WHALEN, S/L Alden Prescott (C2701) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.4 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born at Chester Grant, Nova Scotia; educated at North Rosedale, Nova Scotia; RCAF tradesman, 1930; qualified as Air Gunner, 1933; commissioned at Fingal, Ontario, 10 September 1940. Award presented 24 November 1947. Served in postwar RCAF; retired 1959.
This officer has served in the Royal Canadian Air Force for over thirteen years with outstanding ability and devotion to duty. His mature judgement and exceptional patience and steadiness have influenced more than two thousand student gunners and bombers that have passed through his hands during the last few years. His service has been outstanding.
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WHALEN, F/L James Henry (J15005) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.34 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 17 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 23 April 1920 in Vancouver. In army cadets before war, with hopes to join RCAF Permanent Force after university. A wartime CO described him as charming but ambitious. Enlisted in Vancouver, 26 June 1940. Trained at No. 1 ITS (23 July to 16 September, 1940), No.2 EFTS (16 September to 16 November 1940) and No.2 SFTS (17 November 1940 to 18 February 1941; Sergeant as of 28 January 1941). Arrived in UK 6 March 1941. Further trained at No.57 OTU. To No.411 Squadron, 24 July 1941, and to No.129 Squadron 1 August 1941. Credited with two Bf.109s destroyed, 17 September 1941, and one Bf.109 destroyed, 21 September 1941. To No.30 Squadron, India, 25 February 1942. Shot down three Type 99 dive bombers, Colombo, Ceylon, 5 April 1942. To No.17 Squadron, 15 March 1943; No.34 Squadron, 11 August 1943. Killed in action 18 April 1944 when hit by light anti-aircraft fire near Kohima, Assan. He was leading twelve aircraft on a bombing and strafing mission, released his bombs, rolled, corrected roll, dived over ridge out of sight (Hurricane LB780). Award presented to next-of-kin, 21 February 1947.
Whilst flying with this squadron, Flight Lieutenant Whalen has shown exceptional keenness as a captain of aircraft. He has destroyed three Messerschmitt 109s and three Navy 99s. As leader of a flight or squadron on most exacting operations Flight Lieutenant Whalen has attained much success by his determination and skill.
NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9633 has recommendation dated 16 April 1944 noting that he had flown 237 hours 20 minutes on operations:
This pilot has carried out with good success 176 sorties against the enemy, 107 being over enemy territory and 23 by night. He has to his credit three Messerschmitt 109s destroyed and one damaged whilst flying in England and three Navy 99s destroyed whilst operating in Ceylon.
Whilst flying with this squadron, Flight Lieutenant Whalen has completed 87 sorties by day and nine by nine by night and has shown exceptional determination and keenness at all times. His ability as an operational pilot is above the average and the success of many of the squadron's sorties are due to his leadership, determination, enthusiasm , courage and keenness.
The Officer Commanding his station added his comments on 5 May 19144:
This officer, now missing, was known to me as a most gallant and successful operational pilot, both on defensive and offensive fighter and fighter-bomber work. He has throughout been a source of inspiration to all those who have worked with him, or under his leadership, and I strongly recommend him for the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Air Commodore S.F. Vincent, who commanded No.221 Group, India, wrote on 12 May 1944:
Strongly recommended. This officer was known to me personally as an excellent leader of a Flight or Squadron on most exacting missions - mostly low bombing over mountainous jungle-covered country. I discussed the recommendation for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross with his Squadron Commander before his death on operations, and it was submitted then, so this is not being recommended posthumously.
To this was appended a summary of his 176 sorties. These were described thus:
United Kingdom: Sector reconnaissance and patrols 13
Sweeps over France 15
Channel patrols 6
Africa: Red Sea patrols 2
Ceylon: Patrols 8
Assam-Burma: Scrambles 9
Bombing and strafing 99
Miscellaneous escorts, etc. 10
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WHALLEY, F/L Richard Noel Francis (C2266) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in Sydney, Nova Scotia. A clipping in his DHist biographical file states that he joined the Cape Breton Highlanders (NPAM) at age 16, was commissioned at 18, and left in 1936 to join the RCMP. His service took him to Ottawa for three years. On outbreak of war he enlisted in Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, but transferred to RCAF in Ottawa, 6 June 1940. Held admin posts at Rockcliffe, Picton, the Rockcliffe again (adjutant to a fighter squadron), then to Newfoundland, and finally to UK in August 1941 (the foregoing seems very crowded). Was adjutant to No.411 Squadron before going to No.407 Squadron. Managed to fly on eleven shipping strikes as a spare gunner, and to participate in a raid on Bremen. No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.2620 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for an MBE dated 18 August 1942 for services as Adjutant.
Before becoming Adjutant of this squadron in March 1942, Flight Lieutenant Whalley served as Adjutant on a Fighter Squadron in the United Kingdom from August 1941. He was posted to this unit at his own request as he wished to be in a squadron in which he could fly on operations. At the time of entry into the Royal Canadian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant Whalley was turned down for flying duties as a pilot because of slight colour blindness.
As Adjutant of this squadron (and reports confirm that it was the same with his previous unit), Flight Lieutenant Whalley has been a most outstanding success. He carries out all tasks rapidly, methodically and thoroughly, and has undertaken many duties which would normally fall upon the senior officers. In this manner he has given both his commanding officer and the officers in charge of the flights the fullest opportunity to devote a major portion of their time to active flying duties. He has watched over the interests of all personnel with the greatest keenness and personal interest, and has assured for all ranks the very best possible conditions of living and opportunities for bettering their position in the service.
In addition to these onerous duties which have been performed so thoroughly, Flight Lieutenant Whalley has set a remarkable example to all ranks by his participation in active flying operations. He has flown with his commanding officer on every possible occasion in the capacity of additional observer. At this task he has proved particularly useful because of his marked aptitude for sighting enemy shipping. He has flown on nine operational flights, during which two ships have been definitely hit. Another of his operational flights was on the first thousand-bomber Bremen raid, when the aircraft in which he was flying made a first class attack on the objective. I consider that Flight Lieutenant Whalley has been largely instrumental in building this squadron into an efficient striking force.
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WHARRY, F/O George Grant (J21994) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.245 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Croix de Guerre - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 8 October 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 24 April 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 18 August 1942) and No.41 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942). Public Records Office Air 2/9645 gives unit and citation.
Flying Officer Wharry was engaged with No.245 Squadron in intensive operations shortly before D-Day. He took part in the attacks on Radar targets and was a member of the first wing to be established on the beachhead in Normandy. He took part in 19 close support attacks and 16 armed reconnaissances between D-Day and the fall of Paris, including the battles of Mortain and Falaise. Subsequently he has led his squadron on many armed reconnaissances deep into Germany. He has shown at all times a courage and enthusiasm of the highest order.
