ST.AMOUR, F/L Joseph Eusebe Real (C13682) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Born 29 April 1916 at Notre dame de Salette, Quebec; home in Ottawa; took commercial course at University of Ottawa, 1932-1934; attended Kempville Agricultural School, 1935-1936; enlisted in Ottawa, 21 April 1937; served at Trenton (1938), No.1 Training Command, Toronto (1939) and AFHQ (1940, by which time he was a Corporal). To Manning Depot, Quebec, as Sergeant and Flight Sergeant, 1941; to No.2 Manning Depot, Lachine as WO2, 1942. To No.8 AOS in 1943 and finally posted overseas where he was commissioned. Postwar a manager of the Hull Transit System. Honourary Colonel of No.425 Squadron, 1992. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; proper unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Box 20607). DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 3 February 1945; had served six years eight months in Canada, one year overseas.

 

This officer, who has been the Adjutant of No.425 Squadron for nearly a year, is without doubt far above the average both in work and in ability. He has been of invaluable assistance to his Squadron Commander and to the squadron as a whole. He is endowed with seemingly tireless energy and each task is undertaken by him with great enthusiasm and gusto. His loyalty, cheerfulness and forceful character have had much to do with keeping morale of the squadron at a very high level.

 

ST.AMOUR, F/L Joseph Eusebe Real (C13682) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Award presented 9 December 1947. No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.1731 (NAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation as follows:

 

This officer has been a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force for eight years, during which time he has displayed a very high standard of loyalty and devotion to duty. He has, for the last thirteen months, occupied the position of Adjutant to this squadron and has performed his duties in an extraordinarily effective manner. His cheerfulness, untiring zeal and capacity for work have added in great measure to the efficiency and high morale of the squadron personnel. His sympathetic handling of the aircrew and their many and varied problems has been of the greatest help to his Commanding Officer. His loyalty and devotion to duty have become part of the squadron tradition, and he has earned the gratitude of countless aircrew who have passed through the unit. Flight Lieutenant St.Amour's energies and enthusiasm have also shown up in his magnificent work during the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Victory Loan campaigns in which he was the driving force behind the squadron's and the station's success. This work in the Loan Drive was in addition to his already onerous duties as Squadron Adjutant.

 

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ST.AMOUR, F/O Roger Antoine (J37781) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born in Montreal, 1923; home there. Enlisted there 10 September 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943 and No.4 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.

 

This officer has taken part in many operational sorties against such heavily defended targets as Duisburg, Essen, Cologne and Dusseldorf. In September 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Castrop-Rauxel. Before reaching the target the aircraft sustained considerable damage from anti-aircraft fire but despite this the attack was completed. Subsequently Flying Officer St.Amour cleared away the debris and gave the pilot new directions. His skill as a navigator and cool determination in the face of danger have been an inspiration to the other members of his crew.

 

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ST.AUBIN, F/O Joseph Theobile William (J13946) - Mention in Despatches - No.202 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Described as a Canadian, although his home is Grosse Pointe, Michigan; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 5 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS, No.4 AOS (graduated 11 June 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 18 July 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 5 September 1942).

 

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ST.GERMAIN, FS (now P/O) Joseph Ren Marcel (R96959/J89972) - George Medal - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born in Montreal, 1919; home there (driver); enlisted there 20 October 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943). Invested with award by King George VI, 7 November 1944. Event also led to award of George Cross to A/C A.D. Ross, George Medal to Corporal M. Marquet (which see for citation), and BEM to LACs M.M. McKenzie and R.R. Wolfe. NOTE: See DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (RG.24 Volume 20607) shows that Marquet was originally recommended for a George Cross (downgraded to GM); St.Germain was originally recommended for a George Medal (and it stood).

 

ST.GERMAIN, P/O Joseph Rene Marcel, GM (J89972) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Award presented 25 February 1949.

 


Pilot Officer St.Germain has proved himself to be an excellent bomb aimer. His outstanding skill, courage and devotion to duty have materially contributed to the successful completion of many operations against heavily defended targets. On one occasion in September 1944 his aircraft was detailed for an attack against Calais. While over the target area one engine of his aircraft was damaged and rendered unserviceable. Pilot Officer St.Germain gave his pilot directions and a second run was successfully accomplished. On the return flight, as the aircraft was nearing base, another engine caught fire. This officer's accuracy and coolness while acting as second pilot enabled his captain to execute a masterly landing.

 

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ST.JEAN, S/L Joseph Edward Gaston (J25368) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Ottawa, 10 April 1921; home there (ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 11 July 1940. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail 20 April 1949. Served in postwar RCAF. 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.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 11 November 1944, at which time he had flown 21 sorties:

 

On September 28th, 1944, Flight Lieutenant St.Jean and his crew were detailed to bomb a synthetic oil plant at Bottrop in the Ruhr Valley. On the run in to the target, the flak barrage was intense. Predicted flak riddled the aircraft, severing the hydraulic line, thus rendering the hydraulic system unserviceable. Determined to drive home a successful attack, the pilot continued on track and the target was bombed successfully. Directly after the bombs had been released, it was necessary to feather the starboard inner engine. Flight Lieutenant St.Jean succeeded in flying the aircraft back to base on three engines.

 

Flight Lieutenant St.Jean is a pilot of a Halifax bomber who has had many sorties over enemy territory. He has taken part in raids over the heavily defended targets of Stuttgart, Hamburg, Osnabruck and Kiel.

 

The exceptional skill of this pilot, coupled with his keen judgment and sense of timing, have on numerous occasions brought the aircraft out of danger. A tribute to his success as captain of the aircraft is the confidence that the other members of his crew have in his ability,

 

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ST.LAURENT, FS Fernand (R55019) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born 22 July 1917. Home in St.Anaclet, or Pointe au Pere, Quebec; enlisted in Quebec, 20 October 1939. Initially an airframe mechanic, he attended No.9 BGS (posted there 6 August 1943) and was reclassified as a Flight Engineer, 15 November 1943. He had already been on strength of No.162 (BR) Squadron from 8 October 1943. Posted to Iceland with that unit, 31 December 1943. Killed in action 24 June 1944 while in Hornell's crew. No citation.

 


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ST.LAURENT, F/L Joseph Lucien (J88524) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born 7 August 1922 in Bathurst, New Brunswick; home in Atholville, New Brunswick (clerk); enlisted in Montreal, 5 August 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned 18 July 1944. Award sent by registered mail 21 December 1949.

 

In December 1944 this officer was pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Hagen. Shortly after the take-off ice started to form on the wings and the cold was so intense that the instruments became unserviceable. Loss of speed made the aircraft late in arriving at the target. Flight Lieutenant St.Amour pressed home his attack against heavy defences. This officer's gallantry and courage in the face of danger have been an excellent example to all.

 

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ST.LAWRENCE, F/L Richard H.W. (C17424) - 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 Toronto; enlisted there 2 May 1941.

 

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ST.PIERRE, Corporal Jean Gaston Roger (R111467) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 5 May 1945. NCO in charge of Base Armament Equipment and Explosives Office; enlisted in Ottawa (home), 11 July 1941; had served 15 months in Canada, 30 months overseas:

 


This NCO was posted to the Base Armament Office at a time when it was apparent that the services of a qualified Armourer were needed to assist in the clerical work and distribution of explosives and armament equipment for Stations of No.62 (RCAF) Base. He came at a time when operations were heavy, and entered into the job with great energy and enthusiasm, which during the ensuing months have not in the least flagged. He is conscientious to a degree, and has worked hard and far beyond the bounds of normal responsibility, continually ignoring time off in favour of continuing with duties in hand, regardless of the fact that they are not duties which an Armourer is normally required to carry out. This NCO's unselfish service has relieved Armament Officers in the Base of many routine but important details. It is considered that he has provided an outstanding contribution to the efficiency of the Base Armament services, very worthy of recognition by a "Mention in Despatches".

 

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ST.PIERRE, W/C Joseph Menard William (C786) - Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) - Overseas (No.425 Squadron) - Award effective 7 December 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in Chicago, 29 February 1912. Educated there and employed in American oil business. Came to Canada in 1931 with Imperial Oil; home in St.Eustache. Joined RCAF Auxiliary in Montreal, 15 June 1937 (No.18 Squadron). Flying Officer, 20 October 1939; Flight Lieutenant, 1 December 1940; Squadron Leader, 1 June 1942; Wing Commander, 15 August 1942; Group Captain, 1 August 1944. To Trenton, November 1940, for Instructor's Course, then to No.6 SFTS, Dunnville. In April 1941 he went to No.11 EFTS, Cap de la Madeleine, as Chief Supervisor. Arrived in Britain, 22 January 1942; to No.11 OTU on same date; to No.419 Squadron, 12 May 1942; to No.425 Squadron, 28 June 1942. As of 13 August he had flown 1,069 hours 40 minutes as a pilot, 91 hours 30 minutes in other duties; 94 hours 15 minutes in previous six months. To Canada, 18 October 1943, arriving 24 October 1943; to UK again, 19 January 1944; to Canada, 16 March 1944; with No.9 BGS, 15 April 1944 to 14 April 1945; released 5 December 1945. Commended 9 October 1943 by Major-General J.H. Doolittle. Headquarters, 12th Air Force, General Order No.58 dated 1 October 1943 provides citation.

 

For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the European and North African Theatres of Operations as pilot of a Wellington type aircraft. In command of his squadron for more than a year, Wing Commander St.Pierre has distinguished himself through his outstanding leadership and his efficiency in combat. Flying on many long-range bombing missions, his professional skill and unfailing devotion to duty have resulted in heavy damage to enemy shipping, military installations, and hostile aircraft. His courageous example has been of high inspiration to all who have served under him and reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United Nations.

 

ST.PIERRE, G/C Joseph Menard William (C786) - Air Force Cross - No.9 Bombing and Gunnery School (since moved to Station Sea Island) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Recommended by A/V/M Adelard Raymond, 31 January 1945. Award presented 5 October 1947. No citation in AFRO. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has AFC citation. When recommended he had flown 1,170 hours (200 as instructor, 40 in previous six months).

 


Since returning from commanding an operational squadron overseas, this officer has been actively employed in bombing and gunnery instructional duties. As Commanding Officer of this Bombing and Gunnery School, he has devoted considerable time and energy in becoming thoroughly conversant with all phases of his work. His sound judgement, knowledge and pleasing personality have won for him the respect of all personnel under his command. Group Captain St.Pierre's devotion to duty has been an example and inspiration to all ranks. By his ability he has made a marked contribution to bombing and gunnery training.

 

NOTE: This AFC is interesting for several reasons. Raymond's recommendation bears comparison to the one finally sent to Government House:

 

This officer, since his return from overseas where he was C.O. of the "Alouettes" Squadron, has been actively employed in bombing and gunnery instructional duties. He is now filling the position of Commanding Officer of No.9 Bombing and Gunnery School at Mont Joli, Quebec, in a very capable manner. He has devoted considerable time and energy in becoming thoroughly conversant with all phases of bombing and gunnery procedure and his sound knowledge, judgement and pleasing personality have gained him the respect of all personnel under his supervision.

