WEATHERALL, FS Robert Lorne (R53903) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943. Home in Eastview (Vanier), Ontario; enlisted Ottawa 21 May 1940.  Trained at RCAF Station Rockcliffe.  Initially on Stranraers on east coast.  Proceeded overseas, September 1941 and flew in Manchester and Lancaster crews; on low level attacks on Danzig and Le Creusot.  Invested with award by King George VI, 18 May 1943 while instructing at an OTU.  Commissioned.  Killed in action, 19/20 May 1944 (Lancaster ND845 of No.7 Squadron); buried in France.  Flying Officer by then.  His brother, Sergeant Walter Weatherall (Royal Canadian Engineers) also reported killed in action during the war.

 

On all his operational sorties Flight Sergeant Weatherall has displayed a fine fighting spirit and determination to engage the enemy.  Twice his aircraft has been attacked by fighters at night.  On the first occasion three enemy fighters attacked but Flight Sergeant Weatherall replied with such [an] effective burst of fire that all three enemy aircraft broke away and did not resume the attack.  On the second occasion, when his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 110, he succeeded in driving it away.  Throughout, this airman has displayed exceptional skill and courage in the face of danger.

 

NOTE:  In news clipping dated 21 April 1943 he recalled the raid on Danzig:

 

Our ailerons were shot away over the target and the flak holed the tail plane, too...When the flak hit the tailplane I yelled through the intercom to Pegford, the rear gunner, "Peg, are you alright?" and in a little squeaky voice just like he was trying to make himself very small, and it had gone to his voice, he replies, "Yeah, I'm alright; yours is coming".  Next instant there was a big hole right behind my turret.  I never moved from the turret that trip..It lasted ten hours and 35 minutes and the longest trip I've been on.  I was alright the next day, not tired a bit, but for two days I couldn't keep awake.

 

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WEAVER, P/O Arthur Leroy (J86141) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 7 July 1941.  Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 28 February 1942) and No.1 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942).  Award presented 22 June 1949. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 11 July 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (228 hours), 18 November 1943 to 24 June 1944.  This included a crash landing and injuries on return from Berlin, 30 January 1944.

 


Pilot Officer Weaver has displayed an exceptionally high standard of efficiency and courage throughout his tour as wireless operator air gunner.  He has taken part in many sorties into France and Germany besides numerous minelaying operations.  On one occasion he was injured by anti-aircraft fire during an attack on Berlin but despite the pain he suffered, he continued his duties.  Pilot Officer Weaver has at all times been an extremely capable and keen wireless operator and very cool in emergencies.

 

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WEAVER, Sergeant Claude (R83374) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.185 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1941 and AFRO 1412/42 dated 4 September 1942.  American in the RCAF; born in Oklahoma City, 18 August 1922; home there.  Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 13 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 10 October 1941).  Arrived in UK, 14 November 1941.  Attended Advanced Flying Unit, Cranwell, 6 December 1941 to 5 January 1942; No.56 OTU, 10 February to 15 April 1942; No.412 Squadron, 15 April to 31 May 1942; posted to Middle East; No.185 Squadron, 29 June to 9 September 1942.  Shot down over Sicily and became a POW; escaped from POW camp and reported safe, 1 May 1943; arrived in UK, 18 October 1943.  Invested with award by King George VI, 30 November 1943. With No.403 Squadron, 27 October 1943 to 28 January 1944 (killed in action, Spitfire MA642).  Buried in France.  Credited with the following victories: 17 July 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (Spitfire BR292); 22 July 1942, two Bf.109s destroyed (Spitfire EP122); 23 July 1942, two Bf.109s destroyed (EP122); 24 July 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed (EP122, shared with another pilot); 2 August 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed (Spitfire EP139); 17 August 1942, two Bf.109s destroyed (Spitfire BR374); 25 August 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed (BR374); 27 August 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed plus one Ju.88 probably destroyed plus one Bf.109 destroyed (all on BR374); 9 September 1942, one MC.202 destroyed (Spitfire BR112 "X"); 30 December 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (Spitfire MH840); 21 January 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (Spitfire MH829).

 

This NCO has shown great zeal and initiative in combat.  He destroyed  a German fighter on his first flight over Malta on 17 July 1942.  On 22 July 1942 he destroyed two German fighters on one flight and repeated this performance on 23 July 1942.  On 24 July 1942 he shared in the destruction of a German bomber with another pilot of his squadron.  During his first week of air fighting over Malta this gallant young airman destroyed five and shared in the destruction of a sixth German bomber.  Though relatively inexperienced he has, by his dash and personal courage, been an inspiration to the other fighter pilots of his unit.

 

WEAVER, P/O Claude III, DFM (J18784) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944.  Award presented to next-of-kin, 5 May 1945.

 

Within recent months this officer has taken part in numerous low level attacks against a variety of targets, such as airfield and gun emplacements, and throughout has displayed great determination in air fighting.  He has destroyed a further seven enemy aircraft bringing his victories to twelve.  His successes are an excellent tribute to his great skill, courage and resolution.

 

WEAVER, P/O Claude III, DFC, DFM (J18784) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas (missing) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.   No citation in AFRO.

 

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WEAVER, W/C Edward Alfred (C725) - Air Force Cross - No.4 SFTS (since moved to No.2 Training Command) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Had flown 2,013 hours to date, 1,515 as instructor, 105 in previous six months.

 

This officer has achieved an excellent record both as a chief flying instructor and staff officer.  He has been employed chief on flying duties for the past four years and by his determination and excellent leadership has been an inspiration to those under him.  The credit for the high standard of fine training at this unit is largely due to his untiring efforts.

 

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WEAVER, F/L Geoffrey McBride (J21405) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Ithaca, New York (but described as British subject); enlisted Hamilton, 23 October 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.21 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942).  Certificate sent to Ithaca, 10 August 1945.

 

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WEAVER, FS Homer Delbert (R128227) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.  Home in Victoria; enlisted Saskatoon, 13 September 1941.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 25 May 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942).  Award presented 11 September 1946.  No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8782 has recommendation dated 15 December 1943 when he had flown 28 sorties (196 hours) as follows:

 

28 June 43     Cologne (4.40)                      31 Aug 43      Berlin (8.15)

3 July 43         Cologne (6.10)                      5 Sept 43       Mannheim (7.30)

9 July 43         Gelsenkirchen (6.50)            16 Sep 43      Mundane (8.40)

13 July 43       Aachen (5.20)                        22 Sep 43      Hanover (7.15)

15 July 43       Mt.Bilard (8.30)                     23 Sept 43     Mannheim (7.40)

24 July 43       Hamburg (6.40)                     27 Sept 43     Hanover (6.25)

25 July 43       Essen (5.20)                          29 Sept 43     Bochum (5.10)

27 July 43       Hamburg (5.40)                     3 Oct 43         Kassel (7.10)

9 Aug 43        Mannheim (7.00)                   4 Oct 43         Frankfurt (5.50)

10 Aug 43      Nuremburg (8.40)                  11 Nov 43      Cannes (8.40)

17 Aug 43      Peenemunde (7.10)              18 Nov 43      Mannheim (7.50)

22 Aug 43      Leberkusen (5.50)                19 Nov 43      Leberkusen (6.50)

23 Aug 43      Berlin (8.50)                           22 Nov 43      Berlin (7.20)

30 Aug 43      Munchen (5.20)                     3 Dec 43        Leipzig (8.45)

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has completed 28 sorties against the enemy, and flown a total of 196 operational hours as Air Gunner.  He has carried out attacks against many of the heaviest defended of targets, including Kassel, Aachen, Leberkusen, three to Berlin, four to Mannheim, and two to Hamburg.

 

Throughout his present tour, by his exceptional fearlessness and outstanding ability, he has set a truly remarkable to everyone who has come in contact with him. His fine record of achievement coupled with his cheerful confidence and gallantry of the highest possible order, has inspired the complete confidence of his captain, and very largely contributed to the successful completion of his many sorties.

 

He possesses a fine offensive spirit in the air, and has always carried out his duties in the air and on the ground with great thoroughness and enthusiasm.  It is considered that his commendable courage, skill and initiative and the cool determination with which he handles his guns, merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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WEAVER, F/L James Frederick (J86101) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted London, Ontario, 21 March 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 23 January 1943) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Award presented 29 May 1947.

 

Flight Lieutenant Weaver has proved himself to be an excellent pilot and captain of aircraft.  He has completed a number of operational missions against such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Essen and Cologne.  During an operation against Stuttgart his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88 which was shot down.  Although his aircraft was extensively damaged he successfully flew it back to base and executed a safe landing.  Flight Lieutenant Weaver has always set a sterling example of leadership, courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (164 hours 30 minutes) and has a more detailed text describing his tour; sortie list indicates he had F/O A.H. Granda in his crew.

 

24 May 44      Colline Beaumont                      20 Jul 44        Ardouval (3.45)

(3.25)                                           24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.30),

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (4.00)                                        Ju.88 shot down, a/c damaged.

