WOBICK, FS Howard Albert (R149155) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Home in Lethbridge, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 12 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 28 August 1942). Award presented 14 June 1947.

 

Flight Sergeant Wobick has completed many successful operations against the enemy in which he has displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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WOLFE, Sergeant Gerald Sandford (R59491) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. No citation in AFRO. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 15 July 1940.

 

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WOLFE, LAC Robert Rubin (R188008) - British Empire Medal - Station Tholthorpe - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 17 August 1942. Event also led to award of George Cross to A/C A.D. Ross, George Medal to FS J.R.M. St.Germain and Corporal M. Marquet, and BEM to LAC M.M. McKenzie (see above for citation). Award presented 17 June 1945.

 

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WOLFF, Sergeant Cecil Karl (R117008) - Mention in Despatches - Eastmoor (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Arnprior; enlisted in North Bay, 14 July 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation for a BEM dated 30 April 1945 when he had served seven months in Canada, three years in UK.

 

Sergeant Wolff has been employed as a Fitter Armourer on this Station for the past year. During this time he has given considerably of his off-duty time in the advancement of knowledge to all personnel working in his trade. He is an exceptional, outstanding non-commissioned officer who has gained the confidence and respect of all ranks on the Station. Sergeant Wolff has displayed the greatest determination and can be depended upon to complete difficult assignments under adverse conditions.

 

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WOLOCHOW, FS David Moses (R86999) - British Empire Medal - No.7 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 Winnipeg; educated there plus University of Alberta and McTavish Business College. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 March 1941. Award presented 15 February 1945.

 

This NCO, in charge of the orderly room in his section, has at all times executed his duties with great zeal and assumed his responsibilities and carried them out with a high degree of proficiency. He has displayed outstanding devotion to duty throughout his service career.

 

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WOLOSCHUK, F/L Lewis (J18360) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Home in Schist Lake, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 29 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). Credited with the following victories: 8 October 1943, one Do.24 destroyed (No.402 Squadron, shared with F/L J.A.M.G. de Nivervill, F/O W.G. Dodd and P/O L.A. Moore); 1 January 1945, one FW.190 destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged (No.414 Squadron). Award sent by registered mail 3 May 1951.

 

This officer has now completed a tour of operations. His work as a tactical reconnaissance pilot has been outstanding. On one occasion he encountered a formation of at least ten enemy aircraft. He destroyed one, damaged another and returned to base after completing his mission successfully. By his excellent leadership in many difficult situations he has gained the respect and confidence of those who have flown with him.

 

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WOLTON, F/L Gerald William (J18773) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 23 September 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 4 July 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Award presented 11 September 1946.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties against targets in Germany including four on Berlin and three on Hamburg. He has invariably pressed home his attacks, setting an example of a high order. He is an efficient and courageous captain whose fine fighting spirit has contributed materially to the high standard of morale of his crews.

 

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WONDOLOWSKI, F/O Charles Alphons (J21768) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. American in RCAF; home in Bridgeport, Connecticut; enlisted in Montreal, 13 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.17 EFTS (left 7 February 1942), No.1 AOS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 18 July 1942), and No.1 ANS (graduated 5 September 1942). Cited with S/L Hubert G. Keillor (which see for citation). DFC and Bar presented 27 February 1947.

 

WONDOLOWSKI, F/L Charles Alphons, DFC (J21768) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.524 Squadron - Award effective 23 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Cited with S/L Hubert G. Keillor, DFC (RCAF pilot, awarded DSO).

 

As pilot and navigator respectively, these officers have, within recent months, participated in several attacks on enemy shipping during which they have shown the highest qualities of skill, courage and determination. One night in November 1944 they attacked a force of eight E-Boats near Ijmuiden. Two bombing runs were executed and a hit was obtained on the leading vessel. In spite of much fire from the ships, another attacking run was made. It proved abortive as the bombs failed to release. Undeterred, Squadron Leader Keillor made three more runs over the target. Finally the remainder of the bombs were released and fell close to the enemy force. Squadron Leader Keillor and Flight Lieutenant Wondolowski set a fine example of determination and devotion to duty throughout.

