chemnitz                                25 Apr 45       Berchtesgaden (day)

23 Feb 45      Pforzheim                               29 Apr 45       MANNA (The Hague)

1 Mar 45         Mannheim (day)                    30 Apr 45       MANNA (The Hague)

5 Mar 45         Chemnitz                                2 May 45        MANNA (Rotterdam)

8 Mar 45         Kassel                                    3 May 45        MANNA (Rotterdam)

12 Mar 45      Dortmund (day)                     6 May 45        MANNA (Rotterdam)

16 Mar 45      Nuremburg

 

Flight Lieutenant Skinner, a Canadian captain of air­craft, has completed 29 sorties on his first tour of operations comprising 206.42 operational hours.  These attacks have been carried out against many targets which have been very heavily defended, for example Merseburg, Nuremburg, Stuttgart, Stettin, Chemnitz and Dresden.

 

This excellent captain of aircraft has carried out these attacks with consistent skill and courage.  Throughout his tour of operations he has set an example of skilful pilotage, cool judgement and inflexible determination in the face of strong enemy opposition, always setting an excellent example to the squadron.  His calm, self-effacing manner and his cool judgement against the most hazardous opposition has been invaluable in making his crew a magnificent offensive unit.

 

In recognition of his complete disregard of danger, his magnificent display of offensive spirit against the enemy under all conditions and his devotion to duty no matter the personal cost, Flight Lieutenant Skinner is recom­mended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SKINNER, F/O William Archibald (J87369) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.  Born 1919 in Muskoka, Ontario; home in Bracebridge, Ontario (farmer); enlisted in North Bay, 26 May 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.

 

This officer was pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Munich.  On the outward flight trouble developed in the port inner engine.  The oil and coolant temperatures rose and flames issued from the exhaust manifold.  The propeller had to be feathered.  This did not deter Flying Officer Skinner from continuing to the target which, despite fighter interference and opposition from the ground defences, was attacked successfully.  The weather was bad but Flying Officer Skinner flew the aircraft back to base.  His determination was typical of that which he has shown throughout his tour of oper­ational duty.

 

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SKOLNIK, F/O Joseph (J20919) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1913 in Montreal; home there.  Formerly in Royal Canadian Corps of Signals; enlisted in Montreal, 22 January 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942).  Award presented 27 February 1947.  Died in Toronto, 18 July 1996.

 

This officer has attained a high standard of navigational ability and has played an important part in the successes obtained by his crew.  He has also secured some excellent photographs.  On one occasion Flying Officer Skolnik was navigator of an aircraft attacked by a Messerschmitt 110 which was beaten off and damaged.  Throughout his operational tour his example of courage and determination has been of a high order and he has proved a very valuable member of his crew.

 

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SKOSOV, P/O Morris Norman (J88820) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1923; home in Sarnia; enlisted in London, Ontario, 14 April 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 28 May 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award sent by registered mail, 24 May 1956.  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 2/8882 has recommendation for a DFM dated 15 September 1944 when he was a Flight Sergeant and had flown 36 sorties (143 hours 20 minutes), 9 April to 14 August 1944.  Commissioned effective 12 August 1944 as per letter dated 20 September 1944.

 

