WADDELL, P/O James Archibald (J89158) - 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. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 26 November 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 12 November 1943). Award presented 11 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 12 October 1944 when he had completed 34 sorties (186 hours), 31 May to 27 September 1944. Recommendation gives number as J89089 (given above with P/O Gill).

 

This officer has shown outstanding fortitude and skill on operations and has proved a great asset to his crew and the squadron as a whole. He has taken part in 34 sorties, eight of which were on major German targets, and he has displayed great devotion to duty and co-operation on these sorties.

 

For his all round ability and tenacity I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WADDELL, W/C Robert Charles Arthur (C827) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.400 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. Born in Peterborough, Ontario, 6 July 1915; home there; first military service was with Royal Canadian Artillery (attended Royal Military College, 1933 to 1937 and University of Toronto in Engineering, 1937-1938); member of Toronto Flying Club, 1933 to 1937; enlisted in RCAF, Toronto, 19 January 1938 with No.110 (Auxiliary) Squadron. Awarded wings at Camp Borden, 1 May 1939; promoted to Flying Officer, 1 July 1939; posted overseas, February 1940. Flew at Dieppe and eventually commanded No.39 Wing. Award presented by King George, 25 May 1944; Bar presented 22 June 1949. Served in postwar RCAF Auxiliary, attaining rank of Group Captain (succeeded G/C G.W. Gooderham as OC, No.14 Wing, January 1955). Died in Toronto, 5 April 1975. Photo PMR 74-300.

 

This officer has always performed his duties in an exemplary manner. He flew during the Dieppe combined operations and since has taken part in many operational sorties including a number of anti-shipping patrols. On one occasion he penetrated far over France where he damaged a locomotive and returned with an excellent and valuable report. A fine commander and leader, Wing Commander Waddell's example of steady devotion to duty has inspired the squadron and has been a material factor in the many successes achieved.

 

WADDELL, W/C Robert Charles Arthur, DFC (C827) - Distinguished Service Order - No.39 Wing - Award effective 10 July 1945 as per London Gazette of 24 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.


The success achieved by his wing while engaged on photographic duties has been largely owing to the careful planning and leadership of Wing Commander Waddell. During the past twelve months the wing has operated extensively over heavily defended first line positions and deep in enemy territory. All of these sorties have required most careful and detailed planning and all of them have been executed either under the personal leadership of Wing Commander Waddell or under his direct supervision. Prior to the Rhine crossing this officer flew on a number of very low level sorties photographing roads and communications between the Rhine and the Elbe. On every occasion despite intense anti-aircraft fire he obtained photographs of excellent quality which were of the greatest value to the 2nd Army in planning their successful attack.

 

WADDELL, G/C Robert Charles Arthur, DSO, DFC (C827) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

WADDELL, G/C Robert Charles Arthur, DSO, DFC (C827) - Netherlands Flying Cross - Award effective 18 October 1947 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 576/47 dated 31 October 1947. "In recognition of valuable services rendered during the recent war". Public Records Office Air 2/9140 has recommendation as cleared by Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee:

 

Wing Commander Waddell was the Wing Commander (Operations) of No.39 Wing from September 1944 to May 1945. This officer was an outstanding leader and his personal gallantry, enthusiasm and determination were an inspiration to the pilots of the Wing. No.39 Wing, throughout the winter of 1944-45, was engaged on the most extensive photographic cover for the approaching spring offensive. Their magnificent achievements in this respect and the results of their tactical reconnaissance gave the Army Commander invaluable help in his planning to counteract major moves on the part of the enemy. This leadership achievement was due in great measure to the magnificent leadership of Wing Commander Waddell.

 

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WADDELL, F/O William Hay (J29119) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 23 December 1925. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 30 April 1942. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 19 April 1943) and No.4 BGS (graduated 31 May 1943). Posted overseas May 1944; returned with No.420 Squadron, 13 June 1945; was he in that unit ? Released 28 September 1945.

 

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WADDELL, FS William Hay (R271382) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 25 August 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 7 April 1944). Award presented 18 October 1947. Incident occurred on night of 21 February 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.1763 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has recommendation which gives very dramatic account, reading in part, "The enemy aircraft attacked from below starboard quarter and was seen against fires on the ground. Flight Sergeant Waddell first saw the enemy fighter at 300 yards, held his fire until it was at 150 yards, and made his kill with only 100 rounds fired. The fighter broke away, port down, and was seen going down in flames."

 

This airman has participated in attacks against such heavily defended targets as Cologne, Chemnitz, Hanover and Hamburg. In February 1945, whilst on a mission to Worms, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter while making the bombing run. Flight Sergeant Waddell opened fire and the enemy was seen to go down in flames. He has proved to be an outstanding air gunner who has invariably displayed courage and determination.

 

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WADDS, F/L Robert Wilson (J3737) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 11 November 1940) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941).

 

Since being repatriated from overseas, this officer has been employed first as a navigation instructor and lately as navigation officer. During this time he has contributed greatly to the efficiency and organization of his section and his keenness and co-operative manner have been admired and respected by all.

 

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WADE, WO2 Grant (R205256) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 13 November 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 September 1943), No.3 WS (graduated 12 June 1943), No.5 AOS (graduated 25 February 1944) and No.2 ANS (graduated 1 January 1944). Award presented 11 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9131 has recommendation for a DFM dated 16 May 1945 when he was a Flight Sergeant and had flown 30 sorties (204 hours 15 minutes), 15 December 1944 to 14 April 1945. Promoted to Warrant Officer as of 11 May 1945.

 

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 13 Feb 45 Dresden

17 Dec 44 Ulm 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

22 Dec 44 Koblenz 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

28 Dec 44 Bonn 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

29 Dec 44 Baeur 1 Mar 45 Mannheim

31 Dec 44 Osterfeld 2 Mar 45 Cologne

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 7 Mar 45 Dessau

5 Jan 45 Hanover 8 Mar 45 Kassel

6 Jan 45 Neuss 25 Mar 45 Hanover

14 Jan 45 Merseburg 27 Mar 45 Paderborn

16 Jan 45 Brux 3 Apr 45 Nordhausen

28 Jan 45 Stuttgart 4 Apr 45 Lutzendorf

1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven 9 Apr 45 Kiel

3 Feb 45 Bottrop 10 Apr 45 Plauen

7 Feb 45 Cleve 14 Apr 45 Potsdam

 

Flight Sergeant Wade, a Canadian, has just completed an operational tour of thirty sorties with No.101 Squadron against a wide variety of strongly defended targets in Germany but despite on some occasions strongest opposition by flak and fighters, this non-commissioned officer has never allowed the defence to deflect the accuracy of his bombing which has always shown excellent results.

 

Flight Sergeant Wade has always shown a great keenness for operations and by his excellence as an Air Bomber has always had the complete confidence of his captain and crew.

 

By his complete devotion to duty and high order of personal courage he has directed his captain with unerring skill and judgement.

 

This non-commissioned officer, by his unconquerable spirit and enthusiasm, has considerably added to the high morale of his crew, and it is recommended that his fine record of achievement be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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WADE, S/L John Carleton (J5219) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.162 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 19 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1945 and AFRO 1672 dated 2 November 1945. Home in Oronocto, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 17 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 November 1940), No.11 EFTS (graduated 5 January 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 26 April 1941). Award presented 1 April 1949. Died in Ottawa, 15 October 1994; obituary notice gave his rank as Wing Commander.

 

Throughout a long tour of operational duty Squadron Leader Wade has been mainly engaged on anti-U-boat patrols. A courageous and resourceful captain of aircraft, he has constantly set a splendid example by his keenness, iron determination and untiring devotion to duty.

 

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WADE, F/O John Morley Conlin (J27533) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in North Vancouver; enlisted Calgary 2 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.23 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). 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 fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 11 October 1944 when he had flown 34 trips (160 hours 55 minutes), 31 May to 28 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Wade has completed a large number of sorties against the enemy, including such heavily defended targets as Hamburg, Stuttgart and the Ruhr. At all times he has pressed home his attacks with high courage and determination despite weather conditions and enemy opposition. He is a fine captain of crew who has shown splendid leadership qualities which have many times contributed to the success of his missions. His inspiring cheerfulness and eagerness to come to grips with the enemy have been most praiseworthy.

 

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WADLAND, Supervisor John Butler (Z709) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - AWARD IN CIVIL DIVISION - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Award sent by registered mail 25 May 1948.

 

This Supervisor, one of the Canadian Young Men's Christian Association, has given excellent service, first with No.6 Bomber Group and latterly with the Central Mediterranean Forces in Italy. He is largely responsible for the operation of Canada House at Florence, which was a source of great satisfaction to the Royal Canadian Air Force personnel serving in this area. His services have at all times been exceptionally beneficial and are worthy of high praise.

 

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WAGAR, WO Donald Andrew (R97194) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Enlisted in Toronto, 5 March 1941. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942). Award presented 9 April 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 2/9632 has recommendation dated 20 May 1944 when he had flown 41 sorties (259 hours), 23 May 1943 to 11 May 1944.

 

23 May 43 Dortmund 20 Dec 43 Frankfurt

24 May 43 Dusseldorf 23 Dec 43 Berlin

27 May 43 Essen 29 Dec 43 Berlin

12 Jun 43 Bochum 5 Jan 44 Stettin

19 Jun 43 Le Creusot 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg

21 Jun 43 Krefeld 15 Feb 44 Berlin

29 Jul 43 Hamburg 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart

16 Aug 43 Turin 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt

23 Aug 43 Berlin 25 Feb 44 Augsburg

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart

31 Aug 43 Berlin 24 Mar 44 Berlin

22 Sep 43 Hanover 18 Apr 44 Rouen

23 Sep 43 Mannheim 20 Apr 44 Cologne

27 Sep 43 Hanover 22 Apr 44 Laon

29 Sep 43 Bochum 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe

3 Oct 43 Kassel 26 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.Georges

8 Oct 43 Bremen 27 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen

11 Nov 43 Cannes 8 May 44 Haine St.Pierre

23 Nov 43 Berlin 10 May 44 Lens

25 Nov 43 Frankfurt 11 May 44 Hasselt

3 Dec 43 Leipzig

 

Warrant Officer Wagar is a cool, confident and efficient Air Gunner whose example in face of the enemy has been most praiseworthy. He has taken part in a large number of sorties involving attacks on strongly defended targets in Germany. Throughout he has displayed great determination and unfailing devotion to duty.

 

This Warrant Officer has proved himself to be a very reliable member of aircrew and his keenness and enthusiasm for operations set a fine example to his fellow aircrew.