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WHEATCROFT, Sergeant (now P/O) Leslie Raymond (R59468/C50187) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 12 July 1940. No citation.
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WHEATLEY, FS Richard John Ambrose (R59107) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 19 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 20 November 1942 and AFRO 1962/42 dated 4 December 1942. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 2 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 July 1940), No.3 AOS (graduated 31 March 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 12 May 1941), and No.1 ANS. Invested with award by King George VI, 18 May 1943.
Flight Sergeant Wheatley has at all times displayed exceptional keenness on operational flying and a great determination to locate and bomb the primary target. Regardless of adverse weather or enemy opposition his skilful navigation and complete disregard of danger have contributed towards the successes achieved.
NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9604 has original recommendation dated 21 September 1942 when he had flown 26 sorties (139 hours 20 minutes) as Air Observer:
15 Nov 41 Essen (6.45) Unsuccessful; 10/10 cloud; Den Helder attacked
23 Nov 41 Lorient (5.50)
30 Nov 41 Emden (5.55)
27 Dec 41 Dusseldorf (5.10) Successful; 2 x 500-lb dropped; 1 x 4,000-lb bomb hung up.
2 Jan 42 St.Nazaire (6.50) Unsuccessful; 10/10 cloud; Cherbourg attacked.
5 Jan 42 Brest (5.25) Scharnhorst and Gneisenau primary targets; unsuccessful; docks bombed.
22 Jan 42 Munster (5.55) Town bombed; primary (PO) not bombed.
27 Jan 42 Brest (5.30) Scharnhorst and Prinz Eugen main targets; not successful; docks bombed.
14 Feb 42 Mannheim (7.20)
25 Feb 42 Kiel (7.00)
3 Mar 42 Paris (5.30)
8 Mar 42 Essen (5.10) Unsuccessful; unable to locate owing to haze; built-up area bombed.
10 Mar 42 Essen (4.50)
2 May 42 GARDENING (8.50) Hawthorn area
7 May 42 GARDENING (6.55) Nasturtium area
30 May 42 Cologne (4.30)
1 June 42 Essen (3.55)
7 June 42 GARDENING (3.15) Nectarine area
16 June 42 Essen (2.20) Early return; rear turret unserviceable
25 June 42 Bremen (4.25)
27 June 42 Bremen (4.30)
2 July 42 Bremen (4.20)
19 July 42 Vegasack (4.40)
26 July 42 Hamburg (5.20)
29 July 42 Saarbrucken (5.20)
30 July 42 Dusseldorf (3.50)
Flight Sergeant Wheatley has at all times displayed great keenness towards operational flying, and his skilful navigation, determination and complete disregard of danger have contributed considerably towards the success of the sorties in which he has taken part.
A number of sorties carried out by this Non-Commissioned Officer were flown under extremely difficult weather conditions, but this in no way reduced his keenness and determination to locate and bomb the primary target.
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WHEATON, F/O Charles Frederick (J46662) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.170 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 7 January 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 August 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1942), and No. 5 SFTS (graduated 21 March 1943).
This officer, through three years Ferry duty, has continued to perform his arduous duties cheerfully and efficiently, and has shown a splendid spirit of co-operation at all times. He has been a valuable asset in maintaining the efficiency of this Squadron.
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WHEELER, F/L Arthur Brian (J4813) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.226 Squadron - Award effective 22 May 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944. Home in Murton, New Zealand; enlisted in Ottawa, 17 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.10 EFTS and No.5 SFTS. Invested with award by King George VI, 3 November 1942. Killed in action as Wing Commander and Commanding Officer of No.88 Squadron, 15 February 1944 (Boston BZ279); buried in France.
In April 1942, Flight Lieutenant Wheeler was the leader of the second section of a formation of Boston aircraft detailed to attack the docks at Le Havre. Despite very intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, by which his aircraft was repeatedly hit, Flight Lieutenant Wheeler pressed home his attack. Immediately after releasing his bombs, the port engine failed, through damage by anti-aircraft fire, and he was forced to leave the formation and follow behind. Steadily losing height, Flight Lieutenant Wheeler skilfully flew his damaged aircraft back to base. His skill and perseverance contributed largely to the safe return of a valuable aircraft and crew. In September 1941, at low level and in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, he attacked and sank a flak ship of between 800 and 1,000 tons, which was escorting a convoy. Flight Lieutenant Wheeler has displayed courage, keenness and devotion to duty which have contributed largely to the successes achieved. He has set a fine example.
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WHEELER, F/O Ernest Francis (J22570) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.199 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Home in Cornwall, Ontario; enlisted Ottawa, 1 September 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 27 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 July 1942). Award presented (date uncertain). 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 10 December 1943 when he had flown 25 sorties (157 hours 30 minutes) as follows:
12 Mar 43 Essen (4.55) 25 May 43 Dusseldorf (4.40)
13 Mar 43 GARDENING, Spikerooge (5.05) 27 Jul 43 SEA SEARCH (4.30)
10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.15) 30 Jul 43 GARDENING, Frisians (3.05)
4 Apr 43 Kiel (6.10) 2 Apr 43 SEA SEARCH (6.20)
8 Apr 43 GARDENING, Lorient (6.10) 16 Aug 43 Turin (8.05)
10 Apr 43 Frankfurt (7.10) 23 Aug 43 Berlin (7.55)
14 Apr 43 Stuttgart (7.45) 31 Aug 43 Berlin (8.00)
16 Apr 45 Mannheim (7.50) 3 Sept 43 GARDENING, Kattegat (7.45)
20 Apr 43 GARDENING, Lorient 5 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.35)
(1.35), DNCO 15 Sep 43 Mont Lucon (6.10)
26 Apr 43 Duisburg (5.05) 22 Sep 43 Hanover (6.00)
12 May 43 Duisburg (4.35) 23 Sep 43 Mannheim (6.30)
13 May 43 Bochum (3.30) 27 Sep 43 Hanover (5.05)
23 May 43 Dortmund (5.00) 18 Nov 43 Mannheim (2.10), DNCO
This officer has now completed 25 sorties and flown 157.30 hours on operations. Throughout his tour he has shown keen determination and participated in successful attacks on Mannheim (3), Berlin (2), Hanover (2), many Ruhr targets and has also assisted in mine-laying expeditions in enemy waters.
His excellent work has guided his crew through difficult situations on more than one occasion, and his courage and fine offensive spirit are evident at all times. This officer fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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WHEELER, F/O James Guy (C5450) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Edmonton; enlisted in Ottawa, 10 May 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 26 November 1943). Award sent by registered mail, 11 March 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (152 hours ten minutes), 17 July to 6 November 1944.
