TOANE, FS Raymond Austin (R222756) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 26 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born 1925 in Edmonton; home there; enlisted there 19 April 1943.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 28 January 1944.   Award presented 17 July 1947.  Cited with  F/O Ronald L. Cox (RCAF, pilot, awarded DFC) and F/O Lyle W. Sitlington (RCAF, WOP, awarded DFC).

 

These officers and this airman were pilot, wireless operator and rear gunner respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Oberhausen one night in November 1944.  The target was successfully bombed but, soon after leaving the area, the aircraft was hit by a hail of bullets from an enemy fighter.  Both inner engines were put out of action.  The inter-communication and hydraulic systems were rendered unserviceable.  Flying Officer Sitlington was wounded in the face and arm and Flight Sergeant Toane was injured in the face, the arms and leg.  The enemy aircraft again came in with guns blazing.  The bomber sustained further damage and went into a spiral dive but Flying Officer Cox succeeded in levelling out after considerable height had been lost. Meanwhile, Flying Officer Sitlington had shown the greatest coolness and determination in successfully extinguishing a fire which had broken out in his cabin.  Flight Sergeant Toane had also proved his courage and resolution.  Blood streamed down his face and, though almost blinded by it, he had remained in his turret to fire his guns at the attacker.  Throughout the fight, Flying Officer Cox displayed great skill and coolness and he afterwards flew the severely damaged aircraft to the first available airfield.  Here he effected a successful crash landing.  He displayed the finest qualities of courage and determination.  Flying Officer Sitlington and Flight Sergeant Toane also proved themselves to be most worthy members of aircraft crew. Although injured and in much distress they showed the highest standard of devotion to duty.

 

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TOBIAS, F/L William Verne (J18651) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1921 in Morden, Manitoba; home there; formerly one year in Manitoba Mounted Rifles; enlisted in Winnipeg, 6 February 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 July 1941, No.1 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 12 September 1947.  Recommended 26 October 1944 at which time he had flown 34 sorties (157:20 hours).  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."  Recommendation read as follows:

 

Flight Lieutenant Tobias is a capable and confident captain whose determination to complete his sorties successfully has been a feature of his tour.  In his capacity as Deputy Flight Commander he has maintained an exceptionally high standard in every branch of activity.  This thirty-four sorties have all been successful and include a wide variety of targets.


 

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TOBIN, WO John Edward (R88116) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Kentville, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Dartmouth, 16 November 1940.  Postwar RCAF service; as a Corporal received Queen's Coronation Medal, 3 June 1953 at Station Penhold.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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TOD, Sergeant Robert Ernest (R91742) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.75 Squadron - Award effective 23 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943.  Born in St.Vital (Winnipeg), Manitoba; home there; enlisted there 30 January 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 6 January 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 6 December 1941).  Killed in action 23 June 1943 (Stirling EH889, No.75 Squadron; buried in Holland; his twin brother, Richard Douglas Tod, was also killed).  Award presented by Governor General to next of kin, 12 December 1944.

 

This airman was the wireless operator of an aircraft which was damaged by anti-aircraft fire during an operational flight over enemy territory.  The aircraft gradually lost height and the pilot was eventually compelled to bring it down to the sea.  Meanwhile, Sergeant Tod worked coolly at his apparatus, maintaining wireless contact with base.  His excellent work enabled the aircraft to be continuously plotted from the ground and plans for rescue to be made. The entire crew of the aircraft were picked up within fifteen minutes of coming down on the sea.  This airman displayed great coolness and unswerving devotion to duty throughout.

 

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TODD, F/O Irvin Benson (J24267) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 17 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.  Born 1923 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan; home given as Herschel, Saskatchewan and Wolverhampton, England; enlisted in Regina, 17 February 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award sent by registered mail 7 June 1950.

 

Flying Officer Todd has flown on many operational sorties which included missions over some of the most heavily defended targets such as Kiel, Stuttgart and Hamburg.  In July 1944, Flying Officer Todd was detailed to attack Thiverny, France, in daylight.  As he was taking off, a large bird flew into the pilot's windscreen.  Small particles of glass entered Flying Officer Todd's eyes, partially blinding him, but he retained control of his aircraft.  Despite great personal discomfort he courageously continued to his target and successfully completed his mission.  On this and other occasions Flying Officer Todd's coolness, resourcefulness and tenacity of purpose have rendered him a very valuable member of his crew and his gallantry is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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TODD, WO Lorne Hudson (R109164) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.630 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Born 1920 in Stettler, Alberta; home there; enlisted in Calgary, 3 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 23 April 1942) and No.4 BGS (graduated 22 June 1942).  Award presented 27 November 1948.   No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 16 March 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (229 hours 35 minutes) as an air gunner.  Sorties from 13 December 1942 to 4 January 1943 were with No.10 OTU, St.Eval, and allowed to count as equivalent to three Bomber Command sorties.

 

13 Dec 42   Anti-sub patrol                       23 May 43  Dortmund (5.15)

(5.15, sub sighted)               26 May 43  Dusseldorf (4.40)

15 Dec 42   Anti-sub patrol (7.00)           27 May 43  Essen (5.00)

21 Dec 42   Anti-sub patrol (8.00)           21 June 43 Krefeld (5.00)

23 Dec 42   Anti-sub patrol (9.05)           8 July 43     Cologne (6.15)

27 Dec 42   Anti-sub patrol (9.35)           9 Aug 43    Mannheim (6.10)

30 Dec 42   Anti-sub patrol (8.05)           10 Aug 43  Nuremburg (7.05)

4 Jan 43      Anti-sub patrol (6.25)           3 Sept 43   Berlin (8.40)

5 Sept 43   Mannheim (5.00; fire in stbd

* * * * *                                                        outer; early return; bombs in

France.           

28 Mar 43    St.Nazaire (5.00)                  10 Nov 43  Modane (7.55, A/P photo)

2 Apr 43      St.Nazaire (5.10)                  18 Nov 43  Berlin (8.15, flak in right wing)

4 Apr 43      Kiel (5.30)                              22 Nov 43  Berlin (6.40)

9 Apr 43      Duisburg (5.15, Ju.88          29 Nov 43  Berlin (6.50)

intercepted; pilot                   20 Jan 44   Berlin (6.55, mid-upper gunner

and mid-upper gunner                             died due to lack of oxygen)

wounded                                15 Feb 44  Berlin (6.55)

13 Apr 43    Spezia (9.45)                        19 Feb 44  Leipzig (6.45)

20 Apr 43    Stettin (7.30)                         20 Feb 44  Stuttgart (7.00)

12 May 43   Duisburg (4.35; coned         24 Feb 44  Schweinfurt (8.00)

five minutes)                          25 Feb 44  Augsburg (8.00)

13 May 43   Pilsen (7.25)

 

 

Warrant Officer Todd has taken part in many attacks against strongly defended targets in Germany and German occupied territory, and anti-submarine patrols. He has now completed a successful tour of operations as an air gunner, and has shown marked keenness and enthusiasm for operational flying. His reliability and sound judgement have contributed to the success of the numerous sorties on which he has flown.  He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TODD, F/L Robert Knox (J7041) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 1919 in Cambuslang (Glasgow); home in Montreal (clerk); enlisted there 25 November 1940. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 19 July 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 19 August 1941).  Commissioned August 1941.   Sometimes gunner in F/L J.G. Kirkpatrick's crew and often squadron Duty Signals Leader.  Award presented 25 February 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 17 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (175 hours ten minutes).  First tour had been 26 sorties, 25 June 1942 to 17 January 1943.  Second tour was only four sorties, 2 March to 16 April 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Todd has completed one tour of operations and has commenced a second tour with this squadron.  He has completed thirty operational missions against the most heavily defended targets in Germany, including Berlin, Kassel, Munich, and Duisburg.  This officer is a most capable and efficient Wireless Operator and has proven himself to be an invaluable member of aircraft crew.  As Squadron Signals Leader he has been largely instrumental in maintaining a high degree of proficiency in his section...

 

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TODOROFF, Sergeant Alex J. (R206211) - Mention in Despatches - No.570 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Born 1 January 1924.  Enlisted in Toronto, 17 November 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943).

 

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TOMES, F/O John (J25199) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1914 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 12 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award sent by registered mail 7 June 1950.  Cited with F/O Arthur Menual (RCAF pilot, awarded DFC); see above for citation.