 

In recognition of his record of devotion to duty, Warrant Officer Wagar is recommended for a non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WAGAR, F/L Thomas Claud (J35266) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Home in Kingston; enlisted Ottawa, 16 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 7 January 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 24 April 1942). Award presented in Hamilton, 27 July 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 10 February 1945, as of which date he had flown 30 sorties (177 hours 50 minutes), 14 September 1944 to 7 February 1945.

 

This captain has completed thirty heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy. At all times his work on the squadron has been exceptional and his courage, skill and determination in action have been an inspiration to his crew.

 

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WAGGETT, F/L Henry Alfred Stanley (J5680) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.23 Squadron - Award effective 30 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 7 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 January 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 10 May 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 31 March 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 9 June 1941). Award presented 18 October 1947.

 

Now on his second tour of operational duty, this officer has served in both the European and Middle East theatres of war. He has taken part in operations over Sicily and Italy, during which two enemy aircraft have been destroyed and much damage inflicted on the enemy's lines of communication. Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Waggett's navigation has been of the highest order and has played no small part in the successes achieved by his crew.

 

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WAGMAN, F/O John (J35150) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Home in Regina; enlisted there 26 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942). Award presented 23 April 1949.

 

One night in August 1944, Flying Officer Wagman was detailed to attack Kiel and on reaching enemy territory his aircraft was engaged by anti-aircraft fire which penetrated the petrol tanks and caused a serious loss of fuel. Nevertheless, Flying Officer Wagman successfully completed his mission but was forced to bring his aircraft down on to the sea forty miles from the English coast. This he achieved with great skill despite the failure of his landing light and adverse weather. In hazardous circumstances this officer displayed great skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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WAGNER, F/O Edwin Norman Donald (J19913) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted Regina 28 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 September 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 3 January 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 March 1942). Award presented in Halifax, 27 July 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had completed 45 sorties (301 hours 55 minutes) in tours lasting from 13 September 1942 to 11 March 1943 (25 trips) and 30 October 1944 to 12 March 1945 (20 trips).

 

This officer has now completed a second tour of operations comprised of twenty operational sorties over enemy territory including many of the heavily defended targets in Germany such as Dusseldorf, Duisburg (3), Dortmund, Essen and Magdeburg.

 

The courage, skill and determination in action displayed at all times by Flying Officer Wagner have been a great inspiration to his crew, and his coolness and devotion to duty has contributed in a large measure to the success of his many operational flights.

 

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WAGNER, S/O Katherine Joy (V30426) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Enlisted in Toronto, 9 April 1943.

 

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WAGNER, F/L Rudolph Joseph (J14553) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Home in Spruce Grove, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton, 20 November 1941. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942). Award sent by registered mail 11 March 1949.

 

As air gunner Flight Lieutenant Wagner has taken part in operations against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets, and has been responsible for the destruction of at least two enemy night fighters. One night in March 1943, during an attack on Hamburg, the aircraft in which he was flying as front gunner was attacked by a Messerschmitt 110. Although the enemy attacked at great speed, Flight Lieutenant Wagner skilfully manipulated his turret and guns, shooting down the enemy in flames. Later, during the same operation, his aircraft was subjected to another enemy attack and this officer shared in the destruction of the second hostile fighter. With his rear gunner, on yet another occasion whilst attacking Achien [or "Aachen" ?], Flight Lieutenant Wagner shot down a single engined enemy fighter and later, by skilful directions, enabled his captain to frustrate an attack by a Focke Wulfe 190. Throughout his operational tour this squadron gunnery leader has set a splendid example of courage, determination and coolness in action.

 

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WAINMAN, LAC Herbert William (R200318) - Mention in Despatches - No.431 Squadron (No.64 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Copper Cliff, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 18 January 1943. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation dated 26 July 1944 when on strength of No.431 Squadron.

 

This airman enlisted in January 1943, and has served in the United Kingdom since September 1943, filling the position of LAC in his trade for the past nine months. This airman has been employed as Armourer with this squadron for the past six months. His skill, initiative and dependability are highly commendable. His unselfish devotion to duty during long hours of work and under trying conditions serve as an outstanding example to his comrades on the squadron.

 

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WAINMAN, F/L Howard Leonard (J21225) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 26 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Orillia, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 4 September 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). Award sent by registered mail 20 April 1949.

 

Since April 1944, this officer has completed numerous operational sorties including a number of anti-shipping missions against such heavily defended targets as units of the German Navy. In December 1944 he was the leader of a formation of aircraft which attacked and destroyed a small enemy merchant vessel off the Norwegian coast. On another occasion Flight Lieutenant Wainman's aircraft was forced down on to the sea and he and his navigator spent two days in a dinghy. A cool and courageous pilot and leader, he has invariably pressed home his attacks in a most determined manner, often in the face of intense opposition.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9046 has original recommendation by W/C E.W. Pierce dated 11 December 1944 when he had flown 41 sorties (173 operational hours). Recommendations from No.404 Squadron at this time were very extensive; this is no exception:

 

On December 9, 1944, Flight Lieutenant Wainman was the leader of a formation of aircraft of this squadron which attacked and destroyed a 2,000-ton merchant vessel on the Norwegian coast. On November 27 he was deputy leader of a small but resolute force that in the face of heavy and accurate ship- and shore-based flak, attacked a convoy of two motor vessels, two escort vessels and an "M" Class minesweeper. Flight Lieutenant Wainman attacked the largest ship, of approximately 5,800 tons, obtaining hits with rockets and cannons. The effectiveness of his attack may be gauged by the fact that this very large ship was hit only by rockets from one other aircraft and yet information now to hand shows that it was believed sunk by this attack.

 

On another occasion Flight Lieutenant Wainman was forced to ditch owing to engine failure - a feat which he executed most skilfully and he and his navigator spent two days in their dinghy. The knowledge gained from this experience was put to most excellent use by Flight Lieutenant Wainman because on no less than three occasions he has given full and concise instructions to the pilots of other aircraft who have been forced to ditch. He has "talked" them right onto the water so that in each case the ditching was successful, and he has then circled the dinghies and given all possible help until forced to return to base by lack of fuel. So successful have these ditchings been that in one case the crew were actually picked up before Flight Lieutenant Wainman had reached base.

 

He joined this unit on 17th April 1944, and since then has completed 41 operational sorties totalling 173 hours, of which no less than twelve have been anti-shipping strikes in the Bay of Biscay and on the Dutch and Norwegian coasts, against the most heavily defended targets, including units of the German navy. He has never failed to obtain hits and press home his attack in a most courageous and determined manner and entirely regardless of the opposition, his only thought being to inflict the maximum amount of damage possible. He is at all times a cool and courageous pilot and leader, inspiring confidence in all with whom he comes in contact, and he is fearless in attack. It is without the slightest hesitation, therefore, that I recommend this outstanding pilot for the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

Curiously, the Commanding Officer of RAF Station Dallachy, G/C J. Norwood, added (16 December 1944):

 

This officer has consistently displayed courage, initiative and a determination to attack the enemy. In my opinion he thoroughly merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, but not an immediate award.

 

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WAINWRIGHT, F/L Alfred Leslie (C6081) - King Haakron VII's Medal of Liberation (Norway) - Award effective 18 June 1948 as per Canada Gazette dated 12 June 1948 and AFRO 384/48 dated 18 June 1948. Administrative Officer.

 

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WAINWRIGHT, LAC Douglas (R191806) - Mention in Despatches - No.9437 Servicing Echelon - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Born 24 November 1915. Home in Toronto; enlisted London, Ontario, 25 September 1942. Airframe mechanic; posted overseas, October 1944; repatriated 14 June 1946; released 23 July 1946.

 

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WAINWRIGHT, F/L Leslie Albert (J15457) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 20 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 10 October 1940. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 22 June 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 26 May 1941). Award sent by registered mail 2 January 1946.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operational duty in a most commendable manner. Through all the sorties in which he has participated he has displayed a high degree of courage, skill and initiative. As wireless leader of the squadron he has proved himself an excellent leader and his enthusiasm has contributed in no small measure to the successes achieved.

 

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WAIT, A/C Frank Goodell (C54) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Ottawa, 31 August 1902. Attended RMC, joined RCAF in 1924; later received B.Sc. (Civil Engineering) from McGill. Attended RAF Staff College, 1935. At AFHQ at outbreak of war. In May 1941 appointed CO of Bombing and Gunnery School, Mountain View. In February 1942 transferred to No.3 Training Command. Went overseas in 1942 to be Director of Personnel, RCAF Overseas Headquarters. May 1944 became CO of No.61 Base; later in 1944 appointed Staff Officer in charge of administration, No.6 Group Headquarters. Repatriated to Canada, November 1944, to No.1 Training Command HQ. Appointed AOC No.1 Group, St.John's, March 1945. In July 1945 to Eastern Air Command. In April 1947 was appointed AOC No.10 Group (ex-EAC). To AFHQ in 1949 to be Deputy Air Member for Personnel; in 1951 made Air Member for Personnel. Retired in 1955 with rank of Air Vice Marshall. Died in Ottawa, 28 November 1976.

 

WAIT, A/C Frank Goodell (C54) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Air Command Headquarters (now No.1 Group HQ) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Following citation was found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, File 190-I (dossier 7).

 

This officer has served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Air Force for many years. During the war he has held a wide variety of appointments of responsibility both in Canada and overseas. He was largely responsible for organizing the various district headquarters in the Middle and Far East and for the repatriation machinery now in operation overseas. His devotion to duty has gone far beyond that which is normally expected. The zeal, loyalty, tact, resourcefulness and perspicacity that he possesses have made him a tower of strength to his senior officers and an unfailing source of inspiration and guidance to his juniors. By his splendid devotion to duty he has made an outstanding contribution to the war effort.

 

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WAIT, A/C George Enoch (C8) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - RCAF War Staff College - Award effective 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 Ottawa, 26 May 1895. Served in Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force, Joined CAF, 18 February 1920. Joined RCAF, 1 April 1924 in Ottawa. Engineering specialist. Died in Ottawa, 6 October 1972. Award presented 17 June 1945.

 

This officer has served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Air Force for many years. He possesses a background of sound and extensive knowledge, which he has applied to his work at all times with initiative and good judgement. Air Commodore Wait has been Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Force War Staff College since its inception. The success of this college has been almost entirely due to his able leadership which, together with his background, has enabled him to achieve results that are considered outstanding in so young an institution. The devotion to duty and meritorious service displayed by this officer have been extremely valuable to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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WAITE, WO (now P/O) Clifford Frederick (R141733/J87893) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Montreal, 6 December 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.5 BGS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 19 March 1943). Award presented 22 November 1948. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 15 September 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (159 hours 25 minutes), 6 March to 23 July 1944. Sortie list (including times) identical to that of F/O T,S. Hall.

