TACHE, F/L Joseph Jacques Rene (C2696) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tofino - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Quebec City; enlisted in Dartmouth, 9 September 1940.

 

The numerous technical improvements that this officer has effected in his armament section has resulted in the saving of many hours of labour. The distinction with which he discharged his duties has set a splendid example to all ranks of the station and has exemplified splendid devotion to duty. This officer has at all times placed the interest of the service first and foremost and his leadership and devotion have been of inestimable value in maintaining a high state of morale among all those with whom he has served.

 

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TACKABERRY, A/C Stanley Gibson (C10) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - Canadian Joint Staff, Washington - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Brockville, Ontario, 14 June 1891; B.Sc. from University of Toronto. Served overseas with CEF and RFC. After the First World War he joined the Department of Public Works as a mechanical engineer; attached to CAF as equipment officer and Acting Director of Stores. Joined RCAF, 1 April 1924. From then until November 1940 he was Director of Aeronautical Equipment; after that he was appointed Air Member for Supply (attended RAF Staff College, Andover, 1938). Posted to CJS (Washington), 1942, as Senior Equipment and Engineering Officer (to May 1945), establishing and co-ordinating procurement policies to ensure smooth flow of aircraft to Canada. Returned to AFHQ, Ottawa, May 1945. Award presented 9 July 1948.

 

This officer has given many years of loyal service to the Royal Canadian Air Force. In his present appointment he has displayed a high degree of initiative and ability. He has built up and organized his staff on a most efficient basis and has, by his knowledge and keenness, on more than one occasion, saved considerable expenditure of money. Despite the conflicting interests of the United States' services on supply matters, Air Commodore Tackaberry has, by his tact, ability and personality, safeguarded the interests of the Royal Canadian Air Force and still maintained the cordial relations so essential to the mutual effort. His services to the Royal Canadian Air Force in his present appointment have been of great value.

 

TACKABERRY, A/C Stanley Gibson, CBE (C10) - United States Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) - effective 21 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. NOTE: This was originally announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946, reference Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946. AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946 cancels and re-instates. NOTE: The following citation is taken from an undated newspaper clipping and may not be complete.

 


Charged with establishing and co-ordinating the procurement policies to assure the flow of aircraft and material from the United States for the air training programme sponsored by the British Commonwealth of Nations, he guided the development of supply procedures in a manner which brought success to his mission.

 

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TAERUM, P/O Torger Harlo (J16688) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 23 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943. Born in Alberta, 1920; enlisted there 19 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 7 June 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 27 April 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 7 July 1941). Commissioned 1942. Ruhr dams raid - see F/O D.R. Walker (below) for citation. Invested with award by King George, 11 May 1943. Killed in action 15 September 1943 with this unit (Lancaster EE144); buried in Germany.

 

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TAGGART, P/O Lloyd McIntyre (J87614) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1917 in Edmonton; home in Kelowna, British Columbia. Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted in Vancouver, 15 April 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 10 February 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1944. Decoration presented 6 May 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 44 sorties (183 hours five minutes), 9 September 1943 to 15 October 1944.

 

9 Sept 43 Boulogne 5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserent

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 10 Aug 44 Dijon

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 12 Aug 44 Russelsheim

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE A/P 28

24 Mar 44 Berlin 16 Aug 44 Stettin

26 Mar 44 Essen 18 Aug 44 Bremen

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 26 Aug 44 Kiel

3 May 44 Montdidier 27 Aug 44 Marquise-Mimoyecque

6 May 44 Nantes Gassicourt 29 Aug 44 Stettin

11 May 44 Louvain 31 Aug 44 Agenville

19 May 44 Boulogne 3 Sept 44 Volkel aerodrome

21 May 44 Duisburg 5 Sept 44 Le Havre

24 May 44 Aachen 8 Sept 44 Le Havre

27 May 44 Rennes 9 Sept 44 Le Havre

3 June 44 Calais 10 Sept 44 Le Havre

6 June 44 Longues 11 Sept 44 Castrop Rauxel

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy 12 Sept 44 Frankfurt

9 June 44 Rennes 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken

24 June 44 Middel Straete 6 Oct 44 Scholven

27 June 44 Oisemont 12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel

30 June 44 Villers Bocage 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

4 Aug 44 Troisy St.Maximim 15 Oct 44 Duisburg

 

Pilot Officer Taggart is visual bomb aimer of a visual marker crew. The responsibilities of his work are great and he discharges them with a complete disregard of his personal safety. He consistently does everything in his power to ensure the success of the attack, regardless of the opposition. He is recommended for a non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TAGGART, WO Robert Lionel (R115740) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, 1918; home there (labourer); enlisted in Saskatoon, 28 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.5 EFTS (ceased training 28 July 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942). Decoration presented 11 December 1946.

 

Throughout many sorties the fine fighting spirit and skill of this Warrant Officer has inspired his crew with confidence and enabled the attacks to be pressed home with the fullest determination. On one occasion in October 1943 his aircraft was subject to intense anti-aircraft fire, illuminated by searchlights and in danger of attack from enemy fighters. Warrant Officer Taggart, by his vigilance and accurate directions, enabled his pilot to avoid the attack and complete the mission successfully.

 

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TAIT, P/O George Bertram (J16517) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943. Born in Vancouver, 1912; home there; enlisted there 12 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.16 EFTS (ceased training), No.2 BGS (graduated 27 October 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 15 September 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 25 November 1941). Commissioned 1942. Decoration presented 21 March 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Tait has taken part in twenty-five operational sorties during which he has displayed navigational skill of the highest degree. He has always set a magnificent example by his courage and devotion to duty. His trips have included raids on Kiel, Cologne, Stuttgart, Turin and Genoa.

 

TAIT, F/L George Bertram, DFC (J16517) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Bar sent by registered mail, 3 June 1948.

 

Flight Lieutenant Tait has taken part in many operations as a navigator. His technical skill and unfailing determination regardless of enemy opposition make this officer invaluable to his squadron.

 

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TALBOT, F/O Mervyn Richard (J90135) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born February 1923 in Boissevain, Manitoba; home in Winnipeg (student). Trained at No.5 ITS, No.10 EFTS, and No.16 SFTS. Commissioned September 1944. Served in postwar RCAF as a Corporal at Rockcliffe. 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 4 June 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (204 hours 43 minutes) as follows (* denotes daylight sortie):

 

14 Oct 44 Duisburg* 1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 2 Feb 45 Wiesbaden

25 Oct 44 Essen 8 Feb 45 Stettin Politz

30 Oct 44 Cologne 13 Feb 45 Dresden

31 Oct 44 Cologne 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

3 Nov 44 Bochum 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

27 Nov 44 Frieburg 8 Mar 45 Kassel

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 11 Mar 45 Essen

6 Dec 44 Merseburg Leuna 15 Mar 45 Misburg

12 Dec 44 Essen 18 Mar 45 Hanau

17 Dec 44 Ulm 21 Mar 45 Bremen*

22 Dec 44 Coblenz 23 Mar 45 Dort-Harpenerweg

1 Jan 45 Nuremburg 27 Mar 45 Paderborn*

14 Jan 45 Merseburg 10 Apr 45 Plauen*

22 Jan 45 Duisburg 14 Apr 45 Potsdam*

 

Flying Officer Talbot, a Canadian officer and a captain of aircraft, has completed 32 operational sorties against the enemy in the course of his first tour of operations. These sorties have all been against heavily defended targets and include Karlsruhe, Merseburg, Dresden and Chemnitz.

 

This Captain, by his sustained courage, has set a magnificent example, and his calm, confident and skilful pilotage in action has been an inspiration to his crew and his example and skill have only been excelled by his determination to achieve his objective and press home his attacks to the furthest extent.

In recognition of his splendid contribution to the fighting efficiency of his crew and his invaluable spirit of determination, both of which have been an inspiration to the squadron, Flying Officer Talbot is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TALMAGE, F/O Murray Edward (J22425) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1915 in Hamilton, Ontario; home there or Toronto; enlisted in Toronto, 16 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS, No.4 BGS (graduated 21 November 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award sent by registered mail 13 January 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 22 July 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (224 hours 30 minutes), 16 September 1943 to 4 July 1944.