9 Apr 44         Lille (4.10)                                   25 Jun 44       Montorgueil (3.25)

10 Apr 44       Tergnier (4.50)                           27 Jun 44       Mont Candon (3.15)

18 Apr 44       Tergnier (4.35)                           28 Jun 44       Blainville (6.35)

20 Apr 44       Ottignies (3.40)                          1 July 44         St.Martin l'Hortier (3.25)

30 Apr 44       Acheres (4.30)                           4 July 44         St.Martin l'Hortier (3.25)

1 May 44        Malines (3.30)                            7 July 44         Croixdale (3.55)

6 May 44        Montgassicourt (4.10)               9 July 44         Chateau Bernapre (4.00)

9 May 44        Berneval (3.05)                          12 Jul 44        Thiverny (4.10)

11 May 44      Trouville (4.15)                           23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.15)

19 May 44      Boulogne (3.15)                         25 Jul 44        Foret de Croc (3.40)

22 May 44      Orleans (5.10)                            28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

24 May 44      Aachen (4.10)                            30 Jul 44        Villers Bocage (4.00)

7 June 44       Juvisy (4.35)                               2 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

9 June 44       Laval airfield (5.00)                    3 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.10)

12 Jun 44       Amiens (4.10)                            5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

16 Jun 44       Domleger (3.20)                        9 Aug 44        Foret de Mormal (3.35)

22 Jun 44       Noyelle en Chaussee (4.40)     11 Aug 44      Wemars Cappel (3.20)

24 Jun 44       Noyelle en Chaussee (3.20)     14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE III (4.00)

 

This non-commissioned officer has completed 36 sorties against the enemy, and flown a total of 143 operational hours.  He has carried out attacks against many of the heaviest defended of targets, including Tergnier, Aachan and Kiel.

 

Flight Sergeant Skosov has successfully carried out the bombing of his target at times under most difficult and trying conditions, and has proved himself to be a man possessing initiative and ability of a very high order.  His consistently high record of achievement together with his complete disregard of personal safety has played a large part in the successful completion of his crew's tour of operations.

 

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SKUCE, S/L Richard Augustus (C20485) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 30 August 1939.  Award presented 9 December 1947.  DHist file 181.009 D.3061 (RG.24 Vol.20635) has recommendation for MBE dated 24 October 1942 when he was a WO1, for services with No.10 (BR) Squadron and its high serviceability, 13 April 1941 to 12 August 1942.  Died in Victoria, British Columbia, 27 May 1996.

 

This officer has served in the Royal Canadian Air Force with distinction over a long period.  By his keenness and vast technical knowledge he has made marked contributions to the efficiency of his section.  He has always proved himself a very efficient officer whose devotion to duty has been most praiseworthy.

 

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SLACK, Sergeant Norman Clarence (R61405) - 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 13 January 1921; enlisted in Regina, 22 May 1940.  Airframe mechanic; served at No.1 SFTS from 6 November 1940 until 25 July 1941 when he went to No.6 Repair Depot and then (23 August 1941) to No.10 Repair Depot.  Posted overseas in April 1942; repatriated 18 June 1945; went to No.8 OTU but released 14 October 1945.

 

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SLAUGHTER, FS George Roderick (Can 4135A) - British Empire Medal - No.3 Bombing and Gunnery School - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Surrey, England, 22 March 1902.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 19 December 1935.  Award presented 16 April 1943.

 

Flight Sergeant Slaughter has been most assiduous in the execution of his duties as an Aero Engine Mechanic.  No assignment has proven too arduous and he has been most unselfish in giving unstintingly of his spare time to assist others.  It is in no small measure by the initiat­ive, energy and devotion to duty displayed by this NCO that flying training has been so successfully carried out at this unit.  In this manner he has made an extremely valuable contribution to the C.T.N.

 

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SLAYDEN, F/O Philip (J20265) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.107 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  American in RCAF.  Born 1921 in Paris, Texas; home in Houston or Brownsville, Texas; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 29 August 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 January 1942), No.1 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.32 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented (date uncertain).

 

This officer has completed many sorties during his current tour.  He has always shown the greatest keenness and determination to operate against the enemy.  Flying Officer Slayden participated in the recent daylight raid against Arnhem in support of the airborne landings.  On approaching the target his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and he received slight cuts on the face.  Undeterred he continued to the target, pressed home his attack and flew the aircraft safely back to base.  Recently while on patrol behind the battle area at night he attacked an ammunition train and sustained slight damage to his aircraft.  On another occasion one engine was hit by anti-aircraft fire when over the battle area in France.  He flew the damaged aircraft back to base on one engine and executed a successful landing.  Flying Officer Slayden has displayed the greatest keenness and determination which merit high commendation.