 

6 Mar 44 Trappes (4.40) 22 May 44 Orleans (5.25)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.55) 24 May 44 Aachen (4.15)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.20) 27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.05)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.45) 2 June 44 Trappes (4.50)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.25) 5 June 44 Mont Fleury (4.20)

9 Apr 44 Lille (5.00) 14 Jun 44 Douai (3.50)

10 Apr 44 Tergnier (5.15) 15 Jun 44 Fouillard (5.25)

18 Apr 44 Tergnier (5.05) 16 Jun 44 Domleger (3.30)

20 Apr 44 Ottignes (4.10) 22 Jun 44 Laon (4.30)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.50) 24 Jun 44 Noyelle en Chausse (3.40)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.50) 25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (3.05)

26 Apr 44 Villeneuve (5.10) 28 Jun 44 Blainville (6.50)

27 Apr 44 Montzen (4.40) 4 July 44 St.Martin (3.45)

30 Apr 44 Acheres (4.50) 6 July 44 St.Martin (3.20)

11 May 44 Trouville (4.05) 9 July 44 Chateau Bernapre (3.50)

12 May 44 Hasselt (4.15) 12 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.05)

19 May 44 Boulogne (3.20) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.05)

 

Warrant Officer Waite has carried out 34 sorties as Air Bomber and has flown 159 operational hours against the enemy. He has carried out attacks against many of the heaviest defended of targets including Kiel, Stuttgart and Essen.

 

He has always shown great courage and fortitude in the face of the gravest opposition, whilst his fine offensive spirit in action together with efficiency and initiative has proved a great example to the remainder of the crew, and enabled them to complete a very successful tour of operations against the enemy. The manner in which he has carried out his duties both in the air and on the ground is worthy of praise of the highest order.

 

It is considered that his splendid record of achievement merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WAKELY, P/O Wilfred George (J86982) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948. Home in Vancouver. Air gunner, killed\ in action with No.424 Squadron, 27/28 May 1944. Halifax HX313. Buried in Belgium.

 

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WALDROP, F/L Claybourne (J14581) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. American in the RCAF; born at Arlington, Texas, 30 October 1919; educated in Alabama; deserted from U.S. Army to join RCAF in Montreal, 19 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 2 January 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 8 May 1942). Certificate sent to him in Birmingham, Alabama, 10 August 1948. On his return to the United States he was arrested and tried by court martial for having deserted and been absent without leave for 1,914 days. Testimony provided by the RCAF resulted in dismissal of charges, but he had to sign a document agreeing that his period of service in the RCAF would be deemed "leave without pay" by the American authorities. Flew 728 operational hours in 61 (or 67) sorties.

 

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WALKER, F/L Bradley Reardon (J3205) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1942 and AFRO 1052-1053/42 dated 10 July 1942. Born 1 December 1917 at Hamilton, Ontario. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 27 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 2 September 1940) and No.2 SFTS, Upland, 25 October 1940 or 20 January 1941.

Flight Lieutenant Walker completed 14 operational sorties before joining his present squadron. He has since participated in 38 fighter sweeps over France and has led the squadron on three occasions. In April 1942, he led a flight in a successful attack made by the squadron against a formation of enemy aircraft. One hostile aircraft was destroyed and several others damaged. Flight Lieutenant Walker has proved himself to be a courageous and skilful leader and has set a fine example.

 

WALKER, S/L Bradley Reardon, DFC (J3205) - Air Medal (United States) - 11th USAAF - Award effective 27 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. See Cochand for details; flights were 1 January to 6 May 1943.

 

WALKER, S/L Bradley Reardon, DFC (J3205) - Mention in Despatches - No.14 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.

 

Squadron Leader Walker, as Commander of a fighter squadron actively engaged in fighter-bomber operations against the Japanese, has by his fine leadership and excellent example inspired and developed his unit into a fighter squadron of high quality. He personally has led his men on many operational sorties against enemy installations.

 

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WALKER, FS (now P/O) Bruce Douglas (R94867/J18652) - Air Force Medal - No.2 (O) AFU Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Kisbey, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 7 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 24 September 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941. The card at DHist also gives Service number as R94867). NOTE: Originally published with errors in AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944. AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945 cancelled the earlier notice and the corrected entry appeared in 802/45. No citation found in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/8959 has recommendation, stating he had flown 340 hours since July 1943.

 

This airman has shown enthusiasm and energy whilst employed as a staff pilot. He takes an interest in his pupils' work and assists them in any way possible. He has set a splendid example.

 

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WALKER, Sergeant (now P/O) Cecil John (R140056/J92702) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Crossfield, Alberta; enlisted Calgary, 30 October 1941. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 28 January 1944. Air Gunner. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; proper unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Box 2067). DHist file 181.009 D.1722 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation drafted by W/C J.K. MacDonald (CO, No.432 Squadron) dated 2 October 1944 for Marcus, Ranson, Stokx, Walker, Wyers, and 1890323 FS Eric Arthur Slaughter (RAF Flight Engineer). See FS Norman Marcus for recommendation text.

 

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WALKER, F/O Charles Stuart (J87424) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 19 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 20 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.18 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Award presented 1 April 1949.

 

One night in November 1944 this officer was detailed to attack Bochum. When nearing the target heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire was encountered. Nevertheless, Flying Officer Walker pressed home a successful attack. Soon after the bombs had been released the aircraft was hit. The port outer engine was put out of action, the mid-upper and rear turrets were rendered unserviceable and the aircraft was holed in more than 2,000 places by pieces of shrapnel. Despite this, Flying Officer Walker flew back to base and landed his damaged aircraft safely. This officer has completed many sorties and has set a fine example of skill and determination throughout.

 

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WALKER, F/O Daniel Revie (J15336) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Blairmore, Alberta, November 1917; enlisted Calgary 16 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 October 1940), No.14 EFTS (ceased training), No.3 AOS (graduated 28 April 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 8 June 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 8 July 1941). Flew three tours. Served in postwar RCAF (Wing Commander, Canadian Joint Staffs).

 

Flying Officer Walker has displayed great ability as navigator. He has completed many operational sorties against a great variety of targets. He participated in the daylight attacks on Le Creusot and Milan in which considerable success was achieved. This officer's fine work has set an excellent example to other navigators.

 

WALKER, F/O Daniel Revie, DFC (J15336) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron - award effective 23 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943. NOTE: This was the Dambusters Raid; DSO to F/L J.C. McCarthy, CGM (Flying) to F.S. K.W. Brown, DFCs to F/O T.H. Taerum and G.A. Deering, DFMs to FS D.A. Maclean and Sergeant S. Oancia - all with the following citation:

 

On the night of the 16th May, 1943, a force of Lancaster bombers was detailed to attack the Moehne, Eder and Sorpe dams in Germany. The operation was one of great difficulty and hazard, demanding a high degree of skill and courage and close co-operation between the crews of the aircraft engaged. Nevertheless, a telling blow was struck at the enemy by the successful breaching of the Moehne and Eder dams. This outstanding success reflects the greatest credit on the efforts of the above mentioned personnel who participated in the operation, in various capacities as members of aircraft crew.

 

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WALKER, W/C Frank de Brisay (C9090) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Hampstead, Quebec. An advertising executive, he did some work for DND before he enlisted in Montreal, 29 November 1941. After an administrative course at Trenton, he served as adjutant at Malton. In April 1942 he was posted to No.1 Training Command as a public relations officer. This led to an AFHQ posting; he accompanied W/C Guy Gibson, VC, on his Canadian tour. Date of posting overseas uncertain. Award presented 24 April 1948. Died in Picton, Ontario, 29 January 1998.

 

As Director of Public Relations at this Headquarters, this officer has done an outstanding job. He has brought Royal Canadian Air Force publicity to an extremely high level and has maintained excellent relations with the United Kingdom press and the various channels of communication between this Headquarters and Canada. The coverage for Royal Canadian Air Force personnel has been consistently ample and at the same time has been kept on a dignified level. Through his genial manner, coupled with tact and diplomacy, Wing Commander Walker has set a fine example to all Public Relations officers.

 

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WALKER, Warrant Officer Harold Allen (R74078) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home given variously as Huntington, Ontario and Shawville, Quebec. Enlisted in Ottawa, 14 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 December 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 20 February 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 27 May 1941). Award presented by King George, 19 October 1943.

 

As captain of aircraft this Warrant Officer has completed many sorties during the past fourteen months, the majority of which were of an exceptionally long and arduous nature. In trying circumstances he set an example of coolness and quiet efficiency to all his comrades. He has accomplished his operational tasks with the highest enthusiasm and devotion to duty.

 

WALKER, F/L Harold Allen, DFC (J16644) - Distinguished Service Order - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944. Award presented 9 April 1948. The following citation is uninformative, but that may be due to the nature of the work. No.138 Squadron was a Halifax transport unit engaged in SOE drops over Europe.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has completed many sorties, most of which have demanded a high degree of skill and courage. The successes obtained are a fine tribute to his fine fighting spirit and unfailing devotion to duty.

 

WALKER, F/L Harold Allen, DSO, DFC (J16644) - Netherlands Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 3 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.4 EFTS and No.9 SFTS. Public Records Office Air 2/9556 gives unit and citation.

 

Over a period of eleven months this officer completed four sorties of a special nature over Holland. He fully appreciated the very great hazards involved, but by the display of the highest degree of resolution, skill and leadership he set a most inspiring example to his contemporaries, and made a very fine contribution to the war effort in Holland.

 

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WALKER, FS Harold Floyd (R107707) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Home in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 April 1942). Later commissioned (J26997).

 

This NCO has completed over 600 instructional hours during the past eight months and has at all times shown commendable devotion to duty. His instructional ability is above average as evidenced by his turnout of outstanding pilots. His keenness and ability as a Flying Instructor have been an excellent example to his pupils.

 

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WALKER, F/O Harold William (J87551) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Halifax; enlisted there 25 February 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Award sent by registered mail 9 February 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.W. Gall dated 18 January 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (213 hours ten minutes), 12 August 1944 to 2 January 1945 (Nuremburg).

 

As captain of aircraft Flying Officer Walker has shown great courage, determination and devotion to duty. Under a calm and quiet manner he has a fine offensive spirit in action which inspires confidence and which has resulted in a fine record of achievement.