 

As Bomb Aimer, Flying Officer Talmage has carried out attacks against Berlin four times, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Ludwigshaven, Magdeburg and several vital targets in France. He has altogether made thirty-five sorties against the enemy, which included important minelaying operations. He has been an invaluable crew member, particularly with the aid he has given to the navigator at all times. For the completion of a satisfactory tour of operations, I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TANNER, P/O Frederick Earle (J90838) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born November 1922 in Apsley, Ontario; home in Peterborough, Ontario (surveyor); enlisted in Toronto, 18 January 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 10 December 1943. Commissioned October 1944. Decoration presented 22 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 24 March 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (168 hours 30 minutes) from 3 August 1944 to 24 December 1944.

 

This officer, as Air Gunner, has participated in thirty-two sorties over enemy territory. The bulk of these raids have been over heavily defended targets in Germany. His cheerful confidence and strong sense of devotion to duty, particularly in the face of enemy fire, has contributed largely to the efficiency and accuracy with which his crew have completed their attacks.

 

For this example of cheerful courage and quiet but dogged determination this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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TAPP, F/O Lorne Arthur Paul (J16189) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.684 Squadron - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 November 1944 and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 15 May 1920 in Ottawa; home in Lennoxville, Quebec; enlisted in Sherbrooke, 23 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.5 EFTS (graduated 27 November 1940) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 14 February 1941). Posted overseas, 24 March 1941; commissioned 1942; repatriated 9 November 1944. A press release stated he had "shared in the destruction of a 'l09 with F/O 'Bill' Connell". Award presented at Government House. Served in postwar RAF; awarded Air Force Cross (London Gazette dated 2 January 1950 for work with No.40 Squadron (Yorks) on Belin Airlift. RCAF again, April 1952 to December 1964. Died in Manotick, Ontario, 10 September 1985.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational flights including many long range reconnaissance sorties over enemy territory. On one occasion he completed a flight of over 2,000 miles in very adverse weather. Flying Officer Tapp has invariably displayed courage and devotion to duty, and his determination to complete his mission, undeterred by adverse weather or enemy opposition, has been reflected in the splendid results achieved.

 

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TARLING, F/L Donald Earle (J86964) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1920 in Toronto; home there (manager); enlisted there 7 July 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 February 1943), No.20 EFTS (graduated 1 May 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned June 1944. Decoration presented 22 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Died in Lakefield, Ontario, 7 November 1998.

 

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TARRY, F/O (now F/L) Norman John (J13587) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.120 Wing (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Born in Leicester, England, 4 October 1914 Home in Vancouver (retail clerk); served in Non-Permanent Active Militia (Seaforth Highlanders), 1940-41 before enlisting in Vancouver 14 August 1941 but spent much time on non-flying duties before commencing aircrew training. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 1 March 1942), No.1 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942 and commissioned). To Flying Instructor School, Trenton, 27 September 1942; to No.2 SFTS, 15 November 1942; to No.6 OTU, Comox, 30 January 1945; to Y Depot, Moncton, 15 June 1945; left Canada 5 September 1945; arrived in UK, 11 September 1945; to No.436 Squadron, 24 September 1945; repatriated from overseas, 15 February 1946; released 13 May 1946. No citation. Unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1124 (RG.24 Vol.20595).

 

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TASCHEREAU, F/O Joseph Leon Gabriel (J10715) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born Victoriaville, Quebec, 1915; home in Quebec City; enlisted there 12 September 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.5 AOS (graduated 3 January 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 18 March 1943). Decoration presented 21 May 1947.

 

Flying Officer Taschereau has participated in a large number of operational sorties over German and Italian territory. His efforts have at all times been characterized by accuracy and reliability. On one occasion during a night bombing attack over Sicily the aircraft in which he was navigator was attacked by an enemy fighter and the wireless operator was severely wounded. Flying Officer Taschereau immediately rendered first aid, at the same time navigating the aircraft safely back to base. A most skilful navigator, this officer's cheerful confidence and devotion to duty have always merited the highest praise.

 

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TATHAM, WO William Norman (R70700) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron (now POW) - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 206 February 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Kelliher, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 11 September 1940. Decoration presented 29 May 1947. Cited with F/O James C. Harty (RCAF, pilot, awarded DFC), which see for citation.

 

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TAUNTON, Fl/O Mary Gertrude (V30280) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Born 31 December 1914 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 8 January 1942. After training in Toronto she served at No.10 SFTS, Dauphin, 15 February to 26 March 1942; N.6 Manning Depot, Toronto, 27 March to 25 April 1942; No.7 Manning Depot, Rockcliffe, 26 April to 9 October 1942. Commissioned 10 October 1942. To No.6 Manning Depot again, 10-29 October 1942; No.7 Manning Depot, 30 October 1942 to 8 October 1943. Posted overseas overseas, arriving in UK 30 October 1943; to Station Leeming, 17 November 1943; to No.62 Base, 11 October 1944; to No.63 Base, 20 March 1945; repatriated 26 September 1945; released 6 November 1945. Certificate mailed to her, 12 October 1948. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. Intelligence Officer overseas.

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TAUNTON, Fl/O Nancy Mildred (V30094) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. Born 30 May 1919 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 21 October 1941. Trained at CWAAF Depot, Toronto, to 13 February 1942; to No.10 SFTS, 14 February 1942; to No.6 Manning Depot, 27 March 1942. Commissioned 30 March 1942. To AFHQ, Ottawa, 15 June 1942; to No.4 Wireless School, Guelph, 28 November 1942 Codes and Cypher instructor); to AFHQ, Ottawa, 28 July 1943 (detached to Washington, D.C.); to RCAF Overseas, 13 January 1944; to No.6 Group Headquarters, 7 February 1944; to Station Leeming, 28 August 1945; to Station Topcliffe, 1 November 1945. repatriated 23 December 1945; released 4 February 1946. Subsequently married and name changed to "Steele". Certificate mailed to her home in Winnipeg, 12 October 1948. She appears to have been Chief Cypher Officer at No.6 Group Headquarters and was described as having considerable executive ability.

 

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TAVERNER, Corporal Ruth (W310500) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland; enlisted in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, 24 June 1943. Award presented in 1952.

 

This airwoman has given over two years outstanding service in this Directorate in her capacity as Clerk in charge of Motor Transport Records. This has been extremely difficult as Royal Canadian Air Force Motor Transport has been supplied at various times by units all over this country and the Continent. This airwoman's never failing application to duty has ensured accurate records being available, without which efficient Motor Transport operations would have been impossible and losses would have been great.

 

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TAYLER, F/L John Edward (C97024) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas (now No.10 RD) - Award as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1946 and AFRO 1059/46 dated 8 November 1946. Born at Hazelmere, England, 9 May 1918. Educated in Edmonton, 1925 to 1937 and served in Edmonton Regiment (Militia), 1935-1938). Joined RAF (service number 40958), 16 May 1938; attended No.10 FTS, May 1938 to April 1939; commissioned 9 July 1938; promoted Flying Officer, 3 September 1940; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 3 September 1941; promoted Squadron Leader, 29 December 1941; to No.70 Squadron as transport pilot, April 1939; to No.216 Squadron, June 1940; to Communications Flight, Habbniya, December 1940 (bombed targets at Mosul, Bagdad, Faleja, May 1941 as well as landing airborne troops - Valentia and Hart aircraft); to No.84 Squadron, August 1941 (claimed about 100 hours bombing targets in Western Desert and 20 hours attacking Japanese shipping in Sumatra and Java).; taken prisoner in Far East, April 1942.Home in Calgary; enlisted in London, England, 24 November 1944 (not sure how this id possible given he was supposedly a POW). Repatriated 23 November 1945; to No.10 Repair Depot, 2 December 1945 until 22 January 1947. Released in Winnipeg, 29 January 1947. Subsequently rejoined RAF on 12 January 1949 and on 3 May 1952 was severely injured in crash of Valetta VW153, No.110 Squadron at RAF Station Butterworth (Malaya). His full name was given as John Edward David Tayler. It is not clear when he was discharged from RAF, but as of 1969 he was living in Edmonton. No citation other than:

 

...in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst prisoners of war in Japanese hands.

