SUAREZ, P/O Eduard Henri Joseph (J18830) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.  Born in St.Boniface, 1921; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 18 August 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned August 1943.  Award presented 29 June 1945.

 

One night in December 1943, this officer was the navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin.  Whilst over the target the aircraft was struck by shrapnel.  The whole electrical circuit was fused while Pilot Officer Suarez had his oxygen tube severed by a fragment.  He resourcefully repaired the damage to his tube by means of his handkerchief and was able to obtain light to continue his navigational task by tying the engineer's lamp to his forehead.  Later on, Pilot Officer Suarez lost all his equipment.  Despite this he navigated the aircraft to base.  In difficult circumstances his skill, coolness and initiative were highly commendable.  Pilot Officer Suarez has participated in many attacks on important targets and has invariably displayed praiseworthy determination and devotion to duty.

 

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SUDDICK, F/O William Edward (J17136) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron (dead) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945.  Born 1920 in London, Ontario; home in Toronto; enlisted in Toronto, 2 July 1940.  Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 16 March 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 13 April 1941).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented at Government House, 7 November 1941.

 

Flying Officer Suddick has been an extremely efficient and enthusiastic wireless operator/rear gunner who has invariably set his mind fearlessly to the task in hand.  In December 1943 he took part in an operational mission to Berlin in the course of which he displayed exceptional initiative and attained outstanding results.  His example of cheerful courage and coolness in the face of enemy opposition has been of great value to his squadron.

 

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SUGGITT, S/L William Reid (J15131) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.  Born in Toronto, 1920; home there; enlisted there 15 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 December 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 7 February 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 7 April 1941).  Commissioned 1942. Killed in action with No.617 Squadron, 13 February 1944 (Lancaster DV382); buried in Britain.  Award presented to next-of-kin, 12 December 1944.

 


This officer has a fine operational record which has included sorties to all the most heavily defended centres in Germany and enemy occupied territory.  He has recently taken part in raids on the Ruhr Valley including Essen and Duisburg and on the U-Boat bases of North-West Germany and France.  Despite intense anti-aircraft opposition, even when the bomber has been hit by shrapnel from very close shell bursts, he has always pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination. He is an ideal operational captain whose example has been an inspiration to all other pilots in the squadron.

 

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SULLIVAN, FS Frederick James McCullough (Can 7846) - Mention in Despatches - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in City View, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 16 September 1939.  Award presented 9 December 1947.  No citation in AFRO.  DHist card says unit on this occasion was No.6 Group.  Died in Ottawa, 17 December 1996.

 

SULLIVAN, FS Frederick James McCullogh (Can 7846) - British Empire Medal - Station Leeming (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 by F/L E.A. Clifford (Acting Chief Technical Officer) dated 22 May 1945.

 

Flight Sergeant Sullivan has been in charge of a flight on an operational squadron for the past two years.  During this period he has proven himself to be an extremely competent NCO and has discharged his duties in an outstanding manner.

 

Flight Sergeant Sullivan has cheerfully worked long and irregular hours in the interests of the Service and with complete disregard for his personal welfare.  He has displayed fine qualities of leadership and initiative, and by his exacting and careful attention to the many small but important details of his work, has made a substantial contribution to the efficiency and successful record of the section.  The capable administration of the flight by Flight Sergeant Sullivan has resulted in a high state of serviceability of aircraft at all times.  He commands the respect and confidence of both his superiors and those serving under him, and has set a splendid example by his devotion to duty.

 

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SULLIVAN, FS George Frederick (R81512) - British Empire Medal - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945.  American in the RCAF.  Born in Boston, Massachusetts, 29 May 1916.  Studied mechanics two years; worked six years with United Drug Company.  Enlisted in Montreal, 25 November 1940.  Award presented 8 January 1946.  Public Records Office Air 2/9094 has recommended citation.

 


Flight Sergeant Sullivan is a fitter who was posted to 409 Servicing Echelon in 1941, shortly after the squadron's inauguration.  He proved to be a good and just disciplinarian and soon commanded the respect of all those under his charge.  All new recruits were sent for training to Flight Sergeant Sullivan's flight.  Not only did he train them well, but in addition he also maintained his capacity for other work on hand.  His organizing ability was exceptional and in consultation with the squadron engineer officer he was responsible for all the detailed planning of loading schedules, convoys, packing and unloading drills.  In August 1944, the squadron moved to Northern France and was stationed within a few miles of the front line.  Air activity was great and losses were incurred.  In the ensuing months Fight Sergeant Sullivan worked unremittingly to ensure that every aircraft was available for patrol.  Conscientious to a remarkable degree, this airman has let nothing stand in the way of his duty.

 

NOTE:  DHist file 181.009 D.5529 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has another recommendation dated 13 June 1945.  This is obviously too late but is mentioned here because it throws added light on the man.

 

George Sullivan, a citizen of the United States of America, joined the RCAF early in 1940 as an aircraftman fitter (this was a time when the United States Government did not look favourably on their nations volunteering for service with the Allies).

 

Aircraftman Sullivan joined No.409 (RCAF) Squadron Servicing Echelon in late 1941 shortly after its inauguration.  He was an outstanding Aircraftman and his promotion was rapid to Flight Sergeant in charge of "A" Flight in October 1943.

 

As a Flight Sergeant he was a good and just disciplinarian and admired and respected by both the older airmen and the new recruits.

 

His organizing ability was exceptional, and most notable in France and Belgium, where air activity was great and the squadron has many successes and some losses.  These losses in aircraft finally decreased the strength in November to seven aircraft during which time Flight Sergeant Sullivan worked day and night to maintain a state of six serviceable aircraft.

 

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SULLIVAN, Sergeant John Bryson (R184363) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 13 July 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 July and AFRO 2160/44 dated 6 October 1944.  Originally published as a DFC citation in AFRO 2052/44, cancelled by AFRO 2101/44 and then corrected.  Born 1923 in Cobalt, Ontario; home there (carpenter); enlisted in North Bay, 13 October 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Award presented 17 June 1945.  In DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) there is a further account (in a letter re entitlement to Operational Wings) stating that incident occurred on 12/13 June 1944 while raiding Arras; it was his 16th mission.  Aircraft was attacked by fighters and Sullivan was hit by two machine gun bullets.  One broke his jaw; a shrapnel fragment lodged in his left eye and a bullet hit his knee.  Rear turret on fire, guns useless, but he put out fire and remained at his post.  He subsequently lost the left eye.

 

In June 1944, this airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in Northern France.  Whilst over the target area the aircraft was engaged by a fighter.  Sergeant Sullivan was wounded in the head but although partially blinded by blood which flowed from the wound, this gallant gunner remained at his post and gave skilful directions which enabled his pilot to out-manoeuvre the attacker.  Sergeant Sullivan's turret was badly damaged and caught fire but he succeeded in putting out the flames with an extinguisher which was brought to him by another member of the crew.  Displaying exceptional fortitude and devotion to duty, Sergeant Sullivan insisted on remaining in his turret until the enemy coast was crossed.  His example was most inspiring.

 

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SULLIVAN, P/O Joseph Claire (J90327) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 1914 in Peterborough, Ontario; home there.  Served in prince of Wales' Rangers; enlisted in Toronto, 23 May 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 23 January 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award sent by registered mail 24 October 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 2/8831 has recommendation dated 6 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (159 hours 40 hours).  Began as recommendation for a DFM (he was a Flight Sergeant) but annotations change this to a DFC as he had been commissioned on 6 November (with effect from 30 September 1944).

 

6 July 44         Foret du Croc                             8 Sept 44       Le Havre

7 July 44         Caen                                           10 Sep 44      Le Havre               

12 Jul 44        Tours                                           12 Sep 44      Frankfurt               

23 Jul 44        Kiel                                              23 Sep 44      Neuss

25 Jul 44        Stuttgart                                      26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez

4 Aug 44        Pauillac                                       4 Oct 44         GARDENING (Kattegat)

5 Aug 44        Blaye                                           6 Oct 44         Texel

7 Aug 44        Fontenay le Marmion                 7 Oct 44         Emmerich

13 Aug 44      Falais                                          11 Oct 44       Frederik Hendrik

15 Aug 44      Volkel                                          14 Oct 44       Duisburg

25 Aug 44      Russelsheim                               14 Oct 44       Duisburg

29 Aug 44      Stettin                                          19 Oct 44       Stuttgart

31 Aug 44      St.Riquier                                    23 Oct 44       Essen

3 Sept 44       Eindhoven                                   25 Oct 44       Essen

5 Sept 44       Le Havre                                     29 Oct 44       Cologne


 

Pilot Officer Sullivan, a Canadian, as navigator of a Lancaster aircraft, has completed a most successful operational tour against the enemy including attacks on such heavily defended targets as Kiel, Stuttgart, Stettin, Neuss, Duisburg, Essen, and Cologne.