 

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TOMKINS, FS Wesley Guard (R141693) - British Empire Medal - RAF Station Stormy Down, Glamorgan - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943.  AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Born 7 June 1913. Home in Pickering, Ontario.  Enlisted at Montreal, 1 December 1941.  Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 16 February 1943).  Invested with award by King George, 16 November 1943.  Repatriated 5 June 1946, having attained the ran of Flight Lieutenant (commissioned with effect from 15 January 1943.  No citation in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/9609 identifies unit specifically as No.7 Air Gunner School and gives the following:

 

This airman has been employed as an air gunner instructor since March 1941.  He has shown outstanding ability, sparing no effort or trouble to coach his pupils. By his example, industry and enthusiasm he has set a magnificent example to the whole school. He has maintained great keenness in his work although his ambition has been to participate in operations.

 

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TOMKINSON, P/O Albert Ernest (J86033) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 24 August 1919; home in Cobble Hill, British Columbia.  Formerly in the Canadian Army.  Trained at No.4 ITS and No.2 AOS.  Commissioned 1944.  Served in postwar RCAF.  NOTE: The large DHist card in his biographical file gives his name as "Thompkinson" but the RCAF List spells it without the "p".

 

Pilot Officer Tomkinson has taken part in numerous sorties against the enemy.  His accuracy, skill and cool determination have contributed largely towards the successes of these operations.  His extreme coolness and continued attention to his work whilst under heavy enemy opposition have been most praiseworthy.

 

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TOMPKINS, F/O Harold Edwin (J22012) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.682 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 10 October 1944 and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944.  American in the RCAF.  Born 1918 in Lincoln, Nebraska; home in South Sioux City, Nebraska; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 13 December 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942).  Commissioned December 1943.  Award presented in Kansas City, Kansas, 17 June 1950.

 

Flying Officer Tompkins has completed a large number of operational sorties in the course of which he has set a fine example by his courage, determination and devotion to duty.  On one occasion he was detailed to photograph an important target 500 miles from his base.  One hour after taking off the engine of his aircraft started giving trouble but despite this and adverse weather he pressed on to the target.  By skilful nursing of the engine during the return flight, he reached base on his last drop of petrol.  Recently this officer has been leading a small detachment giving close support to the Fifth and Eighth Armies.  During May 1944 this detachment completed ninety-five sorties, contributing in no small measure to the successful military advance.

 

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TOMS, F/O Leslie James (J16079) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Born in Hamilton, 26 November 1922; home in Niagara Falls, Ontario; enlisted there 12 August 1940.  Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 10 April 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 17 March 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Posted overseas almost immediately after training, he served in No.419 Squadron from 1941 through too 1943.  He then instructed at No.1659 Conversion Unit (1943).  He returned to No.419 Squadron as Gunnery Leader, 1943-1944 and also served in that capacity with No.408 Squadron.  He was Base Gunnery Leader, No.62 Base, 1944-45 and No.661 Wing Gunnery Leader in 1945 (this was part of "Tiger Force).  Served in postwar RCAF, chiefly in Maritimes until 1950 when he went to Trenton.

 

TOMS, F/L Leslie James (J16079) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.   No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Award sent by registered mail to Greenwood.  Public Records Office Air 2/9149 has recommendation dated 16 February 1944 when he had completed 41 sorties (219 hours) as a rear gunner in two tours (29 May to 13 September 1942 and 9 January 1943 to 10 February 1944) as follows:

 

                                First Tour (Wellingtons; * denotes minelaying mission)

 

29 May 42        Cherbourg (4.25)                            2 July 42           Bremen (4.30)

1 June 42          Essen (4.40)                                   13 Jul 42           Duisburg (3.55)

2 June 42          St.Nazaire (6.30)                            21 Jul 42           Duisburg (3.50)

4 June 42          Dieppe (4.00)                                 23 Jul 42           Duisburg (3.25)

6 June 42          Emden (4.40)                                  25 Jul 42           Duisburg (4.00)

16 Jun 42          Bonn (3.55)                                     28 Jul 42           Hamburg (3.40)

18 Jun 42          Emden (4.55)                                  29 Jul 42           Saarbrucken (4.30)

21 Jun 42          Frisians (3.35)*                               31 Jul 42           Dusseldorf (4.20)

22 Jun 42          Emden (4.05)                                  6 Aug 42           Duisburg (2.30)

25 Jun 42          Bremen (5.00)                                 9 Aug 42           Osnabruck (4.00)

27 Jun 42          Bremen (4.30)                                 1 Sept 42          Saarbrucken (6.30)

29 Jun 42          Bremen (4.40)                                 13 Sep 42        Bremen

 

                            Second Tour (Halifaxes; * denotes minelaying mission)

 

9 Jan 43            Frisians (4.50)*                               25 Nov 43         Frankfurt (9.20)

23 Jan 43         Lorient (6.10)                                  29 Dec 43        Berlin (8.25)

28 Jan 43         Lorient (7.05)                                  4 Jan 44            La Rochelle

14 Feb 43         Cologne (6.00)                                                              (7.45)*           

19 Feb 43         Wilhelmshaven (6.20)                    6 Jan 44            Brest (5.30)*

23 Feb 43         Lorient (6.50)                                  20 Jan 44         Berlin (8.00)

24 Feb 43         Wilhelmshaven (6.20)                    3 Feb 44           La Rochelle

1 Aug 43           Sea Search (6.00)                                                    (8.10)*

18 Nov 43         Mannheim (6.30)                            10 Feb 44         St.Nazaire

22 Nov 43         Berlin (3.50)                                                               (6.55)*

This officer has successfully completed 41 night operations against the enemy including many of his most heavily defended targets.

 

During the last four months, when occupying the position of Gunnery Leader of this squadron, he has, by his personal example, exceedingly aggressive spirit and fine leadership, raised the morale and fighting spirit of his Section and the squadron as a whole.

 

His keenness to operate with any crew, and particularly with his junior crews, has been a great inspiration and his coolness in action an example to all gunners.

 

I consider Flight Lieutenant Toms' continuous gallantry and outstanding determination while attacking any target, and the exceedingly fine leadership he has shown, fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TONGE, F/O John Stephen (J86383) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1923; home in Rothsay or Saint John, New Brunswick (steel worker)e enlisted in Moncton, 14 April 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 13 January 1943).  Commissioned April 1944. Award presented 17 August 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 15 January 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (187 hours 45 minutes), 19 February 1944 to 12 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Tonge has completed a tour of operations, many sorties of which were attacks against heavily defended German targets.  At all times he has displayed the highest navigational skill and has been in no small way responsible for the successful completion of many operations.  His navigational skill, determination and fine offensive spirit have been a splendid example to other in the squadron.

 

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TONNELLIER, F/O Robert Emile Adolphe (J22776) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1912 in Parkman, Saskatchewan; home there or Wauchope, Saskatchewan (truck driver, former student, University of Saskatchewan); enlisted in Winnipeg, 6 November 1939.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942).  Commissioned October 1942.  Award presented 6 May 1950.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 24 November 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (133 hours 40 minutes), 28 May to 21 November 1944.

 

This officer, as captain of an aircraft, has completed twenty-six sorties against the enemy, including such heavily defended areas as Duisburg, Bochum, Wanne Eickel and Hamburg.  At all times pressing home the attack to the utmost, Flying Officer Tonnellier, through his outstanding leadership, has extricated his crew from hazardous circumstances.  On one occasion, 9th October, 1944, while attacking Bochum, one engine failed, some distance from the target.  Undaunted, this gallant officer, flying through heavy flak and, though his aircraft was extensively damaged, successfully bombed the target and then piloted his aircraft back to England.  In recognition of Flying Officer Tonnellier's cool courage, aggressive spirit and unswerving devotion to duty, I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TOPHAM, FS Albert (R51376) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Composite Flight - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Born 19 August 1902.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 18 October 1939.  Aero engine mechanic; spent much of the war at No.6 SFTS (to November 1942) and then at No.8 Repair Depot.  Released, 22 March 1946. Award presented 29 May 1947.   Died 20 November 1947.

 

Flight Sergeant Topham has served with No.2 Composite Flight since November 1942, and during this time he has proven himself to be an exceptionally capable non-commissioned officer in all respects.  he has exhibited a keen and conscientious attitude towards all duties assigned to him and his skill in handling his men has been very apparent.  His superior trade proficiency together with his outstanding character have provided an excellent example to those who served under him.

