STEWART, Flight Sergeant Angus William (R69116) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943. Born in New Liskeard, Ontario, 1921; home in Noranda, Quebec (diamond trimmer); enlisted in North Bay, 14 September 1940.  Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 4 July 1941).  Invested with award by King George VI, 18 May 1943.

 

Throughout his operational career Flight Sergeant Stewart has displayed coolness and presence of mind in emergency.  One night in August 1942, when his aircraft was severely damaged by night fighters, he rendered first aid to the wounded navigator and rear gunner and later when the aircraft had to descend on the sea his initiative considerably aided the rescue of those two members of the crew.  He has always set a splendid example to the squadron of keenness, courage and determination.

 

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STEWART, F/O Caryl Martin (J35027) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 1913 in Winnipeg; home there.  Trained at No.7 ITS and No.5 AOS.  Commissioned 1943.  Presented 11 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.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 6 November 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (158 hours 15 minutes).

 

As navigator for Flying Officer English, this officer has skilfully and repeatedly guided his aircraft safely through the enemy's most heavily defended areas to a successful completion of all details.  His disregard for all opposition coupled with a high degree of accuracy has been an inspiration to his fellow crew members as well as to all squadron navigators...

 

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STEWART, F/L Charles Everett Baker (J8152) - Mention in Despatches - Station Wombleton - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Home in Essondale, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 10 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 14 July 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 4 October 1941).  Flying Control Officer.  Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas" but a recommendation for an MiD, dated 16 May 1945, identifies him as being on the station since 28 May 1944 and responsible for many accomplishments, notably prompt snow removal during winter of 1944-45.  However, DHist file 181.009 D.2813 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation dated 23 January 1945 which more likely led to the award.

 


Flight Lieutenant Stewart arrived overseas on the 23rd December 1943, and has served as a Flying Control Officer on this station since 28th May 1944.  His outstanding qualifications as an officer have stood him in good stead for a station of this type.  His ability to maintain harmony and goodwill, which is so prevalent in his section, has gone far towards the very high peak of efficiency which have been attained.  There is no officer on this station who is more admired and respected by his men than Flight Lieutenant Stewart, and combined with the confidence he enjoys from his superiors, this respect has boosted his popularity beyond all comparison.

 

Flight Lieutenant Stewart, in conjunction with his duties as a Control Officer, has been Officer in charge Snow Removal.  In recent weeks, when Wombleton has been covered in snow continuously, it has been mainly as a result of his herculean efforts, possible for our flying programme to continue.  He has worked in stretches of 36 hours at a time in order to ensure clear runways for flying.

 

Such efforts and organization are worthy of the gratitude of the Service... 

 

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STEWART, Flight Sergeant Charles Hopkins (R193787) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.619 Squadron - Award effective 24 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1924 in Toronto; home there (diamond polisher); enlisted there 23 September 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Presented 18 October 1947.

 

Flight Sergeant Stewart has participated in many operations as air gunner.  One night in July 1944 he was taking part in an attack on Stuttgart.  When nearing the target he noticed an enemy aircraft flying in the bomber formation.  Displaying great coolness and presence of mind, Flight Sergeant Stewart gave his captain clear directions, thus enabling him to open fire on the enemy aircraft.  So accurate was his shooting that the enemy aircraft dived to the ground out of control, and was destroyed.  This airman has at all times displayed great determination and a fine fighting spirit.  He has set an excellent example.

 

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STEWART, F/L David Bradshaw (C13907) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Born in Winnipeg, 18 June 1916.  Home in Norwood, Manitoba.  Attended University of Manitoba, 1936-1941, graduating in Medicine.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 31 August 1942 with rank of Flying Officer.  To No.6 ITS, Toronto, 31 August 1942; to No.2 Training Command Headquarters, 5 October 1942; to No.19 EFTS, Virden, 7 October 1942; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 30 November 1942; to No.2 ITS, Regina, 26 January 1943; to No.4 ITS, Edmonton, 6 June 1943; to "Y" Depot, Lachine, 27 May 1944; posted overseas, 2 June 1944; taken on strength of No.422 Squadron, 19 June 1944; to No.25 ACHU, 4 September 1945;  repatriated 29 January 1946; released 11 March 1946. Moved to Britain in 1948 and in March 1951 was appointed Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, North-Eastern Regional Hospital Board, Scotland.  No citation.  Unit identified only as "Overseas" in AFRO; Squadron ORB dated 25 June 1945 mentions the award.

 

STEWART, F/L David Bradshaw (C13907) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.422 Squadron (AFRO only gives "Overseas" as unit) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. No citation.  Award mailed to him, 23 April 1951.  The following assessment dated 17 August 1945 , covering service from 19 June 1944 to 19 July 1945, by W/C J.R. Sumner, indicates his standing:

 

A most conscientious and thorough medical officer who spares no effort to check and improve living conditions and fitness of all ranks with this unit.  He is punctual, painstaking, and fastidious in his personal habits.  He has the respect and confidence of all those with whom he comes in contact.

 

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STEWART, F/O Donald John (J37121) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1922 in Ville St.Pierre, Quebec; home there (book keeper); enlisted in Montreal, 9 June 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943), No.11 EFTS (graduated 25 June 1943) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 29 October 1943).  Commissioned October 1943.  Presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.20608 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 20 January 1945 when he had flown 24 sorties (133 hours 55 minutes):

 

As pilot and captain, Flying Officer Stewart has completed a large number of sorties against dangerous and difficult targets.  He has invariably displayed a high degree of skill, courage and resolution, qualities which have on more than one occasion enabled him to complete his mission in the face of heavy odds.  He is an ideal leader whose example at all times has been an inspiration to other squadron personnel.

 

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STEWART, F/L Douglas Grant (J20106) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1916 in Dunnergras, Ontario; home in Vankleek Hill, Ontario (truck driver, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Ottawa, 6 May 1940.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.36 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942).  Commissioned October 1942.  Presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 7 December 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (166 hours 12 minutes), although the sortie sheet lists only 34.

 

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10 June 43     Gelsenkirchen (6.45)*               14 Aug 44      Brunswick (5.40)

25 July 43       Essen (4.30)*                             17 Aug 44      TRACTABLE (3.50)

16 June 44     Domleger (3.47)                        18 Aug 44      Brest (4.45)

22 June 44     Laon (4.08)                                 25 Aug 44      GARDENING (6.40)

11 July 44       Monterguel (3.28)                      1 Sept 44       Lumbres (3.30)

13 July 44       Thiverny (4.30)                           3 Sept 44       Soesterburg (3.15)

17 July 44       Nucourt (4.30)                            10 Sept 44     Le Havre (3.30)

18 July 44       Mont Candon (3.30)                  11 Sept 44     GARDENING (5.35)

20 July 44       Varies (4.35)                              27 Sept 44     Calais (3.30)

23 July 44       Bottrop (4.15)                             4 Oct 44         GARDENING (5.45)

24 July 44       Kiel (5.00)                                   6 Oct 44         Scholven (4.40)

28 July 44       Stuttgart (8.00)                           7 Oct 44         Kleve (4.15)

8 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (4.00)             14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.40)

9 Aug 44        St.Philberte Ferme (3.25)         15 Oct 44       GARDENING (4.25)

10 Aug 44      Foret de Mormal (3.50)             23 Oct 44       Essen (5.25)

11 Aug 44      Dijon (6.50)                                 25 Oct 44       Essen (4.54)

12 Aug 44      Le Nieppe (3.45)                       30 Oct 44       Cologne (5.35)

 

Acting Flight Lieutenant Stewart was posted to No.10 Squadron on 9 June 1944 and after having completed 35 sorties comprising 166 operational hours has now been screened and posted.  He has operated against heavily defended German targets including Stuttgart, Brunswick, Duisburg, Essen (twice), and Cologne.  He has carried out these sorties with great skill and courage, pressing home his attacks with the utmost determination as is proved by his fine photographic record.  He is a gallant and forceful leader whose personal example has contributed materially to the repeated successes of this squadron. His fine offensive spirit in action and cheerful confidence have maintained morale at a very high level and are worthy of the highest praise.

 

His aircraft has been damaged by flak on several occasions but he has throughout his tour shown complete disregard of the heaviest opposition. I consider Acting Flight Lieutenant Stewart an outstanding and courageous captain of aircraft and strongly recommend that his fine operational record, skill, determination and strong devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

STEWART, F/L Douglas Grant (J20106) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.10 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Trained at No.4 ITS, No.5 EFTS and No.36 SFTS.  Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 

Acting Flight Lieutenant Stewart was the Captain of Halifax aircraft, and in all the 18 operations which this airman made against enemy targets in occupied France he has pressed home his attacks with great determination despite heavy opposition.  He is a gallant and  forceful leader and his personal example has contributed in a large measure to the success of his squadron.

 

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STEWART, P/O Duncan King (J18013) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.196 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1914; home in Chester, Cheshire.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 8 November 1941), No.8 SFTS (ceased training 22 November 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 9 May 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 26 March 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 8 June 1942).  Commissioned 1943.

 

As bomb aimer this officer has completed a successful tour of operational duty.  Possessing a fine fighting spirit he has executed his duties with courage and exceptional tenacity of purpose.  On one occasion when returning from an attack on Essen his pilot was taken ill and Pilot Officer Stewart flew the aircraft safely back to base.

 

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STEWART, WO1 Edward Aubrey (R212120) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Home in Tofield, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 23 December 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.4 BGS (graduated 15 January 1944).  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.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had completed 21 sorties (134 hours 30 minutes) between 17 December 1944 and 4 April 1945.

 

As air gunner, this airman has participated in very many sorties and has displayed a high standard of skill, courage and resolution, qualities which have contributed materially to the great success of several operations in which he has recently taken part.  His example of keenness and devotion to duty has been most commendable...

 

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STEWART, Flight Sergeant Edward Chester (R86828) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943.  Born February 1917 in Holden, Alberta; home in Camrose, Alberta (miner, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Edmonton, 7 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 October 1941).  Commissioned February 1943.  Invested with award by King George VI, 12 October 1943.  Killed in the crash of a Dakota at Estevan, Saskatchewan, 15 September 1946.

 

This airman has taken part in many operational sorties and at all times has shown determination of the highest order.  He has recently been engaged in attacks against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and has secured some excellent photographs.  Invariably, Flight Sergeant Stewart's fine qualities have been a source of inspiration to his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation dated 7 March 1943 when he had flown 27 sorties (202 hours 53 minutes) with more detail.

 

16 Aug 42    Ant-sub patrol (10.15)      2nd pilot.

27 Aug 42    Anti-sub patrol (12.10)     2nd pilot.

30 Aug 42    Anti-sub patrol (11.50)     2nd pilot.

5 Sept 42     Anti-sub patrol (11.35)     2nd pilot.

10 Sept 42  Dusseldorf (5.35)              -

24 Oct 42     Milan (8.50)                       2nd pilot; bomb bursts not observed

8 Nov 42      GARDENING (4.13)         Vegetables dropped; parachutes seen to open.

9 Nov 42      Hamburg (7.00)                Target not identified.

16 Nov 42    NICKELLING (10.23)       Target identified visually.

6 Dec 42      Mannheim (8.51)              No results observed.

8 Dec 42      GARDENING (5.50)         Vegetables dropped as ordered.

11 Dec 42   Turin (5.03)                        Aircraft returned due to failure of constant speed unit.

14 Dec 42   GARDENING (4.58)         Vegetables dropped as ordered.

17 Dec 42   GARDENING (7.34)         -

20 Dec 42   Duisburg (5.43)                 Many fires observed.

9 Jan 43       GARDENING (6.00)         Vegetables planted as ordered.

15 Jan 43    Lorient (5.53)                    Scattered fires seen.

23 Jan 43    Lorient (6.06)                    Bombs seen to explode.

27 Jan 43    Dusseldorf (5.53)              Glow of incendiaries seen.

2 Feb 43      Cologne (5.41)                  Many scattered fires seen.

3 Feb 43      Hamburg (7.40)                Bomb bursts not observed.

6 Feb 43      GARDENING (4.18)         Vegetables planted as ordered.

7 Feb 43      Lorient (5.22)                    Target identified by river.

11 Feb 43    Wilhelmshaven (4.55)      Large red flash and glow seen.

13 Feb 43    Lorient (6.32)                    Bombs not seen to explode.

14 Feb 43    Cologne (5.54)                  Target in bomb sight when bombs released.

16 Feb 43    Lorient (5.52)                    Target area well covered with fires.

18 Feb 43    Wilhelmshaven (5.45)      Bombs fell in centre of target

19 Feb 43    Wilhelmshaven (5.02)      Four big fires seen.

 

The [This] captain has now completed 27 sorties, and has at all times shown determination of the highest order.  He has recently been engaged on attacks against some of the most heavily defended targets in germany and obtained some very interesting photographs.  He has led his crew well.  Flight Sergeant Stewart is very strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

The Officer Commanding, RAF Station Linton-on-Ouse, added on 12 March 1943:

 

This Nom-Commissioned Officer has had a very successful operational career and has shown himself to be a courageous and determined captain of aircraft. He has held his crew together well, and his fine qualities have been a source of inspiration to them.  He is a Canadian.