 

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WONNACOTT, F/L Gordon (J9868) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 24 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 10 October 10 October 1914 in Edmonton. Educated in Edmonton and at Olds School of Agriculture; then worked on his father's farm, 1934 to enlistment. He was also a teamster and mill worker in the winters of 1936-37 and 1937-38. Enlisted 4 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (24 June to 19 July 1940), Edmonton Aero Club (graduated 16 September 1940) and No.1 SFTS (14 September 1940 to 11 January 1941, although graduation date is also given as 21 November 1940). Graduated in same class as R.K. Hayward. Retained in Canada as instructor at Nos.10 SFTS (20 February 1941 to 19 February 1942) and 7 SFTS (20 February to 28 December 1942). In September 1942 while carrying out instrument fllying practice, he and another officer landed an Anson at an unauthorized field. The aircraft was damaged on takeoff. Wonnacott reproved and his overseas posting delayed two months. Arrived in UK, 13 February 1943. Further trained at No.14 (P) AFU and No.5 (P) AFU, No.41 OTU (13 April to 14 July 1943 including attachment to School of Artillery, 5-27 June 1943). No.414 Squadron, 14 July 1943 to 9 March 1945. To Canada, 14 April 1945; released 9 October 1945. Aerial victories as follows: 2 November 1943, one FW.190 destroyed south of Cambrai (shared with F/O R.O. Brown); 28 January 1944, one Bf.109E destroyed, Chartres plus one unidentified enemy aircraft (possibly a Bf.109) shot down in company with F/L G.W. Burroughs; 1 January 1945, two Bf.109s destroyed, Heinsberg plus one FW.190 damaged. Phot PL-22755 shows him in flying gear. Both DFC and Bar sent by registered mail, 12 March 1949.

 

Flight Lieutenant Wonnacott has completed a large number of operational sorties of low level photography and tactical reconnaissance. In the initial stages of the liberation of Normandy this officer twice flew long sorties directing naval bombardments. His day intruder activities have resulted in the destruction of two enemy aircraft and numerous trains and barges damaged. He has shown exceptional keenness and devotion to duty throughout a long period and has set a magnificent example to all. He is an outstanding officer who shows great qualities of leadership as a flight commander.

 

WONNACOTT, S/L Gordon, DFC (J9868) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.

 

This officer continues to show great gallantry in air operations. His keenness to engage the enemy was well in evidence on one occasion in January 1945 when, on returning to base at the completion of a reconnaissance, he saw the airfield was being attacked by a large force of enemy aircraft. Squadron Leader Wonnacott immediately engaged the enemy. Before all his ammunition was expended, this resolute pilot had destroyed three of the attacking force. This officer has displayed devotion to duty of a very high order.

 

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WOOD, W/C David Adamson (C6586) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.9 (Transport) Group - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 9 August 1941. Believed to have died soon afterwards.

 

This officer has carried out the duties of Senior Personnel Staff Officer of No.9 (Transport) Group since February 1945. As the Group, at that time, was in the process of forming, it was necessary for this officer to organize his own branch. He has worked untiringly to ensure that all personnel matters have been taken care of quickly and efficiently, which required, very frequently, long hours of work well above and beyond normal duty. This additional work has been carried out conscientiously and cheerfully at all times. The success of No.9 Group operations can, to a considerable extent, be attributed to the efforts of this officer.