 

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TOPLISS, F/L Hamilton Gault (J28659) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.  Born March 1920 in Pincher Creek, Alberta; home in Rossland, British Columbia (salesman); enlisted Vancouver, 16 April 1940.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 23 January 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 April 1943), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943).   Commissioned July 1943.  Award presented 27 November 1948.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 31 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (197 hours 40 minutes) as follows:

 

11 Nov 44      Dortmund                               16 Jan 45       Zeitz

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                        1 Feb 45        Ludwigshaven

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                       3 Feb 45        Bottrop-Welheim

27 Nov 44      Freiburg (day)                        20 Feb 45      Dortmund

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                               23 Feb 45      Pforzheim

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe                                7 Mar 45         Dessau

12 Dec 44      Essen                                     8 Mar 45         Kassel

15 Dec 44      Ludwigshaven                       11 Mar 45      Essen (day)

17 Dec 44      Ulm                                         16 Mar 45      Nuremburg

28 Dec 44      Munchen Gladbach               18 Mar 45      Hanau

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                             24 Mar 45      Hanover (day)

5 Jan 45         Hanover                                  27 Mar 45      Paderborn (day)

6 Jan 45         Hanau                                     31 Mar 45      Hamburg (day)

7 Jan 45         Munich                                    22 Apr 45       Bremen (day)

14 Jan 45       Leuna                                     25 Apr 45       Berchtesgaden (day)

 

Flight Lieutenant Topliss, a Canadian officer, has completed his first tour of operations, many of which have been against the most hazardous and distant of industrial targets in Germany.  He has, at all times, shown praiseworthy devotion to duty, and on his second sortie, though he was forced to feather an engine almost over base on take-off, he continued to the distant target of Wanne Eickel and bombed it successfully from a low height.

 

Flight Lieutenant Topliss' skill, courage and fortitude have been very apparent at all times.  His cheerfulness and vitality under all kinds of duress have been a magnificent example to all with whom he came in contact.

 

In recognition of his gallantry, skill and devotion to duty, I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TORGRIMSON, F/O Raman Arthur (J85108) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1923 in Cheadle, Alberta; home there (labourer); enlisted in Edmonton, 2 March 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943).  Commissioned March 1944.  Invested with award by King George, 13 November 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."  Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 14 August 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (144 hours) as follows:

 

9 May 44        Rennes                                   22 Jun 44       Reims

21 May 44      Duisburg                                24 Jun 44       Les Hayons

22 May 44      Dortmund                               25 Jun 44       Liegescourt

25 May 44      Le Clipon                               5 July 44         Dijon

27 May 44      Merville                                   6 July 44         Foret de Crocq

29 May 44      Eu                                           7 July 44         Caen

31 May 44      Tergnier                                  12 Jul 44        Tours

2 June 44       Berneval                                 14 Jul 44        Revigny

5 June 44       Grisbecq                                18 Jul 44        Sannerville

6 June 44       Vire                                         18 Jul 44        Gelsenkirchen

7 June 44       Foret de Cerisy                     20 Jul 44        Wizernes

10 Jun 44       Acheres                                  25 Jul 44        Arduval

12 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen                       25 Jul 44        Stuttgart

14 Jun 44       Le Havre                                28 Jul 44        Stuttgart

16 Jun 44       Domleger                               2 Aug 44        St.Neuves

 

This Canadian Flying Officer is a most reliable and conscientious captain of aircraft and has now completed his first tour of operations, having flown 30 sorties and 144 hours on operations.  He has attacked many strongly defended targets including Duisburg, Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen and Stuttgart and has at all times shown a complete disregard for his own personal safety.

 

One of the highest qualities possessed by this officer is his cheerfulness which has been evident at all times.  His confidence and high spirits under fire have done much to inspire confidence into his crew.  He is a fine leader, a skilful pilot, and his commendable courage and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TORONTOW, P/O Cyril (J14048) - Air Force Cross - No.117 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943 - Home in Ottawa; enlisted there, 12 April 1939.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 January 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941) and No.33 SFTS (graduated 24 June 1941.  Award presented by Governor General, 23 November 1943.

 

This officer has participated in 97 war flights, many of them in adverse weather.  In a little less than twelve months he has flown 1,041 operational hours on reconnaissance and convoy escort duties.  On one occasion he successfully completed a convoy escort patrol requiring twenty-two consecutive hours flying.  His exceptional keenness and devotion to duty has at all times been an outstanding example to his comrades.

 

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TORPA, F/O Eric (J18995) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born in Finland, 1923; home in Geraldton, Ontario; enlisted in Winnipeg, 28 July 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 1 January 1943).  Commissioned 1943. Award presented 17 May 1945.

 

Flying Officer Torpa has completed his first operational tour and has flown on many sorties against very strongly defended targets, including Berlin.  During these attacks he has displayed great skill and efficiency as air gunner and has, on many occasions, been responsible for the safety of his aircraft and the successful completion of a sortie.  His courage, watchfulness and devotion to duty have earned the highest praise.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 16 May 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (163 hours 58 minutes). Sortie list and text add to his record:

 

                                                     DNCO = Duty not carried out

 

3 Mar 43        Cologne (6.00)                      11 Nov 43    Cannes (9.30)

9 July 43        Gelsenkirchen (6.45)            18 Nov 43    Mannheim (7.38)

13 July 43      Aachen (6.00)                       19 Nov 43    Leverkusen (6.04)

15 July 43      Mont Beliard (8.10)              22 Nov 43    Berlin (7.41)

24 July 43      Hamburg (6.00)                    25 Nov 41    Frankfurt (7.24)

9 Aug 43       Mannheim (7.10)                  29 Dec 43   Berlin (7.23)

12 Aug 43     Milan (10.15)                         3 Feb 44      GARDENING (5.53)

23 Aug 43     Berlin (7.30)                          15 Feb 44   Berlin (7.02)

30 Aug 43     Munchen Gladbach (5.10)   20 Feb 44   Stuttgart (7.20)

31 Aug 43     Berlin, DNCO                        24 Feb 44   Schweinfurt (7.51)

23 Sept 43    Mannheim (7.00)                  6 Mar 44      Trappes (4.25)

27 Sept 43    Hanover, DNCO                   7 Mar 44      Le Mans (4.55)

8 Oct 43        Hanover (6.15)                      15 Mar 44    Stuttgart (7.30)

3 Nov 43        Dusseldorf (5.05)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 25 sorties. He has always shown the most outstanding keenness and enthusiasm for operational flying. During the many attacks against the most heavily defended targets in which he has taken part he has shown an entire disregard for his personal safety and displayed the greatest skill as an Air Gunner. His watchfulness at all times and his knowledge of fighter tactics have on many occasions been responsible for the safety of his aircraft and for the successful completion of their sortie.  His work on the ground has also been of a very high standard. For his courage and devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

The Officer Commanding, RAF Station Breighton, added on 16 May 1944:

 

This officer was a member of an extremely good crew who have completed an operational tour during the periods of the battles of Hanover and Berlin. Although only one combat took place during his tour, a great many enemy fighters were seen and, through quick avoiding action and crew cooperation, they were unable to deliver attacks.  Flying Officer Torpa's watchfulness and efficiency have contributed largely to the crews' success and he has at all times shown extreme coolness and fearlessness in the face of the enemy.  I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

This was approved by the Air Officer Commanding, No.4 Group, on 29 May 1944.

 

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TOWNLEY, Sergeant William Barker (R71763) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943.  Born 1922; home in West Toronto; enlisted in Toronto, 22 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 February 1941), No.7 EFTS (ceased training 27 March 1941), and No.4 BGS (graduated 23 June 1941).  Award presented 29 March 1944.

 

Sergeant Townley, as air gunner, has completed a large number of operational sorties.  His targets have included attacks on some of the most heavily defended objectives in western Germany and Italy.  He has always executed his tasks with great coolness, courage and efficiency.

 

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TOWNSEND, S/L Edward Nicoll (C9852) - Air Force Cross - No.231 Squadron - Award effective 3 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home given variously as Montreal and Syesset, Long Island, New York.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 3 January 1942.  As of July 1955 he was working for Lockheed at Jamaica, New York. Award sent to him via External Affairs, 9 August 1955.  Public Records Office Air 2/9061 has citation, drafted when he had flown 1,155 hours (378 in previous six months).

 

This officer is second in command of No.231 Squadron and is one of the finest transport and instrument pilots in the Group.  He has been responsible for much of the organization of No.231 Squadron and has been noticeably successful in flying a number of VIP special flights.