 

Finally, on 30 March 1943 the Air Officer Commanding, No.4 Group, noted:

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has been posted for instructional duties and I very strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

STEWART, F/L Edward Chester, DFM (J17000) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.  Presented at Government House, 7 November 1949.  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 March 1945 when he had flown 40 sorties (269 hours 25 minutes), broken down as follows: at No.1458 Conversion Unit, three trips (10 September 1942 to Dusseldorf, 23 October 1942 to Genoa, 24 October 1942 to Milan); at No.78 Squadron, 25 sorties, 8 November 1942 to 19 February 1943; with No.427 Squadron, 16 sorties, 17 December 1944 to 14 March 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Stewart has successfully completed a large number of sorties against such heavily defended enemy targets as Dusseldorf, Hanover, Ludwigshaven and Berlin.  His work as deputy flight commander both in the air and on the ground has been of the highest order and his courage in the face of the fiercest opposition has been an inspiring example not only to his own crew but to all who have served with him.

 

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STEWART, F/O George Edward (J24403) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.23 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.  Born January 1924 in Hamilton, Ontario; home there (chemical mixer); enlisted there 11 March 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 12 March 1943).  Commissioned March 1943.  Presented in Hamilton, 27 July 1948.  For personal wartime recollections see Winter 1976 issue of Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.  For story of his Mosquito experiences in postwar China, see Summer 1979 issue of Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.

 

This officer has completed a period of intensive operations.  He has participated in numerous missions including day and night intruder sorties and bombing attacks.  In the course of his patrols he has damaged aircraft in the air and on the ground, in addition to damaging three trains and locomotives.  Flying Officer Stewart's eagerness to operate against the enemy, his unflagging zeal and determination combined with his devotion to duty have won the admiration of all.

 

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STEWART, G/C Hugh Ronald (C677) - Officer of the Order of Leopold (Belgium) - Canada Gazette dated 17 July 1948 and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.  Born in Charlottetown, 30 April 1896.  Enlisted in Canadian Expeditionary Force, 22 September 1914 (1st Division Signals Company); proceeded to England, 3 October 1914;  proceeded to France, 9 February 1915; awarded Medal of St.George, 4th Class (Russian), 24 August 1915; promoted to Lance-Corporal, 3 August 1916; attached to 2nd Wing, Royal Flying Corps, 23 August 1916; attached to No.10 Squadron and proceeded to England, 6 October 1916 on being commissioned in the Royal Flying Corps.  Graded as Flying Officer (Observer), 28 December 1916 with seniority from 6 October 1916; to No.10 Squadron, 23 March 1917; to Home Establishment, 24 May 1917; to No.1 School of Military Aeronautics, 11 June 1917; to Canada, 22 June 1917 for service with No.4 School of Military Aeronautics; to RAF Headquarters, Canada, 9 December 1918; relinquished commission, 30 September 1919.

 

Between the wars in CAF and RCAF Reserve, including Maritime Secretary, Canadian Air Force Association from June 1920 to December 1922.  He was a member of the Advisory Board, Royal Military College, 1 May 1933 to 1 May 1938 and from 1935 onwards (possibly earlier) was on the staff of Government House, Ottawa.  Called up for active duty, 3 September 1939 and served until 17 January 1946, initially as Air Secretary to the Minister of National Defence for Air, and after 18 May 1942 as Director of Air Intelligence.  Promoted to Squadron Leader, 1 May 1940, to Wing Commander 1 January 1941 and Group Captain, 1 November 1943.  Awarded Efficiency Decoration as per AFRO 1959/44.  Returned to work at Government House; as of 1948, when the award was made, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Governor General Died in Ottawa, 20 June 1979.

 

A press release stated the award was "In recognition of distinguishe services in the cause of the Allies".  There is no record of any activities that connect him directly to Belgian forces, but it worth noting that he was repeatedly recommended for an award; none reached the Priority List. On 18 November 1943 A/V/M N.R. Anderson recommended him for a CBE, as follows:

 

For outstanding work in the organization, direction and supply of Intelligence within the RCAF in Canada, particularly the organization and supply of trained Intelligence Staffs to Eastern and Western Air Commands and for special intelligence of enemy operations in the Pacific.

 

On 26 August 1944, A/V/M W.A.Curtis recommended him for an OBE in similar terms:

 

This officer has performed outstanding work in the organization, direction and supply of Intelligence within the RCAF in Canada, particularly the organization and supply of trained Intelligence Staffs to Eastern and Western Air Commands and for special intelligence of enemy operations in the Pacific.  His contacts and work with Air Attaches have been considerably above that called for in the ordinary performance of his duties.

 

On 30 July 1945 A/V/M Curtis submits another recommendation for an OBE:

 

This officer has performed highly meritorious service as Director of Intelligence which has involved work of a very trying character and continuous long hours of duty.  He has enthusiastically tackled the many problems of his Directorate and done an outstanding job of liaison with foreign attaches.  Through his tact and diplomacy he has produced good will towards the service particularly and Canada generally which might not have been the case had he not shown good judgement and understanding on all occasions.

 

In the past he has gilled many important positions at this Headquarters, among them being the Air Secretary to the Minister.  Much of his time outside of normal working hours has been spent in arranging social functions for the RCAF which can be quite a chore when undertaken on a large scale and where invitations are issued as a "must" rather than at one's convenience.  This officer has not spared himself in furthering the interests of the service.

 

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STEWART, Corporal Harold Robert (R139822) - Mention in Despatches - Croft (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation drafted 26 July 1944.  Home in described variously as Montreal and Biggar, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 24 November 1941.  A newsclipping describes his trade as travelling salesman for a fruit company, and his RCAF trade as Armourer.  Overseas in 1943.  No citation in AFRO or biographical file; recommendation as follows:

 

This NCO enlisted on 24th November 1941, 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.  During this time he has displayed willing, every-ready spirit, has greatly influenced his men and contributed to the successful operation of the dump.  His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty in working long hours continuously in the open under difficult and trying circumstances are highly commendable.

 

STEWART, Corporal Harold Robert (R139822) - Mention in Despatches - Croft (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  No citation in AFRO.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945. Had served 16 months in Canada, 22 months overseas.

 

This NCO enlisted on 24th November, 1941, 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 18 months.  During this time he has displayed [a] willing, every-ready spirit, has greatly influenced his men and contributed to the successful operation of the dump.  His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty in working long hours continuously in the open under difficult and trying circumstances are highly commendable.

 

STEWART, Corporal Harold Robert (R139822) - British Empire Medal - Croft - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Presented at Government House, 26 January 1954.  No citation in biographical file.  AFRO gives "Overseas" as unit.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation dated 22 May 1945 which also identifies unit.

 

This NCO has been serving in England for a period of two and a half years.  During this time he has displayed outstanding initiative and keenness.  By his unswerving devotion to duty and fine example he has provided incentive to the men working with him in the Bomb Dump, to maintain a high standard of efficiency.  He is a very efficient tradesman, always willing and cheerful despite long hours under adverse conditions.  During the period around D-Day when operations from this station were at their peak, his qualifications for leadership were specially evident and it has been only due to establishment restrictions that he has not been promoted to higher rank.  It is strongly recommended that he be awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of his valuable services.  

 

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STEWART, Sergeant Harry George (Can 7796) - British Empire Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944.  Home in Ottawa; overseas three years and six months, including time in North Africa.  Airframe mechanic.  Repatriated in December 1944.  No citation in Canadian sources; Public Records Office Air 2/8959 has recommended citation.

 

This airman is a fitter who has been faced with a variety of tasks far beyond the province of squadron maintenance in Great Britain.  In Northwest Africa hangar facilities have been lacking but Sergeant Stewart has undertaken repairs with initiative and enthusiasm and has instilled a fine spirit into his men.  Recently some major rigging work on a Wellington was carried out in an exceptionally short period of time.  A great deal of the success with has been achieved is attributed to the skilful, energetic and conscientious efforts of Sergeant Stewart.

 

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STEWART, G/C Henry Emerson (C1780) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School - award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Toronto, 21 March 1940.

 

This officer is an outstanding organizer, an active pilot and his untiring efforts and devotion to duty have undoubtedly done a great deal in maintaining the high standard shown by the graduates of the two Bombing and Gunnery Schools at which he has been stationed.

 

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STEWART, S/L Herbert Collier (C1494) -  Air Force Cross - No.8 OTU - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945 - Born in Calgary, 24 January 1919.  Attended Royal Military College, 1937 to 1939.  Enrolled in RCAF in Calgary, 20 June 1939.  Overseas with Nos.110, 400, 414, 409 Squadrons, October 1940 to December 1942.  Instructor and CFI, Greenwood, May 1943 to August 1945.  Presented at Government House, 7 November 1949.  Remained in RCAF after the war; killed in a flying accident, Zweibrucken, Germany, 30 May 1957, when CO of No.434 Squadron.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation; when recommended he had flown 1,350 hours, 547 as instructor, 100 in past six months.

 

During a two year period of duty as flight commander and latterly as chief flying instructor at a Mosquito Operational Training Unit, this officer has performed his duties with great zeal and enthusiasm.  He has maintained excellent flying discipline in the unit and his efforts have ensured that graduates were of the highest possible calibre.  His example has been an inspiration to all instructors and pupils.  Throughout, his devotion to duty has been outstanding.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.1509 (RG.24 Vol.20599) has a letter dated 27 July 1945 in which A/V/M A.L. Morfee was arguing that Stewart be awarded Operational Wings.  Letter reads in part:

 

While Squadron Leader Stewart may not qualify for Operational Wings in strict accord with Air Force Routine Orders, there is no doubt, from records available, that he completed a tour of operations to the satisfaction of RCAF Headquarters Overseas.  Further, this officer made at least thirty sorties on night fighters (Beaufighters) at a time when there were very few aids and when conditions called for a higher degree of skill and courage.

 

Same file has his application for Operational Wings submitted in April 1944 but not signed by his CO until 13 January 1945; it lists four ASR flights in Lysanders, 11 June to 17 June 1941, followed by 31 sorties on Beaufighters with No.409 Squadron, 24 May to 25 October 1942.  Total operational hours, however, were only 68 hours 45 minutes.  Form notes he spent 26 months in England.

 

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STEWART, P/O Herbert William Joseph (J15539) - Distinguished Flying Cross - Attached to RAF - Award effective 4 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 8 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Born in Motherwell, Lancishire, 1919; home in Montreal; enlisted there 11 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 4 March 1941, and No.1 BGS (graduated 12 April 1941).  Commissioned May 1942.  Invested with award by King George VI, 1 December 1942.   Unit not identified but believed to be either No.58 Squadron or No.10 OTU.  Cited with W/C D. Peveler, DFC (awarded DSO).

 

In December 1942, Wing Commander Peveler and Pilot Officer Stewart were captain and rear gunner respectively of an aircraft engaged in a search for the crew of an aircraft lost at sea.  When leaving the area, after searching for twelve hours, three Junkers 88 attacked their aircraft.  Pilot Officer Stewart gave a splendid running commentary of the movement of the enemy aircraft which enabled his captain to take evasive action.  Wing Commander Peveler manoeuvered his aircraft with superb skill and determination until safety was gained in the clouds.  The bomber had been damaged and the second pilot and bomb aimer wounded.  Some time later a further attack was made by three Focke Wulfe 190s.  In the ensuing combat, despite the heavy odds, Pilot Officer Stewart, by his accurate shooting, shot down one of the fighters and damaged another while the third was driven off.  Displaying magnificent airmanship, Wing Commander Peveler flew his badly damaged aircraft safely back to this country.  Pilot Officer Stewart's coolness and gallantry very materially assisted his captain throughout this hazardous operation.  Wing Commander Peveler has always displayed outstanding leadership and an example of devotion to duty worthy of the highest praise.