 

His sorties include a great many heavily defended targets and on each he has succeeded in reaching the target despite all opposition and has bombed each successfully. Although hit by flak on several occasions, by his skilful piloting and captaincy he has completed the task on hand.

 

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WALKER, F/L Howard James (C9222) - Mention in Despatches - No.1666 Heavy Conversion Unit (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Rivers, Manitoba; enlisted Montreal, 28 November 1941. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009.D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation dated 8 January 1944 when he was Servicing Engineer Officer.

 

On 24th December 1943, a Lancaster II aircraft caught fire in the starboard inner engine whilst taxying along the perimeter track. The aircrew left the aeroplane and stood clear. Flight Lieutenant Walker, who had arrived on the scene by this time, personally directed the fire tender crew and, completely disregarding his own safety, as the fire had spread to the petrol tank, succeeded in controlling the fire, and ably assisted by Flight Sergeant Whitehead, managed to save a very valuable aircraft from complete destruction.

 

This officer's alacrity and initiative in bringing the fire under control is only surpassed by his disregard of personal safety. Knowing the petrol tank casing were afire, he continued to apply extinguisher fluid until the fire was brought under control...

 

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WALKER, F/L James Elmslie (J3199) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.81 Squadron - Award effective 24 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 September 1942 and AFRO 1535/42 dated 25 September 1942. Born 4 April 1919 in Claresholm, Alberta; home in Edmonton (bank teller). Twice tried to enlist, autumn 1939 but was deferred. Knew W.R. "Wop" May who gave him a reference. Enlisted in Edmonton, 10 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 June 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 27 August 1940), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 20 October 1940. Commissioned 1 December 1940; Flying Officer, 1 December 1941; Flight Lieutenant, 18 March 1942; Squadron Leader, 13 February 1943; Wing Commander, 8 July 1943. Posted overseas, December 1941; No.81 Squadron (18 August 1941 to 13 February 1943 including service in Russia and North Africa); See Mark Sheppard, "To Russia With Love", Aeroplane Monthly, March and April 1997). No.243 Squadron (13 February to 1 June 1943). On staff of RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 23 June to 8 July 1943; No.127 Airfield (8-14 July 1943) and No.126 Airfield (14 July to 26 August 1943). Returned to Canada on leave, September 1943; arrived back in UK, 29 November 1943. Attended RAF Staff College, 6 December 1943 to 2 March 1944. To No.144 Wing, 3 March 1944 as Wing Commander (Flying). Award presented 7 March 1944. Killed in flying accident, 25 April 1944 (Auster NK116; unauthorized low flying; Sergeant R.F. Teale of RAF also killed); buried in United Kingdom. See H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky. Aerial victories as follows: 12 September 1941, one Bf.109 destroyed (Russia); 27 September 1941, one Ju.88 probably destroyed (Russia); 2 June 1942, one FW.190 destroyed; 9 November 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed during "Torch"; 25 November 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged; 28 November 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed and one Bf.109 damaged; 6 December 1942, one Re.2001 destroyed (shared), one Re.2001 damaged and one FW.190 damaged; 1 January 1943, one FW.190 destroyed plus one FW.190 probably destroyed; 7 April 1943, one Ju.87 destroyed; 10 April 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed; 11 April 1943, one Ju.87 destroyed; 18 April 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed. Photos PL-7189 (reading letter); PL-14182 (studio portrait); PL-21281 (with propeller blade marking his victories); PL-26918 (with G.U. Hill after investiture).

 

This officer is a determined and skilful pilot. He has at all times shown a keen desire to engage the enemy. While serving in Russia since March 1942, Flight Lieutenant Walker has led his flight continuously in all its operations.

 

WALKER, S/L James Elmslie (J3199) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.243 Squadron - Award effective 19 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 March 1943 and AFRO 747/43 dated 30 April 1943.

 

In operations in North Africa, Squadron Leader Walker has destroyed four enemy aircraft. By his great skill, fine leadership and untiring efforts this officer has won praise.

 

WALKER, S/L James Elmslie (J3199) - Second Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.243 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.

 

Squadron Leader Walker assumed command of this squadron at a difficult period and, by his fine leadership and excellent example, was responsible for bringing it to its present very high standard of efficiency. He has been largely instrumental for the many successes achieved by the squadron and has himself destroyed at least four enemy aircraft and damaged others.

 

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WALKER, F/O John David (J85876) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Sussex, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton, 11 April 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.23 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943). Award sent by registered mail 20 April 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 7 November 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (154 hours 55 minutes), 12 July to 29 October 1944.

 

* denotes bombs brought back on orders of Master Bomber

 

12 Jul 44 Revigny 8 Sept 44 Le Havrenlisted

18 Jul 44 Caen 10 Sep 44 Le Havre

21 Jul 44 Courtrai 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt

25 Jul 44 Wanne Eickel 15 Sep 44 Kiel

28 Jul 44 Stuttgart 16 Sep 44 Steenwijk

31 Jul 44 Joigny la Roche 20 Sep 44 Calais

3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez

4 Aug 44 Pauillac 26 Sep 44 Karlsruhe

7 Aug 44 Fontenay le Marmion* 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

10 Aug 44 Dijon 15 Oct 44 Duisburg

15 Aug 44 Volkel 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

29 Aug 44 Stettin 23 Oct 44 Essen

31 Aug 44 Abbeville 25 Oct 44 Essen

3 Sept 44 Gilze Rijen 28 Oct 44 Cologne

5 Sept 44 Le Havre 29 Oct 44 Domburg

6 Sept 44 Le Havre *

 

Flying Officer Walker, a Canadian, has completed a very fine operational tour with this squadron, having carried out 31 successful sorties, many of which have been against strongly defended targets in Germany.

 

Flying Officer Walker's unconquerable cheerfulness and determination have been a source of inspiration not only to his crew but to the whole squadron, and the magnificent results obtained have been to a great extent due to his outstanding leadership and example.

 

One day whilst making an attack on a German target in Holland, one engine of Flying Officer Walker's aircraft failed completely only ten minutes after he had set course. Undaunted, this officer flew on, and despite intense and aggressive opposition he completed the mission successfully and brought his aircraft safely back to base.

 

The courage and exceptional fighting qualities displayed by this officer are worthy of the highest praise and well merit an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

NOTE: The Station Commander's comments, dated 16 June 1944, elaborate to some degree on the recommendation:

 

By accurately navigating his aircraft deep into enemy territory on many occasions, Flying Officer Walker has contributed largely towards the success of his crew on bombing operations. On most of these attacks the enemy defences were formidable but this did not deter him in the slightest and he continued making his calculations calmly and accurately. For his excellent work he is strongly recommended for the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WALKER, F/O John Ernest (J38247) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 6 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 February 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 2 October 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 26 November 1943). Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 12 April 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (214 hours), 15 December 1944 to 14 April 1945.

 

6 Dec 44 Merseburg 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 7 Mar 45 Dessau

17 Dec 44 Ulm 8 Mar 45 Kassel

22 Dec 44 Coblenz 11 Mar 45 Essen

28 Dec 44 Munchen-Gladbach 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

29 Dec 44 Scholven-Buer 15 Mar 45 Misburg

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

14 Jan 45 Merseberg 18 Mar 45 Hanau

16 Jan 45 Zeitz Troglitz 21 Mar 45 Bremen

1 Feb 45 Mannheim 22 Mar 45 Hildesheim

2 Feb 45 Wiesbaden 25 Mar 45 Hanover

8 Feb 45 Politz 27 Mar 45 Paderborne

13 Feb 45 Dresden 1 Apr 45 Hamburg

20 Feb 45 Dortmund 3 Apr 45 Nordhausen

21 Feb 45 Duisburg 14 Apr 45 Potsdam

 

As Air Bomber this Canadian has taken part in thirty sorties against the enemy. Throughout his tour of operations he has shown a complete disregard for his personal safety and a contempt for even the heaviest opposition. He has spared no effort to ensure the accuracy of his bombing despite the most trying circumstances.

 

He has readily given other Bomb Aimers the benefit of his experience and newcomers to the squadron have found in him a source of inspiration to achieve the same high standard of proficiency.

 

For his great skill, unfailing determination and courage he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WALKER, F/L John Richard (J85374) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Akron, Ohio (but described as Canadian, not American); enlisted Hamilton, 16 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942). Award presented by King George, 13 July 1945.

 

This officer has completed many successful sorties against targets in occupied territory and Germany. In April 1944 he was detailed for an attack on Noisy Le Sec. After he had successfully bombed the target, his starboard wing was struck by a falling bomb which partially jammed the aileron controls and damaged both the starboard engines. By skilful airmanship, under most trying conditions, Flight Lieutenant Walker succeeded in flying his badly damaged aircraft to this country. His admirable coolness and devotion to duty were largely responsible for the safe return of the aircraft and crew.

 

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WALKER, Wing/Officer Kathleen Oonah (V30001) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born 21 December 1902 in England as Kathleen Walsh; came to Canada as a child and educated at Sacred Heart Convent, Montreal. Married Group Captain C.C. Walker who died early in 1941. She was active in community service and Red Cross work. Enlisted in Ottawa 28 June 1941, although commission dated 2 July 1941. In UK, 1943-46. Demobilized, 5 August 1946. Award presented 8 April 1948. Returned to Red Cross work in Ottawa after the war. Interesting biography in DHist files.

 

This officer is the first and original member of the Women's Division. She served with distinction as Senior Officer of the Division during its formative stage when she bore the brunt of solving the many problems of a new Service. The past two and a half years she has been Senior Women's Division Staff Officer Overseas. Throughout her service she has advised and guided the organization and growth of the Division with untiring zeal and with the welfare of the women and the service generally as her sole aim. Her continued and unselfish devotion to duty far beyond the normal requirements of office has been an example to all. Much of the high morale and efficiency of the Women's Division can be attributed to the example and untiring efforts of this officer. Her service has been outstanding.

 

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WALKER, F/L Ray Tyler (J11051) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.146 Squadron - Award effective 25 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 2 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. American in the RCAF; home in Lawson, Oklahoma; enlisted Windsor, Ontario, 31 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1942). Award presented 22 May 1949.

 

This officer has commanded and led his squadron on many successful missions. He has proved himself to be a courageous and capable pilot, whose fine fighting spirit has set an inspiring example to all who have served with him.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9132 has recommendation dated 10 April 1945 when he had flown 314 hours 45 minutes. Home given as Rosedale, Oklahoma. Text much more detailed; his Commanding Officer wrote:

 

This officer has now completed a total of 315=4.45 operational hours in 130 sorties. Since joining No.146 Squadron in October 1944, he has shown keenness, initiative and determination. He is an excellent Flight Commander and a tower of strength in the squadron. As a pilot he is first class.

