WIACEK, F/L Walter William (R214813) - Mention in Despatches - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Brantford, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 26 January 1943. No citation. Unit identified in AFRO as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D2585 (RG.24 Vol.20626) gives unit.

 

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WICKENS, F/O Edward Donald (J24657) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 10 April 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943); overseas April 1943. Served in postwar RCAF. Award sent by registered mail 21 December 1950.

 

Flying Officer Wickens has completed a tour of operations, several of which were against heavily defended targets in Germany. In March 1944, during an attack on a French target, his aircraft was attacked by night fighters with the result that the flight engineer was wounded, two engines were severely damaged and the petrol tanks holed. This necessitated an emergency landing as soon as this country was reached. This officer displayed courage, determination and high navigational skill under hazardous circumstances. He has proved himself to be a cool and highly efficient navigator. Throughout his devotion to duty in the face of enemy opposition and adverse weather is meritorious.

 

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WICKETT, W/C John Cameron (C855) - Air Force Cross - Central Flying School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Calgary as a Provisional Pilot Officer, 4 July 1938; awarded wings, 17 June 1939. As of recommendation (October 1945) he had flown 2,014 hours, 1,500 as instructor. Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 28 October 1953 as a Wing Commander, Institute of Aviation Medicine, Toronto. Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19840396-009).

 

This officer has held such key training positions as Squadron Commander of a Flying Instructors School, Deputy Chief Flying Instructor at Central Flying School, Training Wing Staff Officer at a Training Command Headquarters and latterly as Officer Commanding the Central Flying School. Throughout his entire career in flying training, he has at all times been assessed as outstanding in his work, and commended for his keenness and devotion to his job.

 

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WIDDIS, FS (now P/O) George Herving (R188526/J88576) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Brockville, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 25 August 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 18 May 1943). Award sent by registered mail 28 December 1945. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which they have invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 14 July 1944 when he had flown 46 sorties (287 hours). The first ten were with an unidentified squadron (2 October to 16 December 1943); the balance were with No.97 Squadron (1 January to 15 June 1944).

 

Unit Not Stated No.97 Squadron (cont.)

 

2 Oct 43 Munich (8.05) 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.20)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (5.30) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.05)

7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (6.45) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.45)

18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.15) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.15)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (6.05) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (6.55)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (4.15) 26 Mar 44 Essen (4.25)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.45) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.40)

23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.45) 20 Apr 44 La Chapelle (4.15)

26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.25) 22 Apr 44 Brunswick (5.15)

16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.10) 24 Apr 44 Munich (10.00)

26 Apr 44 Schweinfurt (8.15)

No.97 Squadron 29 Apr 44 Clermont Ferrand (6.45)

1 May 44 Toulouse (7.05)

1 Jan 44 Berlin (6.45) 3 May 44 Mailly-le-Camp (5.15)

5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.25) 9 May 44 Annecy (8.40)

20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.35) 22 May 44 Brunswick (5.40)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.25) 24 May 44 Eindhoven (3.40)

27 Jan 44 Berlin (7.55) 27 May 44 Morsalines (3.25)

29 Jan 44 Berlin (7.10) 31 May 44 Maisy (3.30)

30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.10) 5 June 44 Cherbourg (4.05)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.20) 6 June 44 Argentan (3.50)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.00) 8 June 44 Rennes (4.40)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (5.05) 12 Jun 44 Caen (4.30)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (6.45) 15 Jun 44 Chatellerault (5.55)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.05)

 

As an air gunner, this Non-Commissioned Officer has now completed 46 successful sorties involving attacks on such heavily defended areas as Berlin (eleven times), Stuttgart (four times), Munich (twice), Frankfurt (twice), Essen and Hanover.

 


Flight Sergeant Widdis is one of the best air gunners in the squadron and his enthusiasm and keenness to operate against the enemy has been an inspiration to the whole squadron. His work has been of a high standard throughout his tour and his unremitting search has played a great part in the safety of the aircraft and crew on their numerous operational flights.

 

For the fine example of keenness and devotion to duty set by Flight Sergeant Widdis he is considered well worthy for a non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WIDDIS, F/O Joseph Lloyd (J23742) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Lakeside, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 11 June 19442. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 23 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 12 February 1943). Award sent by registered mail 13 January 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by S/L M. Bryson dated 23 July 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (197 hours 50 minutes), 25 November 1943 to 24 June 1944. Postwar earned degrees of BA.Sc, M.Sc, and P.Eng. Died in Ottawa, 13 December 1994.

 

This air bomber has taken part in 34 attacks on enemy territory, including five on the German capital, and many others against heavily defended targets. Throughout his tour he has shown a fine offensive spirit and a determination to achieve results well above average. His ability is above average and he has always been a great assistant to his captain.

 

He has shown great cheerfulness under trying conditions and has helped in no small way to inspire the crew so that the attacks have been pressed home.

 

It is considered that this fine example of devotion to duty fully merits the award of the D.F.C.

 

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WIDGER, FS William Joseph (R60317) - British Empire Medal - No.164 Squadron - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Born 13 August 1904 at Dawlish, Devon, England. Home in Calgary, Alberta (farmer and carpenter). Enlisted in Calgary, 6 June 1940. Trained at TTS, St.Thomas, Ontario; to Air Armament Flight, Trenton (November 1940); to Summerside, P.E.I. (December 1940); to No.118 Squadron, Dartmouth (September 1941); to No.1 SFTS, Camp Borden (March 1943); to BGS, Fingal (October 1943); to OTU, Greenwood (May 1944); to No.164 Squadron, Moncton (September 1944 to April 1946). Remained in postwar RCAF. Award presented 18 December 1947.

 


Flight Sergeant Widger has fulfilled his duties in a most exemplary manner at all times, especially during the transfer of the transport squadron from one station to another. He was instrumental in maintaining constant scheduled flying operations throughout this change and as a non-commissioned officer he is always looked upon as an example of good Air Force discipline by his squadron personnel.

 

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WIDINER, Sergeant Frank Christopher (R143279) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Enlisted in Vancouver, 28 November 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 12 months in Canada, 26 months overseas.

 

This NCO is employed as NCO in charge Electricians with 427 Squadron and is an untiring worker who commands the respect of all who work with him. His trade ability is of the highest calibre and his ability to accomplish the most difficult tasks make him a key member of his section. He has many times extended himself beyond the ordinary call of duty and is recommended for the award of Mention in Despatches.

 

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WIEBE, Sergeant Bessie Carolina May (W304473) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Regina; enlisted there 22 April 1942. Award presented 8 March 1945.

 

This NCO is in charge of the central registry section of her station. By her unceasing devotion to duty, her cheerful patience and tireless efforts to develop personnel under her control, she has brought the work in her section to a high degree of efficiency.

 

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WIGGLESWORTH, FS Armand Frederick (R65459) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Instrument Flying School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, 17 August 1918; home there; enlisted in Halifax, 20 September 1940. Award presented 16 April 1948. Demobilized in 1945, he was in the army, 1947 to 1965; attained rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 26 October 1953 for executive services in RCAF Association. Later received Canadian Centennial Medal, Commander of the Order of St.Lazuras of Jerusalem. Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel, 841 Independent Field Battery, 1979. Serving Brother, Order of St.John, 1972; admitted as Member, Order of Canada as per Canada Gazette dated 9 March 1996.

 


This non-commissioned officer has been employed in the trade of Electrician for the past five years, specializing in Link Trainer maintenance. Both during working hours and in his spare time he has directed his inventive ability to the creation of useful modifications for improved training in Link Trainer. In recent months his outstanding efforts have been productive in that many of these modifications have been adopted for wide use. He has always maintained a high standard in his work and his example has been an inspiration to all other non-commissioned officers and airman on the Maintenance Staff at this school.

 

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WIGLE, F/O James Gordon (J35713) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Home in Hagersville, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 25 August 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Award presented 17 August 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 15 November 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (139 hours 30 minutes), 30 July to 11 November 1944.

 

This officer, navigator in the crew captained by Flight Lieutenant Howes, has completed twenty-eight operational trips involving attacks on a wide variety of well defended targets in France and Germany. He has always displayed a high degree of navigational ability and the successful completion of his many sorties is due in no small measure to the resourcefulness and courage he has shown at all times.

 

Flying Officer Wigle has also been a tremendous asset to his section when on the ground, not only by his own workmanship but by his co-operative spirit in instructing and leading his fellow navigators.

 

I consider that his fine record of achievement plus his quiet but dogged determination fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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WILBEE, F/O Edward Robert Victor (J41063) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.23 EFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Montreal, 16 November 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 9 July 1943), No.13 EFTS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1944). Certificate mailed to him, 5 July 1945.

 


This officer has shown exceptional devotion to duty, both as a flying instructor and in his ability to assist in imparting ground instruction. His willingness in helping trainees with studies after normal working hours and the high standard of service knowledge he has accrued have made him outstanding among instructors.

 

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WILBY, F/O Clifford (C19932) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 13 July 1940. Award presented 11 June 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2818 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 March 1943 when he had flown 44 sorties (253 hours 40 minutes) in two blocks - 23 January to 24 June 1943 (24 trips, 133 hours 45 minutes) and 30 October 1944 to 11 March 1945 (20 sorties, 127 hours 55 minutes) as a flight engineer.

 

Flying Officer Wilby has recently completed his second operational tour. Throughout his long period of operations, this officer has displayed the utmost in skill, determination and courage, and he has participated in attacks on practically all the important German targets. At all times he has proved himself to be an excellent crew member, and s source of strength to his Section Leader...

 

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WILBY, P/O Peter (J17957) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Home in Jasper, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 30 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 December 1940), No.16 EFTS (graduated 27 January 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941). DFC and Bar presented 16 May 1945. No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

WILBY, F/L Peter (J17957) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has continued to operate with unremitting zeal and enthusiasm. He has taken part in recent attacks on Berlin, Mannheim and Cologne, frequently making three or four runs over the target to make sure of the aiming point in the face of the fiercest opposition.

 

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WILBY, F/O Thomas Richard (J15138) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 July 1943 and AFRO 1582/43 dated 13 August 1943. Home in Fredericton, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 12 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 29 January 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 23 June 1941). Award presented 5 July 1945.

 

In air operations this officer displayed courage, fortitude and skill of the highest order.

 

NOTE: In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM). This included much information on Wilby, who was shot down and captured (date not given), escaped and reached Spain on 30 April 1943.

 

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WILCOCK, P/O Albert James (J85391) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Home in St.Vital, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 22 October 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942). Award presented 17 July 1947. No citation other than "completed... many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation (no date; cleared by Station Commander on 24 June 1944) noting he had flown 34 sorties (170 hours 25 minutes), 30 August 1943 to 18 June 1944.

 

* counted as 1/3 sortie

 

30 Aug 43 Munchen-Gladbach (4.00) 20 Apr 44 Lens (2.55)*

31 Aug 44 Berlin (1.35) DNCO 22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (3.40)

5 Sept 43 Mannheim (7.40) 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (5.25)

15 Sep 43 Mont Lucon (5.55) 27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven (6.30)

1 Oct 43 Hagen (5.30) 10 May 44 Ghent (2.40)

2 Oct 43 Munich (7.55) 11 May 44 Boulogne (2.15)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (5.35) 19 May 44 Le Mans (4.05)

7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (6.05) 23 May 44 Le Mans (3.20)

20 Oct 43 Leipzig (6.55) 31 May 44 Trappes (3.50)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (5.00) 2 June 44 Trappes (3.15)

3 Nov 43 Cologne (4.20) 4 June 44 Calais (1.55)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (7.00) 7 June 44 Foret-de-Cerise (3.15)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (6.50) 10 Jun 44 Versailles (3.50)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.05) 11 Jun 44 Tours (5.00)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.50) 14 Jun 44 Cambrai (2.30)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.55) 15 Jun 44 Lens (2.10)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.00) 18 Jun 44 Oisemont-Neuville-

24 Mar 44 Berlin (6.50) au-Bois (2.35)

26 Mar 44 Essen (4.35)


Pilot Officer Wilcock is a very efficient Bomb Aimer. He has completed 34 operational trips against such heavily defended enemy targets as Berlin, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. He has invariably displayed great courage and determination in pressing home his attacks. The skill and devotion to duty displayed by this officer has been an example to the squadron.

 

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WILCOX, Sergeant Gordon Lennox Melbourne (R104679) - Mention in Despatches - Croft (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 Sherbrooke, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 30 May 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted 2 February 1945. Had served 35 months in Canada, ten months overseas. Armourer (Bombs).

 

This NCO has been employed in the Bomb Dumb for eleven months. During this time severe strain has been placed on the resources of this station due to the extremely heavy operational requirements which has entailed long hours of extra duty often under severe weather conditions. This Non-Commissioner Officer's fine leadership and strong sense of duty has inspired a high standard of morale in his men which has contributed greatly to the operational efficiency of this section during these trying times.

 

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WILDE, LAW Esther (W310353) - British Empire Medal - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 9 February 1943. Clerk/Steno. Award sent by registered mail. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 60, file 190-I, dossier 9) has citation.

 

The keenness and devotion to duty shown by this airwoman have been most praiseworthy and her indomitable determination to maintain a state of efficiency in her section frequently entails many extra hours of work far beyond the call of duty.

 

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WILDE, WO (now P/O) Kenneth George (R162219/J87370) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 7 April 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Award presented 9 April 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 14 July 1944 when he had flown 28 2/3 sorties (155 operational hours), 24 February to 27 June 1944.

 

* daylight sortie

# counted as 1/3 sortie

 

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt 3 May 44 Mailly le Camp

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart 6 May 44 Aubigne Racon

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 9 May 44 Merville

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 10 May 44 Dieppe

26 Mar 44 Essen 24 May 44 Le Clipon

9 Apr 44 GARDENING 5 June 44 Caisbecq

10 Apr 44 Aulnoye# 6 June 44 Vire

18 Apr 44 Rouen 7 June 44 Cerisy

20 Apr 44 Cologne 10 June 44 Acheres

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 11 June 44 Evreux

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 14 June 44 Le Havre*

26 Apr 44 Essen 22 June 44 Rheims

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen 24 June 44 Mayons*

30 Apr 44 Maintenon# 25 June 44 Ligescourt*

1 May 44 Lyons 27 June 44 Vaires

 

Warrant Officer Wilde has now completed his first tour of operations with a total of 28 2/3 sorties, many of which have been against the most heavily defended targets in Germany. This young Canadian has at all times pressed home his attacks with determination to hit his target, and has gained excellent results regardless of flak and fighter opposition. His skill and courage, his coolness and presence of mind have ensured the success of all these missions and proved him to be an outstanding member of a gallant crew. He is fully deserving of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WILDING, F/O John Archibald (J27908) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Home in Bronx, New York (but described as a British national); enlisted in Ottawa, 11 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Killed in action 9 September 1944 (Halifax MP681). Award presented to net-of-kin, 5 May 1945.

 


This officer has taken part in many sorties to heavily defended targets in Germany, including Hamburg, Stuttgart and Kiel. On three occasions his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters and during one sortie to Stuttgart eight separate attacks by hostile aircraft were encountered and his aircraft badly damaged. In the face of the enemy Flying Officer Wilding has consistently displayed courage and determination to complete his mission. A fine captain of aircraft, he has destroyed one Focke Wulf 190.

 

WILDING, F/O John Archibald (J27908) - Mention in Despatches - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation for MiD dated 12 October 1944. He had flown 20 sorties (109 hours 45 minutes). NOTE: The RAF flight engineer, Sergeant John Francis Andrew, stayed to help Wilding, was killed, and was also recommended for a posthumous MiD. Also, there is an undated recommendation for a DFC stating that on three occasions his aircraft had been attacked by fighters; that during a raid on Cambrai (12 June 1944) his bomber had been attacked by a FW.190 (claimed shot down) while on raid to Stuttgart (25 July 1944) there were eight attacks by fighters which shot away the astrodome. The recommendation cites 20 sorties (109 hours 45 hours), 19 May to 18 August 1944. This suggests the squadron tried to get him a DFC and when they failed they went for a posthumous MiD. Two streets in Wallingford are named for Wilding and Andrew.

 

Flying Officer Wilding was the pilot of a Halifax aircraft which crashed close to the village of Wallingford in Oxford the ninth of September 1944, returning from an abortive sortie on Le Havre, when all aircraft returned to their bases, carrying their bomb loads. On the return the aircraft caught fire and being unable to extinguish the flames the order to abandon aircraft was given by the pilot. The rear gunner was having difficulties in getting out of his turret and Flying Officer Wilding told him to take his time as he would stay with the aircraft until all were safely out; the rest of the crew with the exception of the flight engineer bailed out successfully. The pilot, realising the possible resultant damage to life and property because of the bomb load he carried, remained with the aircraft and successfully guided it away from the village of Wallingford where it crashed in an open field. This very commendable action in this respect undoubtedly saved the lives of many civilians and also extensive damage to the village. For this he is recommended to be Mentioned in Despatches (posthumously).