 

However, more interesting is earlier correspondence which indicates this may have been a bit of a "consolation prize" owing to RCAF failure to award him something for overseas service.

 

A/M Harold Edwards (AFHQ) to A/M Lloyd Breadner (Overseas, 5 January 1944 "Wing Commander St.Pierre did outstanding work in connection with the organization and operation of the French Canadian squadron both in the United Kingdom and North Africa. I feel that his good work should be marked by the Air Ministry and that he should be granted an appropriate award. Would you please review his case and make the necessary representations if you concur."

 

Breadner (Overseas) to Edwards (AFHQ), 2 February 1944 - "This matter was investigated immediately following St.Pierre's return to UK from Africa. At that time we ascertained that he had not been recommended for a DFC and that Air Ministry did not approve principle of two awards for same duties. American DFC was non-immediate and was awarded for continuous good work while serving with American Forces Middle East. Subsequent investigation by this headquarters indicates no outstanding event which would have justified an immediate DFC by RAF. Under circumstances do not consider it advisable to push this matter further particularly when St.Pierre's services were rendered under the command of two senior experienced RCAF officers. An AFC might have been recommended for his services in organizing 425 Squadron but no such recommendation was made."

 

Edwards (AFHQ) to Breadner (Overseas), 7 February 1944 - "Consider that it is not too late to give St.Pierre recognition for the outstanding work he did in connection with the organization and operation of 425 squadron. Would appreciate your giving consideration to his being awarded the Air Force Cross which I hereby strongly recommend.

 

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STACKHOUSE, F/L Harold Albert (J9414) - 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 Hoeder, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 July 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). No citation in AFRO.

 

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STADDON, S/L Marvin Charles (C2328) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - RCAF Station Mountain View - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. American in the RCAF. Born and educated in Washington, D.C. Enlisted in Ottawa, 25 June 1940. Trained at CFS, Trenton. DHist file 181.009 D.1244 (RG.24 Vol.20596) has a recommendation for an AFC dated 22 January 1943. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

This officer has been intimately associated with Bombing and Gunnery Schools since the opening of the first one in Canada and assisted in the opening of most of the present schools. He has served with distinction as the officer in charge of flying at No.6 Bombing and Gunnery School for the past seven months. His intense enthusiasm for his work, his initiative, great determination and persistence have been responsible for the very efficient operation of the flying organization at this unit. Squadron Leader Staddon has given 200 instructional hours during the past few months.

 

STADDON, W/C Marvin Charles (C2328) - Air Force Cross - No.5 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Had completed 1,018 flying hours to date, 148 hours in previous six months. Award presented 17 June 1947.

 

This officer, throughout his service as chief flying instructor at this station, has displayed exceptional qualities of resourcefulness and devotion to duty. With energy and initiative he has undertaken difficult tasks with marked success. He is an able pilot, whose zeal and hard working qualities have been a splendid example and of benefit to all ranks.

 

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STADNYK, F/O Alexander (J28986) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1923 in Poland; home in Spirit River, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 16 June 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.8 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned August 1943. Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. Served in the ranks of the postwar RCAF. 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 33 sorties (149 hours 15 minutes), 20 April to 17 December 1944.

 

29 Apr 44 GARDENING, North Sea (3.09) 3 Aug 44 Bois en Cassan (4.25)

30 Apr 44 GARDENING, North Sea (3.05) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.30)

7 May 44 GARDENING, North Sea (3.01) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormel (3.50)

9 May 44 Berneval (3.57) 11 Aug 44 Somain (4.30)

10 May 44 Lens (3.41) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (6.05)

27 May 44 Le Clipon (3.40) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE (3.55)

11 Jun 44 Massy-Palaiseau (4.51) 15 Aug 44 Eindhoven (4.00)

28 Jun 44 Blainville (7.15) 17 Aug 44 GARDENING, Gironde

1 July 44 St.Martin (3.45) Estuary (6.45)

4 July 44 Domleger (3.42) 27 Aug 44 Homberg (4.10)

6 July 44 Marquiss Memo (4.27) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.40)

7 July 44 Caen (4.12) 12 Sep 44 Munster (4.35)

23 Jul 44 Hauts Boissons (4.15) 7 Oct 44 Cleve (4.20)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.15) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.15)

28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.30) 21 Nov 44 GARDENING, Oslo Fiord

30 Jul 44 Area G (3.30), DNCO (6.30)

1 Aug 44 Noyelle en Chausse (3.45) 5 Dec 44 Soest (6.25)

DNCO 17 Dec 44 Duisburg (6.00)

 

As Air Bomber this officer has now completed his first operational tour, having taken part in 33 sorties, many of which have been carried out against most heavily defended German targets.

 

Flying Officer Stadnyk throughout his tour displayed great keenness and determination in the fulfilment of his exacting task, and has obtained a good photographic record, including many aiming point photographs.

 

Twice his aircraft has been badly shot up by flak and on one occasion, namely the 27th August 1944, the target being Homberg, the Flight Engineer was severely wounded by flak and had it not been for Flying Officer Stadnyk's presence of mind in applying first aid with the utmost speed, followed by constant careful attention, in all probability the Flight Engineer's life would have been lost.

 

In recognition of duties splendidly performed this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STAFFORD, F/O Richard Ernest (J92555) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1917 in Sheddon, Ontario; home in Pasadena, California (farmer); enlisted in London, Ontario, 23 July 1943. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 February 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 27 July 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned November 1944. Award presented 14 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 2/8751 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 40 sorties (201 hours 51 minutes), 5 August 1944 to 2 March 1945.

 

5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.29) Successful sortie

6 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.44) Bombed aiming point

7 Aug 44 TOTALIZER 3 (4.04) Sortie completed

9 Aug 44 Bois de la Haie (3.59) Bombed as ordered.

10 Aug 44 Dijon (7.13) Bombed aiming point.

11 Aug 44 Etaples (3.57) do.

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 21A (4.10) do.

15 Aug 44 Eindhoven (3.46) do.

16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.40) Many fires in target area.

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.52) Bombed as ordered.

3 Sept 44 Soersterberg (3.33 Bombed aiming point.

9 Sept 44 Le Havre (4.15) Recalled by master bomber.

10 Sep 44 ALVIS 2 (4.01) Bombed aiming point.

11 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.32) Aiming point.

13 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen-Nordstern (4.46) Bombed aiming point.

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.44) Many fires; good attack.

23 Sep 44 Neuss (5.08) Bombed in cloud.

25 Sep 44 Calais (3.57) Recalled by M/Bomber.

26 Sep 44 Calais (3.40) Bombed aiming point.

27 Sep 44 Calais (3.47) 1,250 yds from A/P.

30 Sep 44 Bottrop (4.34) Bombed in cloud.

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (5.01) do.

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.25) do.

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.25) Many fires.

15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.39) Heavy attack; many fires.

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.44) Bombed in cloud.

25 Oct 44 Essen (5.05) Hit Krupp Works.

5 Jan 45 Cologne (5.05) Bombed in cloud.

6 Jan 45 Hanau (7.07) do.

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.52) Bombed aiming point.

22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen (6.10) Good results.

27 Jan 45 Stuttgart-Kornwestheim (7.17) Bombed in cloud.

1 Feb 45 Mainz (6.26) Bombed as ordered; cloud.

2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.13) Cloud over target.

4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen-Nordstern (5.58) Glow seen through cloud.

7 Feb 45 Goch (6.38) Recalled by Master Bomber.

24 Feb 45 Kamen (6.11) Bombed in cloud.


27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.39) do.

2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.47) Bomed aiming point.

 

In completing a tour of 40 operational sorties as an air bomber in Halifax III aircraft with No.158 Squadron, Pilot Officer Stafford did excellent work. A keen, dour type of officer, he applied himself diligently to his task and his bombing results have been good.

 

Quiet in disposition but full of courage and fighting spirit, he inspired confidence in others and was a valued member of a first class crew. In the face of the severest enemy fire he remained cool, and his bombing directions were clear, precise and effective.

 

When his aircraft was attacked by fighters on two occasions his conduct was exemplary and his air of confidence and efficiency set an example worthy of emulation.

 

It is recommended that the excellent work and high courage of this officer throughout a long and hazardous tour be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STAGG, S/L Allan Clarke (C8500) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 1 November 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944 to No.6 Group Headquarters.

 

Arriving overseas early in 1942 and employed in Intelligence duties since then, Flight Lieutenant Stagg has constantly improved his knowledge of Service matters and is an extremely efficient Intelligence Officer. Now Senior Intelligence Officer at this station, he has had to re-organize and set up anew his Section due to organization changes. Despite this, he maintained a most effective section, an achievement obtained only by untiring effort and long hours of conscientious endeavour. He has the complete confidence of aircrew personnel, an attribute entirely essential to the proper functioning of his department.

 

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STALBERGER, F/L Jerome Joseph (J13402) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 16 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. American in the RCAF. Born 1920 in Mahnemen, Minnisota; home there; enlisted in Winnipeg, 20 October 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.18 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942). Commissioned August 1942. Award presented 8 February 1949.

 

One night in December 1944, this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Hagen. On the outward flight some of the navigational equipment became unserviceable but Flight Lieutenant Stalberger continued his mission. When approaching the target area the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The port outer engine was put out of action. Some height was lost. Even so, Flight Lieutenant Stalberger went on to press home a successful attack. This officer has completed many sorties and has displayed skill and determination throughout.

 

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STAMBAUGH, F/L Donald Charles (J21947) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.116 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Enlisted in Edmonton, 17 September 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942). Award presented 9 July 1949 while living in Bruce, Alberta. As of recommendation he had flown 1,525 hours (804 operational - 72 sorties). No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air." Following from DHist biographical file:

 

Flight Lieutenant Stambaugh is an outstanding bomber reconnaissance pilot who has been engaged in anti-submarine operations for the past two years. In the face of the most adverse weather conditions, his skill and courage have been responsible for the successful completion of many very lengthy and trying patrols. His keenness and splendid devotion to duty have always been much in evidence throughout his operational career and have gained him the respect of all with whom he has served.

 

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STANFORD, Sergeant Harry Alexander (R105388) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Chatsworth, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 30 May 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation drafted 26 July 1944. Gives unit as Croft, number as R105383.

 

This NCO enlisted on 20th May, 1944 [sic] and has served in the United Kingdom since 17th March 1943, and has been employed as an Armourer in the Bomb Dump for the past year. His dogged determination and exceptional devotion to duty have greatly contributed to the successful operation of this section. Working long hours outdoors under adverse, trying conditions, he has been a great inspiration to his men and is highly commendable.

 

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STANLEY, Sergeant Allen Balfour (R143714) - Mention in Despatches - No.429 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Leeming") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Ottawa (civil servant); enlisted there 1 December 1941. Overseas in November 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 ten months in Canada, 27 months overseas. Described as NCO in charge of No.429 Squadron Orderly Room.

 

By his foresight, leadership and wide and thorough grasp of his duties, this NCO has made a great contribution to the administrative efficiency of No.429 Squadron. He formed the Squadron Orderly Room in November 1942 and through his efficient organization, his untiring training of subordinates and his sedulous efforts since that time as NCO in charge, he has developed an exceptional section which has contributed noticeably in the obtaining and maintaining of the operational efficiency of the squadron.