 

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STEWART, Flight Sergeant Hugh William (R52360) - British Empire Medal - Croft - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 3 November 1939.  Award sent by registered mail.  No citation in biographical file.  AFRO gives "Overseas" as unit.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation dated 22 May 1945 which also identifies unit. NCO in charge of "B" Flight Daily Servicing.

 

Enlisting on 3 November 1939 and coming overseas 9 March 1943, this NCO has throughout his service career done an excellent job of work.  Outstanding in his trade, he has been able to instruct and guide personnel working under him so that his abilities were utilized to the full.  Having been responsible for the efficient organization of one Servicing Flight he was transferred to another, and by hard work, long hours and outstanding qualities of leadership made it into a smoothly functioning organization.  His contribution has done much toward the operational efficiency of the unit, and has gained him the respect of aircrew and groundcrew alike.  A really outstanding NCO who has made a great contribution to the service, he is strongly recommended for the award of the British Empire Medal.

 

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STEWART, S/L James Gardner (J10959) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.  Born in Montreal, 4 November 1921.  Attended McGill for one year.  Enlisted in Montreal, 10 May 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 31 August 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 25 October 1940).  Went overseas, 2 June 1943.  Invested with award by King George VI, 11 August 1944.  Died at Lac Brule, Quebec, 19 June 1996.

 

This officer has completed a notable tour during which he has attacked many targets important to the enemy's war effort.  He has displayed a high degree of skill and determination throughout and his example has been of a high order.

 

STEWART, W/C James Gardner, DFC (J10959) - Air Force Cross - No.1666 Conversion Unit - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945.  Presented 25 February 1949.  DHist file 181.009 D.2813 (RG.24 Vol20632) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he was CFI at the unit.  Previously he had flown 34 sorties (220 hours) between 3 December 1943 and 4 August 1944.

 

Wing Commander Stewart enlisted in the RCAF on 10th May 1940, trained as a pilot, and served in Canada until 4th August 1943 when he was posted overseas, arriving in England 12 August 1943.  He has a total of 2,288 non-operational flying hours to his credit, 71 of which have been flown during the past six months.

 

Wing Commander Stewart has set a very high standard of flying training.  After enlisting he quickly gained a well earned reputation as a Flying Instructor and carried out 2,000 hours on Elementary and Intermediate types of training aircraft followed by a distinguished operational tour with Bomber Command.  Subsequently he returned to Heavy Conversion Training Unit and was selected in September 1944 to head No.6 Lancaster Finishing School.  On disbandment of No.6 Lancaster Finishing School he was appointed Chief Flying Instructor at 1666 Heavy Conversion Unit on 8th February 1945.

 

He has at all times given himself devotedly to his duties and never hesitates to fulfil many tasks far beyond the normal call.  He has zealously pursued the art of flying and flying instructing and has displayed outstanding skill in imparting his experience and knowledge to all those under his command...

 

NOTE:  Public Records Office Air 2/8771 has refined citation drafted when he had flown 2,068 hours (71 in previous six months.

 

Wing Commander Stewart, now Chief Flying Instructor at this unit, gained a well earned reputation as a Flying Instructor on elementary and intermediate types of training aircraft.  This was followed by a distinguished operational tour with Bomber Command.  He subsequently he returned to Heavy Conversion training Unit and in September 1944 he was selected to command No.6 Lancaster Finishing School.  On the disbandment of this school he was appointed Chief Flying Instructor at No.1666 Heavy Conversion Unit in February 1945.  This officer has at all times displayed outstanding devotion to duty and has never hesitated to fulfil many tasks beyond his normal duty.  He has also shown great skill in imparting his knowledge and the benefit of his experience to all those in his charge.

 

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STEWART, P/O (now F/O) John Bradley (J36689) - Mention in Despatches - No.113 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Moncton, enlisted there 22 July 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 2 March 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 11 May 1942).

 

This officer has proven himself to be an able navigator and has set an excellent example by his efficiency and devotion to duty.

 

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STEWART, F/O John Ormsby (J38861) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 18 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.  Born 1922 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 24 August 1942.   Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 June 1943), No.4 EFTS (graduated 6 August 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 26 November 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Incident described was on daylight attack on Essen, 11 March 1945.  Killed in action 15/16 March 1945 in attack on Hagen.  Award sent by registered mail to next of kin.

 

As captain of aircraft this officer has set a fine example of keenness and devotion to duty.  On his first operational sortie in March 1945 he was detailed to attack Essen.  Shortly after taking off one engine became unserviceable.  Despite the loss of some height, Flying Officer Stewart continued to the target, executed a successful attack and afterwards flew safely to base.  His determination was most commendable.

 

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STEWART, WO (now P/O) Joseph Clark (R166687/J86306) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1918 in Vancouver; home there; enlisted there 1 June 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 10 February 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Presented 5 March 1949.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 14 June 1944 when he had flown 25 2/3 sorties (166 operational hours), 8 September 1943 to 6 June 1944.

 

                                                      * denotes partial (1/3) sortie

 

8 Sept 44       Boulogne                                20 Apr 44       Cologne

14 Jan 44       Brunswick                              22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf

20 Jan 44       Berlin                                      24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe

21 Jan 44       Magdeburg                            26 Apr 44       Essen

27 Jan 44       Berlin                                      30 Apr 44       Maintenon*

28 Jan 44       Berlin                                      9 May 44        Merville

30 Jan 44       Berlin                                      21 May 44      Duisburg

15 Feb 44      Berlin                                      22 May 44      Dortmund

19 Feb 44      Leipzig                                   24 May 44      Le Clipon

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart                                  27 May 44      Merville          

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart                                  2 June 44       Berneval

9 Apr 44         GARDENING                         5 June 44       Varreville

10 Apr 44       Aulnoyen                                6 June 44       Vire

18 Apr 44       GARDENING

 

Warrant Officer Stewart has been on 25 2/3 raids, including five attacks on Berlin and many others on most heavily defended targets.  The success of these missions has depended primarily on the skill, courage and determination of this Air Bomber.  With a complete disregard for enemy defences, and resolved to hit his target accurately, he has displayed a fine offensive spirit and set a magnificent example to his crew.  His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty fully warrant the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STEWART, Flight Sergeant Laurie Stead (R95916) - Mention in Despatches - Upwood - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home at Hopetown, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 1 April 1941.  Served in postwar RCAF.  No citation.

 

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STEWART, F/L Leonard Walter (J20414) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 1921 in Toronto; home in Orillia; enlisted in Galt, 14 February 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Presented 22 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 21 November 1944 when he had flown 49 sorties (206 hours 40 minutes).

 

8 Sep 43        Boulogne                                7 Aug 44        Mare de Magne

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart                                  10 Aug 44      Dijon

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt                                 12 Aug 44      Russelsheim

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt                                 14 Aug 4        TRACTABLE

24 Mar 44      Berlin                                      16 Aug 44      Stettin

26 Mar 44      Essen                                     18 Aug 44      Bremen

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg                             16 Aug 44      Kiel

3 May 44        Montdidier                              27 Aug 44      Marquise Mimoyecques

6 May 44        Nantes Gassicourt                29 Aug 44      Stettin

11 May 44      Louvain                                   31 Aug 44      Agenville

19 May 44      Boulogne                                3 Sept 44       Volkel

21 May 44      Duisburg                                5 Sept 44       Le Havre

24 May 44      Aachen                                   8 Sept 44       Le Havre

27 May 44      Rennes                                   9 Sept 44       Le Havre

3 June 44       Calais                                     10 Sep 44      Le Havre

6 June 44       Longues                                 11 Sep 44      Castrop Rauxel

7 June 44       Foret de Cerisny                   12 Sep 44      Frankfurt

9 June 44       Rennes                                   5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken

14 Jun 44       Douai                                      6 Oct 44         Wanne Eickel

27 Jun 44       Middel Straete                       14 Oct 44       Duisburg

27 Jun 44       Oisemont                               14 Oct 44       Duisburg

30 Jun 44       Villers Bocage                       25 Oct 44       Homberg

3 Aug 44        L'Isle Adam                            28 Oct 44       Cologne

4 Aug 44        Troissy St.Maximum             29 Oct 44       Walcheren

5 Aug 44        St.Leu d'Esserent                 2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf

 

Flight Lieutenant Stewart has completed 49 sorties as navigator of a crew that has marked many targets with precision and good timing.  This could only have been achieved by the quality of the navigator, Flight Lieutenant Stewart.  He fully understands the responsibilities of target marking and allows nothing to deter him.  He is a courageous and fine spirited officer and is strongly recommended for the award of the non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STEWART, W/C Percy Malcolm (C1921) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Enlisted in Regina, 3 May 1940. 

 

During the past year this officer's services have been an example of efficiency and devotion to duty beyond and above the level expected of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel.  His energy and ability have produced results worthy of the highest praise.  He has accepted every task, and a tremendous volume of work, with cheerful enthusiasm and a complete disregard of long hours affecting at times his health and strength.  During absences of his superior officer he has assumed charge in a most commendable manner, and the example he sets at all times is worthy of recognition.

 

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STEWART, F/O Robert Britten (J89238) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1918 in Vulcan, Alberta; home in Hollywood, California (contractor); considered as still Canadian when he enlisted in Vancouver, 23 September 1940.   Trained at No.19 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.17 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943).  Commissioned August 1944.  Award sent by registered mail 13 December 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.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C F.R. Sharp dated 19 March 1945 when he had completed 35 sorties (221 hours 50 minutes) between 29 September 1944 and 23 February 1945.  P/O at the time.

Pilot Officer Stewart has completed a successful tour of operations on four-engined bombers.  He has penetrated deep into the heart of Germany on many occasions, attacking such heavily defended targets as Essen, Worms, Chemnitz, Hanover, [and] Duisburg.  Throughout his tour, Pilot Officer Stewart has been an inspiration to the crew by his total disregard to danger in every respect.  His record shows many excellent photographs of targets bombed.

 

Cool, capable and a good captain, I therefore recommend him for the award of the Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STEWART, Flight Sergeant Thomas (R66767) - British Empire Medal - No.13 EFTS - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Glasgow Scotland, 7 November 1900.  Home in Verdun, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 19 July 1940 (according to DHist card - but citation mentions six years' service).  Presented by Governor General, 16 April 1943.

 

Flight Sergeant Stewart in considered to be one of the outstanding disciplinarians of the RCAF.  During sis years of service he has given unsparingly of himself in a constant effort to maintain and improve disciplinary control.  His quick-witted personality and the very high standard he has consistently set have earned for him the respect of all ranks.  He has made a most valuable contribution to the RCAF as a whole and the CTE [Commonwealth Training Establishment ?] in particular.  Solely as a result of his efforts the standard of discipline at his unit has been maintained at a very high level.

 

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STEWART, Corporal Thomas Banning (R53662) - Mention in Despatches - No.9405 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Born 14 September 1909; home in Ottawa; enlisted there 25 January 1940.  Posted overseas April 1942; repatriated 18 June 1945; released 11 September 1945.  Aero engine mechanic.

 

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STEWART, Flight Sergeant William (Can 4821) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Communications Flight - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per  Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Enlisted in Regina 12 September 1939.

 

While in charge of maintenance in Western Air Command Meteorology Flight, this non-commissioned officer showed a high degree of initiative and persistence. When there was a shortage of experienced men, he cheerfully and unselfishly worked long hours at night in order to have serviceable aircraft.  Without Flight Sergeant Stewart's loyalty and diligence, Meteorology Flight would have experienced extreme difficulty in carrying out its duties during the early months of operation.

 

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STEWART, F/O William Alexander Reid (J14796) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born 1921; home in Toronto; enlisted there 7 November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Presented 14 July 1944.

 

As observer, this officer has participated in very many sorties and has displayed a high standard of skill, courage and resolution, qualities which have contributed materially to the great success of several operations in which he has recently taken part.  His example of keenness and devotion to duty has been most commendable.

 

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STEWART, Flight Sergeant William Eber (R77295) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.260 Squadron - Award effective 11 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 February 1943 and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943.  Born 16 November 1921; recorded as an American citizen, although home given as Sherbrooke, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 30 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 10 April 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 9 August 1941).  To RAF overseas, 23 August 1941; commissoned 24 September 1942; repatriated 11 December 1944; to "Y" Depot, 1 February 1945; to United Kingdom, 18 February 1945; repatriated 23 July 1945; released 15 September 1945.  Award presented 16 September 1947.