 

NOTE: As of 23 January 1946 he claimed the following hours flown: Bombay (300), Valentia (400), Anson (100), Oxford (100), Blenheim (200), Moth (50), Hart (25), Magister (25), although all times were approximate, he having lost his log book.. About the same time he filed the following report on his POW activities:

 

Whilst POW in Java was CO of a squadron of mixed RAF, RN and Army personnel. The strength varied between 150 and 400 all ranks. Duties entailed maintaining as high a standard of discipline as possible among the men - ensuring that Working Parties as detailed by the Japanese were as fit as circumstances allowed for work indicated. We acted as a buffer state between our men and the guards. We were held responsible for the cleanliness of our barracks and camp and that all the Japanese orders were carried out. We were liable for punishment for any infringement of their orders by our men.

 

We ran an orderly room and charge sheets were filed when necessary procedure had bee gone through. Punishments varied as we had no KR and ACLs. Recommendations for promotions or awards of men who were outstanding during the period of imprisonment were also filed and kept until our release.

 

I was employed in this manner two and a half years. The remainder of the time, I worked as a cook and supervisor in a bakery for prisoners of war.

 

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TAYLOR, F/O Alexander Keith (C8111) - Mention in Despatches - No.500 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Born 14 November 1918. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 14 April 1941. Commissioned 13 September 1941 after training at University of Manitoba. To McMaster University, 1 October 1941; to Station Trenton, 19 October 1941; to Technical Training School, St.Thomas, 17 November 1941; to No.31 Radio School, Clinton, 13 December 1941 to 13 March 1942; Embarked from Canada on 13 March 1942; arrived at No.3 PRC, 24 March 1942; to Headquarters, No.15 Group, 15 April 1942; to Station Stornoway, 16 April 1942; to No.500 Squadron, 4 August 1942. Proceeded with that unit to North Africa, November 1942; struck off strength of that squadron, 5 August 1943; to UK, 9 September 1943; to Headquarters, Middle East, 12 January 1944, arriving in Egypt 30 January 1944; to Headquarters, Middle East, 7 February 1944; to Headquarters, Mediterranean Allied Air Forces, 30 November 1944; ; repatriated 21 August 1945; released in Vancouver, 31 August 1945.Unit not identified in AFRO but found in DHist file 181.009 D.1711 "Honours and Awards - Awards to RCAF Personnel in Middle East" (NAC RG.24 Box 20605).

 

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TAYLOR, F/L Allan Douglas (J25790) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.92 Squadron - Award effective 12 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1920 in Grey City, Ontario; home in Beamsville (farmer); enlisted in Hamilton, 11 March 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Decoration presented 28 May 1947. Recommended when he had flown 120 sorties (150 operational hours).

 

Flight Lieutenant Taylor has proved himself to be an outstanding fighter bomber pilot. He has completed a very large number of operational sorties and by his consistent skill, enthusiasm and devotion to duty he has set an excellent example to all pilots. In September 1944, this officer, leading a formation of six aircraft, succeeded in locating a concentration of enemy troops which were massing for a counter attack against Giovanni di Galilea. Despite heavy anti-aircraft fire he bombed and machine gunned the enemy troops so successfully that the counter attack was entirely broken off and our troops were able to enter the town unopposed. The whole operation was worthy of high commendation.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9150 has recommendation dated 2 January 1945 when he had flown 120 sorties (150 operational hours).

 

Flying Officer Taylor joined No.92 Squadron on 6th June 1944 and has now completed 150 hours operational flying. In the period during which the squadron was engaged on interception duties, Flying Officer Taylor obtained one ME.109 probably destroyed over Spezia. During the last three months Flying Officer Taylor has been fully capable of leading a flight and has done so on numerous occasions. His own individual bombing has been consistently of the highest standard of accuracy.

 

On 25th September 1944, Flying Officer Taylor, leading six aircraft, succeeded in locating a concentration of enemy troops massing for a counter attack at Giovanni di Galilea, Despite heavy flak he bombed and strafed so successfully that the counter attack was entirely broken up, the Colonel was killed and out troops were able to enter the town unopposed. The whole operation, warmly commended by the Army, was essentially due to Flying Officer Taylor.

 

Throughout his tour and especially during the recent period of close support, Flying Officer Taylor has been a tower of strength to the squadron and an inspiration to his brother pilots. His professional skill, dash and determination have bee outstanding and he has contributed in every possible way to the success of the squadron.

 

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TAYLOR, F/O Bertram (J27484) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.192 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1919 in Uxbridge, Ontario; home in Phippen, Saskatchewan (assistant geologist); enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 19 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. Decoration presented at Sea Island, 25 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 15 November 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (148 hours), 10 June 1944 to 30 October 1944. In all the sorties listed, the job is described as "Special Duty".

 

10 Jun 44 Dreux (4.20) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.30)

12 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.05) 2 Sept 44 Lofoten Islands (9.05)

27 Jun 44 Paris (3.45) 11 Sep 44 Gladbach (3.00)

15 Jul 44 Nevers (7.25) 13 Sep 44 Darmstadt (4.40)

17 Jul 44 Dutch coast (1.50) 15 Sep 44 Dutch coast (7.10)

18 Jul 44 Scholven (Ruhr) 3.00 17 Sep 44 East of Saarbrucken (4.25)

20 Jul 44 Le Havre (2.45) 27 Sep 44 Kaiserslautern (4.25)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.15) 28 Sep 44 North of Zwolle (2.35)

28 Jul 44 Dutch coast (3.25) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (5.30)

8 Aug 44 North Sea patrol (3.40) 6 Oct 44 Bremen (4.10)

10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.10) 9 Oct 44 Bochum (4.35)

12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.00) 14 Oct 44 Brunswick (6.35)

16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.10) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.50)

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (3.00) 25 Oct 44 Essen (3.35)

26 Aug 44 German and Dutch 30 Oct 44 Wesseling (3.25)

coasts (3.55)

 

As navigator of a heavy bomber aircraft, this officer has completed a tour of operations including attacks on distant and heavily defended targets.

 

He has at all times shown a cheerful desire to participate in operational flying and the high standard of his navigation has been largely responsible for the success of his sorties.

 

NOTE: The Station Commander's remarks (dated 19 November 1944) are interesting in that they throw a little more light on the nature of his work:

 

Taylor has proved himself to be a first class operational navigator. His tour has, for the most part been carried out against main force targets and his accuracy in his work has led to much valuable information being obtained from the investigation flights on which he has been employed.

 

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TAYLOR, S/L Cameron John Wilde (J6857) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.407 - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born 1912 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 16 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 March 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Commissioned 1941. DFC and Bar presented 10 May 1948.

 

This officer has displayed great courage and skill as captain of aircraft. He has completed a large number of sorties against enemy shipping and many anti-submarine patrols by night. Squadron Leader Taylor has in addition been largely responsible for the supervision of the operational training of all the crews in the squadron, both in the air and on the ground. His determination and devotion to duty have been most praiseworthy.

 

TAYLOR, S/L Cameron John Wilde (J6857) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.407 Squadron. Awarded 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette of 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945.

 

Squadron Leader Taylor is an outstanding flight commander who has participated in a large number of operational sorties. He is an excellent leader and the high standard of operational efficiency attained by his squadron is largely owing to his enthusiasm and untiring efforts. Towards the end of 1944, this officer was captain of an aircraft when a U-Boat was sighted. As the result of his determined and well executed attack the enemy submarine was probably sunk.

 

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TAYLOR, W/C Carl Clark (C2825) - Air Force Cross - No.3 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Tennessee, 11 December 1899; private schooling in Dallas; home given as Los Angeles; enlisted in Ottawa, 25 September 1940. Had completed 1,229 flying hours to date of recommendation. Award presented 17 December 1945.

 

This officer has served as chief instructor at this unit for fifteen months and has produced a very high degree of training efficiency, both on the ground and in the air. He has continuously set a fine example of devotion to duty to those working under him and has taken an active part in air exercises. The excellent air gunner training given at this unit is largely the result of this officer's personal efforts and example. He has made a valuable contribution to bombing and gunnery training.