 

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STANLEY, S/L Franklin Walter (C7793) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Enlisted in Toronto, 12 September 1941. In charge of Flying Control, No.6 Group Headquarters. No citation.

 

STANLEY, S/L Franklin Walter (C7793) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Award presented 9 April 1948. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/8872 has recommended citation.

 

This officer is Senior Flying Control Officer of his group, an appointment which he has held continuously for nearly two years with conspicuous success. The success of the flying control organization of the new group was largely due to his sound judgement, initiative, ability and hard work. This achievement has been the more praiseworthy because of the difficult terrain in which the group is situated and the fact that the flying control problem has been intensified during bad weather. Squadron Leader Stanley has showed great conscientiousness and extraordinary devotion to duty throughout.

 

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STANLEY, F/L Herbert (C37388) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Eastview, Ontario; enlisted in Winnipeg, 29 September 1930.

 


Flight Lieutenant Stanley is an engineering officer of outstanding ability. In fifteen years of service as non-commissioned officer and officer, he has displayed the highest degree of skill and leadership. His ability to handle men, together with outstanding qualities as an officer, have made this man of inestimable value to his squadron. The example he constantly sets is in keeping with the highest traditions of the service.

 

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STANNAH, FS Damon (R72121) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Detachment, Suffield - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Long Branch, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 10 September 1940. Award presented 18 October 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer in charge of electrical equipment in the Physics and Meteorology Section, made developments in his work which have been an outstanding contribution. Flight Sergeant Stannah's interest, initiative and forethought have contributed greatly to the efficiency of his section.

 

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STANSFELD, F/L Noel Karl, DFC (20472) - Medal for Bravery (Czechoslovakia) - Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948, AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948. Pilot. Born in Edmonton, 27 February 1915; home in Vancouver. Joined RAF in 1939 and flew with No.242 Squadron. Transferred to RCAF, 12 February 1945.

 

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STANTIAL, FS Richard George (Can 401A) - British Empire Medal - No.5 OTU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 21 May 1913, York, Ontario. Enlisted in Weston, Ontario, 20 September 1939. Award presented 31 January 1946.

 

This non-commissioned officer senior chef has conscientiously and tirelessly applied himself during the difficult organization period of this unit. Under trying circumstances, with shortage of staff and equipment and cramped working space, his endeavours have done much towards improvement of morale. By his cheerfulness, co-operative spirit and tireless energy, he has given loyal and devoted service of a high order.

 

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STAPLETON, F/L Grey Asquith (J12731) - 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 in Hamilton; enlisted there 11 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 8 November 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 12 April 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 July 1942).

 

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STAPLETON, FS (now P/O) John Aubrey (R213931/J94816) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1925 in Kincaid, Saskatchewan; home in Glen Bain, Saskatchewan (farm labourer); enlisted in Regina, 14 April 1943. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 28 January 1944) and No.5 BGS (graduated 27 March 1944). Commissioned March 1945. Award presented 6 September 1947. Air gunner in F/L A.A. Jones' crew. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 21 April 1945 when he had completed 28 sorties (174 hours five minutes) between 25 October 1944 and 18 April 1945.

 

This NCO has completed a tour of operations, many of which have been against heavily defended targets in Germany. He has shown an enthusiasm for his work and his devotion to duty which has been outstanding, and by his cheerful confidence, has set a fine example to the rest of the squadron. His work as a wireless operator has been of the highest order...

 

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STARINK, F/O Everett Norman (J90201) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 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 Winnipeg; home there (delivery boy and mail clerk); enlisted there 11 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.17 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943). Award presented 13 September 1947. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9059 has recommendation drafted in January 1945 (date not legible) when he had flown 28 sorties (132 hours 40 minutes), 5 August 1944 to 6 January 1945.

 

5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.29) Bombed aiming point in daylight

6 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.44) Bombed aiming point.

7 Aug 44 TOTALIZER III (4.04) Successful

9 Aug 44 Bois de la Haie (3.59) Successful

10 Aug 44 Dijon (7.13) Good attack

11 Aug 44 Etaples (3.57) Bombed aiming point.

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 21A (4.10) do.

15 Aug 44 Eindhoven (3.46) Bombed airfield

16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.40) Heavy attack, 10/10 cloud

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.52) Bombed as ordered.

3 Sept 44 Soesterburg (3.33) Good results


9 Sept 44 Le Havre (4.15) Recalled by Master Bomber

10 Sep 44 ALVIS II (4.01) Successful

11 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.32) Sortie completed

13 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen-Nordstern (4.46) Bombed aiming point

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.44) Successful

23 Sep 44 Neuss (5.08) Bombed through clouds

26 Sep 44 Calais (3.40) Bombed aiming point

27 Sep 44 Calais (3.47) Successful sortie

30 Sep 44 Bottrop (4.34) Bombed through clouds

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (5.01) Bombed aiming point

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.36) Good attack

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.25) Thick cloud; bombed target

15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.39) Good results

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.44) Bombed through clouds

25 Oct 44 Essen (5.05) Hits on Krupp works.

5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.09) Attacked through clouds.

6 Jan 45 Hanau (7.07) Attacked through clouds.

 

An officer who has overcome a measure of ill-health which would have deterred weaker men, Flying Officer Starink has now completed 28 operational sorties as a pilot and captain with this squadron. He has never failed to take off and complete any mission for which he was detailed, and at all times he has displayed the greatest skill and determination in the execution of his attacks.

 

On the Hanau raid of 6th January 1945 his expert airmanship was the means of saving his aircraft and crew from an Me.110 made a series of attacks. His able handling of the Halifax evaded the faster aircraft and enabled his gunners to secure strikes on the enemy.

 

Throughout this attack, Flying Officer Starink acted with a coolness and courage which inspired the remainder of his crew with the confidence they needed in such an emergency.

 

A natural leader of men, Flying Officer Starink has a keen sense of humour and a presence which commands a ready respect. These qualities have enabled him to get excellent results from both ground and air crews.

 

It is recommended that Flying Officer Starink's outstanding record of operations, his courage and determination to carry on and his devotion to duty at all times be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STARK, F/O Aloys George (J19460) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1915 in Grand Forks, Minnesota; home in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 13 April 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 23 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". Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 28 June 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (224 hours 55 minutes), 28 June 1943 to 15 June 1944.

 

28 June 43 Anti-sub sweep (8.00) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.50)

1 July 43 Anti-sub sweep (8.00) 22 Mar 44 GARDENING (3.46, DNCO

2 July 43 Anti-sub sweep (9.20) engine trouble)

6 July 43 Anti-sub sweep (9.05) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.22)

14 July 43 Anti-sub sweep (10.15) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.55)

17 July 43 Anti-sub sweep (8.50) 10 Apr 44 Tergnier (5.05)

19 July 43 Anti-sub sweep (10.30) 22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.03)

27 Sept 43 Hanover (DNCO, a/c 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.44)

off track) 26 Apr 44 Paris (5.09)

27 Sept 43 Bochum (5.30) 27 Apr 44 Montzen (3.47)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (7.05) 1 May 44 Malines (3.47)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (6.25) 11 May 44 Trouville (3.30)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (5.17) 21 May 44 GARDENING (5.27)

3 Dec 43 Leipzig (8.29) 22 May 44 GARDENING (5.02)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (6.36) 3 June 44 GARDENING (5.00)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.56) 5 June 44 Coursevilles (4.43)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.54) 6 June 44 St.Lo (5.22)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.00) 9 June 44 Laval airfield (5.01)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.07) 15 June 44 Fouilliard (5.06)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 34 sorties involving a total of 224.55 hours. Throughout his operational tour he has proved himself to be a keen and capable Air Gunner. His watchfulness and skill on operations have made a large contribution towards the safety and success of his crew.

 

On the ground also he has been of the greatest value to his section and his personal example has assisted in raising the standard of gunnery in the squadron. For his courage and devotion to duty, he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STARK, F/L George Douglas (J85641) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1923 in Vancouver; home there; enlisted there 16 February 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1944. Killed in flying accident 2 August 1944 (Halifax NA581); buried in UK. Award presented to next-of-kin by Governor General, 27 June 1945. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 27 July 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (166 hours 30 minutes):

 

An outstanding pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stark has consistently displayed superb captaincy and airmanship throughout an operational career that comprises 31 sorties against enemy targets. These operations include two attacks on Berlin, as well as others on such strongly defended targets as Essen, Stuttgart and Frankfurt.

 

On one occasion, this officer was pilot of a Halifax bomber detailed to attack Hamburg. The aircraft was badly off track both on proceeding to and on returning from the target. Flight Lieutenant Stark's skill and coolness under these trying conditions made possible the successful completion of the mission and the safe return of the aircraft.

 

This officer's determination, cheerful courage and fine offensive spirit are an example and an inspiration to the other members of his crew.

 

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STARKEY, F/L George Lidstone (J11073) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.33 Squadron - Award effective 10 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born in 1919 in Montreal; home there. Draughtsman and machine tool inspector. Enlisted in Montreal, 10 July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 21 December 1941), and No.13 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned 1942. Died at Ste.Anne Veterans Hospital, Quebec, 3 June 1998. See H.A. Halliday, Typhoon and Tempest: The Canadian Story.

 

This pilot has completed a strenuous tour of operations. On numerous sorties he has led his section against heavily defended targets with outstanding skill. Thanks to his clever tactics, despite the prevalence of anti-aircraft fire and the adverse weather which he has frequently encountered, his aircraft has only once been seriously damaged. Throughout the winter of 1944-45 Flight Lieutenant Starkey has operated with exceptional success against enemy communications and transport in Holland and Northwest Germany, destroying many mechanical vehicles and locomotives. He has always pressed home his attacks with outstanding courage and determination.

 

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STARRITT, FS (now P/O) Jack Osler (R104488/J27771) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.15 SFTS - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Enlisted at Halifax, 5 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 29 December 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 12 March 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 16 July 1942).

 

This NCO has been employed extensively as a flying instructor for the past nine months during which time he has displayed outstanding devotion to duty. By his perseverance and ability he has consistently produced excellent results with the pupils under his tuition.

 

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STAUFFER, S/L Walter Harold (C9974) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 30 January 1942. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.5527 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation submitted by G/C A.C. Hull, Commanding Station Leeming, 4 May 1945. Enlisted 30 January 1942; one year in Canada, 28 months overseas.

 

This officer occupies the post of Senior Intelligence Officer at this unit and by his skilful leadership and initiative has brought the Section to a degree of efficiency that commands the respect and confidence of all. He is untiring in his efforts and possesses a splendid Service spirit. His work demands long hours of employment at irregular times, but Flight Lieutenant Stauffer has faithfully devoted himself to the job without regard for his own welfare. He has set a high standard of service and been an excellent example to his subordinates in this respect. I consider his work merits the award of Mention in Despatches.

 

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STAYNER, F/L Richard Martin (C1647) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 20 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1915 in Minniapolis, Minnesota; educated at University of Saskatchewan; home in Waterford, Ontario; enlisted in Saskatoon, 21 September 1940. Trained at No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940). Award sent by registered mail 11 December 1946. Credited with the following victories: 28 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 30 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed; 20 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed.