 

This airman has led his section and flight with great skill and courage.  He has participated in a large number of bombing and low level machine gun attacks in which considerable damage has been inflicted on the enemy.  He is a fearsome fighter whose fine example has proved inspiring.  Flight Sergeant Stewart has destroyed one and assisted in the destruction of another hostile aircraft.

 

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STEWART, Flight Sergeant William Paul (R105450) - Mention in Despatches - No.299 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Cache Bay, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 2 June 1941.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 5 February 1943).

 

STEWART, WO (now P/O) William Paul (R105450/J92911) - Netherlands Flying Cross - No.299 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946.  No citation other than "in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the war".  Public Records Office Air 2/9642 gives unit (which might be No.199 Squadron) and citation.  Number given as R165450.

 

This officer, as air gunner, participated in four sorties during the operations at Arnhem; two of these missions were during the main glider lift and two on re-supply.  On one occasion when his aircraft was heavily engaged, Warrant Officer Stewart calmly gave accurate evasive directions to his pilot, which contributed to the success of the mission.

 

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STEWART, P/O William Robertson (J87334) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1915 in North Bay, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 3 November 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 5 January 1943).  Award sent by registered mail 31 January 1949.  Cited with P/O William H. Wardell (RCAF, WOP, awarded DFC).

 

These officers have completed many sorties over enemy territory as pilot and wireless operator respectively. In July 1944, when returning from an operation over Hamburg, their aircraft was hit and damaged by anti-aircraft fire.  The aileron control was rendered unserviceable.  The wireless apparatus was damaged. Some navigational equipment was destroyed whilst the intercommunications system was rendered useless.  Although in much pain and suffering from the loss of blood, Pilot Officer Stewart continued at the controls and set course for home.  Meanwhile, Pilot Officer Wardell set to work to repair his wireless apparatus. Having succeeded, he was able to obtain bearings which helped greatly in determining the aircraft's position.  He afterwards did everything within his power to assist his pilot to reach England.  Finally, Pilot Officer Stewart reached an airfield where he effected a safe landing in spite of difficulties.  These officers displayed great courage, determination and devotion to duty in the face of a trying situation.

 

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STEWNER, Flight Sergeant (now P/O) Robert (R/80154/J15871) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.40 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 December 1942 and AFRO 2069/42 dated 18 December 1942. Home in Westmount, Quebec; enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 November 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 March 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 26 May 1941), and No.34 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941).  Award sent by registered mail.

 

He is a pilot of exceptional ability and his operational career has been characterized by courage and daring.  One night in July he was detailed to attack shipping at Tobruk.  Intense and accurate gun fire was encountered and the aircraft was caught in the glare of searchlights.  Flight Sergeant Stewner took violent evasive action and successfully completed his task.  On many occasions he has shown the greatest determination to press home the attack in the face of heavy enemy opposition.  This airman has always displayed devotion to duty of the highest order and his example has had an outstanding effect on all personnel.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9606 has a slightly more detailed citation as presented to Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee:

 

Flight Sergeant Stewner is a pilot of exceptional ability and his operational career has been characterized by courage and daring.  On the night of 29th July he was detailed to attack shipping at Tobruk.  Intense and accurate gun fire was encountered and the aircraft was caught in the glare of searchlights.  Flight Sergeant Stewner took violent evasive action and successfully completed his task.  On many occasions he has shown the greatest determination to press home the attack in the face of heavy enemy opposition.  This airman has always displayed devotion to duty of the highest order and his example has had an outstanding effect on all personnel.

 

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STIBBON, Sergeant Oliver Harold (R60635) - British Empire Medal - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dared 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Born in London, England; educated in Brandon, Manitoba.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 19 April 1940.  Presented by Governor General, 24 November 1943.

 

For the past two and one-half years this NCO has been employed in the Maintenance Section of this unit.  he has at all times displayed a high degree of proficiency in the execution of his duties and has, when necessary, shouldered responsibilities beyond those normally required by his rank.  The example set by Sergeant Stibbon through his devotion to duty and reliability has been reflected in the excellent work performed by those under him, thereby producing praiseworthy results in the maintenance of aircraft at this unit.

 

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STICKELL, P/O John Harlan (J8429) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron -  Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. American in the RCAF; born in Gilson, Illinois, 31 July 1914; home there.  Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 29 January 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 June 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 17 October 1941).  Commissioned October 1941.

 

Pilot Officer Stickell has taken part in attacks on Essen, Hamburg, Bremen, and other heavily defended targets.  Throughout, his captaincy and determination have been of the highest order.  His personal example has been an inspiration to all.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9604 has recommendation dated 17 September 1942 when he had flown 25 sorties (126 operational hours); first two sorties on Wellingtons; balance on Stirlings.

 

30 May 42        Cologne                                    9 Aug 42           Osnabruck

1 June 42          Essen                                       11 Aug 42         Mainz

17 June 42       GARDENING, Frisians           12 Aug 42         Mainz

19 June 42       Essen                                       15 Aug 42         Dusseldorf

25 June 42       Bremen                                     17 Aug 42         Osnabruck

27 June 42       Bremen                                     27 Aug 42         Kassel

29 June 42       Bremen                                     28 Aug 42         Nuremburg

11 July 42         GARDENING, Norway            2 Sept 42          Saarbrucken

19 July 42         Vegesack                                 4 Sept 42          Bremen

25 July 42         Duisburg                                   8 Sept 42          Frankfurt

26 July 42         Hamburg                                  10 Sept 42       Dusseldorf

28 July 42         Hamburg                                  13 Sept 42       Bremen

31 July 42         Dusseldorf

 

Pilot Officer Stickell has done 25 major operational sorties, 23 of which have been as captain on Stirling aircraft. In all these attacks against Cologne, Essen, hamburg, Bremen and other heavily defended targets in Germany, his captaincy and determination have been of the highest order.

 

Pilot Officer Stickell has recently joined the Pathfinder Force and has carried out seven attacks as a marker and the fact that he has on many occasions brought back photographs of the target has enabled him to qualify as a marker. This officer's personal example has been an inspiration to the rest of his crew.

 

To this, Air Commodore Bennett added:

 

This officer was the first member of Bomber Command to be awarded the Pathfinder Force Badge - on the conclusive evidence of his results and after an exacting test. His determination in attack and his skill are proved by the results he obtains.  I recommend him most strongly for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

STICKELL, F/L John Harlan, DFC (J8429) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. (Name misspelled as "Tickell" in AFRO).

 

STICKELL, F/L John Harlan, DFC (J8429) - Distinguished Service Order - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943.

 

During a most successful tour of operational duty in heavy bomber aircraft, this officer has proved himself to be a most valuable member of his squadron.  He is an outstanding operational captain and has invariably made the utmost efforts to complete his duties, regardless of opposition and other difficulties.  His courage, determination and devotion to duty have been most outstanding over a long period.  Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross in November 1942, Flight Lieutenant Stickell has completed numerous sorties, all of them against heavily defended targets in enemy territory.

 

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STICKNEY, LAC Mitchell Eugene (R103553) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Calgary, 2 May 1941.

 

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STILES, F/L James Ward (C9892) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tholthorpe (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home in Frankford, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 16 January 1945.  Electrical engineer, station Electrical Officer;  enlisted 15 July 1942, served 13 months in Canada, 12 months in United Kingdom.  Recommendation found in DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606). 

 

Flight Lieutenant Stiles has been employed as Station Electrical Officer since January 1944.  His initiative and enthusiasm in his work as well as his skilful direction of tradesmen under him have enabled the completion of the most difficult tasks in record time and has resulted in the operation of a higher number of aircraft against enemy targets.

 

He showed a disregard for personal safety on the occasion of Halifax aircraft LK803 crashing and burning on the aerodrome on July 19th, 1944, and although there were no survivors, he is to be commended for the way he directed the firefighters and rescue parties until all the bodies were recovered.

 

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STINSON, F/L Harold Keith (J8418) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943.  Born Lindsay, Ontario, 1922; home there; enlisted in Toronto, 7 November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 June 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 30 July 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 14 October 1941).  Commissioned 1941.  Invested with award by King George VI, 7 December 1943.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties on important targets such as Berlin, Kiel, Essen and on Genoa and Turin.  These attacks have been completed with consistent skill.  On several occasions this captain has encountered severe opposition from anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighters. Flight Lieutenant Stinson is an exceedingly capable officer who can be relied upon to complete his allotted task with efficiency.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation dated 11 March 1943 with detailed sortie list and a considerably longer text:

 

                                                             * 2nd pilot of aircraft

 

13 July 42    Duisburg (4.50)*               Primary bombed.

19 July 42    Vegaseck (4.20)*             Primary bombed.

21 July 42    Duisburg (4.30)                 Primary bombed.

29 July 42    Saarbrucken (6.30)          Primary bombed; attacked by fighters.

28 Aug 42    Saarbrucken (6.50)          Primary bombed.

1 Sept 42     Saarbrucken (6.10)          Primary bombed; failure of starboard outer engine over target. Crash landed due to petrol failure.

10 Sept 42  Dusseldorf (4.45)              Primary bombed.

13 Sept 42  Bremen (5.30)                   Primary bombed.

19 Sept 42  Saarbrucken (7.10)          Primary bombed.

23 Sept 42  Flensburg (6.20)               Primary bombed; hit by flak.

26 Sept 42  Flensburg (5.15)               Recalled

5 Oct 42       Aachen (6.15)                   Primary bombed.

13 Oct 42     Kiel (6.15)                          Primary bombed.

23 Oct 42     Genoa (9.30)                     Primary bombed.

7 Nov 42      Genoa (9.55)                     Primary bombed.

15 Nov 42    Genoa (10.00)                  Primary bombed.

18 Nov 42    Turin (9.30)                        Primary bombed.

22 Nov 42    Stuttgart (9.50)                  Primary bombed; hit by flak; made special reconnaissance.

2 Feb 43      Cologne (4.15)                  Returned early; rear turret unserviceable.

7 Feb 43      Lorient (5.10)                    Primary bombed.

11 Feb 43    Wilhelmshaven (4.50)      Primary bombed.

13 Feb 43    Lorient (5.05)                    Primary bombed.

18 Feb 43    Wilhelmshaven (4.10)      Primary bombed.

19 Feb 43    Wilhelmshaven (4.40)      Primary bombed; special reconnaissance.

25 Feb 43    Nuremburg (8.50)             Primary bombed; special reconnaissance.

26 Feb 43    Cologne (5.15)                  Primary bombed; special reconnaissance.

28 Feb 43    St.Nazaire (6.00)              Primary bombed,

1 Mar 43      Berlin (7.05)                      Primary bombed

3 Mar 43      Hamburg (5.30)                Primary bombed; made special reconnaissance.

5 Mar 43      Essen (4.30)                     Primary bombed.

 

Flight Lieutenant Stinson has completed 30 operational sorties involving a total of 188 hours flying.  These have included attacks on Bremen, Kiel, Essen, hamburg, Cologne and Berlin as well as the more distant targets of Genoa and Turin.  These attacks have been carried out with consistent skill and courage and he has justly earned the complete confidence of his crew. On the great majority of occasions he has succeeded in bombing the primary target and five times he has been detailed to make a special reconnaissance.

 

His tour of operations has not been without incident, for his aircraft has been damaged by flak and attacked by fighters, and when over Saarbrucken on one occasion his starboard outer engine failed and he crash-landed on three.

 

Flight Lieutenant Stinson is an exceedingly capable and reliable officer who can be trusted to carry out efficiently any task assigned to him.  His courage, skill and determination have enabled him to record a fine series of offensive sorties which have been an inspiration to the whole squadron.  I have therefore no hesitation in strongly recommending him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

The Officer Commanding, RAF Station Pockington, added his observations on 19 March 1943:

 

A gallant and determined captain who has completed a successful tour of operations. Flight Lieutenant Stinson acquired a reputation as a most able and punctual pilot who won the complete confidence of his crew and his flight and Squadron Commanders. In recognition of his excellent tour I recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

On 30 Marc 1943 the Air Officer Commanding, No.4 Group, noted on the form:

 

This captain has completed an outstanding operational tour and has been posted for instructional duties with a heavy conversion unit.  I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STINSON, P/O John Gordon (J86256) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born Port Arthur, 1922; home there (former member of COTC); enlisted  in Winnipeg.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 29 December 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  Award sent by registered mail 10 March 1949.  Incident mentioned was 29 December 1943 with P/O N.A. Pratt as captain.