 

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WILDING, P/O John Arthur (J85716) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 11 February 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942). Award sent by registered mail 17 December 1948.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operational duty during which he has taken part in sorties against many of the enemy's most heavily defended and important targets. In December 1943 the aircraft in which he was flying as a gunner was attacked by a Junkers 88. Pilot Officer Wilding and the rear gunner opened fire, damaging the enemy fighter. At all times this officer has displayed keenness, courage and devotion to duty worthy of the highest praise.


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WILEY, LAC David Francis (R149998) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George (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 Saltcoats, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 5 February 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945 when he had served 13 months in Canada, 11 months overseas. Metal worker in Repair and Inspection Section.

 

This airman, by his many hours of extra work and whole hearted devotion to duty, has made a major contribution to the prompt, accurate and efficient incorporation of modifications to Lancaster and Halifax aircraft at this unit. His outstanding zeal has been an example to all working with him.

 

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WILEY, F/O Douglas Rowe (J11131) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 1 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 20 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.17 EFTS (ceased training, 7 October 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 19 January 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 13 April 1942). Invested with award by King George 11 August 1944. Recommended 22 June 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (175 hours 12 minutes), 26 February 1943 to 10 June 1944. Recommendation noted that on raid to Bochum (15 May 1943) he had been trapped in his turret by flak damage but had maintained vigilant search, showing outstanding courage (DHist file 181.009 D.3260 - RG.24 Vol.20637).

 

This officer has completed a notable tour of operations during which he has taken part in attacks on such targets as Berlin, Essen and Frankfurt. He is a highly efficient air gunner whose example of courage and resolution has been most commendable. He has rendered valuable service.

 

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WILEY, F/L George William (J7234) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 4 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 May 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 30 August 1941). Taken prisoner while flying with No.112 Squadron, 10 March 1943; shot following the "Great Escape", 26 March 1944. No citation in AFRO.

 

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WILHELMSON, F/O Sander Willie Raymond (J10026) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.192 Squadron - Award effective 25 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 October 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Home in Elbow, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 23 May 1941. Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 4 January 1942). Invested with award by King George 29 June 1945.

 

As wireless operator/air gunner this officer has taken part in a large number of sorties and has displayed skill and devotion.

 

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WILKESMAN, F/L Bernard Wilhelm (J20110) - Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 15 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 22 August 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942). DHist file 181.009 D.3053 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has text of citation taken from USAF General Order 92 dated 14 November 1944.

 

For extraordinary achievement during the Normandy campaign while participating in bombing attacks on some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. Acting Flight Lieutenant Wilkesman has displayed outstanding ability as a Special Duties Operator and Signals Leader. His courage and devotion to duty reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

 

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WILKIE, W/O (now P/O) George Alexander (R124459/J85043) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.44 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944. Home in St.Vital, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 6 September 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 16 September 1942). Award presented 22 February 1947.

 

Warrant Officer Wilkie has completed many successful sorties against targets in Germany and several anti-submarine patrols. In May 1943 he was detailed for an attack on Essen and while en route to the target a technical failure occurred in the inter-communication system of his aircraft. Despite the fact that he was unable to receive verbal messages from his captain, Warrant Officer Wilkie's excellent directions enabled a determined attack by a Focke Wulf 190, during the bombing run, to be frustrated. Throughout his tour the record of this air gunner has been distinguished by his untiring zeal, cheerful confidence and devotion to duty.

 

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WILKIE, S/L Harry Wellington (J6184) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Home in Orillia (later in Guelph); enlisted in Toronto, 25 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 March 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 16 July 1941). Award presented in Hamilton, 27 July 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had flown 50 sorties (318 hours 50 minutes) in two tours. The first of these (bombing in North Africa) is described in detail below; the second consisted of unspecified duties for all but the last.

 

First Tour

 

15 Jun 42 Benghazi (.35) 1 Aug 42 Tobruk (7.30)

17 Jun 42 Tmimi (5.30) 6 Aug 42 do. (7.55)

19 Jun 42 Benghazi (7.15) 8 Aug 42 do. (7.50)

22 Jun 42 Tmimi (5.30) 10 Aug 42 do. (7.10)

23 Jun 42 Gazala (5.35) 14 Aug 42 do. (7.45)

24 Jun 42 Benghazi (7.10) 16 Aug 42 do. (8.20)

26 Jun 42 enemy transport (4.25) 18 Aug 42 do. (8.00)

29 Jun 42 do. (3.45) 26 Aug 42 enemy transport (3.40)

1 July 42 do. (3.00) 28 Aug 42 Tobruk (8.50)

3 July 42 El Daba (4.10) 30 Aug 42 enemy transport (4.15)

8 Jul 42 Tobruk (7.35) 1 Sept 42 do. (3.20)

10 Jul 42 do. (7.35) 1 Sept 42 do. (2.30)

20 Jul 42 enemy transport (3.30) 3 Sept 42 do. (3.05)

22 Jul 42 do. (3.50) 8 Sept 42 Tobruk (7.35)

24 Jul 42 Tymbaki, Crete (7.30) 13 Sep 42 do. (8.45)

26 Jul 42 Tobruk (7.15) 15 Sep 42 do. (7.55)

28 Jul 42 do. (7.15) 18 Sep 42 do. (8.00)

30 Jul 42 do. (4.00) 22 Sep 42 Op. LG.12 (3.00)

26 Sep 42 Tobruk (7.40)

 

Second Tour

 

7 Nov 44 (7.05) 21 Feb 45 (8.00)

9 Nov 44 (5.45) 23 Feb 45 (8.40)

26 Nov 44 (7.10) 25 Feb 45 (11.10)

29 Nov 44 (7.10) 2 Mar 45 (7.00)

28 Dec 44 (8.20) 3 Mar 45 (8.30)

30 Dec 44 (9.05) 9 Apr 45 Bombing Kiel (5.55)

9 Feb 45 (6.30)

 

Squadron Leader Wilkie has completed a large number of bombing and Special Operations in this country and the Middle East. He has at all times displayed an exceptionally high degree of skill and determination to complete successfully every operation upon which he has been engaged.

 


His fine qualities of leadership and tireless devotion to duty have made him a most efficient and valued Flight Leader, whilst his iron will and utter contempt for personal danger have won the admiration of all.

 

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WILKIE, F/O James Turner (J39523) - Mention in Despatches - No.133 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 8 July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 June 1943), No.20 EFTS (graduated 21 August 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 10 December 1943). DHist file 181.009 D.3827 (RG.24 Vol.20641) has recommendation dated 31 October 1944 when he had flown 452 hours (221 in past six months), 50 flying hours (38 sorties). Recommended for an AFC. The recommendation stated that, in conducting aerobatics, his aircraft went into several spins and he had to abandon his aircraft. "In doing so his left leg was severed. With a display of his unusual presence of mind and courage this officer while descending in the parachute noticed his condition and ripped the sleeve from his shirt and applied it as a tourniquet, thereby without doubt saving his own life. He was picked up from the sea about twenty minutes later."

 

This pilot has set a splendid example by his exceptional keenness in training and aerobatics. By his cheerful, co-operative and energetic efforts he has contributed greatly to the morale and efficiency of the squadron.

 

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WILKIN, P/O (later S/L) Richard Pennington (J6026) - Military Cross (Czechoslovakia) - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 14 April 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Edmonton, 15 September 1919 or 1920; home there; enlisted there 15 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 February 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1941) and No.33 SFTS (graduated 2 July 1941). Commissioned 4 July 1941; Flying Officer on 4 July 1942; Flight Lieutenant on 1 May 1943; Squadron Leader on 19 August 1943. Posted overseas, 5 July 1941; posted to No.138 Squadron 30 September 1941 and as of 11 September 1942 he had flown 534 hours, of which 195 had been in previous six months; detached to No.1663 Conversion Flight, 17 March to 20 April 1943; returned to No.138 Squadron thereafter. Sustained a crash on 19 April 1943 (Halifax DG532) while instructing a new crew on type; practicing a three-engine landing, the pupil swung to starboard at low speed and height; Wilkin seized controls and attempted to go round again but hit a tree, causing Category "E" damage. Although the pupil had made the first mistake, Wilkin had showed bad judgement in trying to go round rather than making a landing, however crudely. Nevertheless, he was "relatively inexperienced as a Halifax instructor" so no disciplinary action was taken (although he was promptly returned to No.138 Squadron). A personal assessment dated 11 July 1943 with the squadron states that he was instructing crews converting to Halifax aircraft. It was noted that he "spares no effort to ensure that they are turned out a fully competent operational crew". As of that date he had flown 891 hours, 218 in previous six months. Invested with DFC by King George 27 July 1943. Killed in action, 20 September 1943 in Halifax DG252 of No.138 Squadron; buried in Holland. No citation and nothing on file to indicate why he was singled out for this honour. It is possible that he was forbidden to wear the ribbon in light of security matters. There are just enough details to suggest that he might have been the pilot of the aircraft that delivered to Czecoslovakia the team that assassinated Heydrich. Photo PL-21643 shows him in portrait.

 

WILKIN, F/O Richard Pennington (J6026) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 3 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943.

 

Flying Officer Wilkin has been engaged on special operations over a period of more than fourteen months. During this time he has made many long and difficult sorties of a most exacting nature and has achieved great success. His courage and determination under all circumstances have been a fine example for other members of his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8934 had recommendation for this award dated 21 December 1942 with sortie list. This gives times but with one exception (12 February 1942, searching for Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, and Prinz Eugen) the objective is not stated. The accompnaying text does not differ in any significant way from that published, although the RAF Station Commander noted (22 December 1942) that Wilkin had "skilfully negotiated heavily defended areas to complete his tasks". He had flown 34 trips (225 hours 20 minutes). Sorties as follows:

 

3 Dec 41 (11.20) 23 July 42 (5.00)

10 Oct 41 (8.30) 29 July 42 (11.45)

6 Nov 41 (10.50) 23 Aug 42 (6.15)

28 Dec 41 10.15) 27 Aug 42 (6.15)

12 Feb 42 (3.35, search) 29 Aug 42 (3.50)

25 Feb 42 (9.00) 18 Sept 42 (5.30)

27 Feb 42 (9.20) 22 Sept 42 (5.00)

25 Mar 42 (10.30) 24 Sept 42 (7.15)

24 Apr 42 (3.55) 2 Oct 42 (4.45)

25 Apr 42 (2.15) 15 Oct 42 (5.50)

27 Apr 42 (6.30) 21 Oct 42 (5.10)

29 Apr 42 (9.30) 24 Oct 42 (4.50)

30 May 42 (7.05) 27 Oct 42 (4.15)

3 June 42 (6.45) 18 Nov 42 (8.20)

25 June 42 (5.35) 18 Nov 42 (3.15)

27 June 42 (4.50) 20 Nov 42 (3.10)

30 June 42 (5.45) 22 Nov 42 (9.45)

 

WILKIN, S/L Richard Pennington, DFC (J6026) - Mention in Despatches - No.138 Squadron (now missing) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. No citation.

 


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WILKINS, P/O George Frederick (J88314) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 23 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 25 June 1942). Award sent by registered mail 30 March 1949. 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 17 September 1944 when he had completed 35 sorties (160 hours five minutes) from 18 April to 28 August 1944.

 

This officer, the Navigator of the crew captained by Pilot Officer Devine, DFC, has since the 18th of April 1944 made thirty-five operational sorties over enemy territory including many of the major and heavily defended targets in Germany.

 

Pilot Officer Wilkins has at all times displayed outstanding ability and a strong sense of duty, and he holds a fine record of achievement on the squadron. His untiring devotion to duty in moments of danger has been largely responsible for the successful completion of his crew's many sorties, and by his example of cheerful courage has maintained a very high standard of morale among, not only his crew members, but the Squadron in general.

 

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WILKINS, P/O (now F/O) John (J93718) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Home in Edmonton; enlisted Calgary, 26 August 1943. Trained at No.10 BGS (graduated 7 April 1944. Award sent by registered mail 11 July 1950.

 

Pilot Officer Wilkins has completed numerous sorties in his first tour of operations and has invariably set a high standard of efficiency. In November 1944, during a night attack against Oberhausen, the aircraft in which Pilot Officer Wilkins was mid-upper gunner was attacked by a Focke Wulf 190 and badly damaged. The two inboard engines and the hydraulic system were put out of action and a fire started in the fuselage. Pilot Officer Wilkins was blown out of his turret by the explosion and when he recovered, noting that the fires were being attended to by other members of the crew, he returned to his turret, keeping a vigilant watch until the danger zone was passed. At all times Pilot Officer Wilkins has displayed courage, skill and great devotion to duty.

 

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WILKINSON, F/O David Sinclair (J27122) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.460 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Montreal enlisted there 6 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943). Invested with award by King George 29 June 1945. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 10 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (159 hours ten minutes).

 

27 Oct 43 Rennes 26 Aug 44 Kiel

19 Feb 44 Leipzig 3 Sep 44 Gilze Rijon

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart 6 Sep 44 Le Havre

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt 8 Sep 44 Le Havre

25 Feb 44 Augsburg 10 Sep 44 Le Havre

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez

24 Mar 44 Berlin 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken

26 Mar 44 Essen 7 Oct 44 Emmerich

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 12 Oct 44 Fort Fredrik Hendrik

31 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

2 Aug 44 Chateau Bernapre 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

5 Aug 44 Pauillac 22 Oct 44 GARDENING (Kattegat)

8 Aug 44 Aire 23 Oct 44 Essen

16 Aug 44 Stettin 25 Oct 44 Essen

 

Flying Officer Wilkinson is a Canadian Bomb Aimer and a member of a crew who have just completed their first tour with Bomber Command. These operations include attacks on many tactical targets in the late occupied countries of France and Holland,, as well as many attacks on such strongly defended targets as Leipzig, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Essen (3) and Berlin.

 

This Air Bomber's work in this squadron has always been of the highest order and his consistent skill and aptitude for his job were in no small part instrumental in his crew's fine record of precision bombing.

 

His determination to press home all attacks despite any opposition encountered has been outstanding. On long trips over enemy territory his calmness and courage gained the admiration and the confidence of all the crew.

 

In reward for his outstanding gallantry and most praiseworthy services, I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WILKINSON, F/L Edward Charles Steele (J35539) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron -Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Trained at No.13 EFTS and No.5 SFTS. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (191 hours 40 minutes) between 2 January and 18 April 1945. This constituted very intense work; in one stretch he flew five sorties on five successive nights - 11 March (Essen), 12 March (Dortmund), 13 March (Wuppertal), 14 March (Scheiubrucken) and 15 March (Castrop Rauxel).

 

Flight Lieutenant Wilkinson has completed many attacks on heavily defended targets in Germany such as Munster, Castrop-Rauxel, Essen and Hamburg. He has constantly displayed a fine fighting spirit throughout his operational career and has proved himself an officer of outstanding ability, whose courage, cheerfulness and keen sense of duty resulted in an outstanding operational crew. In addition, his untiring efforts in coaching new crews has been responsible to a large degree for the many successful sorties performed by this squadron...

 

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WILKINSON, F/O John (J27787) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.3 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Alix, Alberta; enlisted in Toronto, 23 July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 21 November 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942).

 

This officer has been employed at this unit as a staff pilot for twenty-nine months. During this entire period he has displayed above average devotion to duty and has assisted materially in the evolution [? word mutilated] of his flight. Recently he has been appointed flight commander and is now carrying out his new responsibilities in a most efficient manner.

 

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WILKINSON, LAC Peter Paterson (R118153) - British Empire Medal - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2558/43 dated 10 December 1943. Home in Ladysmith, B.C. Enlisted in Vancouver, 17 July 1941. Cited with F/O R.J.O. Doehler (MBE), F/L E.J.A. Lindsay (GM), F/L R.J. McCombe (GM), Sergeant J.A. Campbell (BEM), and LAC C.A.G. Snelling (BEM). See Campbell, above, for citation. Award sent by registered mail 3 June 1948.

 

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WILKINSON, S/L Philip (C2130) - Air Force Cross - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 2 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Enlisted at Vancouver, 24 September 1928 but did not win wings until December 1942. As of award he had flown 2,286 hours, 402 operational hours (107 sorties); 76 hours in previous six months. Award presented 11 June 1949. Awarded LongService and Good Conduct Medal, Station Sea Island (Canada Gazette dated 7 December 1946). Died in Renfrew, Ontario, 4 April 1983, aged 74.

 

This officer, after having served overseas as a gunner observer on Lysander aircraft, returned to Canada to carry out instructional duties in air gunners' training. His keenness, devotion to duty and hard earned experience was an inspiration to all his pupils. After completing a pilot's flying training course, he was posted to a bomber reconnaissance squadron where he was employed on anti-submarine operations where he continued to display the same zeal and outstanding devotion to duty. He has consistently worked long hours to better himself for his job and his career has been one of determination and loyalty far beyond the normal Service requirement.

