THACKERAY, F/O John Robert (J28989) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Home in Regina; enlisted there 28 October 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943).  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (174 hours 35 minutes), 27 August 1944 to 14 January 1945.  Incident described was on 31 December 1944; see also Millward.  Award sent by registered mail, 11 July 1950.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties.  His fine technical skill and cool courage in the face of the enemy have inspired confidence in the other members of his crew and have materially contributed to the successful completion of many missions.  In December 1944, whilst engaged on a minelaying operation in the Oslo Fiord, Flying Officer Thackeray's aircraft was attacked three times by a Junkers 88.  During the third attack this officer and his fellow air gunner succeeded in destroying the enemy fighter.

 

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THAUVETTE, F/O Rolland Doue (J37778) - Distinguished Flying Cross - 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 1912 at Alexandria, Ontario; home there (baker).  Trained at No.5 ITS and No.4 AOS.  Commissioned October 1943.  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 30 sorties (181 hours 40 minutes) from 9 October 1944 to 8 March 1945.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties on such heavily defended targets as Munster, Cologne and Essen.  He has invariably displayed a high degree of skill, courage and resolution, qualities which have on more than one occasion enabled him to complete his mission in the face of heavy odds.

 

The high degree of navigational skill attained by the squadron is a reflection on the ability and example set by Flying Officer Thauvette who has never spared himself in his endeavours to create a high morale among his fellow navigators. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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THIMENS, FS Guy Remy (Can 7607) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Born 5 January 1917; enlisted 9 May 1939.  Equipment Assistant; posted overseas February 1942; repatriated April 1945; released 7 November 1945.

 


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THIRLWELL, F/O Bertram Francis Legh (J36708) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.2 EFTS and No.10 SFTS.

 

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THISTLE, P/O Lewellyn B. (J89195) - 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 1922 in Norfolk County, Ontario; home Amherstberg, Ontario.  Formerly in Essex Scottish.   Trained at No.3 WS and No.7 BGS.  Commissioned 1944.  Posted to No.426 Squadron in March 1944.  Wireless operator for Flight Sergeant Simmons' crew.  Posted to R Depot, 2 January 1945.  No citation other than "completed...

numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 16 October 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (156 hours 35 minutes), 25 March to 9 October 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Thistle has completed 32 sorties over heavily defended enemy territory including Essen, Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Hamburg.  On numerous occasions the aircraft [in] which he was flying has been badly damaged by  flak, in two instances his radio equipment was damaged and Pilot Officer Thistle made the necessary repairs so that he could pick up the broadcast and pass the information to his pilot.  He has always maintained a keen interest in his work and his excellent example has been an inspiration to those with whom he works.  He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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THOMAS, FS Bernard Lewis (Can 4639) - British Empire Medal - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Calgary, 19 September 1939.

 

This non-commissioned officer, by his devotion to duty and outstanding ability, has contributed greatly to the technical efficiency of the aircraft maintenance branch.  His loyalty has been exemplified in his endeavour to serve to the best of his ability in whatever capacity assigned and he has thus been an outstanding example to those serving under him.  By his personal initiative he has, without direction, undertaken and successfully completed tasks over and above his line of duty.

 

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THOMAS, FS Edwin Horton (R92293) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.218 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943.  Born 1915. Home in New Westminster, British Columbia (stenographer); enlisted in Vancouver, 19 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 8 November 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 12 October 1941).

 

Flight Sergeant Thomas, as bomb aimer, has consistently shown the greatest keenness and determination to place his bombs accurately on the target.  He has taken part in attacks on many of the enemy's heavily defended areas displaying exceptional coolness in the face of the fiercest opposition.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has the original recommendation, drafted 16 March 1943 when he had flown 28 sorties (170 operational hours) as follows:

 

14 Sept 42     Dusseldorf (4.20)                       20 Nov 42      Turin (7.10)

16 Sept 42     Kampen (3.25)                           8 Dec 42        Stettin Bay (8.00)

18 Sept 42     Frisians (4.35)                            16 Dec 42      Deipholz (4.20)

23 Sept 42     Frisians (5.00)                            8 Jan 43         Heligioland Bight (5.25)

1 Oct 42         Herrenwyk (8.20)                       27 Jan 43       Stettin Bay (7.40)

2 Oct 42         Krefeld (3.30)                             3 Feb 43        Lorient (5.00)

5 Oct 42         Aachen (5.20)                            7 Feb 43        Lorient (6.00)

6 Oct 42         Osnabruck (4.30)                       13 Feb 43      Hamburg (5.50)

12 Oct 42       Kattegat (6.30)                           14 Feb 43      Cologne (4.30)

24 Oct 42       Milan (6.20)                                16 Feb 43      Lorient (5.15)

26 Oct 42       Gironde (6.35)                            18 Feb 43      Gironde (7.15)

6 Nov 42         St.Etienne (6.40)                        19 Feb 43      Wilhelmshaven (5.20)

9 Nov 42         Hamburg (6.00)                          10 Mar 43      Gironde (7.00)

16 Nov 42      Bayonne (9.15)                          11 Mar 43      Stuttgart (6.40)

 

Flight Sergeant Thomas is a Bomber Aimer in No.218 Squadron who has been on operations since September 1942. Throughout his operational tour, this airman has shown the greatest keenness and determination to place his bombs accurately on the target. His tour has included many of the most strongly defended targets, and he has won a reputation for refusing to be distressed by the fiercest opposition. His coolness has been exemplary, and he has frequently brought back photographs of the aiming point.  He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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THOMAS, Sergeant (now Flight Sergeant) Gwyn Eilir (R123366) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Flying Instructor School - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945).  Enlisted in Toronto, 8 August 1941.

 

Flight Sergeant Thomas has shown outstanding ability and initiative in designing and perfecting synthetic training devices used in armament training, a number of which have been accepted as standard trainers in armament schools.  In this way he has made an outstanding contribution to synthetic training particularly and to the training plan generally.  His devotion to duty and untiring efforts in this work throughout his career have proved most beneficial and are worthy of high praise.

 

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THOMAS, Sergeant (now P/O) Howard Vincent MacKenzie (R66571/C46873) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 (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 Montreal; enlisted there 14 June 1940.

 

This flight engineer, with superior skill and unfailing devotion to duty, has performed numerous sorties on anti-submarine operations.  His cheerful and co-operative spirit have been an inspiration to other flight engineers.  He has rendered outstanding service.

 

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THOMAS, F/L Joseph Frank (J7975) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 6 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945.  Born 1918 in Brooksby, Saskatchewan.  Home in Vancouver (assistant postmaster); enlisted in Regina, Saskatchewan, 26 May 1937.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 June 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 28 July 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941).  Killed in flying accident, 21 April 1949 (Maritimes, Expeditor aircraft, six crew plus one civilian missing).

 

This officer has participated in numerous sorties and has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and determination.  One night in February 1945, Flight Lieutenant Thomas pilot an aircraft detailed to attack Bonn.  On the outward flight one engine became unserviceable.  In spite of this Flight Lieutenant Thomas completed his mission successfully.  He set a fine example of devotion to duty.

 

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THOMAS, F/L Kenneth Roye (J12554) - Air Force Cross - No.2 ANS - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 7 August 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 January 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942).  As of recommendation he had flown 1,180 hours.

 

This officer has proved himself an outstanding pilot and an exceedingly conscientious Flight Commander.  His great skill, efficiency and keenness have long been recognized as great contributions to the high standard of navigation at this unit.  His ability, enthusiasm and devotion to duty have set a magnificent example for those with whom he has served.

 

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THOMAS, F/L Lloyd Duncan (J5473) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.5 Squadron - Award effective 28 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1844 and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944.  Born 1915 in Marshall, Texas.  Home in Detroit, Michigan (American or Canadian).  Enlisted in Toronto, 6 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 January 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 21 February 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941).  Commissioned 1941.  Killed in action 18 April 1944 in Burma.

 

Flight Lieutenant Thomas has been engaged on operational flying since October 1941, and has completed a large number of sorties in the European and Burma theatres of war.  During the period of evacuation from Burma he set a fine example of courage, leadership and skill.  Since then he has flown on bombing and low level attacks in support of the army on the Arakan and Imphal fronts and has displayed outstanding keenness and tenacity in air combat.  This officer has destroyed at least two enemy aircraft and he has destroyed many more on the ground.

 

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THOMAS, Sergeant Lucien Irving (R88221) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 17 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943. Born 1918.  Home in Richmond, Virginia (American citizen); enlisted in Halifax, 13 March 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941) and No.8 BGS (graduated 9 November 1941).  Taking oath of allegiance in 1941 caused him some administrative and citizenship difficulties whilst serving with the postwar USAF; see "A Man Without a Country", Invader: The Newsletter of the 13th Bomb Squadron Association (Korea), March 1995.

 

This airman, who has taken part in twenty-four operational missions, is an air gunner of high merit. On several occasions, when his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters, his accurate shooting has driven them off. In September 1942 he shot down one of three Junkers 88 which attempted to attack his aircraft. One night in March 1943, during an operation against Duisburg, his aircraft was intercepted by an enemy fighter which attempted to attack from close range.  Coolly and skilfully, Sergeant Thomas delivered telling bursts of flame [fire ?] causing the attacker to break away with his engine on fire.  By his great skill this airman has contributed materially to the safe return of his aircraft on several occasions.

 

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THOMAS, W/C Robert Idris (C1571) - Air Force Cross - Station Ucluelet - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944.  Enlisted in RCAF, 1 March 1927.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 1953. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 58, file 190-I) has citation.  As of recommendation he had flown 2,436 hours, 230 on operations (62 sorties).

 

This officer has a long record of loyal and efficient service in the air.  As a pilot on transport, communication and air survey duties in peace time, and on reconnaissance anti-submarine patrols in war time, he has executed all tasks with energy, determination and outstanding ability.  As the commander of a detachment, a squadron, and at present a station, he has always set a fine example as a pilot and leader.

 

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THOMAS, F/L Roy Daryl (J23052) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 20 June 1945 as per London Gazette dated 29 June 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.  Born 1919 in Vancouver; home there.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.12 EFTS and No.5 SFTS.  Commissioned 1942.  Victories as follows: 20/21 August 1944, one V-1 destroyed; 12 October 1944, one Junkers W.34 destroyed plus one Ju.87 destroyed plus one Ju.87 probably destroyed plus three JU.87s damaged (all on ground). Released 7 November 1945.

 

This officer has taken part in numerous operational sorties.  In October 1944, while on a daylight sortie against Memsky Brod airfield, Czechoslovakia, he destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and damaged a further three.  He has also destroyed one flying bomb and twenty-two enemy transport vehicles and has inflicted considerable damage on the enemy's lines of communication.  As deputy flight commander Flight Lieutenant Thomas has consistently set a fine example and by his outstanding skill he has materially contributed to the operational efficiency of his squadron.