 

His navigational skill has not only made his attacks most effective but has undoubtedly contributed very largely to the safety of his aircraft and crew.  On many of his attacks he has had to navigate under most difficult conditions of high and unpredicted winds and frequently in the face of strong enemy opposition.  He has always mastered his difficulties magnificently and instilled the utmost confidence in his crew, setting a shining example to less experienced navigators.

 

This Canadian's exceptional ability, coupled with magnificent fortitude and courage would receive fitting recognition in the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SULLY, A/V/M John Alfred, AFC (C686) - Companion, Order of the Bath - Air Member for Personnel, AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 19 November 1892 at Metcalfe, Ontario, served in 175th Battalion and RFC.  Served in France with No.70 Squadron as observer; in August 1917 returned to UK for pilot training, serving as instructor at School of Special Flying (Gosport).  In 1918 as part of British Aviation Mission he helped introduce Gosport training system to United States.  AFC in January 1919.  After the war he farmed and sold insurance out west, but joined the RCAF Auxiliary in 1932, organizing No.112 Squadron in Winnipeg.  Later commanded reserve units in Montreal.  On outbreak of war he was made CO of Trenton (one year), a staff officer as EAC, and finally AMP at AFHQ.  Retired 14 April 1945.  Award presented 22 April 1944.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while on the retired list.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I) has citation.

 

Air Vice-Marshal Sully, after successful service as Officer Commanding of one of the largest permanent RCAF stations, subsequently served with distinction at Eastern Air Command.  He was then appointed Deputy Air Member for Personnel and later Air Member for Personnel.  Passing through a very difficult period with its many personnel problems, this officer has displayed unbounded enthusiasm, determination and initiative.  His outstanding devotion to duty, entailing continuous long hours of service and extensive travel, has encouraged the highest respect and co-ordination from the large staff under his jurisdiction resulting in the present high standing of efficiency maintained by personnel throughout the services.  He is an energetic, untiring and very capable leader.

 


SULLY, A/V/M John Alfred, CB, AFC (C686) - American Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) - effective 2 February 1944 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946.  NOTE: This was originally announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946, reference Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946.  AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946 cancels and re-instates. Note, too, that at the same time, Major General H.F.G. Letson received the same award, and Lieutenant Colonel P.L. Debney was appointed to the Legion of Merit (Degree of Legionnaire) for essentially the same services in transfers from the Canadian Army to the American Army.

 

For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service while associated with an American-Canadian delegation for the transfer of United States citizens, serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force, to the armed forces of the United States.  During the month of March 1942 he was responsible for the preparation of plans and policies to effect such transfers.  His foresight, generous co-operation, and sympathetic knowledge of the problem resulted in the adoption of a plan which established an expeditious procedure, thus further cementing the friendship of Canada and the United States.

 

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SULPHER, F/O Felix Michael (J89793) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.170 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Born 1923 in Renfrew, Ontario; home there (clerk); enlisted in Ottawa, 5 October 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated 24 July 1943), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 26 November 1943).  Commissioned September 1944.  Award presented 11 August 1949.  Died in Renfrew, Ontario, 30 May 1999. No citation, "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 2/8772 has recommendation dated 6 June 1945 when he had flown 25 sorties (162 hours 50 minutes), 12 December 1944 to 1 May 1945.

 

12 Dec 44      Essen                                     12 Mar 45      Dortmund

17 Dec 44      Ulm                                         13 Mar 45      Gelsenkirchen

28 Dec 44      Bonn                                       15 Mar 45      Misburg

31 Dec 44      Osterfeld                                18 Mar 45      Hanau

7 Jan 45         Munich                                    22 Mar 45      Hildesheim

14 Jan 45       Merseberg                             24 Mar 45      Harpenerweg

28 Jan 45       Stuttgart                                  27 Mar 45      Paderborn

2 Feb 45        Weisbaden                            3 Apr 45         Nordhausen

3 Feb 45        Bottrop                                   14 Apr 45       Heligoland

7 Feb 45        Cleve                                      22 Apr 45       Bremen

8 Feb 45        Politz                                       29 Apr 45       Yprenburg

14 Feb 45      Chemnitz                                1 May 45        MANNA, Rotterdam

20 Feb 45      Dortmund

 


Flying Officer Sulpher of the Royal Canadian Air Force has successfully completed 25 sorties and 162 operational flying hours against the enemy.

 

Many of the targets which he was detailed to attack were Germany's most heavily defended cities such as Stuttgart, Munich and Essen.  On all these sorties Flying Officer Sulpher pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination, thereby setting a magnificent example to his very gallant crew.  He has at all times shown outstanding fortitude and skill and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in the squadron.

 

This officer possessed coolness and displayed exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger and was never once deterred by anti-aircraft fire.  It is therefore recommended that his courage, skill and devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SUMAK, Sergeant (now P/O) Leonard Stephen (R186333/J85311) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944.  Born 1921; home in Hanover or Hannon, Ontario (mechanic and transport driver); enlisted in Hamilton, 2 September 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Award presented 17 June 1945.

 

This airman has taken part in attacks on many strongly defended targets in Germany.  While returning from Berlin in December 1943, his aircraft was attacked by two enemy fighters but his cool and efficient directions enabled his pilot to evade the attack.  During the engagement Sergeant Sumak probably destroyed one of the hostile aircraft.  At all times he has displayed a fine fighting spirit, skill and courage of a high order.

 

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SUMMERHAYES, P/O John Wilson (J89358) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.  Home in Simcoe or Brantford, Ontario.  Air gunner, killed in action with No.426 Squadron, 12/13 May 1944.  Halifax LW682.  Name on Runnymede Memorial.

 

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SUMNER, W/C John Rohrer (C971) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 13 August 1909 in Liverpool, England.  Home in Thornhill, Ontario;  enlisted in RCAF Auxiliary (No.119 Squadron), Hamilton, 11 August 1938.  Qualified for pilots flying badge, 18 October 1939.  Flying Officer, 1 October 1939; Flight Lieutenant, 1 December 1940; Squadron Leader, 1 September 1942; Wing Commander, 28 October 1940.  Served at No.5 SFTS, 19 October 1940 to 28 August 1941; No.16 SFTS, 29 August 1941 to 10 February 1942.  Arrived overseas, 6 March 1942; with No.415 Squadron, 14 March 1942 to 7 August 1942; No.423 Squadron, 7 August 1942 to 11 August 1943.  Posted to Pensacola, Florida as RAF and RCAF Liaison Officer, late August 1943 to 28 July 1944; to RCAF Overseas, arriving in United Kingdom by sea, 25 September 1944; No.422 Squadron, 28 October 1944 to 12 September 1945. Repatriated September 1945; released 15 October 1945.  General List.  No citation.  Award presented 9 April 1948.

 

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SUNSTRUM, F/O Valentine Courtenay (J28038) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born 1919; home in Cochrane, Ontario (two years in Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in London, England, 27 February 1942.  Trained at No.1 CNS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.  See also F/O Hugh H. Campbell.  Optometrist in postwar; Mayor of Cochrane for may years. 

 

Flying Officer Sunstrum and Flying Officer Campbell have taken part in numerous bombing sorties, many of which have been against major and heavily defended targets.  In July 1944 their aircraft was detailed for an attack on Stuttgart.  While over the target it was damaged to such an extent that the speed of the aircraft slackened and there was not enough petrol left to reach the English coast.  Flying Officer Sunstrum navigated the crippled bomber the shortest way to the Normandy beachhead where the crew left the aircraft by parachute.  During the operation, Flying Officer Campbell's spine was injured.  Despite this trying experience both these officers have continued to evince undiminished keenness for operational flying.  At all times their courage, skill and determination have proved them to be outstanding members of a gallant crew.