This officer has taken part in thirty attacks on the enemy, including the heavily defended targets of the Ruhr. On all occasions he has shown a splendid enthusiasm for his work and a keen desire to come to grips with the enemy. On many occasions by his unfailing vigilance he has been able to warn his crew of the approach of enemy aircraft and give directions for evasive action which have enabled the captain to evade combat and continue to his target. By his unfailing cheerfulness and courage he has been of great assistance to his captain and has inspired the rest of the crew. On the ground he has been invaluable to the Gunnery Leader where his knowledge of administration has been used to good account.
It is considered that this officer's operational record combined with his record of service on the ground fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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WHEELER, F/O Joseph Gabriel (J38356) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in St.Andrews West, Ontario; enlisted Ottawa 21 September 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 28 May 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated 23 July 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 12 November 1943). Certificate sent 10 August 1948. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.
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WHELER, F/O Thomas Ross (J18199) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 8 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date. Born 14 February 1921 in Tignall, Georgia. Parents were Canadian; returned to Canada in 1927. Lived five years in Ottawa. Home in Toronto. Former mail clerk and hardware clerk. Enlisted 1941; commissioned 1943. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.11 EFTS and No.8 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942). Sailed overseas in January 1942 (SS Vollendam), being taken on strength of RAF overseas on 23 January 1942. Commissioned 11 July 1943. First flying in Britain was at Thames (Oxford), on Hotspur gliders, training to fly them into Europe on sabotage operations. Tried to get into a fighter OTU but was switched to glider tug duties (Hind, Hart, Audax, Hector). Posted to No.57 OTU (Eshott, Northumberland) at end of 1942; posted to No.411 Squadron. Credited with the following victories: 13 December 1943, two Bf.109s damaged (shared with four other pilots); 28 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 14 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed. Released in October 1945. Rejoined in 30 December 1948 (service number 17954) and assigned to support staff of Nos.401 and 411 (Auxiliary) Squadrons. Later flew with No.444 Squadron and was on staff of No.2 AFS, Portage la Prairie. Retired on 6 September 1968 with rank of Squadron Leader. Settled in Pickering. Appointed Honourary Colonel, No.411 Squadron, January 1985.
This officer is a highly efficient pilot and section leader. He has displayed the greatest keenness to engage the enemy and has set a fine example of courage and resolution. Flying Officer Wheler has shot down two enemy aircraft and assisted in the destruction of another; he has also been responsible for the destruction of many mechanical vehicles.
WHELER, F/O Thomas Ross, DFC (J18049) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 14 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Public Records Office Air 30/186 has text as submitted to Buckingham Palace which differs in no significant degree from the following which was published.
On 7th August 1944, whilst on an armed reconnaissance in the Liseaux area, Flying Officer Wheler's aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and he was forced to descend by parachute. After hiding his unwanted equipment, and laying a false trail, he ran north for two hours, and spent the night in a barn. After hiding and walking for three days, during which time he swam two rivers, Flying Officer Wheler came to a deserted house where he remained for two days. He cooked vegetables and frogs legs for food. After resuming his journey he was captured on 11 August. He was sent to Pont L'Eveque and after two days there he was taken by truck via Liseaux towards Paris. Noticing a small door window in front of the truck, Flying Officer Wheler managed to ease his way through it. When the truck stopped, owing to an air raid ahead, he dropped down and rolled between the wheels towards a ditch. Having succeeded in evading detection he walked away and continued walking all night. In the morning, north of Livarot, he saw a farmer who gave him food and a bed for the day. At night the farmer gave him a map and leather tunic, and informed him that the English were near St.Pierre. After walking by night and resting at farms in the daytime, Flying Officer Wheler was recaptured on the 17th August. He was taken to a farm where 20 Germans were ready to move off and he walked with this party for two days and nights, stopping only for meals and short rests. They halted at a house and Flying Officer Wheler was interrogated but refused to give any information. Flying Officer Wheler met five more prisoners of war here and on the night of the 20th August, after picking up 20 POWs, the whole party started off in a truck and were not allowed to lift the curtain to let in air. This caused several of the prisoners to faint. The next day they left the truck and started marching with guards on each side of them. At night Flying Officer Wheler managed to escape by slipping into the file of guards and then stepping to the side of the road. He set off east across a valley and river and laid up in a barn near St. Etienne L'Allier. The next morning he was given food by the parents of a French girl who had discovered him and at night he was taken to another farmer, where he remained until the 26th August when British forces arrived.
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WHELLAMS, FS Donald Leslie (R4145A) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 23 November 1939.
WHELLAMS, FS Donald Leslie (Can 4145A) - British Empire Medal - No.436 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Public Records Office document Air 2/9139 gives citation. Award presented January 1948 with Northwest Air Command.
This airman has been outstanding as NCO in charge of servicing flights. He has a wide knowledge of aero engines and has been of great value in solving difficulties and frequently saving valuable operational time in quickly diagnosing and directing the repair of engine failures. He has also so efficiently organised the daily servicing flight that operations have been carried out without undue delay. Flight Sergeant Whellams has worked hard and long far beyond the call of his normal duties. In addition to his technical duties he has been detailed to carry out jobs not associated with his trade. In all his undertakings he has shown complete loyalty to the squadron and unswerving devotion to duty which has been of real benefit.
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WHELPDALE, P/O George Murray (J91039) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.192 Squadron (identified in AFRO only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 14 August 1942. Trained at No.1 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.
Pilot Officer Whelpdale has completed a tour of operations as Navigator of a heavy bomber aircraft, during which he has shown a marked keenness for operational flying and a cheerful determination to complete his task. At all times he has displayed a high devotion to duty and has gained the confidence of his captain and crew.
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WHETTER, F/O Ralph Jacob Clinton (J27588) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Home in Dand, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 14 February 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 15 June 1943). Award presented 11 June 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 20 January 1945 when he had flown 49 sorties (245 hours 33 minutes, 28 December 1943 to 16 January 1945.