 

He has been particularly successful in inspiring less experienced pilots with his own enthusiasm, and their faith in his judgment and leadership is the highest tribute that can be paid to his work. In recognition of his operational ability, he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

The RAF officer commanding No.910 Wing added (28 April 1945):

 

Flight Lieutenant Walker is well described as an inspiring leader and a tower of strength to his squadron. He has commanded and led the squadron brilliantly on many occasions and many of the squadron successes in operations have been due to Walker.

 

He is an American serving in the RCAF and is now due for transfer to the USAAF; otherwise he would make an excellent RAF squadron commander. His drive and enthusiasm to fight the enemy and a legend in the Wing and the recognition of his fine service in operations by the award of a Distinguished Flying Cross is strongly recommended.

 

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WALKER, F/O Ronald (J23478) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Home in Leaside, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 4 March 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Award sent by registered mail 17 December 1948. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 16 June 1944 when he had flown 22 2/3 sorties (127 hours 40 minutes), 15 March 1944 to 16 June 1944. It is not clear which sorties were counted as partial trips.

 

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 10 May 44 Mardyk

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 11 May 44 GARDENING

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 12 May 44 GARDENING

24 Mar 44 Berlin 19 May 44 Orleans

9 Apr 44 GARDENING 21 May 44 Duisburg

10 Apr 44 Aulnoye 22 May 44 Dortmund

18 Apr 44 Rouen 24 May 44 Aachen

20 Apr 44 Cologne 27 May 44 Aachen

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 9 June 44 Flers

23 Apr 44 GARDENING 12 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen

3 May 44 Mailly le Camp 14 Jun 44 Le Havre

6 May 44 Aubigne Ragan 16 Jun 44 Sterkrade

 

Flying Officer Walker, a Canadian, was posted to No.103 Squadron on 5th February 1944, since when he has completed 22 2/3 sorties totalling 127.40 hours.

 

Throughout this time Flying Officer Walker has shown outstanding ability as a Navigator. This, combined with his determination and enthusiasm for his work, has contributed in large measure to the success of many difficult sorties.

 

This officer has been a fine example to the rest of his crew, and to the whole squadron.

 

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WALKER, S/L Roy Henry (J9425) - Mention in Despatches - No.441 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Stamford Centre, Ontario (Niagara Falls); enlisted in Hamilton, 10 April 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Very experienced, with No.416 Squadron he had destroyed a FW.190 (13 May 1943) and damaged a Bf.109 (27 July 1943). Commanded No.441 Squadron, 26 August 1944 to 7 August 1945. Shared in destruction of a Bf.109 (18 September 1944) and damaged two Bf.109s (25 September 1944). See The RCAF Overseas: The First Four Years, pp.91 and 108 and The RCAF Overseas: The Sixth Year, pp.191-92 and 273.

 

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WALKER, F/L Stewart John (J12623) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Home in Newmarket, Ontario; enlisted North Bay, 10 July 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 8 June 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 6 July 1942). Award sent by registered mail 21 December 1950. Died at Bobcaygeon, Ontario, 11 January 2000. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 28 December 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (124 hours 45 minutes), 28 June to 12 October 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Walker has completed twenty-six successful operational sorties. Many of these have been accomplished in the face of heavy opposition. As Wireless Operator he has displayed great courage and skill and has at all times co-operated in the highest possible degree with the other members of his crew.

 

For his splendid record, loyalty and devotion to duty, this officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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WALKER, F/O Thomas Clare (J22474) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 October 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 9 April 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942). Award sent by registered mail 12 November 1948.

 

Flying Officer Walker has at all times proved himself a cool and conscientious navigator. On one occasion while returning from a flight to Nuremburg he was forced to abandon his aircraft and come down on the sea. Despite this, he continued his operational tour without interruption. On many sorties his ability and coolness have contributed much to the success attained.

 

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WALKER, S/L Thomas Rennie (C1869) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 12 April 1940.

 

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WALKER, Wg/O Wilhelmina (V20005) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Personnel Services, Womens' Division, AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 3 April 1913 at Montreal, serving in RCAF 21 October 1941 to 8 June 1944. Award presented 22 April 1944.

 

This officer was one of the first to enrol in the Women's Division upon its inception. During her service career she has successfully served as Command Staff Officer, Commanding Officer of the Women's Division Manning Depot and latterly as Senior Staff Officer of the Women's Division. In each of these positions her contribution to the war effort has been to the limit of her ability and she has displayed tact, co-operation and foresight. Her present position requires enumerable contacts with Service and civilian personnel and these she has handled in an admirable manner. The example which she has set to the Women's Division officer personnel in general has been of the highest order and her arduous duties have been discharged with outstanding efficiency and devotion to duty.

 

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WALKER, F/L William Evan (J8757) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.114 Squadron - Award effective 2 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 9 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Home in Blubber Bay, British Columbia; enlisted Vancouver, 6 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 June 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941). Award presented 27 November 1948.

 

Flight Lieutenant Walker has maintained a high standard of operational flying during his tour of duty. He has completed a large number of sorties, the majority of them by night in all types of weather in Africa, Sicily, Italy and Yugoslavia. On one occasion in March 1944 he completed an operation in the course of which two convoys of mechanized transport were effectively bombed and a main road blocked. An enemy beacon was also put out of action. Valuable information was secured on this sortie which is typical of many others completed by this officer. He has invariably displayed outstanding courage and determination.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9629 has the original recommendation dated 19 March 1944. He had flown 730 hours (175 in previous six months) including 195 operational hours (63 sorties):

 

Flight Lieutenant Walker has maintained a consistently high standard of operational flying and leadership during his tour on light bombers which is nearing completion. Of his present total of 63 sorties, all but seven have been at night, in all weathers and covering army movements in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Yugoslavia. On the night of 14th March he carried out an operation which, though one of many similar trips, serves to illustrate the courage and determination which marks this officer's leadership as outstanding.

 

Flight Lieutenant Walker's crew was briefed for an armed reconnaissance of the roads in the area Rome-Civitavecchia-San-Stefano-Torquinia-Vetralla-Rome. On reaching the area of Tarquinia they observed a convoy of over 20 motor transport moving through the town on which they dropped two 500-pound bombs from 3,500 feet, causing one large green explosion followed by smaller explosions and a fire, also effectively blocking the main road. They then went on to Tuscania where a convoy of 30 motor transport was moving south outside the town ; a bombing run at 3,000 fet with sixteen 40-pound bombs caused one truck to blow up and damaged others while all movement was held up. Not satisfied with this, Flight Lieutenant Walker came down and machine-gunned the convoy with armour-piercing and incendiary bullets from below 1,000 feet. On going on, a white beacon flashing "V" was sighted near Torricella which was put out of action by a machine gun attack. Having no further bombs or ammunition, Flight Lieutenant Walker then brought his crew back to base, being able to give valuable information of enemy transport movement and having inflicted casualties and caused the enemy much delay in his supplies.

 

The Group Captain commanding his wing concurred, writing on 24 March 1944:

 

Flight Lieutenant Walker has done an excellent job during his tour of operations, frequently flying on to complete his mission under the very adverse weather conditions which prevail in this theatre during the winter. The above award is recommended.

 

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WALKER, F/L William Loyed [?] Earl (J10793) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Regina; enlisted there 22 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1942). Award presented 6 September 1947. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (126 hours), 22 June to 6 November 1944.

 

22 Jun 44 Laon (4.58) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE (4.05)

24 Jun 44 Noyelle en Chaussee (3.39) 8 Aug 44 Chapelle Notre Dame (3.30)

25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (3.45) 11 Aug 44 Somain (3.40)

27 Jun 44 Mont Candon (3.47) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE (4.25)

28 Jun 44 Blainville (6.45) 15 Aug 44 Eindhoven (3.40)

1 July 44 St.Martin (3.34) 27 Aug 44 Homberg (4.35)

4 July 44 Domleger (4.01) 11 Sep 44 Nordstern (4.40)

7 July 44 Caen (3.39) 12 Sep 44 Munster (4.20)

12 Jul 44 Hauts Boissons (3.25) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.30)

23 Jul 44 Hauts Boissons (3.55) 15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.10)

25 Jul 44 Wann Eickel (5.00) 28 Oct 44 Walcheren (3.10)

28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.35) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.00)

1 Aug 44 Noyelle en Chaussee 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.50)

(4.00), DNCO 4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.40)

2 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (2.40) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.15)

5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.55)

 

As captain of aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Walker is nearing the completion of his first operational tour. He has displayed most outstanding leadership, pressing home his attacks with marked determination and thereby securing a good photographic record of his work. For a most successful series of operations he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

NOTE: In the section "Remarks by Station Commander", the following has been noted on 20 November 1944:

 

Since the above recommendation was written a report of an incident has been received illustrating the courage and initiative of this most able captain.

 

On 6th November, Flight Lieutenant Walker observed another Halifax with one engine feathered, being engaged by predicted flak. He positioned himself in front of the other aircraft, discharging large quantities of "Window" in an endeavour to protect the disabled Halifax. He kept company with it until the aircraft had exchanged Aldis lamp signals indicating that it was out of difficulty.

 

Flight Lieutenant Walker has shown a high sense of duty at all times and his cheerfulness and determination have inspired all with whom he comes in contact.

 

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WALKER, F/L William Merle (J21276) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 15 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Stamford Centre, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 16 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.21 EFTS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.

 

This officer has taken part in thirty-two sorties against enemy targets and has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and determination throughout. On one occasion in February 1945, whilst over Essen, his aircraft sustained extensive damage. The propeller of one of the engines was pierced. Both wings were holed. The hydraulic system was put out of action and the tail unit was damaged. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Walker flew the aircraft to base. On two subsequent occasions this officer's aircraft has sustained damage whilst over his target but each time Flight Lieutenant Walker has executed his attack and afterwards flown back to base. He is a fine captain whose example has greatly inspired his crew.

 

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WALL, F/L Percy Carleton (C15946) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Ottawa; enlisted London, England, 16 October 1942. Formerly in Postal Corps; had been overseas since April 1942.

 

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WALLACE, F/L Alexander Cameron (J11946) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Woodstock, Ontario; enlisted London, 23 July 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 December 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 25 May 1942). Award sent by registered mail 6 May 1949. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office has recommendation dated 18 December 1944 when he had flown 89 sorties (275 operational hours).