31 May 44      Trappes (5.05), two                   25 Jul 44        Wanne Eickel (4.15)

combats with FW.190               28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.00)

2 June 44       Haringzelles (3.05)                                            early return,

4 June 44       Boulogne (3.55)                         2 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.30)

5 June 44       Maisy (5.15)                               5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.10)

6 June 44       St.Lo (5.00)                                7 Aug 44        Caen (4.30), ordered

8 June 44       Alencon (5.20)                                                    to abandon mission; on

11 Jun 44       Paris (4.40)                                                                three engines all the way

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade (4.50)                        8 Aug 44        Bellecroix (3.30)

19 Jun 44       Domleger (2.00),                       25 Aug 44      Wemars Cappel (3.50)

recalled                                       27 Aug 44      Homberg (4.10)

22 Jun 44       Laon (4.45)                                 1 Sept 44       Pourchinte (3.10)

1 July 44         St.Martin l'Hortier                       9 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.10)

(3.50)                                           11 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen (4.20)

4 July 44         Domleger (3.40)                        21 Oct 44       Hanover (1.50), recall

6 July 44         Marquise (3.15)                         23 Oct 44       Essen (5.25)

7 July 44         Caen (3.45)                                30 Oct 44       Cologne (5.50)

12 Jul 44        Les Hauts Buissons                  6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (4.55)

17 Jul 44        Bois de la Haie                          16 Nov 44      Julich (4.35)

(3.50)                                           29 Nov 44      Essen (5.40)

18 Jul 44        Vaires (4.30)                              30 Nov 44      Duisburg (5.40)

 

Flight Lieutenant Weaver, captain of aircraft, has completed an operational tour of 36 sorties comprising 164 hours flying, his objectives having included many targets in occupied territory, and a number of heavily defended targets in Germany such as Stuttgart, Wanne Eickel, Gelsenkirchen, Essen and Cologne.  Throughout his tour Flight Lieutenant Weaver has shown himself possessed of high qualities of captaincy and airmanship, setting a fine example to his crew.

 

On his third sortie as captain, his aircraft was attacked by a FW.190, which was driven off by his rear gunner. Later in his tour, on a raid over Stuttgart, his aircraft was attacked by a Ju.88 which was shot down by his rear gunner. Although the aircraft was badly damaged he flew successfully back to base and made a good landing. The successful outcome of this combat is proof of the high starboard of crew co-operation maintained by Flight Lieutenant Weaver and his crew, and of his personal ability as a pilot.

 

I consider that his fine record of operational sorties during which he has secured 97 percent aiming point photographs, fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

WEAVER, F/L James Frederick, DFC (J86101) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.102 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 

Flight Lieutenant Weaver has completed a full tour of eleven sorties against heavily defended enemy targets and 25 sorties against tactical targets in occupied France.  Since D Day this officer has also flown on missions to attack targets in Germany such as Gelsenkirchen, Essen, Duisburg and Cologne.  He is an outstanding captain of aircraft whose courage, determination and devotion to duty were exceptional.

 

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WEAVER, WO (now P/O) Walter Stewart (R147988/J93890) - French Croix de Guerre (France) - No.226 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Home in Melfort, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 6 March 1942.   Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943).  Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 

Warrant Officer Weaver was a member of a special flight of No.226 Squadron which carried out secret missions over all parts of France from immediately  prior to D Day until the liberation of France.  During that time he carried out 19 sorties under all conditions of weather, and at night, far over enemy occupied territory for long periods.  His devotion to duty was of a high order and he was never deterred by enemy action.

 

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WEBB, Sergeant Derek James (R110337) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 29 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.  Home in Kelowna, British Columbia; enlisted Vancouver, 4 July 1941.  Award presented 29 May 1947.

 

This airman has displayed a high standard of skill, courage and devotion to duty.  At the commencement of his operational tour, Sergeant Webb was involved in two most trying incidents.  Nevertheless, his keenness remained unabated and he has since taken part in many successful sorties.  He is a flight engineer of high merit.

 

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WEBB, F/O Gordon William (J19654) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.12 EFTS and No.9 SFTS.  See his article, "Nuremburg: A Night to Remember", Airforce, March 1992  and article in Ottawa Citizen, 30 March 1991.  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 23 September 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (213 hours seven minutes), 25 November 1943 to 13 September 1944.

 

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25 Nov 43      NICKLE, Paris (4.30)                24 Jun 44       Bamiers (3.45)

13 Mar 44      Le Mans (5.20)*                         12 Jul 44        Paris/Vaires (3.15)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (7.55)                           15 Jul 44        Nucourt (3.53)

25 Mar 44      Aulnoye (5.50)*                          17 Jul 44        Cagny (2.38)

26 Mar 44      Essen (6.40)                               19 Jul 44        Rollez (3.02)

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (8.35)                      22 Jul 44        Acquet (2.36), DNCO

9 Apr 44         Paris (5.50)*                               23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.27)

10 Apr 44       Ghent (4.00)*                              24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.05)

18 Apr 44       Paris (5.10)*                               25 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.26)

20 Apr 44       Lens (4.40)*                                27 Jul 44        Boissons (3.22)

7 May 44        St.Valerie (3.45)                        28 Jul 44        Hamburg (4.44)

8 May 44        St.Pierre (4.00)                          30 Jul 44        Battle area (2.53)

11 May 44      Boulogne (3.50)                         3 Aug 44        L'isle Adam (2.55)

12 May 44      Louvain (4.35)                            4 Aug 44        St.Maximim (3.03)

19 May 44      Clipon (3.15)                              5 Aug 44        Bordeaux (7.32)

22 May 44      Le Mans (4.50)                           7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE 5 (2.31)

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold                           8 Aug 44        Lucheux (2.38)

2 June 44       Neuf Couple (3.35)                    25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (6.59)

14 Jun 44       St.Pol (3.50)                               26 Aug 44      Kiel (5.37)

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade (4.40)                        29 Aug 44      Stettin (8.56)

17 Jun 44       Oisemont-au-Bois (4.05)          6 Sept 44       Emden (3.55)

21 Jun 44       St.Martin (2.25), DNCO            12 Sep 44      Frankfurt (5.56)

23 Jun 44       Bienais (3.40)                            13 Sep 44      Nordstern (3.24)

 

Flying Officer Webb is pilot and captain of a crew, now on their second operational tour.  Under a calm and quiet manner, he has a fine offensive spirit in action, which inspires confidence in his entire crew.  By his cheerful courage, unselfishness and devotion to duty,, he has set an excellent example which has been an inspiration to other aircrew and an aim to be achieved by all members of the squadron.

 

WEBB, F/L Gordon William, DFC (J19654) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Webb has completed two tour of operational duty which have included attacks against a wide range of targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory.  Regardless of enemy opposition he has always shown the utmost determination to complete his mission.  He has proved himself to be an excellent leader.  Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has continued to maintain a high standard of keenness, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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WEBB, F/L Harvey Mowat (C24852) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.436 Squadron (identified in AFRO only as "Overseas";  unit identified from No.436 Squadron ORB, entry of 1 January 1946) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Caledonia, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 5 June 1936.  Engineering Officer of squadron.  Award presented 22 November 1948.  No citation in Canadian records.  Public Records Office Air 2/9139 has recommendation for New Years Honours List with following citation:

 

An Engineering Officer, Flight Lieutenant Webb has served on this unit since its formation in India and by his skill and ability he has been directly responsible for the high standard of aircraft serviceability which has enabled this squadron, with an average strength of twenty aircraft, to undertake more than 4,000 operational flying hours per month. With the realisation of the urgent need for aircraft to supply the Fourteenth Army for the Burma campaign, he has worked very long hours in directing personally the separate shifts of his maintenance personnel.  In this connection his unselfish endeavours, fine leadership and resourcefulness have played an important part in the successes achieved.  Flight Lieutenant Webb has also done much for the welfare of the squadron in improving the living conditions at the various sites at which it has been encamped during the Burma campaign and he was primarily responsible for designing and directing the construction of the squadron's field kitchens to withstand and operate in the difficult monsoon weather.  These kitchens have been acclaimed by the highest catering authorities in ACSEA [Allied Command South-East Asia] and have been used as models throughout many caps in the forward areas.

 

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WEBB, P/O Joseph Leroy (J19885) - Distinguished Service Order - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Home in Hamilton; enlisted there 11 June 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Invested with award by King George VI, 11 August 1944.

 

One night in April 1944, this officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Montzen.  It was his first sortie as captain.  When crossing the enemy coast the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and several large holes were torn in the fuselage. Nevertheless, Pilot Officer Webb continued to the target.  In the bombing run it was discovered that the hydraulic system had been damaged and the bomb doors could not be opened.  Thereupon, he made another circuit of the target whilst his engineer worked to open the doors manually.  On the second run in the bomber was attacked by a fighter.  It was driven off, however, and a successful bombing attack was made.  After leaving the target three more fighters were encountered.  Two of them were successfully evaded, but in the third fight Pilot Officer Webb's aircraft was hit by the enemy's bullets.  One engine was put out of action, and damaged was sustained to the port aileron and mainplane.  Despite this, this intrepid pilot flew the aircraft back to an airfield in this country and executed a masterly landing.  This officer displayed superb skill and exceptional devotion to duty and was largely responsible for the safe return of the aircraft and its crew.  His conduct in the face of heavy odds was exemplary.