 

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WILKS, Corporal Hugh Davidson (R61533) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base - 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. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) confirms unit and has recommendation submitted 5 May 1945. Born 14 September 1914. Home in Avonhurst, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 11 June 1940, served 32 months in Canada and 47 months overseas (these figures add up to 79 months or six and one-half years; they are clearly wrong). Microfilm says he went overseas 8 March 1943; repatriated 19 July 1945. Released 2 September 1945. Aero engine mechanic.

 

Corporal Wilks by his initiative and devotion to duty has proven himself a most conscientious tradesman worthy of commendable citation. His thorough technical knowledge and exacting workmanship, coupled with a pleasing personality has been an inspiration to his fellow servicemen. Corporal Wilks in giving his undivided attention to his section has contributed greatly to its success and so to the success of this effort forming part of the supply of operational aircraft to the more forward sections who in their line of duty are in contact with the enemy.

 

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WILLETT, A/Section Officer Norma Helen (V30551) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Vancouver; educated there; enlisted there in May 1942.

 


This officer has shown exceptionally keen interest and ability in her work at all times and has given unstintingly of her time and energy in helping to set up the operations organization in Western Air Command. Her enthusiasm and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to airwomen engaged in operational duties in Western Air Command.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/O Albert Wynn (J86726) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 5 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 2 October 1942), No.23 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 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 2/9038 has recommendation dated 17 October 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (166 hours eight minutes), 30 January to 9 October 1944.

 

30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.10, 2nd pilot) 25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (3.35)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.12) 28 Jun 44 Blainville (6.57)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.08) 1 July 44 St.Martin (3.36)

25 Mar 44 Aulnoye (5.37) 4 July 44 Domleger (3.50)

26 Mar 44 Courtrai (5.01) 12 Jul 44 Hauts Boissons (4.15)

29 Mar 44 Vaires (5.13) 17 Jul 44 Caen (4.40)

30 Mar 44 GARDENING (4.42) 23 Jul 44 Hauts Boissons (3.55)

9 Apr 44 Lille (4.32) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.10)

10 Apr 44 Tergnier (5.04) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.40)

26 Apr 44 GARDENING (3.11) 8 Aug 44 Chapelle Notre Dame (3.15)

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.06) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 22 (4.25)

3 May 44 GARDENING (3.17) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.55)

22 May 44 Orleans (5.34) 27 Aug 44 Homberg (3.55)

24 May 44 Beaumont (3.44) 31 Aug 44 Lumbres (3.35, DNCO)

12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.12) 3 Sept 44 Venlo (4.10)

14 Jun 44 Evercy (5.10) 12 Sep 44 Munster (4.05)

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (4.24) 6 Oct 44 Gladbach (4.15)

22 Jun 44 Laon (4.58) 9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.40)

 

This officer Captain of Aircraft has completed his first operational tour of 36 sorties over a large variety of targets, having taken part in day and night raids and including minelaying missions in enemy waters. His tour has been marked throughout by a good photographic record, containing numerous Aiming Point photographs, revealing consistency of accuracy.

 


A striking note of Flying Officer Williams's tour is that he never failed to take off on any operation in which he was detailed to take part. It can be said that the methodical preparation which he invariably made did much to ensure his very fine performance, that of 100 percent operational effort without failure.

 

Flying Officer Williams has shown exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness, setting a fine example to his crew, and in recognition of the Captain's splendid all-round ability, and his great devotion to duty, he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WILLIAMS, S/L Alfred Dairon (C3986) - 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 Fort Erie, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 16 November 1940.

 

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WILLIAMS, WO2 Alvin James (R188286) - 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 Penetange, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 24 August 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 3 September 19443). Later commissioned (95078). Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 49 sorties (230 hours 20 minutes), 25 March 1944 to 22 January 1945.

 

* denotes sortie counted as one-third

 

25 Mar 44 Aulnoye (5.36)* 29 Jul 44 Hamburg (5.10)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.00) 31 Jul 44 Calais (4.15)

18 Apr 44 Le Boorcet (5.00)* 3 Aug 44 Hazelbrook (4.10)

20 Apr 44 Lens (5.00)* 4 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.30)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.00) 5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (5.00)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.45) 7 Aug 44 L'Hogue (4.20)

10 May 44 Ghent (4.10) 9 Aug 44 La Leuville (5.45)

11 May 44 Boulogne (2.55), DNCO 14 Aug 44 Aisy (4.25)

12 May 44 Louvain (4.45) 15 Aug 44 La Rochelle (6.40)

19 May 44 Le Clipon (4.00) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.10)

22 May 44 Le Mans (5.00) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.40)

24 May 44 Aachen (4.25) 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.00)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (5.00) 12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel (3.25)

31 May 44 Cherbourg (4.25) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.25)

4 June 44 Calais (3.30) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.45)

5 June 44 Merville (4.00) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.00)

14 Jun 44 Cambrai (4.00) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (3.55)

15 Jun 44 Boulogne (4.00) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.35)


16 Jun 44 St.Quentin (3.50) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.40)

21 Jun 44 Boulogne (4.25) 21 Nov 44 Castrop (4.20)

25 Jun 44 Hallecourt (4.10) 27 Nov 44 Leuss (3.50)

27 Jun 44 St.Omer (3.55) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (4.15)

28 Jun 44 Metz (6.35) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.35)

4 July 44 Villeneuve St.George (5.55) 18 Dec 44 Duisburg (4.20)

5 July 44 Abbeville (3.50) 5 Jan 45 Hannover (4.30)

18 Jul 44 Caen (4.15) 22 Jan 45 Duisburg (3.45)

 

Warrant Officer Williams is an experienced and capable Air Gunner, having participated in attacks on such heavily-defended German targets as Cologne, Essen, Dortmund and Karlsruhe. His capabilities, keenness and extreme devotion to duty have in no small way contributed much to the successes attained by his crew. He has now completed 49 operational sorties and has proven himself to be an asset, not only to this squadron, but to the service as a whole.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/O Charles Douglas Franklin (J86975) - 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 Sudbury; enlisted in North Bay, Ontario. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943). Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation for non-immediate award dated 26 January 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (196 hours 25 minutes), 18 July 1944 to 21 December 1944. The Wesselling incident was 14 July (twice coned); August incident was 25th; also attacked by fighter on 6 October 1944 (Dortmund).

 

Flying Officer Williams has completed a highly successful tour of operational duty involving numerous sorties over enemy territory. As a captain of aircraft his skill and leadership have resulted in a high standard of crew co-operation, which has assisted materially in extricating his aircraft from several dangerous situations. In July 1944, when attacking Wesseling, his aircraft was illuminated by searchlights and attacked by an enemy fighter but Flying Officer Williams succeeded in evading damage. Again in August 1944, his aircraft was attacked five times over Russelheim but again escaped without exchange of fire. This officer has proved himself a skilful pilot, a courageous leader and a fearless captain.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/L Clifford Frederick (J4867) - Air Force Cross - No.6 SFTS - Award effective 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943 - Home in Ottawa. Educated here, and employed by Topographical Surveys Branch, Department of Mines and Resources before the war. Enlisted in Ottawa, 28 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 31 October 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1940), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941). Award presented 29 March 1944. The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant Williams, especially as a flying instructor and later as Flight Commander, has at all times been an inspiration to his fellow officers and to all pupils with whom he comes in contact. His devotion to duty, foresight and ability in directing his subordinates has been exceptionally outstanding. In his present position as Examining Officer he has been largely responsible for the output of a goodly number of trained pilots. He has given nearly 900 instructional hours over a period of eighteen months.

 

WILLIAMS, F/L Clifford Frederick, AFC (J4867) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.159 Squadron -Award effective 15 January 1946 as per London Gazette dated 29 January 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Award sent by registered mail 7 November 1949.

 

Throughout a large number of operational sorties this officer has proved to be an excellent captain of aircraft who has always pressed home his attacks with determination and skill. On one occasion during an attack against enemy shipping in Satahib Bay he made a second bombing run in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire and destroyed an enemy merchant ship. At all times Flight Lieutenant Williams has displayed outstanding enthusiasm and courage.

 

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WILLIAMS, WO2 David George (R50910) - Mention in Despatches -Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born 21 March 1916. Enlisted in Edmonton, 20 November 1939. Service Policeman; released 5 September 1945.

 

This Warrant Officer has faithfully discharged important duties over a long period in a most satisfactory manner. His work, of an arduous nature, has required the sacrifice of many off-duty hours. This warrant officer has rendered services over and above those required of his rank. His exemplary conduct and devotion to duty have proved an inspiration and he has gained the respect of all with whom he works.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/L David John (J6991) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 26 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born in Vancouver, 6 January 1919; home there; enlisted there 24 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 March 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Commissioned on graduation; Flying Officer and Flight Lieutenant, 20 August 1942; Squadron Leader, 5 August 1943; Wing Commander, 26 July 1944. Reverted to Squadron Leader, 1 October 1946; Wing Commander, 1 January 1950; Group Captain, 1 July 1956. Posted overseas immediately after earning wings; further trained at No.140 OTU, Cottsmore (October 1941 to January 1942). With No.408 Squadron, February to October 1943; the incident that brought his DFC was 27/28 August 1943 (one Ju.88 destroyed, on Hampden "K", P1166, with FS N.C. Turnour, Sergeant L.S. Leech and Sergeant M.P. Hall). At RCAF Overseas Headquarters, November 1942 to April 1943. With No.410 Squadron, 31 May to July 1943 (organizing intruder flight); to No.54 OTU, July and August 1943. With No.406 Squadron, 25 August 1943 to 18 November 1944. With No.5 OTU, Abbotsford, February 1945 to June 1946. On staff of Materiel Command Headquarters, July 1946 to March 1947. Attended Empire Test Pilot School. March to December 1947; at Winter Experimental Establishment, Watson Lake, December 1947 to September 1949. To RCAF Staff College, Toronto, September 1949 to June 1950. On strength of Canadian Joint Staff, Washington, June 1950 to June 1952 (attached to Strategic Air Command units); at AFHQ/VCAS, June 1952 to January 1956; No.1 (F) OTU, Chatham, January to May 1956; No.1 (F) Wing, August 1956 to July 1959; CO of Station Trenton, August 1956 to July 1963; with Northern NORAD Region Headquarters, North Bay, July 1963 to August 1965. Seattle Sector, NORAD, August 1965 to 1968. Aerial victories as follows: 27/28 September 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed; 19/20 March 1944, one He.177 destroyed off Guernsey (F/O C.J. Kirkpatrick, observer); 29/30 April 1944, two Do.217s destroyed; 21 July 1944, one Do.217 destroyed alone and one Do.217 destroyed (shared). Also claimed two locomotives, two vehicles and five other targets. Photo PL-28197 shows him beside a Beaufighter nose; PL-29535 with Kirkpatrick beside their Mosquito, "Blackie and Kirk". DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 7 February 1943.

 

This officer has participated in bombing attacks against many of the enemy's important heavily defended targets. One night in August 1942 he was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Kassel. On the outward flight his aircraft was intercepted by a Junkers 88. By skilful tactics Flight Lieutenant Williams enabled his gunners to deliver effective bursts at the attacking aircraft, setting one of its engines on fire. It then dived steeply towards the ground where on impact it exploded. Although his own aircraft had sustained damage, Flight Lieutenant Williams pressed on to his target and bombed it. On the return journey a Messerschmitt 109 was encountered and driven off by a well directed burst of fire. Throughout, this officer has displayed a great determination to complete his allotted task. He has at all times won the confidence of all with whom he has flown.

 

WILLIAMS, S/L David John, DFC (J6991) - Distinguished Service Order - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 26 September 1944 as per London Gazette of 26 September and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Award presented 14 May 1945.

 


This officer has completed a large number of sorties, including a number during which he has successfully attacked a variety of targets on the ground. In the air he has destroyed five enemy aircraft at night. He is a brave and resourceful pilot whose fine fighting qualities were well illustrated one night in July 1944, when he destroyed two enemy aircraft in one sortie. In the fighting his own aircraft sustained damage but he flew it safely to base in the face of extremely adverse weather. This officer is a most efficient and inspiring flight commander.

 

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WILLIAMS, P/O Earl Norman (J92176) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Home in Brigden, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 16 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.5 SFTS (ceased training), No.4 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 3 September 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 courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (155 hours 13 minutes), 25 July to 17 December 1944.

 

25 Jul 44 Wanne Eickel (4.30) Bombed target indicators.

28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.45) Cloud over target.

30 Jul 44 Battle Area "C" (3.53) Recalled by Master Bomber

1 Aug 44 Chapelle Notre Dame (4.13) do.

3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.23) Bombed aiming point.

5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.26) do.

6 Aug 44 do. do.

7 Aug 44 TOTALIZER 3 (3.41) Bombed as ordered.

9 Aug 44 Bois de la Haie (3.47) Bombed aiming point.

10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.58) do.

11 Aug 44 Etaples (3.51) Bombed as ordered.

12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (5.42) Bombed through clouds

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 21A (4.01) Bombed aiming point.

15 Aug 44 Eindhoven (3.59) Bombed airfield.

16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.30) Good attack.

25 Aug 44 Brest - Point des Espagnols (5.37) Duty carried out.

27 Aug 44 Homberg (4.20) Bombed aiming point

31 Aug 44 La Pouchinte (3.39) Recalled from target area.

3 Sept 44 Soesterburg (3.19) Bombed aiming point.

23 Sep 44 Neuss (5.14) Bombed through clouds.

30 Sep 44 Bottrop (4.44) do.

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (4.47) Bombed aiming point.

7 Oct 44 Cleve (3.59) Good attack.

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.08) Good bombing.

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.06) Bombed target.

25 Oct 44 Essen (5.06) Good bombing.

29 Oct 44 Zoutelande (3.09) Successful.

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.04) Successful; cloud.

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.38) Bombed through cloud.

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.47) Bombed aiming point.


16 Nov 44 Julich (4.20) Good attack.

21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (5.55) Successful.

12 Dec 44 Essen (5.17) Successful.

17 Dec 44 Duisburg (5.55) Good attack.

 

Pilot Officer Williams has completed a tour of 34 operational sorties as an air bomber in Halifax III aircraft with this squadron. Of this total, 18 sorties have been to the most heavily defended targets in Germany by day and by night, and the others have been to precision objectives in battle areas and occupied territories. Whatever the target, Pilot Officer Williams showed the greatest keenness to fly and the utmost determination to press home his attack, whatever the odds.

 

An officer who took great pride in the accuracy of his bombing, Pilot Officer Williams achieved an excellent record of aiming point photographs, secured very often in the face of the severest flak defences by day and by night.

 

Cool and courageous under fire and efficient in emergencies, this officer proved himself to be an excellent type of aircrew, and the example he set did good in his section and in the squadron generally.

 

It is recommended that Pilot Officer Williams' outstanding record of courage, efficiency and devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WILLIAMS, FS Edward Reilly (R54239) - British Empire Medal - No.3 Release Centre - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 5 August 1940. Award presented 10 December 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer, in charge of the document section at this unit, has applied himself to this exacting task with energy and ability. With devotion to duty and able leadership, he strengthens the arm under which he serves.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/L Edwin Mountford (C988) - Air Force Cross - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 26 September 1939; awarded wings there, 30 October 1939. Award presented by Governor General, 3 December 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.3061 (RG.24 Vol.20635) has recommendation for OBE dated 28 October 1942 when his flying time was 1,605 hours 15 minutes, for instructing crews in No.145 Squadron; he was then a Squadron Leader. However, no action seems to have been taken.

 


During 1,077 hours of flying, 639 of which were on actual war flights, this officer from No.10 (BR) Squadron has contributed excellent and extremely valuable work on convoy patrols and reconnaissance duties, carrying out 187 sorties over the North Atlantic. This officer is the outstanding pilot of his squadron, and for his devotion to duty, and the fine example he has set to others in his class, I strongly recommend him for the award of the Air Force Cross.

 

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WILLIAMS, WO2 Franciscus Charles Ernest (R132091) - Mention in Despatches - Station Gander - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born 18 November 1903. Home in St.Boniface, Manitoba; enlisted in Regina, 25 September 1941. Posted to Newfoundland, 6 December 1941 and remained there until his discharge, 31 August 1945. Stationary Engineer.

 

During forty-four months service at this unit, this airman has performed in a manner above that normally expected in assisting in building and operation of the power and heating section of the station. His untiring devotion to duty and his cheerful co-operation have been largely responsible for the degree of efficiency which has been reached by his section. The technical proficiency of airmen under him has been increased by his patient teaching.

 

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WILLIAMS, WO Frederick Austin (R167021) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 19 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 24 December 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 15 February 1943). Award sent by registered mail 13 November 1948. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 29 May 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (221 hours ten minutes).