 

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SUPERGIA, P/O Gus (J90611) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1921 in Regina; home in Georgetown, British Guiana (crane operator); enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 27 April 1943.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 12 November 1943).  Commissioned September 1944.  Award presented 31 August 1950 in Georgetown, British Guiana.  DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation (undated) submitted when he had flown 29 sorties (150 hours 20 minutes), 5 June 1944 to 5 January 1945.  Incident described was 6 December 1944.

 


Pilot Officer Supergia, as rear gunner, has flown on numerous operational sorties, at all times displaying coolness and vigilance worthy of the highest praise.  In December 1944, while returning from a mission to Osnabruck, his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88. This officer's excellent directions enabled his pilot to manoeuvre the aircraft into a favourable position. Handling his guns with cool determination, Pilot Officer Supergia then opened fire on the attacker, damaging it and forcing it to break off the engagement.  Throughout this officer has shown outstanding courage and determination under fire and has set an inspiring example to the other members of his crew.

 

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SURGENOR, F/O William Robert (J27987) - Mention in Despatches - No.9 TC, India - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home in Cornwall; enlisted in Ottawa, 19 June 1940.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943).

 

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SURLES, WO1 (now P/O) Charles Pitman (R145092/J89305) - Mention in Despatches - No.420 Squadron (deceased)  - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  American in RCAF; home in Lake Charles, Louisiana; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 5 December 1941.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 14 August 1942) . Killed in action 16/17 August 1944 (Halifax MZ687); buried in Germany.

 

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SUTHERLAND, P/O Clarence Bentley (J86114) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 11 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  Home in Truro, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 29 July 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS.  Cited with F/O W. McIntosh, DFM (RAF, awarded DFC).

 

One night in June 1944, Flying Officer McIntosh and Pilot Officer Sutherland were rear and mid-upper gunners respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Cerisy.  Just after crossing the enemy coast, Flying Officer McIntosh sighted a Junkers 88 coming in to attack.  He promptly warned his pilot who took the necessary combat manoeuvre.  Both gunners then opened fire, hitting the enemy aircraft with well placed bursts, causing it to spin towards the ground with both its engines on fire.  Almost immediately another Junkers 88 was sighted.  As the enemy aircraft came into range, Flying Officer McIntosh and his co-gunner met the attacker with devastating bursts of fire which caused it to explode in the air.  Half an hour later, these gunners engaged yet a third enemy aircraft.  Following their accurately placed bursts of fire the enemy fighter fell away and was seen to catch fire before it hit the sea.  Flying Officer McIntosh and Pilot Officer Sutherland defended their aircraft with great skill and resolution and undoubtedly played a large part in its safe return.  Their achievement was worthy of high praise.

 


SUTHERLAND, P/O Clarence Bentley, DFC (J86114) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Bar presented 9 April 1948; not clear if DFC was presented earlier.

 

Pilot Officer Sutherland is an air gunner with a fine operational record.  He has participated in the destruction of seven enemy aircraft and damaged one.  Three have been destroyed since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.  His aircraft have been in combat on other occasions and his accurate gunnery and coolness under fire have been outstanding.  In July 1944 the bomber in which he was flying was attacked five times by enemy fighters near Stuttgart.  This officer assisted in destroying two of them and driving off the remainder.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8881 has the original recommendation drafted 21 June 1944, at which time he had flown a total of 36 sorties (221 hours 20 minutes) of which six sorties (31 hours 45 minutes) had been since the recommendation for the Bar to his DFC.  It also included his sortie list:

 

                  * Unsuccessful sortie; coolant in starboard outer engine unserviceable

 

16 Dec 43      Berlin (7.45)                                24 Mar 44      Berlin (7.25)

23 Dec 43      Berlin (7.50)                                26 Mar 44      Essen (5.05)

29 Dec 43      Berlin (7.05)                                30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (7.25)

2 Jan 44         Berlin (8.10)                                5 Apr 44         Toulouse (7.25)

5 Jan 44         Berlin (8.45                                 18 Apr 44       Juvisy (4.55)

20 Jan 44       Berlin (6.25)                                20 Apr 44       La Chappelle (4.35)

21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (2.45)*                    22 Apr 44       Brunswick (5.20)

27 Jan 44       Berlin (8.45)                                11 May 44      Bourg Leopold (3.10)

30 Jan 44       Berlin (6.05)                                26 May 44      GARDENING (4.35)

15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.25)                                4 June 44       Maisy (4.10)

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (7.40)                             5 June 44       La Parnelle (4.15)

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (7.40)                           7 June 44       Balleroi (4.10)

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (8.20)                      9 June 44       Etamps (4.35)

25 Feb 44      Augsburg (7.20)                         14 June 44     Anney-sur-Odon (4.30)

10 Mar 44      Clermont Ferrand (6.25)           27 June 44     Marquis (2.30)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (8.05)                           12 July 44       Charlindrey (8.35)

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.15)                          28 July 44       Stuttgart (7.45)

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.10)                          5 Aug 44        St.Leu d'Esserent (3.50)

 

Nine attacks on Berlin are included among the 35 successful sorties completed by this Air Gunner who has proved himself an invaluable member of his crew.

 

This officer has shared with the other gunner seven enemy aircraft destroyed and one damaged, three of these being destroyed since his last award for destroying three in one night.


On the 28th of July the aircraft in which he was flying was attacked five times by fighters near Stuttgart.  Pilot Officer Sutherland assisted in destroying two of them and in driving off the remainder.  This officer's coolness under fire and the accuracy of his shooting has been an example to the remainder of the squadron.

 

Pilot Officer Sutherland has proved himself a keen and reliable gunner whose outstanding coolness and courage in the air have been a great asset to his captain.

 

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SUTHERLAND, FS (now P/O) Frank Alexander (R85849/J17496) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 December 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 30 June 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 25 July 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.1 AOS (graduated 4 January 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 16 March 1942).  Invested with award by King George VI, 28 March 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant Sutherland, who has served with both Coastal and Bomber Command, has taken part in attacks against such heavily defended targets as Essen, Hamburg, and Berlin.  On several occasions his aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire and attacked by night fighters.  An outstanding member of a gallant crew, Flight Sergeant Sutherland has consistently set a high standard of efficiency. confidence and devotion to duty.

 

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SUTHERLAND, F/L George Thomas (C3180) - Mention in Despatches - No. 407 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 November 1940.  Unit Adjutant.

 

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SUTHERLAND, WO2 Gordon Alexander (R115196) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1922 in Woodstock, Ontario; home there (furniture sander); enlisted in Southampton, Ontario.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Award presented 14 June 1949.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 10 January 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (145 hours 24 minutes), 22 June to 21 December 1944.

 

22 Jun 44       Marquis Minoyecques               12 Aug 44      Brunswick

24 Jun 44       Fleures                                        8 Sept 44       Le Havre


28 Jun 44       Saintes                                        16 Sep 44      Reine-Hopsten

28 Jun 44       Domleger                                    20 Sep 44      Calais

2 July 44         Domleger                                    25 Sep 44      Calais

12 Jul 44        Revigny                                       5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken

16 Jul 44        Sannerville                                  19 Oct 44       Stuttgart

20 Jul 44        Wizernes                                     29 Oct 44       Domberg

24 Jul 44        Stuttgart                                      30 Oct 44       Cologne

25 Jul 44        Stuttgart                                      6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen

29 Jul 44        Caumont                                     11 Nov 44      Dortmund

2 Aug 44        Le Havre                                     14 Dec 44      Karlsruhe

4 Aug 44        Pauillac                                       14 Dec 44      Kategatt

7 Aug 44        6 miles south of Caen               21 Dec 44      Bonn

 

Warrant Officer Sutherland, a Canadian air bomber, has now completed 28 most successful operations against the enemy, including attacks on many such targets as Stuttgart, Brunswick, Saarbrucken, Domberg, Cologne, Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund, Karlsburg and Bonn.  In addition he has bombed many small but vital tactical targets in France demanding the utmost accuracy and skill on the part of the bomb aimer.

 

He has proved himself more than equal to his tasks, pressing home every attack with exceptional skill, which has only been equalled by his courage and devotion to duty.