 

This officer as captain of aircraft has completed many operational sorties against such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Hamburg and Bremen.  In December 1943, while on his first operation as a second pilot, he was detailed to attack Berlin.  During the outward flight to the target his aircraft was attacked by an enemy night fighter, his fire killing the flight engineer and wounding the first pilot in the leg.  Despite this Pilot Officer Stinson, displaying great coolness, pressed on to the attack, bombed his objective and safely returned to base.

 

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STIRLING, Flight Sergeant Robert Ian (R92867) - 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 Calgary; enlisted there 8 April 1941).  No citation in AFRO.

 

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STIRLING, F/L Thomas Hamilton Harley (C12913) - Mention in Despatches - Station Gander - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 24 July 1942.

 

By personal example and devotion to duty, Flight Lieutenant Stirling has been instrumental in imbuing all junior officer and other ranks with a greater respect for the service and the uniform they wear.  His strict observation of all regulations and orders has set an example and a high standard for all personnel on the station.

 

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STOCKALL, F/L Edwin John (C8029) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Home in Kelliher, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 3 October 1941.

 

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STOCKDALE, F/L Alexander Marlow (J10407) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.  Born 1917 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 1 May 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.10 AOS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 2 March 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Invested with award by King George VI, 29 June 1945.  No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.5524 (RG.25 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 15 January 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (169 hours), 14 September 1942 to 29 December 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant Stockdale has taken part on many operations against the most heavily defended targets in Germany, including three attacks on Berlin.  His brilliant navigation and enthusiasm for his work have contributed greatly to the success of these sorties.  As Squadron Navigation Officer, by his hard work and fine example, he has done much to raise the standard of Squadron Navigation to a high level.

 

I consider that Flight Lieutenant Stockdale's devotion to duty and the skill with which he has carried out his operational work fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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STOCKER, Flight Sergeant James William (R54764) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 Squadron (Canada) - Home in Montreal; enlisted there 26 January 1940.  Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born 20 September 1912 in Montreal; enlisted there 26 January 1940.  DHist file 181.009 D.3060 (RG.24 Vol.20635) has recommendation for BEM dated 12 December 1943; mentions his having flown 28 sorties totalling 214 hours.

 

This non-commissioned has voluntarily served as a Flight Engineer on numerous operational sorties.  His continual high standard of efficiency and exceptional devotion to duty together with his organization abilities have contributed greatly to the morale and efficiency of his unit in carrying out reconnaissance work on the coast.

 

STOCKER, Flight Sergeant James William (R54764) - British Empire Medal - No.116 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 26 January 1940.  Award sent by registered mail 13 February 1948.   It is not clear if the following was for his BEM or MiD.

 

This non-commissioned officer has voluntarily served as a Flight Engineer on numerous operational sorties.  His continual high standard of efficiency and exceptional devotion to duty together with his organization abilities have contributed greatly to the morale and efficiency of his unit in carrying out reconnaissance work on the coast.

 

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STOCKFORD, F/L Charles Willoughby (C22651) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 CFS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Georgetown, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 22 January 1941.  Recommended 23 December 1944 when he had flown 2,194 hours 25 minutes, of which 1,879 hours 25 minutes were instructional, and 132 hours 20 minutes had been flown in previous six months; OC Central Examining Flight at the time.

 

This officer has been an instructor for three years and has over eighteen hundred instructional hours to his credit.  His ability in this field is of the highest order.  For the past year he has been connected with the Special Duties Branch at Air Force Headquarters and later was transferred to the Central Flying School where he is continuing his work of investigation into training methods and results.  He is largely responsible for the introduction of the present examining officer's system into the Service Flying Training Schools.  The success of this system is assured and will result in untold benefits to training and the furtherance of Canada's war effort.

 

STOCKFORD, S/L Charles Willoughby (C22651) - Air Force Cross - Central Flying School - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 26 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Home in Georgetown, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 22 January 1941. Presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has recommendation.  When recommended he had flown 2,282 hours, of which 2,017 were as instructor.

 

This officer has completed many hours in flying instructional duties.  His wide experience and background in the teaching sphere has been brought to bear upon the many complex problems of flying instruction with superlative results.  The untiring efforts and devotion to duty he has displayed has done much to raise the standard of flying instruction and in experimental work.  His services over a long period have been outstanding and are worthy of high praise.

 

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STOKER, Corporal George James Stanley (Can 7839) - Medal of Merit, Second Class (Czechoslovakia) - RCAF Station Rockcliffe -  November 2nd, 1946.

 

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STOKES, Corporal Charles Norman James (R104675) - Mention in Despatches - No.428 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 29 May 1941.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation from W/C W.A.G. McLeish, CO of No.428 Squadron, dated 13 July 1944.  Electrician.

 

Corporal Stokes has demonstrated great loyalty to his unit and remarkable zeal, energy and ability in furthering the squadron's efficiency.  He has worked to this end unceasingly, often under difficult and adverse conditions.  Despite all handicaps and often with inexperienced personnel, the electrical systems in the unit aircraft have functioned extremely well due largely to the efforts of Corporal Stokes.

 

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STOKES, F/L Douglas (J20551) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Enlisted in Toronto, 23 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.2 EFTS (left 23 April 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 27 September 1941), and No.1 BGS (graduated 8 November 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 8 December 1941).

 

This officer, after completion of two operational tours from bases in Western Air Command, was posted as a plotting officer to the Headquarters Operations Room.  His duties in this capacity were carried out in a highly commendable way.  While so employed he was required to work long and arduous hours planning and laying out searches for missing aircraft which he did with outstanding skill.  In his enthusiasm for this particular type of work he was responsible for many of the procedures introduced in Western Air Command Air Sea Rescue Orders.  His efforts in this regard were untiring and the countless hours of work and thought which he contributed made the project successful to a degree which might not otherwise have been achieved.

 

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STOKX, Flight Sergeant (now F/O) Gordon Lyle (R164356/J92420) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 9 July 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.6 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 10 December 1943).  Navigator.  Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; proper unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Box 2067).  DHist file 181.009 D.1722 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation drafted by W/C J.K. MacDonald (CO, No.432 Squadron) dated 2 October 1944 for Marcus, Ranson, Stokx, Walker, Wyers, and 1890323 FS Eric Arthur Slaughter (RAF Flight Engineer).  See FS Norman Marcus for recommendation text.

 

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STONE, S/L Charles Melville Hayes (C2437) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.3 Training Command Headquarters - enlisted in Montreal, 15 August 1940.  Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 Janaury 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Award presented 22 June 1945.

 

This officer, by his thorough knowledge of service procedure and energetic application to all duties, has given very meritorious service.  Throughout his career he has displayed excellent judgement, and a cheerful and co-operative willingness in the execution of all his responsibilities.  His good judgement and logical advice have been of valuable assistance in solving many difficult problems that have come up in the course of his various duties.  He has proven himself to be a most reliable and efficient staff officer.

 

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STONE, Flight Sergeant Edward Blair Paul (R54924) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 18 April 1940.  Served in postwar RCAF.  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 27 months in Canada, 32 months overseas.

This NCO has an exceptionally high sense of duty and responsibility to his work, to his superior officers and to the airmen serving under him.  He is resourceful as an organizer and most conscientious as a worker.

 

As a Sergeant with 424 Squadron, he was on one occasion left in charge of his Flight as the only Fitter NCO.  Illness and dysentery had taken their toll of the others.  He then displayed remarkable perseverance under most trying circumstances and the good showing made by his squadron was in no small way due to the work of this NCO.

 

 

STONE, Flight Sergeant Edward Blair Paul (R54924) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for a BEM dated 22 May 1945.

 

Flight Sergeant Stone has always shown a marked capacity for reliability and leadership which makes him stand out amongst his fellow NCOs.  He is a very capable tradesman and his organizing ability, energy and drive sets an outstanding personal example to his men to follow.  His long years of service overseas and in North Africa have been filled with arduous and responsible work to which he has always given freely and unstintingly beyond the normal call of duty.

 

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STONEHAM, W/C Douglas William (C1684) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Training Command - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in London, England, 17 October 1896.  Enlisted at Saskatoon, 5 February 1940.

 

After serving for a number of years at Air Force Headquarters, this officer was appointed as Senior Personnel Staff Officer at this Command Headquarters. He is an exceptionally fine officer whose excellent capabilities and devotion to duty have been an outstanding example.  Both at Air Force Headquarters and this Command Headquarters, Wing Commander Stoneham has displayed exceptional organizing ability resulting in the utmost efficiency of his department.

 

STONEHAM, G/C Douglas William, MBE (C1684) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  Believed to be for services, 1944-1945, as RCAF Staff Officer, Bomber Command Headquarters.

 

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STONEHOCKER, F/L Ivan Paul (J13070) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  Born 1918 in Vegreville, Alberta; home in Lacombe, Alberta.  Educated at Laboy Public and High School and Edmonton Normal School (teacher. ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 10 July 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 31 July 1942).  Commissioned July 1942.  Award presented by King George VI 29 June 1945.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation dated 6 December 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (147 hours 45 minutes), 15 July to 1 November 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Stonehocker has completed a tour of operations as navigator on four-engined bombers.  Many of his sorties took him to such heavily defended targets as Cologne, Essen and Kiel.  On all occasions he showed an extremely cool and skilful manner, always directing his aircraft back to base.  By his complete lack of fear he inspired his crew on many occasions and has at all times instilled confidence in other members of this squadron.

 

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STORMS, Flight Sergeant Douglas Warner (R86215) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October  1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born Emerson, Manitoba, 1918; home there (mechanic); enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 December 1940.  Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 18 August 1941).  Award presented by King George VI 16 May 1944.

 

Throughout a tour of operational duty, Flight Sergeant Storms has shown outstanding ability and a strong sense of duty.  His coolness and exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger has proved a source of great confidence to his crew who have placed their whole trust in his vigilance and skill.

 

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STORMS, F/L John Lyall (J20845) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 15 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born in Toronto, 1923; home there; enlisted there 26 September 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 April 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail 21 December 1049.  NOTE:DHIST CARD HAS A NOTE ATTACHED - "THIS IS NOT THE CORRECT CITATION FOR F/L STORMS. IT CONCERNS SOMEONE ELSE WHOSE IDENTITY IS UNKNOWN.  STORMS DID NOT EVEN TAKE PART IN THE A/N HAMBURG OPERATION.  FOR STORMS' RECOMMENDATION FOR THE DFC SEE FLAGGED FILE 63/S-221-7-1 (LEEMING, HONOURS AND AWARDS) CABINET 51."

 

Flight Lieutenant Storms has an excellent operational record.  He has completed many bombing attacks against the enemy and also numerous minelaying missions.  He has shown skill of a high standard and has invariably pressed home his attacks with exceptional determination, often in the face of heavy opposition.  Whilst over Hamburg in March 1945, his aircraft sustained serious damage.  Some five feet of one of the wings was torn away, thus rendering the aileron useless.  Although the aircraft became difficult to control, Flight Lieutenant Storms pressed home his attack and afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to base.  He set a very fine example of devotion to duty.

 

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STORRY, WO2 (now P/O) Gordon Prosser (R194946/J94630) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1923 in Govan, Saskatchewan; home in Qu'appelle, Saskatchewan (student); enlisted in Calgary, 3 November 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 14 January 1944).  Commissioned April 1945.  Award sent by registered mail 7 June 1950.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.9 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C W.F. McKinnon dated 23 April 1945 when he had flown 25 sorties (183 hours 14 minutes), 30 December 1944 to 16 April 1945.

 

Warrant Officer Storry, a Navigator, has completed twenty five trips against some of the most heavily defended targets.  He has operated against Essen, Hemmingstadt, Hamburg and Dortmund with great coolness and splendid co-operation with his crew.  Warrant Officer Storry is a keen, alert navigator and maintains the highest standard of professional ability.

 

For his admirable coolness in danger, his undaunted reliability and judgement, and his initiative and ability in the section, I strongly recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STORSATER, P/O Ralph George (J93380) - 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 1918 in Winnipeg; home there (carpenter); enlisted there 25 July 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 18 September 1943) and No.3 ANS (graduated 29 June 1943).  Commissioned December 1944.  Award sent by registered mail 18 July 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 2/8751 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (209 hours three minutes), 6 October 1944 to 8 April 1945.  Appears to be same crew as F/O N.A. Packer.