 

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THOMAS, F/O William Evans (J11456) - Mention in Despatches - No.115 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there, 25 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 200 August 1941).  DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has recommendation for a DFM dated 25 January 1944.  Attack had occurred in 7 July 1942 (when Thomas was a Flight Sergeant); delay attributed to slowness of American authorities in acknowledging RCAF role in operation.  Navigator was P/O L.H.J. Shebeski.

 

This officer, while acting as pilot of an RCAF aircraft patrolling off the Alaska Coast, showed skill and presence of mind in carrying out a bombing attack which resulted in the probable destruction of an enemy submarine.

 

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THOMPSON, F/L Charles Austin (J20025) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1921 at Blind River, Ontario; home in Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario.  Trained at No.5 ITS, No.13 EFTS and No.2 SFTS.  Commissioned 1942.  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 2/9083 has recommendation dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (178 hours 15 minutes), 1 November 1944 to 20 March 1945.

 

1 Nov 44         Oberhausen (5.40)                    14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (7.05)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.55)                       20 Feb 45      Dortmund (4.45)

4 Nov 44         Bochum (5.45)                           21 Feb 45      Duisburg (4.25)

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (5.00)                 23 Feb 45      Essen (4.05)

16 Nov 44      Munich (5.15)                             24 Feb 45      Kanen (4.25)

18 Nov 44      Munster (6.35)                            1 Mar 45         Mannheim (5.05)

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe (7.00)                         5 Mar 45         Chemnitz (7.35)

5 Dec 44        Soest (5.55)                               7 Mar 45         Dessau (8.40)

6 Dec 44        Osnabruck (6.50)                       8 Mar 45         Hamburg (5.35)

17 Dec 44      Duisburg (6.30)                          11 Mar 45      Essen (4.25)

24 Dec 44      Dusseldorf (4.20)                       12 Mar 45      Dortmund (4.35)

27 Dec 44      Opladen (6.00)                           14 Mar 45      Zweibrucken (5.05)

29 Dec 44      Troisdorf (6.30)                          15 Mar 45      Misburg (6.20)

30 Dec 44      Cologne (6.45)                           16 Mar 45      Nuremburg (6.50)

2 Jan 45         Ludwigshaven (7.35)                 18 Mar 45      Witten (5.00)

5 Jan 45         Hanover (5.35)                           20 Mar 45      Heide (5.05)

6 Jan 45         Hanau (7.25)                                                     

 

Flight Lieutenant Thompson is an outstanding captain of aircraft.  During all his operations, including attacks on such targets as Munich, Hamburg and Dessau, Flight Lieutenant Thompson has pressed home his attacks successfully in the face of all opposition.  His courage and determination are amply reflected in the results he has achieved.  This officer has never failed to carry out the important tasks assigned to him in a most exemplary manner and he has set an exceptionally fine example to the whole squadron.

 

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THOMPSON, S/L Charles Robert (J4892) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born in Edmonton, Alberta, 2 March 1914; home there; enlisted there, 10 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 November 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 30 March 1941).  Went overseas, April 1944 as Armament Liaison Officer in Fighter Command Headquarters for six months before returning to Canada. Released in October 1945.  Briefly a store manager, but then went to University of Alberta, graduating in Aeronautical Engineering Physics (1949); rejoined RCAF in September 1948.  At Winter Experimental Establishment, June 1950 to October 1954.  Attended RCAF Staff College; OC No.12 Technical Support Unit and No.11 Technical Support Unit; to AFHQ in July 1959 as Group Captain.

 

This officer through diligence and extreme devotion to duty has risen to the position of examining officer in which capacity he has been instrumental in raising the standard of instruction in his squadron to a very high average.

 

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THOMPSON, LAW Denise Marjorie (W317603) - 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.  Home in Victoria, British Columbia; enlisted there, 13 December 1943.  Home in October 1948 was Chemanius, British Columbia.

 

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THOMPSON, F/L Dunstan Pentland (C2206) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1915 in Toronto. Home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan or Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 12 June 1940.  Commissioned 1940.  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.1750 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 22 November 1944 when he had flown 19 trips (88 hours 35 minutes):

 

This officer's skill, courage and devotion to duty as a navigator have contributed much to the success achieved by an outstanding crew.  His navigation has always been accurate and painstaking.  As squadron navigation officer he has done exceptionally good work and set a high example of efficiency both in the air and on the ground...

 

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THOMPSON, WO (now P/O) Edward Carson (R148617/J85113) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944.  Born in Northern Ireland, 1918. Home in Toronto, Ontario (farmer); enlisted there, 6 January 1942.  Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942).  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 2/9149 has recommendation for a DFM (he was then a Flight Sergeant) dated 10 February 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (145 operational hours).   Letter dated 7 January 1944 noted as having promoted him to Warrant Officer (and DFC eligibility) with effect from 9 October 1943.  Sorties as follows:

 

27 May 43      Essen (5.25)                          29 Sept 43     Berlin (5.05)

29 May 43      Wuppertal (5.20)                   1 Oct 43         Hagen (5.20)

12 June 43     Bochum (5.45)                       4 Oct 43         Frankfurt (7.00)

14 June 43     Oberhausen (5.05)                7 Oct 43         Stuttgart (6.35)

28 June 43     Cologne (5.20)                      18 Oct 43       Hanover (5.15)

8 July 43         Cologne (5.30)                      20 Oct 43       Leipzig (7.00)

24 July 43       Hamburg (5.15)                     3 Nov 43         Dusseldorf (4.15)

27 July 43       Hamburg (5.15)                     22 Nov 43      Berlin (6.45)

29 July 43       Hamburg (5.20)                     23 Nov 43      Berlin (6.30)

23 Aug 43      Berlin (7.30)                           2 Dec 43        Berlin (6.50)

31 Aug 43      Berlin (7.15)                           20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (5.40)

6 Sept 43       Berlin (8.25)                           23 Dec 43      Berlin (7.30)

 

Flight Sergeant Thompson has completed a successful tour of operations as an air gunner in a Lancaster. All the targets his aircraft has attacked have been very heavily defended targets in Germany including eight flights to Berlin. His constant display of courage throughout the tour, accompanied by his efficiency and vigilance as a gunner, have contributed very largely to the highly successful tour completed by his crew.

 

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THOMPSON, LAC Frederick George (R151086) - Mention in Despatches - No.9426 Servicing Echelon (AFRO gives No.62 Base only) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Armourer (Bombs).  Home in North Bay, Ontario; enlisted there 26 March 1942.  No citation.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 15 August 1944 when he had served nine months in Canada, 19 months overseas.

 

Although he has been with the Echelon only a few months, LAC Thompson has been marked as an outstanding airman.  Frequently called upon to work long hours day and night, "bombing up" aircraft for operations, he is always among the first on the job and the last to leave.  Always cheerful, keen and competent, he has set a splendid example of good airmanship to his comrades and earned the respect and admiration of all ranks in his section.

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THOMPSON, F/O Harry James (J22515) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 12 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944.  Born 1918.  Home in Gelert, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 16 July 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 July 1942).  Cited with S/L J.T.J. Davis (which see for citation).

 

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THOMPSON, F/L Hugh Aimers Stevens (C8064) - Mention in Despatches - No.295 AMES (now No.5 Radio School) - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  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).  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 7 April 1941.

 

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THOMPSON, P/O Hugh Llewellyn (J87831) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1923 in Davidson, Saskatchewan.  Home in Zealandia, Saskatchewan or Vancouver (riveter); enlisted in Vancouver, 15 May 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.23 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943).  Commissioned 26 June 1944.  Posted to No.426 Squadron, 9 May 1944;  posted to No.22 OTU, 28 September 1944.  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.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 6 September 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (162 hours 45 minutes), 12 May to 3 September 1944.

 

This officer has completed 36 sorties in his first tour of operations.  Many have been to major targets in Germany and eastern France.  During all his trips Pilot Officer Thompson has shown great determination in pressing home  his attacks on the target.  He is a fine captain whose keenness and ability have been a source of inspiration to all aircrew.

 

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THOMPSON, S/L James Adamson (J2970) - Air Force Cross - No.132 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 March 1945 and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945.  Home in Listowel, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 23 April 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 May 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 2 October 1940).  As of recommendation he had flown 848 hours, of which 112 were operational hours (102 sorties).

 

This officer, as officer commanding this squadron, has shown exceptional ability as a pilot and leader.  By his own very fine personal example of skill and devotion to duty, he has maintained a high standard of efficiency and keenness within his squadron.  He is responsible in no small part for the successful operations of the unit.  The excellent qualities displayed by this officer are praiseworthy.

 

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THOMPSON, F/L James Gordon (C20880) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.619 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Born in Winnipeg, 1915.  Home in Brampton, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 4 September 1940.  Trained at No.6 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942).  Commissioned 1942. 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 20 sorties (137 hours 15 minutes) as follows:

 

                                                    DNCO = Duty Not Carried Out

 

27 Aug 43      Nuremberg (7.22)                             20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (1.21. DNCO)

30 Aug 43      Munchen Gladbach (5.19)                29 Dec 43      Berlin (6.51)

2 Sept 43       GARDENING (4.58)                         1 Jan 44         Berlin (8.14)

5 Sept 43       Mannheim (4.53)                               20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.09)

23 Sep 43      Mannheim (6.33)                               21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (7.00)

27 Sep 43      Hanover (6.21)                                  27 Jan 44       Berlin (8.58)

29 Sep 43      Bochum (4.31)                                   28 Jan 44       Berlin (7.48)

3 Oct 43         Kassel (5.55)                                     15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.19)

26 Nov 43      Berlin (3.03, DNCO)                         19 Feb 44      Leipzig (6.24)

2 Dec 43        Berlin (7.03)                                       20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (6.35)

16 Dec 43      Berlin (7.32)                                       24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (8.06)

 

This Warrant Officer has now completed 20 successful operational sorties against Germany in his first operational tour. Eight of these have been against Berlin.  He has shown consistent keenness for operations and his high standard of captaincy has largely contributed to the success of his crew and has set a very good example to the flying personnel of the squadron.

 

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THOMPSON, F/O John (J86020) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1919.  Home in St.James, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 15 September 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943).  Commissioned 1944.

 

This officer has participated in attacks against a wide range of targets.  He has consistently displayed great determination in attacking his allotted target and courage in the face of enemy opposition.  In June 1944, during an attack against a target in France, Flying Officer Thompson showed fine captaincy and excellent airmanship when attacked by two enemy fighters.  This officer's record is one of sustained operational endeavour and is worthy of high praise.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 17 October 1944 which gives sortie list and a slightly more detailed citation.