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9033 has the original recommendation dated 23 September 1944 when he had flown 47 ½ sorties (166 hours 30 minutes).  The text has no new information but differs in some details from the final citation, indicative of how such documents were edited as they progressed through the command structure.

 

This officer has carried out 47 ½ sorties during his current tour.  He has produced some excellent results from the above sorties.  Recently while on patrol behind the battle area at night he blew up an ammunition train with his cannon, sustaining slight damage to the aircraft.  On another occasion his aircraft was hit by flak in the port engine whilst over the battle area in France at night. He brought the damaged aircraft back on one engine and carried out a successful landing at base.

 

Flying Officer Slayden took part in the recent daylight raid on Arnhem in support of the airborne landings. When approaching the target area his aircraft was hit by flak and he received slight cuts on the face.  In spite of this he carried on, pressed home his attack and brought the aircraft back to base.

 

He has always shown the greatest keenness and determination and possesses the offensive spirit to a high degree.  I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SLED, P/O John Elson (J86976) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1923 in Lumsden, Saskatchewan; home in Prescott, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 14 March 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Commissioned May 1944.  Award presented at Government House, 1 April 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3456 (RG.24 Vol.20639) has recommendation dated 18 August 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (184 hours 30 minutes), 15 March to 9 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer Sled on completion of his first oper­ational tour has proven himself a most skilful pilot and captain of his aircraft.  On all his sorties, some of which were the most heavily defended targets in Germany and France, Flying Officer Sled never once failed to reach his objective, and with utter disregard of all defences  successfully attacked his target.

 

His coolness, skilful pilotage and determination in action have been an inspiration to all, and it is recommended that Flying Officer Sled be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SLEEP, F/L Kenneth Stephen (J9483) - Mention in Despatches - No.402 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Lindsay, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 10 April 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).  With No.402 Squadron he shot down a Ju.88 on 8 February 1945 and shared in half a damaged claim (Me.262 on 25 February 1945).  He was credited with 10 MET destroyed and 51 damaged, 12 locomotives destroyed and 25 damaged, and some 1,479 flying hours.  Killed in flying accident while CO of "B" Flight, No.411 Squadron, 1 December 1945 (Spitfire NH899).  Buried in Germany.

 

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SLEMON, G/C Charles Roy (C71) -  Commander, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Born in Winnipeg, 7 November 1904; graduated in engineering from University of Manitoba.  Joined RCAF as Provisional Pilot Officer, 1923, awarded pilot's wing 1924; confirmed as Pilot Officer, 1 April 1925; promoted Flying Officer, 1 April 1926; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 April 1929; promoted Squadron Leader, 1 July 1936; promoted Wing Commander, 1 September 1939; promoted Group Captain, 29 February 1941. Posted from Camp Borden to Station Winnipeg, 26 May 1925.  Granted special leave, 1926 to return to university  and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering (1928); attended navigation course, Calshot, England, December 1929 to May 1930; to RCAF Station Winnipeg, 25 May 1930; spent much time on Arctic, sub-Arctic and photographic flying (Temporary Duty, Buffalo Park, 17 June 1931 to 27 September 1931); appointed to Operations Staff, AFHQ, 1935; to RAF Staff College, 1937.  Wartime work initially involved Home Defence (Western Air Command, 1939-1941); to be Director of Operations, AFHQ (July 1941); sent overseas in 1942 to help organize No.6 Group and was Deputy Commander and Senior Air Staff Officer for over two years.  Appointed Deputy Air Officer Commanding, Overseas, September 1944; to command RCAF in the Pacific, but war ended.  On the Air Council, Ottawa; AOC Commanding Training Command, 1 September 1949-11 January 1953; Chief of Air Staff, 1953-1957, after which he became Deputy Commander-in-Chief, NORAD until his retirement in 1964. Died in Colorado Springs, 12 February 1992. The following citation was found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, File 190-I (1943 dossier); it indicates that he was recommended for services with Western Air Command.