* denotes l/3 sortie credited
28 Dec 43 NICKEL, Criel, no 24 Jul 44 Ferfay (3.30)
sortie (4.00) 14 Aug 44 Potigny (2.35)
20 Apr 44 Lens (4.25)* 15 Aug 44 Brussels (2.35)
24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (5.50) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (8.05)
26 Apr 44 Essen (5.15) 27 Aug 44 Kiel (5.15)
27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.45)* 29 Aug 44 Stettin (9.15)
30 Apr 44 Somain (4.45)* 20 Sep 44 Calais (2.00)
1 May 44 St.Ghislain (4.45) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.40)
8 May 44 St.Pierre (4.10) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.25)
27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.15) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.00)
31 May 44 Au Febvre (4.15) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.10)
2 June 44 Neufchatel (3.35) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.45)
6 June 44 Coutances (4.30) 18 Nov 44 Munster (3.45)
7 June 44 Acheres (5.05) 21 Nov 44 Coblenz (4.25)
9 June 44 Le Mans (5.55) 21 Nov 44 Aschffenburg (5.00)
15 Jun 44 St.Pol (4.00) 27 Nov 44 Freiburg (5.00)
15 Jun 44 Boulogne (3.40) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.40)
18 Jun 44 Oisemont-Neuville- 4 Dec 44 Uft Dam (5.00)
au-Bois (4.10) 6 Dec 44 Leuna Oil Plant (6.20)
21 Jun 44 St.Martin (4.10) 28 Dec 44 Bonn (4.00)
24 Jun 44 Bamieres (3.50) 29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.30)
27 Jun 44 Foret d'Eawy (4.50) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (6.40)
4 July 44 Biennais (4.20) 5 Jan 45 Royan (5.10)
6 July 44 Biennais (3.30) 5 Jan 45 Hannover (4.25)
18 Jul 44 Caen (4.20) 7 Jan 45 Munich (6.35)
18 Jul 44 Wesseling (5.20) 14 Jan 45 Leuna Oil Plant (6.35)
20 Jul 44 Ferme de Forestel (4.05) 16 Jan 45 Zeitz (6.28)
This officer has completed many operations against a variety of targets including Essen, Boulogne and Stettin. As member of the navigation team, he has helped to skilfully navigate his aircraft to the target and back to base. At all time he has displayed courage, determination and ability of the highest order.
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WHIDDEN, Sergeant (now P/O) Harold Ernest (R62019/J10952) - Air Force Medal - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 9 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Gretna, Manitoba, 3 December 1914. Enlisted at Saskatoon, 10 May 1940. Trained at No.2 EFTS (graduated 18 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940). Award presented 16 April 1943.
Sergeant Whidden's service as a flying instructor has been long and exemplary. He has displayed outstanding devotion to the service in all respects and under all conditions. His conduct at all times has served as a model for both his fellow instructors and his students. He has been untiring in his efforts and most unselfish in giving of his time to assist others. He has 954 flying hours.
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WHIPP, F/L Harold Henry (C13877) - Mention in Despatches - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 14 November 1906 in Heywood, England. Educated in Toronto. Ex-bank auditor. Enlisted 4 September 1942; overseas June 1943. Identified in Nighthawk: The Story of No.409 (Night Fighter) Squadron as unit Intelligence Officer and subsequently edited a history of the unit. See War Service Records, 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). DHist file 181.009 D.5529 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation for MBE dated 9 June 1945, confirming he was Intelligence Officer. Returned to Bank of Commerce after the war. Died in Toronto, 27 December 1997.
This officer joined the squadron on September 6, 1943 and has performed his duties with great zeal and efficiency ever since that time. He has worked hard and ceaselessly with no thought of self comfort. During the times when the squadron was operating independently he was called to do all night duty every night over a considerable period of time. Over and above his ordinary duties, Flight Lieutenant Whipp has devoted his time and energy in organizing sports activities, Squadron "gen" books, and is at present compiling a squadron history which in itself is a tremendous task. He has always been an inspiring example of leadership and devotion to duty which has resulted in the high efficiency of the aircrew in intelligence matters.
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WHIPPLE, P/O Joseph Allan Hudson (J93135) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 17 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 9 October 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 28 May 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 24 July 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 12 November 1943). Award presented 1 July 1947.
This officer has completed numerous sorties and throughout has displayed great keenness and determination. In April 1945 he was pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed to attack an airfield at Heligoland. Whilst on the bombing run his aircraft sustained severe damage. Despite this, Pilot Officer Whipple completed the bombing run and made a successful attack. He skilfully flew his crippled aircraft back to base where he executed a safe landing. On other occasions he has shown outstanding skill in attacking strongly defended targets despite heavy enemy opposition and damage to his aircraft. His devotion to duty has been most commendable.
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WHITAKER, FS Raphael Oscar (R99538) - 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 Peterborough; enlisted London, 8 April 1941. No citation in AFRO.
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WHITE, F/O Albert Stanford (J23795) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.113 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date, London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born 6 September 1920 at Windsor, Ontario. Educated there; home there. Employed by Motor Products Ltd. Enlisted in Windsor, 19 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 June 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1941). As of award had flown 1,465 hours (915 operational - 160 sorties). Award presented by Governor General, 27 June 1945.
This officer has completed many hours of operational flying as a pilot in the North Atlantic area and throughout his operational services he has displayed exceptionally high qualities of ability and keenness in his work. His diligence and loyalty have won for him the very high respect of his comrades.
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WHITE, F/L Cyril Willard (J13092) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Sunnyslope, Alberta; enlisted Calgary, 21 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 January 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). Certificate sent to No.6 OTU, 5 July 1945.
This officer has been a flying instructor for twenty-seven months. He has carried out his duties with conscientious attention and skill. He has [an] enviable reputation for turning out above-average pilots and has been of great assistance in helping other instructors to improve their flying knowledge and ability. He has shown excellent administrative control and always strengths the hand of his superior officers.
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WHITE, P/O Delbert Edward (J85721) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Home in Instow, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 7 February 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943). Award presented 23 April 1949.
One night in June 1944, this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack an enemy target. Early on the outward flight the hydraulic system was affected when an oil lead from the main tank became broken. Repeated attempts to stem the leak were of no avail and the contents of the header tank were lost. The possibility that the engineer would be unable to open the bomb doors when required was evident. Nevertheless, Pilot Officer White continued his mission and requested the flight engineer to drain as much oil as possible from the front turret in the meantime. In the run up to the target the quantity of oil thus obtained was poured into the main supply. The ends of the broken lead line were then held firmly together by a bandage and a flow sufficient to enable the bomb doors to be opened. A successful attack was made and afterwards the officer flew back to an airfield and made a safe landing. Pilot Officer White set a fine example of determination and devotion to duty.
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WHITE, FS Earle Benjamin (Can 22061A) - Mention in Despatches - No.6401 Servicing Echelon - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted there 15 September 1939. Listed as an LAC overseas as early as 1940; aero-engine mechanic.
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WHITE, P/O John Anthony (J45138) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.159 Squadron - Award effective 24 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Trained at No.2 ITS and No.2 AOS. File not found at DHist.
In February 1945 this officer was the navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack an enemy bridge. In the run in to the target the aircraft was met with intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire. The navigator's compartment was pierced and Pilot Officer White was wounded in the chest. Despite this, he remained at his post and played and played his part worthily in the attack on the target. Although in pain and suffering greatly from the loss of blood, Pilot Officer White insisted on fulfilling his duties. Although he fainted twice he recovered quickly and continued to navigate the aircraft home. After a flight of several hours duration base was reached within a few minutes of the estimated time of arrival. This officer displayed outstanding courage, fortitude and determination.