 

30 Apr 44    GARDENING (3.02)                      17 July 44       Caen (3.45)

7 May 44     GARDENING (3.21)                      20 July 44       Chapelle Notre Dame (3.35)

9 May 44     Berneval (4.07)                              25 July 44       Wanne Eickel (5.20)

10 May 44   Lens (3.50)                                     28 July 44       Foret de Nieppe (3.35)

1 June 44    Ferne d'Urville (4.07)                     30 July 44       Area "G" (4.00, DNCO)

2 June 44    Trappes (4.54)                               3 Aug 44         Bois de Cassan (4.20)

5 June 44    Maisy (4.15)                                   5 Aug 44         Foret de Nieppe (3.30)

6 June 44    St.Lo (5.09)                                    7 Aug 44         TOTALIZE 3 (3.55)

11 Jun 44    Massy Palaiseau (4.44)                9 Aug 44         Foret de Mormel (3.35)

12 Jun 44    Amiens (4.04)                                14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE 22 (3.35)

16 Jun 44    Sterkrade (4.14)                            15 Aug 44      Eindhoven (3.45)

22 Jun 44    Laon (4.39)                                     16 Aug 44      Kiel (4.50)

24 Jun 44    Noyelle en Chaussee (3.32)         18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (5.00)

25 Jun 44    Montorgueil (3.24)                         31 Aug 44      Lumbres (3.00, DNCO)

27 Jun 44    Mont Cannon (3.35)                       11 Sept 44     Nordstern (4.40)

28 Jun 44    Blainville (6.39)                              15 Sept 44     Kiel (5.30)

1 July 44      St.Martin (3.25)                              6 Oct 44          Gladbach (4.15)

 

This Captain of aircraft has almost completed his first operational tour consisting of 34 sorties which have been carried out over a wide range of targets and performed during day and night raids.

 

During his operational tour he has shown consistently good results and great determination in attacking his allotted target, thereby obtaining a good photographic record which shows many aiming point photographs.

 

On the 5th June 1944, when attacking the target of Maisy, Flying Officer Thompson displayed fine captaincy and excellent airmanship when he was attacked by two enemy fighters which he successfully evaded and inflicted damage on one of them.

 

This officer's record is one of sustained operational endeavour, and is considered most deserving of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, for which he is strongly recommended.

 

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THOMPSON, F/O John Edwin (J86711) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 1923 in Peterborough, Ontario; home there; enlisted in Toronto, 18 May 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1944. 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 had recommendation dated 6 November 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (163 hours ten minutes), 2 July to 6 November 1944.

 

2 July 44         Domleger                                 10 Sep 44      Le Havre

6 July 44         Foret Du Croc                          16 Sep 44      Hopsten Rheine

17 Jul 44        Caen                                         20 Sep 44      Calais

20 Jul 44        Courtrai                                     26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez

23 Jul 44        Kiel                                            28 Sep 44      Neuss

27 Jul 44        Stuttgart                                    14 Oct 44       Duisburg

28 Jul 44        Stuttgart                                    14 Oct 44       Duisburg

3 Aug 44        Trossy St.Max                          19 Oct 44       Stuttgart

5 Aug 44        Blaye                                         23 Oct 44       Essen

7 Aug 44        Fontenay le Marmion              25 Oct 44       Essen

12 Aug 44      Brunswick                                 28 Oct 44       Cologne

15 Aug 44      Volkel                                        30 Oct 44       Cologne

16 Aug 44      Stettin                                        31 Oct 44       Cologne

26 Aug 44      Kiel                                            4 Nov 44         Bochum

5 Sept 44       Le Havre                                   6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen

6 Sept 44       Le Havre

 

Flying Officer Thompson, a Canadian, has completed 31 sorties as pilot and captain of a heavy bomber aircraft.  He has achieved a large measure of success in many raids on targets in Germany such as Kiel, Stuttgart, Brunswick, Neuss, Duisburg, Essen, and Cologne.

 

He has done all his flights with quiet efficiency and proved himself an exceptional captain and leader.  He has instilled the utmost confidence in his crew and has always pressed home his attacks skilfully, frequently in the face of fierce opposition.

 

His outstanding courage and devotion to duty have been a shining example to less experienced crews and I feel the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to this Canadian officer is fully deserved.                                                

 

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THOMPSON, F/O John Hallett (J85572) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Woodbridge, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 21 July 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942).

 

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THOMPSON, P/O Nelson Leslie (J86830) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1918 in Victoria, Ontario.  Home in Ottawa or Toronto, Ontario; enlisted Toronto 30 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 9 February 1943).  Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail 26 September 1946. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation dated circa 20 July 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (168 hours 15 minutes), 20 December 1943 to 14 July 1944.

 

This pilot has taken part in thirty-one attacks on enemy territory, many of them against the heavily defended targets of the Ruhr and including attacks on Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Essen.  He has throughout his tour of operations shown a devotion to duty and fine offensive spirit which are outstanding.  As captain of aircraft he has led, trained and inspired his crew and has never faltered in pressing home the attack, bombing his target in spite of opposition.

 

It is considered that this fine example of devotion to duty and tenacity of purpose fully merit the award of the D.F.C.

 

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THOMPSON, F/L Percy Chapman (J28501) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  Born 1910 in Innisfree, Alberta; home in Mannville, Alberta (teacher); enlisted in Saskatoon, 18 July 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned July 1943.  Award presented 9 July 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation for a DFC dated 22 December 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties of a tour (27 May to 5 December 1944).

 

Flight Lieutenant Thompson has completed 27 sorties, many of which were to the enemy's most heavily defended areas.  As a navigator he has set an extremely high standard of excellence and his precept and example have been an inspiration to those who come in contact with him.

 

On 4th September, 1944, he took over the duties of Squadron Navigation Leader, a post he has filled with great satisfaction to all concerned.  He has worked untiringly in this capacity and the results he has obtained have been most remarkable.

THOMPSON, F/L Percy Chapman, DFC (J28501) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation for MiD submitted 2 February 1945.  Gave date of enlistment as 30 September 1942, with one year service in Canada and 16 months overseas.  Navigation leader for No.419 Squadron.

 

As Navigation Leader of this squadron, Flight Lieutenant Thompson has not spared himself in his endless endeavours to improve the efficiency of the squadron navigators.  He has shown most outstanding devotion to duty.

 

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THOMPSON, F/O Robert James (J88142) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1923 in Winnipeg; home in Kildonan (Winnipeg), Manitoba (messenger); enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned July 1944.  Award presented 1 April 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (155 hours 25 minutes), 21 June to 30 November 1944.  Bale-out incident was on 19 September 1944 on mission to Donburg; aircraft lost two propellers and mission was abandoned after three hours 50 minutes flight.

 

This officer has now completed an outstanding tour of operations which involved thirty-one sorties over enemy territory including many well defended targets in Germany and France.

 

Pilot Officer Thompson flew with three different crews in completing his tour; on one occasion he and crew members were forced to abandon aircraft and all baled out safely with the exception of the captain.  Throughout all his operations he has invariably displayed a high degree of navigational ability, and by his example of cheerful courage and devotion to duty, has maintained a high standard of morale among his crew members.

 

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THOMPSON, S/L Robert William (C89503) - Air Force Cross - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Former CAN/RAF;  born in Saskatoon, 17 November 1916; home there.  Enlisted in RAF, 6 October 1938 (Provisional Pilot Officer, service number 41496).  Conformed in rank, 3 September 1939; Flying Officer, 3 September 1940; Flight Lieutenant, 3 September 1941; Squadron Leader, 1 October 1942; reverted to Flight Lieutenant, 2 January 1943; Squadron Leader, 23 August 1943; Flight Lieutenant, 7 June 1944; Squadron Leader 1 July 1944. Trained on Tiger Moths and Harts.  At outbreak of war was flying Ansons with No.612 Squadron (Coastal Command).  To Canada, 15 November 1940; posted to No.4 SFTS (instructor), until December 1942; to No.3 (C) OTU, 25 February 1943; to No.201 Squadron, 1 April 1943; to No.423 Squadron, 2 April 1943 (flew 690 hours with them); to Air Ministry, 17 May 1944; to No.425 Squadron, 18 May 1944; to School of Aeronautical Engineering, Henlow, 9 June 1944; Transferred to RCAF in London, England, 18 October 1944.  To Canada, 14 January 1945; with AFHQ, 12 April to 1 October 1945.  Remained in postwar RCAF, retiring 1 April 1957.  Award presented 26 August 1949.  As of recommendation he had flown 2,500 hours, 962 as instructor, 50 in previous six months.  Killed in a flying accident, 8 June 1971.

 

This officer has completed many instructional flying hours as well as many hours on operations in Coastal Command.  After completing the specialist armament course in the United Kingdom, he is now specialist armament officer in Directorate of Operational Training.  He has at all times, over a long period, set a high example by his unflagging devotion to duty and his efficient execution of difficult tasks.

 

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THOMPSON, F/O Russell Thorbe (J89485) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 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 Cabri, Saskatchewan; home in Young or Imperial, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 27 June 1942. Trained at No.2 WS (gradated 20 August 1943) and No.5 BGS (graduated 13 October 1943).  Commissioned August 1944.  Posted to No.426 Squadron 15 May 1944; Wireless Operator/Air Gunner in F/O J.A. Wilding's crew.  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.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C C.M. Black dated 16 May 1945.  He had flown 34 sorties (197 hours 50 minutes) between 24 May 1944 and 9 September 1944; odd that the recommendation comes so long after the tour had ended.

 

This officer has recently completed a tour of operations against the enemy.  He has always been keen and efficient in his work and has been ready at all times to fulfil his duty as a Wireless Operator.  In times of danger his coolness and dependability have been exemplary.  He has participated in [attacks on] many heavily defended targets, including some daylight missions...

 

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THOMPSON, F/O Stewart Edgar (C21522) - Mention in Despatches - No.15 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home in Peterborough, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 29 December 1941.

 

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THOMPSON, Corporal Stirling George (R107076) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Born 6 November 1933.  Home in North Saskatoon; enlisted in Saskatoon, 22 May 1941. In postwar RCAF, 2 November 1950 to 23 December 1969.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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THOMPSON, G/C Thomas Carlyle (C2667) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 4 September 1940.  DHist biographical file has a photo of him taken during Administrative Course at Trenton; Pilot Officer whilst on course.

 

This officer was a most efficient and hard working officer on the strength of Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters.  Engaged in the personnel services branch of the Directorate of Personnel for over one year overseas, Group Captain Thompson displayed the understanding, tact and diplomacy which was so necessary during the period when the intricacies of policy were being ironed out.  He occupied the post of Air Secretary at Air Force Headquarters with high efficiency; his continued and untiring application to the interest of the Service, coupled with his broad experience in Canada and Overseas, have been splendid contributions to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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THOMPSON, S/L Victor Wentworth (C698) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.16 SFTS - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette and Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.  Born 12 September 1896 in Ottawa.  Joined Royal Flying Corps 21 December 1916; served in No.64 Squadron, 25 October 1917 to 26 April 1916.  Enlisted in Non-Permanent Force, 28 May 1929 in Ottawa.  Qualified for pilot's badge, same day, and then transferred to reserve to officers.  Posted Camp Borden to Trenton, 10 September 1931; posted to Air Headquarters and leave without pay, 1 April 1932. Failed to report and dropped from lists, 1 September 1936. Home in Grimsby, Ontario; re-enlisted in Toronto, 23 January 1940. Award presented 17 June 1945.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I) has citation; notes state that as of recommendation he had flown 2,075 hours, 1,892 as instructor, 117 in past six months.