 

I strongly recommend that this Canadian Warrant Officer's unconquerable spirit and complete disregard for enemy opposition coupled with his devotion to duty merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SUTHERLAND, FS (now P/O) Gordon Grant (R86095/J16044) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.108 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 22 January 1943 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943.  Born Calgary, 1916; home in Winnipeg (oil refinery worker); enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 December 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 17 March 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 3 April 1941), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented.

 

As captain of aircraft Flight Sergeant Sutherland has been detailed for operational duties over many heavily defended targets and has invariably acquitted himself with courage and determination. On several occasions when his aircraft has been damaged with consequent failure of apparatus he has, with complete disregard of danger, persisted in his mission and successfully secured hits on the target.  This airman is a pilot of exceptional ability whose daring and tenacity are worthy of the highest praise.

 


NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9612 has recommendation for a non-immediate award sent by Group Captain W.J.M. Akerman, Headquarters, Royal Air Force, Middle East to Air Ministry on 14 December 1942:

 

The above-named Non-Commissioned Officer has completed 36 operational sorties covering a period of 250 hours. He is a captain of outstanding merit who has always instilled the greatest confidence in his crews and his name has been put forward for consideration for a commission.

 

On his second raid as captain he was detailed for a double sortie over the battle area, immediately before the evacuation of the Advanced Landing Grounds; on this occasion the refuelling arrangements broke down, but ## agreed to carry out the second sortie without refuelling, knowing that he would have a bare half-hour's fuel left on the return journey.

 

A further incident in this pilot's operational tour was on the night of 19/20 July 1942, when his artificial horizon failed during violent evasive action over Tobruk.  His aircraft was badly caught in searchlights and under intense and accurate heavy anti-aircraft fire the aircraft wet out of control and turned completely on its back.  This commenced at 8,500 feet and it was not until he was down to 4,000 feet that the aircraft was eventually righted, after which ## took his aircraft outside the target area, climbed to 9,000 feet and returned to make two further bombing runs, obtaining hits in the target area.

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer is undoubtedly a pilot of exceptional merit and it is considered that the success of his present operational tour, combined with the confidence he has always instilled in his crew, make him worthy of the highest praise.

 

SUTHERLAND, F/L Gordon Grant, DFM (J16044) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 18 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944.  Award presented 30 October 1948.

 

This officer has completed a very large number of sorties, many of them against targets in the Middle East.  He has proved himself to be a resourceful and skilful pilot whose determination in pressing home his attack has set a fine example.

 

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SUTHERLAND, P/O James Robert (J89942) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 1917 in Westville, Saskatchewan; home there.  Previously served in Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps; enlisted in Sydney, Nova Scotia, 16 November 1940.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 23 March 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 29 January 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented 9 July 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 16 November 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (171 hours 41 minutes), 30 April to 27 September 1944.  Warrant Officer (R88107) when drafting began; document bears pencilled note that letter of appointment of 26 October 1944 made him a Pilot Officer with effect from 22 September 1944.

 

                                                         * denotes daylight sortie

 

30 Apr 44       Acheres (4.57)                           7 July 44         Caen (3.50)

1 May 44        Malines (4.06), damaged         12 Jul 44        Ferme de Forestel (3.56)

FW.190 in combat                     13 Jul 44        Les Landes (3.50)

6 May 44        Mantes-Gassicourt (4.49)         18 Jul 44        Paris/Vaires (4.25)*

11 May 44      Colline Beaumont (3.45)           20 Jul 44        Ardouval (3.44)

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (4.38)                23 Jul 44        Les Catelliers (3.48)

1 June 44       Ferme d'Urville (3.43)                24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.19)

2 June 44       Trappes (4.45)                           12 Aug 44      Brunswick (5.35)

5 June 44       Maisy (4.46)                               14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE (3.47)

6 June 44       Chateaudun (5.30)                     16 Aug 44      Kiel (4.37)

7 June 44       Versailles (4.15)                        25 Aug 44      Brest/Pointe des

cloud over target                                                Espagnols (5.13)

12 Jun 44       Amiens (early return)                 3 Sept 44       Soesterberg (2.42)

14 Jun 44       Evrecy (4.31)                              9 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.20)

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade (3.54)                        11 Sep 44      Le Havre (4.24)

23 Jun 44       Oisemont (4.21)                         12 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen (4.21)

24 Jun 44       Le Grand Rossignel (3.37)       13 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen/

27 Jun 44       Marquis Mimoyecques (3.40)                          Nordstern (4.08)

28 Jun 44       Wizernes (3.19)                         15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.48)

30 Jun 44       Villers Bocage (4.21)*               23 Sep 44      Neuss (4.32)

4 July 44         Domleger (3.48)                        25 Sep 44      Calais (4.13)

6 July 44         Marquise Mimoyecques (2.58)                        26 Sep 44 Calais (3.40)

27 Sep 44      Calais (3.46)

 

On the night of 1st/2nd May, 1944, Warrant Officer Sutherland was Air Bomber in a Halifax III aircraft detailed to attack Malines railway centre.  As the aircraft neared the target area an FW.190 was reported positioning for an attack.  Combat action was taken by the pilot and it was no easy task to prepare for bombing.

 

The enemy fighter followed the bomber in to the target, but in spite of this Warrant Officer Sutherland coolly went on with his job and with skill guided his weaving aircraft into a bombing run and dropped his bombs on the target.  The target indicators which came out on his photograph proved the accuracy of his aim.  While the bomb doors were still open the FW.190 came in to attack with all guns firing but again he was defeated, and damaged, by able airmanship.

 


Throughout this action the courageous calm of Warrant Officer Sutherland was an inspiration to the rest of the crew.  His course corrections over the target were clearly and cooly given and served admirably to maintain the morale of his colleagues at a trying time.

 

Keen to fly against the enemy at all times, this Warrant Officer has completed a tour of 40 operations and has an impressive record of aiming point photographs to prove the accuracy of his bombing.  It is recommended that his excellent work, unfailing courage under fire and devotion to duty at all times be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SUTHERLAND, P/O Norman (J19842) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1920 in LaFleche, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented 22 April 1950.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Recommendation found in DHist file 181.009 D.1658 "Honours and Awards, Linton-on-Ouse" (PAC RG.24 Vol.1658); dated 24 June 1944 when he had flown 192 hours 52 minutes on operations (31 sorties):

 

Pilot Officer Sutherland has completed his first tour of operations, consisting of numerous sorties against distant and heavily defended targets.  These included seven to Berlin and nine others to distant targets in southwest Germany.  Throughout his past tour with the squadron, Pilot Officer Sutherland has set a very high example as an operational captain.  He has carried out all his duties in a most efficient and cheerful manner, and his courage and devotion to duty have been of a very high order.

 

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SUTHERLAND, Sergeant Robert (R51528) - Mention in Despatches - No.1666 Conversion Unit - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 12 April 1945. Home in Toronto. Enlisted in Fort William, Ontario, 19 October 1939. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation dated 27 July 1944 when he was Fitter and NCO in charge of A Flight.  Had served 26 months in Canada, 43 months overseas.

 


Ever since the establishment of this station, Sergeant Sutherland has shown untiring energy in the building up of the Flight of which he is in charge.  His outstanding qualities of leadership and cheerful manner, together with his excellent technical ability, enabled him to maintain an outstanding degree of efficiency and high morale during a trying period of opening a new station under most adverse winter conditions.

 

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SUTHERLAND, FS Vernon Alexander (Can 2317A) - Air Force Medal - No.122 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born at Revelstoke, British Columbia, 29 January 1919.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 17 October 1939.  Award presented 16 April 1943.  Remained in postwar RCAF and was awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Flight Lieutenant, No.12 Group).

 

This NCO since joining his squadron in June 1941, as a Wireless Operator Air Gunner, has carried out his duties in a highly efficient manner and his work has been outstanding.  His cheerful devotion to duty and to the welfare of his squadron has set an inspiring example to others.  In the course of his duties during the past year he has flown 422 operational hours, a great deal of which has been under adverse weather conditions.

 

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SUTHERLAND, W/C William (C1820) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - 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 21 March 1940.  Award presented 29 April 1948.