 

Flight Lieutenant Stayner has shown an exceptionally high standard of leadership and devotion to duty over a long period of operational flying. He has led his squadron on many occasions in attacks against a variety of targets with great success. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft.

 

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STEDMAN, A/V/M Ernest Walter, OBE (C3) - Companion, Order of the Bath - AFHQ (Director General of Air Research) - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born at Malling, Kent, England. Educated in technical training, engaged in research work in UK until outbreak of First World War when he joined RNAS, working on aircraft design and inspection. Awarded OBE for exceptional services in organizing production and repair services in France. Migrated to Canada. Appointed Director of Technical Services to the Air Board, 30 October 1920, and was closely involved with forces aeronautical engineering thereafter. Author of many articles. Award presented 29 December 1944. Died in Ottawa, 27 March 1957. See Canadian War Museum publication of Stedman Papers.

 

Air Vice-Marshal Stedman has rendered outstanding and devoted service over a long period of time to the Royal Canadian Air Force. Whilst employed as Air Member for Aeronautical Engineering at Air Force Headquarters, he contributed very greatly to the engineering side of the Royal Canadian Air Force. In his present position as Director General of Air Research he is making a large contribution towards the development and adoption of the most modern equipment for the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

STEDMAN, A/V/M Ernest Walter (C3) - Commander, Legion of Merit (United States) - Award effective 26 September 1947 as per AFRO 510/47 of that date, "in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the recent war." On 21 February 1947 Colonel Jack C. Hodgson, U.S. Air Attache, wrote to AFHQ reporting this award with the following citation:

 

Air Vice Marshal Ernest W. Stedman, Royal Canadian Air Force, during the period of active hostilities in World War Two, rendered exceptionally meritorious service in the field of scientific research and development. As Director General of Air Research in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he facilitated the exchange of valuable scientific and engineering information among the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Through his professional knowledge, co-operation and resourcefulness, Air Vice-Marshal Stedman greatly aided research and development in the field of aeronautics.

 

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STEDMAN, P/O Leslie Brine (J89623) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Simcoe, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 10 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 April 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 29 April 1943) and No.17 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943). Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 21 November when he had flown 26 sorties (131 hours 35 minutes), 7 August to 18 November 1944.

 


This officer has participated in twenty-six sorties, involving attacks on a wide variety of important and well defended targets in Germany. Throughout his tour he has displayed great skill and determination, pressing home his attacks with vigour, often in the face of heavy opposition. He is a most efficient captain, whose fine fighting qualities have impressed all.

 

For his airmanship, skill and devotion to duty, this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

NOTE: Ottawa Citizen of 3 October 1998 has an account of his visit on 1 October 1998 to the Canadian War Museum with reminiscences about wartime flying; his particular aircraft was "Ferdinand II" with a cartoon of Ferdinand the Bull, a pacifistflower-sniffing bovine; he once narrowly escaped a direct flak hit which peppered his wing.

 

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STEED, F/O Oliver Max (J10593) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Enlisted in Calgary, 3 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 August 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). No citation in biographical file.

 

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STEEDSMAN, FS Charles Percy (R165313) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Parry Sound, Ontario; 1924; home there (laboratory assistant); enlisted in Toronto, 5 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 14 October 1941) and No.1 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). 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". Public Records Office Air 2/9015 has recommendation dated 24 April 1944 when he had flown on 30 sorties (28 successful, 203 hours 45 minutes).

 

6 Aug 43 Le Fleche 28 Jan 44 Berlin

22 Oct 43 Kassel 30 Jan 44 Berlin

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf 15 Feb 44 Berlin

10 Nov 43 Modane 19 Feb 44 Leipzig

22 Nov 43 Berlin 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart

23 Nov 43 Berlin 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt

26 Nov 43 Berlin 25 Feb 44 Augsburg

16 Dec 43 Berlin 1 March 44 Stuttgart

23 Dec 43 Berlin 15 March 44 Stuttgart

29 Dec 43 Berlin (DNCO, port inner 18 March 44 Frankfurt

on fire) 22 March 44 Frankfurt


1 Jan 44 Berlin 24 March 44 Berlin

14 Jan 44 Brunswick 26 March 44 Essen

20 Jan 44 Berlin (DNCO, port 30 March 44 Nuremburg

outer unserviceable) 5 April 44 Toulouse

27 Jan 44 Berlin 10 April 44 Tours

 

Flight Sergeant Steedsman has completed 28 successful operations as Air Bomber, including eleven on Berlin. He is an outstanding Air Bomber and a member of a very fine crew. He has shown determination of the highest order in pressing home his attacks. He obtained aiming point photos three times and photographic evidence that he was over the target every time.

 

On one occasion the aircraft in which he was Air Bomber had one engine fail when some 250 miles from Berlin, but the attack was continued and Flight Sergeant Steedsman guided his captain on a steady run through the heart of the target at 17,500 feet, well below the main concentration, in order to make certain of a hit.

 

He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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STEEL, F/O (now F/L) Edmonston McGregor McQuarrie (J13475) - Air Force Cross - No.2 FIS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 20 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 November 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 30 March 1941). Award presented 25 May 1945. As of award had flown 2,549 hours, 2,239 hours as instructor, 233 hours in past six months.

 

This officer has been employed as a flying instructor for over two years, during which period he has displayed outstanding professional ability in many hours in the air. He is vigorous and enthusiastic in all his undertakings and has a tremendous capacity for work. On many occasions he has accepted extra duties and performed them cheerfully and efficiently. With outstanding devotion to duty, he has instilled the utmost confidence and skill in those whom he has instructed.

 

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STEELE, F/L Francis Stanley (J27097) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1919 in Wallace Bridge, Nova Scotia; home there (ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in London, England, 10 April 1942. Trained at No.31 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.34 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail 30 March 1949. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 3 June 1953 (Flight Lieutenant, Canadian Joint Staff in London). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 10 October 1944 when he had completed 36 sorties (162 hours 50 minutes). Name given as Francis Stanley Steele. See also F/O R.G. Fink (his navigator).

 

14 June 44 Le Havre (3.19) 3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim (4.32)

16 June 44 Sterkrade/Holten (4.13) 5 Aug 44 Pauillac (8.02)

22 June 44 Nimoyecques (3.14, day) 8 Aug 44 Fontenay (3.34)

23 June 44 Saintes (7.17) 10 Aug 44 Dugney (5.13)

24 June 44 Flers (3.35) 12 Aug 44 Falaise (3.37)

27 June 44 Chateau Bernapre (3.47) 15 Aug 44 Cullot (3.20)

29 June 44 Domleger (3.18) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (8.29)

30 June 44 Oisemont/Neuville (3.49) 26 Aug 44 Russelheim (8.37)

2 July 44 Domleger (3.37) 29 Aug 44 Womurse Cappel (3.23)

4 July 44 Orleans (6.07) 30 Aug 44 Stettin (9.03)

6 July 44 Foret St.Crois (3.41) 5 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.48)

7 July 44 Caen (3.51) 6 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.41)

12 July 44 Revigny (9.28) 8 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.58)

16 July 44 Sannerville (3.50) 11 Sept 44 Le Havre (4.00)

20 July 44 Wizernes (3.31) 26 Sept 44 Calais (3.16)

23 July 44 Kiel (4.49) 27 Sept 44 Calais (3.37)

1 Aug 44 Belle Croix les Bruyers (2.58) 28 Sept 44 Calais (3.48)

2 Aug 44 Le Havre (3.27) 3 Oct 44 West Kapelle (3.01)

 

 

This Canadian pilot completed an operational tour of 36 sorties on 3 October 1944, involving a total of 162.50 hours. After completing 31 sorties he was permitted to carry out further sorties in order to complete the tour of the other members of his crew.

 

He has attacked heavily defended targets in Germany such as Kiel and Stettin, and numerous precision targets in occupied territory, both by day and by night. He is a skilful pilot who, at all times, uses his ability to the greatest advantage to deliver the hardest blow against the enemy.

 

Flight Lieutenant Steele has always displayed an excellent offensive spirit and pressed home his attacks regardless of his own personal safety; on one occasion bombing from a low altitude, despite heavy ground defences, in order to ensure an accurate attack. By his excellent spirit and cheerful confidence he has been an inspiration to the other members of the squadron. He possesses a rare personality and is a splendid leader of men.

 


His conduct under all conditions has been of a very high order and it is contended that such tenacity of purpose, leadership and ability well merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STEELE, S/L James Carswell (C2297) - Mention in Despatches - Station Digby (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in Regina; enlisted there. Administrative Officer.

 

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STEELE, F/L Michael (J21985) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1913 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; home in Toronto or Chester Basin, Nova Scotia (miner); enlisted in Hamilton, 7 March 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 29 August 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award sent by registered mail 30 March 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 2 September 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (194 hours ten minutes), 30 August 1943 to 3 August 1944.

 

As Bomb Aimer, Flight Lieutenant Steele has completed very many sorties against the enemy. He has bombed Berlin three times,, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Kassel, Hamburg, twenty-five in all, over different targets in Germany and France. The very satisfactory results achieved by his crew were in no small measure due to the crew co-operation and keenness of this officer at all times. His bombing accuracy was of an extremely high standard and he always gave invaluable aid to the navigator. As Bombing Leader he was responsible for the efficiency of his section and the training of new crews, and these duties he carried out with marked success.

 

For the very strong support of the squadron over a long period of time and for the completion of many trips against the enemy I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STEELE, Corporal Omer Clayton (R122721) - British Empire Medal - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas"; no citation in AFRO or biographical file. Wartime card missing from biographical file. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 13 October 1953 (Sergeant, Station North Bay). DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation dated 1 May 1945.

 

For devotion to duty, leadership and ability, this NCO is strongly recommended.


Corporal Steele has, besides doing his regular work, taken full charge of all Long Delay Fusing in the dump. The danger of this work cannot be over stressed and without hesitation he has carried out this part of his work in an exceptional manner.

 

Since the opening of the Second Front, he has worked many times from 12 to 18 hours a day, sometimes more, providing splendid leadership and organization far beyond what could normally be expected of a Junior NCO. His aim is not to complete a task that can be ordinarily expected of an airman but to do the impossible, and to complete fully any job that we are asked to do, even under most difficult and discouraging conditions.

 

Work and leadership of his standard is rarely found, and when it is, it deserves the highest credit.

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STEELE, F/O Thomas Lloyd (J20246) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 26 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1915 in Mutrie, Saskatchewan; home in New Westminster, British Columbia (office investigator). Former gunner, 6th Division Supply Column, 5 Coast Battery; enlisted in Vancouver, 7 January 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS and No.1 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 5 March 1949.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties and has displayed commendable courage and devotion to duty throughout. He is a navigator of high merit whose ability has been an important factor in the successes obtained. His conduct has at all times been exemplary.