 

This officer, with prior service in the Royal Flying Corps, has capably served in actual flying instruction at this station for over two years.  His maturity, kindly nature, outstanding leadership, and devotion to duty have gained for him the respect of all ranks.

 

THOMPSON, S/L Victor Wentworth (C698) - Air Force Cross - No.16 SFTS (since moved to No.4 Release Centre) - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.   Reported as having flown 2,344 hours to date, 1,844 hours as instructor, 213 hours in previous six months. 

 

This officer is a flying instructor of long standing who has set an outstanding record in the performance of these duties.  He has proven himself to be a leader and organizer of high merit.  His duties have at all times been discharged with efficiency, energy and forethought and by his efforts he has been of inestimable value as an example and stimulus to the younger instructors.  By his wealth of experience and skill as a pilot he has contributed greatly to the training plan.

 

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THOMPSON, F/L Walter Ramon (J10506) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 27 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born  New Westminster, 1920; home in Fraser Hills, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 22 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 September 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 5 November 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942.  Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer is a first class pilot whose determined work has been worthy of high praise.  He has undertaken many sorties and throughout has endeavoured to press home his attack whatever the opposition.  On a recent occasion during an operation against Berlin, Flight Lieutenant Thompson accomplished his purpose with great skill.  He is a fine captain whose example has proved inspiring.

 

THOMPSON, F/L Walter Ramon (J10506) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83  Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. 

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross in September 1943, this officer has continued to operate with outstanding courage and coolness.  As captain of aircraft Flight Lieutenant Thompson has always displayed fearlessness and a strong sense of duty.

 

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THOMPSON, F/L William (J9138) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.15 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Victoria, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 9 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 July 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941).  Certificate of commendation sent to him at No.1 "Y" Depot, 5 July 1945.

 

This officer has been flying as an instructor since March 1942.  He has always displayed great keenness and efficiency in the performance of these duties.  As a flight commander, and now as an examining officer, Flight Lieutenant Thompson has brought out many points to aid instructors on this unit in the performance of their instructional duties.  At all times he has carried out his tasks in a highly meritorious and efficient manner.

 

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THOMPSON, P/O William Almer (J19187) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.  Born 1923 at Lipton, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted in Regina, 23 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.3 WS (graduated 22 December 1941). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 20 January 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (168 hours five minutes), 14 January to 29 December 1944.

 

This officer has completed 29 successful operational trips, twenty of which have been over strongly defended targets in Germany.  He has always shown a very high degree of skill and alertness and exceptional qualities of coolness.  In addition to his flying duties he has shown good leadership and a strong sense of duty in his work in the Gunnery Section.  For his fine record of achievement, his intense loyalty and his devotion to duty, this officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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THOMPSON, F/O William Edward Paul (J93112) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1920 in Toronto; home there (accountant); enlisted there 17 December 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 10 December 1943).  Commissioned November 1944.

 

Flying Officer Thompson has participated in numerous sorties against many heavily defended targets in Germany.  In November 1944, while attacking Oberhausen, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter.  This officer manned the mid-upper turret and gave the captain and rear gunner concise reports of the enemy's movements and as a result of his accurate fire the fighter was destroyed.  On another occasion, whilst returning from operations, his aircraft made a crash landing near base causing injury to members of the crew.  Flying Officer Thompson has continued to display enthusiasm and keenness on all operations.  His courage and determination have been an example to the whole squadron.

 

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THOMSON, F/O Dale Cairns (J13112) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 3 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.  Born Desstock, Alberta, 1923.   Home in Fort Assiniboine, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 4 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 January 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  NOTE: A DHist card gives name as Thomson but citation spells it "Thompson".

 

One night in January 1944, this officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed two attack two naval vessels off the French coast.  In the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, Flying Officer Thompson pressed home his attacks, releasing his bombs from a low level.  Hits were obtained on one of the vessels which was set on fire.  His effort, brilliant in the execution, was worthy of high praise.  Flying Officer Thompson has completed several attacks on shipping, achieving successes.  He is a most determined and courageous pilot.

 

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THOMSON, F/L Donald Ivan (J87732) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  Born 20 August 1920 in Thessalon, Ontario; home there (student); enlisted in Galt, 14 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned June 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (156 hours 45 minutes), 17 July to 21 December 1944.

 

17 Jul 44        Caen (4.55)                                15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.40)

25 Jul 44        Wanne Eickel (4.55)                  6 Oct 44         Gladbach (4.10)

28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.35)             7 Oct 44         Cleve (4.20)

7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE 3 (4.00)                    9 Oct 44         Bochum (6.00)

9 Aug 44        Foret de Mormal (3.45)             14 Oct 44       Duisburg (5.05)

11 Aug 44      Somain (4.20)                            23 Oct 44       Essen (5.00)

12 Aug 44      Russelsheim (6.00)                   30 Oct 44       Cologne (5.45)    

14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE 22 (4.00)             16 Nov 44      Julich (4.45)

15 Aug 44      Eindhoven (3.30)                       21 Nov 44      Sterkrade (5.40)

16 Aug 44      Kiel (5.35)                                   29 Nov 44      Essen (5.35)

18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (5.00)                        30 Nov 44      Duisburg (5.40)

24 Aug 44      Brest (5.20)                                2 Dec 44        Hagen (6.30)

25 Aug 44      Chapelle Notre Dame (3.05)    5 Dec 44        Soest (6.20)

31 Aug 44      Lumbres (3.25), DNCO             12 Dec 44      Essen (5.30)

3 Sept 44       Venlo (3.45)                                17 Dec 44      Duisburg (5.50)   

9 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.50), DNCO            21 Dec 44      Cologne (5.55)

 

This captain of aircraft has now completed his first operational tour, consisting of 32 sorties, many of which have been attacks on major targets in Germany.

 

He has carried out these attacks with consistent skill and courage.  Throughout he has set an example of skilful pilotage, cool judgement and determination, frequently in the face of strong enemy opposition, which has been an inspiration to the rest of the squadron.

 

His photographic results have been most convincing and include many aiming point photographs. 

When called upon, Flight Lieutenant Thomson has deputized for the Flight Commander, whose duty he has carried out with the greatest efficiency.  His leadership has contributed in no small measure to his repeated successes in the squadron, and is worthy of the highest praise.

 

I consider his devotion to duty and sustained operational endeavour fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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THOMSON, F/L Frank Albert (J17120) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945.  Born 2 February 1921; home in Montreal; enlisted in Calgary, 17 March 1941.  Posted to No.2 WS, 22 June 1941 and to No.6 BGS, 28 February 1942.  Posted overseas, April 1942; commissioned 19 March 1943; repatriated 16 June 1945 with No.420 Squadron.  Released 16 September 1945.  NOTE: This award is a late find (2 January 1994) and has not been tracked to AFRO or unit.

 

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THOMSON, Sergeant George Harold (R65039) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.5 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 26 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Home in Fredericton, New Brunswick; enlisted in Halifax, 31 May 1940.

 

Sergeant Thomson has spent two years on anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic.  These patrols have been carried out frequently under most adverse conditions in which the skill displayed by Sergeant Thomson as a Flight Engineer has contributed largely to the success of the crew.  He has been First Engineer on Canso aircraft which on two occasions have attacked enemy submarines.  He has carried out his duties consistently in a most conscientious manner and has been an example to other Flight Engineers of his unit.

 

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THOMSON, F/L Haughton Gimby (J27498) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1914 in Coronation, Alberta; home in Edmonton, Alberta (chartered accountant); enlisted there 8 June 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 26 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) had recommendation dated 16 January 1945 when he had completed 23 sorties (115 hours 45 minutes), 9 May 1944 to 16 January 1945.

 

An above average and efficient officer who has shown such exceptional navigation ability that he has won the confidence and respect of all aircrew under him.  At present he is employed as Squadron Navigation Leader and has demonstrated in his work an excellent example of loyalty and devotion to duty.  Flight Lieutenant Thomson is an inspiring leader whose outstanding ability and splendid record warrant a strong recommendation for the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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THOMSON, F/O James McDonald (J7217) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 Squadron - (Canada) - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born Belle Isle Creek, New Brunswick, 20 November 1913; home there; enlisted in Halifax, 16 August 1940.

 

This officer has during the past eight months completed 520 hours of operational flying as an Observer.  His skill as a Navigator, under most adverse weather conditions, has assisted in the rescue of survivors from disabled ships at sea.  He has set a high example by his ability and devotion to duty.

 

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THOMSON, P/O James Scholes (J17743) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1920; home in Vancouver, British Columbia; enlisted in Toronto, 15 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 19 August 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941).  Commissioned 1943.

 

During many operational flights Pilot Officer Thomson displayed exceptional skill as a pilot.  He has successfully bombed most of the major targets in enemy territory including Cologne, Essen and other industrial objectives in the Ruhr.  Throughout all his missions his determination and confidence has been most commendable.  Pilot Officer Thomson can always be relied upon to press his attacks with the utmost vigour.

 

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THOMSON, FS Kenneth Lorne (R81347) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Station Watson Lake (since moved to RCAF Station Prince George). Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945).  Born in Victoria, British Columbia, 10 February 1916.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 13 December 1940.  Award presented 31 January 1946.

 

This non-commissioned officer has operated his tractor and motor transport section with such a high degree of efficiency and initiative that even under the most difficult weather conditions the aerodrome has never been unserviceable.  His loyalty and conduct have never been questioned during his four years in the service.  The effort, skill and unremitting devotion to duty he has shown at all times have unquestionably contributed in no small way to the success of flying operations in North West Air Command.

 

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THOMSON, F/L Robert Hugh (J10280) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Home in New Westminster; enlisted in Halifax, 23 April 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942).

 

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THOMSON, P/O Thomas Ambroise (J85670) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1924 in Toronto; home in Gravenhurst, Ontario. Trained at No.5 ITS and No.4 AOS.  Commissioned 1944. 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.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded from squadron, date uncertain but apparently early July 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (175 hours 25 minutes).

 

This navigation officer has completed thirty-four operational bombing attacks against the enemy.  His work in general has been of a very high calibre and his loyalty and devotion to duty worthy of commendation.

 

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THOMSON, F/L Wellesley Scott (C9378) - Mention in Despatches - Station Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Edmonton, Alberta; enlisted there 26 December 1941. No citation in AFRO which identifies unit only as "Overseas".  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 6 February 1944 which identifies unit with following:

 

Flight Lieutenant Thomson has served in the RCAF since December 26th, 1941.  His devotion to duty and unceasing labours have contributed to maintaining a high standard of efficiency in the various equipment sections in which he has served.  His exemplary character and very understanding temperament have won him the respect of all those with whom he has come in contact.  He is a credit to his branch of the Service.