 

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TOWNSEND, AC2 Murray Frederick George (R282592) - Mention in Despatches - No.6412 Servicing Echelon - 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 6 October 1943.  No citation.

 

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TOWNSEND, F/O Raymond Leonard Beecher (C15974) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Regina; enlisted there 21 April 1941.  No citation.

 

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TOWNSLEY, Corporal Arthur George (R78312) - Mention in Despatches - No.6409 Servicing Echelon - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 18 October 1940.  No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.5529 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has letter dated 23 December 1943 from RAF Station Acklington to Commanding Officer, RAF Station Colby Grange, recommending Sergeant R.T. Irwin [sic], Corporal G. Reansbury and Corporal A.G. Townsley for Mention in Despatches.  Irwin and Reansburg are Fitters IIE at No.3063 Echelon; Townsley is a Photographer with No.3063 Echelon.  See Irwin for text.

 

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TOWSE, WO (now P/O) John Fielding Wrench (R72402/J17133) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943.  Born 1917 in Toronto; home in Orillia or Oakville, Ontario (writer); enlisted Toronto, 24 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 November 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 20 June 1941).  Invested with award by King George, 21 March 1944. Died in Ottawa, 20 October 1988.

 

Warrant Officer Towse has a long operational record of attacks against a wide variety of targets and has been conspicuous for sustained courage, determination and endurance.  He has been successful in attaining the primary objective on most occasions.  A very capable and reliable captain of aircrew, this airman has earned the confidence of his crew by whom he has been a source of inspiration.

 

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TOYE, F/L Thomas Burge (J5069) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.3 OTU - award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 13 August 1940; trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 15 January 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 4 May 1941).  Recommendation dated 31 December 1943 noted that he had been instructing at unit since August 1941, and had flown 850 instructional hours on Stranraers.  Not sure if he was recommended again - two years seems a long gap between initiation of award and gazetting.

 

This officer has been a flying instructor at this unit for over two years.  He has completed many hours instruction on flying boats and has taken part in 31 Air Sea Rescue sorties.  He has displayed energy and enthusiasm of a high order and has set a consistently good example.

 

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TRAILL, F/L Robert James (J14130) - Medal for Bravery (Czechoslovakia) -  Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948, AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948.  Born 12 October 1921 in Burnside (Glasgow, Scotland).  Home in Ottawa (laboratory assistant, 1939-1941) where he enlisted, 9 September 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS, Victoriaville, Quebec (graduated 28 February 1942), No.4 EFTS, Windsor Mills, Quebec (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.11 SFTS, Yorkton (graduated and commissioned on 11 September 1942). Further trained at No.1 General Reconnaissance School, Summerside (posted out 2 January 1943); to No.111 OTU, Nassau, 19 January 1943 (struck off strength there on 7 May 1943); to RAF Ferry Command, Dorval, 10 May 1943; struck off strength to overseas, 23 June 1943; attended No.1 (C) OTU, then posted on 20 August 1943 to No.86 Squadron, remaining with that unit until 18 July 1944; with No.111 OTU, 25 July to 18 December 1944; with No.1674 Heavy Conversion Unit, 2 January to 7 March 1945; with No.86 Squadron, 7 March to 26 June 1945; with No.426 Squadron, 26 June 1945 to 16 January 1946 when posted to Canada; released 8 March 1946.

 

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TRAINOR, F/L Hugh Charles (C1697) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 17 July 1916.  Obtained a BA after five years study at St.Dunstan's University and had worked one year as a law student in Charlottetown.   Enlisted in Moncton, 16 February 1940. Trained at No.1 SFTS (17 June to 5 October 1940).  Commissioned 16 February 1940; retained in Canada as instructor (No.1 SFTS, 22 November 1940 to 20 July 1941; Station Trenton, 31 July to 26 November 1941; No.9 SFTS, 27 November 1941 to 4 July 1942; No.8 SFTS, 5 July to 23 October 1942); described in Canada as a hard working and conscientious instructor.  Arrived in Britain 6 November 1942.  Further trained at No.17 (P) AFU, 17 November 1942 to 4 January 1943 and No.57 OTU, 5 January to 23 March 1943.  Served with No.402 Squadron (23 March to 5 May 1943) and No.411 Squadron (5 May to 28 September 1943).  Described on 27 August 1943 as good flight commander material and on 22 September 1943 his CO described him "a definite asset to our squadron".   Served at No.41 OTU, 28 September to 30 November 1943.  Returned to No.411 in December 1943 until 26 July 1944.  Posted on latter date to No.401 Squadron; reported missing (POW) 19 September 1944; he had been flying a high patrol over Eindhoven.  After switching from auxiliary (drop) tanks to main tank he developed fuel trouble and resorted to gliding; Yellow Section led by F/O J.C Hughes gave cover.  He glided from 23,000 to 4,000 feet when engine poured white smoke and he baled out just east of Eindhoven.   Liberated in April 1945, released 4 October 1945.  Aerial victories as follows: 28 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed and one Bf.109 destroyed; 29 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed; 30 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed.  1 July 1944, one Bf.109 probably destroyed, Caen; 4 July 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed near Caen plus one Do.217 destroyed (shared with another pilot); 27 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed, Caen; 31 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Domfort.  Photographs of him are PL-28371 (standing by Spitfire wing), PL-36581 (studio portrait) and PL-44213 (with S/L G.U. Hill).  DFC and Bar presented 9 April 1948; DSO sent by registered mail, 10 March 1949.  See Chris Shores, Aces High.

 

Within a very short period Flight Lieutenant Trainor has shot down five enemy aircraft.  His successes are a fine tribute to his great skill and fighting qualities.

 

TRAINOR, S/L Hugh Charles, DFC (C1697) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.

 

On many occasions recently, Squadron Leader Trainor has led the squadron on a variety of sorties and has displayed excellent tactical ability and great resolution.  On one occasion a very superior number of enemy fighters were engaged and eight of them were shot down, one of them by Squadron Leader Trainor who displayed great skill and determination throughout the fight.  This officer has shot down at least nine enemy aircraft.

 

TRAINOR, S/L Hugh Charles, DFC (C1697) - Distinguished Service Order - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.

 

Since being awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has led the squadron on many sorties, during which considerable success has been achieved.  Within a period of three weeks some 385 enemy vehicles have been put out of action, many of them by Squadron Leader Trainor.  In addition seventeen enemy aircraft were shot down, two of them by this gallant and relentless fighter.  Squadron Leader Trainor displayed magnificent leadership, great determination and devotion to duty.

 

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TRASK, FS Walter Palfrey (R62971) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943.  Born 1921; home in Carleton or Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Yarmouth, 1 October 1940.  Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 16 August 1941).  Award presented by Air Officer Commanding, No.10 Group, 21 March 1947.

 

Flight Sergeant Trask is a worthy member of a very successful crew which has the best photographic record in the squadron.  By his excellent work, this airman has contributed in a large measure to this achievement.  Flight Sergeant Trask has taken part in attacks on a wide range of targets including Berlin, Turin, Lorient, St.Nazaire and many other heavily defended areas.  His unconquerable determination to bomb the objective and prove his worth by photographic results has been outstanding.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office has original recommendation drafted 1 March 1943 when he had flown 27 sorties (171 hours 10 minutes of operational time), detailing his sorties and giving a much more vivid account of his tour.

 

                                  * denotes sortie abandoned (unserviceable engine)

 

30 May 42     Cologne (5.40)          28 Nov 42    Turin (8.31)

1 June 42      Essen (5.40)              2 Dec 42     Frankfurt (7.40)

25 June 42    Bremen (6.20)           6 Dec 42     Mannheim (7.05)

11 Aug 42     Le Havre (4.55)         9 Dec 42     Turin (9.00)

28 Aug 42     Saarbrucken (6.48)   9 Jan 43      GARDENING (6.56)

2 Sept 42      Karlsruhe (7.48)        14 Feb 43   Cologne (4.22)

4 Sept 42      Bremen (5.45)           18 Feb 43   Wilhelmshaven (7.13)

8 Sept 42      Frankfurt (7.04)          25 Feb 43   Nuremburg (4.48)*

10 Sept 42    Dusseldorf (4.36)      26 Feb 43   Cologne (5.20)

13 Sept 42    Bremen (4.27)           28 Feb 43   St.Nazaire (6.01)

15 Oct 42      Cologne (5.05)          1 Mar 43      Berlin (7.00)

15 Nov 42     Genoa (9.13)             3 Mar 43      Hamburg (4.46)

18 Nov 42     Turin (8.32)                8 Mar 43      Essen (4.32)

20 Nov 42     Turin (9.03)

 

Flight Sergeant Trask was posted to No.10 Squadron in July 1942 as a Wireless Operator, and since remustering to temporary Air Bomber has now completed 27 successful sorties comprising 171 operational hours.