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WHITE, F/L Lee Jackson (J5993) - Mention in Despatches - Mediterranean Air Command - Award effective 17 September 1943 as per London Gazette of that date 28 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Home in Florenceville, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 10 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941). MiD again, 8 June 1944.
WHITE, S/L Lee Jackson (J5993) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - 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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WHITE, Corporal Leslie James (R59514) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 16 July 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation from W/C W.P. Pleasance, CO of No.419 Squadron, to CO Middleton St.George dated 14 July 1944. Had enlisted 16 July 1940; 19 months in Canada, 28 months overseas. Fitter IIA.
Corporal White's steadfastness and his outstanding ability as a rigger have been material in maintaining a high standard of serviceability of the aircraft of this squadron. He has shown fine qualities of leadership and has not spared himself when difficulties arose.
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WHITE, FS Murray Edward (R84748) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 26 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 March 1943 and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 February 1943. Home in Centreville, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 7 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.6 EFTS and No.10 SFTS.
One night in February 1943, Flight Sergeant White was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Turin. While over the target area the aircraft was hot by anti-aircraft fire. A large splinter damaged the mainplane and the port inner tank causing one engine to fail. On the return journey, when crossing the Alps, all moveable equipment was jettisoned in an effort to maintain height. Much petrol was lost but, displaying superb airmanship and great tenacity Flight Sergeant White flew the damaged aircraft back to this country with one engine out of action. His great skill and courage set a fine example.
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WHITE, F/L Paul Berkely (J15484) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Home in London, England; enlisted Montreal, 23 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 August 1940) and Station Rockcliffe. Invested with award by King George VI, 16 March 1945.
This officer has displayed initiative and courage in the completion of his duties in the course of many operational missions. These have included sorties against Berlin, Duisberg and Rostock as well as a number of anti-submarine patrols. As gunnery leader he has given invaluable advice and supervision to all air gunners in his squadron. His exemplary behaviour both on the ground and in the air has been worthy of the highest praise.
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WHITE, F/L Philip (J9541) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Lethbridge; enlisted Calgary, 28 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942). Certificate sent to No.6 OTU, 5 July 1945.
Flight Lieutenant White has been instructing for two years and nine months, during which period he has exhibited unfaltering drive and enthusiasm for the job at hand. At all times he has sought to improve his knowledge, both service and technical, and his example has been an inspiration to the junior officers. Presently employed as an examining officer, he fills the position in an exemplary manner.
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WHITE, FS Robert John (R82447) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 13 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Home in Perth, Ontario; enlisted Ottawa, 4 January 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 22 November 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 12 October 1941), and No.2 ANS (graduated 20 December 1941). Invested with award by King George VI, 30 November 1943. Commissioned; killed in action with No.427 Squadron, 30 March 1944 (Halifax LV898); buried Germany.
Flight Sergeant White, as navigator, has participated in attacks on some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets. His operational career has been marked by the exceptional coolness he has shown in times of danger and stress. This airman has always exhibited the greatest keenness to take part in operations.
Public Records Office Air 2/8951 has recommendation dated 21 March 1943 when he had flown 26 sorties (164 hours 26 minutes) and had been posted for instructional duties. Although the proposed citation is exceptionally terse, the sortie list is very detailed.
20 Nov 42 Turin (9.11) Many fires seen in town.
26 Nov 42 GARDENING (4.00)
28 Nov 42 Turin (9.40) Very large firs seen.
2 Dec 42 Frankfurt (8.15) Small scattered fires seen.
14 Dec 42 GARDENING (3.44)
17 Dec 42 GARDENING (7.00) Vegetables [mines] brought back
14 Jan 43 Lorient (5.25)
17 Jan 43 Berlin (8.32) Large explosions seen.
27 Jan 43 Dusseldorf (5.15) Incendiaries seen well alight
29 Jan 43 Lorient (6.01)
2 Feb 43 Cologne (5.08) Town lit by numerous fires.
3 Feb 43 Hamburg (7.09) Glow of fires seen through cloud.
7 Feb 43 Lorient (5.02) Many fires seen; glow observed from English coast.
11 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.09) Very large explosion followed by large fires.
13 Feb 43 Lorient (5.31) Fires seen in docks
14 Feb 43 Cologne (5.05) Glow of fires seen through cloud.
16 Feb 43 Lorient (5.17) A very wide area of fires; huge conflagration.
18 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.17) Bomb bursts observed
19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.57) Many fires observed.
25 Feb 43 Nuremburg (8.37) Incendiaries seen at beginning of attack.
26 Feb 43 Cologne (6.06) Whole town covered by fires.
28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (6.05) Many bursts observed in target area.
3 Mar 43 Hamburg (6.00) Nine large fires counted in target area.
5 Mar 43 Essen (5.58) Two large explosions seen and many fires.
8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (7.39) Own bomb burst distinguished around marker flares.
9 Mar 43 Munich (8.23) Many fires seen starting in target area; terrific explosions.
A hard worker who, though slow at first, has now become a really efficient navigator in whom his captain has the greatest faith. Flight Sergeant White has at all times displayed great coolness and is considered worthy of the Distinguished Flying Medal.
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WHITE, Corporal Roderick Guy (R63943) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 19 April 1940. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. DHist file 181.009 D.5527 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 30 April 1945 from Station Armament Officer to Station Adjutant. Certificate mailed 9 October 1948.
This resourceful and efficient NCO has shown keen devotion to duty. His qualities of leadership have continually inspired his men to do the arduous job of fusing bombs in a careful and exact manner through heavy operational commitments. His cheerful manner and untiring efforts are worthy of highest praise.
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WHITE, F/O Walter Leroy (J18468) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 20 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 April 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 29 September 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 8 November 1941). Award presented by Governor General at Government House, 12 June 1953. No citation in AFRO other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded from squadron, approximately 22 July 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (223 hours 35 minutes). First tour had been 13 October 1942 to 29 August 1943 (28 trips, 172 hours 55 minutes). Second tour to date to date had been ten trips (50 hours 50 minutes), 21 June to 18 July 1944.
This navigator has successfully completed one operational tour and ten bombing sorties on his second tour. His work as a navigator has been outstanding and his courage, skill and determination in action have been an inspiration to his crew.
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WHITE, F/L William Andrew Telfer (J26819) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 20 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). Award presented 29 January 1947.
Flight Lieutenant White has attacked some of the enemy's most heavy defended and important targets in Germany including Stuttgart, Essen, Cologne and Dusseldorf. He has always displayed a fine fighting spirit and has pressed home his attacks regardless of enemy opposition. On one occasion in December 1944, following an attack against Dusseldorf, his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 109. During the ensuing combat extensive damage was sustained by his bomber. Nevertheless, with great skill this officer manoeuvred into a position which enabled his gunners to destroy the enemy fighter. The homeward flight was accomplished with great difficulty but Flight Lieutenant White's coolness and superb airmanship brought the crippled bomber safely back to the United Kingdom where he made a masterly landing.