 

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THORBURN, WO Walter Fyfe (R57750) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.460 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944.  Born Vancouver 1912; home there (truck driver); enlisted there 16 April 1940.  Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942).  Award sent by registered mail 11 March 1949.

 

Warrant Officer Thorburn has taken part in attacks against many of the enemy's most heavily defended targets including Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig and Turin. In August 1943, while on the outward journey to Berlin, the rear turret of his aircraft failed but having full confidence in Warrant Officer Thorburn the captain flew on and successfully completed the mission.  On another occasion during an attack on Berlin and while in the target area, Warrant Officer Thorburn's aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter.  His cool directions enabled his pilot to take successful evasive action and although his aircraft was severely damaged the attacker was frustrated.  At all times this Warrant Officer has displayed exceptional keenness and skill in his work both in the air and on the ground, setting a fine example to all of devotion to duty.

 

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THORN, F/O Douglas Frederick (J19374) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born Abbotsford, British Columbia, 1920; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 24 June 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 10 January 1942) and No.10 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 21 February 1948.

 

This officer has fulfilled his duties with the utmost courage and devotion to duty.  During an eventful tour of operational duty he has navigated his aircraft successfully to most of the major German targets and has also been engaged in minelaying operations in enemy waters.  On five occasions his aircraft has returned to the United Kingdom on three engines and once was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire.  During another sortie an enemy night fighter was encountered.  From all these flights the safe return of the aircraft and crew has been largely owing to the high navigational skill displayed by Flying Officer Thorn.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 20 June 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (184 hours 59 minutes).  This gives a sortie list and a slightly more detailed text than the one published.

 

24 July 43       Hamburg (5.40)                            22 Feb 44      GARDENING (3.05, DNCO)

25 July 43       Essen (4.44)                                 2 Mar 44         Meulam (4.49)

27 Aug 43      Nuremburg (8.11)                         5 Mar 44         Trappes (5.10)

30 Aug 43      Gladbach (5.08)                           13 Mar 44      GARDENING (7.50)

31 Aug 43      Berlin (7.58)                                  15 Mar 44      Amiens (4.27)

5 Sept 43       Mannheim (7.50)                          16 Mar 44      Amiens (4.27)

6 Sept 43       Munich (9.26)                                22 Mar 44      GARDENING (6.31)

15 Sept 43     Montlucon (6.58)                           9 Apr 44         Lille (4.26)

16 Sept 43     Modane (8.50)                              18 Apr 44       GARDENING (6.12)

8 Oct 43         Hanover (5.55)                              20 Apr 44       Ottignes (4.14)

22 Oct 43       Kassel (6.07)                                26 Apr 44       GARDENING (3.53)

3 Nov 43         Dusseldorf (5.13)                         9 May 44        Berneval (3.37)

11 Nov 43      Cannes (8.34)                               8 June 44       Alencon (5.50)

20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (6.50)                             11 June 44     Massy-Plaisseau (5.22)

20 Jan 44       Berlin (6.53)                                  12 June 44     Amiens (4.05)

15 Feb 44      Berlin (6.44)

 

Pilot Officer Thorn is the navigator of Flight Lieutenant Clark's crew and has now completed his first tour of operations with a total of 31 sorties; fifteen of these were carried out against most heavily defended German targets, including three against Berlin.  He was also engaged on several mine laying missions in enemy waters.

 

This officer has fulfilled his duties admirably during an uneventful tour. On five occasions his aircraft has returned to the United Kingdom on three engines and once, when attacking Cannes on the night of 11 November 1943, the aircraft was badly damaged by flak. During another sortie, enemy night fighter attack was encountered.  Under these difficult conditions Pilot Officer Thorn's good navigational ability has greatly contributed to the safe return of the aircraft and crew on each occasion.

 

A good photographic record has been made during his tour, including Aiming Point photographs, which record also reveals accuracy in mine laying operations.

 

In recognition of this officer's very high navigational skill, his inspiring coolness and devotion to duty, which have contributed greatly to the successful completion of his tour of bombing and mine laying missions, it is strongly recommended that he be granted the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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THORNDYCRAFT, F/O Robert George (J27140) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Born in Winnipeg, 10 October 1919.  Educated in Vancouver; enlisted there 5 June 1939.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 December 1942) and No.10 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Served in postwar RCAF.

 

This officer has flown on many operational sorties as a navigator over the North Atlantic.  He has consistently displayed perseverance and devotion to duty of a very high order.  He has given unsparingly of his time and energy and has been an inspiration to those with whom he has served.

 

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THORNICROFT, Sergeant (now P/O) Howard Edwin (R73831/C19120) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Born in Montreal, 1920; home there (tractor operator); enlisted there 22 October 1940.  Commissioned October 1943.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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THORNICROFT, F/O Howard Edwin (C19120) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Award presented at Sea Island, 25 November 1949.   No citation in AFRO 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.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation from W/C V.F. Ganderton dated 19 March 1945 when he had flown 41 sorties (258 hours 30 minutes).

 

This officer has completed forty-one heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy, fourteen of these on his second tour.

 

His work both in the air and as Deputy Flight Engineer Leader has at all times been of the highest order.  His courage and dogged determination has had much to do with the successful completion of his many sorties.  Flying Officer Thornicroft can at all times be thoroughly depended upon to carry out his duties as a Flight Engineer and his view of his splendid and enviable record I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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THORNTON, P/O Graydon Maurice (J16938) - Distinguished Flying Cross -  No.427 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born 1911 in Birtle, Manitoba; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 18 July 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 12 February 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 27 April 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented by King George 11 August 1944.  No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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THORP, F/O Norman (J9525) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943.  Born Manchester, 23 March 1919; home in Winnipeg.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.3 BGS, No.5 AOS and No.1 CNS.  Commissioned 1941.

 

During numerous operational flights Flying Officer Thorpe has proved himself an exceptionally skilful navigator, even under the most hazardous circumstances. On occasions when wireless aids have failed he has contributed materially to the success of the operations by his superb navigation.  Flying Officer Thorpe took part in the operations against Le Creusot and Milan where his excellent low level map reading was of great assistance.  In addition he has participated, with success, in raids on all the most heavily defended German targets.  Throughout his operational tour this officer has displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty. 

 

THORP, S/L Norman, DFC (J9525) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.

 

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THORSON, F/L Emil (J21186) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1921 in Vancouver; home there (painter and carpenter); enlisted there 13 January 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942).  Commissioned November 1942.  Award presented 29 January 1947.  No citation other than "completed ...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation dated 6 December 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (164 hours 25 minutes), 16 April to 1 November 1944.

 

Flying Officer Thorson has completed a tour on heavy bombers.  He has navigated over many heavily defended targets such as Kiel, Sterkrade, Duisburg and Cologne.  On all occasions Flying Officer Thorson has navigated his aircraft in an exceptionally skilful manner, and several times was responsible for the safe return of the aircraft and crew back to base.  Flying Officer Thorson at all times inspired his crew by his coolness in the face of danger and his efficiency in navigation.

 

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THORVALDSON, F/L Wallace Malcolm (J17019) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.547 Squadron - Award effective 19 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.  Born 1920 in Calgary; home there (labourer).  Educated at University of Alberta; enlisted Calgary 5 April 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 August 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 18 March 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Entitled to Africa Star.  Award presented by Governor General in Vancouver, 18 May 1954.

 

This officer has served in both the Middle East and European theatres of war.  As navigator and bomb aimer he has taken part in a large number of anti-shipping sorties.  In May 1945 he was navigator and bomb aimer in an aircraft detailed for an anti-U-boat patrol over the Kattegat.  Two surfaced U-boats were sighted and in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire an attack was made on the second U-boat.  Despite violent evasive action Flight Lieutenant Thorvaldson dropped six depth charges with excellent results.  This officer has at all times displayed great skill, courage and determination.

 

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THRASHER, WO (now P/O) Charles Raymond (R161157/J88052) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1923 in Amherstburg, Ontario; home there (professional skater); enlisted Hamilton, 6 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943).  Award sent by registered mail 9 February 1950.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation by W/C J.D. Blane dated 23 July 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (144 hours 40 minutes), 7 October 1943 to 20 July 1944.

 

Warrant Officer Thrasher is a Navigator of a four-engined heavy bomber aircraft.  He has completed almost thirty sorties over many of the enemy's most heavily defended targets such as Berlin, Essen and Schweinfurt.

 

His precision work as a Navigator has contributed largely to the success of his crew's efforts over a long operational career.

 

Warrant Officer Thrasher's consistently good work under the most adverse conditions has been at all times a source of great comfort to the crew members and a splendid example to all members of this squadron.

 

His keen and conscientious efforts have at all times been most praiseworthy and I recommend him without reserve for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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THRASHER, F/O John Alfred (J27620) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1914 in Port Arthur, Ontario; home there (pen maker); enlisted there 22 June 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 January 1943), No.2 EFTS (graduated 6 March 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Commissioned June 1943.  Award sent by registered mail 24 February 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."  Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 16 April 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (173 hours 45 minutes), 23 October 1944 to 10 April 1945.

 

23 Oct 44       Essen (5.05)                          4 Feb 45        Osterfeld (4.05)

25 Oct 44       Essen (4.45)                          8 Feb 45        Politz (7.40)

28 Oct 44       Cologne (4.55)                      17 Feb 45      Wesel (4.30)

30 Oct 44       Cologne (5.15)                      20 Feb 45      Dortmund (5.35)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.10)                  21 Feb 45      Worms (5.35)

4 Nov 44         Bochum (5.00)                       23 Feb 45      Pforzheim (6.55)

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (4.45)            12 Mar 45      Dortmund (4.35)

12 Dec 44      Essen (4.35)                          14 Mar 45      Zweibrucken (5.30)

18 Dec 44      Duisburg (5.05)                     15 Mar 45      Hagen (5.35)

21 Dec 44      Cologne (4.35)                      16 Mar 45      Nuremburg (7.20)

24 Dec 44      Dusseldorf (5.00)                  21 Mar 45      Bremen (3.55)

29 Dec 44      Troisdorf (2.25)                     22 Mar 45      Dorsten (3.15)

1 Jan 45         Dortmund (4.25)                    24 Mar 45      Bottrop (4.30)

6 Jan 45         Kamen (5.15)                        4 Apr 45         Harburg (5.10)

22 Jan 45       Gelsenkirchen (4.45)            8 Apr 45         Hamburg (5.35)

1 Feb 45        Mainz (5.20)                           9 Apr 45         Kiel (4.40)

2 Feb 45        Weisbaden (5.20)                 10 Apr 45       Paulen (7.40)

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties as pilot and captain of aircraft.  During his tour of duty he has carried out attacks against some of the most heavily defended German targets.  He has proved himself a skilful and courageous pilot and his unfailing judgement has played a large part in the successful completion of many missions.