 

During the recent very difficult period of re-adjustment caused by the merging of two Training Commands, reductions in training requirements, the disbandment of units and the general decrease in the strength of the Royal Canadian Air Force, this officer's work as Staff Officer Organization has been onerous.  By encouragement to his staff and by personal example, he has created a highly efficient branch to which belongs much credit for the successful completion of the great amount of detailed organization involved in meeting the changing commitments.  This officer's work is always of an excellent calibre and is far superior to the normal requirements of the Service.

 

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SUTHERLAND, F/O William Ronald (J38728) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1913 in Bradford, Ontario; home there (pharmaceutical assistant).  Enlisted in Toronto, 27 July 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 10 December 1943).   Commissioned November 1943.  Award presented in Hamilton, 27 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."  Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 11 April 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (195 hours 15 minutes), 28 October 1944 to 27 March 1945.

 

28 Oct 44       Cologne                                      7 Feb 45        Cleve

11 Nov 44      Dortmund                                    13 Feb 45      Dresden

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                             14 Feb 45      Chemnitz

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                                    23 Feb 45      Pforzheim

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe                                    1 Mar 45         Mannheim

12 Dec 44      Essen                                          2 Mar 45         Cologne

17 Dec 44      Ulm                                              5 Mar 45         Chemnitz

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                                  8 Mar 45         Kassel

7 Jan 45         Munich                                         15 Mar 45      Misburg

14 Jan 45       Merseberg                                  16 Mar 45      Nuremburg

16 Jan 45       Zeitz                                             18 Mar 45      Hanau

28 Jan 45       GARDENING, Kattegat             21 Mar 45      Bruchstrasse

1 Feb 45        Ludwigshaven                            23 Mar 45      Bremen

3 Feb 45        Bottrop                                        27 Mar 45      Paderborn

 

Flying Officer Sutherland, a Canadian, has navigated a Lancaster aircraft on 28 successful bombing missions against the enemy.  Included amongst the targets he has attacked are many such distant and heavily defended ones as Karlsruhe, Munich, Merseburg, Dresden, Chemnitz, Pforzheim and Nuremburg.

 

By his skilful navigation, coupled with his coolness under fire and unshaken efficiency in most difficult circumstances, he has contributed, to a very large extent, to the success of his crew, in whom he has instilled the greatest confidence.

 

I consider his magnificent work together with his excellent fighting spirit and courage merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SUTHERLAND-BROWN, F/L Atholl (J14722) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.177 Squadron - Award effective 9 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1923; home in Oak Bay, or Victoria; enlisted in Vancouver, 17 September 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.18 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented 29 January 1947.  A long memoir is in his DHist biographical file, Indian Days - Burmese Nights, by Dr. A. Sutherland-Brown, 546 Newport Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8S 5C7.

 

This officer has completed many operations over Burma and Siam.  He has attained outstanding results and has inflicted most severe damage against enemy technical transport.  He has at all times shown the utmost determination and courage in low level attacks.  His unfailing keenness and devotion to duty have been most praiseworthy. 


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SUTTON, P/O Ransom Harold (J3722) - Distinguished Flying Cross -  No.104 Squadron - Award effective 2 September 1941 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941.  Born in Winnipeg, 1916; home in Edmonton; enlisted there 21 June 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.8 EFTS and No.4 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941. See Duncan for citation.  Invested with award by King George VI, 11 May 1943. Killed in action with No.139 Squadron, 27 May 1943 (Mosquito DZ381); buried in Germany.  NOTE: Christian names may be reversed.

 

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SUTTON, F/O Warren Waugh (J8420) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.69 Squadron - Award effective 17 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943.  American in RCAF; home in Gibsland, Louisiana; enlisted in Toronto, 14 February 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1941).  Invested with award by King George VI.  Cited with F/O R.E. Cline (see above).

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8940 has recommendation forwarded 12 February 1943 from Headquarters, RAF Middle East to Air Ministry; copy provided by Sean Morrison.

 

The following recommendation for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Pilot Officer Warren Waugh Sutton (CAN/J.8420) of No.69 Squadron is forwarded.

 

This officer arrived in Malta on 6th November 1942, and has flown as pilot of Wellington aircraft on shipping reconnaissance during his tour in Malta.

 

On one night in December 1942, he carried out an operation in conjunction with naval forces.  As aresult of his outstanding work the naval force was placed in contact with an enemy convoy and thus contributed largely to the amlost total destruction of the enemy force.  He has made many operational sorties in Wellingtons from Luqa, and has always accomplished his tasks in an exemplary manner.

 

He is a skilful and courageous officer, and he has contributed largely to the many successses achieved by the squadron in locating enemy convoys.

 

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SVOS, Sergeant Michael George (R117297) - Mention in Despatches - No.21 Staging Unit - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Home in Timmins, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 1 August 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 December 1941) and No.15 SFTS (ceased training, 30 January 1942).  Remustered as a clerk.  Cited with Sergeants Edward H. Baker, Felix Londeau, Henry A.J. Rosko, Larus Scheving, Ronald J. Ward and Frederic J. Wells.

 

These Sergeants showed complete disregard for their own safety when assisting in the rescue of fourteen occupants of a large transport aircraft which crashed recently in British Columbia.  The aircraft crashed in a wooded area, which had windfalls up to fifteen feet.  In order to effect the rescue, they had to work within a few feet of the wreckage, where there was no chance of escape in the event of explosions, which occurred shortly after the rescue.  As a result of their able work, eight of the occupants of the burning aircraft were saved. These airmen displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty in the face of grave danger.

 

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SWAIN, LAC (now Sergeant) Frank William Scott (R100287) - 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 Winnipeg; enlisted there 4 April 1941.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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SWAN, P/O George Alexander (J14452) - Mention in Despatches - No.4 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born at Brigham, Quebec, 1912.  Royal York Hotel employee. Enlisted at Toronto, 15 November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 May 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 26 September 1941).

 

Pilot Officer Swan, by his leadership and devotion to duty, his readiness to accept responsibility, together with a capacity for hard work, has been a source of inspiration to his associates and has contributed, in a large measure, to the splendid esprit de corps which exists in his squadron. He is an outstanding Flying Boat pilot with 855 hours of operational flying to his credit.

 

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SWAN, F/O John Valentine (J27753) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 AOS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Hamilton; enlisted there 7 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 22 July 1940) and No.1 BGS (graduated 21 December 1940).

 


Since repatriation, this officer served for nineteen months as a wireless air gunner instructor at No.34 Operational Training Unit and since March 1944 has acted as signals leader at No.1 Air Observer School.  He has shown on all occasions the utmost conscientious regard for duty, supervising and ensuring the smooth running of briefing and flying detail even when not officially on duty.  His tact and methods of dealing with the staff wireless air gunners have been of the highest order and he enjoys the confidence and respect of all.

 

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SWAN, H/S/L William John Minto (C9101) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted in Vancouver, 5 December 1941.

 

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SWANBERGSON, F/L Einor Ingeberg (C692) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.20 EFTS - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943.  Enlisted at Camp Borden, 4 June 1928.  Awarded wings, 27 August 1930.  Assigned to Reserve, 5 October, 5 October 1932.  Re-engaged at uncertain date.  Name is given in some documents as "Swansbergson" but the Air Force List uses the spelling employed here.

 

This officer, employed as a flying instructor and Assistant Chief Flying Instructor for approximately two and a half years, has demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership and devotion to duty. His excellent ability, sound judgement and reliability have been predominant in the execution of his duties.

 

SWANBERGSON, S/L Einor Ingeberg (C692) - Air Force Cross - No.20 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,062 hours (as of September 1943), of which 655 were instructional, 164 in previous six months.  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.

 

This officer has been employed on flying instructional duties for over two years.  At all times he has demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership and, by exercising unusual tact, has preserved an atmosphere of co-operation and good will.  On many occasions his duties have required him to work for longer than might normally be expected and this he has done cheerfully.  He has displayed outstanding ability as an instructor and has made a valuable contribution to successful flying training.

 

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SWANN, F/O Gordon Wilfred (J23907) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in Ontario; home in Hamilton; enlisted there 4 March 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award sent by registered mail 18 January 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 8 June 1944 when he had flown 23 sorties (129 hours).