 

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WOOD, S/L Edward Poyntz (C1158) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 435/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born in Kingston, Ontario, 1916; educated at Queen's University (civil engineer); home given variously as Renfrew and Toronto; enlisted in Toronto, 9 October 1939. First trained at Border Cities Flying Club, Windsor (nearly washed out on Tiger Moths !), then to Trenton and finally to Camp Borden (wings, June 1940). Initially served as a staff pilot, flying Lysanders at Rockcliffe and Jarvis. Took instructor course at Trenton, then instructed at No.2 SFTS and No.8 SFTS. Ferried a Hudson to Prestwick, 1 April 1942. Then to No.61 OTU, Rednall (Spitfires); tied for first place in course with an ex-Tiger Moth instructor. Posted to No.402 Squadron, 25 June 1942; there were too many Flight Lieutenants in that unit, so posted to No.401 Squadron, 24 July 1942. Shot up and wounded during Dieppe Raid. In December 1942 took command of a flight in No.416 Squadron. Ditched in North Sea in January 1943 (rescued after an hour); posted to No.53 OTU, Llndow, Wales, April 1943. After six months returned to No.402 Squadron. On D Day-plus six he led a section to B.2, stayed the night, and was fired upon by our guns next day; learned he had overnighted in France by error. Took command of No.403 Squadron, 16 June 1944. With this unit he was credited with the following victories: 2 July 1944, one Bf.109 probably destroyed plus two Bf.109s damaged; 5 October 1944, three Bf.109s destroyed (all near Arnhem; one shared with P/O R.C.A. Shannon); 6 October 1944. one Bf.109 destroyed, Nijmegen. Finished his second tour, 25 November 1944 and returned to Canada 1 April 1945. Rejoined in October 1946. His service included time with No.402 (Auxiliary) Squadron and the Vampire aerobatic team which appeared at Minnesota State Fair (Minneapolis, 1947). Flew Sabres with Nos.421 and 413 Squadrons. Award presented at St.Hubert. Killed in an automobile accident, 13 June 1959.

 

This officer has nearly completed a second tour of operations. He has proved himself a fearless leader and has commanded his squadron with great success. He has always displayed great keenness to operate against the enemy. Since D-Day he has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and damaged a further two. In addition he has either destroyed or damaged eighty-three mechanical vehicles.

 

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WOOD, P/O Ernest Henry (J19016) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Trained at No.4 ITS and No.2 AOS. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 23 February 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (185 hours).

 

11 June 43 Dusseldorf (5.20) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (7.19)

12 June 43 Bochum (5.15) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (6.37)

21 June 43 Krefeld (5.00) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.06)

22 June 43 Mulheim (4.25) 14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.14)

24 June 43 Wuppertal (5.10) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (6.53)

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (5.55) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (7.30)

13 July 43 Aachen (5.05) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.17)

16 Aug 43 Turin (9.00) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.16)

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.25) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.17)

30 Aug 43 Munchen Gladbach (4.15) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.43)

15 Sept 43 Montlucon (5.20) 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.24)

26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.49) 25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.11)

2 Dec 43 Berlin (7.14) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.58)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (5.38) 17 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.53)

29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.32)

 

Pilot Officer Wood has nearly completed his first operational tour which has included numerous attacks against Berlin and other distant targets. As a navigator, he has performed his duties with great skill and has at all times set an excellent example by his keenness and devotion to duty. On several occasions their aircraft has been subjected to harrowing experiences, but Pilot Officer Wood by his coolness and skilful directions to his captain, on each occasion permitted the aircraft to return safely to this country.

 

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WOOD, LAC George Russell (R138046) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945. Home in New Westminster; enlisted in Vancouver, 15 October 1941. Served 17 months in Canada, 22 months overseas. Electrician.

 

The above airman is recommended for "Mention in Despatches" in recognition of loyal and conscientious service both in Africa and England. He is thoroughly reliable, carrying out instructions with a thoroughness and good nature which cannot be dampened by long hours of work under trying conditions. His initiative and spirit play no little part in maintaining morale among his fellows and strengthening the prestige of his section.

 

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WOOD, W/C (now G/C) Henry Bartram (C1979) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.3 TCHQ (now AFHQ) - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Ottawa; educated there, Royal Military College and University of Toronto. Joined RCAF in Montreal, 8 May 1940. Award presented (date uncertain).