 

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THREFALL, FS Frederick Wainwright (Can 985) - Mention in Despatches - Station Dartmouth - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 22 November 1929.

 

This non-commissioned officer has made an outstanding contribution to the pigeon service of the Royal Canadian Air Force.  He devised a system of releasing pigeons from aircraft in a paper bag which has now been adopted throughout the British Empire.  Upon commencement of the pigeon service, this non-commissioned officer suggested that pigeon fanciers contribute their stock and by his efforts this was done, thus saving the government much expense.  The pride and skill shown by this non-commissioned officer in his trade is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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THRING, F/L Gordon Herbert (J7913) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.620 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944.  Born Rockwood, Ontario, 1919; home there (school teacher).  Served in Canadian Army; enlisted in Toronto, 9 January 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 June 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941).  Award sent by registered mail 7 December 1948. 

 

In air operations this officer has displayed courage, determination and devotion to duty of a very high order.

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THROOP, LAC William James (R122822) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946.  Hoe in Toronto; enlisted in Hamilton, 25 August 1941/  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.  DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 5 May 1945. Flight Electrician; had served 18 months in Canada, 26 months in UK.  Certificate sent 12 October 1948.

 

LAC Throop has at all times displayed the highest standard of keenness and devotion to duty in carrying out his duties.  His superior knowledge and ability in his trade has been responsible, on more than one occasion, for aircraft not being held off operations due to electrical unserviceabilities.

 

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THYGESEN, F/O Victor Allan Christian (J27660) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1915 in Oyen, Alberta; home there; enlisted Winnipeg, 9 June 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  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."  Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 19 September 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (146 hours), 12 June to 11 September 1944.

 

12 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen (3.43)                 3 Aug 44        Le Havre (4.22)

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade/Holten (4.19)            4 Aug 44        Pauillac (8.09)

22 Jun 44       Mimoyecques (3.09)                 8 Aug 44        Fontenay (3.39)

23 Jun 44       Saintes (7.10)                            10 Aug 44      Dugny (5.16)

24 Jun 44       Flers (3.28)                                 11 Aug 44      Douai (4.47)

27 Jun 44       Chateau Bernapre (3.43)          12 Aug 44      Bordeaux (7.15)

29 Jun 44       Domleger (3.24)                        14 Aug 44      Fontaine Le Pin (4.04)

30 Jun 44       Oisemont Neuville (3.53)          15 Aug 44      Le Culot (3.33)

2 July 44         Domleger (3.31)                        18 Aug 44      Ghent/Terneuzen (3.25)

4 July 44         Orleans (6.04)                            27 Aug 44      Kiel (4.09)

5 July 44         Dijon (8.27)                                 29 Aug 44      Wemers Capel (3.05)

6 July 44         Foret de Croc (3.46)                 5 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.46)

12 Jul 44        Revigny (9.21)                            6 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.48)

14 Jul 44        Revigny (8.42)                            8 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.59)

31 Jul 44        Le Havre (3.36)                          11 Sep 44      Le Havre (3.30)

2 Aug 44        Le Havre (3.24)

 

This Canadian pilot and captain of aircraft has just completed a very successful operational tour in which he has attacked many and varied targets in Germany and the occupied territories both by day and night.

 

He has at all times pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination and by his cheerful confidence he has inspired a high standard of morale not only in his crew but in the whole squadron.

 

This officer's dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty are well worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

NOTE:  In this instance the comments of the Group Captain commanding Station North Killingholme are even more detailed than the squadron commander's remarks:

 

This young Canadian captain of a heavy bomber has completed an operational tour of great merit.  He is an inspiring leader possessed of a fine offensive spirit which combined with his cheerful confidence has been an inspiration to his crew and an invaluable asset to the squadron.  In spite of enemy opposition he remains unperturbed and can be relied upon to press home his attacks with the utmost determination.  The clear concise details he has given at interrogation have been invaluable in the immediate assessment of the success achieved in the raids in which he has participated.

 

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TIBBS, F/O Richmond Bernard (J37079) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1917 in Winnipeg; home there (clerk and bookkeeper); enlisted there 21 September 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943), No.15 EFTS (graduated 25 June 1942) and No.15 EFTS (graduated 15 October 1943.  Commissioned October 1943.  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 courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9059 has recommendation dated 7 January 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (172 hours five minutes), 12 September to 26 December 1944.

 

12 Sep 44      Frankfurt                                      11 Nov 44      Dortmund

15 Sep 44      Kiel                                              16 Nov 44      Duren

16 Sep 44      Hopstein                                     18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel

19 Sep 44      Rheydt                                         21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg

5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken                               28 Nov 44      Neuss

6 Oct 44         Bremen                                       29 Nov 44      Neuss

7 Oct 44         Emmerich                                   30 Nov 44      Duisburg

9 Oct 44         Bochum                                       4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe

11 Oct 44       Ft.Fredrick Hendrik                   5 Dec 44        Soest

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                     6 Dec 44        Osnabruck

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                     12 Dec 44      Essen

15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven                           15 Dec 44      Ludwigshaven

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart                                      17 Dec 44      Ulm

23 Oct 44       Essen                                          21 Dec 44      Bonn

25 Oct 44       Essen                                          22 Dec 44      Koblenz

9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel                             26 Dec 44      St.Vith

 

Flying Officer Tibbs, a Canadian, has completed a very fine operational tour with this squadron, having carried out 32 successful sorties, many of which have been against strongly defended targets in Germany.  This officer's unconquerable cheerfulness and determination have been a source of inspiration not only to his crew but to the whole squadron, and the magnificent results obtained have been to a great extent due to his outstanding leadership and example.

 

On the occasion of his first operational trip as captain of the aircraft, Flying Officer Tibbs was detailed to attack Kiel and while on course to the target his port outer engine failed and the propeller had to be feathered.  At this time Flying Officer Tibbs' aircraft was being engaged by heavy flak and although still fifteen minutes flying time from the target, this officer with superb courage and airmanship, and with complete disregard for extremely heavy opposition over the target, pressed home his attack and successfully completed his mission.

 

The courage and exceptional fighting qualities displayed by Flying Officer Tibbs are worthy of the highest praise and well merit the recommendation for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TICE, FS Henry Freeman (R64242) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 16 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 27 October 1942 and AFRO 1783/42 dated 6 November 1942.  Born Dunnville, Ontario, 8 April 1921; home in Grimsby Beach or Hamilton (student); enlisted Hamilton on 7 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 July 1940), No.1 WS (graduated 20 December 1940) and No.1 BGS (graduated 18 January 1941).  Prisoner of war (date uncertain); reported safe, 18 April 1945.

 

Flight Sergeant Tice has taken part in numerous operational attacks, including many of the most heavily defended targets.  He is a sound wireless operator of exceptional keenness and energy, and has set an example to others during the whole of his tour of operations.

 

NOTE: DHist card has notes for a more extended citation which says that "in October 1941 his aircraft became lost when compelled by technical difficulties to turn back.  In most difficult conditions he effected repairs which enabled the aircraft to reach base."  Public Records Office Air 2/9600 also has a more detailed text plus information that he had flown 28 sorties (208 operational hours).

 

Flight Sergeant Tice has taken part in attacks on many of the most heavily defended targets.  On 22 October 1941, his aircraft became lost when compelled by technical failure to turn back.  In most difficult conditions this airman effected repairs which enabled the aircraft to reach base.  He is a sound wireless operator of exceptional keenness and energy and has set an example to others during the whole of his tour of operations.

 

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TICE, A/C James Winfred, ED (C3157) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - Air Force Headquarters (Director of Medical Services, Air) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Madoc, Ontario, 29 June 1898.  Degree in Medicine, University of Toronto, 1921; practised in Hamilton, special work with diabetics.  Served with Canadian Militia (5th Field Ambulance), 1925-1935; No.119 Squadron, 1936-1939 (Medical Officer).  At the outbreak of war he opened Medical Selection Board at No.1 MD, then to No.1 Training Command Headquarters and finally AFHQ Headquarters.  To Britain, March 1941, as Liaison Officer to RAF Medical Branch, returning to Canada in August 1941.  Appointed Director of Medical Services, 15 February 1943. Developed procedure for selecting air crew and helped organize RCAF hospital establishment.  Worked with Group Captain F.F. Tisdale of Toronto to develop revised scale of rations for RCAF, and played a part in design of the "mechanical cow" for reconstituting powdered milk.  Awarded ED, 9 August 1944. Retired in March 1946 to resume Hamilton practice.  In 1963 appointed Honourary Physician to the Queen. Following citation was found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Vol. 59, File 190-I (dossier 7).

 

For a number of years prior to the outbreak of war, Air Commodore Tice was a member of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, the last four years of this time being attached to a Royal Canadian Air Force Auxiliary Squadron.  During his service with the Auxiliary Air Force, he became one of the best informed medical officers on the subject of Aviation Medicine and thus equipped himself to render outstanding service during the war. After serving as Deputy Director of Medical Services (Air) for some time, he then assumed the heavy responsibility of Director of Medical Services, Royal Canadian Air Force, the appointment he holds at the present time.  His high professional and administrative ability have resulted in the establishment of very sound and logical practices in this service.  He has been largely responsible for the organization of the School of Aviation Medicine and for medical research pertaining to aviation and nutrition.  The exceptionally high standard of the professional and operational efficiency of the Royal Canadian Air Force Medical Services is due, in large part, to his initiative, good judgement and untiring efforts.  His devotion to duty and co-operation with the other Medical Services have been outstanding and have contributed to the ultimate benefit of the war effort.

 

TICE, A/C James Winfred, CBE, ED (C3157) -  Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - Award effective 23 May 1947 as per AFRO 280/47 of that date.  Colonel Jack T. Hodgsdon (Military Attache, U.S. Embassy) writing to A/M Leckie, 27 March 1947, provides citation.

 

Air Commodore James Winfred Tice, CBE, ED, Royal Canadian Air Force, performed exceptionally meritorious service from December 1941 to May 1945.  As Deputy and later Director of Medical Services he was responsible for the establishment of the Institute of Aviation Medicine.  He organized and stimulated research in night vision air crew clothing and psychological activities for the Royal Canadian Air Force and freely offered assistance to the United States Army Air Forces.  The excellent relationship existing between the two services is due largely to the outstanding personality, tact and ability displayed by Air Commodore Tice.

 

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TICKELL, F/L John Harlan (J8429) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.

 

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TIDY, F/O Michael Richard (J25833) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1922 in Toronto; home in London, Ontario; enlisted in Vancouver, 12 May 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail 10 March 1949 when living in Toronto. 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 September 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (182 hours 35 minutes), 30 April to 12 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Tidy has displayed outstanding ability as an operational pilot and as a captain of aircraft.  He has completed 36 successful sorties over enemy territory and has shown marked determination and courage in finding his target and carrying out successfully the missions for which he was detailed.  His operational record shows trips over Aachen, Stuttgart, Brunswick, and mining sorties over several heavily defended enemy harbours.