 

6 Oct 44         Sterkrade (5.09)                                Bombed aiming point.

7 Oct 44         Cleve (3.58)                                                   do.

9 Oct 44         Bochum (5.59)                                   Bombed through clouds.

14 Oct 44       Duisburg (5.29)                                 4 1/2 miles NNW of A/P.

15 Oct 44       Duisburg (6.01)                                 Many fires, heavy attack.

30 Oct 44       Cologne (6.19)                                  Bombed in cloud.

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.55)                              Many fires.

4 Nov 44         Bochum (5.15)                                   2,000 yds SSW of A/P.

8 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (4.41)                        Bombed target.

18 Nov 44      Munster (5.30)                                   Bombed through cloud.

21 Nov 44      Sterkrade (6.52)                                Good attack.

30 Nov 44      Duisburg (6.04)                                 Bombed through cloud

2 Dec 44        Hagen (6.40)                                                 do.

5 Dec 44        Soest (6.44)                                       Many fires in target area.

24 Dec 44      Essen-Mulheim a/f (5.15)                 Bombed aiming point.

26 Dec 44      St.Vith (4.53)                                                 do.

28 Dec 44      Opladen (5.36)                                  Bombed glow through cloud.

14 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (6.50)                           Bombed aiming point.

16 Jan 45       Magdeburg (5.36)                             Good attack; many fires.

22 Jan 45       Gelsenkirchen (6.25)                        Cloud; good attack.

27 Jan 45       Stuttgart/Kornwestheim (7.28)         Bombed target.

1 Jan 45         Mainz (6.08)                                       Bombed through clouds.

4 Feb 45        Gelsenkirchen-Nordstern  (5.16)                 do.

9 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (5.45)                         Many fires.

13 Feb 45      Bohlen (8.23)                                     Cloud.

14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (7.45)                                 Good attack; cloud, fires.

21 Feb 45      Worms (6.27)                                    Many fires in target area.

12 Mar 45      Dortmund (6.14)                                Cloud over target.

13 Mar 45      Homberg (6.16)                                 Bombed aiming point.

15 Mar 45      Hagen (6.16)                                     Many fires.

18 Mar 45      Witten (6.45)                                                  do.

21 Mar 45      Rheine (5.00)                                     Bombed aiming point.

25 Mar 45      Munster (5.01)                                   4,500 yds SW of A/P.

4 Apr 45         Harburg (5.23)                                   Bombed aiming point.

8 Apr 45         Hamburg, Blohm and Voss (5.45)  Bombed B & V Works.

 

Pilot Officer Storsater has now completed a very successful tour of 35 operational sorties as an Air Bomber in Halifax III aircraft with No.158 Squadron.  All his attacks have been against major German targets and have been carried out in the face of the most intense opposition from the enemy.

 

Keen to fly against the enemy on every possible occasion, this officer possesses a fine offensive spirit and a lively determination to press home his attack to the best possible advantage.  In the face of the severest enemy fire he held his bombing course regardless of his personal safety.

 

On a number of occasions his aircraft sustained flak damage, but his mission was always completed and the results have been good.  His courage is worthy of the highest praise.

 

It is recommended that the consistently excellent work of this Air Bomber be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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STOTTS, Flight Sergeant Allan Harvey (R111328) - Mention in Despatches - Station Torbay - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 2 July 1941.

 

This non-commissioned officer has displayed exceptional skill and ingenuity as non-commissioned officer in charge of the Fire Section.  His outstanding organizing ability in fire prevention coupled with a strong devotion to duty has resulted in no fires at this unit throughout his career.  He is an exceptional [airman ?] in his trade, above average in all respects, and has been a constant good leader of his men.

 

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STOVEL, F/O Augustus Burton (J13597) - Distinguished Flying Cross -No.139 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943.  Born in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 21 August 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 9 May 1942), and No.12 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942).  Commissioned 1941.  Award presented 27 April 1945.  No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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STOVEL, P/O Clifford Campbell (J16835) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 July 1943 and AFRO 1582/43 dated 13 August 1943.  Enlisted in Calgary, 14 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 June 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941).  Killed in action, 27/28 July 1943 (Halifax DT749, No.408 Squadron); buried in Germany.  Award presented to next-of-kin, 5 December 1944.

 

This officer has completed many sorties, including attacks on well-defended targets in the Ruhr.  He is a skilful and enterprising captain whose example has proved inspiring.  On night in April 1943 he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Duisburg.  Whilst over the target area one engine became unserviceable but in spite of this Pilot Officer Stovel pressed home a vigorous attack.  Immediately afterwards the bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire and temporarily went out of control, losing considerable height.  Pilot Officer Stovel skilfully regained control, however, and eventually flew the aircraft to base.  He displayed great skill and coolness in the face of a most trying situation.

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STOVEL, S/L Richard Carleton (J3100) - Air Force Cross - AFHQ -  Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that dated and AFRO/89/45 dated 19 January 1945.   Enlisted in Winnipeg, 9 May 1940; trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.2 EFTS (18 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940). Instructed at Uplands, January 1941 to January 1943, then overseas for eight months with time at Empire Central Flying School (pupil and instructor).  To Canada in September 1943 to work at CFS, Trenton.  In March 1944 to No.2 Training Command (Staff Officer Training Plans).  In August 1944 to Directorate of Training, AFHQ.  Award presented 17 August 1945.  Later rose to Lieutenant General, CAF, and presented with Queen's Coronation Medal (23 October 1953 while a Group Captain, Canadian Joint Staff in London) and Commander, US Legion of Merit (January 1977).  Retired as a Lieutenant-General, September 1976.  As of AFC award he had flown 2,134 hours to date, 1,900 hours as instructor, 151 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer has completed many hours of flying instructional work, during which time he has proven himself to be an excellent pilot and leader.  His work as a student and then as a tutor at the Empire Central Flying School was outstanding.  He has at all times shown himself to be eager and capable of coping with the most difficult flying tasks.  While in charge of a visiting flight from Central Flying School, he handled his work in a most efficient and capable manner. The ability and devotion to duty of this officer are outstanding.

 

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STOVER, S/L Charles Herbert (J8922) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 12 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 May 1944.  Born Sarnia, Ontario, 8 September 1915; home there; enlisted in London, Ontario, 14 March 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941).  Commissioned 1941.  Award presented 28 May 1947.  Portrait painted by Eric Aldwinckle.  Served in No.420 Squadron, 1949-1952.  Shell sales manager after the war; appointed Honourary Colonel, No.414 Squadron, 1993. Credited with the following victories: 21 August 1943 one Ju.88 destroyed; 5 November 1943, one Ju.52 destroyed (shared with F/O K.A. Brown); 23 June 1944, one FW.190 damaged.  Also reported to have attacked and damaged eight locomotives, one pylon, one tug, and one transformer station.

 

Squadron Leader Stover has been engaged on operations since August 1942.  He has completed a large number of flights with outstanding courage and resolution, the first of his sorties being during the Dieppe operation. In August 1943, he led a mission to the Paris area where he destroyed a Junkers 88 and damaged enemy locomotives and a tug.  During another operation in November 1943, he shared in the destruction of a Junkers 52.  Many of the sorties completed by this officer have involved deep penetrations into enemy territory, while others have been on reconnaissance and photographic duties.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9626 has recommendation drafted about 20 March 1944 when he had flown 55 sorties (79 operational hours).

 

Since August 1942, this officer has carried out a large number of operational sorties with great courage and determination.  His first operational flight was during the Dieppe operation. On August 21st, 1943, he led a Ranger sortie into the Paris area and personally destroyed a Junkers 88 and shared in damaging one tug and four locomotives.  On November 5th while leading another Ranger he shared in the destruction of a Junkers 52 on Beauvais Lille.

 

This officer has taken part in twelve successful Rhubarbs and Rangers, seven of which have involved deep penetrations into enemy territory as well as one night Intruder patrol. In addition he has carried out six shipping reconnaissance, 17 Tactical/Reconnaissance and photographic reconnaissances and a large number of anti-Rhubarb patrols.  At all times Squadron Leader Stover has shown outstanding skill and devotion to duty on operations and by so doing has provided a great inspiration to those under him.

 

On 21 March 1944, Group Captain E.H. Moncrieff added his remarks:

 

This officer has proved himself to be a most competent and outstanding Squadron Commander, displaying at all times the greatest determination in the execution of his duties, and his outstanding skill as a reconnaissance pilot and unswerving devotion to duty are an example to all those who serve under his command.

 

On 23 March 1944 an A/V/M Dickson noted:

 

I recommend this award. For over 20 months this officer has been serving in reconnaissance squadrons engaged in sporadic operations. While there are no highlights to record in his citation the work of reconnaissance pilots, although not spectacular, calls for high morale and determination.  These qualities have been outstandingly evident in Squadron Leader Stover and the award if made will do much to encourage the pilots of the squadrons.

 

This was duty supported by Air Marshal Coningham (9 April 1944) and by Air Chief Marshal Leigh-Mallory (23 April 1944).

 

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STOWE, P/O Roy Stanley (J92666) - 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 1915 in Edmonton; home there (farmer); enlisted there 8 January 1943.  Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943).  Commissioned November 1944.  Award presented 27 May 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 47 sorties (228 hours 43 minutes), 26 April 1944 to 16 January 1945.

 

26 Apr 44       Essen (5.45)                                      5 Aug 44        Bordeaux (7.40)

6 May 44        Brest (4.55)                                        7 Aug 44        Caen (2.35)

8 May 44        Morlaix (4.25)                                    8 Aug 44        Foret de Lucheux (2.50)

9 May 44        St.Vallery (4.30)                                25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (7.00)

15 May 44      Kategatt (5.55)                                  26 Aug 44      Kiel (5.30)

19 May 44      Gun Emplacement (3.00)                 29 Aug 44      Stettin (5.30), DNCO

21 May 44      Bremen (4.35)                                   12 Sep 44      Frankfurt (6.00)

22 May 44      Le Mans (5.05)                                  14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.05)

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

28 May 44      Le Havre (3.55)                                 19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.15)

2 June 44       Dunkirk (3.25)                                    23 Oct 44       Essen (4.40)

5 June 44       Gun Emplacement (4.50)                 25 Oct 44       Homberg (3.15)

6 June 44       Support of S.F. (5.35)                       30 Oct 44       Cologne (4.20)

10 Jun 44       Paris (5.30)                                        5 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (4.05)

14 Jun 44       Cambrai (4.30)                                  11 Nov 44      Dortmund (4.25)

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        Boissons (3.30)                                 2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (6.28)

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

30 Jul 44        St.Pierre (3.35)                                 14 Jan 45       Merseburg (6.20)

3 Aug 44        Paris (3.00)                                        16 Jan 45       Merseburg (5.47)

4 Aug 44        Paris (3.05)                                       

 

Pilot Officer Stowe is nearing completion of two operational tours, on such heavily defended areas as Essen, Stuttgart and Kiel.  During his operational career he has shown a zeal and offensive spirit which has contributed materially to the operational successes of his crew.  He has proved himself an excellent Air Gunner, and his courage and will to battle have been an inspiration to all.

 

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STOWE, F/L William North (J10643) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.130 Squadron - Award effective 10 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 2 November 1922 in Edmonton; home in Toronto (COTC, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 28 May 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 13 February 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.  Served in postwar RCAF Auxiliary (120663), attaining rank of Wing Commander, 1 June 1952..

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties during his tour of operational duty.  On one occasion recently his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and he was forced to make a crash landing in advance of our forward troops.  Flight Lieutenant Stowe made his way successfully to our lines and within a few days he was again engaged in operational flying.  This officer has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and in addition destroyed and damaged more than 180 enemy transport vehicles including trains, barges, tugs and mechanical transport.  He has served with outstanding success as a flight commander.

 

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STRACHAN, S/L William Watson (J9863) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 25 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.  Born Arbroath, Angus, 1916; home in Trail, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 11 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 15 September 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 20 December 1940).  Commissioned 1941.  Attained Squadron Leader rank in 1943.  Killed in flying accident with No.432 Squadron, 16 February 1944 (Halifax LK761); buried in Britain.  Award presented by Governor General to next of kin, 12 December 1944.

 

This officer has taken part in many attacks against targets in Germany and has displayed commendable skill, courage and determination.  One night in January 1944, Squadron Leader Strachan piloted an aircraft which attacked Brunswick.  Shortly after the bombs had been released the aircraft was hit by bullets from an enemy fighter.  Much damage was sustained but Squadron Leader Strachan skilfully outmanoeuvred the attacker and afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to base.  Squadron Leader Strachan is a model captain whose example has inspired all with whom he has flown.