 

This officer, throughout his service career, has acquired an excellent knowledge of service procedure and has carried out his work in an exemplary manner as Senior Personnel Staff Officer of the Command. Over a long period of time this highly efficient and capable officer has displayed high qualities of judgement, reliability and a cheerful willingness to fulfil any and all duties.

 

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WOOD, F/O John Quentin (J19815) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 10 March 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 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 by W/C A.F. Avant dated 10 September 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (166 hours 20 minutes), 30 May to 31 August 1944.

 

This officer has completed many sorties against various targets in Germany and France. Throughout his tour he has always shown exceptional skill and fortitude in pressing home his attacks, often under the greatest opposition. His inspiring cheerfulness and eagerness to come to grips with the enemy have been most praiseworthy. Flight Lieutenant Wood has also actively promoted the training of new crews in the squadron.

 

It is considered that his fine operational record, his example of keenness and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the D.F.C.

 

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WOOD, F/O Joseph Ralph (J16617) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.692 Squadron - Award effective 17 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 22 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), No.2 AOS (graduated 23 November 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 19 May 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 March 1941). Award presented 26 September 1946.

 

One night in October 1944 a force of bombers was detailed for an important low level mining mission, an operation requiring considerable skill and accuracy in flying. The target was strongly defended by heavy and light anti-aircraft guns, searchlights and balloons. Undeterred by these hazards and the most adverse weather, the operation was completed successfully. The success achieved reflects the greatest credit on the above personnel.

 

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WOOD, F/O Philip Arthur (J25200) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 29 April 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943). Award presented 27 November 1946. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 8 November 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (185 hours 18 minutes).

 

8 May 44 Berneval (3.58) 12 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.00)

9 May 44 Berneval (3.58) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.16)

10 May 44 Lens (3.33) 17 Jul 44 Caen H.2 (3.37)

19 May 44 Boulogne (3.13) 18 Jul 44 Acquet (4.03)

22 May 44 Orleans (1.05) DNCO 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.04)

24 May 44 Aachen (4.12) 1 Aug 44 Trouville (3.21)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.54) 3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (2.56)

31 May 44 Trappes (4.56) 10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.43)

14 Jun 44 Douai (3.50) 11 Aug 44 Chapelle Notre Dame (3.20)

15 Jun 44 Fouillard (5.18) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.35)

16 Jun 44 Dorleger (3.27) 14 Aug 44 Falaise (4.02)

22 Jun 44 Laon (4.15) 15 Aug 44 Tiremont (3.50)

24 Jun 44 Noyelle E.C. (3.32) 16 Aug 44 GARDENING (5.25)

25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (3.22) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.19)

27 Jun 44 Mont Condon (3.27) 26 Aug 44 Homberg (4.03)

28 Jun 44 Plainville (6.48) 1 Sept 44 Lumbers (3.39)

4 July 44 St.Martin L.H. (3.37) 3 Sept 44 Soesterburg (2.51)

5 July 44 St.Martin L.H. (3.31) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.49)

6 Jul 44 Croixdale (3.26) 20 Sep 44 Calais (3.20)

8 Jul 44 Chateau Bernapre 23 Sep 44 Neuss (4.32)

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This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 39 sorties (125 points) involving a total of 185 hours. He is an excellent operational navigator possessing plenty of initiative. He has played a great part in the success of his crew throughout their operational role. At all times he has shown the greatest coolness in face of the enemy and his work on operations has been of an extremely high standard as is proved by his night photographs. His work in the air has been of a very high standard, as also has been his conduct on the ground and in his section.

 

For his devotion to duty and his coolness in face of the enemy, he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WOOD, WO1 Robert McKelvie (R63535) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.16 SFTS - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Born 2 January 1909. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 11 April 1940. Armourer (Bombs), he was on strength of No.16 SFTS from 13 August 1941 to 31 July 1945. Award sent by registered mail 7 December 1948.