 

Flying Officer Tidy while on this squadron has been of extreme value to his Flight Commander both by his efficiency and his cheerful courage...

 

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TIERNEY, F/O Ross James (J87028) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1921 in Toronto; home there (vehicle mechanic); enlisted there 2 July 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.7 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943).  Commissioned June 1944.  Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9081 has recommendation dated 10 March 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (202 hours 37 minutes), 12 September 1944 to 7 March 1945.

 

12 Sep 44      Frankfurt                                   4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe

26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez                           6 Dec 44        Merseburg

7 Oct 44         Emmerich                                 12 Dec 44      Essen

11 Oct 44       Fredrik Hendrik                        28 Dec 44      Bonn

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                   29 Dec 44      Gelsenkirchen

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                   2 Jan 45         Nuremburg

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart                                    4 Jan 45         Royan

23 Oct 44       Essen                                        6 Jan 45         GARDENING,

25 Oct 44       Essen                                                                Pomeranian Bay

28 Oct 44       Cologne                                    14 Jan 45       Merseburg

9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel                           7 Feb 45        Cleve

11 Nov 44      Dortmund                                  13 Feb 45      Dresden

16 Nov 44      Duren                                        14 Feb 45      GARDENING

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                                                   (Sweet Pea area)

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                          20 Feb 45      Dortmund

27 Nov 44      Freiburg                                    21 Feb 45      Duisburg

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                                  2 Mar 45         Cologne

3 Dec 44        Urft Dam (abandoned             7 Mar 45         Dessau

on orders)

 

Flying Officer Tierney, a Canadian, as Captain and Pilot of heavy aircraft, has completed 34 sorties against such targets as Frankfurt, Duisburg, Stuttgart and Nuremburg.

 

He has always shown a cheerful confidence which has inspired a high standard of morale, not only in his crew but in the whole squadron.  He has also set a high standard of efficiency and has seen that his crew were a team capable of pressing home their attacks and inflicting the maximum amount of damage to the enemy.

 

An example of his offensive spirit was shown when on the night of 2nd January 1945 he was detailed to attack Nuremburg.  When approaching the French coast one engine failed and although he experienced difficulty in maintaining speed and height, Flying Officer Tierney pressed on with dogged determination showing disregard for his personal safety and a fine example of cool courage.  The target was reached and bombed successfully and the aircraft flown back to base.

 

Flying Officer Tierney is an officer who has shown the greatest devotion to duty and I strongly recommend that his work be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TIFFIN, Sergeant Frederick William (R62027) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Born 28 May 1914; home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 15 May 1940.  Airframe mechanic; posted overseas May 1943; repatriated July 1945; released 15 September 1945.  Unit identified only as "Overseas" in AFRO; Squadron ORB dated 25 June 1945 mentions the award.

 

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TIGEHELAAR, F/O Arnold Edward (J38347) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 1918 in Arum, Holland; home in Dundas, Ontario (gardener, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Hamilton 10 August 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 28 June 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 12 November 1943).  Commissioned November 1943.  Award presented in Hamilton, 27 July 1949.

 

In November 1944, Flying Officer Tigehelaar was detailed to attack Dusseldorf.  While en route to the target fire broke out in the port inner engine and the port outer engine began to fail.  Despite the loss of his navigational instruments he skilfully navigated his aircraft to the target area and back to base.  On another occasion whilst attacking Hamburg one engine of this officer's aircraft caught fire while some sixty miles from the target.  Without navigational equipment this officer brought the aircraft over the target at the specific time and then guided the aircraft back to England with only two engines functioning.  At all times Flying Officer Tigehelaar has set an inspiring example.

 

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TILANDER, FS (now P/O) Erland Norman Cameron (R167225/J51474) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 26 May 1942.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.7 BGS (graduated 31 May 1943).  No citation.

 

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TILLEY, W/C Albert Ross (C3607) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Plastic Surgery Unit Overseas - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Bowmanville, Ontario; educated there and University of Toronto.  Enlisted in RCAF, 16 November 1940 at Trenton, Ontario.  Award presented 1 May 1945.  Photo PMR 74-294 shows him in Army uniform.   Later made Member, Order of Canada.

 

This officer has been the chief surgeon of an RCAF Plastic Surgery Unit in England for some time.  With skill, patience and diligence, he has returned many disfigured and maimed airmen to useful places in society.  By his cheerfulness and encouragement to the injured airmen in the early days following their injuries and through the long succeeding months in the course of their treatment, he has won the complete confidence of all those who have received his administration.  There is no doubt that the optimism with which these unfortunate airmen viewed the future is in no small part due to the encouragement given by this surgeon.  He has rendered outstanding meritorious service in his work.

 

NOTE:  Ottawa Citizen of 25 March 1998 has a long piece by Jacob Berkowitz, "The English Patients: Burnt and Disfigured, 178 Canadian Airmen Learned How to Cope During Their Stay at an English Hospital". This deals primarily with F/L Edward William Smith (which see) but includes much on the role of Tilley at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.  Excerpts:

 

Like Dr. [Archibald] McIndoe, Dr.Tilley became a master of the psychology of recovery. And nowhere was this harder than with the elephant boys.  Dr. Tilley was a very gentle, quiet man, so quiet-spoken that sometimes you's have to listen attentively to hear what he was saying, says Dr. [Leith] Douglas. But he could also be very forceful. And this insistence was all the more striking in contrast with his usual demeanour.

 

One emotion that wasn't tolerated was self-pity. Dr.Douglas recounted a story in which Dr.Tilley found a Guinea Pig in bed, bandaged face to the wall, refusing to get up.  More than just get him up, Dr.Tilley cajoled and harangued him into going to a show in London with several Guinea Pigs.  This type of tough love treatment gained Dr.Tilley and Dr.McIndoe a respect that was at times a reverence.

 

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TILLEY, S/L Andrew (J1927) - Air Force Cross - No.12 (Communications) Squadron - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 12 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 January 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 20 June 1941). As of recommendation he had flown 1,305 hours.  Award presented 26 February 1949.

 

This officer has shown outstanding ability and devotion to duty in his capacity as flight commander in No.12 Communications Squadron.  Through his skill in flying, knowledge of weather, air routes and air transport generally, Squadron Leader Tilley has contributed largely to the success of this unit's operations during the past six months.  As a transport captain he has carried many high military and government officials on long trips throughout the North American continent in a manner which has drawn many expressions of admiration from his passengers.

 

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TILLEY, Corporal Frederick James (R154940) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 30 May 1942. No citation in AFRO.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he was still an LAC and had served 13 months in Canada, 19 months overseas.

 

LAC Tilley has been in charge of the Intelligence Orderly Room for a number of months.  He has shown good organization ability and keen devotion to duty.  During intense operation periods, knowing that some of his staff were inexperienced, LAC Tilley carried on working without hardly any rest or sleep for periods of two or three days.

 

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TILLEY, P/O Reade Franklin (J15011) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.126 Squadron (RAF) - Award effective 1 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 5 June 1942 and AFRO 916/42 dated 19 June 1942. Born in Clearwater, Florida; home there; enlisted in Hamilton, 10 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS and No.2 EFTS.   Graduated from No.2 SFTS, Uplands, 25 January 1941.  Joined No.121 "Eagle" Squadron in May 1942; commissioned August 1941; posted to No.601 Squadron in April 1942.  Arrived in Malta on 20 April 1942 via carrier USS Wasp and soon afterwards was posted to No.126 Squadron. Left Malta on 16 August 1942.  Transferred to the USAAF on 12 October 1942 and retired with the rank of Colonel.  Award handed to him 9 October 1942.  Credited with the following victories: 24 March 1942, one FW.190 probably destroyed (No.121 Squadron, Spitfire AD463); 28 April 1942, one Bf.109 damaged (No.601 Squadron, Spitfire BR195 "Q"); 8 May 1942, two Bf.109s destroyed (No.126 Squadron, with which all the following were scored); 9 May 1942, one MC.202 damaged; 10 May 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed and one Bf.109 damaged; 14 May 1942, two Bf.109s destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged (two separate sorties); 23 May 1942, one Re.2001 destroyed; 9 July 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one Ju.88 destroyed; 12 July 1942, one Re.2001 damaged; 14 July 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed; 23 July 1942, one MC.202 damaged.

 

This officer is a most determined pilot who has destroyed at least four enemy aircraft.  On three occasions, by making feint attacks after having expended all his ammunition, he has successfully driven off enemy fighters which attempted to machine gun our aircraft as they landed.  He has displayed great gallantry.

 

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TILSON, F/O Henry (J7343) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 29 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Born in Regina; home there; enlisted there 30 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 May 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 2 July 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 13 October 1941).  Commissioned September 1941.

 

As captain of an aircraft Flying Officer Henry Tilson has taken part in many sorties.  Whatever the odds he has always endeavoured to press home his attacks with determination.  In November, 1942, he participated in an attack on Genoa, securing a photograph of the target.  Some days later he took part in a successful raid on Turin.  Flying Officer Tilson has set a courageous example.

 

TILSON, F/L Henry, DFC (J7343) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.

 

TILSON, S/L Henry, DFC (J7343) - Distinguished Service Order - No.622 Squadron - Award effective 26 September 1944 as per London Gazette of 26 September and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Award sent by registered mail.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Tilson has completed many sorties.  On one occasion he was detailed to attack Stuttgart.  On the outward flight, when a number of miles away from his objective, an engine became unserviceable.  Considerable height was lost but Squadron Leader Tilson continued his mission, flying through a heavy barrage of anti-aircraft fire.  After leaving the target, a course was set for base at a low altitude and eventually a successful landing was made.  This officer has invariably displayed courage and devotion to duty and has proved himself an exceptional leader.

 

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TILSTON, F/O Norman (J92642) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1922 in Lancashire, England; home in Hamilton, Ontario (brush maker); enlisted there 27 March 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943), No.9 EFTS (graduated 1 May 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Commissioned November 1944.  Award sent by registered mail 30 September 1948.  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 2/8749 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (209 hours three minutes), 6 October 1944 to 8 April 1945.

 

6 Oct 44         Sterkrade (5.09)                           Bombed on A/P

7 Oct 44         Cleve (3.58)                                       ditto

9 Oct 44         Bochum (5.59)                              Bombed in cloud

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

15 Oct 44       Duisburg (6.01)                            Good attack, many fires.

30 Oct 44       Cologne (6.19)                             Much cloud, bombed target

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.55)                         Many fires. Good attack

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

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (4.41)                   Successful attack

18 Nov 44      Munster (5.30)                              Bombed in cloud

21 Nov 44      Sterkrade (6.52)                           Good attack

30 Nov 44      Duisburg (6.04)                            Bombed in cloud.

2 Dec 44        Hagen (6.40)                                     ditto

5 Dec 44        Soest (6.44)                                  Many fires.

24 Dec 44      Essen/Mulheim airfield (5.15)     Bombed airfield

26 Dec 44      St.Vith (4.53)                                 Good attack

28 Dec 44      Opladen (5.36)                             Bombed target.

14 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (6.50)                      A/P bombed.