 

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TAYLOR, F/L David Robb (J22498) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1917 in Regina; home there. Formerly in Regina Rifles; enlisted in Regina, 30 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 October 1941). May have subsequently trained as No.5 EFTS and No.3 SFTS before washing out as pilot. Further trained at No. 4 AOS (graduated 13 April 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 25 May 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 July 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented July 1955 via External Affairs. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 27 September 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (187 hours five minutes), 2 October 1943 to 8 August 1944. Postwar civil servant and diplomat; retired 1980. Died in Ottawa, 16 April 1988.

 

This officer has completed 30 bombing operations against the enemy and has always shown the highest courage and devotion to duty. On precision targets his bombing accuracy has been remarkable, he having secured no less than seven photographs plotted within 400 yards of the aiming point. On heavily defended targets, Flight Lieutenant Taylor has shown the greatest coolness and courage, and has invariably given his pilot instructions in a calm voice while insisting on a steady run over the target. On 28th January 1944, while attacking Berlin, he insisted on making a second orbit to ensure accurate bombing.

 

Flight Lieutenant Taylor's cheerfulness and coolness in moments of danger have been a great inspiration to the rest of the crew and I consider his unflagging zeal and contempt of danger fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TAYLOR, F/O Edward Arthur Thomas (J20993) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.252 Squadron - Award effective 28 April 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944. Born in Winnipeg, 24 April 1923; home in Victoria; enlisted Vancouver, 23 September 1941. Initially selected for Air Gunner training but remustered to pilot. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated and commissioned 20 November 1942). Posted to No.31 GRS, 4 December 1942; to "Y" Depot, 27 February 1943. Killed in action 25 May 1944 in Aegean Sea (Beaufighter LZ518). Name on El Alamein Memorial. Award sent by registered mail to next-of-kin, 17 August 1948.

 

One night in March 1944, Flying Officer Taylor was detailed for a meteorological flight. Having completed his task, he then flew on to seek enemy aircraft and succeeded in engaging and destroying two Junkers 52. At all times this officer has exhibited exceptional courage and determination.

 

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TAYLOR, F/O Elmer Franklin (C19526) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1916 in Nesbitt, Manitoba; home in Arcola, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Calgary, 16 August 1941. Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail 11 July 1950. 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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 2 September 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (221 hours 55 minutes), 30 June 1943 to 3 August 1944. This is odd pattern - one sortie on 30 June 1943 (Munchen-Gladbach) and the next one 5 September 1943. Mannheim incident described may have been either 5 September 1943 or 18 November 1943.

 

As Flight Engineer, Flying Officer Taylor has completed one tour of operations having made thirty-two attacks against the enemy to twenty-seven different targets. He has attacked Berlin four times, Leipzig twice, Hamburg, Kassel, Frankfurt and many other targets in Germany and France. He performed his duties so well that his aircraft reached the target on every sortie with no technical failures and always returned on four engines. On one occasion, just after the bombs were released on Mannheim, only very quick action prevented the failure of one engine through over-heating. He quickly closed the radiator shutters allowing the lubricant to warm up and flow freely, even though the oil temperature gauge was already reading excessively hot. His keenness, above average ability, and crew co-operation made him an ideal member of his crew, and on occasions he have invaluable aid to both the navigator and gunners.

 

For the completion of an extremely satisfactory tour of operations, for the efforts he put forth in converting crews to a new type of aircraft and for strong support of the squadron at all times, I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TAYLOR, P/O Eric Travis (J93520) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1918 in Saskatchewan; home in Keeler, Saskatchewan (farmer); enlisted in Regina, 11 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943). Award sent by registered mail 11 March 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 46 sorties (206 hours 25 minutes), 24 May 1944 to 2 February 1945. Warrant Officer at the time (R167763); commissioned 23 February 1945 with effect from 30 January 1945.

 

24 May 44 Boulogne (2.30) 4 Aug 44 Bec d'Ambes (7.40)

26 May 44 Angers (7.20) 8 Aug 44 Fort d'Englos (2.15)

7 June 44 Paris (3.25) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (4.30)

8 June 44 Lisieux (3.35) 15 Aug 44 St.Trond (3.20)

10 Jun 44 Dreux (4.00) 18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.45)

11 Jun 44 Nantes (5.40)

14 Jun 44 Le Havre (3.20) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.40)

15 Jun 44 Vallenciennes (3.30) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.20)

18 Jun 44 Monteville (2.50) 1 Nov 44 Oberhausen (4.45)

23 Jun 44 L'Hey (2.05) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.50)

27 Jun 44 Biennais (3.05) 18 Nov 44 Munster (4.35)

30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (3.10) 20 Nov 44 Coblenz (4.40)

2 July 44 Beauvoir (3.00) 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg (5.20)

5 July 44 Watten (2.25) 26 Nov 44 Julich (3.25)

7 July 44 Vaires (4.25) 27 Nov 44 Freiburg (5.30)

12 Jul 44 Vaires (3.55) 28 Nov 44 Dortmund (3.45)

15 Jul 44 Chalons sur Marne 5 Dec 44 Soest (5.25)

(6.20) 6 Dec 44 Leuna (6.40)

18 Jul 44 Enieville (3.15) 12 Dec 44 Essen (5.00)

20 Jul 44 Homberg (4.05) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (7.00)

23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.10) 13 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (4.40)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.10) 14 Jan 45 Leuna (8.00)

1 Aug 44 Coullonvilles (3.05) 28 Jan 45 Zuffenhausen

3 Aug 44 Bois de Cassen (3.30) 2 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven

 

This Warrant Officer has now done 46 operational sorties against the enemy; eighteen of these have been in the Pathfinder Force, all Marker trips.

 

He has at all times shown an utter disregard for danger, while his cheerfulness, co-operation, unselfishness at all times, and undoubted skill as an Air Gunner have inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

Warrant Officer Taylor has always displayed a magnificent spirit of determination to give of his best.

 

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TAYLOR, Sergeant Ernest Alfred (R81075) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 12 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943. See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). Born 22 June 1920 in Ottawa; educated in Vancouver. Bank employee from March 1937 onwards. Enlisted 22 November 1940 in Vancouver. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.3 WS (graduated 17 March 1941). Award presented at Buckingham Palace, 12 October 1943. See also DFC for F/O W.W. Colledge. War Service Records 1939-1945 says "Had several narrow escapes, once being hit by a German fighter and sent crashing into the sea after a raid on Bremen; at another time, after being hit, dropped 10,000 feet." Died 19 August 1944 following a motorcycle accident in Yorkshire.

 

Sergeant Taylor has participated in many operational sorties. On one occasion he was serving as mid-upper gunner in an aircraft detailed for an anti-submarine patrol, when his aircraft was attacked by a formation of four Junkers 88. A running fight ensued, lasting thirty-six minutes, during which, as a result of the fine marksmanship of this airman, one hostile aircraft was shot down and others were damaged. Sergeant Taylor displayed skill, determination and courage.

 

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TAYLOR, S/L Fletcher Vaughan (J15177) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron (now on loan to TCA) - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in 1920 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; home in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan (purchasing agent); enlisted Saskatoon, 26 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 December 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 9 February 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 4 May 1941). First tour was with No.405 Squadron, August 1941 to April 1942. Commissioned January 1942. Award presented 15 April 1948.

 

Squadron Leader Taylor, as pilot and captain of aircraft, has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM). This included much information on F.V. Smith, who was shot down by a night fighter on the night of 14 April 1943 but evaded capture.

 

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TAYLOR, F/L Frank Edward (J21995) - Air Force Cross - Station Pennfield Ridge - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Home in Toronto; enlisted there 3 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 29 August 1942), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 8 January 1943). Decoration presented 22 January 1948. As of award he had flown 2,246 hours, of which 2,100 were as instructor, 365 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer has been a flying instructor in Transport Conversion Squadron since its inception at this unit. He is a keen, conscientious officer and pilot. His air work has been exemplary and his special work and tests on weight and balance will add greatly to the safety of transport flying in the service.

 

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TAYLOR, Corporal George William (R100327) - Mention in Despatches - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 11 September 1913; enlisted in Winnipeg, 7 April 1941; began as radio mechanic; remustered to Radar Mechanic, 22 May 1942. Posted overseas February 1942; repatriated 21 August 1945; released 5 October 1945.