 

* denotes daylight sortie

# denotes marker sortie

 

4 Apr 43 Kiel 8 July 44 Scholven

10 Apr 43 Frankfurt 14 July 44 Les Handes Vielle

14 Apr 43 Stuttgart et Neuves #

16 Apr 43 Mannheim 16 July 44 St.Philibert Ferme *

20 Apr 43 Rostock 19 July 44 Thwerny *#

4 May 43 Dortmund 20 July 44 Homberg #

12 May 43 Duisburg 25 July 44 St.Cyr #

13 May 43 Bochum 28 July 44 Foret de Nieppe *

11 June 43 Dusseldorf 31 July 44 Foret de Nieppe #

13 June 43 GARDENING, 1 Aug 44 Anderbelck *#

Gironde 2 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe

19 June 43 Le Creusot 3 Aug 44 L'isle Adam *#

21 June 43 Krefeld 5 Aug 44 Navelle en Chausse *

22 June 43 Maulheim 8 Aug 44 Bellecroix *#

24 June 43 Wuppertal 18 Aug 44 L'isle Adam *#

25 June 43 Gelsenkirchen 23 Aug 44 Castrop Rauxel

28 June 43 Cologne 25 Aug 44 Brest #

3 July 43 Cologne 27 Aug 44 Homberg #

28 Aug 44 Leverkusen

* * * * * 31 Aug 44 Lumbres *#

5 Sept 44 Le Havre *#

11 Apr 44 St.Trond 9 Sept 44 Le Havre *#

13 Apr 44 Duren 10 Sept 44 Le Havre *#

24 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 11 Sept 44 Le Havre *#

30 Apr 44 Duren 14 Sept 44 Wassenaer *#

1 May 44 Chambly # 17 Sept 44 Boulogne *#

2 May 44 Leverkusen 17 Sept 44 Westkapelle *#

7 May 44 St.Valery # 18 Sept 44 Rhine

9 May 44 Berbebal # 20 Sept 44 Calais *#

10 May 44 Ghent # 25 Sept 44 Calais *#

14 May 44 Courtrai 26 Sept 44 Calais *#

26 May 44 Lison 5 Oct 44 Frankfurt *#

27 May 44 Le Clipon # 6 Oct 44 Dortmund #

29 May 44 Xanten 11 Oct 44 Fort Fredrick #

2 June 44 Laval 14 Oct 44 Duisburg #

4 June 44 Sangatte # 14 Oct 44 Duisburg #

5 June 44 St.Pierre du Mont # 23 Oct 44 Essen #

6 June 44 Vire # 28 Oct 44 Walcheren #

7 June 44 Versailles # 29 Oct 44 Walcheren #

12 June 44 Arras # 30 Oct 44 Cologne #

14 June 44 Douai # 31 Oct 44 Cologne #

16 June 44 Renescure # 2 Nov 44 Hallendorf

22 June 44 Swacourt *# 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen #

24 June 44 Flers # 18 Nov 44 Munster #

27 June 44 Foret d'Eawy 30 Nov 44 Duisburg

6 July 44 Coquereaux *# 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe #

7 July 44 Vaires # 6 Dec 44 Osnabruck

 

This navigator will shortly finish his tour with this squadron, having now done 90 trips with Bomber Command of which 72 were with us; 53 of these have been marking trips.

 

Flight Lieutenant Wallace has consistently shown a high degree of reliability, the result of keenness to operate and sound knowledge of our equipment. Apart from his keen desire to fly and fight he has unstintingly given of his time in planning operations. He is a willing worker and a splendid member of aircrew.

 

To this the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Little Staughton, adds on 22 December 1944:

 

This officer has shown outstanding skill in the manipulation of the special equipment with which his aircraft is fitted. He has at all times shown very much above average ability as a Navigator, and is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WALLACE, F/O Bruce Carling (J35878) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Mimico, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 20 April 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943), No.20 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). Award sent by registered mail 21 December 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2818 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 22 March 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (166 hours 50 minutes) from 7 August 1944 to 5 January 1945.

 

Flying Officer Wallace has completed a tour of operations as a pilot against the enemy on four engined bombers. He has had many sorties deep into enemy territory and flown over such heavily defended targets as Hanover, Duisburg, Darmstadt, Kiel and Dusseldorf in a most exemplary manner. He has at all times pressed home his attacks, regardless of what the enemy had to offer, and returned with many fine photographs of enemy targets.

 

This officer's fine operational record and his long, outstanding service to the squadron are worthy of the highest praise...

 

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WALLACE, F/O Gordon Decker (J19363) - Mention in Despatches - No.280 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Simcoe, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 28 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 January 1942), No.3 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942).

 

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WALLACE, WO2 (now F/O) John Maurice (R76133/J14453) - Mention in Despatches - No.115 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 13 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 21 August 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Born in Halifax, 11 November 1920; home there; enlisted there 25 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). With No.115 (F) Squadron, August 1941 to October 1943. Incident occurred 21 September 1942 taking off from Annette Island; Bolingbroke 9118 with crew of three others, had port engine fail on take off. Increased boost to starboard engine but was still losing height and power. Jettisoned bombs, mushed into trees, burned. Wallace and two others seriously injured. Posted overseas, March 1944; repatriated May 1945; released October 1945. Obtained B.Sc. from Dalhousie University and rejoined RCAF in October 1948, serving with No.103 (Search and Rescue) Flight, Greenwood.

 

When an aircraft piloted by Warrant Officer Wallace took off on a routine flight fully loaded with gasoline, depth charges and bombs, the port engine failed as the aircraft became airborne, despite which the pilot managed to clear the runway and jettison his bombs from a low altitude onto soft ground to lighten the load and minimize the impending danger. The aircraft soon after crashed and burst into flames. Although pinned under burning wreckage and in extreme danger he refused assistance until all his crew members had been removed to safety and then he himself was rescued. The unselfishness and total disregard for his own safety in the interests of his fellow crew members, together with his flying skill in the face of imminent danger was an inspiration and courageous example for all ranks.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2699 (National Archives RG.24 Volume 20631) has recommendation by S/L R.A. Ashman dated 26 October 1942 for an Air Force Cross. This type of award was supported up to and including the level of Western Air Command Headquarters. In addition, Charles Rex Marchant, Jack Reniss Bassett and Lorne H. Sassen (U.S. citizens, employed by Civil Aeronautics Administration, Annette Island, Alaska) were recommended for the George Medal. The original recommendation for Wallace was as follows:

 

On the morning of September 21st, 1942, a Bolingbroke aircraft piloted by Sergeant-Major Wallace took off on a routine flight fully loaded with gasoline, depth charges and bombs. Just as the aircraft became airborne, the port engine failed, despite which the pilot managed to maintain flight until the runway had been cleared. He then jettisoned his bombs from a low altitude on to soft ground in an effort to lighten the load and minimize the danger. However, the aircraft lost altitude and crashed about half a mile further on, bursting into flames immediately following impact. Although pinned under a piece of burning wreckage and in extreme danger from flames, exploding flares and ammunition, Sergeant-Major Wallace refused assistance from three Civil Aeronautics Administration employees who arrived at the scene, and directed rescue efforts to the other members of the crew. Only when these had been removed to safety was he himself rescued. Ten or fifteen minutes later the aircraft was completely demolished by explosions. The unselfishness and total disregard for his own safety in the interests of his fellow crew members, together with his flying skill in the face of imminent danger was an inspiration and courageous example for all ranks.

 

WALLACE, F/L John Maurice (J14453) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 4 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Award presented in Halifax, 27 July 1949.

 

This officer is a most efficient and resolute captain. He has participated in many sorties and throughout has set a fine example of devotion to duty. On one occasion in January 1945 Flight Lieutenant Wallace piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Grevenbroitch. On the outward flight one of his engines failed. In spite of this Flight Lieutenant Wallace continued to the target and executed a good attack within a few minutes of the planned time of arrival. This officer displayed exceptional skill and his determination was in keeping with that which he has shown on all occasions.

WALLACE, F/L John Maurice, DFC (J14453) - Air Medal (United States) - Alaska Defence Command - Awarded as per AFRO 819/46 dated 23 August 1946. Note: on 21 September 1942 while flying Bolingbroke 9118, No.115 Squadron, Annette Island, he was seriously injured in crash at base when engines failed. Alaska Defense Command General Order No.1, dated 4 January 1943, gives the following in American terms:

 

John Maurice Wallace (Army Serial Number R-76133), Sergeant Major, pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force. For heroism and outstanding meritorious conduct while serving with the Air Force of the United States Army in Alaska on September 21, 1942. On this date Sergeant-Major Wallace was detailed to carry out a routine flight as pilot of a Canadian Bolingbroke loaded with 250 pound depth charges and 250 pound anti-submarine bombs. When barely off the ground the port engine cut out. Sergeant-Major Wallace held the aircraft in the air with the remaining engine that still functioned. When he had cleared the runway he jettisoned the bombs, but the plane could not maintain its altitude and crashed about half a mile from where the bombs were dropped. It immediately burst into flames pinning Sergeant-Major Wallace under the wreckage. Upon being rescued, Sergeant-Major Wallace insisted that they leave him and save the three members of his crew first. Eventually all were rescued. The extreme courage and coolness, in the face of probable death, reflects credit on Sergeant-Major Wallace and the Canadian Military Services.

 

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WALLACE, F/O John Stuart (J14790) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Niverville, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg. 25 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942). Award presented by King George 30 October 1945. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 22 July 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (177 hours 35 minutes), 26 July 1843 to 20 July 1944 (102 "points").

 

This officer has completed a total of thirty-five operations and is one of the outstanding navigators of the squadron. He has at all times displayed the highest degree of courage and his efficiency and devotion to duty have been an example to all ranks.

 

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WALLACE, F/O Kenneth Thomas (J27739) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.9 EFTS and No.1 SFTS. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9083 has recommendation dated 14 March 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (187 hours 25 minutes), 16 September 1944 to 12 March 1945.

 

16 Sep 44 Rheine Hopstein 12 Dec 44 Essen

20 Sep 44 Calais 28 Dec 44 Opladen

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 30 Dec 44 Osterfeld

7 Oct 44 Emmerich 31 Dec 44 Cologne

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven 7 Jan 45 Munich

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken

23 Oct 44 Essen 1 Feb 45 Mainz

25 Oct 44 Essen 3 Feb 45 Bottrop

30 Oct 44 Cologne 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz

31 Oct 44 Cologne 17 Feb 45 Wesel

4 Nov 44 Bochum 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

29 Nov 44 Essen 2 Mar 45 Cologne

30 Nov 44 Duisburg 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

3 Dec 44 Urft Dam 7 Mar 45 Dessau

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 8 Mar 45 Hamburg

5 Dec 44 Soest 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

 

Flying Office Wallace has completed 34 operational sorties, 22 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force.