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WHITE, P/O William James (J16149) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.540 Squadron - Award effective 24 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 4 March 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 August 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 8 October 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942). Award presented 9 July 1949.
This officer has displayed great devotion to his operational duties, the success of which has been mainly due to his meticulous pre-flight planning. On one occasion he undertook an important photographic reconnaissance, afterwards landing in North Africa with petrol for only twenty minutes flying time to spare. This flight had to be carefully planned and could only have been completed by a reliable and experienced captain. Pilot Officer White has recently repeated this feat of airmanship on a sortie which involved a flight of 4,000 miles in two days.
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WHITEHEAD, FS Clarence Elwin (Can 4358A) - Mention in Despatches - No.1666 Heavy Conversion Unit (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in McTaggart, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Winnipeg, 30 March 1939. In No.414 Squadron earlier ? No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009.D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation dated 8 January 1945; Warrant Officer Servicing Engineer.
On 24th December 1943, a Lancaster II aircraft caught fire in the starboard inner engine whilst taxying along the perimeter track. The aircrew left the aeroplane and stood clear. When Flight Sergeant Whitehead arrived the flames had spread to the petrol tank, but completely disregarding his personal safety, as the tank was liable to explode at any moment, he directed the fire tender hose into the flames and, ably assisted by Flight Lieutenant Walker, succeeded in putting out the fire and saving this very valuable aircraft from total destruction.
WHITEHEAD, FS Clarence Elwin (Can 4358A) - Mention in Despatches - No.1666 Heavy Conversion Unit (AFRO gives unit only as No.61 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation for a BEM dated 30 August 1944 when he had served eleven months in Canada, 54 months overseas. A Fitter IIE, he was Warrant Officer Servicing Engines.
Flight Sergeant Whitehead is an extremely efficient NCO. His exceptional drive, initiative and keenness has been proved on many occasions, during 150 hours he has flown on air tests, and so assisted the technical and flying squadrons to diagnose faults quickly and keep the aircraft up to a high standard of serviceability.
His efficient and exceptional technical knowledge has already resulted in his being Mentioned in Despatches. Since that time and within the past few months on two distinct occasions his complete disregard for his own safety and his personal leadership have contributed greatly to minimizing damage by fire of a serious nature to an aircraft on one occasion and to buildings on another.
This NCO's devotion to duty in all regards is such that it is strongly recommended that he be awarded the British Empire Medal.
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WHITEHORNE, WO1 Ray Reginald (R53521) - Mention in Despatches - Station Croft - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 17 October 1939. Certificate mailed to him, 23 August 1948. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation dated 2 May 1945 when he was Warrant Officer in charge of Daily Servicing.
This Warrant Officer has been employed with this unit for the past sixteen months. During this time he has organized and efficiently operated the aircraft allotted to the Daily Servicing Section for one operational squadron. Working for long hours under adverse weather conditions he has maintained a spirit of determination in his flights which in many cases has been a deciding factor in more aircraft over the target. His energy and untiring efforts have been an example to his men.
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WHITELAW, F/O Daniel Sarsfield (J20041) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in St.Thomas, Ontario; enlisted Montreal, 25 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.22 EFTS (ceased training,24 April 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942). Award sent by registered mail 30 March 1947. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 13 September 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (165 hours ten minutes) between 10 May and 28 August 1944. Sortie sheet very detailed - three attacks by enemy aircraft when bombing Aachen (24 May 1944). He was both Air Bomber and Radar Navigation Officer.
Flying Officer Whitelaw's record on the squadron as Radar Navigation Officer has been of great assistance to this Squadron. He has exerted himself to the utmost to bring the standard of efficiency of all aircrew in his Section up to his own.
His determination, [and] his cheerful courage have marked him out as a leader and as one of the most useful members of this Squadron. He has completed 33 sorties over enemy territory including several major raids in Germany.
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WHITEMAN, F/O Alfred George (J38314) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Home in Beulah or Neepawa, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 10 September 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 12 November 1943). Award sent by registered mail 7 November 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (178 hours 59 minutes), 2 November 1944 to 8 April 1945. Sortie list (targets and times) identical to those of F/L Dugald Griffin and F/O Walter Mutchler.
2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.58) Good bombing; cloud.
4 Nov 44 Bochum (5.09) Bombed target.
6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.58) Bombed on aiming point.
16 Nov 44 Julich (4.29) do.
18 Nov 44 Munster (5.27) Successful; cloud.
21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (7.00) Bombed through clouds.
17 Dec 44 Duisburg (5.52) do.
24 Dec 44 Essen-Mulheim airfield (4.57) Bombed as ordered.
28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.59) Glow seen through cloud.
30 Dec 44 Cologne (6.44) Cloud.
1 Jan 45 Dortmund (5.02) Bombed target.
5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.03) Bombed in cloud.
6 Jan 45 Hanau (5.48) do.
14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.31) Successful attack.
16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.54) Many fires seen.
22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.53) Good results.
28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (7.52) Bombed through clouds.
23 Feb 45 Essen (5.46) Bombed in cloud.
24 Feb 45 Kamen (6.02) do.
2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.30) Good results.
3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.16) Bombed target in cloud.
7 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt (6.18) Many fires seen.
8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.49) Good results.
11 Mar 45 Essen (5.21) Cloud and smoke over T/A.
12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.57) do.
14 Mar 44 Homburg (6.12) Successful.
15 Mar 45 Hagen (5.46) Bombed target; fires seen.
20 Mar 45 Recklinghausen (5.28) Good bombing.
24 Mar 45 Gladbeck (5.50) Bombed on aiming point.
25 Mar 45 Munster (4.06) do.
8 Apr 45 Hamburg, Blohm and Bombed Blohm and Voss
Voss yards (6.02) works.
Flying Officer Whiteman has now completed 31 operational sorties as a navigator in Halifax III aircraft with No.158 Squadron. All his sorties have been to major targets in Germany.
A navigator who has shown himself to be both keen and competent, Flying Officer Whiteman has been a valued member of a very able crew and his constant courage and cheerfulness have been valuable factors contributing to high morale.
Keen to fly on every possible occasion and determined to strike at the enemy through any of the defences he may set up, this officer has done good work. His personal efficiency has been one of the most important factors in the successes achieved by his crew.