 

This warrant officer served outstandingly at No.16 Service Flying Training School from the opening of the school until the termination of training in his capacity as Senior Warrant Officer in the Ground School. He was a tower of strength to the many officers who occupied the position of Chief Ground Instructor. In addition to his position of Senior Armament Instructor, he became familiar with all other types of training and was able to assume full responsibility for the training programme. Under his supervision, several synthetic training devices were developed which were subsequently used by Air Force Headquarters as a basis for synthetic training papers. His organization and administrative ability was such that his school was used as a standard for all Service Flying Training Schools throughout Canada.

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WOOD, F/O Robert Wakefield (J23602) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.619 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Home in Melfort, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 16 December 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduation date uncertain), No.5 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Award presented 22 June 1949. 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 14 June 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (31 successful) totalling 194 hours 58 minutes, 22 October 1943 to 6 June 1944.

 

22 Oct 43 Kassel (6.52) 5 Apr 44 Toulouse (7.35)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (4.58) 11 Apr 44 Aachen (4.26)

26 Nov 43 Berlin (8.47) 18 Apr 44 Juvissy (5.09)

14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.56) 20 Apr 44 La Chapelle (5.13)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.44) 22 Apr 44 Brunswick (6.34)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.13) 24 Apr 44 Munich (9.31)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.57) 7 May 44 Salbris (5.26)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.24) 9 May 44 Gennevillier (4.34)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (7.15) 11 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.38)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.26) 19 May 44 Amiens (5.01)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.08) 21 May 44 Duisburg (4.48)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (2.54), DNCO 22 May 44 Brunswick (6.35)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.50) 27 May 44 Cherbourg (4.28)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.08) 31 May 44 Maisy (4.05)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.04) 5 June 44 La Perrelle (5.23)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.42) 6 June 44 Caen (5.14)

 

Flying Officer Wood is an able and efficient Air Bomber who has now completed 31 successful operational sorties, the majority of them against heavily defended German targets, including Berlin and Stuttgart (three times), Brunswick (three times), Nuremburg, Frankfurt and Leipzig.

 

Flying Officer Wood has consistently returned excellent results in bombing training, and his skill has been amply confirmed by photographs which he and his crew have secured of the various precision targets attacked in France.

 

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WOOD, F/L Waldo Michael Beriah (C18886) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Uxbridge, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 10 December 1940. Award presented 27 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". DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation dated 16 July 1944 at which time he had flown 22 sorties (125 hours 20 minutes), first with No.427 Squadron (11 June 1943 to 29 September 1943, fourteen sorties, 83 hours 15 minutes) and then with No.424 Squadron (25 February to 12 July 1944, nine sorties, 42 hours five minutes). The sortie list indicates a very adventuresome first tour - belly landing (Cologne, 28 June 1943), Bf.109 shot down (Peenemunde, 17 August 1943), one motor unserviceable through one trip (Leverkusen, 22 August 1943) and attack by a night fighter (Bochum, 29 September 1943).

 

Flight Lieutenant W.M.B. Wood is an outstanding Flight Engineer who has made numerous sorties over heavily defended targets in Germany, including several on Hamburg and the Ruhr. At all times his work has been an inspiration to his crew and his ability in the air is of the highest order. Displaying exceptionally keen interest in his work, this officer's service career has been marked by rapid promotion.

 

His marked organizational ability and knowledge of his work made him the choice for Engineering Leader on this squadron and he has been responsible for the organization and successful operation of an efficient engineering section. His devotion to duty and high courage is an example to all aircrew. He has completed twenty-two sorties.

 

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WOOD, P/O William Joseph (J85075) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Home in Victoria Beach, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 July 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1942). Invested with award by King George, 18 May 1945. Missing aboard an RCAF Dakota, January 1946.