 

It is largely as a result of this Non-Commissioned Officer's fine work that his crew has the best photographic record in the squadron, and it is characteristic of his enthusiasm that on the squadron's last attack on Turin the crew went down to 8,000 feet to bomb the target and bring back the only plottable photographs.  In this respect it is noteworthy that on recent raids Lorient and St.Nazaire were both bombed from 7,000 feet in order that nothing but excellent photographs should be brought back.

 

Although Flight Sergeant Trask's aircraft has been repeatedly damaged during his tour by flak and fighter, and on 4th September 1942 a Junkers 88 was destroyed, he has continued to display an extraordinary enthusiasm for operations and a justifiable pride and competitive spirit in his photographic work.

 

I consider that throughout his tour the results obtained by this Non-Commissioned Officer have proved a splendid example to other Air Bombers in the squadron, and I have no hesitation in strongly recommending that his exceptional photographic record and unshakable enthusiasm for operations be now recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

The Officer Commanding, RAF Station Pockington, added his comments on 9 March 1943:

 

Flight Sergeant Trask is a worthy member of a remarkable crew. The crew as a whole are willing to face any hazard to complete their task and Flight Sergeant Trask as the bomb aimer is the man who directs their movements over the target. His unconquerable determination to bomb the objective and prove his work by photographic results richly merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal for which I recommend him.

 

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

 

This gallant and skilful Air Bomber on completion of his tour in No.10 Squadron has been posted for duty with the Pathfinder Force.  Very strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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TRAYNOR, F/L Charles John (J22854) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.  Born December 1918 at Sydenham, Ontario; home in Owen Sound (clerk, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Halifax, 13 November 1941.  Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.4 BGS (graduated 11 January 1943).  Commissioned January 1943.  Served in postwar RCAF.  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in 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 16 May 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (185 hours 50 minutes) between 6 October 1944 and 31 March 1945.

 

This officer has completed twenty-nine operational sorties over enemy territory.  After completing many hours of operational flying in Canada, he has completed a most successful tour with this squadron, setting a fine example of courage and devotion to duty which served as an inspiration to the rest of the crew.  The work performed by Flight Lieutenant Traynor in his section helped to set a high mark of efficiency for the squadron.

 

For his co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty, Flight Lieutenant Traynor is strongly recommended for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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TREBELL, Sergeant James Gillham (R69565) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.89 Squadron - Award effective 15 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 February 1943 and AFRO 410/43 dated 12 March 1943.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there, 22 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 WS and No.4 BGS.  Killed in action 22 December 1942; buried in North Africa.  According to They Shall Grow Not Old, his Beaufighter was in landing circuit when dinghy stored in wing blew out, wrapped around tail surfaces, and aircraft stalled.  Award presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 22 April 1944.

 

As observer this airman was displaying high courage and skill in flying operations.  Recently he took part in the destruction, despite strong opposition, of four enemy aircraft by night.  Throughout, Sergeant Trebell's gallantry and devotion to duty have been an inspiration and example to all in his squadron.

 

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TRECARTEN, G/C Clive Leonard (C103) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command Headquarters (since moved to RCAF Station Dartmouth) - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.   Born in Milltown, New Brunswick. Enlisted in RCAF, Fredericton, N.B., 14 May 1925.  Qualified as pilot at Camp Borden, 16 July 1928; much service on photo operations as well as in AFHQ.  Prewar he commanded No.6 (TB) Squadron and the Test and Development Flight, Rockcliffe.  Award presented 17 May 1945.  Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Group Captain, Training Command Headquarters.

 

This officer, throughout various aeronautical engineering and administrative duties in the past four years, has displayed exceptional devotion to duty.  He was faced with the difficult problems of the modification, maintenance and repair of the many types of operational, training, and transport aircraft in Eastern Air Command. Applying himself with great vigour and determination he developed the maintenance and repair organization to such a degree that serviceability of the required aircraft was assured.  He has continued to display exceptional ability in organization and leadership.

 

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TREMAINE, F/L John Robert Valentine (C3368) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Manning Depot - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Rockingham, Nova Scotia; educated in Halifax; home in Toronto; enlisted there, 16 December 1940.  Award presented.

 

This officer has been employed as a Messing Officer on a Manning Depot over a long period of time.  He has adapted unsuitable facilities to local conditions and expanded them to feed a population which grew from a few hundred to many thousands so ably as to have created one of the most efficiently functioning messing services in the Royal Canadian Air Force.  He has been consulted about messing problems at other stations in the Command and the system which he has organized has formed a model for cafeterias in some of the large war plants.  His untiring efforts under very difficult and varying conditions, and for the long hours, have shown the devotion and interest with which he executes his difficult tasks.

 

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TREMBLAY, P/O Joseph Alphonse Gerard (J19286) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Born Montmorency, Quebec, 1923; home in Quebec City; enlisted there 15 August 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.22 EFTS (graduated 3 February 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 2 October 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Navigator in P/O J.A. Coulombe's crew.  Posted from No.426 Squadron to No.1666 CU, 11 May 1944.  Invested with award by King George, 11 August 1944.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2624 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation dated 15 March 1944 when he had flown 19 sorties (120 hours 45 minutes) between 30 August 1943 and 7 March 1944.

 

As navigator this officer has completed numerous sorties to the most heavily defended areas in Germany including ten to the capital itself.  He has proven himself most efficient and his keenness and high degree of navigational skill has undoubtedly contributed to the successes attained by his crew...

 

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TREMBLAY, FS (now P/O) Joseph Edouard Henri Bernard (R79345/J18476) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 29 April 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 8 November 1941).  CHECK SERVICE NUMBER - MIGHT BE R79435) - See DHist file 181.009 D.1739 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608); recommended 10 August 1943 for Non-Immediate DFM for services as air gunner.  As of that time he had flown 31 sorties (202:10 operational hours).

 

This airman has now completed one tour of operations.  He has participated in attacks against some of the most targets over German territory.  He has proven himself to be an efficient Air Gunner and has fully contributed to the successes achieved by his crew.  Flight Sergeant Tremblay has constantly displayed courage and devotion to duty.

 

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TRENKER, Corporal Paul (R181799) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Regina; enlisted there 25 August 1942.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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TRETHEWEY, Corporal Edgar Allen (R197854) - Mention in Despatches - No.27 Detachment, RCAF (now No.2 PAE) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.  Home in Haney, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 2 November 1942.  DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has recommendation for a BEM dated 9 February 1944.

 

While being ferried ashore in a dory on 1st January last, two airmen were washed overboard in a heavy sea, where the coastline is rugged with jagged rocks.  Corporal Trethewey, with full knowledge of the great risk involved and complete disregard for his own safety, dove from the shore into the raging surf in an endeavour to rescue one of the airmen who was visible below the surface of the water.  Supported by a life preserver that had been thrown from shore, he grasped the airman but despite his most strenuous efforts the waves and treacherous undercurrent exhausted him and he was compelled to release his hold.  Corporal Twethewey was pulled ashore in an exhausted and battered condition.  He nearly lost his own life in his gallant attempt to save his fellow airman.

 

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TRETHOWAN, FS John Charles (R145686) - British Empire Medal - No.168 Squadron - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 6 December 1941.  Award presented by Governor General, 10 December 1947.  In postwar forces; information from this gentleman states that while serving as a technical crewman with with No.412 Squadron,he participated in the first RCAF trans-Pacific flight in a converted Liberator (July 1947).  In 1962 he became the first postwar flight engineer to be promoted to Warrant Officer 1st Class.  In May 1968 he accompanied No.129 Ferry Flight for the movement of a Liberator from India to the National Aviation Museum, Rockcliffe.  At age 54 he was awarded the Order of Military Merit "for outstanding professional contributions to Canadian Military Aviation during 33 years of service"; at the time he was Chief Warrant Officer with No.405 (Maritime Patrol) Squadron.

 

Flight Sergeant Trethowan is a capable and efficient Aero Engine Mechanic whose devotion to duty and leadership as maintenance crew chief and in aircraft crewman duties has been most outstanding.  This non-commissioned officer has completed nearly thirteen hundred hours flying as crewman and has the rather unique record of having completed the first, five hundredth and last trans-Atlantic mail trip with this squadron.