 

* denotes minelaying (GARDENING) sortie

 

8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.25) 26 Mar 44 Aulnoye (6.00)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (7.30) 27 Mar 44 Courtrai (5.15)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (6.50) 9 Apr 44 Lille (4.55)

18 Nov 43 Ludwigshaven (8.30) 10 Apr 44 Ghent (4.45)

19 Nov 43 Leverkusen (6.45) 17 Apr 44 *Kiel (5.40)

21 Nov 43 Berlin (7.40) 18 Apr 44 *Rostock (6.50)

25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (6.00), DNCO 20 Apr 44 Lens (4.55)

26 Nov 43 Stuttgart (8.40) 22 Apr 44 Laon (5.25)

20 Jan 44 Berlin (8.10) 23 Apr 44 *Fehmarn


28 Jan 44 Berlin (8.20) Belt (6.15)

3 Feb 44 * La Rochelle (8.15) 3 May 44 *Morlaix (4.45)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.35) 5 May 44 *Morlaix (4.55)

24 Feb 44 *Flensburg (6.10) 7 May 44 *Frisians (3.55)

4 Mar 44 *Brest (6.10) 9 May 44 *Brest (5.30)

5 Mar 44 *Oslo (7.10) 10 May 44 Ghent (4.40)

6 Mar 44 Trappes (5.10) 22 May 44 *St.Malo (5.00)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.50) 24 May 44 Trouville (4.20)

23 Mar 44 *Kiel (6.50) 27 May 44 *Heligoland (4.45)

24 Mar 44 Laon (6.20)

 

As bomb aimer, Warrant Officer Williams has completed one tour of operations, having attacked Kassell, Hanover, Berlin, Frankfurt and many other targets in France and Germany. He has also carried out many minelaying operations. He has been very steady, reliable and cool in emergencies, which made him a very strong asset to his crew.

 

For loyalty to his crew and squadron and general good work, I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/L George Alfred Thomas (J26698) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Westmount, Quebec; enlisted in London, England, 29 May 1942. Trained at No.9 AOS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.1 BGS (graduated 2 April 1943). Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 53 hours (245 hours), 6 March to 18 November 1944.

 

6 Mar 44 Trappes 18 Jul 44 Wesseling

7 Mar 44 Le Mans 23 Jul 44 Kiel

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart

24 Mar 44 Berlin 14 Aug 44 Falaise

26 Mar 44 Essen 16 Aug 44 Stettin

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 18 Aug 44 Connantre

3 May 44 Montdidier 25 Aug 44 Brest

6 May 44 Nantes 26 Aug 44 Kiel

8 May 44 Haine St.Pierre 29 Aug 44 Stettin

11 May 44 Louvain 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt


21 May 44 Duisburg 15 Sep 44 Kiel

24 May 44 Aachen 23 Sep 44 Neusse

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold 6 Oct 44 Dortmund

28 May 44 Mardick 12 Oct 44 Duisburg

5 June 44 Longues 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

8 Jun 44 Fougeres 25 Oct 44 Essen

22 Jun 44 Oisemontnaville Bois 28 Oct 44 Cologne

23 Jun 44 Coubrounne 30 Oct 44 Cologne

24 Jun 44 Middel Statte 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

4 July 44 Villeneuve St.Georges 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen

7 July 44 Caen 16 Nov 44 Duel

9 July 44 L'Hey 18 Nov 44 Munster

15 Jul 44 Nucourt

 

This officer has earned himself a fine reputation as a most accurate operator of special equipment. On Many occasions he has marked targets, the circumstances being such that upon his accuracy depended, to a large extent, the success of the attack. That he is most accurate and reliable is proved by the many excellent photographs he has obtained.

 

This officer shows the same determination to achieve the most precise results and, in recognition of his fine record of devotion to duty, he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WILLIAMS, FS George Edgar (R62400) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. Home in saskatoon; enlisted there 23 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 November 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 18 January 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 22 April 1941). Award presented by Governor General, 23 November 1943. Died at Milton, Ontario, 22 February 1999.

 

This airman has completed a large number of sorties as captain of aircraft. His attacks have always been pressed home in the face of intense opposition. On one attack on Bremen he spent forty minutes over the objective in order to identify the target visually. On his last sortie his aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea. Throughout all his operations he has displayed high determination and a fine offensive spirit.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/L Gwillym James (J12969) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Home in Lindsay, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 26 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 January 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 25 April 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 July 1942). Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 March 1945. It notes that he had flown 43 sorties (273 hours 55 minutes). This included a first tour of 30 sorties or 189 hours five minutes (6 October 1942 to 24 July 1943) and a second tour commencing 4 November 1944 which had run to 13 sorties as of 15 March 1945.

 

This bomb aimer has completed 43 heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy and at all times his work has been outstanding.

 

This squadron does special mining work which places a great deal of responsibility and extra work upon Flight Lieutenant Williams who is the Bombing Leader and he, through his exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness and devotion to duty, contributes in a large measure to the success of these operations.

 

His work in the air has always been of a very high calibre, the photographs he obtains being excellent and an example to the other Bomb Aimers on the squadron. He displays exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger and is an inspiration to his crew.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/O James Edward (J17906) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.215 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944. American in the RCAF; home in Grand Rapids, Michigan; enlisted in Windsor, 12 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 December 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 7 February 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941). Award presented 29 April 1949.

 

Flying Officer Williams has a fine record of operational service. In 1942 he successfully attacked most of the heavily defended targets in Germany, including Cologne, Bremen, Kiel and Hamburg. He also took part in the attacks on the German cruisers "Gneisenau" and "Scharnhorst". In March 1943, he flew to India and since then has participated in many sorties including attacks on a target in Burma, sea reconnaissance and supply dropping. A skilful and determined pilot, this officer has completed every mission assigned to him with keenness and efficiency.

 

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WILLIAMS, Sergeant (now P/O) James Mills McKay (R99773/J19979) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 22 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 July 1943 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Home in Ottawa; enlisted in London, Ontario, 20 May 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 19 July 1942. Invested with award by King George 8 February 1944. NOTE: The following citation does not read well: CHECK LONDON GAZETTE TEXT.

 

One night in May 1943, Sergeant Williams was rear gunner in an aircraft which took part in an attack on Dusseldorf. During the bombing run over the target the bomber was twice attacked by a Junkers 88. Violent evasive action was taken and the aircraft went out of control but control was regained and course set for base after height of some 5,000 feet had been lost. Later, Sergeant Williams sighted two Messerschmitt 109s flying a parallel course with the bomber, [one] on the port side and the other on the starboard side and he gave avoiding directions to his captain. As the bomber was turned, Sergeant Williams sighted a third enemy fighter climbing to attack. He brought his guns to bear on the attacker and with enemy aircraft to break away emitting smoke and flames. The remaining enemy aircraft did not then attack. Sergeant Williams displayed great courage and skill which contributed much to the safe return of his aircraft to base.

 

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WILLIAMS, P/O John Francis (J13042) - George Medal - No.1 BGS - Award effective 13 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 21 August 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Enlisted in Toronto, 7 August 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 1 April 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). Award presented 13 April 1944. Incident also involved Sergeant R.A. Picard (RCAF, awarded BEM) and Sergeants L.G. Mayhew and J.A. Turnstall (RAF, also awarded BEM).

 

This officer, while flying at night, noticed a train on fire. He immediately returned to his unit, landed his aircraft, organized and guided a party of airmen to the spot, where a train of tank cars was on fire. Several of the tank cars, filled with gasoline, had already exploded, adding to the conflagration. Pilot Officer Williams, with complete disregard of the extreme danger, personally directed and assisted the airmen in extinguishing the flames on five tank cars. A caboose, two box cars and eleven tanks cars were uncoupled and removed to safety. The resourcefulness, leadership and inspiring work of this officer resulted in the saving of a valuable part of a highly explosive and combustible trainload of war material.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/O John Frederick Hart (J17270) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.198 Squadron - Award effective 25 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born 1921, Toronto; home there (Draughtsman). Enlisted there 25 August 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942); commissioned 1943. Credited with the follwing victories while flying with No.198 Squadron: 30 November 1943, one FW.190 destroyed; 4 December 1943, one Do.217 destroyed (shared with F/O K.F.C. Bowman, RAF); 30 January 1944, two FW.190s destroyed. Killed in action 26 July 1944 with No.257 Squadron. Award presented to his mother in Toronto, 1 December 1948.

 

This officer has proved himself to be a skilful and resolute pilot. He has taken part in a large number of sorties during which he has attacked a wide range of targets and has achieved much success. In air fighting he has shot down three enemy aircraft. He has always displayed the greatest keenness to engage the enemy.

 

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WILLIAMS, WO John Joseph (R190620) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 2 September 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 17 September 1942. Award sent by registered mail 4 April 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 22 January 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (166 hours 26 minutes), 7 August to 5 December 1944.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

7 Aug 44 Mare de Magne (3.55) 7 Oct 44 Cleve (4.00)*

9 Aug 44 Fort d'Englos (2.38) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.51)*

11 Aug 44 Lens (3.24)* 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.57)

14 Aug 44 Hamel (3.58)* 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.54)

16 Aug 44 Stettin (8.00) 22 Oct 44 Neuse (4.16)*

18 Aug 44 Bremen (5.08) 2 Nov 44 Homberg (4.16)*

25 Aug 44 Russelheim (8.29) 4 Nov 44 Solingen (4.36)*

5 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.55)* 5 Nov 44 Solingen (4.52)*

6 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.35)* 6 Nov 44 Koblenz (5.37)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.16) 8 Nov 44 Homberg (4.21)*

11 Sep 44 GARDENING, Pomeranian 15 Nov 44 Dortmund (5.22)*

Bay (7.09) 16 Nov 44 Heinsberg (3.49)*

12 Sep 44 Frankfurt (6.32) 20 Nov 44 Homberg (4.42)*

23 Sep 44 Neuse (4.22) 21 Nov 44 GARDENING, Oslo (7.08)

24 Sep 44 Calais (2.29)* 26 Nov 44 Fulda (5.33)*

27 Sep 44 Calais (2.30)* 28 Nov 44 Neuse (4.40)

4 Oct 44 GARDENING, Kattegat (7.39) 5 Dec 44 Schwammanauel Dam (4.10)*

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (5.23)

 


This Warrant Officer has participated in attacks on a variety of heavily defended targets and several sorties have been of durations of unusual length. His navigation has been of an exceedingly high standard, and throughout his tour he has shown an excellent example to crews of less experience.

 

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WILLIAMS, P/O John William (J15604) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.249 Squadron - Award effective 9 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 September 1942 and AFRO 1535/42 dated 25 September 1942. Born 1 February 1922 in Kamloops, British Columbia. Educated there and in Chilliwack (1936-1940). Name changed from "Larson" to "Williams" following his mother's second marriage. So keen to enlist that he took a six month ground course in aviation by correspondence. Enlisted in Vancouver, 24 October 1940. Attended No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon. Trained at No.2 ITS, Regina (17 January to 20 February 1941), No.16 EFTS, Edmonton (21 February to 3 May 1941) and No.32 SFTS, Moose Jaw (4 May to 16 July 1941; graduated as Sergeant, 30th in a class of 61; school mates included J.H. Turnbull and H.J. Everard). Arrived in Britain, 30 August 1941. Trained at No.57 OTU, 5 September to 21 October 1941; with No.132 Squadron, 21 October 1941 to 30 March 1942 (promoted to Flight Sergeant, 1 February 1942); with No.603 Squadron, 30 March to 28 April 1942; with No.164 Squadron, 28 April to 9 May 1942; with No.249 Squadron, 9 May 1942; commissioned 22 June 1942; to No.2 SPTC, 29 June 1942; to No.145 Squadron, 21 July 1942; to No.1413 Flight, 8 September 1942. NOTE: the last three postings appear in pencil in his file and are questionable. Known in Malta as "Willie the Kid". Killed 31 October 1942 in crash of Liberator AL516 (No.511 Squadron), Gibraltar. Award presented to next of kin, 18 May 1944. Aerial victories (as listed by Chris Shores, Aces High) are as follows: 10 May 1942, one Ju.88 damaged; 12 May 1942, one Ju.88 damaged' 14 May 1942, one Bf.109 damaged; 10 June 1942, one Re.2001 destroyed; 15 June 1942, one Bf.109 damaged; 8 July 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed, one Bf.109 destroyed and one Ju.88 damaged; 10 July 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed; 14 July 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed; 27 July 1942, two Bf.109s destroyed; 27 August 1942, one Ju.87 probably destroyed on the ground, Sicily; 5 September 1942, one Bf.109 damaged; 14 October 1942, two Bf.109s damaged; 15 October 1942, one Ju.88 probably destroyed; 16 October 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed; 24 October 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed.

 

This officer has fought the enemy with great determination. Within a short period he has destroyed at least four enemy aircraft, two of which he shot down in one day. Later his aircraft was damaged by enemy fire but he flew it safely to base. His courageous example has been most inspiring.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/L Leonard Henry, DFC (C89534) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Formerly CAN/RAF. Born in Britain in 1915 but educated in Fort William, Ontario (home). Joined RAF, 1938; transferred to RCAF in London, England, 8 January 1945. Had been Mentioned in Despatched (8 June 1944) and received DFC as of London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 (general citation). Award presented 27 February 1947.

 


This officer has completed two tours of operational duty. On many occasions his courage and resolution have been largely responsible for the success of attacks. Flight Lieutenant Williams, as gunnery leader of his squadron, has set an excellent example of skill and devotion to duty. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, he has been instrumental in frustrating enemy attacks on his aircraft on at least two occasions.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/O Leslie Douglas (J23124) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.460 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Fort William, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 27 August 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943). Award presented 22 February 1947. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 10 November 1944 when he had flown 31 2/3 sorties (150 hours 20 minutes) as follows (* denotes 1/3 sortie).

 

25 Mar 44 Aulnoyenlisted 10 Aug 44 Ferfay

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 11 Aug 44 Douai

10 Apr 44 Aulnoyenlisted 12 Aug 44 La Pallice

11 Apr 44 Aachen 18 Aug 44 Ghent

3 May 44 Mailly 26 Aug 44 Kiel

6 May 44 Aubigne Racon 31 Aug 44 Raimbert

21 May 44 Duisburg 5 Sept 44 Le Havre

22 May 44 Dortmund 6 Sept 44 Le Havre

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy 10 Sep 44 Le Havre

10 Jun 44 Acheres 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt

11 Jun 44 Evreux 23 Sep 44 Neuss

20 Jul 44 Courtrai 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez

25 Jul 44 Ardouval 27 Sep 44 Calais

3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Martin 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken

4 Aug 44 Pauillac 7 Oct 44 Emerich

5 Aug 44 Pauillac 11 Oct 44 Fort Frederic Hendrik

7 Aug 44 Fontenay Le Marmion

 

Flying Officer Williams is a Canadian Air Bomber who has just completed his first tour of operations. These include attacks on heavily defended targets at Nuremburg, Duisburg, Dortmund, Kiel, Frankfurt and Saarbrucken, as well as attacks on tactical targets in France and Holland.

 


The majority of the operations which this Air Bomber took part in were in close support of the army in France,, and his efficiency and skill in precision bombing materially contributed to making his crew one of the most successful and reliable of the squadron.

 

His courage and determination were such that even in the face of intense enemy opposition he could be relied upon to achieve excellent results and his complete willingness to participate in any operation has been an example to all.

 

His courage and devotion to duty are such that I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his efficient and outstanding services.

 

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WILLIAMS, S/L Malcolm Foster (C3987) - Mention in Despatches - No.39 Wing - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 16 September 1940.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/O Maldwyn George (J85826) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Home in Nanaimo; enlisted in Vancouver, 18 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 October 1941), No.10 AOS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.6 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942). Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 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 21 January 1945 when he had flown 47 sorties (169 hours), 16 June 1944 to 5 January 1945.

 

16 Jun 44 Renescure 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

23 Jun 44 Coubrounne 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven

24 Jun 44 Middel Straete 25 Aug 44 Brest

27 Jun 44 Oisemontneuville 11 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen

2 July 44 ditto 13 Sep 44 Osnabruck

6 July 44 Calquerean 26 Sep 44 Calais area

7 July 44 Caen 30 Sep 44 Bottrop

10 Jul 44 Nucourt 12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel

12 Jul 44 Thiverny 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

14 Jul 44 St.Philibert 23 Oct 44 Essen

15 Jul 44 Nucourt 25 Oct 44 Essen

16 Jul 44 St.Philibert 28 Oct 44 Cologne

18 Jul 44 Mont Cagny 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

22 Jul 44 L'Hey 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel

23 Jul 44 Foret du Croc 21 Nov 44 Worms

3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson 27 Nov 44 Neuss

5 Aug 44 Trossy 29 Nov 44 Dortmund


7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 5 Dec 44 Soest

9 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe 6 Dec 44 Merseburg Leuna

11 Aug 44 Douai 12 Dec 44 Essen

12 Aug 44 Russelsheim 15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven

14 Aug 44 Falaise area 25 Dec 44 Cologne

16 Aug 44 Stettin 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

18 Aug 44 Connantre 5 Jan 45 Hanover

25 Aug 44 Brest

 

This officer has participated in a very large number of bombing operations against the enemy and has been an operator of special equipment in a very successful crew.