 

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TAYLOR, Sergeant Harold Alan (R60723) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 15 November 1941 as per London Gazette dated 21 November 1941 and AFRO 1463/41 dated 5 December 1941. Born in Halkirk, Alberta, 1919; home there (clerk); enlisted in Edmonton, 4 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.2 BGS (graduated 9 December 1940) and No.1 ANS. Award presented at Buckingham Palace, 5 May 1942.

 

This airman has participated in attacks on Rotterdam, Bremen, Kiel, Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne and Brest. By hard work and great determination he has reached an extremely high standard as a navigator. He has always shown real coolness and perseverance in his bomb aiming, sometimes spending forty minutes over his target in the face of fierce enemy opposition before dropping his bombs. He has set a very high standard of courage, ability and enthusiasm.

 

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TAYLOR, F/O James Edgar (J27472) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1911 in Shebo, Saskatchewan; home in Fillmore, Saskatchewan (clerk); enlisted in Montreal, 8 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 6 September 1947. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 7 October 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (158 hours), 22 May to 25 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Taylor has maintained an exceptionally high standard of determination, skill and navigational efficiency on a large number of operational sorties to the enemy's most heavily defended targets.

 

On the night of May 24th, 1944, when attacking Aachen, Flying Officer Taylor found that his compass had veered over forty degrees for some little time. By his speed and accurate reactions to the situation, he put his aircraft back on track by the best possible means and so reduced materially the danger of his aircraft and crew.

 

He has invariably shown great resource in maintaining a high degree of accuracy in the navigation of his heavy bomber and his enthusiasm and devotion to duty have set a very high example to the remainder of his crew and to the squadron as a whole.

 

I consider the undoubted courage and enthusiasm that this officer has shown to attack the enemy fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TAYLOR, F/O James Ernest (J36611) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.226 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945. Home in Athabaska, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 17 February 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.19 EFTS (graduated 31 June 1943) and No.19 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943). Award presented 9 July 1949.

 

Flying Officer Taylor has throughout numerous sorties proved himself to be an outstanding operational pilot and formation leader. His aircraft has frequently been severely damaged and once he was obliged to make a forced landing. Another time when his aircraft was hit and one engine caught fire Flight Lieutenant Taylor coolly effected a masterly landing. Despite these harassing experiences this officer's enthusiasm has never diminished and his keenness to operate, quiet determination and initiative have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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TAYLOR, F/L John Dineen (J12337) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945. Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia; home in Victoria. Educated at University of British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 2 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 29 January 1947.

 

Since February 1944 this officer has completed a large number of operational sorties, several of which were attacks on the enemy's shipping off the Norwegian and Dutch coasts and in the Bay of Biscay. These attacks were made against heavily defended convoys and in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire from the shore defences and ships and were pressed home with fearless determination.

 

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TAYLOR, FS John Henry (R261435) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1925 in Windsor, Ontario; home there (machine operator). Former member of Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted Windsor, 1 September 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 25 February 1944. Award presented 28 May 19477. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 30 March 1945 when he had completed 37 sorties (225 hours 15 minutes) between 6 October 1944 and 15 March 1945.

 

Flight Sergeant Taylor has participated in many attacks on targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory. He is an outstanding air gunner and such is his vigilance that the crew has been able to proceed with their respective tasks with complete confidence. He invariably displays the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty and his sterling work has been an example to the squadron.

 

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TAYLOR, F/L Maurice Sidney (J17101) - Mention in Despatches - Transport Command - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Victoria, British Columbia; enlisted in Regina, Saskatchewan, 16 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 28 March 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 17 June 1941). No citation.

 

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TAYLOR, F/O Philip Hamnett (J14909) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.619 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born 1911; home in either Kansas City or Winnipeg; enlisted Winnipeg 23 September 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 27 November 1948. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 15 March 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (168 hours eleven minutes).

 

1 July 43 GARDENING (3.03) 29 Sept 43 Bochum (4.58)

3 July 43 Cologne (5.17) 2 Oct 43 Munich (8.18)

8 July 43 Cologne (5.57) 3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (4.35)

25 July 43 Essen (4.26) 10 Nov 43 Modane (7.47)

27 July 43 Hamburg (5.35) 18 Nov 43 Berlin (8.05)

29 July 43 Hamburg (5.15) 23 Nov 43 Berlin (7.04)

30 July 43 Remscheid (4.57) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (7.59)

9 Aug 43 Mannheim (6.16) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.41)

15 Aug 43 Milan (8.35) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (6.59)

22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (4.43) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.56)

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.30) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.37)

22 Sept 43 Hanover (5.15) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.04)

23 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.56) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.23)

 

Flying Officer Taylor has made 26 operational sorties as an Air Gunner. Seven of these sorties have been against Berlin. He has played a very large part in ensuring the success of his crew and by his eagerness and determination has set a very fine example to the flying personnel of the squadron.

 

It is stressed that his alertness and enthusiasm has saved the aircraft in which he has flown on more than one occasion from attack by enemy aircraft.

 

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TAYLOR, Flight Sergeant Ralph Edgar (R98213) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 10 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Born at Broomville (Boonville ?), Indiana, 1916; home there (farm hand); enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 22 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 31 August 1941), and No.12 SFTS (graduated 22 November 1941). Award presented at Buckingham Palace, 18 May 1943. Killed in action, 288 May 1943 (Wellington HE294, No.432 Squadron). Name on Runnymede Memorial. Had been commissioned (J18109).

 

One night in February 1943, this airman was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Wilhelmshaven. Although the constant speed unit of one of the propellers became unserviceable early on the outward journey, Flight Sergeant Taylor flew on to the target and bombed it. Shortly afterwards, while [when ?] the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, trouble developed in the port engine and it went out of control. Flight Sergeant Taylor quickly regained control and a few minutes later, when the bomber was attacked by an enemy fighter, he skilfully evaded its fire and enabled his own rear gunner to deliver a damaging burst. Sometime later the port engine ceased to function but Flight Sergeant Taylor succeeded in flying the damaged aircraft back to this country. He displayed great courage and devotion to duty throughout.

 

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TAYLOR, P/O Richard Winter (J15535) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.161 Squadron - Award effective 11 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 26 March 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Born in Vancouver, 1920; home in Victoria; enlisted Vancouver, 12 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 October 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 2 March 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 19 January 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 12 April 1941). Commissioned May 1942. Killed in action 14 March 1943 (Halifax BG245, No.161 Squadron; buried in Germany). DFC and Bar presented to his mother by Governor General, 17 April 1947.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties invariably displaying outstanding skill and devotion to duty. The successes achieved reflect the greatest credit on his efforts which are worthy of high praise.

 

TAYLOR, F/O Richard Winter, DFC (J15535) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.161 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 13 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.

 

This officer has taken part in numerous operational flights including combined operations at St.Nazaire where he participated in a highly successful low level bombing attack. As a navigator he is exceptionally efficient.

 

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TAYLOR, Sergeant Robert Pinkerton (R66814) - Mention in Despatches - No.427 Squadron (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Verdun, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 6 August 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 11 July 1944:

 

This airman enlisted in August 1940 and was posted overseas to England in May 1942. He has been an Aero Engine Mechanic in this squadron since December 1942 and his work generally has been outstanding. His devotion to duty and loyalty are beyond reproach.

 

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TAYLOR, F/L Samuel Thomas (J6861) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date, London Gazette dAted 10 July 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Sydney, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 19 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). As of recommendation he has flown 2,480 hours (1,080 operational - 84 sorties) On loan to TCA at time of award. Award delivered by hand, 7 August 1949. No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air." Following from DHist files:

 

Flight Lieutenant Taylor has completed a very large number of flying hours over the North Atlantic in his lengthy operational career. He has cheerfully and willingly captained his crew on any mission he has been ordered to perform, and consistently displayed flying skill which has been exemplary to his squadron. The keenness and devotion to duty he has at all times shown have been responsible for the successful completion of may trying flights against the enemy.