 

Pilot Officer Wood has consistently displayed the utmost courage and determination. Early in 1943, when making an attack on an enemy submarine, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and forced to alight on the sea. More recently Pilot Officer Wood has attacked a number of important targets in occupied territory with excellent results, obtaining many valuable photographs.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 21 June 1944 when he had flown 43 sorties (273 operational hours) in a most unusual career:

 

First Tour (Coastal Command, unit unspecified)

 

24 Mar 43 Patrol (9.30)

27 Mar 43 Patrol (10.40, one sighting)

13 Apr 43 Patrol (8.15)

15 Apr 43 Patrol (10.10, diverted on dinghy search)

20 Apr 43 Patrol (9.15)

25 Apr 43 Patrol (9.45)

2 May 43 Patrol (10.40)

18 May 43 Patrol (8.20)

20 May 43 Patrol (9.35, Spanish leaflets dropped)

23 May 43 Patrol (10.10)

27 May 43 Patrol (9.40)

30 May 43 Patrol (5.15, attacked 1,500-ton submarine; aircraft badly damaged on second attack; forced to ditch)

 

Second Tour (Bomber Command)

 

28 Jan 44 Berlin (9.00, 2nd 22 Mar 44 GARDENING (7.05)

pilot; fighter damaged 23 Mar 44 Laon (5.45)

in target area; destroyed 29 Mar 44 Vaires (5.30)

same; home on three 30 Mar 44 GARDENING (4.40)

engines 18 Apr 44 GARDENING (6.10)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (4.15, DNCO, 20 Apr 44 Ottignies (3.45)

ASI unserviceable) 22 Apr 44 Laon (4.45)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (3.30, DNCO, 23 Apr 44 GARDENING (6.40)

wireless burnt out) 26 Apr 44 Villeneuve (5.35)

22 Feb 44 GARDENING (3.55, W/T 27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.10)

recall) 29 Apr 44 GARDENING (3.10)

24 Feb 44 GARDENING (7.00) 1 May 44 GARDENING (3.40)

25 Feb 44 GARDENING (6.20) 4 May 44 GARDENING (5.30)

3 Mar 44 Meulan (5.30) 15 May 44 GARDENING (4.10)

6 Mar 44 Trappes (5.15) 21 May 44 GARDENING (5.35)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.20) 22 May 44 GARDENING (6.10)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.35) 24 May 44 GARDENING (5.10)

15 Mar 44 Amiens (5.10) 27 May 44 GARDENING (5.30)

16 Mar 44 Amiens (4.45) 31 May 44 GARDENING (3.20)

 

Pilot Officer Wood has recently completed a tour of 43 operations as pilot in Coastal and Bomber Command. Throughout the period during which he has operated, he has consistently displayed the greatest determination and courage in the face of strong enemy opposition.

 

In May 1943, when carrying out an attack against an enemy submarine his aircraft was hit by flak and forced to alight in the sea, but by the exercise of skilful airmanship he effected a successful ditching and was subsequently rescued. More recently Pilot Officer Wood has attacked a number of important targets in enemy occupied territory with excellent results, as his record of eleven aiming point photographs indicates.

 

In view of this officer's good operational record and his devotion to duty over a considerable period of time, I recommend that he be considered for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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WOOD, F/L Willis Glen (C8544) - Air Force Cross - No.164 (Transport) Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Enlisted in Ottawa, 23 October 1941. Award presented 30 April 1948. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 58, file 190-I) has citation. As of recommendation he had flown 1,811 hours, of which 1,218 hours 20 minutes were as a transport pilot.

 

This officer has displayed outstanding skill and knowledge in instrument flying, range procedure and judgement of weather. His ability as a pilot has been of the highest standard. He has contributed greatly to the squadron's success in operations during the past year, particularly in difficult, hazardous weather. His services have been invaluable in the training of junior pilots. On one occasion, while on a search for an officer and non-commissioned officer who were lost for three days, he was able to effect rescue of these men by use of his liaison radio without a loop aerial by homing in and obtaining a bearing on signals received from a low-powered transmitter installed in the lost aircraft. This officer has at all times displayed exceptional courage and devotion to duty.