 

Group Captain Slemon, as Senior Air Staff Officer of this Command, has been instrumental in organizing the Air Defence of the Pacific Coast and the establishment of additional squadrons necessary for the adequate protec­tion of that area.  His energetic manner, reliability and extreme devotion to duty make this officer an outstanding example to all ranks.  By the intelligent application of his vast knowledge and exceptional organizing ability this officer has made a valuable contribution to the war effort.

 

SLEMON, G/C Charles Roy (C71) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. See CB award for biographical details.  Although AFRO gives unit as "Overseas Headquarters", No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Operational and Training Activities (June 1943) says No.6 Group Headquarters.  No citation to MiD.

 

SLEMON, A/V/M Charles Roy (C71) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 377/45 dated 23 February 1945.  See CB entry for biograph­ical details.  No citation to MiD.

 

SLEMON, A/V/M Charles Roy, CB, CBE (C71) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. See CB entry for biographical details.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.  No citation to MiD.

SLEMON, A/V/M Charles Roy, CBE (C71) - Companion, Order of the Bath - Overseas Headquarters.  Award effective 1 January 1946 as per AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.

 

As one of the senior Royal Canadian Air Force staff officers, Air Vice Marshall Slemon performed outstanding service both at Air Force Headquarters and Western Air Command.  He was especially selected for overseas service when No.6 (Royal Canadian Air Force) Bomber Group was in its formative stages.  By his unceasing endeavour and his complete understanding, many of the obstacles which face newly created organizations were overcome with little or no difficulty.  As Senior Air Staff Officer, he was in no small degree responsible for bringing No.6 Group into early effectiveness and he contributed very greatly toward making 6 Group one of the outstanding formations in Bomber Command. Although his main duties dealt with actual operations, he nevertheless found time to ensure that the welfare of all personnel in 6 Group was main­tained at the highest possible level.  During his tour of duty at Bomber Command his genial personality and admitted ability contributed to the splendid relations between Bomber Command and his old Group and earned for him the highest respect from his Royal Air Force con­freres.  As Deputy Air-Officer Commanding-in-Chief, this officer was charged with the responsibility of organizing the Royal Canadian Air Force participation in "Tiger Force".  He rendered admirable guidance in the planning phases and due to his outstanding qualifications of leadership and his proven administrative ability, he was selected to command the Royal Canadian Air Force effort in the Far East.  A popular leader and an understanding officer, his career has been marked with a zeal and energy, and an exceptionally keen sense of responsibility.

 

SLEMON, A/V/M Charles Roy, CB, CBE (C71) - Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - Air Force Headquarters - Award effective 17 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 13 July 1946 and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946.  NOTE: This was originally announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946, reference Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946.  Why republication ?  No citation in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/9108 has recommendation.

 

Air Vice-Marshal Slemon has served overseas since August 1942, first of all as Senior Staff Officer at No.6 (RCAF) Bomber Group until September 1944, then as Deputy Air Commodore, Operations, in Bomber Command until January 1945.  He then returned to No.6 (RCAF) Bomber Group as Acting Air Officer Commanding until he was appointed Deputy Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, RCAF Overseas, where he is at present serving.  During these four periods of service, Air Vice Marshal Slemon has been associated with the United States Army Air Force and the British Air Services and he has, in a very high measure, been instrumental in advancing the cordial relations between these services.  This officer, who has an extensive knowledge of strategic bombing, has at all times shown a noteworthy spirit of co-operation and this is indeed one of the characteristics of his success.  It is significant that Air Vice-Marshal Slemon has been appointed Canadian Air Force Commander of the Forces to be engaged in the Pacific Theatre and assumes his appointment almost immediately.

 

SLEMON, A/V/M Charles Roy, CB, CBE (C71) - Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947 and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947

 

SLEMON, A/V/M Charles Roy, CB, CBE (C71) - Croix de Guerre avec Palm (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947 and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947.