 

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TAYLOR, FS Sander Lochhead (R74742) - Mention in Despatches - Station Sea Island - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 10 October 1940 following five years in RCMP. Postwar he was in RCAF Security Services and was awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 28 October 1953 (Flying Officer).

 

This non-commissioned officer has an outstanding record in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Possessing initiative and high qualities of leadership, he has done great work in building up the morale of all airmen in his section. His investigations have been through and well carried out. His devotion to duty over an extended period has been of a high order.

 

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TAYLOR, F/O Thomas Wissell (J24251) - 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. Navigator, killed in action with No.426 Squadron, 12/13 May 1944. Buried in Belgium.

 

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TAYLOR, S/L William Edward (C22924) - Air Force Cross - No.16 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Copper Cliff, Ontario, 18 September 1912; educated there and Sudbury. Employed by International Nickle before war; home in Sudbury, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 17 December 1940. Award presented 27 January 1946. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation; when recommended he had flown 2,495 hours, 2,215 as instructor, 158 in previous six months.

 

This officer has completed more than three years as an elementary instructor and the exceptional devotion to duty which he showed played a large part in the success of that elementary school. Since assuming his duties in service flying training he has continued to demonstrate the same energy and ability that has characterized his work all the way through. His contribution to the success of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan is worthy of high praise.

 

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TAYLOR, F/O William John (J85567) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1920 in London, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 13 February 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1944. Posted to No.426 Squadron from No.61 Base, 14 May 1944; to "R" Depot, 3 November 1944. Award sent by registered mail 30 March 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 16 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (157 hours 20 minutes), 19 May to 26 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Taylor has completed 35 sorties over enemy territory, several of which have been over the most heavily defended areas of Hamburg, Kiel, and Metz. During all these trips this pilot has shown great determination in pressing home his attacks. He is a fine captain whose keenness and ability have been a source of inspiration to all his crew. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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TAYLOR, Wg/O Winnifred May (V30031) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Born in 30 October 1909 in Montreal; educated in Toronto. Employed by Canada Wire and Cable Company, 1927-28, then with Lever Brothers, 1928-41, rising to be in charge of Order Department. Enlisted there 23 October 1941. First woman CO of an RCAF unit; attain Squadron Officer rank, November 1942 and Senior Staff Officer, WD, autumn 1944. Continued in that role until WDs disbanded, December 1946. Award presented 1 December 1948. Employed by Canada Customs after the war but was brought back to RCAF briefly in 1954 for consultative duties. Died September 1972.

 

Wing Officer Taylor was among the first Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division officers appointed. Her work from the very first was outstanding and as a result she was later assigned to increasingly responsible positions, first as Officer Commanding Training Wing, No.6 Manning Depot (WD), Toronto, the Commanding Officer No.6 Manning Depot (WD), after which she became Commanding Officer of No.7 Manning Depot (WD), Rockcliffe. In these important appointments she displayed outstanding administrative ability, coupled with loyalty and devotion to duty of a high order. By her example, initiative and leadership she created a very high standard of initial training of airwomen, the great majority of whom passed through her hands. This officer is now the Senior Women's Division Staff Officer, and through her character and personality has continued to exercise a tremendous influence for good among the airwomen. It is considered that the splendid Service attitude and discipline of thousands of airwomen are in large measure a result of Wing Officer Taylor's example and effort.

 

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TEASDALE, Sergeant Charles Wilfred (R149912) - British Empire Medal - Station Coal Harbour - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Regina, 26 January 1942. Award presented 21 February 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been continuously employed at this isolated base for the past thirty-five months and, by virtue of his devotion to duty and the efficient manner in which he has managed his section, he has contributed highly to the morale and welfare of this station.

 

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TEASE, P/O James Ansell (J89303) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1923 in Winnipeg; home there (warehouseman); enlisted there 25 May 1942). Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.17 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award presented 11 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (National Archives RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 11 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (173 hours 30 minutes).

 

Pilot Officer Tease, on the completion of his first tour of operations, has proven himself to be a most courageous and skilful Captain of aircraft. Although detailed to attack some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets, this officer, with complete disregard of all opposition, never once failed to successfully bomb his objective and bring his crew back safely to base. Pilot Officer Tease, under a calm and quiet manner, has shown a fine offensive spirit in action, which set a magnificent example to his crew...

 

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TEES, F/O John Francis (J85134) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1919 in Bruce Mines, Ontario; home there; enlisted in Toronto, 12 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1944.

Photo UK-15352 shows him. Award sent by registered mail 26 September 1948.

 

Flying Officer Tees has completed successfully many day and night operations against the enemy. In August 1944, when en route to St.Lou d'Esserent in daylight, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, and although both starboard engines were put out of action, the airframe damaged and the port tire holed, Flying Officer Tees continued and successfully completed his mission. On the return journey he managed to revive the starboard inner engine and eventually made a skilful landing in very poor visibility without causing further damage to his aircraft. Flying Officer Tees displayed great skill and determination.

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TEGERDINE, F/L George Mervin (J26757) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1917 in Bassano, Alberta; home in Oakland, California (plant foreman) or River Forrest, Illinois (but still described as Canadian); enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 20 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated24 October 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 28 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented in Chicago, 28 November 1949. No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation from W/C V.F. Ganderton dated 19 March 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (168 hours 40 minutes), 3 September 1944 to 3 March 1945.

 

This officer has completed twenty-eight heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy.

 

This squadron has been doing special mining work for the Group, and as Flight Lieutenant Tegerdine is one of the most dependable pilots, he has been chosen to do this extremely difficult work. In order to ensure that his vegetables [mines] have been planted in the correct location, this pilot on one occasion made three complete runs over the garden area. On another occasion he made two runs, bringing back photographs of an excellent calibre. His bombing raids have been outstanding, and due to his tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit, he has instilled a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

In view of Flight Lieutenant Tegerdine's excellent record and having proved himself an outstanding member of a gallant crew, I strongly recommend that he be awarded a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

 

TEGERDINE, F/L George Mervin, DFC (J26759) - Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star (France) - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Pilot.

 

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TEIT, F/O Sigurd Olaf Vivian (J88844) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1915 in Merritt, British Columbia; home there (miner); enlisted in Vancouver, 12 June 1942. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 16 March 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award presented 6 May 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 23 May 1945 when he had flown 42 sorties (210 hours 50 minutes) as a rear gunner, 7 March to 9 August 1944 (37 sorties, 181 hours 40 minutes) and 22 April to 10 May 1945 (29 hours ten minutes, five missions, 22 April to 10 May 1945 - three "Exodus" trips included.

 

Flying Officer Teit has flown as rear gunner on thirty-seven sorties in 1943-44 against German targets at the peak of their defensive power. He has had several encounters with enemy aircraft, and by his vigilance and cool command of hazardous situations, has brought his aircraft safely through. In his resolution and courage, he has proven a tower of strength to his crew and his calm, matter-of-fact acceptance of operational hazards has greatly influenced everyone who works with him. He has carried over these qualities into his section work and has exerted considerable command over the members of his section....

 

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TELFORD, F/L Robert Bruce (J87333) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1921 in Vancouver, British Columbia; home there; enlisted there 28 August 1942. Educated at University of British Columbia. Former member of COTC. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award presented 29 May 1947. 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 24 March 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (219 hours 55 minutes), 16 August 1944 to 7 March 1945.

 

Flying Officer Telford has completed a tour of operations totalling thirty-six sorties, the majority of which were attacks against heavily defended German targets. Throughout his tour Flying Officer Telford has at all times displayed courage, keenness and devotion to duty. His fine offensive spirit and dogged determination to press home the attack has set a splendid example to all other pilots in the squadron.

 

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TELFORD, F/O William Stuart (J25350) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1924 in Guelph, Ontario; home in Breslau, Ontario; enlisted in Guelph, 9 February 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 November 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 9 February 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 16 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail 13 January 1949.

 

This officer, as a bomb aimer, has constantly exhibited skill and determination of the highest order in attacks on Germany and occupied territory. He has always displayed outstanding ability and accuracy despite numerous attacks by enemy aircraft and anti-aircraft fire. In all his work on the ground and in the air he has shown unswerving devotion to duty.