 

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WEBB, F/O Leonard William (J19532) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Home in Geraldton; enlisted Fort William, 16 June 1942.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 12 March 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 16 April 1943).  Award presented 5 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.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 19 August 1944 when he had completed 32 sorties (202 hours 25 minutes) between 15 September 1943 and 27 June 1944.

 

This air gunner has completed thirty-two operational bombing attacks against the enemy.  At all times his work has been outstanding and his loyalty and devotion to duty an example to the squadron.

 

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WEBB, Sergeant Maurice Gordon (R101741) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Home in Geraldton, Ontario; enlisted there 6 May 1941.  Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 14 April 1942) and No.3 WS (graduated 13 March 1942).

 

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WEBB, W/C Peter Le Poer Weston (C1903) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born 4 February 1907 in Scarborough, Yorkshire.  Enlisted in Montreal, 22 April 1940 and given rank of Flying Officer; Flight Lieutenant, 15 June 1941; Squadron Leader, 15 June 1942; Wing Commander, 1 August 1943.   Served at St.Thomas, Ontario, 4 May 1940 to 2 February 1941; at AFHQ, 2 February 1941 until loaned to Americans (April 1943 to December 1944).  Webb seems to have been an Equipment Officer whose talents were not recognized until he served as RCAF representative at the American Mount McKinley Exercise in Alaska (June to August 1942) which tested standard and prototype emergency equipment, especially personal equipment for Special Forces, and air force equipment; these were conducted at maximum altitudes and minimum temperatures. He was for a time employed in Quartermaster General's Department, United States War Department, involved in design and research of tropical uniforms.  He held the title of Assistant Chief of Research.  Recommended for an OBE, 17 August 1943 by one "Brodlebank"  who cited Webb's contributions to protective clothing for marine personnel.  Recommended for MBE by A/V/M McGill, 9 August 1945. Retired 10 May 1946.  Award sent by registered mail.

 

Prior to joining the Royal Canadian Air Force this officer had wide experience in the textile industry and as a result he was used in a liaison capacity between the procurement branch and other government departments and civilian contractors.  He proved to be extremely valuable in this capacity and able to develop flying and protective clothing to a high degree.  Many glowing tributes have been made to Wing Commander Webb's outstanding ability by the United States Army and the Quartermaster General of the United States War Department.  Wing Commander Webb acted as Assistant Chief of the Research and Development Branch in the Quartermaster General offices, Washington, and it was with extreme difficulty that his return to the Royal Canadian Air Force was ultimately effected in December of 1944.  His participation in the McKinely expedition as representative of the Royal Canadian Air Force has also been the subject of favourable comments and it may be stated that his efforts contributed largely to the success of this expedition.  Since his return to Canada he has continued to render invaluable service which is deserving of the highest praise.

 

WEBB, W/C Peter LePoer Weston, MBE (C1903) - Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - effective 11 December 1945 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 reprint ?). 

 

Wing Commander Peter W. Webb, Royal Canadian Air Force.  For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as Assistant to the Chief of Research and Development Branch, Military Planning Division, Officer of the Quartermaster General from 5 May 1943 to 21 November 1944.  His capable direction and thorough knowledge of test procedures, both in the laboratory and in the field, contributed greatly to the war effort in that vital information was obtained thereby which led o the development and improvement of many items of clothing, equipment and subsistence to meet the military characteristics demanded and the needs of the combat soldier.

 

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WEBB, Sergeant (now F/O) Ross Sydney (R106438/J19179) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Calgary; enlisted Winnipeg, 5 June 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 2 March 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942).  No citation in AFRO.

 

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WEBB, WO William Henry (R12934) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 4 September 1941.  Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942).  No citation in AFRO.

 

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WEBSTER, F/L Alfred Ernest (J4956) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Fort William.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 September 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 17 February 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 6 January 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 26 March 1941).  Invested with award by King George 29 June 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant Webster's work as a navigator has been outstanding and only equalled by his courage.  On one occasion when his aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters and the wireless operator badly wounded, he coolly and effectively administered first aid.  Although handicapped by a damaged chart table, chair and instruments he navigated the aircraft safely back to base.  He again displayed exceptional coolness and imperturbability, when his aircraft struck the trailing aerial of another which smashed the front turret and tore his clothes.  Owing to his determination and resourcefulness, Flight Lieutenant Webster has several times been able to navigate his badly damaged aircraft back to base.

 

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WEBSTER, S/L Eric Taylor (C1264) - Air Force Cross - No.9 SFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Born in Montreal, 1916.  Educated at Selwyn House, Lower Canada College, and Mount Allison University.  Enlisted at Trenton, 3 October 1939.  Award presented 24 March 1944.  In postwar RCAF; W/C E.T. Taylor awarded Coronation Medal, 1953 (Honourary Wing Commander in Auxiliary).

 

This officer, since October 1939, has completed approximately 1,400 flying hours, ninety percent of which were instructional.  The performance of his flying duties has consistently been above average with a commendable absence of accidents, and his strict adherence to flying discipline, loyalty and devotion to duties at all times, together with his keen enthusiasm in instructional flying, have been a splendid example and inspiration to other Flying Instructors.

 

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WEBSTER, P/O Gavin Alexander (J11476) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.12 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.  Born in East Kildonan, Manitoba, 19 August 1915.  Home in Brandon or Tuxedo, Manitoba.  Private Secretary to Minister of Education (Manitoba). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 September 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 19 November 1940), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941).  Might have been a Flying Officer when Commended.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

This officer has carried out his duties as a Flying Instructor in a most commendable manner.  By his conscientiousness and devotion to duty he has been an inspiration to instructors and pupils alike and has been of great assistance to his superiors.  Pilot Officer Webster has completed 1,246 flying instructional hours since April 1941, with a total of 1,400 hours.

WEBSTER, F/L Gavin Alexander (J11476) - Air Force Cross - No.18 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Award presented 8 November 1945.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 2,200 hours, 1,700 as instructor, 140 in past six months.

 

This officer was responsible for organizing the recently formed examining flight at his unit into an extremely efficient and smooth running organization, resulting in a very high standard of flying for both instructors and pupils.  Throughout his four years as an instructor he has displayed great keenness and diligence.  The example set by him has contributed in no small way to the success of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

 

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WEBSTER, F/O Melvin Douglas (J11598) - Distinguished Flying Cross -  No.50 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 23 June 1941.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 11 May 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 10 April 1942).  Award sent by registered mail 30 September 1948.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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WEBSTER, F/O Reginald Clive (J36339) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted in Montreal, 29 July 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943).  Award presented Toronto, 30 November 1949.

 

This officer has completed numerous operational sorties, the majority of which have been against heavily defended targets in Germany.  On one occasion in September 1944 he was navigator in an aircraft detailed for an attack against Gelsenkirchen.  On approaching the target area his aircraft was subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire and in consequence sustained damage and was driven off track.  By cool and accurate navigation Flying Officer Webster enabled his captain to reach the target and complete the mission successfully.  Flying Officer Webster is a highly skilled navigator whose coolness and determination in the face of the enemy has always been outstanding.

 

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WEBSTER, F/L William Vance Hunter (J17941) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.192 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 12 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).  Award presented 17 May 1948.

 

Flight Lieutenant Webster has completed his first tour of operational duty.  He has always displayed exceptional determination to complete his missions.  On one occasion during a sortie to Stuttgart his aircraft was attacked by two enemy fighters.  By the skill and determined action of this officer, in co-operation with his crew, one was driven off, the other probably destroyed, and the mission completed.  His cool courage and devotion to duty have always been of the highest order.

 

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WEEDEN, F/O Henry John (J26419) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.8 Squadron, RAF - Award effective 25 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 903/46 dated 20 September 1946.  Home in Halifax; enlisted there 13 September 1939.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 27 December 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943.  Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.  Served postwar with No.426 Squadron at Dorval.

 

Flying Officer Weedon has completed much operational flying as navigator and has displayed outstanding enthusiasm and courage.  Despite adverse weather and difficult navigational conditions, his skill and tenacity of purpose have contributed in a large measure to the successes achieved.

 

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WEEDON, S/L Philip George (J10519) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944.  Home in Paddockwood, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 11 March 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 August 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942).  Award presented 6 November 1948.

 

This officer has participated in many day and night attacks against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets.  He has flown with conspicuous gallantry and outstanding skill, setting a praiseworthy example of courage, determination and devotion to duty.  On one occasion during an attack on Dortmund his aircraft was severely damaged by incendiaries and certain petrol lines were severed.  Squadron Leader Weedon flew his aircraft back on three engines, making a successful crash landing without injury to his crew.