 

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STRADIOTTI, Sergeant Napoleon (R110439) - Mention in Despatches - No.38 Wing Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Born 1 October 1906; enlisted in Vancouver, 9 July 1941.  Cook; posted overseas September 1942 (and reclassified to Chef, 1 June 1943); repatriated June 1945; released 30 July 1945.

 

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STRANG, F/L Douglas MacAulay (J25325) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947).  Born 28 July 1918 at Ladysmith, British Columbia.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 11 March 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 27 December 1942) and No.10 AOS (graduated 16 April 1941).  Served on both coasts.  Last assignment was with Aircrew Assessment Board, Halifax.  Released 25 October 1945.

 

This officer has shown remarkable ability both in his trade as a navigator and as an administrative officer. As officer in charge of crew training in his squadron, he has been instrumental in organizing an excellent training programme which has been partly responsible for the high standard of flying training at this unit.  Flight Lieutenant Strang has completed a tour of hazardous anti-submarine operations throughout which his devotion to duty has been exemplary.

 

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STRANGE, F/L John Fraser (J21761) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1917 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 20 March 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 25 February 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 18 July 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 5 September 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail from Government House, 15 June 1954. 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 has recommendation dated 17 August 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (162 hours 24 minutes), 7 May 1943 to 2 August 1944.

 

7 May 43        Two sea searches (4.00),  20 Apr 44       Ottignes (3.59)

previous unit.                       22 Apr 44       Laon (5.08)

29 Dec 43      Berlin (7.20)                        3 May 44        GARDENING (3.24)

15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.50)                        2 June 44       Trappes (4.55)

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (7.19)                      5 June 44       Maisy (5.14)

22 Feb 44      GARDENING (3.00),          6 June 44       St.Lo (5.08)

DNCO, recalled                  8 June 44       Alencon (5.13)

24 Feb 44      GARDENING (7.01)           24 Jun 44       Noyelle en Chaussee (3.42)

25 Feb 44      GARDENING (6.08)           25 Jun 44       Montorgueil (3.30)

2 Mar 44         Meulan (5.34)                      27 Jun 44       Mont Candon (3.48)

6 Mar 44         Trappes (5.28)                    4 July 44         Domleger (3.54)

18 Mar 44      GARDENING (4.36)           7 July 44         Caen (4.16)

22 Mar 44      GARDENING (6.16)           12 Jul 44        Hauts Boisson (3.40)

23 Mar 44      Laon (5.29)                          17 Jul 44        Caen (4.25)

9 Apr 44         Lille (4.16)                           20 Jul 44        Chappelle Notre Dame (3.30)

10 Apr 44       Tergnier (5.05)                    25 Jul 44        Wanne Eickel (5.10)

12 Apr 44       GARDENING (4.17)           2 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.25)

18 Apr 44       GARDENING (6.24)          

 

As a navigator this officer has now completed his first  operational tour consisting of 33 sorties, many of these demanding a high degree of skill and resolution.

 

His splendid photographic record, showing numerous Aiming Point photographs, is consistent with his exceptional keenness and his ability to guide his pilot to the target, contributing in a large way to the success obtained throughout this tour.

 

Flying Officer Strange, by his careful regard to detail and his ready willingness to accept responsibility, inspires confidence in everyone with whom he comes in contact, and his record is one of high courage and sustained operational endeavour, worthy of the best traditions of the service and fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, for which I strongly recommend him.

 

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STRANGE, F/O Maxwell Samuel (J24504) - Distinguished Service Order - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  Born 1905 in Wainwright, Alberta; home in Toronto (gas engineer).  Trained at No.4 ITS, No.5 EFTS, and No.7 SFTS. Commissioned 1943.  No card in file to give graduation dates.

 

This officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in northern France.  When nearing the target the aircraft was attacked by a fighter.  The starboard side of the fuselage was badly holed by the enemy's machine gun fire which also seriously damaged the starboard elevator.  The dinghy was set on fire and petrol from one of the tanks which had been pierced caused the flames to burn fiercely.  The rear gunner was wounded but remained in his damaged turret to give directions to his pilot, Flying Officer Strange, who out-manoeuvered the attacker and afterwards successfully bombed his objective.  Soon afterwards another fighter was encountered but once again Flying Officer Strange proved his skill and evaded the attacker and finally reached an airfield in this country where he effected a masterly landing.  This officer displayed the highest standard of skill, courage and devotion to duty in the face of extremely difficult and dangerous circumstances.

 

STRANGE, S/L Maxwell Samuel, DSO (J24504) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.

 

Squadron Leader Strange completed numerous attacks against the enemy.  In June 1944, whilst attacking Mannheim, his aircraft was attacked by a hostile fighter.  This officer displayed exceptional skill and coolness in extricating his aircraft from a perilous situation.  Squadron Leader Strange is a flight commander and his superb captaincy and airmanship have been an example not only to his crew but to the entire squadron.

 

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STRATH, F/O John William (J19618) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born 1922 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 2 April 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943.  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail 30 March 1949.

As captain of aircraft Flying Officer Strath has completed numerous sorties against heavily defended targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory.  He has shown the utmost determination and skilful pilotage.  On two occasions he has succeeded in extricating his aircraft from perilous situations and flying it safely back to base.  In June 1944 his aircraft was hit and damaged while on the bombing run. One engine was rendered unserviceable and other extensive damage was sustained.  Flying Officer Strath handled the damaged aircraft with superb skill and landed it safely in this country.  By his devotion to duty, superb captaincy and fine airmanship, this officer has set a magnificent example to the whole squadron.

 

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STRATHDEE, F/L Eric John (C9292) - Mention in Despatches - Station Eastmoor - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Lachine; enlisted in Niagara Falls, Ontario, 6 November 1939.  No citation in AFRO which gives unit only as "Overseas".  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol;20606) has recommendation dated 10 February 1944 which identifies unit, says he was Station Adjutant, and says:

 

Flight Lieutenant Strathdee has had considerable experience as a squadron and station adjutant and has shown an excellent mastery of station routine matters.  He has always been a support to his Commanding Officer.  His tact and pleasing personality have made him a most efficient staff officer.  He has demonstrated outstanding ability and is untiring in his effort to ensure that his duties are carried out in an efficient manner.

 

STRATHDEE, F/L Eric John (C9292) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  See W/C D.D. Carr-Harris (above) for details.

 

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STRATTON, F/L Gilbert Arthur (J25338) - Mention in Despatches - Down Ampney (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 4 October 1915; home in Weyburn, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 28 May 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942), and No.5 AOS (graduated 16 April 1943).  Posted overseas April 1943.  Navigation Leader for No.436 Squadron (unit ORB entry of 1 January 1946).

 

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STRATTON, WO2 Leslie James (RCAF 1958) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.8 Repair Depot -  Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Ottawa; educated there including Ottawa Technical School.  Enlisted in Ottawa, September 1934.  Metal worker.  Award presented 14 February 1945.

This warrant officer has displayed great skill and untiring devotion to duty, which have contributed highly to the efficient running of the airframe and metal repair section of the Repair Depot where he is stationed.  He has assisted greatly in developing numerous modifications and repair schemes for aircraft which have resulted in increased aircraft serviceability.  This warrant officer has given outstanding meritorious service.

 

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STREIGHT, Corporal Harold Gordon (R70824) - Mention in Despatches - Croft (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Vanguard, Saskatchewan;  enlisted in Regina, 28 September 1940.  No citation in AFRO.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted 2 February 1945.  Had enlisted 28 September 1940, serving 27 months in Canada, 25 months overseas.  Instrument Mechanic.

 

This NCO has been employed in Daily Servicing Squadron as NCO in charge Inspection for twelve months and as NCO in charge a flight for three months.  This Non-Commissioned Officer's devotion to duty and untiring co-operation has been responsible for the most efficient operation of his sections.  He is a most dependable and reliable NCO.  He has displayed initiative in managing his sections and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in the men under him.

 

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STREIGHT, F/O Norman Ernest (J27638) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1924 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan; home in Vanguard, Saskatchewan.  Served in Army one year; enlisted in Vancouver, 13 April 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented 23 April 1949.

 

This officer has completed many successful sorties and has invariably displayed a high standard of skill and determination, qualities which were well illustrated one night in July 1944 when detailed to attack a target.  Soon after the takeoff, one engine became defective.  The propeller was feathered and Flying Officer Streight continued to the target which he reached at the estimated time, and executed his attack.  He afterwards flew the aircraft safely to base.  His ability and determination to press home his attacks have been most commendable.

 

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STRIEBEL, F/O John Henry (J8760) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.23 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.  American in the RCAF; born in Chicago; home given variously as Duluth, Minnisota and Woodstock, New York;  enlisted in Vancouver, 4 April 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 June 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 15 August 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941.  Commissioned 1941.  Award presented 13 June 1944.

 

Flying Officer Striebel has taken part in a large number of operational sorties from Malta and Great Britain.  He has completed many successful patrols over enemy air fields in France, Holland and Belgium.  Later he gained conspicuous success in operations when based at Malta.  During January 1943, in North Africa, his unrelenting attacks caused great destruction of road transport between Tripoli and Sfax.  He also set fire to a factory and attacked several small enemy vessels in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, returning on one occasion with his aircraft disabled.  Throughout these operations Flying Officer Striebel's fine fighting spirit has been a source of inspiration to the squadron and has contributed largely to the successes achieved in intruder sorties over enemy territory.

 

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STRINGER, F/L Ronald Henry (J9653) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.223 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 3 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 9 April 1944.  Born in Davroyd, or Davyroyd Willows, Saskatchewan, 1919; home there; enlisted in Regina, 14 May 1941.  Former private in South Saskatchewan Regiment.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 August 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942).   Commissioned 1942.  Killed in action with No.55 Squadron, 21 January 1945 (Boston Z592).  Buried in Italy.  Award presented by Governor General to next-of-kin.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties in the North African, Sicilian and Italian campaigns.  In November 1943 he was detailed for a special daylight mission.  In the face of withering anti-aircraft fire Flight Lieutenant Stringer made a steady and accurate run over the target at a low altitude, afterwards flying his damaged aircraft safely back to base.  As leader of large formations this officer has displayed fine skill and initiative and has always shown the utmost enthusiasm for operational flying.

 

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STROICH, WO2 (now P/O) Nick Walter (R178879/J94183) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1921 in Poland; home in Edmonton (student); enlisted there 10 August 1942.  Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned March 1945.  Award presented 11 September 1946.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9083 has recommendation dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 47 sorties (228 hours five minutes), 7 August 1944 to 20 March 1945.  Same crew as P/O John E. Brearley.

 

7 Aug 44        L'Hague (4.55)                           21 Nov 44      Aschaffenberg (5.15)

8 Aug 44        Chantilly (5.15)                           27 Nov 44      Neuss (4.00)

9 Aug 44        Prouville (4.10)                           17 Dec 44      Ulm (6.15)

12 Aug 44      La Breteque (4.40)                    22 Dec 44      Bingen (5.05)

14 Aug 44      Aisy (4.45)                                  28 Dec 44      Bonn (4.45)

15 Aug 44      Soesterburg (3.55)                    29 Dec 44      Gelsenkirchen (5.00)

16 Aug 44      Kiel (5.00)                                   30 Dec 44      Cologne (4.20)

3 Sept 44       Emden (4.35)                             2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (6.20)

10 Sep 44      Le Havre (4.05)                          5 Jan 45         Royon (5.20)        

11 Sep 44      Kiel Bay (5.30)                           5 Jan 45         Hanover (4.30)

17 Sep 44      Boulogne (3.50)                         16 Jan 45       Magdeburg (6.10)

14 Sep 44      Wilhelmshaven                           7 Feb 45        Cleve (4.05)

15 Sep 44      Kiel (6.15)                                   8 Feb 45        Politz (7.55)

14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.05)                          13 Feb 45      Dresden (8.00)

23 Oct 44       Essen (4.10)                               14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (7.00)

28 Oct 44       Walcheren (2.05)                       21 Feb 45      Duisburg (4.40)

30 Oct 44       Cologne (4.40)                           23 Feb 45      Essen (3.55)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (4.10)                       2 Mar 45         Cologne (4.15)

4 Nov 44         Bochum (3.45)                           5 Mar 45         Chemnitz (7.25)

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (3.35)                 7 Mar 45         Dessau (7.55)

9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel (3.50)                  11 Mar 45      Essen (4.35)

16 Nov 44      Julich (3.40)                                15 Mar 45      Misburg (6.15)

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel (4.20)                  18 Mar 45      Witten (5.05)

20 Mar 45      Heide (4.45)

 

Warrant Officer Stroich is an Air Gunner at present engaged on his second tour of operations.  Throughout his entire operational career, which has involved attacks on many of the enemy's strongholds, such as Essen, Nuremburg and Hanover, Warrant Officer Stroich has always maintained a very high standard of gunnery, and his vigilance has on several occasions protected his crew from enemy fighters.  Warrant Officer Stroich has consistently displayed fine spirit and excellent fighting qualities and is, without doubt, a most valuable member of aircrew and an asset to his squadron.