 

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STEELE, WO (now P/O) William Bruce (R135755/J90124) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1923 in Renfrew, Ontario; home there. Trained at No.4 WS and No.6 BGS. Commissioned September 1944. Died in Renfrew, Ontario, 11 April 2001. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Recommendation from No.415 Squadron went to CO, Station East Moor, on 17 September 1944. It noted he had flown 32 sorties (153 hours 10 minutes operational); draft citation read:

 

This Warrant Officer WOP/AG has displayed initiative and courage in the completion of his duties in the course of many operational missions. At all times his qualities of courage, efficiency and tenacity have contributed much to the successes attained by his squadron while his enthusiasm and fighting spirit have been highly commendable.

 


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STEELS, F/O James Walter (J28673) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1924 in Fairlight, Saskatchewan; home in Grove or Wilton Grove, Saskatchewan (farmer); enlisted in London, Ontario, 5 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 12 June 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 14 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." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 27 September 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (177 hours 20 minutes), 18 April to 12 September 1944.

 

This officer has completed 33 bombing operations and throughout his tour has invariably shown great coolness in action and unlimited determination to press home his attack to the best advantage. While over heavily defended German targets, he has invariably insisted on a steady and accurate bombing run, even through his aircraft has been coned and receiving the attention of heavy and predicted flak. On precision targets his bombing has been extremely accurate and he has obtained no fewer than ten photographs plotted within 400 yards of the aiming point.

 

Flying Officer Steele's desire for extreme accuracy when bombing has been most inspiring and the devotion to duty he has shown in my opinion fully merits to non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STEER, F/O Russell Edgar (J36833) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1913 in Toronto; home there; educated at University of Toronto (physicist); enlisted there 14 August 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned October 1943. Served in postwar RCAF including No.1 Radio and Communications School, Clinton. Award presented 14 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 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (187 hours 13 minutes), 7 August 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

* denotes a GARDENING (mining) sortie

 

7 Aug 44 L'Hogue (4.55) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.33)

8 Aug 44 Chantilly (5.15) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.50)

9 Aug 44 Prouville (4.10) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.40)

12 Aug 44 La Breteque (4.40) 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.20)


14 Aug 44 Falais (4.45) 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenberg (5.20)

15 Aug 44 Soesterburg (3.55) 27 Nov 44 Neuss (6.00)

16 Aug 44 Kiel (5.00) 17 Dec 44 Ulm (6.15)

31 Aug 44 Isle de Cezembre (4.55) 22 Dec 44 Bingen (5.05)

6 Sept 44 Emden (4.35) 28 Dec 44 Bonn (4.45)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.05) 29 Dec 44 Scholven (5.00)

11 Sep 44 Kiel Bay (5.30)* 30 Dec 44 Cologne (4.25)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (6.15) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (6.40)

17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.50) 5 Jan 45 Loyon (5.20)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.05) 6 Jan 45 Hannover (6.05)

23 Oct 44 Essen (4.10) 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (6.05)

28 Oct 44 Walcheren (2.05) 7 Feb 45 Cleve (4.05)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.40) 8 Feb 45 Politz (7.55)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.10) 13 Feb 45 Dresden (8.00)

4 Nov 44 Bochum (3.35) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.00)

 

This officer is an extremely capable and conscientious navigator who has participated in a very large number of sorties against the enemy. The efficiency with which he has performed his operational tasks, even when in great personal danger, are amply reflected in his crew's fine operational record. His fine fighting spirit and devotion to duty are worthy of high praise and have done much to keep the morale of all navigators at a very high standard.

 

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STEEVES, F/O Chesley Borden (J16802) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Elgin, Albert County, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 14 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 12 May 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 4 August 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 October 1941). Killed on flying operations, 17 October 1943 (Sunderland JM712) name on Runnymede Memorial.

 

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STEFFANICK, F/O Michael. (J88529) - Medal for Bravery (Czechoslovakia) - Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948, AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948. Born 27 March 1919 at Kinderlsey, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 7 May 1941. To No.2 AMD, Penhold, 27 May 1941; to No.4 SFTS, Saskatoon, 21 June 1941; to No.3 Wireless School, Winnipeg, 3 August 1941; promoted LAC, 4 September 1941; to No.5 BGS, Dafoe, 21 December 1941; promoted Sergeant and granted aircrew badge, 19 January 1942; posted to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 21 January 1942; to RAF Trainees Pool, 8 February 1942; to No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, 20 February 1942; to No.1 Signal School, 17 March 1942; to No.3 Radio School 6 May 1942; to No.5 (C) OTU, 30 June 1942; to No.415 Squadron, 30 August 1942; to No.144 Squadron, 14 December 1942; to No.422 Squadron, 10 February 1943; commissioned 21 April 1944; to No.4 (C) OTU, 3 May 1944; repatriated to Canada, 22 October 1944; with No.2 WS, Calgary, 13 December 1944 to 14 April 1945; with No.1 CNS, Rivers, 15 April to 17 June 1945; with No.2 TSU, Penhold, 18 June to 31 August 1945; with No.10 Repair Depot, Calgary, 1 September to 29 November 1945; released 3 December 1945. Postwar home in Vancouver where he was in RCAF Primary Reserve, 8 September 1956 to 20 November 1961 (Education Officer).

 

Upon repatriated he claimed 992 hours 30 minutes flying time (804 hours operational). He listed the various aircraft he had flown in as follows: Botha (six hours 30 minutes); Blenheim (four hours); Anson (27 hours); Hampden (125 hours); Sunderland (830 hours).

 

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STEINBERG, P/O Otto (J18223) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Born 1916 in Joliette, Quebec; home in Montreal; enlisted there 11 June 1940. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 8 May 1941). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 15 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."

 

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STEINER, F/O David Millard (C8094) - Mention in Despatches - No.86 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 21 April 1941.

 

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STELFOX, F/L Henry Bradshaw (J24643) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1919 in Springdale, Alberta; home in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta; educated at University of Alberta (member, COTC); agriculture scientist; enlisted in Edmonton, 1 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 21 November 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 12 February 1943) and No.2 BGS (graduated 11 February 1943). MOTE: These two latter dates do not make sense and should be checked. Commissioned March 1943. Award presented 9 July 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.1720 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 23 April 1945 when he had completed 30 sorties (197 hours ten minutes).

 

This Bomb Aimer has completed thirty operational sorties and has at all times shown outstanding skill and determination. His work with Radar equipment has invariably been of a very high standard, setting an excellent example to the squadron as a whole.


On the night of 25th February 1945, while engaged on minelaying at Arendal under very difficult conditions for a visual attack, he made three orbits at low level through intense flak until satisfied of an accurate line of sight before finally releasing his mines. This is typical of his work throughout his tour. In view of Flying Officer [sic] Stelfox's splendid record, his outstanding skill, and his constant devotion to duty, I strongly recommend that he be awarded a Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STEMKOWSKI, F/O Peter Carel (J86217) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1921 in Kenora, Ontario; home there (diesel operator); enlisted in Winnipeg, 19 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 22 January 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award presented 5 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 2/8831 has recommendation dated 16 November 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (196 hours four minutes).

 

(* denotes daylight attack)

 

29 Jan 44 Berlin (8.16) 19 May 44 Boulogne (4.10)

30 Jan 44 Berlin (5.59) 24 May 44 Aachen (4.05)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.48) 27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.28)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.07) 1 June 44 Ferme d'Urville (4.27)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.36) 22 Jun 44 Siracourt (3.39)*

6 Mar 44 Trappes (5.19) 24 Jun 44 Le Grande Rossignol (3.01)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.29) 28 Jun 44 Wizernes (3.26)

26 Mar 44 Essen (4.52) 30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (4.00)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.02) 1 July 44 Oisemont (3.44)*

9 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.Georges (5.54) 4 July 44 Domleger (3.43)*

10 Apr 44 Tergnier (5.21) 6 July 44 Marquise Mimoyecques (3.26)*

20 Apr 44 Ottignies (4.19) 7 July 44 Caen (4.14)*

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.10) 12 Jul 44 Ferme du Forestal (3.51)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.33) 15 Jul 44 Les Landes Vielles et

26 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.Georges (5.28) Nouvelles (4.18)

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.35) 18 Jul 44 Caen H.1 (4.11)

30 Apr 44 Acheres (4.43) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (3.43)

1 May 44 Malines (3.37) 23 Jul 44 Les Catelliers (3.55)

8 May 44 Morsallines (3.40) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.17)

11 May 44 Colline Beaumont (3.47) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.38)*

12 May 44 Hasselt (4.13)

 


Pilot Officer Stemkowski has completed a distinguished tour of 40 operational sorties as an air gunner with this squadron. He commenced his operational flying with three hazardous trips to Berlin, and has since been over such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Nuremburg, Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe and other objectives in the Ruhr and Northern France.

 

He has throughout shown a fine offensive spirit and has been complete master of his particular job in the aircraft. His constant vigilance and prompt and accurate reporting of tactics of enemy aircraft about to attack have been on many occasions responsible for the safety of his crew and the successful completion of the sortie. His complete disregard for his personal safety and his cheerful spirit in times of danger have been a constant source of inspiration to his crew.

 

It is recommended that this officer's outstanding record be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STEPENOFF, P/O Allan Carl (J93450) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 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 Provost, Alberta; home there (farmer); enlisted in Calgary, 11 February 1943. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 11 February 1944). Commissioned December 1944. Award presented 22 April 1950.

 

This officer has shown a fine fighting spirit throughout his tour of operations. In October 1944 he was air gunner in an aircraft detailed for an attack against Essen. On the return journey opposition by enemy fighter aircraft was encountered. Pilot Officer Stepenoff's cool directions enabled his pilot to manoeuvre the aircraft into a position from which the gunner's fire forced the enemy to break off the engagement. In the face of danger this officer has invariably displayed cool courage and resolution.

 

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STEPHEN, P/O Gordon Campbell (J19030) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born Toronto, 1922; home there; enlisted there 11 November 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1943. Award presented by King George VI, 11 August 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 22 March 1944 when he had flown 26 2/3 sorties (195 hours 57 minutes) as follows:

 

17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.50) 22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.23


22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (5.59) 26 Nov 43 Stuttgart (7.38)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (7.56) 3 Dec 43 Leipzig (8.01)

27 Aug 43 Mannheim (6.48, DNCO, 20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (6.06)

too late for concentration 29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.37)

so bombed last resort) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.25)

30 Aug 43 Munchen-Gladbach (4.40) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.06)

31 Aug 43 Berlin (8.09) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.55)

15 Sept 43 Montlucon (6.37) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.11)

16 Sept 43 Modane (7.01, DNCO, 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (7.52)

severe icing) 25 Feb 44 Augsburg (4.27, DNCO,

22 Sept 43 Hanover (5.35) stbd inner u/s; oil

23 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.28) pressure too low.

27 Sept 43 Hanover (5.15) 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (2.46, DNCO,

2 Oct 43 GARDENING (7.21) stbd outer engine cut

3 Oct 43 Kassel (7.03) and other three iced lost

8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.43) boost owing to icing up)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (6.20) 6 Mar 44 Trappes (4.29)

18 Nov 43 Mannheim- 7 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.35)

Ludwigshaven (7.41)

 

This officer has completed 26 2/3 operations against targets deep in the enemy territory. His navigational skill and accuracy under difficult conditions has been responsible to a large extent for the success of these operations. His cheerful confidence in the execution of his duty has inspired not only a high standard of morale in his crew but to the whole squadron. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STEPHEN, F/L William MacDowall (C823) - Distinguished Service Order - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born 17 August 1914 in St.Mary's, Ontario; home in Gananoque. Enlisted in Kingston, Ontario, 8 February 1935 in the Supply Branch. Commissioned 1938. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1943). Award presented by King George VI, 11 August 1944. Tactics Officer at No.6 Group Headquarters, July 1944 to July 1945; attended RAF Staff College in 1947. At Canadian Joint Staff, Washington, February 1948 to August 1950. Was also Air Attache to Moscow.