 

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WEEKS, Sergeant Donald Edgar (R84839) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Lynfield, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton, 28 February 1941.  AFRO gives unit as No.62 Base; DHist file 181.009 D.1658 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20605) identifies trade as WEM, recommended 24 August 1944 as follows:

 

This Non-commissioned officer, performing the duties of a Sergeant in charge of Station Headquarters Signals, has discharged his duties with singular effort and diligence.  He displays the greatest possible interest in station activities and devotes considerable time in his off duty hours to providing cinema and concert shows with necessary sound apparatus; this equipment he services and operates in the various messes each week.  To a great degree the efficient operation of communication on the Station are due to the untiring efforts of this non-commissioned officer who in the diligent performance of his many duties serves as an excellent example to all with whom he comes in contact.  Added to his noteworthy traits as a non-commissioned officer, he has in the past displayed great personal courage as when an aircraft of the squadron in which he was then serving crashed and caught fire, he, with two other airmen, extricated the bodies of the crew from the blazing wreckage.

 

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WEEKS, P/O Harvey Alexander (J19026) - Distinguished Flying Cross -No.617 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Home in Chilliwack, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 13 February 1941. Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 16 February 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 7 December 1941).  Award presented in Chilliwack, 15 May 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 2/9015 has recommendation dated 10 April 1944 when he had flown 46 sorties (302 hours 20 minutes), 27 October 1942 to 20 March 1944.

 

27 Oct 42      GARDENING (8.10)             9 Mar 43       Munich (7.20)

6 Nov 42       Genoa (9.25)                         11 Mar 43     Stuttgart (6.20)

9 Nov 42       Hamburg (5.40)

20 Nov 42     Turin (7.35)                                     No.617 Squadron

28 Nov 42     Turin (7.50)

6 Dec 42       Mannheim (6.05)                  16 May 43     Mohne Dam (3.00, DNCO)

8 Dec 42       Turin (8.30)                            15 July 43     San Paule d'Enza (9.55)

9 Dec 42       Turin (8.00)                            24 July 43     Leghorn (8.05)

20 Dec 42     Duisburg (4.15)                     29 July 43     Genoa (9.35)

21 Dec 42     Munich (8.25)                        16 Sept 43    Antheer Viaduct (12.00)

5 Jan 43        Essen (1.50, DNCO)            11 Nov 43     Antheer Viaduct (7.45)

13 Jan 43      Essen (4.25)                         16 Dec 43     Flixecourt (3.10)

17 Jan 43      Berlin (7.20)                          20 Dec 43     Liege (4.00)

18 Jan 43      Berlin (9.20)                          22 Dec 43     Special (3.05)

31 Jan 43      Hamburg (7.40)                    30 Dec 43     Flixecourt (3.20)

2 Feb 43       Cologne (5.05)                      4 Jan 44        Freval (2.55)

11 Feb 43     Wilhelmshaven (5.05)          21 Jan 44      Special (3.45)

13 Feb 43     Lorient (2.25, DNCO)           25 Jan 44      Freval (3.50)

14 Feb 43     Milan (9.20)                           2 Mar 44       Albert (4.40)

18 Feb 43     Wilhelmshaven (5.30)          4 Mar 44       St.Etienne (6.55)

21 Feb 43     Bremen (5.40)                       10 Mar 44     St.Etienne (8.10)

26 Feb 43     Cologne (5.40)                      15 Mar 44     Special (5.40)

28 Feb 43     St.Nazaire (5.55)                  16 Mar 44     Clermont Ferrand (7.10)

1 Mar 43       Berlin (6.55)                          18 Mar 44     Bergerac (6.55)

5 Mar 43       Essen (4.20)                         20 Mar 44     Special (6.20)

8 Mar 43       Nuremburg (8.00)

 

Pilot Officer Weeks has completed 46 operational sorties as an Air Gunner. He has taken part in attacks against such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Essen, Hamburg and has several times been in action over northern Italy.  He volunteered to join a Special Duties squadron in March 143 and has since then carried out 20 sorties against specially selected targets in occupied Europe.  He has been operating continuously since October 1942 and his magnificent devotion to duty and complete disregard of danger when his aircraft has been heavily engaged have materially assisted in these successful attacks against the enemy.  He has been a source of inspiration to the remainder of his crew and he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WEEKS, F/O William Roland (J23840) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Born 10 January 1924.  Home in Loggieville, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton, 13 January 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 4 July 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated and commissoned 19 February 1943). To No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 12 March 1943; to Western Air Command, 29 May 1943; to No.111 Squadron, 1 June 1943; to No.14 Squadron, 14 July 1943; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 12 January 1944; to No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, 21 January 1944.  Credited with the following victories: 22 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed; 27 July 1944, one FW.190 damaged; 6 October 1944, one FW.190 damaged.  Completed tour with No.442 Squadron on 4 November 1944; unit diary credited him with 195 operational hours, 63 MET and 15 locomotives.  Released 20 August 1945.  Rejoined RCAF, 16 November 1950 (service number 33896); retired 7 November 1954.

 

This officer has throughout a long operational tour consistently shown great determination, enthusiasm and devotion to duty.  He has participated in a large number of dive bombing sorties and attacks against ground targets.  He has also inflicted much damage to enemy transport including destruction or damage to sixty-three vehicles and damage to eleven locomotives. On one occasion he participated in the destruction of a large ammunition train.  Another time he successfully attacked and destroyed a midget submarine.  In combat he has destroyed one enemy aircraft and damaged two others.

NOTE:  DHist file 181.009 D.2833 (RG.24 Volume 20632) has recommendation dated 26 October 1944 which bears comparison.  As of that date he had flown 148 sorties (186 hours ten minutes):

 

Pilot Officer Weeks has completed 148 sorties against the enemy and at all times has proved himself to be a very determined and capable pilot, keen to attack the Hun in the air and on the ground.  He has taken part in a large number of dive-bombing sorties and has never failed to press home his attacks.  Against ground targets he has been particularly able, destroying and damaging 63 MET [Mechanical Enemy Transport] and accounting for eleven locomotives damaged.  On one occasion he shared in the destruction of a large ammunition train, and on another he successfully attacked and destroyed a midget submarine.  In combat he has destroyed one enemy aircraft and damaged two others.  Pilot Officer Weeks has always been a valuable member of the squadron, and his influence has accounted for much of its success.

 

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WEICKER, F/L William Jacob Louis (J15301) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Home in Kitchener, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 28 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 29 March 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).  Killed in crash of a Dakota as Estevan, Saskatchewan, 15 September 1946.  Next of kin presented with DFC and Bar, 10 December 1947.

 

Now on his second tour of operational duty, this officer has taken part in many attacks against heavily defended targets in Germany.  In August 1944, when returning from a sortie to Russelheim, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter.  The starboard elevator was severely damaged, causing the aircraft to fall into a steep dive.  Regaining control, Flight Lieutenant Weicker, with fine airmanship, flew the damaged bomber safely back to base.  An outstanding pilot, this officer has invariably displayed a high degree of courage, skill and initiative.

 

WEICKER, F/L William Jacob Louis, DFC (J15301) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operations which have included attacks against such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Essen and Stuttgart.  He has always shown the utmost determination to reach and bomb his objective despite all enemy opposition.  Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross Flight Lieutenant Weicker has continued to maintain a high standard of leadership, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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WEIKEL, Sergeant Alfred Jay (R77595) - Mention in Despatches - No.4 Repair Depot - 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.  Born at Absarokee, Montana, 1910.  Educated in Nanton, Cranbrook, and Calgary.  Ranch hand.  Home in Lethbridge, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 21 November 1940.

 

While in charge of various aircraft salvage operations this NCO has consistently proven his reliability, resourcefulness and keen devotion to duty.  In one particularly difficult situation his display of efficiency won high commendation.  Sergeant Weikel has at all times set an inspiring example to those who work under him.

 

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WEIR, F/O (now F/L) Clifford Wallace (J20358) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.6 Communications Flight (Now NWAC) - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Born in Dauphin, Manitoba where he was a policeman before enlisting. Enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 15 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 January 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 20 June 1941.  Served overseas but returned to NWAC.  Remained in postwar RCAF; duties included command of the Para-Rescue School at Edmonton in late 1940s or early 1950s.

 

This officer has been employed as a captain in the Communications Flight for the past three years and is now serving as Officer Commanding Communications Section.  His work as a bush pilot has been outstanding and was considered of the utmost value in the success of bush air operations carried out during joint Army-Air Force winter exercises north of Prince Albert during the past year.

 

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WEIR, WO2 Hugh Patterson (Can 144A) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 19 February 1936.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation for a BEM dated 2 February 1945.  Warrant Officer in charge of Power Plant Bay.  Postwar technical NCO at St.Hubert; certificate mailed to him at Training Command Headquarters, 20 June 1949.

 

This Warrant Officer has done valuable work in organizing and efficiently maintaining the Power Plant Section of the Base Major Servicing Section.  By his enthusiasm and ability he has assured a continued supply of power plants, sometimes under difficult circumstances, and thereby materially assisted the work of the Servicing Wings in providing serviceable aircraft for operational use.  Warrant Officer Patterson on 13 January 1945, while off duty, led a party of men to crashed aircraft Lancaster X KB793, disregarding the probability of high explosives.  Although the crew had previously baled out except the pilot, who was killed, his prompt action in arranging rescue facilities from a nearby unit, which arrived within minutes, was commendable and shows initiative which under different circumstances might have saved further loss of life.