 

His cheerful manner and cool determination in the target area has done much to inspire his crew and, in recognition of his services, he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WILLIAMS, P/O Reginald James (J17821) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943. Home in Knowlton, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 16 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 August 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.4 AOS (graduated 22 November 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 31 January 1943). NOTE: The length of time between BGS and AOS is puzzling. Award sent by registered mail. Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded CD; retired to Civil Service (Statistics Canada); died in Ottawa 9 October 1995, aged 79.

 

This officer has a fine record of achievement as a navigator. He has guided his captain with accuracy to and from many of the major targets in enemy territory. The extreme precision with which he has performed his duties made the safety of his aircraft assured and there is little doubt that his quiet skill and determination have contributed largely to the great success attained by his crew.

 

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WILLIAMS, WO2 (now P/O) Robert George (R158484/J90457) - 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. Home in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 5 March 1943). Award presented 6 May 1950. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 20 September 1944 when, as a Warrant Officer, he had flown 50 sorties (214 hours six minutes), 19 February to 17 September 1944.

 


* denotes counted as 1/3 operation

 

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (8.20) 28 Jun 44 Metz (5.06)

2 Mar 44 Moulan-les Mureaux (5.35)* 30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (2.36)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (6.05)* 2 July 44 Oisemont-au-Bois (2.16)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.40)* 4 July 44 Biennaise (2.19)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (4.25), DNCO 5 July 44 Watten (1.38)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.05) 6 July 44 Croixdale (2.25)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.40) 7 July 44 Caen (2.42)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.15) 12 Jul 44 Acquet (2.33)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.45) 17 Jul 44 Caen (2.29)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.15) 18 Jul 44 Acquet (1.32)

9 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.George (5.25)* 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (3.20)

10 Apr 44 Ghent (4.10)* 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.03)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.35)* 24 Jul 44 L'Hey (1.46)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.25) 25 Jul 44 Foret du Croc (2.22)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (7.05) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.31)

26 Apr 44 Essen (4.30) 30 Jul 44 Battle Area (2.16)

1 May 44 St.Ghislain (4.05) 1 Aug 44 Belle Croix (1.51)

7 May 44 Valery de Vaux (3.35) 3 Aug 44 Nieppe (2.02)

9 May 44 Valery de Vaux (3.35) 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (7.00)

11 May 44 Boulogne (3.25) 27 Aug 44 Homburg (3.01)

12 May 44 Louvain (4.30) 28 Aug 44 Fromental (2.11)

5 June 44 Longues (3.08) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.44)

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy (3.25) 1 Sept 44 Pourchinte (2.16)

16 Jun 44 Rennescure (2.00) 5 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.17)

23 Jun 44 Coubronne (1.50) 6 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.12)

24 Jun 44 Middle Straete (1.54) 8 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.20)

27 Jun 44 Oisemont-au-Bois (2.18) 12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.13)

17 Sep 44 Boulogne (1.55)

 

Warrant Officer Williams is an efficient navigator in a very successful crew. He has taken part in a great many operational sorties and has always proven to be exceptionally reliable, with a high degree of skill. He has shown an excellent offensive spirit, even under the most trying circumstances and has proven himself to be a very valuable member of aircrew. The fine personal example and devotion to duty displayed by this Warrant Officer has contributed greatly to the many successes achieved by his crew.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/O Robert McDonald (C6554) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Recruiting Centre - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia; enlisted there 8 August 1941. Award presented.

 

Flying Officer Williams is the Public Relations officer at this Recruiting Centre. He has at all times worked unusually hard and has cheerfully devoted his time and energies to the recruiting of personnel for the Royal Canadian Air Force. It is in no small part due to this officer's untiring efforts, knowledge of his work and brilliant handling of publicity that this centre is first in enlistments, relative to population, especially for the Women's Division. In this manner, this officer has been exceptionally valuable to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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WILLIAMS, PO Stanley Smith (J15283) - Mention in Despatches - Koggala - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Home in Oak Lake, Manitoba; enlisted in Toronto, 6 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 10 August 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.3 AOS (graduated 26 October 1940), and No.1 CNS (graduated 6 January 1941). Drowned accidentally, 20 August 1943.

 

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WILLIAMS, F/O Vernon Albert (J9577) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 20 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 22 November 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 12 October 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 22 December 1941). Award presented 8 May 1948. Cited with F/O Rayne D. Schultz (which see for citation). Photo PMR 77-592 shows him with Schultz. As Radar Operator/Navigator he was involved in the following victories: 15/16 August 1943, one Do.217 destroyed; 10/11 December 1943, three Do.217s destroyed; 13/14 February 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed.

 

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WILLIAMS, FS (now P/O) Walter Edward (Can 6051/C26527) - British Empire Medal - No.8 SFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Winnipeg; home there; educated St.John's Technical School; enlisted there 15 September 1939. Award presented 31 May 1944.

 


Flight Sergeant Williams has proven to be exceptionally proficient in the execution of his duties as an Aero Engine Mechanic. He has at all times displayed outstanding traits of leadership and organizing ability. He has been most resourceful and ingenious in devising means to increase the efficiency of his flight and the Unit as a whole. His cheerful manner and devotion to duty have been an excellent example and inspiration to all ranks. For the past year Flight Sergeant Williams has been the Senior Fitter of the Servicing Squadron of this school and has displayed exceptional ability as a Technical NCO. By his untiring efforts he has been instrumental in maintaining the maximum serviceability of aircraft, often under adverse conditions.

 

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WILLIAMS, Sergeant Walter Roy (R191347) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 25 September 1942. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 20 August 1943) and No.7 BGS (graduated 4 October 1943). Award sent by registered mail.

 

This airman has taken part in a number of sorties in the role of wireless operator and his efficiency, strong sense of discipline and crew co-operation have set a fine example. On a recent occasion he was the member of the crew of an aircraft detailed for an operational mission. In the vicinity of the target the aircraft was struck by machine gun bullets and the pilot was fatally wounded. The bomb aimer took over the controls after the pilot had been gently removed to the rest position where Sergeant Williams made desperate efforts to save his stricken captain, little realizing that he was beyond human aid. After the contents of the spare oxygen bottle had become exhausted he even used his own oxygen mask which he affixed to his captain in a last effort to revive him. Although himself affected by the lack of oxygen, Sergeant Williams returned to his wireless apparatus and when nearing the English coast sent out distress signals warning base that a crash landing would be attempted at the first available airfield. In most trying circumstances this airman displayed notable courage, determination and devotion to duty.

 

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WILLIAMSON, F/O Harold Ford (J27291) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Belleville; enlisted in Ottawa, 2 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Award presented 25 May 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 R.F. Davenport dated 16 January 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (158 hours five minutes), 18 August 1944 to 7 January 1945.

 

Flying Officer Williamson has distinguished himself by most commendable courage and devotion to duty. His skill and quiet confidence in action has been a magnificent example to his crew, who responded readily to his fearless leadership. This officer's initiative and resourcefulness has on many occasions been instrumental in extricating his aircraft and crew from the perilous situations encountered on operations.

 


I feel that Flying Officer Williamson's outstanding ability and gallantry should be recognized, and I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WILLIAMSON, W/C James Sydney (C1233) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.5 Operational Training Unit - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Vancouver, 11 October 1939. Award presented 21 February 1948.

 

As Senior Administrative Officer of this unit, this officer has devoted his untiring energy towards its efficient administration. Working long hours above the normal working time, Wing Commander Williamson has not spared himself to better the Station and improve the efficiency of all its members. His untiring efforts, his devoted energy, his capable leadership, and his vast experience have been felt by all.

 

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WILLIAMSON, Sergeant Leonard Franklin (R107665) - Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 2 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Home in Regina; enlisted there 10 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 4 October 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1942). Invested with award by King George, 12 October 1943.

 

In April 1943, this airman was pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Duisberg. Whilst over the target area the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The bomber commenced to vibrate violently while the rudder bar swung loosely. Despite this, Sergeant Williamson continued his run-up and successfully bombed his target. The situation became critical and Sergeant Williamson gave orders to prepare to abandon the aircraft. As no answer was received from the rear gunner the navigator went to investigate and found that the rear turret had been blown away, the rudder was very badly damaged, and all the fuselage to the rear of the beam gun was stripped of fabric. The hydraulic system was out of action, causing the undercarriage to sag and the bomb doors to open. In spite of this, Sergeant Williamson kept the seriously damaged bomber headed for home and eventually reached an airfield where he effected a landing. In most hazardous circumstances, this airman displayed fortitude and courage of a high degree.

 

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WILLIS, W/C Charles Albert (C836) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron (now PoW) - Award effective 11 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 22 August 1944 and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944. Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Halifax, 4 July 1938 as a P/P/O; awarded wings, 17 June 1939. Shot down and taken prisoner, 30 March 1944. Award presented 28 September 1946.

 

Wing Commander Willis has led his squadron on many successful anti-shipping sorties. He has at all times displayed determination and gallantry of a high order and both in the air and on the ground has set an inspiring example. In March 1944 he led his squadron in an attack on an important target and while giving directions over the target area was shot down and taken prisoner of war.

 

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WILLIS, S/L David Alexander, DFC (C53455) - Bronze Star Medal (United States) - Air Force Headquarters - Award effective 6 December 1945 as per AFRO 1123/46 of that date. Former CAN/RAF pilot with remarkable career. In postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 (Wing Commander, AFHQ); retired as a Group Captain, 1965; died in Ottawa, 27 July 1984. His widow published a biography, Left Hand Salute. Public Records Office Air 2/9103 has proposed citation, compiled when he was a Wing Commander.

 

For meritorious service during the period 18 October 1944 to 21 April 1945. As Bomber Operations Officer, Eastern Air Command, [Wing] Commander Willis's superior supervision over all bombing activities of the combined British and American Forces in the Command, and his handling of administrative technical problems, gained and maintained the utmost respect of both the USAF and RAF officers. His untiring devotion to duty has contributed largely to the success of the integrated effort, and reflects the highest credit on the military forces of the United Nations.

 

WILLIS, S/L David Alexander DFC (20072) - Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - Award effective 15 July 1947 as per AFRO 441/47 dated 15 August 1947. Public Records Office Air 2/9682 has recommended citation composed when he was still a member of the RAF.

 

Wing Commander David Alexander Willis, DFC, Royal Air Force, performed meritorious service with the United States Eighth Air Force from December 1942 to September 1943. Wing Commander Willis co-operated greatly in training United States units in navigation in the European theatre of operations. His broad knowledge, his patience, and his resourcefulness enabled him to make a fine contribution to the bombing operations of United States units. His achievements reflect great credit upon his nation and upon the Royal Air Force.

 

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WILLIS, F/L John Edward (J26370) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.153 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 6 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943). Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. 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 2/9082 has recommendation dated 14 March 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (190 hours). NOTE: Sortie sheet not sent from England.

 

This Canadian captain of aircraft has now completed 34 successful sorties against targets in Germany and occupied territory, including attacks on such heavily defended targets as Essen, Leuna, Cologne and Zeitz.

 

Flight Lieutenant Willis sets his mind on the task in hand fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, setting a magnificent example to his crew, and his able captaincy and confident manner have contributed to the fine morale of the squadron.

 

Flight Lieutenant Willis has achieved a fine record throughout his operational tour and fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WILLIS, S/L Philip Ernest (C3239) - Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - Award effective 4 April 1947 as per Canada Gazette dated 5 April 1947 and AFRO 187/47 dated 11 April 1947. Born 18 March 18907 in Victoria; educated at University of British Columbia and Boeing School of Aeronautics. Employed by TCA as Operations Clerk, Operations Department Headquarters, Winnipeg, 7 January 1938 until September 1940. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 9 December 1940 and commissioned; Flying Officer, 18 January 1941; Flight Lieutenant 1 December 1941; Squadron leader, 1 April 1942. Served at No.2 SFTS, 20 January 1941 to 8 September 1941; AFHQ, 9 September 1941 to 15 January 1942; No.2 ANS, Pennfield Ridge, 16 March 1942 to 8 April 1942; Western Air Command Headquarters, 26 April to 31 December 1942; No.2 Group, Victoria, 1 January 1943 to 10 July 1943; Western Air Command Headquarters, 11 July 1943 to 22 September 144; overseas with Transport Command, September 1944 to August 1945. As of June 1945, TCA was writing to get him back. Captain Glenn Howell, USN, Naval Attache, American Embassy writing to A/M Leckie, 1 May 1946, provides citation:

 

For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as Secretary-Member of the United States-Canadian Inter-Service Flying Control Committee on the West Coast during the period from July 1943 to April 1944. Squadron Leader Willis, with untiring and exceptional personal endeavour, co-operated with the naval authorities of the United States in a highly commendable manner. His efforts contributed to an effective and cordial relationship with the Canadian West Coast Command

 

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WILLNER, F/O Oscar Eitel (J22228) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Davidson, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 21 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 April 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 12 September 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 6 November 1942). Award presented 6 November 1948. 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 18 September 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (170 hours), 18 April to 27 August 1944.

 

This officer, the Navigator of the crew captained by Acting Flight Lieutenant E. Eyjolfson, has since April 1944 completed thirty-six operational sorties over enemy territory, including many of the major and heavily defended targets in Germany.

 

Flying Officer Willner has at all times displayed outstanding ability and a strong sense of duty, and he holds a fine record of achievement on the squadron. His untiring devotion to duty in moments of danger has been largely responsible for the successful completion of his crew's many sorties, and by his example of cheerful courage, has maintained a very high standard of morale among, not only his crew members, but the squadron in general.

 

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WILMOT, F/O Brian Edmund (J23777) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 30 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 30 December 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943). Award presented (date unknown). Killed in action 21 August 1944 (Halifax MZ633 collided with Halifax ND609). Buried in England.

 

This officer has completed many sorties during which he has attacked such well-defended targets as Berlin, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. One night in April 1944, in a sortie against the last named target, Flying Officer Wilmot displayed the greatest determination in pressing home his attack although one engine failed and some height had been lost before reaching the target. His fine fighting spirit has always been apparent and he has set a most commendable example.

 

WILMOT, S/L Brian Edmund, DFC (J23777) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Award presented to next-of-kin, 2 December 1946.

 


Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Wilmot has completed numerous sorties against a variety of targets. On a recent operation against Brunswick, although his aircraft was attacked and severely damaged by enemy night fighters, Squadron Leader Wilmot displayed great skill and determination in pressing home his attack and in bringing his damaged aircraft safely back to base. He has set a worthy example.

 

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WILSHIRE, P/O Thomas Victor (J88560) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Hamilton; enlisted there 5 May 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 8 December 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 22 June 1942). Award presented 9 July 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 14 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (174 hours 30 minutes). First tour on Venturas, 3 February to 8 September 1943 (14 trips, 35 hours 50 minutes); second tour from 18 April to 14 October 1944.

 

This Wireless Operator has completed twenty-one heavy operational bombing attacks in Halifax IIIs and fourteen attacks in Venturas against the enemy, giving him a total of thirty-five attacks in all. His work in general has been outstanding and his co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty have set an excellent example to his crew.

 

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WILSON, F/L Albert Cutting (C6296) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 30 April 1941. No citation.

 

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WILSON, F/L Alexander (J7524) - 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 Vancouver; enlisted there 21 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 23 June 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 18 August 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 15 September 1941). MiD again 1 January 1946. No citation.

 

WILSON, F/L Alexander (J7524) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tofino - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 21 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 23 June 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 18 August 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 15 September 1941). Previously MiD, 6 June 1944. When recommended (10 July 1945) he had flown 829 hours 45 minutes, of which 508 were operational (51 sorties). Station Adjutant at the time.

 


This officer has completed a very arduous operational tour in Coastal Command in the Gibraltar area, plus ferry trips over enemy territory from United Kingdom to Russia. Since returning to Canada and assuming Administrative duties he has proven a very capable, efficient and loyal officer and a definite asset to his station. His services have at all times been outstanding.