 

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STROUD, S/L James Murray (C1495) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.159 Squadron - Awarded 15 January 1946 as per London Gazette dated 29 January 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  Born in Hamilton, 1916;  home there; enlisted there 2 January 1940 after serving in Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (1930-1934).   Commissioned in January 1940.  Served in postwar RCAF; awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when a Wing Commander, No.33 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron.  DFC presented at Government House, 7 November 1949.

 

Squadron Leader Stroud has participated in a large number of operational missions.  These have included daylight formation flights over strongly defended targets and low level attacks against shipping and bridges.  Throughout his tour he has shown fine judgement and tenacity of purpose and on every occasion has successfully completed his task.  More recently he led three successful operations to Singora in the South China Sea which resulted in the sinking of two enemy coasters and caused considerable destruction amongst the enemy's wharves and stores.  Squadron Leader Stroud has at all times displayed courageous leadership and devotion to duty of the highest order.

 

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STROUTS, WO (now P/O) Frederick Stanley (R97531/J17228) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 23 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 September 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.  Born 1916; home in Winnipeg; enlisted in Vancouver, 10 March 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 11 October 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 24 November 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 22 December 1941).  Commissioned February 1943.  Killed in action  26 March 1943 (Mosquito DK318); widow in New Westminster, British Columbia; name on Runnymede Memorial.  Award presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 9 December 1947.

 

Warrant Officer Strouts has completed numerous bombing and mine-laying sorties including an attack on Essen by daylight.  Throughout his entire operational career Warrant Officer Strouts has displayed a high standard of navigational ability and great zeal for operational duties.

 

NOTES: Public Records Office Air 2/8951 has recommendation dated 24 March 1943 when he had flown 31 sorties (146 operational hours).  This was approved by the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Wyton, on 26 March 1943 (the day Strouts was killed) and by Air Commodore Bennett (AOC No.8 Group) on 29 March 1943.

 

16 Sept 42    Essen                                      16 Nov 42       GARDENING, Isle de Groix

19 Sept 42    Dinghy Search, North Sea    20 Nov 42       Turin

19 Sept 42    Saarbrucken                           22 Nov 42       Stuttgart

21 Sept 42    GARDENING, Kiel                 30 Jan 43       Aachen

26 Sept 42    GARDENING, Frisians          4 Feb 43         Bochum

2 Oct 42        Krefeld                                     6 Feb 43         Dusseldorf

5 Oct 42        Aachen                                    9 Feb 43         Ruhrort

6 Oct 42        Osnabruck                               13 Feb 43       Lorient (calibrating)

15 Oct 42      Cologne                                   15 Feb 43       Rheinhausen

16 Oct 42      GARDENING, Biscay            24 Feb 43       Brauweiler

22 Oct 42      Essen, daylight                       26 Feb 43       Cologne

23 Oct 42      Genoa                                      8 Mar 43         Hagen

26 Oct 42      GARDENING, Frisians          9 Mar 43         Rheinhausen

29 Oct 42      Essen                                      12 Mar 43       Essen (ground marking)

3 Nov 42        GARDENING, Biscay            22 Mar 43       St.Nazaire (ditto)

6 Nov 42        GARDENING, Biscay

 

Before coming to this squadron, Warrant Officer Strouts made 19 bombing and mining sorties, including a daylight sortie against Essen.  Since joining this squadron he has made twelve sorties using ARI.5513. Throughout his operations Warrant Officer Strouts has shown a high standard of navigation and aggressiveness.

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STROUTS, F/L Robert Haig (J17254) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 30 August 1918.  Home in Parksville, Vancouver Island.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 26 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.2 WS (graduated 20 January 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 17 February 1941).  Posted overseas April 1941; repatriated June 1945.  Remained in postwar RCAF.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. 

 

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STRUTT, Flight Sergeant Gordon James (R7812) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.58 Squadron - Award effective 26 May 1942 as per London Gazette dated 16 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Born Shawville, Quebec, 1917; home there; enlisted in Ottawa, 14 September 1939.  Graduated from No.4 SFTS, Saskatoon, 16 May 1941. Cited with Sergeant K.W. Craig.  Killed in action with No.58 Squadron, 6 August 1942 (Whitley); name on Runnymede Memorial.  Award presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 6 March 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant Strutt and Sergeant Craig were captain and second pilot respectively of an aircraft recently engaged on an anti-submarine patrol in the Bay of Biscay.  A U-Boat was observed surfaced on the sea and under the direction of his captain, Sergeant Craig immediately attacked the submarine from a height of about forty feet.  The attack was carried out with such speed and skill that the explosions detonated before the U-Boat has time to submerge completely.  At least one exploded alongside the hull.  The submarine came to the surface for a few moments, after which its stern rose almost vertically and then submerged at a steep angle, and a large patch of oil and very large air bubbles appeared.  The success achieved reflects the greatest credit on both these airmen.

 

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STRYJKOWSKI, LAC Joseph (R116168) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Winnipeg, enlisted there 7 July 1941.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation from W/C W.P. Pleasance, CO of No.419 Squadron, to CO Middleton St.George dated 14 July 1944. Had spent ten months in Canada, 26 months overseas.  Fitter IIE.

 

LAC Stryjkowski has thrown himself into his work in a whole-hearted fashion and has set an extremely fine example as an Aero Engine Mechanic.

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STUA, Flight Sergeant (now P/O) Aldo Della (R136215/J19324) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.  Born 1916 in Toronto; home there (press operator, hotel clerk). Trained at No.5 ITS and No.9 AOS.  Commissioned November 1943.  No file at DHist, 20 October 1995.  No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8782 has recommendation dated 10 December 1943 when he had flown 24 sorties, 158 hours, as follows:

 

27 July 43       Hamburg                                     3 Oct 43                 Kassel

29 July 43       Hamburg                                     7 Oct 43                 Stuttgart

2 Aug 43        Hamburg                                     8 Oct 43                 Hanover

9 Aug 43        Mannheim                                   18 Oct 43              Hanover

10 Aug 43      Nuremburg                                  3 Nov 43                Dusseldorf

15 Aug 43      Milan                                            10 Nov 43              Modane

29 Aug 43      Nurmburg                                    18 Nov 43              Berlin

30 Aug 43      Munchen                                     22 Nov 43              Berlin

31 Aug 43      Berlin                                           23 Nov 43              Berlin

5 Sept 43       Mannheim                                   26 Nov 43              Berlin

6 Sept 43       Munich                                         20 Dec 43             Mannheim

2 Oct 43         Munich                                         23 Dec 43             Berlin

 

Flight Sergeant Della Stua, a Canadian, has participated in the bombing on twenty-four occasions of important industrial targets both in Germany and Italy.  He is a navigator of a crew who have visited, among other towns, Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Milan, Munich, and Berlin.

 

Flight Sergeant Della Stua has displayed the coolest determination and a high order of fearlessness which combined with his skilful navigation, have added much to the success of his crew.  His unerring judgement particularly in the presence of some of the enemy's most intense opposition have on many occasions assured the safe return of his aircraft to the base.

 

Such fine qualities would be fittingly recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

STUA, F/L Alda Della, DFM (J19324) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.130 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. 

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal this officer has completed numerous operational sorties in the European theatre of war.  Many of these attacks have been against heavily defended targets including Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Bremen, and Hamburg.  Flight Lieutenant Della Stua has at all times displayed a fine fighting spirit and great devotion to duty.

 

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STUBBS, Corporal (now Sergeant) Samuel Ellis (R71347) - British Empire Medal - No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Home in St.Vital, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 October 1940.  Award presented 22 September 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer, for the past year and a half, has been in charge of aircraft servicing and detailing for night bombing operations.  His inspiring leadership and meticulous care in the execution of his duties have contributed greatly to the maintenance of schedules and the efficiency of flying operations.  At all times he can be relied upon to complete any duty cheerfully and willingly.  His untiring enthusiasm and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to both ground and flying personnel.

 

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STUDER, S/L Hubert Roy (J4909) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944 - Enlisted at North Bay, 15 September 1940 - trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.14 EFTS (graduated 16 January 1941), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 28 April 1941).  Died in Ottawa, 12 October 1992.

 

This officer has been employed on flying instructional work for the past three years, during which time he has displayed outstanding competency, skill and devotion to duty.  His work has been a contribution to the raising of the standard of flying instructors and trainees.

 

STUDER, S/L Hubert Roy (J4909) - Air Force Cross - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Award presented 1 April 1949.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,930 hours, 1720 as instructor, 106 in previous six months.

 

This officer, an exceptional squadron commander, has been actively engaged in instructional duties since 1941.  He has compiled over 1,700 hours instructional time and his ability to produce pilots of the highest quality is recognized by all with whom he has served.  Both in the air and in administrative capacities his skill and devotion to duty have been an inspiration and have won for him the admiration and respect of all who knew know him.  This officer has made a most successful contribution to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

 

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STUNDEN, F/O George Robert (J26456) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1923 in Ottawa; home in Carleton Place, Ontario (time keeper); enlisted in Toronto, 11 March 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 8 January 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 17 October 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (142 hours 40 minutes), 3 July to 14 October 1944.

 

This officer has shown remarkable skill as a pilot and an inspiring example of courage and determination to his crew.  During his thirty operational sorties he has never failed to successfully complete his mission.  His cool, quiet manner and fine fighting qualities have impressed all.  For his intense loyalty and splendid record this officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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STURGESS, WO1 Albert Edward (Can 1011) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Down Ampney (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 716/46 dated 26 July 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 10 January 1935.  Award sent by registered mail 4 June 1948. A Physical Training and Drill Instructor who served in Britain, France and Germany, but no citation in biographical file.   DHist file 181.009 D.1124 (RG.24 Vol.20595) has recommendation forwarded to Station Headquarters on 8 January 1946.

 

WO1 Sturgess has been employed as Station Warrant Officer at this unit since its formation.  He has carried out his duties thoroughly and conscientiously.  He has set an example to the men serving under him.

 

This Warrant Officer was faced with the problem of working with men who had expected to return to Canada but were posted to this unit instead.  The task of controlling these personnel involved great tact and initiative.  WO1 Sturgess displayed stellar qualities of leadership and was very largely responsible for the retention of good discipline and morale.  He has struggled tirelessly in the interests of airmen's welfare.  No task has been too difficult for him.  Seldom has he stopped work at five o'clock.

 

Previous to this time, WO1 Sturgess served as Wing Warrant Officer with 39 (RCAF) Wing during its operations on the Continent.

 

WO1 Sturgess is an outstanding Station Warrant Officer, combing as he does an impressive appearance, impeccable dress and deportment, with intelligence and common sense.

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STUTT, P/O Ralph Adrian (J16178) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 20 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943.  Born in Toronto, 1916; home in Outremont, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 19 September 1939.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1940), No.13 EFTS (graduated 10 February 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 3 May 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented 25 February 1949.

 

This officer has been engaged in many successful sorties over German and Italian territory.  He has completed these attacks with consistent skill and courageous and throughout his tour of operations has achieved many outstanding successes.  Pilot Officer Stutt has set an example of skilful pilotage, cool judgement and determination.

 

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STYLES, P/O Alvin Edward (J85858) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in Kinburn, Ontario, 1918; home there; enlisted in Ottawa, 21 January 1941.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 28 April 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 1 December 1941).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented 11 August 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 24 July 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (222 hours 25 minutes), 3 November 1943 to 2 June 1944.

 

As mid-upper gunner, Pilot Officer Styles has completed one tour of operations during which he attacked many major targets of the enemy and carried out many minelaying operations.  On no occasion did his aircraft suffer damage by enemy fighters.  His keenness and ability made him an ideal crew member and he contributed much to the success of his crew.

 

For reliability and keenness and for the completion of a very satisfactory tour of operations I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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