 

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TREVORS, Sergeant Eleanor Dorothy (W301086) - British Empire Medal  - RCAF Station Rockcliffe (since moved to AFHQ, Ottawa). Awarded 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Douglasfield, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 12 January 1942.  Award presented by Governor General, 27 June 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer, with a remarkable knowledge of administration in general, is outstanding in the performance of her duties.  She is most energetic in keeping up with her service knowledge and efficiently executes any duties assigned to her.  She has done much towards the promotion of station activities.  Her cheerful and co-operative spirit and exceptional service attitude are an example and inspiration to all ranks.  Her outstanding ability and devotion to duty have been of great assistance to her superiors.                                                   

 

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TREW, FS Edward Charles (R57685) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Victoria; enlisted in Vancouver, 4 April 1940.  Certificate mailed 11 September 1948.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted to OC No.64 Base, 4 May 1945, confirms unit.

 

This NCO had been in charge of Signals aircraft servicing and maintenance at this station for twelve months until his repatriation in February 1945.  Flight Sergeant Trew has worked hard and his organizing ability has materially aided the operational success of this station.  The high standard of Signals maintenance and servicing, and the good technical ability of the Signals Servicing personnel is due mainly to the hard work and able leadership of Flight Sergeant Trew.  It is considered that this NCO's contribution to the war effort is deserving of recognition.

 

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TREWIN, F/O Marcus David (J27796) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Home in Humber Bay, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 24 July 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 October  1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 24 April 1942).

 

This staff pilot at all times has carried out his duties in a most energetic and efficient manner, often under very difficult circumstances.  By his skill and energy in the performance of his duties, he has contributed much to the standard of air firing at this unit.

 

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TRIBE, Sergeant David Francis (R128945) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2437/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Born 1919 in British Columbia; home in Pinner, Middlesex or in Courtney, British Columbia (mechanic); enlisted Vancouver, 15 September 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 30 December 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942).  Invested with award by King George, 17 October 1944.

 

A reliable and courageous captain of aircraft, Sergeant Tribe has participated in attacks on some of the enemy's most important targets including Berlin, Hamburg, Essen and Peenemunde.  He has a fine fighting spirit and always presses home his attack with the greatest determination and courage.  In March 1943 he showed outstanding ability and resolution in completing his mission although his aircraft was severely iced up on the way to the target.

 

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TRIBNER, F/L Gordon Earl (J21310) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.60 Squadron - Award effective 23 March as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945.  Born 19 February 1922 in Cornwall, Ontario; home there (labourer); enlisted Ottawa 27 January 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 12 September 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 15 February 1942).  Commissioned September 1942.  Award presented by Governor General, 7 August 1946.

 

This officer is a skilful pilot who has led his flight on a large number of successful missions.  Most of his sorties have been flown over mountainous country during monsoon weather.  He has consistently maintained a standard of efficiency both in the air and on the ground and has at all times set a splendid example by his enthusiasm and cheerful devotion to duty.

 

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TRICK, F/L James Douglas (J10722) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born Winnipeg in 1919; home in Stonewall, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 7 November 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 13 October 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 22 November 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 18 March 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  NOTE: the sequence of graduation dates is odd and should be checked.  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."  Public Records Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 4 November 1944 when he had flown 46 sorties (191 hours 59 minutes), 6 November 1942 to 26 October 1944.

 

6 Nov 42         GARDENING,                          24 Jul 43        Hamburg (4.45)

La Rochelle (6.50)                   29 Jul 43        Hamburg (4.30)

11 Nov 42      GARDENING,                          10 Apr 44       Laon (4.15)

La Rochelle (6.04)                   7 June 44       Paris (3.10)

15 Nov 42      St.Nazaire (5.35)                     7 Aug 44        Caen (3.05)

28 Nov 42      Turin (9.20)                               8 Aug 44        Foret du Lucheux (3.15)

30 Nov 42      La Rochelle (6.25)                   11 Aug 44      Lens (3.20)

29 Mar 43      Berlin (6.35)                             12 Aug 44      Brunswick (4.45)

4 May 43        Dortmund (3.30)                      15 Aug 44      St.Tronde (3.30)

11 May 43      Duisburg (3.10)                        5 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.00)

12 May 43      Bochum (3.45)                         6 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.15)

23 May 43      Dortmund (3.25)                      8 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.10)

25 May 43      Dusseldorf (3.00)                     11 Sep 44      Kamen (4.20)

27 May 43      Essen (4.05)                            20 Sep 44      Calais (2.10)

29 May 43      Wuppertal (4.05)                      23 Sep 44      Neuse (3.10)

12 Jun 43       Dusseldorf (3.00)                     26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez (2.20)

13 Jun 43       Bochum (3.45)                         27 Sep 44      Calais (2.10)

20 Jun 43       Bordeaux (5.35)                       28 Sep 44      Calais (2.35)          

22 Jun 43       Mulheim (2.50)                         5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (6.30)

24 Jun 43       Elberfeld (4.00)                        17 Oct 44       Bonn (5.00)

25 Jun 43       Gelsenkirchen (3.30)               18 Oct 44       Stuttgart (6.05)

28 Jun 43       Cologne (3.15)                         23 Oct 44       Essen (5.00)

9 July 43         Gelsenkirchen (4.40)               25 Oct 44       Essen (4.00)

22 Jul 43        St.Nazaire (3.45)                     26 Oct 44       Leverkusen (4.30)

 

Flight Lieutenant Trick has completed forty-six operational sorties as navigator of heavy bomber aircraft. These sorties include a wide variety of attacks, both by day and night, on many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany.

 

He is an excellent navigator, and has set a most praiseworthy example by his very high standard of skill, courage and devotion to duty.  His work in the air has been faultless throughout, even on occasions such as the raids on Saarbrucken on the 5th October 1944 and Essen on the 24th October, 1944, when his aircraft had been extensively damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target.

 

Flight Lieutenant Trick is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, in recognition of his fine record as an operational navigator.

 

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TRICKETT, F/L Robert Irwin (J5678) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943.  Born Roblin, Manitoba, 1914; home in Deetdale, Manitoba (poultry products inspector).  Served in Manitoba Horse, 1929-1930; enlisted in Saskatoon, 26 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 January 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 12 May 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 11 March 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 10 June 1941).  Commissioned 1941.  Flew two tours.  Returned to Canada in December 1943 where he trained as a pilot.  Commanded No.1 REMU, Lethbridge and later was Administrative Officer at No.10 Repair Depot.  Took command of No.412 Squadron, July 1950 and flew aircraft which in 1951 carried Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip across Canada.  Relinquished command in 1952; died in Regina on 26 April 1953.

 

The majority of the operational sorties on which this officer has been engaged have been attended with marked success, due largely to his determination to press home his attack and to his ability as a navigator.  His coolness and efficiency have set a high example to all in the squadron.

 

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TRILSBECK, F/O Theodore (J10163) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 13 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1076/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born in Ontario; home in Toronto; enlisted there 13 February 1941.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 16 February 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 4 January 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Invested with award by King George, 7 December 1943.  Killed in action 16 December 1943 (Lancaster JP216, No.156 Squadron); name on Runnymede Memorial.

 

Flying Officer Trilsbeck has completed many operational sorties as air gunner in a very successful crew.  His targets have included such heavily defended centres as the Ruhr, Berlin, Turin and Genoa.  His skill, both in the air and in ground organization, is such that every sortie undertaken by him has proved successful.  His high courage and devotion to duty have been most praiseworthy.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8951 has recommendation dated 21 March 1943 when he had flown 30 sorties (190 hours) with text that varies slightly from that published.