 


One night in May 1944, this officer captained an aircraft detailed to attack Aachen. When crossing the enemy coast, the aircraft was hit by fire from the ground defences. The starboard rudder and the elevator controls were so badly damaged that the aircraft became almost unmanageable. Undaunted, Flight Lieutenant Stephen went on to the target and bombed it. He afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to this country. Although the tail wheel had been shot away and the brake pressure was nil, Flight Lieutenant Stephen effected a safe landing. His perseverance in the face of great odds, together with his exceptional skill and resource, set an example of a high order.

 

STEPHEN, S/L William MacDowell, DSO (C823) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.427 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2611 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C V.F. Ganderton dated 9 January 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (177 hours 25 minutes) on operations from 18 November 1943 to 31 July 1944.

 

This captain, when a Flight Lieutenant, had completed twenty-nine heavy bombing attacks against the enemy. Five of these attacks were on French targets after June 6th, 1944.

 

Squadron Leader Stephen's work in general after the opening of our offensive has been a magnificent example not only to his crew but to the squadron in general. On one trip while crossing into enemy territory he was strafed by rocket fire from an enemy fighter. This attack wrecked the starboard rudder and elevator controls making the aircraft almost unmanageable. Despite this, this captain resolutely continued to his objective.

 

His ability to make instant decisions in emergency, skilful pilotage and cool judgement have contributed in a large measure to the success of all his operational flights.

 

I strongly recommend that Squadron Leader Stephen be awarded the Croix de Guerre as those attacks over France had much effect upon its liberation.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has a shorter citation.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Service Order, this officer has completed eleven operational sorties against the enemy, nine of which were on French targets in early June 1944. His ability to make instant decisions, together with his successful pilotage, cool judgement and leadership was a magnificent example, not only to his crew but to his squadron and station in general.

 

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STEPHENS, F/O Allistair William (J21661) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.299 Squadron - Award effective 26 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1922 at Minnsville, Nova Scotia; home in Windsor, Nova Scotia (truck driver); enlisted Halifax 10 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.16 EFTS (graduated 21 February 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1941). Commissioned 1942. Award sent by registered mail 4 September 1945.

 

This officer has completed numerous difficult sorties and has displayed a high degree of skill, determination and devotion to duty throughout. He has invariably pressed home his attacks with great accuracy, often in the face of considerable anti-aircraft fire. On one occasion whilst over the target his aircraft was hit and the propeller of one engine flew off. Despite this, Flying Officer Stephens made two runs over the target to ensure accuracy of bombing.

 

STEPHENS, F/O Allistair William, DFC (J21661) - Mention in Despatches - Wethersfield - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. No citation.

 

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STEPHENS, F/L (now S/L) James Anthony (J5970) - Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) - No.400 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as 2nd Tactical Air Force) - Award effective 3 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 819/46 dated 23 August 1946. Born in Hatton, Saskatchewan, 1915; home in Leader, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Calgary, 14 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1941). Served with various photo reconnaissance units, notably No.400 Squadron. Remained in postwar RCAF, rising to Group Captain. RCAF Photo PL-133547 refers. Public Records Office Air 2/9090 has citation as published in General Order 80, United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe, dated 22 June 1945. Noted he had flown 74 sorties, 100 operational hours.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties including many while engaged on high level photography in unarmed aircraft. His work has always been of a very high standard despite intense enemy opposition. On one occasion when flying in an unarmed aircraft, he was chased from his target area by enemy fighters, but he skilfully managed to evade his pursuers and returned to the target, eventually successfully completing the mission. Many photographs taken by this officer have been used by the American Army for the present offensive and are of outstanding quality. The skill and devotion to duty of Flight Lieutenant Stephens have done much to maintain the high standard of efficiency now existing in the squadron.

 

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STEPHENSON, G/C John Gay (C860) - Air Force Cross - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 18 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. As of then he had 1,845:05 hours flying (1,681:20 as instructor, 29 hours in past six months). Born in Windsor, Ontario, 4 April 1914. Educated there and RMC. Enlisted in RCAF, 4 July 1938; qualified for pilot's flying badge at Trenton, 17 June 1939. Became CFI at Trenton, then CO at No.2 SFTS. Posted overseas in 1944; shot down and made POW while flying with No.432 Squadron (January 1945). After the war he was with Maritime Command, CJS (Washington), AFHQ (1948-51), Imperial Defence College, CO at Rockcliffe, SASO Training Command HQ (Trenton) from 1954 to 1957, and then to AFHQ. Also awarded MiD (1 January 1946) and OBE (13 June 1946). Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Group Captain at Rockcliffe. Killed in air accident, 29 April 1960 while an Air Commodore. AFC presented 10 January 1946.

 

This officer has been actively employed in flying instructional duties for some years and is now, with exceptional capability, commanding a Service Flying Training School. His sound judgement and pleasing personality have gained the respect of all personnel under his supervision. His devotion to duty and exceptional knowledge of his work have made him an outstanding officer in flying training.

 

STEPHENSON, W/C John Gay, AFC (C860) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. No citation.

 

STEPHENSON, G/C John Gay (C860) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Awarded effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Award presented 1 December 1948. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 60, File 190-I, dossier 9) has citation.

 

On his return to duty in Canada after release from a Prisoner of War camp in Germany, Group Captain Stephenson took over as Senior Personnel Staff Officer of Eastern Air Command in August 1945. Throughout the difficult period of demobilization that has followed, he has handled the complex personnel situation in a manner that has brought well earned praise from all sides. His deep understanding of human nature, his tolerance and his unfailing good humour have gained for him the confidence and respect of all ranks in the Command. Indeed, it is largely through his efforts that the morale of officers and airmen has remained at a high level in spite of all difficulties and uncertainties.

 

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STEPHENSON, FS William Harry (R67059) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.213 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 22 January 1943 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in Belleville, Ontario, 2 December 1917; home there (clerk); enlisted in Kingston, 22 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 November 1940), No.12 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 8 May 1941). To RAF overseas, 18 May 1941; commissioned 20 July 1942 (J15783). Shot down and taken prisoner, 21 October 1942. In captivity his picture was drawn by Robert Buckham (Canadian War Museum art collection). Reported safe in United Kingdom, 19 May 1945; repatriated 30 May 1945; released 9 August 1945 (to reside in Kingston, Ontario). Award presented 18 October 1947. Photo PL-36544 shows him among a group of former Ontario-born Prisoners of War on ship back to Canada, 14 May 1945: Front Row - WO J.A. Armstrong (Kirkland Lake), F/L P.G. Chipman (Toronto), F/L W.H. Stephenson (Belleville), F/L G.H. Soper (Englehart), WO1 H.R. Trice (Hamilton), F/L E. Jack Bamford (Hamilton) - Back Row - F/L J.R. Gordon (Islington), F/L R.W. Dunn (sutton West), S/L F.F. Mills (Toronto), F/L D.J. Corcoran (Toronto), F/O L.W. Baines (London), WO1 A.J. Galuche (Toronto).

 

This airman has always displayed exceptional keenness to engage the enemy and the highest resourcefulness and courage while in the air. His gallantry and devotion to duty have been a fine example to all members of his squadron. Flight Sergeant Stephenson has destroyed two enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of two others.

 

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STERLING, WO (now P/O) Isrial Rubin (R127849/J88517) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.624 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 10 October 1944 and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1920 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 20 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 20 April 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 25 September 1942). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail 16 May 1950. Name given as "Robert Irving" in London Gazette entry for DFC, "Isrial Rubin" in entry for Croix de Guerre.

 

Warrant Officer Sterling has flown on many operational sorties. His navigation has always been of a high standard and has played no small part in the successes attained by his crew. He has consistently displayed most praiseworthy courage and devotion to duty.

 

STERLING, F/O Isrial Rubin, DFC (J88519) - Croix de Guerre (France) - Overseas - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Public Records Office Air 2/8769 gives recommended citation when he was a Warrant Officer but not unit.

 

As navigator this warrant officer has completed 50 sorties. Owing to his meticulous preparations and the high quality of his work, he has contributed greatly to the success attained by his crew. His courage and reliability have been outstanding.

 

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STERNE, F/O John Rutherford (J5831) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.174 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 21 August 1942 and AFRO 1413/42 dated 4 September 1942. Born in Edmonton, 1922; home there; enlisted in Edmonton, 10 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.10 EFTS, and No.9 SFTS. Commissioned June 1941. Award presented by King George VI, 1 December 1942. Killed in action 16 August 1943 (Typhoon JP444); hit by flak over target (Amiens/Glissy aerodrome) during Ramrod 204; buried in France.

 


This officer has displayed a fine fighting spirit which, combined with his complete disregard to danger, has won the confidence and admiration of his fellow pilots. He has secured notable success in night bombing attacks on enemy shipping. In one period of three nights when operating alone against shipping he destroyed a 4,000-ton ship which was heavily defended by some twelve escort vessels and damaged several armed ships with machine gun fire. He has also assisted in the destruction of a 1,200-ton enemy coaster in daylight.

 

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STERNS, F/O William Meredith (J5306) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.148 Squadron - Award effective 11 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1943 and AFRO 410/43 dated 12 March 1943. Born 24 April 1917 in St.Catharines, Ontario; home in Ottawa; enlisted in Toronto, 21 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 December 1940), No.3 AOS (graduated 3 March 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 14 April 1941) and No.1 CNS. Award presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 27 June 1945. Commissioned 1941.

 

Flying Officer Sterns has flown on operations continuously since July 1942. He is a highly efficient navigator and bomb aimer who has never failed to reach and bomb his allotted target. In August 1942, despite adverse weather, he obtained a hit on a petrol installation west of Tobruk Harbour causing a large fire. This officer, by his calm and deliberate manner when in action, has set a fine example to the other members of his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8935 has recommendation sent from Headquarters, Royal Air Force, Middle East to Air Ministry on 12 January 1943; this gave more details.

 

Flying Officer Sterns joined the squadron on 9th July 1942; since this date he has operated continuously and has now completed 47 operations constituting 259 hours. As a navigator he has proved himself highly efficient, never failing to reach and bomb his allotted target. As a bomb aimer he has always been calm and deliberate over the target despite enemy opposition.

 

On the 9th August, despite 7/10th cloud, he bombed and hit the petrol installation west of Tobruk harbour causing a large fire. On the 26th August he obtained hits among aircraft dispersed at Landing Ground 13. During the recent push he succeeded in causing a considerable number of fires amongst the enemy motor transport and tank concentrations.