It is recommended that his excellent efforts and his qualities of courage, determination and devotion to duty in all circumstances be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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WHITHAM, F/L James (J15281) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 30 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 18 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 25 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.16 EFTS, and No.11 SFTS. Credited with the following victories: 13 March 1942, one FW.190 destroyed; 26 July 1942, one FW.190 damaged; 17 August 1942, one FW.190 destroyed (shared with P/O G.B. Murray); 19 August 1942, one FW.190 probably destroyed and one FW.190 damaged. Killed in action 28 August 1942 (Spitfire BR628); burid in France. Medal presented at uncertain date to next of kin.
This officer has completed a large number of sorties over enemy occupied territory. He is an excellent flight commander whose fine fighting qualities have been well illustrated when leading his section in attacks on the enemy's targets. Besides his good work in the air, Flight Lieutenant Whitham is a tireless worker on the ground and has proved a source of inspiration to all.
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WHITING, S/L Richard Benson (C5782) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Born May 1911 at Whonnock, British Columbia; educated in Vancouver including UBC. Prewar airline aircraft inspector. Enlisted in Vancouver, 21 June 1940. Award presented 1 December 1948. Remained in postwar RCAF.
As a Construction Engineering Officer in Western Air Command from July 1941 to the present, Squadron Leader Whiting has been entrusted with an important share of the construction of the RCAF defences on the Pacific coast. At all times he has displayed energy, persistence, loyalty and enthusiasm beyond the call of ordinary duty. His devotion to duty has been an inspiration to those with whom he has worked.
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WHITMAN, Corporal Helen Gertrude (W302316) - Mention in Despatches - Station Scoudouc - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Deep Brook, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Ottawa, 29 January 1942.
This airwoman has been outstanding in the performance of her duties as Hospital Assistant. She has become noted for her close attention to detail, her ingenuity, her desire to serve, and the inspiration of her example have had a wide influence. Her work has been such that it fulfils the highest requisites and embraces the best traditions of the medical service.
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WHITMORE, Corporal Fletcher Thomas Michael (R122809) - Mention in Despatches - No.427 Squadron (No.63 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Kitchener; enlisted Hamilton, 21 August 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 11 July 1944:
This airman enlisted in August 1941 and was posted to the United Kingdom in April 1943. He is an Armourer (Bombs) and arrived on 427 Squadron in April 1943. He is in charge of one of the "bombing up" crews. His work has been outstanding in general. He has worked long hours and has been a splendid example of loyalty and devotion to duty and has gained the confidence of all those working with him.
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WHITNEY, F/O Ernest Clark (J27459) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 19 June 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 22 January 1943), No.5 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943) and No.2 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943). Award presented 21 February 1948. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 23 September 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (184 hours five minutes), 18 April to 15 September 1944. Incidents described took place on 5 August (St.Leu d'Esserent) and 7 August 1944 (troop concentrations, Caen). Also described as H2S Leader and an excellent instructor.
As air bomber Flying Officer Whitney has participated in a large number of sorties. He has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and resolution and has contributed in good measure to the successes obtained. In August 1944 he took part in a daylight bombing attack on St.Leu Desserent. At the commencement of the bombing run the aircraft was subjected to heavy fire from the ground defences. Some fragments of shell burst through the window of Flying Officer Whitney's compartment, narrowly missing his head. In spite of considerable discomfort caused by the slipstream, Flying Officer Whitney coolly directed the bombing run and attacked the target with precision. Two nights later in an attack on enemy troop concentrations in the Caen area this resolute air bomber worked strenuously in trying conditions for thirty-five minutes to drop his bombs manually after the bomb release mechanism failed to function. His determination was typical of that which he has shown throughout his tour.
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WHITNEY, F/O John Lawrence (J18776) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Home in Eriksdale, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 5 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 July 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 March 1942). Award sent by registered mail 20 March 1951. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 1 April 1945 when he had flown 20 sorties (127 hours 50 minutes), 5 January to 23 March 1945.
Flying Officer Whitney has completed two tours of operations, his second tour being with this squadron. He displayed a keen interest in navigation and has been in no small measure responsible for the high standard of success enjoyed by his navigation team throughout his second tour of operations.
This Air Bomber by his initiative and determination to press home his attacks on the enemy has been an inspiration to every member of the squadron. In view of the excellent spirit and devotion to duty displayed by this officer throughout two tours of operations, I strongly recommend that he be granted an Immediate award of the DFC.
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WHITTALL, F/L Hubert Richard (J26095) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 21 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 30 November 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Presented with DFC and Bar, 13 July 1946. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation by W/C H.A. Morrison dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 44 sorties (175 hours 19 minutes). Most of his trips were flown with F/O John G. Fultz.
1 Mar 44 Nerlun (5.15, Nickle 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 22 (2.42)
flight, not counted 18 Aug 44 Bremen (5.06)
as a sortie) 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (6.53)
12 May 44 Louvain (4.50) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.43)
22 May 44 Le Mans (5.05) 28 Aug 44 Fromental (2.17)
2 June 44 Neufchatel (4.30) 6 Sept 44 Emden (4.00)
5 June 44 Halbate (4.20) 8 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.34)
6 June 44 Coutrances (4.40) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre 3 (2.30)
7 June 44 Acheres (4.50) 12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.22)
9 June 44 Le Mans (5.25) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.16)
12 June 44 Cambrai (4.50) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (1.53)
14 June 44 St.Pol (4.25) 17 Sep 44 Biggerkerke (1.54)
15 June 44 Boulogne (3.35) 20 Sep 44 Calais (2.14)
16 June 44 Sautrecourt (4.00) 23 Sep 44 Domburg (1.56)
21 June 44 Neufchatel (4.05) 25 Sep 44 Calais (1.55)
23 June 44 Bientque (3.55) 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.42)
27 June 44 Foret d'Eaivy (3.50) 27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.16)
1 July 44 Biennais (4.40) 28 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (2.12)
4 July 44 Biennais (3.45) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.23)
5 July 44 Biennais (3.45) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.50)
7 July 44 Caen (5.05) 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (4.47)
11 July 44 Thiverny (4.30) 11 Oct 44 Fort Fredrick
15 July 44 Nucourt (4.45) Hendrick (2.17)
12 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.13) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.19)
Flight Lieutenant Whittall is an excellent pilot and captain of a crew now on their second tour of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Emden, Russelheim and Bremen. He is an excellent leader and organizer who, by his own personal example of fearlessness and devotion to duty, has inspired his crew to greater efforts. He possesses a magnetic personality and a keen sense of responsibility, which is highlighted by his very keen desire to take part in offensive action on every possible occasion. Undoubtedly, many of the successful operations carried out by this squadron can be attributed, in no small way, to the excellent manner in which he has carried out the Deputy Master Bomber duties allotted to him. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
WHITTALL, F/L Hubert Richard, DFC (J26095) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.