 

5 Oct 42         Aachen (5.50)                        9 Jan 43         Essen (4.00)

12 Oct 42       Wismar (6.25)                       12 Jan 43       Essen (5.00)

15 Oct 42       Cologne (4.30)                      16 Jan 43       Berlin (7.10)

6 Nov 42         Genoa (8.45)                         17 Jan 43       Berlin (8.05)

9 Nov 42         Hamburg (5.00)                     27 Jan 43       Dusseldorf (4.30)

13 Nov 42      Genoa (8.40)                         30 Jan 43       Hamburg (6.00)

17 Nov 42      GARDENING (9.55)             2 Feb 43        Cologne (5.05)

28 Nov 42      Turin (8.35)                            8 Feb 43        GARDENING (9.50)

8 Dec 42        Turin (8.55)                            13 Feb 43      Lorient (6.40)

9 Dec 42        Turin (6.50)                            16 Feb 43      Lorient (5.45)

17 Dec 42      Neustadt (4.50)                     19 Feb 43      Wilhelmshaven (4.15)

20 Dec 42      Duisburg (4.05)                     25 Feb 43      Nuremburg (7.30)

21 Dec 42      Munich (7.30)                         26 Feb 43      Cologne (4.45)

2 Jan 43         GARDENING (8.25)             28 Feb 43      St.Nazaire (5.20)

7 Jan 43         Essen (4.35)                          3 Mar 43         Hamburg (4.15)

 

Flying Officer Trilsbeck has completed an operational tour as Air Gunner to a very successful crew. He has taken part in many sorties against the Ruhr, Berlin, Italy and other places. His skill both in the air and on the ground have ensured that every sortie for which he was detailed was successfully completed.  Photographic evidence produced by his crew has been so consistently good that it could have been produced only by team work of a very high order.  His courage and devotion to duty have been praiseworthy on all occasions.

 

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TRIPP, F/L Jack Edmund (J29751) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.9 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  American in RCAF, although card gives home as Byron, Ontario.  Enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 16 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 January 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942)

 

This officer has been on continuous instructional duties since November 1942.  During this period he has completed a total of fourteen hundred flying hours.  He has shown excellent service spirit at all times and has carried out his duties, both as an instructor and flight commander, in a very capable manner.  He is worthy of much praise for the fine example he has set for his fellow officers.

 

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TRIPP, P/O Patrick Charles Howard (J17603) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born in Vancouver, 1923; home there; enlisted there 23 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942) and No.3 WS (graduated 19 December 1941).  Invested with award by King George, 27 December 1945.

 

This officer has completed attacks on many of the most heavily defended objectives in enemy territory.  These have included Hamburg and Berlin on two occasions and no less than twelve sorties on the Ruhr.  He possesses great tenacity of purpose and as an air gunner has always displayed exceptional fighting qualities throughout all his missions.

 

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TRIPP, FS Sydney (R63711) - Mention in Despatches - No.437 Squadron (AFRO identifies unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 497/46 dated 17 May 1946.  Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 31 May 1940.  DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation for BEM dated 9 June 1945; Warrant Officer Engineering.

 

This NCO was posted to the squadron on its formation as the NCO in charge "C" Flight and at a later date assumed the responsibilities of Warrant Officer Engineering.  In both positions this NCO has shown outstanding capabilities as an organizer and leader of men.

 

He has worked hard to organize his section and ensure that the efficiency was at a high level.  It is due in no small amount to his drive and initiative that the serviceability of the aircraft has been maintained at a high level.

 

During the squadron's activities on both Transport and Airborne role, Flight Sergeant Tripp displayed initiative, stamina and devotion to duty of the highest order.

 

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TRITES, F/L Charles Venor (C12145) - Mention in Despatches - Station Patricia Bay - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, November 1908.  Attended Dalhousie University (applied science); joined RCAF 12 June 1942 in Vancouver.  Served chiefly in Western Air Command, but also at Bagotville and with No.9 Construction and Maintenance Unit, which he commanded from December 1945 to January 1947.  Remained in postwar RCAF in the Construction Engineering Branch, with service at Maintenance Command Headquarters (later Air Materiel Command, AFHQ, and in Europe, attaining rank of Group Captain.

 

For over two years this officer has been officer commanding construction engineering at his station and at all times he has carried out his duties in an outstanding manner.  He has faced many and unusual difficulties and on each occasion he has met and disposed of these problems with great despatch and effectiveness.  The enthusiasm and keenness shown by this officer have provided an excellent example to all personnel under him.

 

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TRITES, S/L Ralph Macdonald (C1784) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born at Lewisville, New Brunswick, 27 August 1915.  Enlisted at Camp Borden, 30 November 1935.  Award presented.

 

This officer, serving as Senior Armament Officer for the RCAF Overseas, has in no small measure been responsible for equipping Canadian operational aircraft with secret armament devices.  This has required energetic devotion to duty and tireless effort.  He is a good administrator and leader, and his outstanding trade proficiency and experience have been of invaluable assistance in all matters pertaining to armament.

 

TRITES, W/C Ralph MacDonald, MBE (C1784) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.

 

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TRITES, F/L Richard Murray (J7919) - Mention in Despatches - No.464 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Sackville, New Brunswick; enlisted in Montreal, 3 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). Killed in action, 18 January 1945 (Mosquito MM403); buried in France.  For unclear reasons, he is listed as being recommended for an MiD in a document submitted by A/V/M McEwen to Bomber Command about July 1945, and in said document he is listed as being with No.6 Group.  Certificate sent to his father, 3 November 1948.

 

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TROKE, F/L Gordon William (J15777) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.250 Squadron - Award effective 11 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 February 1943 and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, 14 June 1916; home there or in Wolfeville (grocery clerk, truck driver and medical student at Acadia University).  His father was a partial cripple from 1929 owing to war wounds so he was a mainstay in the family of five; enlisted in Halifax, 29 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 January 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941).  Arrived in Britain, 17 July 1941.  Posted to No.61 OTU, 19 July 1941 and to No.55 OTU on 28 July 1941.  To No.136 Squadron, 15 September 1941; to Middle East Wastage Pool, 1 November 1941.  In No.73 Squadron, 15 November to 24 December 1941; in No.250 Squadron, 14 January 1942 to 3 April 1943.  Commissioned 4 July 1942; Flying Officer, 4 January 1943; Flight Lieutenant, 4 January 1943 with effect from 22 November 1942.  At No.73 OTU, 3 April to 28 December 1943; arrived back in Britain, 2 January 1944.  On leave in Canada, 23 February to 4 April 1944; back in Britain 11 April 1944.  No.443 Squadron, 30 April to 22 October 1944.  Returned to Canada, 27 November 1944.  Various short postings in Maritimes area until his release, 18 January 1946.  Postwar he finished pre-medical studies but then sold insurance.  Award presented 16 April 1948.  Rejoined RCAF, 18 June 1951.  Killed in flying accident, 24 June 1952 (No.430 Squadron, North Bay; apparently tried to force-land a Sabre after engine failure).  Wartime he claimed 167 sorties (202 hours) in North Africa, and his second tour was 134 sorties; total combat time in two tours was 388 hours ten minutes.  On 25 August 1942 he was testing a Kittyhawk which had a bearing failure and caught fire; Troke crash-landed but could not reach extinguisher due to flames; it later blew up.  Aerial victories as follows: 10 July 1942, one Bf.109E destroyed plus one MC.202 destroyed; 17 November 1942, one He.111 destroyed (shared); 19 November 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed (shared) plus one Bf.109 destroyed; 1 August 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (shared with Sharman, Herrell, Wegg); 29 September 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged.  Photo PL-10240 shows him leaning on tail of Kittyhawk.

 

This officer has skilfully led his flight and the squadron in many sorties.  He has destroyed three enemy aircraft, two of which he shot down on one sortie.  He has also assisted in the destruction of two more enemy aircraft.  Flight Lieutenant Troke has invariably displayed great keenness and devotion to duty.

 

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TROMAN, F/O Louis Joseph (J39721) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1921 at Lethbridge; home there (bellhop); enlisted in Calgary, 15 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 8 June 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 6 July 1942).  Commissioned November 1943.  Award presented by Governor General, 24 May 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.1746 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has two recommendations - one dated 16 January 1945, the other undated but apparently forwarded 19 February 1945.  Both state that he has flown 20 sorties in Bomber Command (104 hours 15 minutes between 10 September 1944 and 29 December 1944) plus an earlier tour with Coastal Command (possibly meaning Eastern Air Command ?) of 94 sorties (982 hours 10 minutes between 13 August 1942 and 27 October 1943).  The two versions read:

 

[1]        This officer has completed very many sorties on his second tour of operations.  He has participated in varied sorties including Essen, Hamburg, Cologne and Dusseldorf.  In all these operations Flight Lieutenant Troman has displayed a high degree of keenness and courage and his example has been most inspiring.

 

[2]        Before embarking on a second tour with Bomber Command, Flying Officer Troman had successfully completed a lengthy tour on Coastal Command (94 sorties and almost 1,000 hours) during which this officer's technical ability and ingenious impromptu wireless and radar engineering contributed to a great extent to the maximum protection given our convoys from submarines, in carrying out attacks on these U-boats, and in bringing his aircraft home from long trips at extreme range.