 

WEIR, WO2 Hugh Patterson (Can 144A) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.

 

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WEIR, F/O James Allister (J24474) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 19 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born in Windsor, Ontario, 3 January 1922; home there; enlisted there 2 February 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943).  Overseas in April 1943.  Postwar was a medical officer with Trans-Canada Airlines.

 

In October 1944, this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Bochum.  Early on the outward flight the port outer engine became defective but Flying Officer Weir continued his mission.  Whilst over the enemy territory the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  One of the petrol tanks was pierced by fragments of shrapnel.  A little later an enemy fighter closed in but by skilful manoeuvring the enemy fighter was evaded.  Whilst over the target the bomber was again hit by anti-aircraft fire.  Nevertheless, Flying Officer Weir executed a successful bombing attack and afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to an airfield in this country.  This officer has invariably displayed a high standard of skill, courage and resolution.

 

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WEIR, P/O Kenneth Shore (J87220) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Home in Trail, British Columbia; enlisted in Toronto, 15 June 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 23 January 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Served at No.85 OTU after his Bomber Command tour.  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 document Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 14 August 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (160 hours 20 minutes), 15 February to 8 August 1944.

 

15 Feb 44      Berlin                                      27 May 44      Aachen

21 Feb 44      Stuttgart                                  4 June 44       Sangate

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt                            5 June 44       St.Martin

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart                                  11 Jun 44       Evreux

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart                                  14 Jun 44       Le Havre

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt                                 24 Jun 44       Flers

26 Mar 44      Essen                                     12 Jul 44        Tours

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg                             18 Jul 44        Caen

18 Apr 44       GARDENING, Baltic             18 Jul 44        Gelsenkirchen

20 Apr 44       Cologne                                 20 Jul 44        Courtrai

24 Apr 44       Mannheim                              28 Jul 44        Stuttgart

26 Apr 44       Essen                                     30 Jul 44        Caumont

9 May 44        Merville                                   2 Aug 44        Le Catelliers

10 May 44      Dieppe                                   5 Aug 44        Bleye

19 May 44      Orleans                                   8 Aug 44        Aire sure Lys

 

Pilot Officer Weir, a Canadian Air Bomber, has now completed thirty most successful operations against the enemy, including attacks on many such targets as Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Nuremburg and the Ruhr where fierce opposition has been encountered.  In addition he has bombed many small but vital tactical targets in France demanding the utmost accuracy and skill on the part of the bomb aimer.

 

He has proved himself more than equal to his task, pressing home every attack with exceptional skill, which has only been equalled by his courage and devotion to duty.  He has been very largely responsible for the repeated successes achieved by his captain and crew and has set a shining example to the rest of the squadron.

 

I have no hesitation in recommending that this officer's magnificent record be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WEISBERG, FS Newton David (R109729) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Described as a Canadian even though home given as Detroit; enlisted Windsor, Ontario, 11 July 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 31 January 1942).  No citation in AFRO.

 

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WEISER, F/O William (J10822) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October  1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943.   Born in Newark, New Jersey, March 1919.  Home in The Bronx, New York.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 9 June 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942).  DFC and Bar both presented by King George VI, 11 August 1944.  Repatriated to Canada, 1944, serving with both Western and Eastern Air Command; remained in postwar RCAF, rising to Air Commodore by June 1963.  Postings included CEPE (1947), US Armed Forces Staff College (1947-48), AFHQ (1948-50), CJS Washington (October 1950-August 1952), Training Command Headquarters at Trenton (1952-53), No.2 Fighter Wing in Grostenquin (July 1953-October 1955), Air Defence Command Headquarters (October 1955-October 1959), AFHQ (1959-63), and NORAD.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953.

 

Flying Officer Weiser has flown on operations against some of the enemy's most important targets, and has always displayed great determination to complete his mission successfully.  By his courage and devotion to duty he has set an excellent example to his crew.

 

WEISER, S/L William, DFC (J10822) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. 

 

This officer has completed two tours of operational duties.  Most of the sorties completed by him have been accomplished in the face of heavy enemy action over such targets as Berlin, Hamburg and Essen.  As a flight commander Squadron Leader Weiser has displayed skill, courage and devotion to duty of a high order.  His enthusiasm and organizational ability have been valuable assets to his squadron.

 

WEISER, W/C William, DFC (J10822) - Member, Order of the British Empire - WAC Headquarters - 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 April 1948.

 

This officer as Staff Officer Training, Western Air Command, has been responsible for the training of three heavy Operational Training Units in this Command.  He has consistently worked beyond normal hours in perfecting a system of training to cope with weather and terrain difficulties experienced on this coast.  By his own example, energy and devotion to the service, he has been an inspiration to all personnel associated with him.

 

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WELCH, F/O George Alfred (J28165) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in London, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 11 June 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943).

 

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WELCH, FS Howard Robert (R115098) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Home in Belleville, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 14 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 15 March 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 4 December 1941).  Invested with award by King George VI, 29 February 1944.

 

This airman has participated in a large number of operational sorties against the enemy.  He is a cool and efficient air gunner, who has always displayed the greatest keenness to take part in operations.  Many of his operations have been attacks on the heavily defended industrial centres in the Ruhr and he has also taken part in minelaying sorties.

 

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WELCH, F/O John Alexander (J87445) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Home in Thornloe, Ontario; enlisted Timmins, 28 July 1942.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 9 August 1943) and No.7 BGS (graduated 20 September 1943).  Award presented 20 August 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 45 sorties (193 hours 40 minutes), 27 May 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

27 May 44      Le Clipon (4.00)                         6 Oct 44         Sterkrade (3.05)

4 June 44       Calais (3.40)                              14 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.20)

5 June 44       Merville (5.50)                            28 Oct 44       Cologne (4.05)

6 June 44       Conde sur Loireau (5.45)         29 Oct 44       Walcheren (2.05)

12 Jun 44       Arras (4.35)                                31 Oct 44       Cologne (4.05)

15 Jun 44       Boulogne (4.10)                         4 Nov 44         Bochum (3.45)

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade (4.40)                        6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (3.40)

1 July 44         Biennais (4.25)                          11 Nov 44      Dortmund (4.10)

4 July 44         Biennais (4.15)                          16 Nov 44      Julich (3.15)

5 July 44         Biennais (4.15)                          18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel (4.25)

9 July 44         Mont Condon (3.45)                  12 Dec 44      Essen (4.20)

7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE (2.40)                       21 Dec 44      Cologne (4.05)

12 Aug 44      La Pallice (5.25)                        30 Dec 44      Cologne (4.10)

14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE (2.35)                  2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (6.15)

18 Aug 44      Bremen (3.35)                            5 Jan 45         Royan (5.00)

25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (6.50)                   5 Jan 45         Hannover (4.20)

26 Aug 44      Kiel (5.10)                                   22 Jan 45       Duisburg (3.50)

11 Sep 44      Castrop Rauxel (3.20)               28 Jan 45       Stuttgart (5.50)

12 Sep 44      Wanne Eickel (3.25)                  7 Feb 45        Cleve (3.50)

13 Sep 44      Nordstern (3.20)                         8 Feb 45        Politz (7.45)

20 Sep 44      Calais (2.05)                              12 Feb 45      Dresden (8.00)

25 Sep 44      Calais (2.10)                              14 Feb 45      Chemnitz

30 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.20)

 

As a Wireless Air Gunner, Flying Officer Welch has displayed efficiency, reliability and a fine fighting spirit.  He has engaged in numerous operational sorties, many of them against very heavily defended targets.  Amongst those he has attacked are included Bremen, Cologne and Hannover.  Flying Officer Welch has never failed to carry out his duties and has consistently demonstrated his eagerness to participate in operations whenever possible.

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WELDON, F/O George Arthur (J22042) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Home in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; enlisted Halifax, 15 December 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942).  Award sent by registered mail to Fonthill, Ontario, 17 September 1953.  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.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 20 March 1944 when he had flown 15 (draft citation) or 16 (form) trips (103 hours 55 minutes) although on two trips the duty had not been completed.

 

This officer has successfully completed fifteen bombing sorties on some of the most heavily defended targets.  His courage and determination has always been of the highest order and on two occasions his skill at flying was responsible for the safe return of his aircraft after it had been heavily attacked over the target area.  His enthusiasm to strike at the enemy has been outstanding and his fine record is considered worthy of commendation.

 

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WELLS, F/O Edward Arnold (J86459) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.226 Squadron - Award effective 18 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 29 December 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.10 AOS (graduated 5 March 1943).  Award presented at Government House, 24 January 1956.  Postwar he lived in Toronto.