 

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SLESSOR, F/O Edward Charles (J24056) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1920 in Aberdeen, Scotland; home in Winnipeg (warehouseman); enlisted in Winnipeg, 25 October 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award sent by registered mail, 7 June 1950.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 August 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (175 hours ten minutes) from 2 March to 7 August 1944.

 

This navigator has completed a notable tour of thirty-seven attacks on enemy targets including such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Nuremburg and Dusseldorf.  Throughout his tour this officer has shown an enthusiasm for his work which is outstanding.  His skill as navigator is outstanding and it is to a great measure due to his skill that the attacks on enemy targets made by his crew have been consistently success­ful.  He has always shown a keen desire to come to grips with the enemy, and his devotion to duty and self-sacrifice have been outstanding.

 

It is considered that this navigator's record of oper­ations coupled with his skill at his work and his quiet confidence fully merit the award of the D.F.C.

 

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SLINGER, S/L Richard Ewbank (C3639) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tofino - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 18 January 1941.  Recommended for OBE, 23 July 1945.

 

This officer is a thoroughly reliable and most conscien­tious administrative officer.  He has worked untiringly in the organization of the air defence corp and later in administrative duties with the interests of the service always as his objective.  His understanding of personal­ities and his manner of dealing with individuals has been outstanding and has resulted in his being able to get much more work done and done in a cheerful manner.

 

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SLIPEC, F/O Phillip (J25544) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 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 Winnipeg; home in Vancouver (salesman); enlisted there 14 May 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 16 April 1943).  Commissioned  April 1943.  Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 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.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (173 hours ten minutes), 27 June to 11 November 1944.

 

This navigator has completed thirty-three heavy oper­ational bombing attacks against the enemy.  His work in general has been outstanding and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

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SLOAN, FS (now P/O) Hugh Card (R194792/J88218) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1922 in Cardston, Alberta; home there; enlisted in Calgary, 26 October 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 14 March 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Award presented 14 June 1947.  No citation other than "com­pleted... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which they have invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 22 July 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (169 hours ten minutes) on operations.  Sorties were as follows (* denotes daylight raid):

 

20 Jan 44            Berlin (6.41)                      10 May 44          Lens (3.25)

15 Feb 44           Berlin (6.51)                      24 May 44          Boulogne (3.19)

30 Apr 44            Acheres (4.39)                  8 June 44           Alencon (5.55)

19 Feb 44           Leipzig (6.48)                   11 June 44         Massy Palaiseau

24 Feb 44           Scheinfurt (8.07)                                           (4.29)

25 Feb 44           Augsburg (7.25)               12 June 44         Amiens (4.27)

13 Mar 44           Le Mans (4.42)                 14 June 44         Douai (3.45)

15 Mar 44           Stuttgart (8.07)                  15 June 44         Foullard (5.30)

24 Mar 44           Berlin (7.27)                      17 June 44         St,Martin l'

26 Mar 44           Essen (5.11)                                                 Hortier (4.07)

30 Mar 44           Nuremburg (7.52)             *22 June 44        Siracourt (3.42)

9 Apr 44              Lille (4.20)                         23 June 44         Oisemont (3.39)

10 Apr 44            Tergnier (4.53)                  24 June 44         Le Grand

18 Apr 44            Tergnier (5.30)                                              Rossignol (3.28)

20 Apr 44            Ottignes (4.26)                  *27 June 44        Marquise

22 Apr 44            Dusseldorf (4.45)                                          Mimoyecques (3.25)

24 Apr 44            Karlsruhe (6.26)                *28 June 44        Wizernes (3.06)

26 Apr 44            Essen (5.10)                     3 July 44             St.Martin

27 Apr 44            Aulmaye (4.06)                                             l'Hortier (3.27)

 

Flight Sergeant Sloan has completed 33 operations totalling 169.10 hours during which he has taken part in many attacks upon targets in such heavily defended areas as Essen, Dusseldorf and Karlsruhe, and three upon Berlin.