 

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STEUART, P/O John Wallace (J86310) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 7 July 1919 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; home in Prince Albert where he was a grocery and hardware clerk as well as member of the Prince Albert Volunteers; enlisted in Regina, 14 April 1942). Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Arrived in K, 17 March 1943; attached Whitley Bay, 6 April to 5 May 1943 (Commando course); to No.6 (O) AFU, 5 July 1943 (Ansons, 23 hours 15 minutes); to No.83 OTU, 3 August 1943 (Wellington, 57 hours 30 minutes); to No.1667 Conversion Unit, 7 November 1943 (Halifax, 25 hours 55 minutes); to No.1 Lancaster Finishing School, 1 February 1944 (Lancasters, nine hours five minutes); to No.12 Squadron, 19 February 1944 (Lancasters, 175 hours); Commissioned 13 May 1944; to No.86 OTU, 15 July 1944; to No.83 OTU, 15 October 1944; to No.18 OTU, 28 October 1944; to Station Gamston, 1 November 1944; repatriated to Canada, 22 March 1945; released 29 May 1945.. 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 2/8827 has recommendation dated 14 August 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (134 hours 54 minutes).

 

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 19 May 44 Orleans

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 21 May 44 Duisburg

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 31 May 44 Tergnier

26 Mar 44 Essen 2 June 44 Berneval

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 4 June 44 Sangatte

20 Apr 44 Cologne 5 June 44 St.Martin

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 6 June 44 Acheres

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 12 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen

26 Apr 44 Essen 14 Jun 44 Le Havre

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven 15 Jun 44 Boulogne

30 Apr 44 Maintenen 17 Jun 44 Aulnoye

3 May 44 Mailley le Camp 23 Jun 44 Saintes

6 May 44 Aubigne 27 Jun 44 Vaires

10 May 44 Dieppe

 

Pilot Officer Steuart, a Canadian, has recently completed his first tour of operations as navigator of a Lancaster aircraft, with many attacks on targets demanding a very high standard of navigation, such as Friedrichshaven, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Nuremburg and Karlsruhe.

 

This officer's record has been an example of exceptional ability, coupled with calm confidence and courage, which have played a large part in maintaining the high morale of his crew and have enabled them to achieve considerable success.

 

I consider the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Pilot Officer Steuart would be fitting recognition of his excellent record of courage and efficiency.

 

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STEUART, WO2 (now P/O) Lawrence Harold (R85478/J36700) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 22 August 1919 at Miniota, Manitoba; home there; enlisted in Regina, 14 February 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 3 January 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942).

 

Warrant Officer Steuart has taken part in a very large number of operational sorties, all of which have been over the sea. He has maintained a consistently high standard of devotion to duty in a cheerful manner which has been a fine example to those serving with him.

 

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STEVENS, F/L Charles Frederick Bridges (C1498) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.430 Squadron - Award effective 8 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945. Born 1914 in Montreal; home in Westmount; educated at McGill University (industrial chemist); enlisted in Ottawa. Commissioned 1940. Award sent by registered mail 19 January 1952.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties, including very many reconnaissances over the battle areas. The excellent photographs he has secured, often in the face of much opposition, reflect the greatest credit on his undoubted skill and perseverance. In March 1945, Flight Lieutenant Stevens was detailed to photograph an area comprising a heavily defended river line. Just as he commenced his run-in, at very low level, his aircraft was struck by an anti-aircraft shell. The canopy above Flight Lieutenant Stevens' head was torn away and a jagged hole was torn in the frame of the aircraft. In spite of this Flight Lieutenant Stevens completed a successful run, obtaining photographs which proved of great value to our ground forces. His skill and courage were in keeping with that which he has shown on all occasions.

 

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STEVENS, F/L Cyril Davidson (J9502) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1919 in Ottawa; home there; enlisted there 11 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 13 October 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 22 November 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 22 December 1941). Commissioned 1941. Award presented 1 December 1948.

 

This officer's keenness, courage and efficiency have at all times been a source of encouragement to his crew. He has been employed as navigator on many sorties to distant and dangerous targets in Germany. On one occasion he displayed outstanding ability during a sorties to Stuttgart when his aircraft encountered clouds and severe icing. Flight Lieutenant Stevens has always shown outstanding courage and determination.

 


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STEVENS, Corporal Edward (R86932) - British Empire Medal - No.15 SFTS - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1360/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Gatford, England; home in Tofield, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, February 1941. Award presented 25 January 1945.

 

This NCO has been employed as a chef at his unit for over two years, and has served continuously with exceptional unselfishness and faithfulness. For the past several months he has been in charge of messing at the unit's relief aerodrome and, due to the serious shortage of help, has worked long hours day and night supervising the service of meals to personnel at all hours. He is indefatigable in his efforts and subordinates his own efforts to those of the Service.

 

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STEVENS, P/O Frederick Arthur (J92665) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 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 London, England; home in Kelowna, British Columbia (farmer); enlisted in Vancouver, 9 December 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943. Commissioned November 1944. Award sent by registered mail 7 June 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 20 January 1945 when he had flown 46 sorties (215 hours 18 minutes), 26 April 1944 to 16 January 1945.

 

26 Apr 44 Essen (5.45) 4 Aug 44 Paris (3.00)

6 May 44 Brest (4.55) 5 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.45)

8 May 44 Morlaix (4.25) 7 Aug 44 May sur Leorne (2.35)

9 May 44 St.Valery (4.30) 8 Aug 44 Foret de Lucheux (2.50)

15 May 44 Kattegat (5.55) 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (7.00)

19 May 44 Le Clipon (3.00) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.20)

21 May 44 Bremen (4.35) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (5.30) DNCO

22 May 44 Le Mans (5.05) 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt (6.00)

27 May 44 Le Havre (3.55) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.05)

28 May 44 Le Havre (3.55) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.10)

2 June 44 Dunkirk (3.25) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.15)

5 June 44 Houlgate (4.50) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.40)

6 June 44 Conde sur Noireau (5.35) 25 Oct 44 Homburg (3.20)

10 Jun 44 Paris (5.30) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.20)

14 Jun 44 Cambrai (4.30) 5 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.05)

15 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.45) 27 Nov 44 Freiburg (5.10)

19 Jul 44 Rollez (3.00) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (4.15)

22 Jul 44 Acquet (2.40) DNCO 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (6.35)


23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.15) 21 Dec 44 Cologne (4.00)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.05) 28 Dec 44 Bonn (4.20)

27 Jul 44 Boisson (3.30) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (6.28)

28 Jul 44 Hamburg (4.55) 5 Jan 45 Royan (4.58)

30 Jul 44 St.Pierre (3.25) 14 Jan 45 Merseburg (6.20)

3 Aug 44 Paris (3.05) 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.47)

 

Pilot Officer Stevens is an efficient Air Gunner who has taken part in attacks on enemy positions including Stettin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. His coolness under the strain of such attacks adds greatly to the morale of the rest of his crew and helps to make each attack successful.

 

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STEVENS, P/O George Alfred Harding (J17321) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943. Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, 1909; home in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 9 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 24 February 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 2 August 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 19 June 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 1 September 1941). Commissioned 1943. Killed in flying accident at No.16 OTU (Wellington HE904), 28 November 1943; buried in England. Award presented to next-of-kin by Governor General, 12 December 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Stevens has an excellent record of accurate navigation. He has completed a very successful tour of operational duty during which, due to his skill, his aircraft has never sustained severe damage. The targets attacked include Essen, Berlin and Duisburg. This officer has also assisted very greatly in ground duties connected with navigation.

 

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STEVENS, F/L George Vernon (C5361) - Mention in Despatches - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Adjutant of No.404 Squadron. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 10 May 1941. No citation.

 

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STEVENS, Corporal Gillmore Vivian (R53257) - Air Force Medal - Station Coal Harbour - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born at Staines, Shepperton-on-Thames, England, 1906. Home in Kirkland Lake. Enlisted in Toronto, 20 January 1940. Award presented 20 March 1944.

 


This NCO has been outstanding in his work as a Wireless Operator both on the East and West Coasts and on many occasions has managed to establish and maintain communication under very trying conditions. He has completed 84 operational flights entailing a total flying time of 229 hours. He is an excellent Air Gunner and has given unselfishly of his time in instructing and encouraging young Wireless Air Gunners in wireless and air firing.

 

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STEVENS, Sergeant Leroy Carl (R116291) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.218 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Russell, Manitoba, 1916; home in Rapid City (farmer); enlisted in Winnipeg, 10 July 1941. Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 21 February 1942. Award presented 13 September 1947.

 

Sergeant Stevens has taken part in many operational sorties and has proved to be a most successful rear gunner. On several occasions when attacked by enemy fighters, directions given by this airman have been responsible for the successful evasion of the attacker. Throughout he has displayed great initiative and dependability, combined with absolute fearlessness.

 

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STEVENS, P/O Raymond Mosher (J87794) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1915 in Dodge County, Manitoba; home in Hoosier, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 7 June 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. Recommended 2 October 1944, at which time he had flown 171:30 hours (30 sorties). Award presented 31 May 1949.

 

Pilot Officer Stevens has set a fine example of determination and devotion to duty. He has completed very many sorties. On one occasion the target was Ghent. Whilst over the target the aircraft sustained extensive damage in a fight with an enemy aircraft. In spite of this, Pilot Officer Stevens flew the bomber to base and effected a masterly landing. His fine qualities have greatly inspired his crew.

 

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STEVENS, F/L Victor Clayton (C11752) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Vancouver, 24 July 1930. Remained in postwar RCAF, retiring in Ottawa.

 


This officer, who has been employed on personnel duties for the past two years, has consistently performed his work with cheerfulness, efficiency and resourcefulness. His initiative and devotion to duty have enabled him to carry out important assignments over and above what is ordinarily required.

 

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STEVENS, F/O William Joseph (J5104) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.217 Squadron - Award effective 14 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1943 and AFRO 1371/42 dated 28 August 1942. Born in London, Ontario, 1918; home in Westborough, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 15 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.13 EFTS, and No.8 SFTS (April 1941). Commissioned 1941. Overseas, August 1941. F/O A.H. Aldridge, DFC, RAFVR, No.217 Squadron, received a Bar to DFC at same time with almost identical citation; Sergeant C.J. Nolan, No.217 Squadron, received DFM. Later posted to Ceylon; promoted to Squadron Leader, 1943.

 

Flying Officer Stevens has led his section in attacks on enemy shipping with great determination. In June 1942 he participated in an attack on an Italian warship scoring a hit. He also hit a merchant vessel which subsequently sank. Sometime afterwards he attacked and disabled another enemy vessel. On each occasion Flying Officer Stevens flew through a heavy barrage to accomplish his task.

 

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STEVENS, Sergeant William Percival (R62325) - Air Force Medal - No.19 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born at Bearwood, Smethwick, England, 9 July 1904. Enlisted at Saskatoon, 25 June 1940. Attended CFS, 3 August-18 August 1940. NOTE: Press Release gives unit as No.6 EFTS. Later commissioned (C28039); presented by Governor General, 16 April 1943.

 

This instructor has completed 19 months in the service, completing over 1,600 hours of instructional flying. He has shown extreme devotion in carrying out his work and is certainly an important factor in the successful organization of the Combined Training Establishment.