 

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt                                             1 May 44        Lyons (factory)

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt                                             3 May 44        Mailley

24 Mar 44      Berlin                                                  7 May 44        Rennes          

26 Mar 44      Essen                                                 9 May 44        Caen

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg                                         11 May 44      Hasselt

18 Apr 44       GARDENING (Prorer)                      22 May 44      Dortmund

20 Apr 44       Cologne                                             24 May 44      Aachen

22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf                                         31 May 44      Tergnier

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe                                            4 June 44       Sangatte       

26 Apr 44       Essen                                                 5 June 44       Grisbecq

27 Apr 44       Friedrichshaven                                                        6 June 44       Acheres

30 Apr 44       Maintenon

 

Flying Officer Swann, a Canadian, has now completed twenty-three operational flights as Navigator of a Lancaster aircraft.  He has navigated his aircraft with exceptional skill on many long distance bombing and mining missions, and contributed largely to the outstanding success achieved by his crew.  His remarkable ability, cheerful courage and calm efficiency in the most adverse circumstances are an inspiration to all navigators and other aircrew.  I feel this officer's magnificent work fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SWANSON, Sergeant Berthan Cecil (R210846) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 15 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.  Born 1918 in Winnipeg; home in St.Thomas, Ontario (time keeper, former Canadian Fusiliers); enlisted in Vancouver, 29 December 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Award presented 29 May 1947.

 

Sergeant Swanson, as rear gunner, has displayed a fine fighting spirit throughout a notable tour.  In June 1944, when returning home from an attack on Vierzon, his aircraft was twice attacked by enemy fighters. By his good shooting and excellent directions to his captain, Sergeant Swanson played a good part in driving off the attackers.  His coolness and confidence in the face of the enemy have set a worthy example.

 

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SWANSON, FS Murray Laurence (R77522) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 10 July 1942 and AFRO 1097/42 dated 17 July 1942.  Born in Calgary, 1920; home in Edmonton (furniture salesman); enlisted in Calgary 26 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.5 EFTS and No.7 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941).  Later commissioned (J15610).  Invested with award by King George VI, 24 November 1942.

 

One night in June 1942, Flight Sergeants Swanson and Crosby were captain and wireless operator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Essen.  Whilst over the target area the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  Despite this, bombs were released.  On the return journey the aircraft was hit on several occasions by shell fire from the ground defences. On nearing Antwerp it was attacked by an enemy fighter, the fire from which set the underside of the fuselage on fire.  Flight Sergeant Crosby rendered valuable assistance in extinguishing the fire, then attended to the second pilot who had been seriously wounded.  Meanwhile the aircraft had lost height from 15,000 to 200 feet.  The bomb doors had dropped open and the landing wheels were in the down position.  With great resolution Flight Sergeant Swanson continued on his course and succeeded in flying the damaged aircraft back to its base.  His skill and devotion to duty were largely responsible for the safe return journey, while the conduct and coolness of Flight Sergeant Crosby in harassing circumstances were highly commendable.

 

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SWARTZ, S/L Raymond William (J10572) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1920 in Kitchener, Ontario; home in Waterloo, Ontario (salesman); enlisted in Hamilton, 5 June 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented in Hamilton, 27 July 1949.  No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy".  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 21 March 1945 when he had flown 25 sorties (175 hours 25 minutes), 27 September 1944 to 12 March 1945.  Of these, 17 sorties were with No.419 Squadron (27 September 1944 to 4 January 1945) and eight were in No.428 Squadron (7 January to 12 March 1945).

 

In the air Squadron Leader Swartz has displayed intrepid courage and coolness together with great ability as a captain of aircraft.  On every occasion he has pressed home the attack  with a fine disregard for opposition and has contributed largely to the operational efficiency of the unit.

 

As a Flight Commander he has proved himself an ideal leader with great devotion to duty and unselfish loyalty.  He has worked unceasingly for the betterment of the unit and has set a fine example for all crews to follow.

 

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SWARTZ, F/L Reginald Arthur (J26343) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born West Lorne, Ontario, 1917; home there. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 AOS and No.5 BGS.  Commissioned 1943.  No card in file detailing Second World War training.  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 22 June 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (177 hours 15 minutes, 27 October 1943 to 15 June 1944.

 

27 Oct 43       NICKELLING Paris (4.20)        24 Mar 44      Berlin (6.50)

20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (5.40)                          30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (6.50)

24 Dec 43      Berlin (7.30)                                18 Apr 44       Tergnier (3.00)

29 Dec 43      Berlin (6.15)                                20 Apr 44       Lens (3.00)

2 Jan 44         Berlin (7.05)                                24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (5.45)

3 Jan 44         Berlin (6.30)                                27 Apr 44       Friedrichshaven (7.00)

6 Jan 44         Stettin (8.30)                               8 May 44        Haine St.Pierre (2.35)

20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.00)                                10 May 44      Ghent (2.35)

21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (6.25)                      11 May 44      Boulogne (2.15)

27 Jan 44       Berlin (7.15)                                19 May 44      Le Mans (4.00)

28 Jan 44       Berlin (7.45)                                22 May 44      Le Mans (3.30)

15 Feb 44      Frankfurt (7.05)                          27 May 44      Rennes (3.40)

25 Feb 44      Augsburg (6.55)                         28 May 44      Mardyck (1.40)

2 Mar 44         Stuttgart (6.55)                           11 Jun 44       Tours (4.55)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (6.40)                           12 Jun 44       Amiens (2.40)

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (4.35)                          14 Jun 44       Cambrai (2.45)

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.20)                          15 Jun 44       Lens (2.40)

 

This officer is a very keen and capable Bomb Aimer who has completed 32 operational sorties against such strongly defended enemy targets as Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Stettin.  Throughout his operational career Flight Lieutenant Swartz has displayed a keenness for operations and a high sense of devotion to duty which has been a decided factor in influencing not only the successes attained by his crew, but in inspiring confidence in his other fellow comrades.

 

SWARTZ, F/L Reginald Arthur, DFC (J26343) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Swartz has completed two tours of operational duty.  He has participated in many sorties since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.  He has always shown the utmost tenacity and determination to complete all his missions with success.  His high standard of efficiency, skill and devotion to duty is most commendable.

 


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SWAYZE, P/O Charles Richard (J85720) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1923 in London, Ontario; home there; enlisted in Hamilton, 11 June 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned April 1944.  Award presented 28 May 1947.  Rear gunner in F/L J.M. Hollingworth's crew.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 26 August 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (141 hours 30 minutes), 27 January to 6 June 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Swayze has completed 29 sorties as a rear gunner in a heavy bomber, four of which were to the capital city, Berlin.  On a number of occasions, by his skilful direction to his pilot in evasive action, enemy night fighters have been forestalled.  He has continually shown a complete disregard of personal danger and his coolness has been an inspiration to all members of the squadron.  He has also set a fine example to other gunners in the squadron by his untiring efforts in his section to ensure the maximum efficiency of all crews.

 

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SWEANY, F/O George Andrew (J9783) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943.  Born Lockwood, Saskatchewan; home in Myrtle, Manitoba or Toronto; enlisted in North Bay, 10 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 August 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 6 December 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 12 January 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented 21 March 1944.

 

As navigator of outstanding ability this officer has taken part in attacks on the most heavily defended targets in Germany and Italy.  In October 1942, he participated in a low level attack on Flensburg.  The following month, while on an anti-submarine patrol, an attack was made on an enemy submarine and two minesweepers in the Bay of Biscay and despite heavy opposition from anti-aircraft fire, the submarine suffered severe damage in consequence.  Flying Officer Sweany has flown on eleven anti-submarine patrols during which his fine navigational skill has earned the complete confidence of his captain and crew and very materially contributed to the successes achieved.

 

SWEANY, S/L George Andrew, DFC (J9783) - Distinguished Service Order - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 29 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  NOTE:  His training record, as given with DFC citation, is a bit longer.  Moreover, the DFC citation describes him as a navigator.  Award presented 24 May 1946.

 


Squadron Leader Sweany has participated in a very large number of sorties against well defended targets.  Throughout he has displayed outstanding keenness and has been unsparing in his efforts to attack the enemy on every possible occasion.  He is a highly efficient air bomber whose excellent work has contributed materially to the successes obtained.