 

This agile and adept Rear Gunner has throughout his operational career taken a great pride in keeping himself, his turret and his guns at the highest peak of operational fitness. Proficient and skilful in action he has the faculty for combining a shrewd assessment of a difficult situation with an instantaneous reasoning of a suitable counter-measure; his deliberate and concise commentary enabled his captain to understand instantly when combat action was necessary. Flight Sergeant Sloan regarded the hazards of operations with an adventurous anticipation which was reflected in his courageous and determined attitude towards enemy action.

 

To the above the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Burn, added (24 July 1944):

 

This Air Gunner has just completed an operational tour, culminating in a crash when he was the only survivor of his crew.  He was the member of a gallant crew and he consistently showed courage and devotion to duty and contributed in a large manner to the number of successful operations.

 

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SLOAT, F/O James Kenneth LeRoy (J20563) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.9 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Home in New Westminster, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 5 September 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.3 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942).

 

This officer, in charge of drogue flight, has at all times executed his duties efficiently and cheerfully under the most trying conditions.  His meritorious performance of services in every respect has been an inspiration to all his associates.

 

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SLOCOMBE, F/L Geoffrey (J9360) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 15 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born 1920 in Vancouver; home there; enlisted there 13 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).  Commissioned December 1941.  Award sent by registered mail, 7 February 1950.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties and throughout has displayed a high standard of determination and devotion to duty.  In October 1944 he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Wanne Eickel.  Whilst over enemy territory the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  One of the petrol tanks was pierced by fragments of shrapnel and most of the contents were lost.  In spite of this Flight Lieutenant Slocombe went on to the target and executed his attack by skilfully using his engines on the return flight, thus conserving a quantity of petrol.  Flight Lieutenant Slocombe succeeded in flying the aircraft to base.  This officer has displayed a high degree of skill, courage and resource.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 (D.2609), in National Archives of Canada RG.24 Volume 20627 has a detailed recommendation drafted 19 October 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (130 hours 45 minutes), 24 June to 12 October 1944 (sortie list in file).  Text as follows:

 

This captain has completed 26 heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy, eight of which have been on major targets.

 

On the 28th July, aircraft was detailed to attack Hamburg and after leaving the target was attacked by enemy fighter and this captain took immediate evasive action and was successful in getting away from the fighter.

 

On the 25th July, aircraft was detailed to attack Stuttgart and the filler cap on the bomb bay overload petrol tank was left off, and pilot, engineer and navigator became ill from petrol fumes.  The engineer managed to replace the petrol cap, and the pilot flew his aircraft to the south coast with his bomb doors, windows and hatch open to dry out the petrol that was in the fuselage.  They completed their attack and the primary was obtained.

 

On the 12th October, aircraft was detailed to attack Wanne Eickel and 90 miles short of target bomber was hit by flak holing number two petrol tank and most of the petrol from this tank was lost.  Pilot completed his attack and by careful engine handling was able to get back to base on the remaining petrol.

 

This captains ability to make instant decisions in emergency, skilful pilotage and cool judgement have been an inspiration to all crews.  I highly recommend that Flight Lieutenant Slocombe be awarded a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

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SLYWCHUK, P/O Anatoli (J85259) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1916 in Timmins; home there (bus driver); enlisted in Hamilton, 14 March 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 10 January 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned  March 1944.  Award sent by registered mail, 5 April 1946.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations during which he has attacked targets in Germany and occupied territory.  In July 1944, while attacking a target at St.Cyr, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and an engine set on fire.  This did not deter him from pressing home his attack although the fire was not brought under control for some considerable time.  His resolute determination and cheerful enthusiasm have set a splendid example to his crew.  Pilot Officer Slychuk has always shown outstanding leadership, courage in the face of the enemy, and tireless devotion to duty.

 

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