 

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WILSON, FS Barney (Can 2668) - British Empire Medal - No.413 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born in Vancouver, 18 March 1922. Educated in Ontario including one year of aeronautics; worked six years as a farm labourer. Home in Niagara Falls, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 8 September 1939. Award presented 27 January 1946. Recommendation submitted 23 November 1944 when he was described as NCO in charge of maintenance. No citation published with AFRO, but recommendation read as follows:

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer, during two and one half years on the squadron, has shown outstanding ability as an organizer and a tradesman. For the past eighteen months Flight Sergeant Wilson has co-ordinated and directed all maintenance groundcrew with enthusiasm and tact. During the month of July 1944 the squadron set a new record in operational flying hours. The maintenance efficiency which made this possible was largely due to the untiring efforts of this airman.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9094 has a refined version of this:

 

During the 2 1/2 years he has served with this squadron [he] has shown outstanding ability as an organizer and exceptional efficiency as a tradesman. For the past eighteen months he has co-ordinated and directed all maintenance ground crews with tact and enthusiasm. The squadron set a new record in operational flying hours for the month of July 1944. The maintenance efficiency which made this possible was largely due to the untiring efforts of this airman.

 

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WILSON, F/L Carl Albert (J9871) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 November 1943 and AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944. Home in Lindsay, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 7 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 16 September 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 18 November 1940). Award sent by registered mail 27 May 1946.

 


This captain of aircraft commended his operational career during the battle of the Ruhr and on his first two sorties, in spite of damage to his aircraft from anti-aircraft fire, he achieved excellent results. In August 1943, when detailed to attack Nuremburg, the rear turret of his aircraft became unserviceable soon after crossing the enemy coast. Nevertheless he pressed on with his attack and successfully bombed his target. Weather permitting, this officer has consistently obtained good night photographs showing a steady run over the target. Throughout he has proved himself to be a most conscientious, determined and courageous captain.

 

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WILSON, P/O Donald Cameron (J15542) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born in Toronto, 1920; home there; enlisted there 1 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 August 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 18 January 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 7 December 1940) and No.1 ANS (graduated 15 February 1941). Award presented 27 April 1945.

 

This award is in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.

 

NOTE: DHist award cards have a digest of a slightly longer citation, apparently copied from Air Ministry Bulletin 12171/AL.705:

 

...as bombing leader of squadron, has done outstanding work and contributed in no small way to its repeated successes. A most skilful bomb aimer; has participated in attacks on heavily defended areas in Germany and Italy with outstanding courage, reliability and accuracy.

 

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WILSON, LAC Donald Daniel (R143992) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Born 21 May 1914. Home in Kingston, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 6 January 1942. Radio Mechanic. Posted overseas, 2 May 1942; repatriated, 23 July 1945; released 8 September 1945. No citation.

 

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WILSON, FS Donald James (R63822) - Mention in Despatches - Station Coal Harbour - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46dated 15 March 1946. Born 27 September 1917. Enlisted in Galt, Ontario, 30 March 1940. Armourer (Guns); much time spent with No.133 (F) Squadron.

 

This senior non-commissioned officer has completed long and useful service in isolated stations. His devotion to duty is unquestionable and he has always been willing to work long hours above and beyond the normal call of duty without thought of himself. His trade proficiency and character are exceptional and he has been instrumental in keeping the morale and organization of his section at a high level.

 

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WILSON, P/O Frederick Albert William Johnson (J85676) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.441 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Home in Port Arthur, Ontario; enlisted in London, England, 15 June 1943. Award presented 26 June 1945. Died in Oakville, Ontario, 12 May 1996.

 

Pilot Officer Wilson is a determined and gallant fighter. He has participated in a very large number of varied sorties during which he has destroyed six enemy aircraft. This officer has rendered much loyal and devoted service.

 

RCAF file 78/323 folio 9 has recommendation drafted by S/L J.D. Browne, 1 June 1944 when he had flown 238 sorties (277 hours ten minutes). His flying time was broken down as follows: Defensive Patrols and Scrambles, 137 hours; Fighter Sweeps, 35 hours; Patrol of Naval Ships, 30 hours; Ground Strafing, 11 hours; Bombing, seven hours; Escorting Bombers, 47 hours; Flight from HMS Furious to Malta, four hours; Flight from Malta to Mersa Matruh, six hours. He reported to No.213 Squadron, 24 January 1941 while still in England, and flew off Furious for Malta on 21 May 1941 (one aircraft of squadron shot down into sea during flight). The next day he flew to Mersa Matruh and was attached to No.80 Squadron. Notable sorties include the following:

 

6 June 41: Patrol for mine laying aircraft (1.05)

8 June 41: Ground strafing, Ravak, Syria - scored hits on two Potz and one bowser (1.25)

13 June 41: Escort to Blenheims - damaged a Potez (2.00)

22 June 41: Strafing on main highway near Beruit; escorting Blenheims to Beruit; destroyed two biplanes (1.50)

10 July 41: Strafing valley, Ryak Baalben; damaged one aircraft on Baalbeck (2.05)

10 Nov 41: With No.213 Squadron; scramble over Alexandria; shared in the destruction of one Ju.88; own engine damaged and forced to bale out into sea 12 miles off Raseltin Lighthouse; picked up after 1 hours (1.00)

12 Mar 42: Non-operational flight; No.2 cut off his tail and he bailed out but parachute did not open until 400 feet; mobbed by masses of natives who thought him enemy.

9 April 42: Patrol over Maryiut - unable to catch recce aircraft (1.05)

11 April 42: Patrol over Maryiut - squadron shot down Ju.88 (1.200

7 June 42: Sweep, Gazala and south to Acroma; bounced by 109s (1.15)

8 June 42: Sweep, Gazala; bounced again; damaged one Macci 202 (1.10)

9 June 42: Sweep, El Adem; bouncec by 109s and 202s; chases and chased but no results (1.45)

10 June 42: Sweep, Bir Hachiem and Gazala; several dogfights when jumped by 109s again (1.20)

12 June 42 Sweep over Gazela-Tobruk road; shot at 109s (1.05)

13 June 42 Sweep over Gazala; jumped by two 109s (1.10)

13 June 42 Sweep over El Adem road; jumped by ten 109s (.45)


14 June 42 Sweep east of Tobruk; dogfight again (1.05)

15 June 42 Patrol east and west of Tobruk; damaged one Bf.109 (1.15)

26 June 42 Sweep to Mersa Matruh; destroyed one Ju.87 and damaged of Ju.87 (.45)

27 June 42 Sweep, Sidi Heniesh area; destroyed one Ju.87 (1.25)

5 July 42 Sweep over line; jumped by Ju.88s and 109s.(1.00)

5 July 42 Sweep over line; dogfight with 14 MC.202s; damaged one (1.15)

8 July 42 Sweep over line; attacked 109s (1.35)

10 July 42 Patrol over line; shot up through cockpit by 109 (1.00)

17 July 42 Sweep over line; last sortie in No.213 Squadron (.35)

8 July 43 Escort for Beaufighters; first sortie with No.402 Squadron; recalled (.45)

11 Sept 43 Close escort to Marauders to Beaumont-le-Roger; bounced by FW.190s (1.50)

1 Mar 44 Escort to 22 Beaufighters to Den Helder; one 5,000-ton ship hit by cannon fire; last of 19 sorties with No.402 Squadron (2.00)

1 May 44 Escort to Mantes Gassicourt; first sortie with No.441 Squadron (2.15)

5 May 44 Sweep southeast of Lille; destroyed one FW.190 (2.40)

25 May 44 Dive boming marshalling yards at Mons; last sortie on sheet (1.35)

 

This officer commenced his operational career in January 1941. Since then, he has fought with distinction in the Western Desert, Malta, and for the past twelve months from this country. In addition to many successful attacks on ground targets and shipping he has destroyed 6 enemy aircraft, probably destroyed two enemy aircraft and damaged a further three enemy aircraft. He is a determined and resolute fighter pilot and an invaluable member of his squadron. I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WILSON, S/L George Everett (C1760) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 7 March 1940. Trained at No.1 AOS. Award presented 23 November 1943. Died in Toronto, 27 June 2000. Obituary notice stated he had graduated in Architecture from McGill University in 1934.

 


Squadron Leader Wilson has been in command of the Ground School at this unit for the past twenty-two months. He has displayed remarkable energy and initiative in the instituting of improved methods and facilities of training. His outstanding leadership and enthusiasm have automatically secured the whole-hearted co-operation of staff and pupils. This officer's thorough knowledge of his work, organizing ability and exceptional devotion to duty have been a fine example to the instructors and pupil and have earned for him the respect of all personnel of the unit. This officer has also devoted a considerable amount of his spare time in the writing of a book entitled "How to Identify Aircraft", a splendid treatise on this important Service subject.

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WILSON, F/O Gerald Einar (J19402) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 6 November 1942). DFC and Bar presented at Government House, 24 January 1956. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 42 sorties (222 hours 13 minutes), 3 August 1943 to 15 October 1944. See below for sortie list compiled at the end of his second tour. Text supporting recommendation was as follows:


Flying Officer Wilson is a very determined and capable Air Bomber in a highly successful crew. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Kiel, Stettin and Russelheim. He is an untiring worker both on operational and non-operational duty, never sparing himself in his efforts to strike at the enemy on every possible occasion. The dogged determination and pluck displayed by this officer in the performance of his often very dangerous tasks is a fine example to all aircrew. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

WILSON, F/L Gerald Einar, DFC (J19402) - 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.


Flight Lieutenant Wilson has now completed two tours of operations as bomb aimer. Throughout his operational career he has displayed outstanding skill and the greatest determination to operate against the enemy which have played a major part in the successes achieved by his crew. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has successfully participated in many operations against heavily defended targets in Germany. His devotion to duty has always been most noteworthy.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9069 (Part 1) has recommendation for the Bar to DFC dated 20 February 1945 when he had completed 60 sorties (323 hours 45 minutes) in an almost unbroken tour from 3 August 1943 to 2 February 1945. Of these, 19 sorties (96 hours 25 minutes) had been flown since award of (or recommendation for) his DFC. The sortie list may help explain more of his career, particularly the initial DFC as no citation or recommendation for that has been found as of 3 September 1995.

 

# denotes counted as 1/2 sortie

* denotes counted as 1/3 sortie

 

3 Aug 43 Sea Search (6.00)# 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.35)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (5.55) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.10)

17 Nov 43 Sea Search (3.10)# 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (1.50)

18 Nov 43 Mannheim (4.05), DNCO 20 Sep 44 Calais (1.55)

19 Nov 43 Leverkusen (6.35) 24 Sep 44 Calais (1.50)

23 Nov 43 Berlin (7.30) 25 Sep 44 Calais (1.45)

25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (7.30) 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.55)

29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.25) 27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.05)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.10) 28 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.55)

24 Feb 44 5500N 0600E (4.15) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.10)

2 Mar 44 Meulon les Mureaux (5.35)* 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.40)

6 Mar 44 Trappes (5.15)* 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (4.40)

15 Mar 44 Amiens (5.55)* 11 Oct 44 Fort Frederick Hendrik (2.00)

9 Apr 44 Lille (5.10)* 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.25)

12 Apr 44 Sea Search (3.35)# 15 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.05)

18 Apr 44 Paris (5.05)* 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.00)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.00) 12 Nov 44 Dortmund (4.05)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (7.00) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.20)

26 Apr 44 Essen (5.00) 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.10)

27 Apr 44 Montzen (4.20) 21 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel (4.20)

1 May 44 St.Ghislain (4.10) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.20)

12 May 44 Herent les Mouvain (4.45) 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (5.10)

24 May 44 Trouville (4.00) 16 Dec 44 Merseburg (6.25)

27 May 44 Stuttgart (2.05), DNCO 22 Dec 44 Bingen (5.20)

4 June 44 Calais (3.10) 27 Dec 44 Rheydt (3.35)

6 June 44 Conde sur Noireau (5.20) 29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.40)

7 Jun 44 Versailles (5.00) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (6.40)

12 Jun 44 Arras (4.40) 5 Jan 45 Royan (5.20)


16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (4.50) 6 Jan 45 Hannover (4.20)

27 Jun 44 Wizernes (5.40) 14 Jan 45 Merseburg (7.50)

18 Jul 44 Caen (4.30) 16 Jan 45 Zeitz (7.00)

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (7.00) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (5.40)

26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.30) 1 Feb 45 Mannhheim (5.10)

28 Aug 44 St.Omer (2.10) 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (4.00)

 

Flight Lieutenant Wilson has now completed two tours of operations as a bomb aimer. Throughout his operational career he has shown great determination to strike hard at the enemy. His work has always been of the highest standard and the results achieved have provided ample proof of this. Flight Lieutenant Wilson's knowledge of his job and his willingness to help others have contributed greatly to the success of the squadron.

 

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WILSON, P/O Gordon Douglas (J90640) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Brantford, Ontario; enlisted there 24 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 17 September 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". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (170 hours 50 minutes), 18 August 1944 to 26 December 1944.

 

This officer, the navigator of the crew captained by Pilot Officer W.T. Jensen, has since August 1944 made thirty operational sorties over enemy territory, including several long distant [sic] targets which called for a high degree of navigational ability.

 

Pilot Officer Wilson has at all times displayed outstanding ability, and he holds a fine record of achievement on the squadron. His untiring devotion to duty in moments of danger has been largely responsible for the successful completion of his crew's many sorties, and by his example of cheerful courage, has maintained a very high standard of morale among not only his crew members but the squadron as a whole.

 

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WILSON, Corporal Gregory Percival (R90521) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Huntsville, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 20 February 1941. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.1762 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation composed about April 1945; enlisted 20 February 1941; served 20 months in Canada, 28 months in UK and Africa. NCO in charge of Electrical Section in No.1 Hangar.

 

Corporal Wilson has for some time been in charge of electrical personnel in one of the R & I hangars. In addition, during the absence of senior NCOs, he has carried on their work satisfactorily. He is an expert tradesman and organizes the work and his men very effectively.

 

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WILSON, W/C Harry Edward (C5941) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Halifax; enlisted there 7 April 1941.

 

This officer has flown 334 hours on operational flights with various squadrons on clinical investigations of fatigue, rations, clothing and aircrew problems in general. As unit Medical Officer he supervised the health of the personnel and has carried out his duties in a very satisfactory manner.

 

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WILSON, S/L Herbert Malcolm (C1405) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 16 April 1943 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born 4 January 1915 at Belleville, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 1 November 1939. Trained at Camp Borden and Trenton. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

Squadron Leader Wilson has at all times efficiently performed all duties assigned to him in a cheerful and conscientious manner. After being employed as a Flying Instructor and Flight Commander over a period of fourteen months he was placed in command of a Squadron. He has given 1,331 instructional hours over a period of thirty months.

 

WILSON, S/L Herbert Malcolm (C1405) - Air Force Cross - No.2 SFTS -Enlisted in Toronto, 1 November 1939. Trained at Camp Borden and Trenton. Previously commended. Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Award presented 25 May 1945.

 

During the past six months this officer has served as both squadron commander and Chief Flying Instructor. He is a very capable and skilful pilot. he has at all times displayed exceptional devotion to the Service and has set forth every effort towards maintaining a high standard of efficiency and improving training methods, resulting in the turning out of excellent pilots. His ability, sense of duty and co-operative spirit have demanded the respect of, and has been the inspiration to, all personnel.


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WILSON, S/L Homer Joseph (C8863) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 15 November 1941. No citation.

 

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WILSON, Sergeant Hugh Ross (R58184) - Mention in Despatches - No.51 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born 10 March 1921. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 26 June 1940. Navigator; trained at No.1 ITS (posted there 22 July 1940), No.2 AOS (posted there 30 September 1940), No.4 BGS (posted there 22 December 1940) and No.1 ANS (posted there 2 February 1941). Posted overseas April 1941; reported interned, 25 October 1941; reported safe, 24 October 1941. LAC, 30 September 1940; Sergeant, 2 February 1941; commissioned 19 February 1943 as J23525. Returned to Canada to train as a pilot (No.36 EFTS and No.38 SFTS). Posted overseas again 26 March 1943. Killed in action, 27/28 January 1944 (No.408 Squadron, Lancaster DS710; buried in Germany. Possibly with No.425 Squadron before that. No citation in AFRO. Public Records Office Air 2/5684 identifies unit and gives the following:

 

This airman was a member of the crew of a Whitley aircraft which was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Calais on 17th October 1941 and the crew was compelled to bale out.

 

Sergeant Wilson landed in one of the main streets of Calais and unhesitatingly disposing of all obstacles barring his escape made his way to Lillers. Travelling via Paris he crossed the Line of Demarcation on 13th November. He then made his way to the Spanish frontier which he crossed on 13th December. He was repatriated from Gibraltar on 27th January 1942.

 

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WILSON, Sergeant John Henry (R126293) - British Empire Medal - Station Sydney - Award effective 5 May 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Home in Amherst, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Moncton, New Brunswick, 2 September 1941. Medal presented 2 May 1948.