 

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SWEENEY, F/L Ronald James (J8426) - Air Force Cross - No.10 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Winnipeg, 7 August 1918; educated at St. Edward Public School and St.Paul's Collegiate.  Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he was on staff of Free Press; enlisted there 4 February 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 June 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.35 SFTS (graduated 17 October 1941).  Award sent by registered mail 2 May 1946.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,689 hours, 1,489 as instructor, 161 in previous six months.

 

This officer has been attached to this unit as a navigation instructor for the past three years.  His hard and conscientious work earned him the position of navigation flight commander, which position he has held for some eighteen months.  An excellent organizer, much credit is due him for the excellent record his section holds.  As an officer and flight commander he has displayed all the qualities  of a capable leader requisite of the highest traditions of the service.

 

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SWEIGARD, Sergeant Cloyd Milton (R70822) - British Empire Medal - No.1659 Heavy Conversion Unit (AFRO gave 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 December 1913 in Minnesota.  Home in Eyebrow, Saskatchewan (farmed with his father to 1937, then became a  mechanic and welder); enlisted in Regina, 28 September 1940.  Attended Technical Training School, St.Thomas, 22 November 1940 to 4 June 1941 (airframe mechanic. promoted Aircraftman 1st Class, 5 April 1941); served at No.6 Repair Depot, Trenton, 5 June 1941 to 16 May 1942 where he was an airframe fitter and welder (promoted LAC, 5 July 1941, Corporal on 1 August 1941; described as working on maintenance of heavy aircraft, "outstanding on Battles"; at Station North Sydney, 17 May 1942 to 13 February 1943, chiefly with No.117 (BR) Squadron (promoted Sergeant, 1 October 1942);  posted overseas March 1943, arriving 17 March 1943; to No.1659 CU, 27 March 1943; attended A.V. Roe course on Lancaster airframes, 24 January to 4 February 1944 and obtained 74 percent pass; to No.61 Base, 5 May 1944;  attended Propeller Course at de Havilland, 22 October to 4 November 1944;repatriated 7 August 1945; released 6 September 1945.  Award presented 14 February 1948.  No citation.  On 7 February 1945 he was assessed as "A very keen and much better than average Non-Commissioned Officer".  On repatriation he was described as having been "Non-Commissioned Officer in charge air frame mechanics".

 


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SWENERTON, F/O Lyman Douglas (J22543) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.  Born 1917 in Vancouver; home there; enlisted there 4 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 October 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 13 April 1942) and No.4 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented 5 March 1949.  No citation other than that he had "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 by W/C W.P. Pleasance dated 24 June 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (202 hours 35 minutes), 23 June 1943 to 27 April 1944.

 

Flying Officer Swenerton has completed a tour of 28 night operations against the enemy [Sea Search on 23 June 1943 and recalled mission of 22 February 1944 are clearly subtracted].  Throughout his tour of operations he invariably showed remarkable calmness and coolness.  Although he thoroughly understood his work, he was invariably searching for ways to improve his knowledge and efficiency.  With his devotion to duty and his exceptional knowledge, he was of invaluable help to his captain and crew and constantly instructed his pilot, irrespective of defences, to press home his bombing runs in the most effective manner.  During his operational tour, he secured no less than eleven plotted photographs within the target area.

 

I consider that this officer's continuous gallantry, his constant determination to press home his attack to the best advantage and the high example he has shown fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SWENT, P/O William Harold (J88458) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1921 in Rainham Centre. Ontario; home in Selkirk, Manitoba (welder); enlisted in Toronto, 5 February 1943.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943.  Commissioned 1944.  Award sent by registered mail from Government House, 1 April 1949.

 


This officer includes Stuttgart, Bremen and Stettin among his targets.  In July 1944, when on a mine-laying sortie, his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88 just before reaching the allotted position.  Pilot Officer Swent opened fire at short range and the enemy aircraft was seen to be hit.  It broke away and exploded in the air.  In May 1944, when detailed to attack railway installations at Trappes, his aircraft was four times attacked by enemy aircraft.  Although in one of these encounters it was severely damaged, Pilot Officer Swent maintained accurate fire throughout and succeeded in forcing all four enemy aircraft to break off their attacks.  He is an enthusiastic air gunner displaying a high standard of efficiency and determination both in the air and on the ground.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 9 October 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (138 hours 15 minutes), 27 May to 17 September 1944.

 

27 May 44      Boulogne (2.30)                         20 July 44       Homburg (3.40)

31 May 44      Trappes (5.25)                           21 July 44       GARDENING, Kattegat (6.30)

2 June 44       Wissant (2.00)                            24 July 44       Stuttgart (7.35)

5 June 44       Caen (3.40)                                28 July 44       Stuttgart (7.55)

7 June 44       Massy (3.30)                              3 Aug 44        Bois de Cassan (4.30)

23 Jun 44       Le Hay (3.00)                             4 Aug 44        Bordeaux (8.05)

27 Jun 44       Biennais (3.30)                          18 Aug 44      Bremen (5.45)

30 Jun 44       Villers Bocage (3.50)                25 Aug 44      Russelheim (8.10)

2 July 44         Beauvoir (3.50)                          29 Aug 44      Stettin (9.50)

5 July 44         Wizernes (2.50)                         3 Sept 44       Eindhoven (3.30)

7 July 44         Vaires (4.30)                              5 Sept 44       Le Havre (4.05)

10 Jul 44        Nucourt (3.40)                            6 Sept 44       Le Havre (4.00)

15 Jul 44        Chalons-sur-Marne                    10 Sept 44     Le Havre (4.05)

(6.30)                                           11 Sept 44     Kamen (4.40)

17 Jul 44        Caen (3.55)                                17 Sept 44     Boulogne (3.15)

 

Pilot Officer Swent has now completed a successful tour of operations consisting of 29 sorties totalling 138.15 hours, including such targets as Stuttgart (twice), Bremen, Stettin and Russelheim.

 

On the night of 21st July 1944, when detailed to lay mines off the German coast, just before reaching the allotted position, the aircraft was attacked by a Ju.88 from starboard down at about 600 yards. Pilot Officer Swent opened fire at short range and the enemy aircraft was seen to be hit, broke away, and exploded in the air.

 

On the night of 31st May/1st June 1944, when detailed to attack marshalling yards at Trappes, the aircraft was four times attacked by enemy aircraft. Although in one of these encounters our aircraft was hit, causing damage to [the] port inner engine, port inner mainplane and fuselage, Pilot Officer Swent maintained accurate fire throughout all the encounters and succeeded in causing all four enemy aircraft to break off their attacks.

 

Pilot Officer Swent is an enthusiastic air gunner, displaying a high standard of efficiency and determination, both in the air and on the ground.  He is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SWETMAN, F/L William Herbert (J15176) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 16 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 22 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942.  Born in Montreal, 1917; home in Kapuskasing, Ontario. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 EFTS, and No.6 SFTS.  Commissioned January 1942.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 1953 while with No.1 Air Division.

 

Flight Lieutenant Swetman, a bold and resolute captain, has inspired the confidence of all crews with whom he has flown.  He has participated in attacks on the Ruhr area and other targets both in germany and German occupied territory.  Throughout his operational tour he has performed excellent work.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9598 has detailed recommendation by W/C J.E. Fauquier dated 12 July 1942 when he had flown 27 sorties (118 hours three minutes).