 

This officer is a keen and reliable pilot. He has carried out his sorties in this squadron with great determination and zest. His good captaincy has achieved a fine crew spirit and resulted in good operational results. He has plenty of grit and presses home his attacks with great keenness.

 

Flying Officer Wallace has shown enthusiasm, loyalty and devotion to duty of a high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WALLACE, F/O Malcolm Stuart (J23796) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Simcoe, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 5 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941), and No.16 SFTS (graduated 27 November 1942 (NOTE: CHECK DATES; why a year between EFTS and SFTS ?). Photo PL-24228 shows the whole crew on their attack on a U-Boat: Back Row - WO2 F.J. Patterson; F.O A.P.V. Cheater, F/O P.C.E. Lafond, F/O M.S. Wallace, P/O J.A. Banks. Front Row - Sergent S.S. Archer, WO2 C.S. Carter.

 

This officer was second pilot of a VLR Liberator which recently carried out three well executed attacks against a strongly resisting enemy submarine under conditions of very poor visibility. Flying Officer Wallace contributed largely to the success of the attacks by carrying out his duties with coolness and efficiency. He has flown many hours on anti-submarine operations and has at all times displayed ability and devotion to duty of a high order.

 

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WALLACE, F/O Robert Ashley (J23316) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 9 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Home in Port Arthur, Ontario; enlisted Edmonton, 19 March 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 July 1942), No.2 or No.3 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943).

 

This officer has completed many anti-shipping sorties over the Bay of Biscay and off the Dutch and Norwegian coasts. In August 1944 his aircraft was one of a formation which participated in the attack on two enemy destroyers in the mouth of the Gironde which resulted in the destruction of the two enemy vessels. Flying Officer Wallace has always displayed outstanding skill, high courage and devotion to duty.

 

WALLACE, F/O Robert Ashley, DFC (J23316) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.404 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Award presented 9 July 1949. Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 

Between the 6th June and 24th August, 1944, Flying Officer Wallace participated in five anti-shipping strikes against units of the German navy along the coast of the Bay of Biscay. The targets included no less than five enemy destroyers, four mine sweepers, two armed trawlers, an 80,000 ton Sperrbrecher and an escort vessel. Of these enemy vessels, two of the destroyers and four of the minesweepers were known to have been sunk, and severe damage was caused to the remainder in missions in which Flying Officer Wallace participated. Flying Officer Wallace is a most determined and courageous pilot who has pressed home all his attacks in a most gallant manner and often in the face of the heaviest anti-aircraft opposition.

 

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WALLACE, F/O William James Lester (J29015) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 22 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted Galt, 31 January 1942. Trained at No.5 EFTS (graduated 20 February 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943). Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.

 

One night in March 1945, Flying Officer Wallace was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Nuremburg. When nearing the target the aircraft was attacked by a fighter. Much damage was sustained and the rear gunner was wounded. The starboard inner engine caught fire and had to be put out of action. The aircraft became difficult to control and some height was lost. Despite this, Flying Officer Wallace went on to make his bombing attack. When over the target the bomber was hit by fire from the ground defences whilst illuminated by searchlights. Nevertheless, Flying Officer Wallace completed his run. As he turned away from the target, two engines were put out of action. The aircraft was difficult to control. Undeterred, this resolute pilot set course for Allied territory. He reached an airfield in France where he effected a successful crash landing. In most harassing circumstances, Flying Officer Wallace displayed superb skill, great courage and coolness. His devotion to duty was outstanding.

 

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WALLER, F/L Stephen John William (J10012) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Chatham, New Brunswick; enlisted Quebec City, 10 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 June 1940), No.1 EFTS (ceased training 19 August 1940), No.10 AOS (graduated 10 November 1940), No.6 BGS (graduated 20 December 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 23 January 1942).

 

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WALLIS, F/O Sydney Robert (J38431) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born 26 April 1916 in Lethbridge; pre-war clerk; enlisted in Calgary, 11 August 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS, No.5 BGS, and No.1 ANS (graduated in June 1943). Posted overseas November 1943. Commissioned 11 November 1943; promoted to Flying Officer, 11 May 1944. Served in postwar RCAF. No citation, "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (194 hours), 6 October 1944 to 21 March 1945.

 

Flying Officer Wallis has completed an exceptionally valuable tour of operations in that, besides taking part in heavy attacks on heavily defended targets, he has been the key member of a very able mining crew. His outstanding ability and determination to remain in hazardous gardening areas until precise mining could be guaranteed has set a very high example, and has enhanced the record of the squadron as a whole.

 

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WALLIS, F/O William Herbert Cyril (J2761) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.13 SFTS - award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 10 November 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 January 1941), No.22 EFTS (graduated 14 March 1942), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 25 February 1944).

 

As a flying instructor for the past sixteen months at this unit, this officer's work has been consistent and highly exemplary. His devotion to duty has been an outstanding example to those under him.

 

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WALLNUTT, F/L Thomas (J23024) - Air Force Cross - Central Flying School - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945 - Enlisted at Vancouver, 10 October 1940 - Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduation date uncertain - 1941). He received his wings from Billy Bishop during filming of "Captains of the Clouds". A native of the Yukon. As of date of award he had flown 2,407 hour - 2,661 as instructor - 100 hours in previous six months. Award sent by registered mail 17 December 1948.

 

This officer, throughout a lengthy flying instructional career, has invariably displayed the utmost enthusiasm and resourcefulness. His cheerfulness and willingness to accept any task and follow it through to a successful conclusion have set a splendid example. His able leadership and great devotion to duty have long been praiseworthy contributions to the efficient standard of flying instruction at this unit.

 

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WALLS, F/O Gerald Moorhouse (J14570) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Home in Aneroid, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 1 October 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 25 September 1942). Award presented 9 July 1945. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2909 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation dated 24 March 1944 when he had flown 21 sorties (150 hours 15 minutes).

 

This officer, the navigator of the crew captained by Acting Flight Lieutenant C.W. Wolton, has since July 1943 made 21 operational sorties over enemy territory, including such targets as Berlin (4), Hamburg (3), Hanover (2), and several long distance targets including Nuremburg, Milan [and] Leipzig, calling for a high degree of navigational ability.

 

His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty have been a constant source of encouragement to his fellow navigators and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

Flying Officer Walls has at all times displayed exceptional fearlessness in the face of intensive opposition and has coolly carried out his work most efficiently...

 

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WALMSLEY, WO1 Jack (Can 2464) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base Servicing Echelon - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Born 17 September 1918. Home in Regina; enlisted Toronto, 13 June 1938. Posted overseas 19 February 1943; repatriated 18 June 1945; remained in postwar RCAF. Aero engine mechanic. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. Had been recommended for Canada Medal, 12 November 1943 and MiD, August 1944. DHist file 181.009 D.1722 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945, when he was Warrant Officer in charge, Base Main Servicing Section. He had then served seven years and two months in Canada, 23 months overseas.

 

Warrant Officer Walmsley as Warrant Officer in charge 62 Base Main Servicing Section has displayed exceptional all-round ability in his work. His leadership and devotion to duty have been of an extremely hugh order; his attention to detail has been meticulous.

 

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WALMSLEY, W/C John Locke (C2080) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Canadian Joint Staff, Washington - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Moncton, New Brunswick; enlisted in Toronto 1 July 1940.

 

This officer during the past three years has performed outstanding work in the interest of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the war effort. His personality and tact have contributed in no small measure to good feeling with the American services evinced by their co-operative attitude in matters with which this officer has had to deal. He commands the respect of all who have had contact with him and his services have been a decided asset to the service.

 

WALMSLEY, W/C John Locke, MBE (C2080) - Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - Award effective 19 March 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. (NOTE: had earlier been announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946; why republish it ?). Lieutenant-Colonel Jay P. Thomas, USAAF, Air Attache at American Embassy, wrote to AFHQ, 13 March 1946 with citation; presented 22 April 1946 by Major-General E.M. Powers.

 

Wing Commander John L. Walmsley performed outstanding service as Assistant Equipment Officer on the Canadian Joint Staff in Washington from May 1942 to September 1945 by procuring aircraft, engines and spare parts for the Royal Canadian Air Force. He determined requirements and developed his organization to facilitate operations. His efficiency and tact insured success for his mission and strengthened the bonds of friendship between Canada and the United States.

 

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WALMSLEY, S/L John Patrick (C15564) - Mention in Despatches - East Moor - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 6 May 1941. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 3 February 1945. Flying Control Officer; enlisted 29 April 1941; served ten months in Canada, 36 months overseas.

 

Squadron Leader Walmsley as Senior Flying Control Officer on this station has proven himself to be an exceedingly valuable member of the service. He has won the confidence and respect of all pilots by his coolness in the face of all emergencies and by his skilful judgement in handling swiftly large numbers of aircraft. He continually and tirelessly searches for new ideas to facilitate aircraft control and he has been personally responsible for many improvements in this direction.

 

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WALROD, FS Donald Alan (Can 4134) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Detachment, Suffield - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Medicine Hat, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 12 June 1939. Award presented 13 September 1947.

 

Flight Sergeant Walrod has always shown the utmost enthusiasm in his vigorous and whole-hearted devotion to duty. As Master Mechanic in charge of the supervision of aircraft crews and maintenance, he has been an inspiration to all men, definitely promoting harmony and good will. Through his untiring endeavours, the serviceability of aircraft has been maintained at an extremely high standard of efficiency, thus enabling projects of an experimental nature to be completed on schedule. His outstanding devotion to duty is worthy of the highest praise and commendation.

 

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WALSH, F/O Alexander Hamilton (J14098) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.4 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 15 September 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942), and No.16 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942).

 

This officer, as pilot instructor (armament), has administered the conversion flight efficiently and introduced an excellent training programme for the conversion of staff pilots. He has shown himself to be a keen and efficient officer at all times.

 

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WALSH, WO Clifford Arthur (R107273) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Trained at No.5 BGS and No.2 WS.

 

Warrant Officer Walsh has completed many successful operations against the enemy in which he has displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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WALSH, F/L Edward Henry Michael (J5088) - Mention in Despatches - No.413 Squadron (AFRO says only "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Quebec City; enlisted there 22 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1940), No.1 AOS (graduated 1 February 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 15 March 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 25 April 1941). Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Wing Commander, RCAF Staff College). No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.1751 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 12 November 1943 when he had flown 1,044 hours 15 minutes on operations:

 

This officer has completed over 1,000 operational hours on flying boats. He is a brilliant navigator and is senior navigator on the squadron. He has acted as navigator on the most difficult sorties.