 

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TEMPLE, P/O Jack Jones (J90711) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 9 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. NOTE: Name might be Jack Jones Temple. Born 1922 in Toronto; home in Fort William, Ontario; enlisted Port Arthur, 5 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 30 March 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 8 June 1942). Commissioned 1944. Award presented 18 October 1947.

 

This officer has participated in many operational sorties including ten anti-shipping patrols. A most capable and courageous navigator, he has always given his pilot the utmost assistance while his coolness and steadiness in the face of the enemy have been most praiseworthy.

 

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TEMPLEMAN, F/O Frank (C12400) - Mention in Despatches - Station Torbay - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Enlisted in Halifax, 26 June 1942.

 

This officer has consistently performed outstanding service as Unit Educational Officer for over two years at this station. His untiring devotion to duty, in spite of difficulties peculiar to units in Newfoundland, has been an outstanding example to all ranks. In addition, Flying Officer Templeman cheerfully and energetically assumes duties not normally required of an Educational Officer and has shown a keen interest in all phases of station activities. His keen sense of humour and cheerfulness have been a constant source of inspiration to all ranks.

 

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TEMPLEMAN, P/O Leslie George (C48208) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Blackfoot, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 13 June 1941. No citation.

 

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TEMPLEMAN, FS Thomas (R61012) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 4 December 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 410/43 dated 12 March 1943. Born in Edmonton, 1916; home there (plumber); enlisted there 10 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.5 EFTS (graduated 16 January 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 4 May 1941). Award presented 15 April 1944

This airman was captain of an aircraft which attacked an objective in the Rhineland one night in June, 1942. On the return flight his aircraft was attacked by two Junkers 88s and severely damaged. In most hazardous circumstances which followed, this airman displayed great fortitude and determination in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Air Force. Throughout, Flight Sergeant Templeman has proved himself to be an outstanding captain, who has set an exceptionally high standard by his courageous example and extreme devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: I.T. Tavender, in The Distinguished Flying Medal: A Record of Courage, 1918-1982 J.B. Hayward and Son, Suffolk, 1990), pp.12-13) describes the events behind this award; they are far more dramatic than indicated. On the night of 16 June 1942, piloting a Stirling to Essen, his aircraft was attacked over Belgium on the homeward run by two Ju.88s; it was set on sire. Templeman had trouble keeping control while the crew baled out; only when certain they were all out did he leave the aircraft. He made a bad landing in the dark, broke an ankle, and was dazed. He nevertheless escaped from the area; some wire from a fence, wrapped tightly around his flying boot, supported the fractured ankle.

 

He walked four days until he reached France where he was arrested. he escaped his captors and reached Vichy France, then crossed the Pyrenees. The trip to the Pyrenees lasted six weeks; apart from an 18-mile train journey it was all on foot despite intense pain from the ankle. He received no assistance, guidance, medical aid or shelter, slept rough in the open, and once his emergency rations were gone he begged and stole food. At one stage he went without food for a week.

 

On reaching the Pyrenees he removed the wire from the boot; it had cut into his flesh and he had to cut the boot away. He made a crude support for his ankle and then tried to sneak into Spain by night. Near the border his ankle support gave way and he fell 20 feet into a ravine, breaking his back. In agonizing pain he crawled to a village where he gave himself up to Spanish authorities. He passed several more days in prison camps before receiving medical attention. He was finally repatriated to England on 5 October 1942. There followed major treatment of the ankle and spine including many months in a plaster cast.

 

Templeman was recommended for a DCM but this was not approved; instead he received the DFM. The story is largely confirmed by DCM recommendation found in Public Records Office Air 2/5684.

 

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TEMPLETON, F/L Gordon McNab (J88506) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.186 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1921, Montreal; home there. Insurance clerk. Enlisted in Montreal, 24 April 1942; commissioned July 1944. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 15 January 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943). Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 20 March 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (177 hours 38 minutes), 18 October 1944 to 5 March 1945.

 

* denotes daylight mission

 

18 Oct 44 Bonn (5.03)* 12 Dec 44 Witten (4.31)*

20 Oct 44 Stuttgart (6.12) 15 Dec 44 Seigen (3.08)*

22 Oct 44 Neuss (4.27)* 28 Dec 44 Cologne (4.05)*

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.25) 31 Dec 44 Vohwinkel (5.06)*

25 Oct 44 Essen (4.18)* 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (7.15)

28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.41)* 6 Jan 45 Neuss (5.09)

30 Oct 44 Wesselring (4.50)* 7 Jan 45 Munich (7.43)

31 Oct 44 Welhein (5.03)* 11 Jan 45 Krefeld (5.28)*

15 Nov 44 Dortmund (4.42)* 15 Jan 45 Erkenschwick (5.05)*

16 Nov 44 Heinsburg (4.41)* 22 Jan 45 Duisburg (4.45)

20 Nov 44 Homberg (4.44)* 9 Feb 45 Hohenbodberg (4.39)

21 Nov 44 Homberg (4.24)* 13 Feb 45 Dresden (9.03)

23 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.56)* 27 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.19)*

26 Nov 44 Fulda (5.53)* 28 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (4.47)*

29 Nov 44 Neuss (4.54) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.26)*

2 Dec 44 Dortmund (3.57)* 4 Mar 45 Wanne Eickel (4.52)*

5 Dec 44 Schwannenauel (4.09* 5 Marc 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.38)*

8 Dec 44 Duisburg (4.20)*

 

This officer has completed many operations against heavily defended German targets in Germany. As captain and pilot he has flown both by day and by night and has always shown fine captaincy. Photographs of the target on some of his sorties have been outstanding and prove that every effort has been made to hit the aiming point, regardless of heavy flak.

 

NOTE: The Station Commander adds, on 22 March 1945, his rather illuminating comments:

 

An officer whose highly-strung temperament have him a very real appreciation of danger but who, with great courage, coolness and determination completed every mission in a most efficient manner.

 

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TENNANT, G/C Ernest Clare (C1010) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Station Mountain View - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Trenton, 1 July 1939. Retired 15 May 1947 as a Group Captain. Award sent by registered mail.

 

This officer has exceptional technical qualifications and ability. These qualities, together with his unswerving loyalty and strong sense of devotion to duty, have made him a tower of strength to all with whom he has served during the war years. He has filled with distinction, various staff appointments and has proved a thoroughly capable and efficient commanding officer. His mature judgement and strong sense of responsibility have won for him universal respect. His excellent work over a long period of time is worthy of high praise.

 

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TERCIER, FS Lionel Lucien (R150564) - British Empire Medal - No.9 Construction and Maintenance Unit - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Edmonton, Alberta; enlisted there 7 January 1942. Award presented 29 November 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer has developed exceptional qualities of leadership and energy. His ability and resourcefulness are most outstanding. He has performed his duties under arduous conditions, in a manner far in excess of normal requirements. He has always shown willingness to carry on construction work entailing long hours and under very difficult local conditions. His skill in training and leading the men under him is exceptionally praiseworthy and his own efforts to acquire and pass on technical knowledge is of great benefit to those serving under him.

 

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TERROUX, F/L Louis Joseph Jacques Henri (J85107) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born in Montreal, 1919; home in Cartierville, Quebec; enlisted Montreal, 28 April 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 23 November 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned 1944. Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.

 

This officer is an exceptionally keen and skilful pilot. He has completed very many sorties including attacks on such targets as Stuttgart, Kiel and Hamburg. He has displayed exceptional keenness and his determination to make every sortie a success has won great praise.

 

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TERROUX, W/C Stuart Alexander (C1943) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Enlisted in Montreal, 21 March 1940.

 

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TERRY, S/L Victor Maurice (C913) - Air Force Cross - No. 23 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 21 October 1916 at Peterborough, Ontario. Had enlisted 15 August 1938 at Calgary (P/P/O, Non-Permanent General List, No.113 Fighter Squadron) and qualified for pilot's flying badge on 20 May 1940. Also noted as graduating from No.1 SFTS, 13 July 1940. See DHist file 181.009 D.1262 (RG.24 Vol.20597); recommended 31 August 1943 when he had flown 1,609 hours 25 minutes (99 hours five minutes in previous six months), including 1,300 hours as instructor (21 hours 10 minutes in previous six months). Award presented 14 June 1944.