 

11 Oct 41       Essen (5.40)                              1 Apr 42    Poissy (5.42)

17 Oct 41       Duisburg (5.00)                         8 Apr 42    Hamburg (5.56)

31 Oct 41       Hamburg (6.35)                         10 Apr 42  Essen (5.24)

30 Nov 41      Ostend (3.13, no attack)          12 Apr 42  Essen (4.29, bombs

7 Dec 41        Dunkirk (3.50, no attack,                             brought back)

10/10 clouds)                            30 May 42 Cologne (5.41,

17 Dec 41      Wilhelmshaven (4.42)                                  bombed Dusseldorf)

26 Jan 42       Hanover (6.42)                          1 June 42  Essen (5.06)

31 Jan 42       Brest (6.16, bombs                   2 June 42  Essen (4.44)

brought back)                            6 June 42  Emden (4.26)

14 Feb 42      Mannheim (7.13, large fire       8 June 42  Essen (5.22)

started at target)                       16 Jun 42  Essen (5.47)

9 Mar 42         Essen (6.36)                              20 Jun 42  Emden (4.36)

26 Mar 42      Essen (5.07)                              25 Jun 42  Bremen (5.05)

26 Mar 42      Lubeck (.30, bombs                 2 July 42    Bremen (4.59)

brought back)                            8 July 42    Wilhelmshaven (4.42)

 

Flight Lieutenant Swetman is a very courageous and able pilot. He has completed 27 operational sorties with this squadron and his ability and confidence has added considerably to their success.  He has continually been a leader to his fellow squadron members.  It is recommended that Flight Lieutenant Swetman's excellent work should be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

These notes are seconded  (13 July 1942) by the Station Commanding Officer who write more than Fauquier:

 


A bold and resolute captain who has now completed 27 operational sorties. By his ability and unshakable determination Flight Lieutenant Swetman has always inspired the confidence not only of his own crews but also of the whole squadron. He is the hardest hitting member of a hard hitting squadron and their success is due in nor small measure to his excellent example. I have pleasure in strongly recommending Flight Lieutenant Swetman for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

SWETMAN, W/C William Herbert, DFC (J15176) - Distinguished Service Order - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 25 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 April 1944 and AFRO 921/44 dated 28 April 1944.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operations during which he has attacked most of the enemy's heavily defended targets in Germany, including six on the capital city.  He has always endeavoured to press home his attacks with the greatest determination and his example of courage and devotion to duty has inspired all.  Wing Commander Swetman is a dauntless leader whose able and untiring efforts have been reflected in the fine fighting qualities of the squadron he commands.

 

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SWINGLER, P/O John Earle (J15119) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.38 Squadron - Award effective 30 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 7 July 1942 and AFRO 1097/42 dated 17 July 1942.  Born in Port Arthur, 1919; home there; enlisted in Fort William, 29 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.2 EFTS and No.2 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941).  Commissioned 1941.  DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 1 February 1944.  Stated that he had joined No.218 Squadron (Wellingtons) in February 1941 and flew 16 sorties (79 hours 55 minutes).  Flew two deliveries of Wellingtons to Malta, August 1941, before joining No.38 Squadron on 28 August 1941; flew 21 sorties (192 hours, which seems rather high) on night bombing, minelaying, and torpedo dropping; claimed torpedo hit on ship in Patras Harbour.  Lost in sand storm in desert, 19 November 1941, baled out, and spent four days walking 15 miles to safety.  Tour ended 15 May 1942 when he was posted to No.5 Middle East Training School.  Reposted to Canada, 21 June 1942 for duties with Ferry Command.  On 21 October 1942 posted to Hudson OTU at Yarmouth, and on 30 November 1942 to No.149 Squadron flying Ventura anti-submarine aircraft on the Pacific Coast.  Award presented 25 February 1944.   Appointed Honourary Colonel, No.18 Service Battalion, Thunder Bay, 1982.

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties which include raids on targets in Germany, Italy, Greece, and Libya.  He has always pressed home his attacks to the greatest advantage.  In March 1942 he was detailed to attack shipping off Patras Harbour.  In spite of heavy defensive fire, both from the ship selected for attack and the land defences, Pilot Officer Swingler pressed home his attack at 60 feet above sea level.

 

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SWINSON, P/O (now F/O) Kenneth George (J37360) - 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 Midland, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 13 November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.9 EFTS (ceased training, 3 July 1941), No.2 WS (graduated 7 December 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942).

 

This officer has at all times proved himself to be a loyal and efficient wireless operator air gunner while on flying operations in the North Atlantic.

 

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SWITZER, Sergeant Arthur William (R87620) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.18 Squadron - Award effective 22 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Born 1915 in Revelstoke, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 23 December 1940.  Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1941).  Award presented 29 May 1947.

 

This airman has completed a large number of operational sorties.  He has always displayed extreme keenness to participate in both day and night operations, proving himself a cool and courageous air gunner.  On two occasions his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters.  During these engagements, while giving his pilot excellent directions, he brought his guns to bear on the enemy, thereby greatly assisting in frustrating the attackers.  Sergeant Switzer has also successfully machine gunned enemy transport vehicles during night intruder attacks in Tunisia.  His conduct at all times has been most praiseworthy.

 

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SWITZER, F/L William Alexander (J21618) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Edson, Alberta;  enlisted in Edmonton, 11 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.18 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942).  Arrived in UK 19 August 1942; No.7 (P) AFU, 4 September 1942; No.56 OTU, 28 September 1942; No.193 Squadron 15 December 1942.  Injured in action, 15 August 1944.  Participated in attack which may have injured Rommell, 17 July 1944 (others were J17690 F/L R.W. Davidge, R132595 WO1 A.W.E. Sugden and J85756 F/L G.E. Langille, all of No.193 Squadron, a Typhoon unit).  See Wing Abroad, 26 October 1944.

 

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SYLVESTER, Sergeant Leonard Charles (R68436) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Born 17 January 1921; enlisted in London, Ontario, 16 September 1940.  Initially General Duties, reclassified as Service Police (23 November 1940) and as Disciplinarian (18 May 1943).  Posted overseas, August 1942; repatriated August 1945; released 13 October 1945.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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SYME, W/C John Duncan (C2138) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born in Wolverhampton, England; joined RCAF in 1927 as an aircraftman.  Commissioned in Aeronautical Engineering Branch, 15 June 1940.  Instructed at RCAF Aero Engine School, Montreal, until March 1943, when he was appointed CO of the unit.  Made Director of Engineering Training, AFHQ (September 1943).  Remained at that post to March 1945 when sent overseas.  Returned to AFHQ as Director of Trade Advancement, later CO of No.10 Repair Depot (Calgary).  Returned to AFHQ in December 1949 (Director of Maintenance); appointed CO of Camp Borden, February 1952. Award presented 9 December 1947.  Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when a Group Captain at Camp Borden.  Retired in 1956.

 

This officer since the outbreak of war has been employed on the duties of training mechanical tradesmen and engineer officers.  He has always devoted his full energies to the task.  His enthusiasm and devotion to duty have been a splendid example to all.  His initiative and forethought in the training of these ground trades have contributed greatly to the high standard of maintenance and low accident rate enjoyed by the Royal Canadian Air Force.  By his consistently commendable work and example to others he is deserving of high praise.

 

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SYMONS, P/O John Henry (J16507) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.75 Squadron - Award effective 6 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Born in Saskatchewan, 1921; home in St.James, Manitoba; enlisted in Calgary, 11 November 1940.  Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 22 December 1941) and No.3 WS (graduated 21 November 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Invested with award by King George VI, 23 November 1943.  Cited with P/O P.J.O. Buck (RNZAF), awarded DFC.

 

One night in April 1943, Pilot Officers Buck and Symons were pilot and navigator respectively, of an aircraft detailed to attack Duisburg.  Whilst over the target area the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter and sustained much damage.  The rear gunner was mortally wounded while Pilot Officer Symons was wounded in the hand.  Pilot Officer Buck succeeded in evading the attacker and set a course for base.  On the return flight the damaged bomber became difficult to control and when one of the engines failed, the aircraft began to lose height.  All moveable equipment was jettisoned and height being maintained, Pilot Officer Buck flew the aircraft to base where he effected a perfect crash landing.  During the return flight, Pilot Officer Symons, in spite of his painful injury, did all within his power to help his pilot obtain a number of fixes which proved of great assistance.  In a most difficult situation these officers displayed courage, skill and determination of a high order.

 

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SYMONS, F/O John Harvey (J20389) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 24 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 5 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born 1920 in Montreal; home in Lachine; enlisted in Montreal, 10 October 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented.

 

Flying Officer Symons has completed many anti-shipping missions off the Norwegian coast and in the Bay of Biscay.  During his service with the squadron on several occasions he has led a section of the attacking force with great skill and courage, always pressing home his attack, often in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire both from ships and shore batteries.  In an attack on a 14,000 ton enemy vessel in March 1944, he encountered fifteen enemy fighters.  This officer has always completed his duties with the greatest coolness and keenness and has contributed materially to the successes attained by his squadron.