 

Flying Officer Wells has completed two tours of operational duty.  He has taken part in attacks against a great variety of targets including flying bomb sites, enemy gun positions and troop concentrations.  In August 1944 he was responsible for the formation obtaining hits on an important road/railway bridge at Venlo despite intense opposition from the ground defences.  An outstanding navigator, this officer has invariably displayed a high degree of skill, keenness and courage in the performance of his duties.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9045 has recommendation dated 23 November 1944 when he had flown 82 sorties (178 hours 55 minutes) as a Navigator/Bomb Aimer. Text is more detailed than that published, although it jumps back and forth between Pilot Officer and Flying Officer in ascribing his rank:

 

Flying Officer Wells has now completed two operational tours comprising 82 operations against the enemy, bot by day and by night. He has been the leading Navigator/Bomb Aimer in the Wing Leader's aircraft on eight occasions. His operations have been carried out against a great variety of targets including flying bomb sites, gun positions, troop concentrations and high priority targets in support of the British Second Army.

 

On the 28th August 1944, in an attack on the road/railway bridge at Venlo he was responsible for the formation securing six direct hits on this very important target despite heavy and intense flak opposition from the ground defences. On another occasion whilst attacking a panzer concentration in Foret de Anglais, Pilot Officer Wells pressed home his attack with determination in spite of heavy anti-aircraft fire and all the bombs fell on the target.

 

During all his operations, Flying Officer Wells has shown outstanding skill, keenness and courage in his duties. His example to others has been of the greatest value in the squadron. He is therefore recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WELLS, Sergeant Frederick John (R51274) - Mention in Despatches - No.21 Staging Unit - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Home possibly in Vancouver; enlisted Regina, 15 January 1940.  Cited with Sergeant Edward Howard Baker (which see), Sergeant Felix Londeau, Sergeant Henry Arnold Joseph Rosko, Sergeant Larus Scheving, Sergeant Michael George Svos, and Sergeant Ronald James Ward for a rescue of occupants of a crashed aircraft.

 

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

 

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WELLS, F/L Jack Clinton (J13780) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Calgary, 27 June 1941.  Trained at No.8 AOS (graduated 11 May 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 27 June 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 September 1942).  Award presented 29 January 1947.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9025 has recommendation dated 19 July 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (209 hours 45 minutes), 27 March 1943 to 18 July 1944.

 

27 Mar 43   Rouen (4.05)                     30 Jan 44      Berlin (6.15)

13 July 43    Aachen (5.50)                   15 Feb 44     Berlin (6.35)

15 July 43    Montbeliard (7.50)            1 Mar 44        Stuttgart (6.15)

24 July 43    Hamburg (6.40)                15 Mar 44     Stuttgart (6.50)

25 July 43    Essen (5.40)                     18 Mar 44     Frankfurt (4.45)

27 July 43    Hamburg (6.50)                22 Mar 44     Frankfurt (1.20)*

29 July 43    Hamburg (4.50)                24 Mar 44     Berlin (6.30)

30 July 43    Remscheid (6.05)             30 Mar 44     Nuremburg (7.00)

2 Aug 43     Hamburg (6.05)                1 May 44       Malines (2.45)

10 Aug 43   Nuremburg (8.00)             3 May 44       Montdidier (3.25)

5 Sept 43    Mannheim (6.10)              6 May 44       Mantes (3.10)

8 Sept 43    Special target (3.00)        19 May 44     Orleans (4.25)

15 Sept 43  Montlucon (5.45)               28 May 44     Angers (4.25)*

16 Sept 43  Modane (7.00)                  31 May 44     Trappes (4.25)

22 Sept 43  Hannover (5.30)                3 June 44      Calais (1.50)

23 Sept 43  Mannheim (6.00)              8 June 44      Alencon (4.35)

17 Nov 43   Ludwigshafen (2.15)*       27 June 44    Neuville (3.30)

18 Nov 43   Ludwigshafen (6.30)        14 July 44      Revigny sur Ormain (7.40)

20 Dec 43   Frankfurt (5.30)                 15 July 44      Nucourt (4.00)

21 Jan 44    Magdeburg (6.30)            18 July 44      Wesseling (4.00)

 

This officer has proved himself to be a Bomb Aimer of outstanding fortitude and skill.  He has carried out a large number of operations against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany including Berlin.  His duties have called for a high degree of accuracy and judgement.  He has risen to the occasion at all times and has produced outstanding results.  He is deserving of the highest praise.

 

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WELLS, S/L Laurence Frank (J7518) - 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 Weston, Ontario; enlisted at Moncton, 25 November 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS.

 

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WELLS, F/L Ronald Gladstone (C22667) - Air Force Cross - Station Pennfield Ridge - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Sardis, British Columbia;  enlisted in Vancouver, 18 January 1941.  As of recommendation he had flown 3,023 hours, 2,900 as instructor, 270 in previous six months.  Award presented 6 May 1950.

 

This officer is an elementary instructor who has been attached to the flying staff of Transport Conversion Squadron since its inception.  He is a cool and capable pilot whose air work has added considerably to the high standard of training carried out by this Unit.  He has set a splendid record throughout his instructional service.

 

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WELSH, F/O John Frederick (J26054) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.254 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 28 November 1920 in Vancouver; home there; enlisted there 20 June 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942).  On strength of No.9 AOS, 1 June to 4 December 1942; No.1 General Reconnaissance School, 5 December 1942 to 2 April 1943.  Attended No.32 OTU, Patricia Bay, 5 April to 25 June 1943 learning torpedo-bombing. Arrived in Britain 22 July 1943; attended No.132 OTU, 21 September to 14 December 1943; at No.1 Torpedo Training Unit, 14 December 1943 to 15 February 1944. On strength of No.254 Squadron, 16 February 144 to 9 March 1945.  Flew 54 sorties (171 hours 35 minutes of operational time).  Repatriated to Canada, 2 August 1945; released 9 October 1945.  Award presented 27 March 1949.  In heating and plumbing business in Vancouver after the war.  Joined RCAF Primary Reserve, 1 September 1951.  While taking refresher flying training he was killed at Granite Falls, Washington, 30 Januauy 1952 (crash of Chipmunk CF-CYC; dual cross-country flight with H. O'Reilly, civilian flying instrictor, Aero Club of British Columbia, who was seriously injured).

 

Flying Officer Welsh is a highly skilled and courageous pilot who possesses qualities of a fine leader.  In September 1944 he participated in an attack on the harbour at Den Helder.  In spite of fierce anti-aircraft fire Flying Officer Welsh pressed home his attack to close range and obtained hits on his target.  This officer has completed very many sorties.

 

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WELSMAN, F/O William Walter (J92181) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.640 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 22 July 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 5 June 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943).  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 6 April 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (194 hours 21 minutes), 18/19 August 1944 to 15/16 March 1945.

 

18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (4.48)                        4 Nov 44         Bochum (4.47)

24 Aug 44      Brest (5.08)                                6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (4.49)

25 Aug 44      Watten (3.31)                             21 Nov 44      Sterkrade (5.46)

27 Aug 44      Homberg (4.25)                         17 Dec 44      Duisburg (6.00)

9 Sept 44       Le Havre (4.08),                         22 Dec 44      Bingen (5.43)

abandoned as ordered.            24 Dec 44      Essen/Mulheim (5.14)

10 Sep 44      ALVIS 2 (3.39)                           27 Dec 44      Opladen (5.37)    

12 Sep 44      Scholven (4.03)                          30 Dec 44      Cologne (6.01)

13 Sep 44      Nordstern (4.20)                         22 Jan 45       Gelsenkirchen (5.20)

17 Sep 44      Boulogne (3.48)                         28 Jan 45       Stuttgart/Kornwestheim

25 Sep 44      Calais (3.47),                                                     (7.30)

abandoned as ordered             1 Feb 45        Mainz (6.12)

30 Sep 44      Bottrop (4.37)                             4 Feb 45        Gelsenkirchen (5.07)

7 Oct 44         Cleve (4.14)                                7 Feb 45        Goch (5.52)

9 Oct 44         Bochum (5.12)                           8 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (5.20)

14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.43)                          13 Feb 45      Bohlen (7.53)

14 Oct 44       Duisburg (5.43)                          14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (8.02)

25 Oct 44       Essen (5.15)                               12 Mar 45      Dortmund (5.28)

30 Oct 44       Cologne (5.53)                           14 Mar 45      Homberg (5.50)

31 Oct 44       Cologne (4.54)                           15 Mar 45      Hagen (5.42)

 

This officer has completed his first tour of operations as navigator in Bomber Command, having attacked such targets as Duisburg, Dortmund, Chemnitz, Essen and many others in the Ruhr area.

 

During his first operational sortie against Sterkrade on 18th August 1944, this navigator's aircraft had only just set course for the target when the starboard outer engine had to be feathered, causing the loss of important navigational equipment.  The captain and crew decided to carry on to the objective in spite of these difficulties.