 

Squadron Leader Terry, as Chief Instructor, has carried out his duties in a most effective and highly successful manner. His enthusiasm and tireless energy in seeking ways to improve training, together with his personal ability as a pilot and instructor, have been a splendid example and a constant source of encouragement to junior instructors and of definite benefit to Elementary Training.

 

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TESSIER, F/O Joseph Wilfred Leandre (J27415) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette of 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born 1918 in St.Faustin, Quebec; home in Lachute, Quebec (time keeper); enlisted Montreal, 8 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 February 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 9 April 1943). Commissioned June 1943. Award presented 22 February 1949.

 

Flying Officer Tessier has completed a number of sorties against well defended targets such as Chemnitz, Osnabruck, Hamburg, Cologne and Essen. In March 1945, he was detailed to attack Hemningstedt. Some of the navigational instruments of his bomber proved unserviceable and extremely bad weather was encountered. Despite this, by dint of initiative and determination, he successfully directed the aircraft to the target and back to base. On another occasion this officer was navigator in the leading aircraft during an attack against Rheine. Heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered and the aircraft was damaged. However, this officer kept cooly at his post and the success of this operation was due in a large measure to his courage and devotion to duty. Flying Officer Tessier has proved a valuable asset to his squadron.

 

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TETT, P/O John Kearns (J15223) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 29 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 August 1942 and AFRO 1413/42 dated 4 September 1942. Born in Kingston, Ontario, 1916; home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 October 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1940) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 1 March 1941). Posted to UK, 20 April 1941; to No.23 OTU, 26 April 1941; to No.103 Squadron, 22 June 1941; appears to have been shot down but rescued, 3 August 1941; commissioned 19 February 1942. to No.12 OTU, 17 May 1942; to No.7 FIS, 12 June 1942; to No.22 OTU, 19 September 1942. Repatriated to Canada, 28 April 1943 and taken on strength of RCAF Station Rockcliffe. Award presented 22 June 1943. Served at No.11 Recruiting Centre, Toronto, August to November 1943; AFHQ, Ottawa, 9 November 1943 to 3 December 1944; attended Staff College but released 16 May 1945. Rejoined RCAF as a Special Education Officer, 17 November 1952 in rank of Wing Commander. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 1953 while at AFHQ as a Wing Commander; had been recommended by Ontario Department of Education. Retired 29 May 1965. Died in Kingston, Ontario, 17 August 1954.

 

This officer is an exceptional captain. His skilful piloting and cool judgement have won confidence of his crew. He has participated in numerous sorties over enemy and enemy occupied territory involving attacks on highly defended targets. On one occasion his aircraft came down in the sea. During the subsequent thirteen hours in which the crew drifted in the dinghy, Pilot Officer Tett offered a source of encouragement to all. On another occasion he displayed great determination during his attack on Essen. Although one engine of his aircraft failed before reaching the target he flew on and bombed his objective. Displaying skilful airmanship he flew the aircraft safely back to base and made a safe landing. He has at all times displayed great devotion to duty.

 

TETT, F/L John Kearns, DFC (J15223) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. No citation has been found, but the following excerpt from a letter dated 18 March 1943 (G/C F.G. Wait to National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa) may be relevant:

 

While on the strength on this squadron [No.103] he completed an operational tour of 222 hours in 35 sorties in Wellington aircraft, and was very highly regarded as a pilot and captain of aircraft, being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for aggressiveness and keen devotion to duty.

 

Following his tour, Flight Lieutenant Tett was posted in May 1942 for instructional duties at No.12 OTU and shortly after at No.22 OTU, where he has been for the past several months. He has completed CFS, ECU and BAT courses.

 

At No.22 OTU, this officer has been placed in charge of the airmanship class and "gunshop" and it is stated to be the best of its kind in Bomber Command. He has a wide reputation for his ability to impart his extensive knowledge in airmanship to crews to get them working as teams rather than individual members of an aircraft crew. It is reported that the accident rate at No.22 OTU has been materially reduced due to his efforts in this regard.

 

A document dated 26 May 1944 gives his operational flying time as 217 hours 50 minutes and number of sorties as 33. His application for operational wings date 15 January 1944 lists 34 sorties (32 with No.12 Squadron and two with No.12 OTU) as follows:

 

10 July 1941 - target not stated (4.20)

20 July 1941 - target not stated (6.10)

2 Aug 1941 - Hamburg (8.35)

7 Aug 1941 - Boulogne (3.45)

7 Sept 1941 - target not stated (4.00)

15 Sept 1941 - Karlsruhe (7.25)

20 Sept 1941 - Berlin (7.15)

26 Sept 1941 - Cologne (4.15)

22 Oct 1941 - Le Havre (5.30)

26 Nov 1941 - Ostend (4.00)

30 Nov 1941 - Emden (6.00)

28 Dec 1941 - Wilhelmshaven (5.20)

8 Jan 1942 - Brest (5.20)

10 Jan 1942 - Wilhelmshaven (6.10)

8 Feb 1942 - Brest (6.30)

11 Feb 1942 - Brest (6.20)

13 Feb 1942 - Shipping (9.50)

14 Feb 1942 - Mannheim (5.55)

21 Feb 1942 - Mannheim (7.05)

2 Mar 1942 - Hamburg (13.40)

13 Mar 1942 - Cologne (6.00)

27 Mar 1942 - St.Nazaire (6.50)

5 April 1942 - Cologne (6.10)

6 April 1942 - Essen (3.00)

8 April 1942 - Hamburg (7.20)

10 Apr 1942 - Essen (4.30)

23 Apr 1942 - Rostock (8.15)

24 Apr 1942 - Rostock (8.25)

26 Apr 1942 - Rostock (7.50)

28 Apr 1942 - Kiel (7.35)

29 Apr 1942 - Paris (5.45)

4 May 1942 - Stuttgart (7.50)

30 May 1942 - Cologne (5.00)

1 June 1942 - Essen (5.50)

 

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TEW, F/L William Richard (J7597) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born 19 April 1918 in Toronto; home there (mechanic, former member of Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 7 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1941). Commissioned 25 September 1941; Flying Officer, 25 September 1942; Flight Lieutenant, 25 September 1943. Arrived overseas in October 1941. Further trained at No.56 OTU (18 November 1941 to 20 February 1942). To No.3 Squadron (20 February to 29 August 1942), No.534 Squadron (1 September 1942 to 21 January 1943), No.132 Squadron (21-30 January 1943) and No.401 Squadron (30 January 1943 to 24 July 1944. Shot dow on latter date; reported safe in American lines, 24 August 1944. Returned to Canada, 29 September 1944 but back in UK, 5 December 1944. No.401 Squadron again, 11 January to 23 June 1945. Returned to Canada, 6 August 1945; released 26 September 1945. Re-enlisted at Trenton, 10 May 1946. Had an extensive postwar career in fighter and fighter control duties in Canada and Europe. Promoted to Squadron Leader, 1 June 1950 while with No.410 Squadron, and to Wing Commander, 1 July 1957 while with No.427 Squadron in Europe. Retired 19 April 1967. DFC sent by registered mail, 28 June 1949. Wartime aerial victories as follows: 29 November 1943, one FW.190 damaged; 7 June 1944, one FW.190 damaged, Chievres; 28 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 7 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed; 23 January 1945, one Ar.234 probably destroyed and one Ar.234 damaged (shared with eleven other pilots); 20 April 1945, two Bf.109s destroyed. Photos of him are PL-24046 (studio portrait), PL-30225 (wearing Mae West) and PL-142140 (postwar portrait). Wartime flying times as follows: Finch, 77 hours; Harvard II, 114 hour; Master, six hours; Hurricane, 253 hours; Spitfire, 682 hours.

 

Now on his second tour of operational duty, he has completed a large number of sorties. During his first tour of duty he destroyed two enemy aircraft and damaged two others, and in addition he destroyed or damaged seventy-five enemy vehicles. Since then Flight Lieutenant Tew has destroyed at least a further two enemy aircraft and caused considerable damage to the enemy's lines of communications. At all times he has displayed a fine fighting spirit and set a high standard of skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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