 

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STEVENSON, FS Andrew Hugh Robertson - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born 17 December 1917. Enlisted in Toronto, 1 August 1941. Clerk (Administration); to Western Air Command, 4 October 1941; spent the war there (LAC 1 February 1942; Corporal 1 July 1942; Sergeant 1 February 1943; Flight Sergeant 1 December 1943); released 4 January 1946.

 


This non-commissioned officer has been employed at Western Air Command Headquarters over a considerable period of time, and his duties, often difficult and arduous, have always been performed in a most commendable manner. His cheerful acceptance of tasks involving sustained application above and beyond the normal call of duty and his readiness to co-operate with all concerned have been a constant source of inspiration to his fellow workers.

 

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STEVENSON, P/O Henry Oliver (J87158) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 15 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1925; home in Toronto (pressman). Served with Scottish Highlanders; enlisted in Toronto, 20 October 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943. Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail, 30 March 1949.

 

As air gunner, this officer has taken part in very many sorties. He is a most efficient and vigilant member of aircraft crew, whose example has been worthy of great praise. On one occasion whilst over an enemy target the aircraft was subjected to four attacks by fighters. Pilot Officer Stevenson, who displayed great coolness and resolution throughout, shot down one of the attackers, while his skilful evading directions enabled his pilot to manoeuvre to good effect and prevent the remaining fighters from closing in. Pilot Officer Stevenson's efficiency contributed in good measure to the safe return of the aircraft.

 

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STEVENSON, F/O Ian Alexander (J86878) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 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 Kent County; home in Grand Prairie, Alberta (service station attendant); enlisted in Hamilton, 22 July 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 22 January 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned June 1944. Award sent by registered mail, 16 May 1950 when he was living in Britain. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 5 January 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (152 hours 24 minutes), 31 July to 21 November 1944.

 

31 Jul 44 Le Havre (3.36) 3 Oct 44 West Kapelle (3.13)

11 Aug 44 Douai (4.26) 6 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (6.11)

12 Aug 44 Falaise (3.42) 7 Oct 44 Emmerich (4.16)

14 Aug 44 Fontaine le Pin (3.46) 11 Oct 44 Fort Frederik Hendrick (3.23)

15 Aug 44 Le Culot (3.28) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.21)

18 Aug 44 Ghent/Terneuzen (3.07) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.56)

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (8.37) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (6.52)

27 Aug 44 Kiel (3.53) 23 Oct 44 Essen (5.19)

29 Aug 44 Wemars Cappel (2.55) 24 Oct 44 Essen (4.08)


30 Aug 44 Stettin (9.03) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (5.04)

31 Aug 44 Agenville (3.57) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.16)

5 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.54) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (6.09)

6 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.54) 11 Nov 44 Dortmund (5.59)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.52) 16 Nov 44 Duren (5.08)

12 Sep 44 Frankfurt (7.34) 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg (6.32)

16 Sep 44 Steenwijk (3.53)

 

This young Canadian officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 31 sorties involving 152.24 hours as pilot and captain of aircraft.

 

He has taken part in attacks against many precision targets in the liberation of France and Belgium besides attacks against some of the most heavily defended cities in the Reich such as Stuttgart, Stettin and the Ruhr. He is an excellent pilot who has shown the greatest keenness for operations against the enemy.

 

Behind a modest and somewhat retiring disposition he possesses a strong personality and true leadership. He is most determined and carried out his attacks against the enemy with spirit, undeterred by all opposition of flak and enemy fighters.

 

In emergency he is cool and readily decides in an instant the correct action. He is an example of courage and tenacity of purpose which has helped to raise the morale of his fellows to a very high standard.

 

Such spirit, determination and gallantry well merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STEVENSON, Sergeant Jack Septimus (R59257) - Mention in Despatches - No.418 Squadron (AFRO says only "Overseas" but DHist file 181.009 D.1748 [PAC RG.24 Vol20608] gives unit). - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 27 August 1918; enlisted in Winnipeg, 19 June 1940. Aero engine mechanic; posted overseas February 1942; repatriated September 1944. Released 30 January 1945. No citation in AFRO.

 

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STEVENSON, F/O Joel Matthew (C27788) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. American in the RCAF; home in Sweetwater, Texas; enlisted in Regina, 8 August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942). Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 


Flying Officer Stevenson took part in nine attacks on German installations in France prior to being shot down on the night of 4th July, 1944. During the time when he was operating with the Maquis, this officer showed great bravery and daring. Flying Officer Stevenson has at all times shown a keen, aggressive spirit and devotion to duty far above the average. As captain of aircraft his work has resulted in many successful sorties against vital German installations.

 

STEVENSON, F/L Joel Matthew (C27788) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 15 February 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendation for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. This may have been a Commendation ?

 

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STEVENSON, W/C John Maxwell (C1674) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Western 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 Windsor, Ontario, 23 January 1940. Award presented 1 January 1948.

 

This officer, by his untiring devotion to duty, his loyalty and outstanding initiative, has contributed in no small way to the war effort of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Through his originality he has developed many methods which have greatly reduced mechanical failures in aircraft and engines, thus assisting in reducing the number of flying accidents. He has set an example which is an inspiration to all who have served with him. He is resourceful and continually devising ideas which have helped to enhance the efficiency of the Aeronautical Engineering branch of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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STEVENSON, A/V/M Leigh Forbes (C31) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 11 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 December 1943 and AFRO 568/44 dated 17 March 1944. Born in Richibucto, New Brunswick, 24 April 1895. Enlisted in the 90th Rifles "Little Black Devils", commissioned in 1916, transferred to RFC in 1917 and served as pilot instructor to end of war. In forestry work postwar, CAF in 1921 and flew much on forestry work. Commander, Station Winnipeg, 1927; to England 1928-30 for advanced staff training. Involved in anti-rum-running work in early 1930s; CO of Flying Boat School, Vancouver, 1936 and later CO of Camp Borden. To England to study training methods later used in BCATP, helped organize Nos.1 and 4 Training Commands, and RCAF Overseas Headquarters. To Canada again in 1942 to take charge of Western Air Command. Retired in 1945; died March 1989. No citation.

 


STEVENSON, A/V/M Leigh Forbes (C31) - Companion, Order of the Bath - Western Air Command - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Award presented 15 April 1944.

 

Air Vice-Marshal Stevenson served with distinction at RCAF Overseas Headquarters until December 1941, when he was returned to Canada to assume the responsible position of Air Officer Commanding, Western Air Command. With extensive service experience and outstanding ability this officer has very capably fulfilled the onerous duties and efficiently surmounted the many difficulties peculiar to his Command. His keen perception and excellent devotion to duty have been of great value in co-ordinating with the United States Forces, especially in formulating and building up strong Coastal Defences and Alaskan air bases.

 

STEVENSON, A/V/M Leigh Forbes, CB (C31) - Commander, Legion of Merit (United States) - effective 11 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. NOTE: This was originally announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946, reference Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946. AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946 cancels and re-instates.

 

Air Vice-Marshal Leigh F. Stevenson, CB, Royal Canadian Air Force. For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service while serving as Air Officer Commanding, Western Air Command, Royal Canadian Air Force, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Having been despatched by air from England on 7 December 1941 concurrent with the Japanese act of aggression against Pearl Harbour to assume charge of the Western Air Command, Air Vice Marshal Stevenson immediately established, through personal contact, close relationship with the Commanding General, Fourth Air Force. Through this collaboration he continued to coordinate the operations of the Western Air Command with the activities of the Army Air Forces and the Fourth Air Force thus fostering a complete mutual discernment and understanding. Concrete evidence of the support rendered by Air Vice Marshal Stevenson was witnessed when, after the attack on Dutch Harbour, Western Air Command despatched four squadrons to Alaska and the Aleutians; these squadrons remained in that territory until the expulsion of the Japanese. On every occasion he displayed extreme devotion to duty and outstanding loyalty, and through his ready grasp of military problems involved and his high professional attainments he contributed definitely to the success of coordinated air activities on the Pacific Coast of North America, to coastal defence and to our continental solidarity.

 

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STEVENSON, S/L Lewis Beatteay (C20032) - Air Force Cross - Station Pennfield Ridge - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation. Award sent by registered mail, 13 January 1949. When recommended he had flown 3,423 hours, 3,080 as instructor, 294 in previous six months.


This officer was employed as an elementary instructor for a lengthy period prior to assuming command of Transport Conversion Squadron. His keen knowledge of instrument and radio range work coupled with his strict personal checks of trainees and staff have contributed in no small measure to the high standard of training at this school. His devotion to duty under trying circumstances is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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STEVENSON, F/O Peter Lewis (J18697) - Mention in Despatches - No.82 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Enlisted in Ottawa, 2 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 August 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942).

 

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STEVENSON, F/O Robert Lester (J35037) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1911 in Winnipeg; home there (station agent); enlisted there 17 July 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.6 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail, 20 March 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 2/8831 has recommendation dated 16 November 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (124 operational hours), 7 August to 16 November 1944.

 

7 Aug 44 Fontenay le Marmion 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken

10 Aug 44 Oeuf en Ternois 7 Oct 44 Emmerich

11 Aug 44 Douai 12 Oct 44 Frederick Hendrik

14 Aug 44 Fontaine le Pin 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

18 Aug 44 Vincley 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

29 Aug 44 Stettin 31 Oct 44 Cologne

5 Sept 44 Le Havre 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

6 Sept 44 Le Havre 4 Nov 44 Bochum

10 Sep 44 Le Havre 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel

20 Sep 44 Calais 11 Nov 44 Dortmund

23 Sep 44 Neuss 16 Nov 44 Duren

26 Sep 44 Calais

 

Flying Officer Stevenson is the Canadian navigator in a Lancaster crew, and is nearing the end of his first tour of operations, having completed 25 sorties comprising 124 operational flying hours.

 


He has navigated his aircraft with the utmost coolness and deliberation on operational flights over Russelsheim, Stettin, Saarbrucken, Stuttgart, and Dortmund. His skill and persistence have been evident throughout the whole of his operational tour.

 

He is a skilful navigator upon whom the rest of the crew have been able to rely implicitly and his accurate navigation to the many long range targets he has attacked, had materially added to the success of these operations,

 

Throughout his tour Flying Officer Stevenson has shown a high degree of courage and devotion to duty and the example he has set to the remainder of the squadron is most praiseworthy.

 

A cool, clear headed and meticulous worker, he has always maintained an exemplary standard as a navigator, and he is strongly recommended for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STEVENSON, P/O (now F/O) Roderick Ross (J23091) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 Squadron (Canada), now No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 22 August 1921 in Calgary; home in Edmonton, Alberta. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.5 EFTS (graduated 16 January 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 4 May 1941). Photograph PL-17710 is a good shot of him in Liberator cockpit.

 

This officer has carried out many Atlantic patrols under very difficult conditions and has achieved a commendable record of resourcefulness and energetic leadership. He has displayed outstanding devotion to duty and exceptional skill as a pilot. Once, while doing practice bombing, the ailerons disintegrated and by superb airmanship he succeeded in bringing the aircraft to the ground without injury to the crew or the personnel under instruction.

 

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