 

Pilot Officer Welsman did an excellent job in that he navigated his aircraft accurately to the target and back with the limited navigational aids at his disposal.  For his fortitude, skill and devotion to duty I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WELSTEAD, W/C William Gordon (C1276) - Air Force Cross - No. 1 Air Command - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945 - Born in St.Catharines, 1912; educated there before studying forestry at University of Toronto.   Enlisted at Camp Borden, 3 October 1939.  Award presented at Trenton, 17 December 1948.  No citation in AFRO.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 2,817 hours of which 1,476 were as instructor, 67 in previous six months.  Remained in RCAF after the war; from 1952 to 1954 was Canadian Military Attache in Prague. Queen's Coronation Medal, 28 October 1953 (Group Captain, Prague).  Retired, 1976.  Published a family history, Some Welstead Roots, 1980.  Died in St.Catharines, Ontario, 30 January 1995.

 

This officer has served with distinction in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan throughout its duration.  As a flying instructor his work has been exemplary and as a Commanding Officer of a Service Flying Training School his ability and leadership have been an inspiration to all aircrew who have trained under him.  His energetic and professional ability are worthy of the highest praise and his devotion to duty has been most commendable.  This officer has contributed very greatly to flying training.

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WENZEL, F/L Clifton Leonard (J22331) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.  Born 31 January 1922; enlisted in Calgary, 9 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 May 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 13 July 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1941).  Posted to No.13 (Operational Training) Squadron, 26 September 1941; to Western Air Command, 23 December 1941; to No.1 General Reconnaissance School, 7 August 1942; posted overseas, 22 November 1942.  Date of repatriation and release uncertain.  Joined RAF, 1947 (service number 59326) and awarded Air Force Cross, June 1949; transferred to RCAF, 16 July 1951 and was still serving (Squadron Leader, Auxiliary, service number 41388) as of 1965.  No file found at DHist.

 

Flight Lieutenant Wenzel has always shown outstanding keenness for operations.  He has attacked some of the most heavily defended targets in enemy territory with success.  During one of his sorties, while over Essen, severe anti-aircraft fire was encountered which damaged his aircraft.  Despite this the target was successfully attacked.  On the homeward flight the aircraft became almost unmanageable due to the damage sustained.  Nevertheless, it was flown back to this country where the crew were forced to abandon it as fire had broken out.  This officer has always set his mind fearlessly on the task in hand and has proved to be a most gallant captain of aircraft.

 

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WERBISKI, FS Michael Nicholas (R134479) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.224 Squadron - Award effective 9 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 24 December 1943 and AFRO 297/43 dated 11 February 1944.  Born at Rockton, Manitoba, 1919, home there.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 15 October 1941.  Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 23 November 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 24 October 1942).  Invested with award by King George VI, 31 November 1944.  Cited with FS A.P. Gibb (RCAF - see above for citation) and F/O H. Sutherland (RAF, trained in Canada).  Later commissioned.  Died in Winnipeg, 27 January 2000.

 

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WERNHAM, F/L James Chrystall (J6144) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 10 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 February 1941, No.1 AOS (graduated 27 April 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 7 June 1941.  Killed in action 8/9 June 1942.  Certificate sent to his mother, 30 December 1948.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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WERRY, Corporal Elmer William (R51871) - Air Force Medal - No.116 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 9 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Brandon, Manitoba, 9 July 1908.  Enlisted in Sudbury, 10 June 1940.  Killed 9 December 1942 in the crash of Catalina ZZ136.  Presented to next-of-kin by Governor General, 10 April 1943.

 

Corporal Werry has been with the squadron since its formation and has shown keen devotion to his duties at all times.  His work during operational flights, both as engineer and gunner, is highly commendable, and the initiative taken on his part has been a fine example to younger members of the crew.  He has a total of 817 flying hours, 657 of which have been on operational flights.

 

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WERTZLER, Sergeant Edward Eugene (R70619) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.460 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 February 1943 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943.  Home in Red Deer, Alberta; enlisted Regina, 24 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 November 1940), No.4 BGS (graduated 14 April 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 15 March 1941).  Invested with award by King George VI, 18 May 1943.

 

On the night of the 4th January 1943, this airman was the air bomber of an aircraft which attacked a target in the Ruhr.  Shortly after leaving the target area the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter.  Sergeant Wertzler was wounded in the right leg and although his turret became unserviceable, he resolutely manned his guns until the attacker was eventually shaken off.  Meanwhile, a fire had broken out in the bomber, but Sergeant Wertzler put out the flames with extinguishers despite a painful injury in his eye caused by one of the extinguishers exploding accidentally.  This airman has displayed great courage and initiative in harassing circumstances.

 

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WEST, Corporal Douglas Nelson (R169635) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base (AFRO gives only "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 16 June 1943.  No citation in AFRO.  Had spent 14 months in Canada and 18 months overseas.  Clerk in Operations Room.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945.

 

This airman has shown remarkable zeal, energy and keenness for his work, far in excess of his duties.  Although in a position with no apparent opportunities for promotion, he has consistently sought for ways to increase his service knowledge and to apply that acquired knowledge to a cheerful and efficient prosecution of his duties.

 

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WEST, F/O James Watson (J39914) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Home in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton, 20 July 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 13 November 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 14 January 1944.  Award sent by registered mail 28 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.1746 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 19 April 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (188 hours 50 minutes); recommendation read:

 

This man has proven himself a very good, resourceful and efficient bomb aimer.  His tour included the bombing of many heavily defended targets, i.e. Magdeburg, Hanover, Hamburg and Munster.  This man at all times has been a co-operative crew member and has lent his whole-hearted aid to both pilot and navigator.

 

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WEST, F/O John Charles (J38195) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Enlisted in Toronto, 23 July 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.6 BGS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 12 November 1943.  See Field of Honour (Bank of Montreal, c.1950) which credits him with 52 sorties.

 

Flying Officer West has proven himself to be an exceptionally keen and skilful navigator.  One day in January 1945, the aircraft for which Flying Officer West was navigating was diverted to Bermuda off patrol. There were no maps or charts of the Bermuda area on the aircraft; nevertheless Flying Officer West, undaunted, drew up his own charts and navigated the aircraft to its destination within a very few minutes of his given estimated time of arrival.  Flying Officer West has always encouraged good crew drill and he is an asset to the strength of any coastal squadron.

 

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WEST, F/O Lorne Edgar (J28342) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Home in Brantford, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 23 June 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 6 July 1943).  Award presented 22 June 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (National Archives RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 11 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (163 hours 15 minutes), between 22 May and 15 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer West, as navigator in Flying Officer Aldred's crew, has, throughout his tour, displayed exceptional coolness and tenacity of purpose.  His skill as a navigator and ability to make instant decisions in an emergency enabled him on every occasion to direct his aircraft safely to the target.  This skill, coupled with his complete disdain for all enemy defences, enabled this gallant crew to complete their many successful sorties.  For his exceptional qualities of leadership and fine record of achievement, Flying Officer West is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WEST, F/O Roland Burgess (J46846) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.116 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date, London Gazette dated 19 July 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born at Medford, Nova Scotia, 25 January 1919.  Educated there and Kentville before becoming a boat pilot, Bay of Fundy.   Home in Canning, Nova Scotia.  Enlisted in Halifax 19 August 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 February 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942).  As of recommendation he had flown 1,600 hours (704 operational - 84 sorties).  Postwar he attended Staff School Toronto (1946); posted to No.103 Rescue Squadron, Greenwood.  Award sent by registered mail 18 October 1950.  Awarded AFC, 31 July 1947.  Awarded McKee Trophy, 1948.  Later recruiting officer in Brandon, Manitoba (1949) followed by duties at Centralia.  Sent to command Air Navigation School, Summerside (1952) where he was promoted to Squadron Leader.  Later to Goose Bay and then to jet training (1956); commanded No.416 Squadron (20 August to 30 November 1959).  Later in infra-red research and with RCAF/CARDE (Canadian Research and Development Establishment) in Operation Lookout, Cape Canaveral, Florida, tracking missile re-entry.  In 1964 to Air Material Command HQ.   Retired 1966; Member, Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame, 1973.  No citation to DFC in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air."  Following from DHist files:

 

Flying Officer West has been an outstanding aircraft captain throughout his tour of operations against the enemy.  At all times he has shown the highest degree of skill and determination, even on the most hazardous and difficult sorties.   His keen sense of duty, resourcefulness and courage have gained him distinction in his squadron and have inspired all who have served under him.  His devotion to duty has been outstanding.

 

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WEST, FS William Archibald (R85000) - British Empire Medal - No.6088 L/W/S 25 Sector - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945.  Born at Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick, 6 April 1921; home there; farmer; enlisted in Moncton, 7 April 1941.  Overseas 23 January 1942.  Repatriated 21 June 1945.  Initially a radio mechanic; reclassified as Radar Mechanic, 20 April 1942. No citation in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/9094 has  recommendation.  NOTE: precise nature of units uncertain; what do "LWS" and "WOU" signify ?  Award sent by registered mail.