Throughout two tours of operations this officer has proved himself to be a skilful and resourceful pilot and captain of aircraft. He has participated in attacks against a wide range of targets with outstanding determination and courage. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has maintained a high standard of airmanship and devotion to duty.
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WHITTEN, F/O Lloyd Norman (J37080) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.160 Squadron - Award effective 28 November 1945 as per London Gazette of 11 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 18 July 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 26 June 1943), and No.17 SFTS (graduated 29 October 1943). Award presented 11 June 1949.
Flying Officer Whitten has flown on numerous mine-laying and supply-dropping missions. All of these have entailed flights of extremely long duration and deep penetration of enemy territory by day and night. He has at all times displayed great coolness, determination and devotion to duty and under his inspiring leadership his crew have attained a high standard of operational efficiency.
NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9138 has recommendation dated 13 September 1945 when he was credited with 35 sorties (500 operational hours). Draft text was as follows:
Flying Officer Whitton has carried out 35 mining and supply dropping sorties. All these sorties have entailed flights of extremely long duration and the unescorted penetration of enemy territory by day and night.
He has at all times displayed the greatest coolness, determination and devotion to duty. His personal example and qualities as a leader have done much to maintain the efficiency and enthusiasm of his crew in difficult and trying circumstances. He has cheerfully undertaken any task required of him regardless of the hazards involved.
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WHITTINGTON, F/L Kenneth Herbert (J9155) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Home in Oshawa; enlisted Toronto, 6 October 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Award presented 22 November 1948.
This officer has completed a tour of operational duty during which he has taken part in attacks on a wide variety of targets in Germany and France including such heavily defended objectives as Berlin, Hanover and Frankfurt. In December 1943, while on the way to the target, he encountered strong opposition from enemy fighters. The rudder of his aircraft was damaged and Flight Lieutenant Whittington had great difficulty in keeping to course. Nevertheless he flew on and successfully completed his mission. This officer's tour has been marked by the courage and skill he has displayed and the determination with which he has always pressed home his attacks.
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WHITTLES, F/O Harold Melvyn (J40060) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Sudbury; enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 5 August 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 August 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 23 December 1943). Award presented in North Bay, 23 January 1953.
Flying Officer Whittles has completed a tour of operational sorties which have included attacks on such targets as Cologne, Wessel and Hamburg. During of the missions to Dusseldorf, a Focke Wulf 190 was engaged and destroyed with his co-operation. On another occasion Flying Officer Whittles flew most of the way to the target and during the entire flight home without oxygen. In spite of extremely adverse weather he displayed exceptional skill in navigation and the target was bombed on time. Courage, determination and devotion to duty which this officer has always shown have been outstanding.
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WHYNACHT, F/L Kelley Aeriel (J29129) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Home in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 27 May 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 January 1943), No.4 EFTS (graduated 13 April 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1943). Served in postwar RCAF; medal sent to him in 1950. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 26 March 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (216 hours), 29 November 1944 to 10 April 1945. NOTE: Recommendation spells his middle name as "Aerial". Enlisted in postwar RAF; awarded Air Force Cross, 1 June 1953; probably for instructional work at No.230 Operational Conversion Unit; still in RAF as of 1957 as a Flying Control Officer.
* denotes daylight sortie
29 Oct 44 Walcheren Island* 7 Jan 45 Munich
30 Oct 44 Cologne 16 Jan 45 Zeitz
31 Oct 44 Cologne 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart
4 Nov 44 Bochum 7 Feb 45 Cleve
6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen* 20 Feb 45 Dortmund
11 Nov 44 Dortmund 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim
18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 2 Mar 45 Cologne*
27 Nov 44 Freiburg 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz
29 Nov 44 Dortmund* 8 Mar 45 Kassel
3 Dec 44 Urft Dam* 11 Mar 45 Essen*
4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 12 Mar 45 Dortmund*
6 Dec 44 Merseburg Leuna 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg
12 Dec 44 Essen 18 Mar 45 Hanau
17 Dec 44 Ulm 21 Mar 45 Bremen*
28 Dec 44 Bonn 2 Apr 45 Nordhausen
31 Dec 44 Osterfeld 9 Apr 45 Kiel
5 Jan 45 Royan 10 Apr 45 Plauen
Flight Lieutenant Whynacht, a Canadian captain of aircraft, has completed 34 sorties of his first tour of operations, comprising 216 operational hours. These operations include sorties to heavily defended targets such as Cologne (3), Merseburg Leuna, Munich, Nuremburg and Bremen.
He has displayed exemplary skill in airmanship and outstanding fortitude throughout his tour of operations. On several occasions he has by these qualities extricated his crew from perilous situations of intense flak and fighter attack. Nevertheless, he has always set his mind to the task in hand, and with a fine offensive spirit has repeatedly attacked his targets with great precision.
His praiseworthy disregard for danger is responsible for the high morale which prevails in his crew, and has had a stimulating effect upon the rest of the crews in the flight to which he belongs.
For his gallantry I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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WHYTE, P/O Geoffrey Bruce (J17846) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. American in the RCAF; home in Battle Creek, Michigan; enlisted in Montreal, 14 September 1940. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 23 June 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 25 May 1941). Invested with award by the King, 22 June 1945.
This rear gunner has successfully participated in many missions against the enemy. He has always displayed marked enthusiasm for operations undaunted by heavy opposition. His coolness and courage over the most dangerous targets have been an inspiration to all with whom he has worked.
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WHYTE, W/C John Andrew (C9021) - 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. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 29 November 1941. Award presented, 9 April 1948.
This officer possesses pronounced executive and administrative ability. he has devoted many hours of painstaking labour beyond normal working hours which unquestionably have resulted in a considerable financial saving of public funds. The quality of his work at all times reflects a devotion to duty of the highest order and is of such a calibre that it has made a signal contribution to this Directorate.
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WHYTE, W/C John Clinton (C4079) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Ottawa; Senior Medical Officer at Group Headquarters. Awards card at DHist gives home as Toronto and undated enlistment at No.2 BGS, Mossbank, Saskatchewan. No citation in AFRO.
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WHYTE, FS Robert Allan (R86234) - British Empire Medal - No.10 Construction and Maintenance Unit - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 28 December 1940. Award presented, 29 November 1947.
This non-commissioned officer pioneered Royal Canadian Air Force trucking operations on the Alaska Highway, working under abnormally difficult conditions and without adequate equipment. His initiative, foresight, leadership and long hours of duty enabled rations and materials to go forward to destinations on the North West Staging Route without delay and at a vital period of the war. His efficiency and cheerful devotion to duty are outstanding.
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WHYTE, Corporal William (R90832) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. Born 16 December 1906. Home in South Porcupine, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 19 June 1941. Armourer (Bombs); posted overseas February 1942; repatriated June 1945; released 11 September 1945.
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