16 Jan 45       Magdeburg (5.36)                        Considerable fires

22 Jan 45       Gelsenkirchen (6.25)                   Good attack in cloud.

27 Jan 45       Stuttgart-Kornwestheim (7.28)    Successful

1 Feb 45        Mainz (6.08)                                  Good results.

4 Feb 45        Gelsenkirchen-Nordstern (5.16) Bombed through clouds

9 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (5.45)                    Good bombing.

13 Feb 45      Bohlen (8.25)                                Successful.

14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (7.45)                            Many fires

21 Feb 45      Worms (6.27)                                Fires seen in target area.

12 Mar 45      Dortmund (6.14)                           Bombed in cloud.

13 Mar 45      Homburg (6.16)                            Bombed A/P.

15 Mar 45      Hagen (6.16)                                 Many fires.

18 Mar 45      Witten (6.45)                                 Good attack, many fires.

21 Mar 45      Rheine (5.00)                                Bombed A/P.

25 Mar 45      Munster (5.01)                              Successful

4 Apr 45         Harburg (5.23)                              Bombed A/P.

8 Apr 45         Hamburg - Blohm and Voss (5.45) Bombed B.V. works and docks

 

In his completed tour of 35 operational sorties against the most heavily defended targets in Germany, Flying Officer Tilston has an excellent record of successful bombing attacks as pilot and captain of Halifax III aircraft with this squadron.

 

An officer with a natural sense of leadership, he welded his crew into an excellent team and their work has been consistently good.  His keenness to fly against the enemy on every possible occasion and his fearlessness in the face of the heaviest defences set an example which was noted in his crew and his Flight and in the squadron generally.

 

In times of danger, Flying Officer Tilston acted with speed and resolution, and his coolness was an inspiration to all who flew with him.  In all circumstances he maintained an excellent sense of proportion and of humour.

 

It is recommended that this officer's record of operational efficiency, courage, leadership and determination throughout a hazardous tour be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TIMS, F/L John William (J18869) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1920 in Calgary; home in Abbotsford, British Columbia (COTC at University of Alberta). Trained at No.4 ITS, No.18 EFTS and No.7 SFTS.  Commissioned August 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1750 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 16 December 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (156 hours):

 

Flying Officer Tims has completed many hazardous missions.  On several occasions he has shown great skill and resource in extricating his aircraft from perilous situations.  In many cases intense anti-aircraft fire has been encountered but Flying Officer Tims has never let this or adverse weather prevent him from completing his allotted tasks.  Throughout his courage and devotion to duty have been of the highest order...

 

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TINDALE, P/O Graeme Fewster (J86583) - 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 1923 in Rossland, British Columbia; home in South Sloan or Slocan, British Columbia; enlisted Calgary, 22 October 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented 29 January 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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 5 September 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (199 hours 55 minutes), 27 September 1943 to 20 July 1944.

 

As mid-gunner [sic], Pilot Officer Tindale has completed one tour of operations.  He has attacked Berlin, Kassel, Mannheim,  Hanover, and many other targets in Germany and France,  besides having carried out extensive minelaying operations.  His ability as a gunner, reliability, and offensive spirit against the enemy have made him an ideal member and he has contributed much to the successes achieved by his crew.  His vigilance many times forestalled possible attacks by enemy night fighters.

 

For the completion of a very satisfactory tour of operations and very strong support of the squadron at all times I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TINEVEZ, F/O Frank Leon Joseph (J29336) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1919 in Pathlow, Saskatchewan; home there (labourer, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted Saskatoon, 9 December 1941).  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 January 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943.  Commissioned August 1943.  Award presented 6 November 1948.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 28 October 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (140 hours 50 minutes), 17 July to 24 October 1944.

 

During a most successful tour of operational duty, this officer has proved to be a most valuable member of his squadron.  He is an outstanding navigator and has invariably made the utmost effort to complete his duties. His cheerful confidence and will co-operation has always been apparent in whatever task he is assigned to.

 

For his inspiring example, his fine record of achievement and devotion to duty, this officer is  strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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TINGLE, F/O Aubrey Maxwell (J5767) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 Squadron (Canada) - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born 31 March 1914 at Hanna, Alberta.  Home in Sardis, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 12 September 1940.

 

Flying Officer Tingle has carried out 650 hours of operational flying during the past eight months and as second pilot assisted in carrying our a good attack on an enemy U-boat.  His devotion to duty and ability as an operational pilot have set a high example.

 

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TINGLE, Sergeant Donald (R67783) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit.  Home in Toronto; enlisted in Windsor, 30 September 1940.  No citation.

 

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TINKER, W/C Arthur Harold (C5774) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Toronto; employed 1929-39 by city Treasury Department.  Joined No.110 (Auxiliary) Squadron before the war.  On outbreak of war he served with No.101 Wing, No.1 Training Command Headquarters, and AFHQ.  Commissioned July 1941 and later served at No.4 Wireless School, CTS (Trenton), and RCAF Overseas Headquarters.

 

This officer has displayed excellent judgement and initiative in discharge of his duties as Executive Assistant to Air Member for Air Staff.  In the year and a half he has been with this Division there have been many changes of directors.  Wing Commander Tinker's knowledge of the work and co-operation have been of the greatest assistance to them in assuming their new duties.  He inspires the utmost confidence by his ability to take on and follow through the work of this Division.  He has spent hours of overtime on the establishment and staff problems and has been untiring in his efforts to promote efficiency and harmony throughout the Division.  He is a splendid Administrative Officer who has gained the thorough respect of all concerned.

 

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TINMOUTH, FS Anthony Wright (R135221) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 29 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944.  Born Limerick, Eire, 1923; home in Harring Cove or Fairview, Nova Scotia (clerk); enlisted in Montreal, 24 October 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 9 February 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented by King George 11 August 1944.

 

One night in February 1944, this airman piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin.  On the outward flight the aircraft was attacked by a fighter and sustained damage to the fuselage, the oxygen supply system, the wireless apparatus and other equipment.  The inter-communication system was also rendered unserviceable.  Undeterred, Flight Sergeant Tinmouth went on to the target and pressed home his attack.  On the return flight the bomber was intercepted by more fighters but by his skill, good judgement and resource Flight Sergeant Tinmouth brought his aircraft home without sustaining further damage.  On this, his first sortie as captain, this airman displayed a high standard of leadership, courage and determination.

 

TINMOUTH, F/O Anthony Wright, DFM (J85325) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Award presented 5 October 1946.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal this officer has taken part in many operational missions against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets.  An outstanding captain of aircraft, he has always displayed great courage and devotion to duty.

 

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TISDALE, LAC Herbert David (R101031) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Home in Victoria; enlisted in Vancouver, 18 April 1941.  No citation.

 

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TISDALL, G/C Frederick Fitz Gerald (C8724) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/45 dated 5 July 1946.  Home in Toronto, enlisted in Ottawa 31 October 1940.  Award sent by registered mail 8 June 1948.

 

This officer was full time Consultant in Nutrition from 1941 until the spring of 1943.  Since 1943 he has been Honourary Consultant and has continued to make available his services for over half of his time.  The re-organization of the Messing Service; the institution of the control of messing through Nutritional Laboratories; Dairies and Mobile Milk Units for the reconstruction [sic] of powdered milk; research into nutritional deficiencies of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel; work with the Canadian Dental Corps on diseases of the north; are but a few of the results of this officer's outstanding contribution to the Royal Canadian Air Force which have had great effects not only on the health but also on the morale of the service.

 

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TITE, F/O Joseph (J28523) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 1923 in London, Ontario; home there (clerk); enlisted there 9 June 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943.  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 1 December 1948.  Killed in action, 22 December 1944 (Lancaster PA977); buried in Germany.  Award presented to next-of-kin, 1 December 1948.  No citation other than that he had "flown on operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (133 hours 29 minutes), 9 May to 2 November 1944.

 

9 May 44        NICKELLING, Le Mans             18 Aug 44      Bremen (5.00)

(4.25), sortie not                         25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (6.48)

counted                                       26 Aug 44      Kiel (5.42)

17 Jul 44        Cagny (2.36)                              29 Aug 44      Stettin (8.35)

19 Jul 44        Rollez (3.04)                               10 Sep 44      Le Havre (2.22)

22 Jul 44        Acquet (2.40), DNCO,               12 Sep 44      Frankfurt (6.09)

sortie not counted                      15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.06)

23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.13)                                   20 Sep 44      Calais (1.54)

24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.10)                           5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (7.40)

27 Jul 44        Boissons (3.20)                         6 Oct 44         Dortmund (7.50)

28 Jul 44        Hamburg (5.08)                          14 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.55)

30 Jul 44        Battle area (2.56)                       15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven (4.08)

3 Aug 44        L'ile Adam (3.10)                       19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.09)

4 Aug 44        St.Maximim (2.59)                     23 Oct 44       Essen (4.13)

13 Aug 44      Falaise (2.38)                             25 Oct 44       Homberg (3.18)

14 Aug 44      Tactical (2.31)                            30 Oct 44       Cologne (4.20)

16 Aug 44      Kiel (5.12)                                   2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (4.18)

 

Flying Officer Tite is an excellent pilot and captain of a crew now almost completed their first tour of operations.  He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Bremen, Stuttgart and Hamburg.  He is a good organizer and leader, never considering ny job too small.  He has a magnetic personality and a ken sense of responsibility which has had a very favourable reaction on all members of his crew.  His chief qualities, which can best be seen when he is engaged in offensive action, are courage, coolness and devotion to duty of the highest order even in the face of great personal danger.  His fine personal example has done much to keep the morale of less experienced pilots at a high standard and inspired his crew on to greater efforts.

 

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TITUS, WO1 (now P/O) John Sidney (R124267/J98712) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1918 in Wildwood, Manitoba; home there (clerk, ex-Army); enlisted in Winnipeg 29 August 1941.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 15 March 1942) and No.8 BGS (graduated 26 October 1942).  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.5557 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 10 August 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (123 hours 30 minutes), 26 July 1943 to 5 August 1944).  NOTE: the large number of sorties vs.small total of hours is odd; the sortie list includes many trips to France, 26 July 1943 to 9 September 1943, where flying is only 2-3 hours, suggesting something other than heavy bombers.  There is a break in his flying, which resumes on 3 June 1944, obviously on heavy bombers.

 

Warrant Officer Titus has completed thirty-four successful sorties in a most commendable manner.  He has inspired complete confidence in his ability among other members of his crew.  Throughout a long tour his fine fighting spirit has never wavered.  His cheerful disposition and keenness for knowledge in carrying out his ground duties has set a splendid example for other wireless operators.

 

This officer's splendid record, initiative and determination is deserving of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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