 

During the withdrawal of 6088 L.W.S. and W.O.U. posts in December 1944 rendered necessary by the German offensive in the Ardennes, Flight Sergeant West maintained a high standard of conduct.  As technical NCO he had little rest for four days and by his untiring efforts and devotion to duty throughout this arduous period he contributed materially to the success of the withdrawal.  He accompanied a Radar Officer of 25 Sector as a driver on a mission to recover a Technical Vehicle abandoned near Bastogne and although the return route was under shell fire and the prime mover and towed vehicle could only be moved at a very slow speed, he successfully brought his charge to safety.  On another occasion he volunteered to go with a Royal Air Force Regiment escort to bring back or destroy Royal Air Force vehicles reported abandoned in the St.Vith area.  Three excursions were made and some vehicles were destroyed.  Flight Sergeant West has set a fine example to all personnel of his unit.

 

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WESTAD, WO Ronald Alvin (R115716) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.619 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Home in North Vancouver; enlisted Vancouver 25 July 1941.  Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 19 May 1942).  Award presented 1 February 1948.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 15 March 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (171 hours 40 minutes).

 

1 July 43         GARDENING (3.01)             4 Oct 43         Frankfurt (6.25)

8 July 43         Cologne (6.00)                      7 Oct 43         Stuttgart (6.40)

9 July 43         Gelsenkirchen (2.32,            8 Oct 43         Hanover (5.15)

DNCO)                                   18 Oct 43       Hanover (5.16)

12 July 43       Turin (9.01)                            16 Dec 43      Berlin (7.54)

9 Aug 43        Mannheim (6.00)                   1 Jan 44         Berlin (8.01)

10 Aug 43      Nuremburg (7.22)                  2 Jan 44         Berlin (7.14)

12 Aug 43      Milan (8.18)                            14 Jan 44       Brunswick (5.28)

14 Aug 43      Milan (8.35)                            21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (6.54)

22 Aug 43      Leverkusen (4.40)                 27 Jan 44       Berlin (8.36)

27 Aug 43      Nuremburg (7.47)                  28 Jan 44       Berlin (8.19)

30 Aug 43      Munchen Gladbach (4.41)    15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.16)

31 Aug 43      Berlin (7.46)                           19 Feb 44      Leipzig (6.46)

22 Sept 43     Hanover (5.53)

 

This Warrant Officer Air Gunner has made 25 successful operational sorties of which seven have been against Berlin.  He has contributed largely to the success of his crew and his keenness and efficiency have had a very good effect on the other gunners in the squadron.  Through his keen perception he has, on several occasions, given timely warning to his captain of the presence of enemy aircraft, thus preventing him from being taken by surprise.

 

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WESTAWAY, F/O Horace William (C10734) - Mention in Despatches - Station Gander - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944.  Home in Simcoe, Ontario; enlisted North Bay, 27 March 1942.

 

This officer has faithfully and capably discharged his duties as a service pilot over a long period of time.  His outstanding ability in the operation of aircraft on skiis and floats, often in localities far from base and under hazardous conditions, has been most praiseworthy.  Many of these flights have resulted in the saving of civilian lives by making hospital treatment possible for serious cases.  His cheerful willingness and untiring devotion to duty, under difficult circumstances, have brought high respect for himself and the service in a foreign area.

 

WESTAWAY, F/O Horace William (C10734) - Air Force Cross - Station Gander - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.  Award sent by registered mail 11 August 1945 when he was at Sault Ste.Marie.

 

One day in September 1944, a Harvard aircraft crashed approximately twelve miles from a Royal Canadian Air Force station in Newfoundland, injuring the two occupants.  This officer, a rescue pilot at the station, took off in quickly deteriorating weather, when all other rescue aircraft had been recalled.  He discovered the crashed aircraft after all other air search had failed and landed the rescue party on a small lake.  To enable ground crew parties to be briefed, he returned to base in face of the most hazardous weather.  The following morning, with no improvement in weather conditions, he returned to the scene of the crash and flew the two injured men to the hospital.  His outstanding courage and skill in this rescue operation were undoubtedly responsible for saving the lives of the two men.  The determination and devotion to duty displayed by Flying Officer Westaway are most praiseworthy.

 

NOTE:  The following entry from the ORB of Station Gander is worth quoting:

 

6 September 1944 - Harvards 3068 and 2897 were doing local flying and at 1930Z P/O Wenz, J24391, pilot of Harvard No.3899 returned over the station and reported Harvard 3068, piloted by F/O E.J. Leonard (J36211) has crashed.  Also in No.3068 was ground crewman LAC Smithers, G.L. (R206266).  At 2110Z F/O H.W. Westaway (C10734), rescue pilot, in Norseman 789, sighted the crashed aircraft approximately 2 1/2 miles northeast of Botts Lake, and approximately four files north of Gander Lake.  One man could be seen walking about.  F/O Westaway landed on Miller's Pond and a ground party proceeded to the scene of the crash.  F/O Leonard had a sprained ankle and LAC Smither a wound on the upper leg.  Both suffered from bruises and shock.  The following morning F/O Westaway made one of his famous small area landings in adverse weather condition and brought the injured men and rescue party back to the Station.  Both occupants of the crashed plane were admitted to hospital.

 

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WESTBY, F/O Mahlon Arnold (J18544) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.195 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Home in Rose Valley, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Flin Flon, Manitoba, 7 April 1941.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 2 March 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942).  Award presented 18 June 1949.

 

During two successful tours of operational duty Flying Officer Westby has participated in numerous sorties as wireless operator.  He has consistently displayed courage and determination of a very high order which have set an excellent example to all members of his squadron.  On many occasions his skill and resolution have played a large part in the safe return of his aircraft.  In December 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Trier.  Before the target was reached serious damage was sustained from anti-aircraft fire.  One engine was rendered unserviceable and another was damaged.  The controls were also affected and internal electrical damage combined with leaking petrol tanks caused very great danger of fire.  Through the coolness and determination of this officer the danger of fire was minimized under the most adverse conditions and the damaged aircraft was flown to this country where a masterly emergency landing was effected.

 

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WESTELL, F/L Robert Allan (J16965) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 13 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 October 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.9 AOS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942).  Invested with award by King George VI, 11 August 1944.

 

This officer has completed a notable tour of operations and throughout has displayed navigational ability of a high order.  He is a zealous and resolute member of aircraft crew and his example has been worthy of much praise.

 

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WESTERMAN, F/L Clifford Farrar (J6650) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Home in Regina, Saskatchewan; enlisted there 29 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 February 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 26 May 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 7 July 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 4 August 1941).  Queen's Coronation Medal awarded 13 October 1953 (Squadron Leader, RCAF Association and Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General). Died in Regina, 28 November 1999.

 

WESTERMAN, F/L Clifford Farrar (J6650) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2138/43 dated 22 October 1943.  DFC and DSO sent by registered mail, 23 April 1946.

 

Flight Lieutenant Westerman has taken part in a large number of operational sorties, the majority of which have been against heavily defended targets in Germany.  During all these operations he has shown navigational ability of a high order and great devotion to duty.

 

WESTERMAN, S/L Clifford Farrar, DFC (J6650) - Distinguished Service Order - No.105 Squadron - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944.

 

As navigator, this officer has completed a very large number of sorties, most of them demanding a high degree of skill and resolution.  he has displayed exceptional keenness and devotion to duty and his ability to guide his pilot to the target without fail has contributed in a large way to the successes obtained.  He has also devoted much time and care to the training of other members of the squadron with excellent results.  He has set a very fine example to all.

 

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WESTLAND, S/L John Alfred (J9072) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944.  Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 22 April 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941).  Invested with award by King George VI, 11 August 1944.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of sorties involving attacks on the Ruhr area, Berlin, Hamburg and many other well defended targets.  He has displayed inspiring leadership, great skill and courage, qualities which have earned him much success. He is a most able flight commander whose keenness and devotion to duty have been most commendable.

 

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WESTON, P/O Lloyd Jack (J92560) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Home in Woodstock, Ontario; enlisted London, Ontario, 30 March 1943.  Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 20 August 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 26 November 1943).  Award presented 14 June 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.E. Ferguson dated 15 February 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (176 hours 40 minutes), 18 July 1944 to 7 January 1945.

 

This officer has completed 29 operational sorties, many of which have been over the most heavily defended targets of Germany including Cologne (2), Duisburg (2), Gelsenkirchen (2), Nuremburg and Munich.  Throughout his tour of operations, Pilot Officer Weston has always shown great keenness and a desire to do a good job.

On returning from an operational sorties in which Pilot Officer Weston was the Mid-Upper Gunner, the aircraft crashed, killed four of his crew members.  Throughout this ordeal he showed fine qualities of leadership and courage.

 

I consider the devotion to duty and the fine example shown by this officer fully merits the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WESTWOOD, FS Colin Andrew (R58095) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Born 27 August 1915.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 18 June 1940.  Posted to No.2 ITS, 30 June 1940; to No.8 EFTS, 17 August 1940; to No.4 SFTS, 3 November 1940.  Promoted to Sergeant, 28 January 1941 and graded as a pilot.  Posted overseas, March 1941;  reported missing in Mediterranean, POW, 23 July 1942; repatriated 30 September 1943; released 30 March 1944.

 

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