 

Now completing his second tour, he has been to many major targets including Essen, Hamburg, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Osnabruck.  The experience he brought to his second crew on their first tour has been of the greatest consequence in their success under war stresses and incidents, in addition to the emergency repairs to intercommunication, electric and bomb release circuit[s] which he carried out on several occasions.

 

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TROTTER, FS Elmer John (R120945) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 21 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.   Born 1923 in Santa Cruz, California; home in Tuberose, Saskatchewan (farmer). Trained at No.2 ITS, No.19 EFTS and No.12 SFTS.

 

One night in December 1943, Flight Sergeant Trotter was pilot of an aircraft which attacked Berlin.  It was his fourth operational flight.  Just after the bombs had been released over the target the aircraft was severely hit by fire from the ground defences and, being thrown completely out of control, dived down towards the target.  Flight Sergeant Trotter ordered his crew to put on their parachutes but, displaying magnificent skill and coolness, he was able to reagin control of the bomber to find that part of the starboard mainplane had been shot to pieces and the aircraft had scarcely any aileron control.  Other damage had also been sustained.  Later, whilst endeavouring to gain height, he was attacked by an enemy fighter.  By skilful piloting Flight Sergeant Trotter evaded his adversary but only after the bomber's port outer engine had been damaged.  This airman then flew the severely damaged aircraft to base where he made a successful landing at the second attempt.  In bringing his crew and aircraft back to this country under such harassing and difficult circumstances, Flight Sergeant Trotter displayed high courage and fortitude.

 

TROTTER, F/L Elmer John, DFM (J19643) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Trotter has participated in numerous attacks over heavily defended targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory.  Throughout he has displayed fine leadership and has pressed home each attack with the greatest determination, often in the face of the heaviest opposition.  This officer's outstanding skill and keenness for operational flying have set a fine example to all.

 

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TROTTER, Nursing Sister Margaret May (C27347) - Associate, Royal Red Cross - AFHQ - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 1 May 1914, Kent County, Ontario.  Educated at Harwichland Raleigh Public School, Chatham Vocational School, Blenheim High School, and Chatham General High School.  Office nurse and technician before war.  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 11 August 1942.  Previously in AFHQ; married to F/L G.E. Trotter.  Award sent by registered mail 25 November 1948.

 

Nursing Sister Trotter has carried out all her duties in a most able manner.  She has performed all special diagnostic and treatment procedures at this medical inspection room including X-Ray, Electrocardiograms, and Diathermy as well as all laboratory work required at this unit.  All of this work requires special ability, exactness and diligence which Nursing Sister Trotter has shown to the highest degree.  Until a few months ago, previous to a second Nursing Sister being added to the staff, she, in addition to these duties, was in charge of all other work required of a Nursing Sister and thus in fact was performing the duties now being done by two nurses.  In all ways she has exemplified the highest traditions of the nursing profession.

 

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TROTTER, FS William Charles (R271093) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 9 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.  Born 1925 in Toronto; home there (lithographer); enlisted there 18 August 1943.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 24 March 1944.  Cited with Sergeant Samuel M.C. Burgess (wireless operator, RCAF), which see above for citation.  Rear gunner in F/O D.G. Hamilton's crew.  Award presented 9 April 1948.

 

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TROTTIER, F/O Joseph Andre Charles Auguste (J28797) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1922; home in Trois Rivieres, Quebec (machinist); enlisted there 7 August 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 5 March 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 25 November 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 10 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (186 hours), 31 May to 27 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Trottier has proved himself to be an outstanding Air Bomber and to possess a high quality of coolness, determination and initiative.  His efforts have contributed to a major degree to the successful completion of 34 sorties by his crew and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in them.

 

His targets include Stettin, Hamburg, Bremen, Brunswick, Emden, Stuttgart, Bottrop, Russelsheim and many French targets and on each he has secured fine photographs indicating a successful attack.  For outstanding ability and a fine record of achievement I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TROUP, LAC Ian (R83287) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 7 February 1941.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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TROW, F/L William Albert (J14210) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born 1920 in England; home in Leaside, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 12 December 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail 10 March 1949.  Incident was 18/19 November 1943 with No.428 Squadron; navigator for F.H. Watkins.

 

Flight Lieutenant Trow has participated in a large number of operational sorties, some of which have been against the most heavily defended targets in Germany.  On one occasion, during an attack on Ludwigshaven, the rear gunner was seriously injured while over the target area.  Displaying navigational skill and knowledge of a high order, Flight Lieutenant Trow guided the aircraft back by a shorter route, thus ensuring early medical aid for the injured gunner.  This officer's accuracy and devotion to duty have been material factors in the completion of many successful sorties.

 

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TRUAX, F/O Clarence Windsor (J35817) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1910 in Grand Forks, British Columbia; home in Vancouver (timekeeper, carpenter, trucker, formerly in COTC); enlisted there, 15 September 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943).  Commissioned September 1943.  Award presented 29 January 1947.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation dated 6 December 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (155 hours five minutes), 15 July to 1 November 1944.

 

Flying Officer Truax has successfully completed a tour of operations on four-engined bombers.  He navigated to many heavily defended targets such as Essen, Stuttgart, Kiel and Duisburg.  On all occasions his standard of navigation has been outstanding.  He has displayed exceptional keenness to participate in operations against the enemy and has been responsible for the safe return of his crew on many occasions.

 

Flying Officer Truax by his cheerfulness and hearty co-operation has been a shining example to his other crew members, and I therefore recommend him for the award of the Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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TRUEMNER, S/L Gordon Ross (J8397) - Air Force Cross - No.16 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Arthur, Ontario, 2 March 1920.  Royal Bank employee before the war.  Home in Hagersville, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 20 December 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 June 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941).  Award presented 27 January 1946.  Remained in postwar RCAF as a military manager; received Queens Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Wing Commander, RCAF Staff College); awarded Honourary French Air Force Pilot Badge, 6 March 1957.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation; when recommended he had flown 2,033 hours, 1,727 as instructor, 148 in previous six months.

 

This officer, throughout his tour as a flying instructor, has shown exceptional devotion to duty.  He was responsible for setting up the first standard beam approach training flight in the Command and, with no example to follow, organized a flight which is still considered a model.  On numerous occasions he has worked throughout the night and completed more than an ordinary day's work the next day.  While never sparing himself he has always been considerate of those working with him and his example and unfailing cheerfulness have done much toward raising the morale of the training wing.  His contribution to the success of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan has been of great value.

 

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TRUMLEY, F/L Richard Kenneth (J14308) - Mention in Despatches - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 12 November 1940), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1941).  Unit not given in AFRO which says only "Overseas".  Shared in damaging a Me.262 (1 January 1945) and destroyed two Bf.109s (25 February 1945).  See The RCAF Overseas: The Sixth Year, pp.240 and 249.  Served in postwar RCAF (19756).

 

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TRUSCOTT, G/C Gordon George (C150) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.6 Repair Depot - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/45 dated 5 July 1946.  Born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, March 1910.  Attended Royal Military College, 1928-32 (commissioned in latter year, wings in 1933), then to University of Saskatchewan for B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (completed 1935).  Pre-war he was a test pilot and later was OC, Test and Development Flight, Rockcliffe.  During war he was CO of Station Sydney, CO of No.404 Squadron, Director of Air Staff (RCAF Overseas Headquarters) and a staff officer with Transport Command.  Returned to Canada, August 1946, assuming command of No.6 RD.  In September 1948 appointed Director of Aircraft Maintenance; later was Deputy Air Member for Technical Services (Development).  Attended National Defence College, Kingston (1951-52), then became Chief of Development at AFHQ.  Commanded No.5 Air Division, Victoria, July 1960 to August 1963, when he retired.

 

Group Captain Truscott is a general list officer who has specialized in Aeronautical Engineering. He has had wide and varied experience in that field and in addition has completed a tour of operational flying in Coastal Command as a Squadron Commander.  Following his tour of operations he served with distinction as an Air Staff Officer at Overseas Headquarters.  He has always carried out any task assigned him in a most capable manner and has proved himself an able administrator and leader of men.  His wide experience and well balanced judgement has marked him as an officer who can be relied upon to fill key positions and he has always discharged every responsibility entrusted to him in an exceptional manner.

 

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