 


On February 15, 1945, the explosion of a depth charge demolished a hangar and precipitated a violent fire which raged with great fury owing to some two thousand gallons of gasoline contained in the tanks of aircraft in the hangar. The hangar and contents were almost completely destroyed in thirty minutes. When the explosion occurred, Sergeant Wilson was driving a motor transport vehicle a short distance away. He immediately drove his truck to the hangar and then, with complete disregard for his own safety and in the face of great danger, entered the fiercely burning hangar in which there were several unexploded depth charges, aircraft with full gasoline tanks and exploding ammunition. In all he made three trips into the burning building and succeeded in rescuing two critically injured airmen and removing valuable equipment to safety. After searching diligently for other possible casualties, he transported the injured to a hospital. This non-commissioned officer displayed great courage, presence of mind and disregard for his own safety in all his actions.

 

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WILSON, F/L Kenneth Berkeley (C28053) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Station Pennfield Ridge -Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Enlisted in Regina, 22 June 1940. Trained at No.6 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Later awarded AFC. The following is believed to apply to the Commendation rather than the AFC.

 

Flight Lieutenant Wilson is an ex-elementary instructor who has been a flying instructor in Transport Conversion Squadron at Pennfield Ridge since its organization in July 1944. He has carried out his duties in a keen, efficient, cheerful manner. His energy and unbounded good humour are a source of inspiration for his fellow men. His work is the air has contributed a great deal to the splendid flying record that this unit has established on the civil airways during its ten months of operation.

 

WILSON, F/L Kenneth Berkeley (C28053) - 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. Enlisted in Regina, 22 June 1940. Previously Commended for Valuable Services in the Air (citation for that). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation. When recommended he had flown 4,450 hours, 4,300 as instructor, 344 in previous six months. Award sent by registered mail 11 March 1950.

 

Flight Lieutenant Wilson is an elementary instructor who has been a flying instructor in Transport Conversion Squadron for over a year. He has carried out his duties in a keen, efficient and cheerful manner and his energy and unbounded good humour are a source of inspiration to his fellow men. His work in the air has contributed a great deal to the splendid flying record that this unit has established on the civil airways during its operation.

 

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WILSON, F/L (now S/L) Kenneth Campbell (C1217) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 Squadron (Canada) - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 9 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Perth, Ontario, 24 August 1914; home there; graduated from RMC, 1935 and from Queen's University, 1939; enlisted in Ottawa, 9 October 1939. Photo PL-33322 shows him. Following Second World War he returned to engineering career across Canada including Keno (Yukon), Chibougamau, Rankin Inlet, and Stewart (British Columbia); later consulting career took him to Burma, Australia, Central and South America. Died in Delta, British, Columbia, 28 April 1994. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.57, File 190-I) has citation.

This officer has a total of 410 flying hours for the period from December 1st, 1941 to August 23rd, 1942, with a total of 278 hours of flying on 63 war flights. He demonstrated his willingness to undertake additional responsibility by ferrying two aircraft to the United Kingdom during his semi-annual leave. He is keen and diligent in the performance of all his duties, and at all times sets an excellent example to the officers and men who serve under him.

 

WILSON, S/L Kenneth Campbell (C1217) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. On 24 February 1943 he was on patrol when ordered back to base due to adverse weather. Fuel ran low; depth charges were dropped to extend range, but they still would not make base. They released two pigeons, divided rations among them and baled out. In this, one man lost the Verey pistol. Wilson and one man (P/O William A. Richardson) landed on a ice floe in Northumberland Strait; WO Joseph A. Dobson and F/O A.J. Barrette landed on other floes. The following day they managed to link up with one another. After five days they were located, emergency supplies dropped, and rescue effected by PEI ferry. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I) has citation.

 

This officer, who has put in many long and arduous hours on anti-submarine and escort patrol, has always shown keen enthusiasm in carrying out his duties. He has at all times displayed skill and fortitude of the highest order.

 

WILSON, W/C Kenneth Campbell (C1217) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. No citation.

 

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WILSON, F/L Leonard James (J16956) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Ottawa; enlisted in Toronto, 24 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 November 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 20 Mar 1941).

 

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WILSON, P/O Lloyd George (J17520) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 20 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Home in Niagara Falls, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 12 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Invested at Buckingham Palace, 7 November 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Wilson has displayed exceptional courage at all times, frequently putting himself forward for the most dangerous tasks. He has taken part in many raids on major targets in Germany. His keenness to inflict damage on the enemy has been an example to the pilots of his squadron.

 

WILSON, P/O Lloyd George, DFC (J17520) - Mention in Despatches - No.82 Operational Training Unit - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.

 

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WILSON, P/O Philip Joseph (J19982) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 9 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 29 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). DFC and Bar presented 29 November 1947.

 

One night in March 1944 this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Nuremburg. Whilst over the target area the aircraft was hit by machine gun fire from a fighter and sustained damage to the port elevators, the bomb bay and other parts of the structure. The tailplane caught fire and was seriously burnt. Although the bomber dived steeply, Pilot Officer Wilson succeeded in regaining control. Throughout the long flight home it was necessary to exert great pressure on the control column but Pilot Officer Wilson, at times assisted by the flight engineer, kept the aircraft steady and eventually reached base. He displayed skill, resolution and endurance of a high order.

 

WILSON, F/L Philip Joseph, DFC (J19982) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.

 

This officer has now completed his second tour of operations. Throughout all his numerous missions he has displayed the utmost determination to press home his attacks regardless of all enemy opposition. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has completed a large number of operational sorties and has always set a praiseworthy example of leadership, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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WILSON, P/O Raymond (J86699) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.13 Squadron - Award effective 31 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 September 1944 and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944. Home in Leo, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 10 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 July 141), No.16 EFTS (ceased training 11 September 1941), No.1 WS (graduated 28 March 1942) and No.1 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942). DFC presented 2 December 1946.

 

Pilot Officer Wilson has shown great keenness for both day and night operations. He has participated in many sorties as a wireless operator (air) and by his outstanding example has helped to maintain a high standard of efficiency amongst the gunners in this squadron. He has also taken part in a number of coastal sorties including convoy escorts, U-boat patrols and low level reconnaissances. These were completed during the important period towards the end of the North African campaign and during the Sicilian landings.

 

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WILSON, F/L Robert Jellett (J16019) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.313 Ferry Training Unit - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 14 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 7 April 1941). No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9117 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 1,400 hours, 845 in training duties, 282 hours in previous six months.

 

During the last eighteen months, Flight Lieutenant Wilson has been mainly employed as a flying instructor. In this capacity he has rendered valuable service to the Group. At all times he has displayed a high sense of devotion to duty.

 

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WILSON, F/L Roger Colvin (or Colin) - (C5556) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Conversion Training Squadron - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born 19 August 1915; enlisted in Toronto, 9 September 1940. Commissioned 15 May 1941; to "Y" Depot, 28 December 1942; to RAF overseas, 18 February 1943; repatriated 23 July 1945; remained in postwar RCAF (19735), attaining rank of Wing Commander, 1 January 1952.

 

This officer has served as a Flying Instructor, Flight Commander, Acting Examining Officer and is categorized "A2". His instructional ability, determined personality and able leadership throughout his instructional career have been most valuable to his unit. He obtains and holds the confidence of his students and commands the respect of his instructors. His total flying time is 1,521 hours of which 1,382 have been as flying instructor.

 


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WILSON, P/O Thomas Peter (J87132) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Home in South Porcupine, Ontario; enlisted in North Bat, 18 October 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.5 AOS (graduated 8 June 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 September 1942). DFC presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.

 

Pilot Officer Wilson is a skilful and efficient navigator. His sterling work in the air has largely contributed to the successful completion of all the sorties undertaken by his crew, including many mine-laying missions. He has participated in attacks against targets in Sterkrade, Bremen and St.Nazaire. On one occasion during an attack against St.Ghislain his aircraft was attacked seven times by an enemy fighter. Throughout this determined attack Pilot Officer Wilson won the confidence of his crew by his undaunted courage and cool efficiency.

 

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WILSON, F/O Thomas Ridgeway (J27745) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.417 Squadron - Award effective 20 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 5 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 September 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 6 March 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Invested at Buckingham Palace, 29 June 1945.

 

Flying Officer Wilson has completed over 100 sorties, many of them against extremely well defended targets. On several occasions his aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire, but he has invariably pressed home his attacks with excellent results. Recently while leading a formation of aircraft on a reconnaissance patrol in the heavily defended Vicenza area, Flying Officer Wilson was wounded when his aircraft was struck by shrapnel. Although suffering from shock, partial blindness in one eye and loss of blood, Flying Officer Wilson led his formation a considerable distance back to base. On his first attempt to land the undercarriage and flaps of his damaged aircraft would not operate. Showing great determination he made another approach and effected a successful crash landing. Flying Officer Wilson displayed a high degree of courage and fortitude throughout.

 

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WILSON, Sergeant Wilbert (R107753) - British Empire Medal - Topcliffe - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted in Regina, 17 June 1941. Award presented 14 May 1948. DHist 181.002 D.225 has recommendation dated 19 June 1945, at which time he was NCO in charge of Technical Stores.

 


Sergeant Wilson has been employed on this station since January 1945 and during that time has proved to be an outstanding Equipment Assistant, with an unusual knowledge of technical equipment which proved invaluable, not only in connection with current work, but also on re-arming problems throughout the base. His interest and enthusiasm have been repeatedly demonstrated by the manner in which he has gone out of his way to acquire knowledge and render valuable service outside the normal call of duty. Sergeant Wilson has contributed greatly towards the efficiency of his important section and has at all times devoted all his energies cheerfully and willingly towards the furtherance of service interests.

 

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WILSON, F/O William George (J11215) - 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 Cedar Rapids, Iowa; enlisted in Toronto 24 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 July 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 2 February 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942). No citation.

 

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WILSON, FS (now P/O) William John (R88851/J19497) - 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. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941). No citation.

 

WILSON, F/L William John (C6118) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Richmond Hill, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 4 July 1941. No citation.

 

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WILSON, F/L William Robert (J7757) - Air Force Cross - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Toronto, 15 August 1916; educated in that city including University of Toronto; employed by Millwright Mine Company. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 7 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1941). AFC sent by registered mail, 17 December 1945. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation. When recommended he had flown 1,670 hours, 1,300 as instructor, 100 in previous six months.

 


This officer, while acting in the capacity of supervisory officer and later as course commander at this unit, has completed thirteen hundred hours on instructional duty. He has displayed great organizing ability and has devoted much energy toward the training of aircrew. Flight Lieutenant Wilson is a fine leader, whose example of devotion to duty beyond ordinary service requirements is worthy of high praise.

 

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WILTON, F/O Allan James (J26268) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 2 October 1940. Trained at No.5 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941).

 

This officer, throughout a long period on operational flying in the North Atlantic area, has proven himself to be an efficient and skilful captain of aircraft. At all times he has displayed an exceptional devotion to duty and his cheerful willingness in undertaking any flying task and his ability to carry it out successfully, have been an inspiration to all personnel.

 

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WILTON, P/O Arklos John (C48209) - 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 Roland, Manitoba. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 6 August 1941. No citation.

 

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WILTON, F/O Robert (C24944) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.5 Radio School - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Calgary, 24 October 1945. MBE presented 17 June 1945.

 

This officer has displayed great initiative and ability in organizing the electronics section at this school. His excellent work has made a very large contribution to the organization and training at this school. By his energetic, keen and successful efforts he has been an example and inspiration to all. His devotion to duty displayed in many extra hours of hard work has been most praiseworthy.

 

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WINCH, F/O Aubrey Wellington (J27379) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Guelph, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 10 March 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 7 July 1941) and No.8 BGS (graduated 22 December 1941). Medal presented in Hamilton, 277 October 1949. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 29 September 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (183 hours 15 minutes), 22 March to 29 August 1944. The recommendation describes the ditching in more detail and differing slightly from citation; he obtained two M/F fixes, sent an SOS and aircraft ditched at 0006 hours. Rescue aircraft were over dinghy two hours later, and naval trawler arrived 80 minutes later.

 

This officer has completed a successful tour of operational duty during which he has displayed skill, courage and determination of a high order. During his first operational flight his aircraft was detailed for a mine-laying mission in Kiel Bay. Before reaching the target one engine caught fire. On the return flight another engine caught fire and the aircraft rapidly lost height and was forced down on to the sea. It was entirely due to Flying Officer Winch's promptitude and skill in sending out messages before the aircraft was forced down that the crew were rescued within one and a half hours. Despite this trying experience he has continued to show undiminished enthusiasm for operational flying and unfailing devotion to duty at all times.

 

WINCH, F/L Aubrey Wellington, DFC (J27379) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Trained at No.3 WS and No.8 BGS.

 

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WINCHESTER, F/O Sidney Arthur (J10019) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 29 July 1941. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 3 January 1942).

 

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WINDSOR, F/L Byron Harper (C3370) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Conversion Training Squadron - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born 25 October 1896 at Miscou Harbour, New Brunswick. Home there. Enlisted in Montreal, 26 September 1940.

 

This officer has served as an instructor, Flight Commander, Examining Officer and Chief Flying Instructor at Conversion Training Squadron and has a total instructional time of 741 hours and a total flying time of 926 hours. he has shown exceptional ability as an instructor on single and twin-engine aircraft. His diligence, initiative and reliability have been most valuable to the unit. This officer's skill as a pilot and able leadership inspires confidence in the student pilots and commands the respect of the personnel of the unit.

 

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WING, Sergeant Alfred Vincent (R190589) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.463 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Home in Capreol; enlisted in Toronto, 1 September 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943). Award presented 18 October 1947. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 17 June 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (184 hours 34 minutes), 18 October 1943 to 27 May 1944.

 

18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.30) 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.00)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (5.50) 9 Mar 44 Marignane (9.00)

18 Nov 43 Berlin (8.30) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.35)

16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.25) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.20)

5 Jan 44 Stettin (9.20) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.35)

14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.35) 10 Apr 44 Tours (5.20)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.05) 11 Apr 44 Aachen (3.45)

27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.15) 18 Apr 44 Juvisy (4.20)

30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.45) 20 Apr 44 La Chapelle (4.25)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.00) 22 Apr 44 Brunswick (5.45)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.40) 24 Apr 44 Munich (9.55)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.00) 26 Apr 44 Schweinfurt (8.15)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (7.45) 27 May 44 Nantes (5.24)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.15)

 

Sergeant Wing has operated as Air Gunner over Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremburg and other strongly defended German targets. He is a highly skilful, resourceful and courageous gunner, and is partly responsible for the success of many important and hazardous operational sorties. He has shown himself to be possessed of a fine fighting and determined spirit, and both in the air and on the ground he has set a standard that few equal.

 

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WINMILL, F/L Albert Ernest (J12038) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Home in Lachute Mills, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 8 July 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 November 1941), No.22 EFTS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942). DFC presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 14 April 1945 when he had flown 25 sorties (158 hours nine minutes), 2 November 1944 to 8 April 1945.

 


Flight Lieutenant Winmill has completed many attacks on heavily defended targets in Germany such as Munster, Castrop Rauxel, Essen and Hamburg. He has constantly displayed a fine fighting spirit throughout his operational career and has proved himself an officer of outstanding ability, whose courage, cheerfulness and keen sense of duty resulted in an outstanding operational crew. In addition, his untiring efforts in coaching new crews has been responsible to a large degree for the many successful sorties performed by this squadron...

 

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WINN, F/O Frederick Adolphe Rasmussen (J19668) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron -Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 7 April 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1942). 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 2/9038 has recommendation dated 18 October 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (171 hours 57 minutes), 24 April to 6 October 1944.

 

* second pilot (all others as captain of aircraft)

 

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.16)* 12 July 44 Thiverny (4.01)

20 Apr 44 Acheres (4.28) 15 July 44 Nucourt (4.13)

1 May 44 Malines (3.57) 17 July 44 Caen H.2 (4.38)

11 May 44 Trouville (3.34) 20 July 44 Bottrop (4.47)

19 May 44 Boulogne (3.17) 1 Aug 44 Prouville (4.04)

22 May 44 Orleans (5.27) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.02)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.58) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.04)

31 May 44 Trappes (5.14) 11 Aug 44 Chapel Notre Dame (3.14)

5 June 44 Courseulles (4.44) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.51)

6 June 44 St.Lo (5.34) 14 Aug 44 Falaise (3.51)

7 June 44 Juvisy (4.32) 16 Aug 44 GARDENING (5.21)

9 June 44 Laval airfield (5.01) 3 Sept 44 Soesterberg (3.09)

24 June 44 Noyelle E.C. (3.28) 17 Sept 44 Boulogne (3.00)

25 June 44 Montorgueil (4.00) 20 Sept 44 Calais (3.38)

27 June 44 Mont Condon (3.32) 23 Sept 44 Neuss (4.50)

28 June 44 Blainville (6.54) 25 Sept 44 Calais (3.15)

1 July 44 St.Martin L'Hey (3.35) 26 Sept 44 Calais (3.31)

4 July 44 St.Martin L'Hey (3.32) 4 Oct 44 GARDENING (5.15)

5 July 44 St.Martin L'Hey (3.31) 6 Oct 44 GARDENING (4.00)

8 July 44 Chateau Bernapre (4.07)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 39 sorties (125 points) of which eight have been major targets, involving a total of approximately 172 hours.