 

On a recent night flight of over 1,000 miles, continuous rain was encountered over the entire route, and only two astro plots could be obtained. Flight Lieutenant Walsh reached his objective, a very small island in the Eastern Indian Ocean, at dawn, within thirteen minutes of E.T.A.

 

He is an excellent instructor and his high standard has furnished an excellent example for junior navigators in the squadron.

 

WALSH, S/L Edward Henry Michael (J5088) - Medal of Merit, First Class (Czechoslovakia) - No.9 (T) Group HQ - November 2nd, 1946.

 

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WALSH, A/V/M George Victor, MBE (C41) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - Air Member Canadian Joint Staff - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Liverpool, England, 24 May 1893. Educated there and Loyola College (Montreal). Secretary to General Superintendent of CPR, 1911-1914 until he joined Canadian Expeditionary Force (twice wounded), later serving in Royal Flying Corps. Joined RCAF at Camp Borden, 1 April 1924. A writer of some merit; one of those who wrote a revue, "Aces High" presented in Montreal in May 1922. Managed concert parties at Camp Borden. AOC in Britain early in war; largely responsible for new RCAF ensign, unveiled overseas in early 1940 by Air Marshal Bishop; brought back to Canada; assigned to Washington in September 1941. Retired 5 October 1946. Died in England, 4 June 1960. Award presented 21 November 1944.

 

Air Vice-Marshal Walsh has rendered untiring and devoted service to the Royal Canadian Air Force. Since the commencement of hostilities he has served successively as Air Officer Commanding, Overseas Headquarters and Air Member, Canadian Joint Staff, Washington. This officer's display of energy, leadership and integrity, combined with a pleasing personality, is an inspiration to all those with whom he comes in contact. His knowledge and experience, combined with his good judgement, has been of an inestimable value to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

WALSH, A/V/M George Victor, CBE (C41) - Commander, Legion of Merit (United States) - Award effective 15 March 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. NOTE: This was originally announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946, reference Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946. AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946 cancels and re-instates. Presented by American Ambassador, 29 March 1946 at Embassy Residence.

 

Air Vice Marshal George Victor Walsh, CBE, Royal Canadian Air Force, performed outstanding services in Washington from December 1941 to August 1945. As Air Attache and later as Air Member of the Canadian Joint Staff he was responsible for developing and supervising Royal Canadian Air Force supply procedures for the joint war effort. His skilful co-operation strengthened the bonds of friendship between the United States and Canada.

 

WALSH, A/V/M George Victor, CBE (C41) - Companion, Order of the Bath - AFHQ - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Joined RCAF at Camp Borden, 1 April 1924. Awarded CBE, 8 June 1944. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 60, file 190-I) has citation.

 

Air Vice-Marshal Walsh has rendered outstanding and devoted service to the Royal Canadian Air Force over a long period. Having served with distinction as Air Officer Commanding the Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas and later as Air Officer Commanding, No.3 Training Command, during the early development of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, he was appointed in 1942 as Air Member of the Canadian Joint Staff in Washington. In this capacity, he contributed greatly to the establishment of good-will and mutual understanding between the United States and Canadian Armed Services. Through his sincerity, diligence and tact, he enjoyed the confidence of those responsible for the exchange of information and procurement of equipment for the Royal Canadian Air Force. These efforts contributed in a large measure to the success of the Air Training Plan in Canada and the efficiency of anti U-Boat operations off the Canadian coast. At the end of hostilities, he returned to Canada where his extensive experience and sound judgement have continued to be of valuable assistance in the re-organization of Air Force establishments and the selection of senior personnel for the post-war Air Force.

 

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WALSH, F/O Peter Thomas (J88998) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.192 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 27 March 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Award presented at Government House, 7 November 1949.

 

Throughout his tour of operational duty this officer has shown high courage and keen determination. His fine fighting spirit and enthusiasm to operate against the enemy have been most praiseworthy. When returning from an attack against Brunswick in August 1944, his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire. It was then illuminated by searchlights and attacked by enemy fighters. The rear gunner was wounded, the rear turret wan rendered unserviceable and the port main plane petrol tanks and undercarriage were damaged. Despite the resultant difficulties further attacks were frustrated. Although Flying Officer Walsh was slightly wounded he flew his aircraft back safely and accomplished a masterly landing.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 18 October 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (148 hours 15 minutes), 2 December 1943 to 14 October 1944. The text differs in no substantaal way from the above; the sortie list is follows; apart from the Nickling (leaflet dropping) sortie on 2 December 1943, all operations are described as "Special Duty" (the unit, as part of No.100 Group, would have been involved in radar jamming and other countermeasures:

 

* counted as half-sortie

 

2 Dec 43 Chartres, Nickling 10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.15)

(3.45)* 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.10)

9 Apr 44 Paris (4.50) 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (8.10)

21 Apr 44 Belgian, Dutch and 29 Aug 44 Heligoland Bay (3.00)

Danish coasts (6.00) 1 Sept 44 Lofoten Island (10.00)

27 Apr 44 Montzon (3.20) 2 Sept 44 Lofofen Island (9.30)

9 May 44 Paris (4.55) 15 Sept 44 East of Saarbrucken (4.40)

11 May 44 Louvain (2.20) 17 Sept 44 Dutch coast (8.10)

12 May 44 Hasselt (2.25) 22 Sept 44 Dutch coast (7.15)

18 May 44 North coast of France 23 Sept 44 Munster (4.00)

(5.15) 26 Sep 44 Karlsruhe (6.30)

21 May 44 Duisburg (3.10) 29 Sept 44 Dutch coast (7.15)

27 May 44 Aachen (3.55) 4 Oct 44 Oslo (7.25)

7 June 44 Paris (3.45) 9 Oct 44 Bochum (4.20)

17 July 44 Dutch coast (1.45) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.30)

6 Aug 44 Dutch coast (4.10)

8 Aug 44 Aire, Pas de Calais (2.30)

 

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WALTERS, FS Cyril Whitham (R100809) - 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. 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; home in Toronto; enlisted there 14 April 1941; served one year in Canada, 36 months overseas. Certificate sent, 8 October 1948.

 

In the past year, Flight Sergeant Walters has been NCO in charge the Radar Repair and Inspection Section at RCAF Middleton St.George and during that time has proved to be a most reliable NCO as well as capably thinking for himself when called upon to solve the many intricate problems arising from Radar servicing. His attitude towards his men has constantly commanded their respect, which has to a great extent provided the impetus in achieving the high state of serviceability during this time.

 

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WALTERS, LAC Ferdinand Joseph (R167971) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - 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, 18 July 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served eight months in Canada, 22 months overseas. NOTE: Check name; is its "Walter" or "Walters" (recommendation says "Walters").

 

This airman has been employed on periodical armament inspections of aircraft. He has constantly proven himself to be above average, conscientious and keen. He has worked under adverse and difficult conditions without complaint and has been responsible for the efficient completion of many tasks that were difficult in the extreme. Due to his energetic pursuance of his duties, he has earned the respect and confidence of all who work with him...

 

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WALTON, S/L Cyril Leonard (C7721) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 4 October 1942. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945 when he had served five months in Canada, 22 months overseas. Senior Intelligence Officer on station.

 

This officer has been employed as Senior Intelligence Officer on an important two-squadron operational station for the past nine months. During his tour of duty, and particularly prior to D Day and the subsequent months when the station was called upon for maximum efforts, this officer displayed splendid qualities of organization and by his personal example of untiring zeal far above the normal call of duty contributed in no small degree to the station's excellent record. He left no stone unturned to ensure that crews proceeding on operations were most adequately briefed and at all times were in possession of any additional information which would assist in identifying the target, and resulted in improved bombing accuracy. Throughout the whole period he maintained a most pleasing personality and was highly regarded by his staff.

 

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WALTON, S/L Kenneth Walter (C2104) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.7 BGS - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick; educated there including Saint John Vocational School. Took long Air Gunner's course at Camp Borden, 1935, graduating 27 June 1935; authorized to wear gunner's "Winged Bullet" badge. From June 1935 to November 1939 engaged on Air Gunner and Air Observer duties with Nos.2 and 3 (BR) Squadrons. Posted to No.11 (BR) Squadron, 16 November 1939. Posted to Armament Officers Course, Trenton, 22 March 1940. Commissioned in Trenton, June 1940. Award presented 2 December 1946.

 

This officer, in charge of a ground instructors school, has been unceasing in his efforts to improve the standard of training. His devotion to duty has been an inspiration to all ranks. On numerous occasions he has unhesitatingly assumed responsibilities over and above that of his regular duties, displaying great initiative and forethought in carrying out his work.

 

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WALTON, Sergeant William John (R123425) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 21 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 24 March 1944 and AFRO 921/44 dated 28 April 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 8 August 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943). Award presented 17 June 1945.

 

This airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin one night in February 1944. Before the target was reached the aircraft was attacked by a fighter and sustained damage. The inter-communication system was put out of action and the rear turret was rendered unserviceable. Although deprived of the use of oxygen and the means of heating, Sergeant Walton refused to vacate his turret. He suffered intensely on the homeward flight but maintained his vigilance and enabled his pilot to evade enemy aircraft on three occasions. This airman displayed great fortitude, determination and devotion to duty, setting a worthy example.

 

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WALWYN, P/O Charles John (J93876) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Home in Lipton, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Halifax, 12 November 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 July 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 14 January 1944). Award sent by registered mail to Craven, Saskatchewan, 17 June 1951.

 

This officer has completed many sorties as navigator. During an attack on Dortmund his aircraft was damaged by enemy fighters and anti-aircraft fire but Pilot Officer Walwyn skilfully navigated it back to base on three engines. He has at all times shown courage and determination of a high order and has been an inspiration to all.

 

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WALZ, F/L Donald Melvin (C12586) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.441 Squadron - Awarded as per AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Unit not given in AFRO which says only "Overseas". Home in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 24 April 1941. Served in No.127 Squadron in Canada, July 1942 to December 1943; proceeded overseas with that unit which became No.441 Squadron. Shot down a FW.190 on 25 April 1944, a Bf.109G on 16 June 1944, and a Bf.109 on 27 September 1944. Shot down by flak, 16 June 1944 but evaded capture and rejoined unit. Shot down again and taken prisoner, 24 February 1945.

 

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