 


At all times he has shown outstanding keenness for operations and has never failed to attack the target. His photographic record proves that he has always pressed home his attacks, often in spite of considerable opposition. He is an excellent captain of aircraft and has set an example to the less experienced captains. Whilst on the ground he has, on a number of occasions, acted as Deputy Flight Commander, when he has shown considerable ability as a leader and organizer.

 

He has now completed an excellent operational tour on a variety of targets, many of which have been strongly defended, and he has never failed to show the true offensive spirit. He is therefore strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WINNY, W/C Harry Johnstone, BEM (C1410) - Mention in Despatches - Alliford Bay - 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 Vancouver, 1904. A prewar NCO (also pilot with Hudson Bay Company), he was awarded the BEM, 1 January 1935 (Canada Gazette, 26 January 1935). Commissioned at Edmonton, 29 November 1939. Veteran of preventative patrols flown out of Vancouver, 1932-1935. Left RCAF in 1945. Died in Calgary, 18 December 1960.

 

 

Wing Commander Winny commands an isolated station on the Pacific Coast. He is an outstanding pilot, a resourceful commander and an exceptional leader. His diligence, fine judgement and personal example have brought his station to a high state of efficiency. Wing Commander Winny has flown 1,066 operational hours since the outbreak of war.

 

NOTE: Winny's 1935 BEM was rare in the interwar period and arose from R.B. Bennett inquiring about outstanding achievements in Canadian aviation that might be recognized in the January 1935 Honours List. Major General A.G.L. McNaughton and the Senior Air Officer recommended one civilian (W.R. "Wop" May), one officer (Squadron Leader R.S. Grandy) and one NCO (Winny). The memo singling him out (dated 3 May 1934) described his achievements as follows:

 

Outstanding flights by personnel

of the Royal Canadian Air Force

 

Flying and Exploratory Work in the Far North

 

 

No.224, Flight Sergeant Winny, H.J.

 

1. In 1930 Flight Sergeant Winny was appointed as pilot of the second aircraft of the detachment which was organized for the purpose of exploring and photographing some of the main travelled and unknown water and air routes and to inspect RCAF fuel caches laid down in the North West Territories.

 


2. The detachment left Ottawa on July 6th and proceeded to Aklavik by Winnipeg and the Mackenzie River system, thence to Great Bear Lake calling at points en route.

 

From Hunter Bay the detachment proceeded to Coronation Gulf and thence to Point Lake on the Coppermine River, from where the detachment proceeded to Fort Reliance on Great Slave Lake stopping at Fort Rae. On the 23rd of August, the detachment proceeded to Lac la Gras later returning to Reliance from which point photographic operations were undertaken until September 2nd when the detachment proceeded to Chesterfield Inlet, Hudson Bay. On September 8th, the detachment left for Cape Fullerton, Wager Inlet and Repulse Bay returning to Chesterfield Inlet on 12th of September. The detachment then proceeded to Ottawa, calling at Port Churchill and Winnipeg en route.

 

3. Three thousand one hundred photographs were taken during the operation, which involved 193 hours flying, and a complete check of RCAF caches was made in the area in which the aircraft operated.

 

4. The is detachment was entirely self-contained, and was operating in an unsettled country and over an area for which maps did not exist. The operation was brought to a successful conclusion.

 

5. In 1931 Flight Sergeant Winny was again detailed to act as pilot in one of the aircraft of a special detachment which undertook photography and photographic reconnaissance of the unmapped and little known area in the North West Territories situated between the Mackenzie River system and Hudson Bay. The detachment worked as far north as Bathurst Inlet and as far south as Wholdain Lake.

 

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WINSHIP, F/L John Jeffray (J22722) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.684 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945. Born in Elmwood, Manitoba; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 9 October 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1943). Medal sent by registered mail, 20 June 1951.

 

Flight Lieutenant Winship has completed numerous long range photographic sorties, many of which have been flown during monsoon weather over Burma and Siam. In April 1944 he was detailed to photograph new enemy airfields in North East Siam. Engine trouble developed and he was forced to jettison 100 gallons of fuel in order to maintain height. By superb airmanship this officer succeeded in flying safely to a forward landing ground, a distance of 750 miles on one engine. This entailed flying at a low level for four hours over the enemy's fighter bases in the Irrawaddy Valley. Throughout his operational career this officer has displayed great keenness, initiative and devotion to duty.

 


NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9078 has recommendation by W/C W.E.M. Lowry dated 26 February 1945 stating he had flown forty photo reconnaissance sorties (236 hours 50 minutes). It is more detailed and specific to dates, and it quoted here:

 

This officer has completed a twelve-month tour with 40 sorties on long range photographic reconnaissance, many of which were carried out in the extremely difficult weather conditions of the monsoon period over Burma, Siam and Sumatra. His high standard of airmanship and keenness has produced many excellent sorties well above average and this keenness and desire to extend the range of his aircraft has resulted in the discovery of several new targets. On 5th April 1944 whilst briefed to photograph new airfields in North East Siam, which had not previously been covered before, engine trouble developed and he was forced feather the starboard airscrew. Having jettisoned 100 gallons of fuel in order to maintain height, by magnificent airmanship he succeeded in bringing his Mosquito safely to a forward landing ground, a distance of 750 miles on one engine over enemy territory, and flying at a low height for four hours over the enemy's fighter bases in the Irrawaddy Valley.

 

Flying from Ceylon he covered enemy targets in Sumatra including Sigli and Samaing airfields (at maximum range) involving a round trip of 2,200 miles, the greater part being flown over the sea.

 

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WINSLOW, F/L Terence Bawlf (J9167) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.268 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born 1921, Winnipeg. Home in Ste. Agathe, Quebec. Enlisted in Montreal, 12 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Award presented 18 June 1949.

 

This officer has flown on a great number of operational sorties and has displayed courage and determination while on operations.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9633 has a more detailed citation, drafted when he had flown 29 sorties (52 operational hours).

 

This officer has flown on a great number of operational and photographic sorties. In the course of one photographic reconnaissance his aircraft was twice hit by enemy fire. The excellent photographs he has secured reflect the courage and determination which he has displayed while on operations.

 

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WINTER, F/O Gerald Marmaduke (J10431) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.8 SFTS - Awarded 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943 - Enlisted in Ottawa, 6 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.9 EFTS (graduated 14 September 1940), and No.1 SFTS ( graduated 14 November 1940). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

Flying Officer Winter has shown marked success as a Flying Instructor and has risen through the ranks to the appointment of Flight Commander. The example set by his devotion to duty and reliability as an Instructor is demonstrated by his success in the production of first class pilots. His total flying time is 1,425 hours, 1,150 hours of which have been instructional given over a period of two years.

 

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WINTER, W/C Ross McCormick (C11249) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Kingston, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 17 April 1942. Employed after the war by Department of Mines and Resources in Ottawa. MBE presented at Government House, 7 November 1949.

 

This officer has been Senior Education Officer, Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas Headquarters since August 1943, and too much credit cannot be given to him for the excellent way in which he has organized Education Services. He has had a tremendous uphill battle, but has never deviated from the sincerity of his purpose, and his Branch is one of the most efficiently run in the Directorate of Administration. Through his efforts, a very large number of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel have been able to improve their education which will put them in line for business opportunities. Apart from making the normal education facilities available to Royal Canadian Air Force personnel, Wing Commander Winter has proved his organizing ability. He has been responsible for the harmonious relationship that exists between the Canadian Army and the Canadian Navy Education Services with the Royal Canadian Air Force, and he has never spared himself in furthering the progress of his Branch.

 

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WISEMAN, P/O Duncan Roy (J15778) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.73 Squadron - Award effective 22 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 February 1943 and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Born 19 May 1918; home in Moose Jaw; enlisted in Regina, 5 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 March 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 21 April 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941). To RAF overseas, 6 August 1941; commissioned 5 July 1942; repatriated 25 October 1944; with No.124 Squadron, 20 April to 29 September 1945; released 18 January 1946; in RCAF again from 15 April 1953 to uncertain date. Award presented 6 July 1946.

 


Throughout the operation beginning in October 1942, this officer has participated in a large number of sorties and patrols over enemy territory. He has always pressed home his attacks regardless of the opposition encountered. Pilot Officer Wiseman has made many highly successful attacks on moonlight nights at a very low level, destroying much enemy transport. He has always displayed outstanding keenness and a fine fighting spirit.

 

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WISEMAN, S/L James Arnold (C5777) - Air Force Cross - AFHQ - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 16 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945 - Born in Winnipeg, 15 November 1910; attended Port Hope High School. Enlisted in RCAF (Camp Borden) 17 May 1928. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation; when recommended he had flown 4,200 hours. Award sent by registered mail.

 

This officer has been engaged on air survey photography almost continuously since 1929, during which time he has possibly photographed a greater area of Canada than any other individual. In 1941 he carried out a photographic reconnaissance of parts of Greenland in an endeavour to locate possible bases for the Royal Air Force Ferry Command. The reconnaissance was carried out in an unarmed Liberator, despite the fact that the enemy was known to be operating an armed reconnaissance over the same area, and was completely successful. Previous to this he had flown some seven hundred hours on photography of Newfoundland and Labrador in connection with surveys relating to the development of Gander and Goose Bay airports. In the winter of 1942 Squadron Leader Wiseman was assigned to assist the United States Army in carrying our reconnaissance photography of large parts of North West Canada, Alaska and the Aleutians. A large part of the success of the operation was attributed to his skill and knowledge of aircraft and engine maintenance under sub-zero temperatures. When the Royal Canadian Air Force embarked upon a high altitude survey programme, this officer was selected to command the unit. On one occasion, while instructing other pilots on Mitchell aircraft, a pupil inadvertently raised the undercarriage before being fully airborne. Despite serious damage to the propeller blades and other damage, Squadron Leader Wiseman succeeded, under great difficulties, in landing the aircraft without further damage. His skill as a pilot undoubtedly saved the lives of his crew. Throughout his entire career he has shown the ability to execute the most difficult tasks with success and his leadership of his survey squadron in the field has been exceptional.

 

WISEMAN, S/L James Arnold (C5777) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.7 Photo Wing - Award effective 21 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.

 


Squadron Leader Wiseman was captain and pilot of a Mitchell aircraft which took off with eight personnel and a full load from Fort St,John, British Columbia, on February 15th, 1945. A defective nosewheel and leaking gasoline tank obliged the captain to attempt an immediate emergency landing. Despite the mental hazard of the leaking gasoline tank and knowing he could not use the brakes, Squadron Leader Wiseman with the greatest skill and judgement accomplished the landing without injury to personnel or further damage to the aircraft.

 

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WISKIN, F/L Eric Walter (J8804) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 10 October 1944 and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Home in Cochrane, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 6 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941). Award presented by Governor General, 19 May 1950 when he was living in Kingston.

 

This officer has been flying as navigator with his present squadron since March 1943. He has always displayed great keenness and efficiency in the performance of his duties. On April 17, 1944, while operating from Reykjavik, he participated in an attack on an enemy submarine which was pressed home in the face of violent anti-aircraft fire. The submarine was probably destroyed. Throughout the attack Flight Lieutenant Wiskin showed coolness and good judgement and obtained a series of fine pictures. His courage and devotion to duty have been outstanding.

 

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WISSLER, F/O George Henry (J36872) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Home in Elora, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 1 June 1940. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 4 September 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). Award presented in Toronto, 30 April 1949. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Recommended for non-immediate DFC, 17 May 1945, at which time he had flown 190.05 hours on operations (32 sorties); recommendation read:

 

Flying Officer Wissler has been screened on completion of hist first tour of 32 sorties against the enemy, the majority of which were against heavily defended targets. On these operations this officer displayed courage and determination of a high order. His skill and ability to make a successful attack under all conditions have been an inspiration to others. Not only in the air but on the ground, Flying Officer Wissler's devotion to duty has been outstanding. He took a leading part in the training of less experienced crews, his knowledge and willingness to help others being invaluable to this squadron.

 


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WITBECK, F/L John Luther (J4520) - Mention in Despatches - No.423 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Toronto, 2 July 1940. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 2 February 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 21 December 1940) and No.1 ANS (graduated 8 March 1941). Identified in Air Force List, July 1945, as being in Aeronautical Engineering Branch, which is odd, given his training.

 

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WITHENSHAW, F/O George (J35572) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 22 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 11 September 1919 in Verdun, Quebec; home there (apprentice metal worker); enlisted in Montreal, 24 October 1941 (card) or 6 November 1941 (questionnaire in DHist biographical file). Initially an aero engine mechanic, he was stationed at Dunnville from April 1942 to January 1943, where he took night courses to attain Junior Matriculation. Remustered to aircrew. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.9 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943). Arrived in Britain in November 1943; further trained at No.15 OTU, Harwell (January-February 1944), No.18 (P) AFU, Church Lawford (March to June 1944), No.28 OTU, Wymeswold (July to September 1944) and No.1668 Heavy Conversion Unit, Bottesford (October-November 1944). To No.101 Squadron, November 1944, serving to May 1945; claims to have had combats with enemy jet fighters. Repatriated to Canada, he was in civilian life (civil servant with Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps) until 1951 when he rejoined as a pilot, serving in No.404 Squadron, Greenwood, and No.103 Rescue Unit, Greenwood. Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.

 

This officer has completed many sorties against a wide variety of targets and has displayed marked enthusiasm and ability throughout. One night in March 1945 he was detailed to attack Misburg. On the outward journey the port outer engine was found to have a serious oil leak. Undaunted, Flying Officer Withershaw continued to the target which, though heavily defended, he successfully attacked. He afterwards flew his aircraft safely back to base. The skilful and calculated airmanship of Flying Officer Withershaw, together with his leadership and courage, has set a fine example to his squadron.

 

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WITHINGTON, FS Thomas David (R75610) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.108 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1943 as London Gazette dated 22 January 1943 and per AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Home in Kitchener, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 14 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 February 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1941. Killed in flying accident, 8 November 1942 at No.22 OTU (Wellington crash); buried in England. Award presented to next-of-kin, 22 April 1944.


Throughout his period of service, Flight Sergeant Withington has, by his exceptional ability as a pilot and the confidence he has instilled in his crews, proven himself a captain of outstanding merit. On a number of occasions when in the battle area, after dropping his bombs, he has descended to a low level and used his machine guns. During the month of July 1942, this airman participated in thirteen operational sorties, three of which were against long distance targets. By his tenacity and courage Flight Sergeant Withington has contributed largely to the successes achieved by his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9612 has recommendation for a non-immediate award sent by Group Captain W.J.M. Akerman, Headquarters, Royal Air Force, Middle East to Air Ministry on 14 December 1942:

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has completed an operational tour of 42 sorties covering a period of 287 flying hours. Throughout his period of service with this squadron he has proved himself to be a captain of outstanding merit, both owing to his exceptional ability as a pilot and the confidence which he has always instilled in his crews.

 

On a number of occasions in the battle area, after dropping his bombs, he has gone down to carry out ground strafing. Particular mention is made of the early stages of the present operations when on the night of 27/28 June 1942, after bombing his target, he went down to a low altitude and remained low-strafing until his crew had expended 3,000 rounds of ammunition in the "Charing Cross" area. On the next occasion when in the battle area he repeated this type of attack along the road to the west of Daba, once again going down to a low altitude to strafe the road in that area.

 

During the month of July 1942, Flight Sergeant Withington carried out 13 operational sorties, eight of which were long distance targets (seven on Tobruk and one against Heraklion). This figure is quoted to indicate the exceptional strain under which this Non-Commissioned Officer has been working, and it may be truly said that although he had by the end of July very nearly reached 250 hours operational flying, he was still as keen as ever to carry on; as will be noted, he had completed 287 hours flying by the time he had finished his operational tour.

 

By his tenacity and courage, Flight Sergeant Withington has contributed largely to the morale of the squadron.

 

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WITT, F/O Reginald (C28040) - Air Force Cross - No.24 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Vancouver, 22 June 1940. As of January 1944 he had flown 2,564 hours, 2,250 hours as instructor, 350 hours in previous six months. Award presented in Vancouver, 2 October 1947.


This officer has carried out flying instructional duties for over three years in a most meritorious, exemplary and efficient manner. He has given his utmost to produce able pilots, displaying skill and leadership of a very high standard.

 

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WITTES, Sergeant Herbert (R73670) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 4 October 1940. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted to OC No.64 Base, 4 May 1945, confirms unit. Had served two years in Canada, three years overseas.

 

This NCO has been in charge of the Repair and Inspection Signals Workshop for the past six months. Sergeant Wittes is a hard and untiring worker and his labours have materially assisted in the operational efficiency of aircraft and the maintenance of fully serviceable equipment. It is considered that this NCO's contribution to the war effort is deserving of recognition.

 

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