 

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WOODBURN, Sergeant James Douglas (R54201) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.18 Squadron - Awarded effective 12 September 1941 as per London Gazette of that date. Born in Cyrville, Gloucester Township, 8 December 1914; educated in Ottawa, home in Cyrville, Ontario. Attended University of Toronto, 1932-1937 and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Sciences; employed in Brockville by Libby, McNeill and Libby (food producer) as a plant chemist for three years. Enlisted in Ottawa, 19 July 1940. Posted to No.2 ITS, Regina, 31 August 1940; promoted LAC, 22 October 1940 and posted to No.2 EFTS, Fort William; posted to No.7 SFTS on 22 December 1940 and graduated 2 March 1941 when promoted Sergeant. Posted overseas 29 March 1941; arrived in UK, 2 May 1941; to No.13 OTU, 10 May 1941; to No.18 Squadron, 18 July 1941. Given a physical examination at Horsham St.Faith in anticipation of being commissioned; graded as fit for a commission. Killed in action 22 October 1941 (Blenheim Z7898; aircraft reported to have blown up); buried in Libya; next of kin (not clear if wife or mother) wife presented with award by Governor General, 3 December 1942. His DFM incident involved a large attack on Cologne power stations intended to draw German aircraft back from Russia. Along with Woodburn the following were decorated: Flight Lieutenant P.J. Channer (pilot, DFC) and to Channer's WOP/AG (DFM).

 

On the morning of 12th August 1941, Blenheim bombers carried out simultaneous attacks on the great power stations near Cologne. A strong force attacked the station at Knapsack, whilst a smaller force attacked two stations at Quadrath. These missions involved a flight of some 250 miles over enemy territory, which was carried out at an altitude of 100 feet. At Knapsack the target was accurately bombed and machine gunned from between 200 and 800 feet and at Quadrath both power stations were hit from a height of the chimneys; the turbine engine house at one of the two stations was left a mass of flames and smoke. The success of this combined daylight attack and the co-ordination of the enemy formations of aircraft depended largely on accurate timing throughout the flight. That complete success was achieved, despite powerful opposition from enemy ground and air forces, is a high tribute to the calm courage and resolute determination displayed by the following officers and airmen, who participated in various capacities as leaders and members of aircraft crews.

 

NOTE: A newsclipping in DHist files mentions that his was the last formation over the target, states he subsequently made a broadcast about the raid and quotes him as saying, "There were some ME.109s there [at the target]. We dropped our bombs on the target, regardless, but they gave us a hot time on the way back. My plane was badly shot up. There were times when I thought I wouldn't be able to keep it in the air." His tail trim was shot about, wheels shot off [!] and he had to belly-land at base. "The plane was a washout but none of my crew was hurt."

 

His training record is interesting. At No.2 ITS he was 20th in class of 286 and described as "Splendid lad, should do well, possibly officer material" (W/C H.J. Burden). At No.2 EFTS, however, he was described as being only average, although he graduated 10th in a class of 35. He had flown 29 hours 50 minutes dual and 22 hours 40 minutes solo on Tiger Moths (five hours in Link). At No.7 SFTS, however, he was only 36th in a class of 40 and considered a bit slow, flying Anson aircraft as follows: day dual (34.15), day solo (38.25), night dual (2.40), night solo (3.25) and 15 hours in Link.

 

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WOODCROFT, LAW Helen Dorothea (W312337) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Home in Victoria; enlisted in Vancouver, 19 April 1943. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 3 February 1945 when she had served seven months in Canada, 14 months overseas. ACH/GD under training as Clerk/General Duties.

 

LAW Woodcroft, by her energetic and conscientious efforts, has made a most valuable contribution to Educational development at this unit. Her initiative and zeal are exemplary and she undertakes the most difficult tasks both cheerfully and intelligently. Her voluntary overtime work is far beyond the demands of her rank and trade and is done entirely of her own volition. Woodcroft has also accomplished much of the initial organization of Music Appreciation and Handicrafts on this station and has given a great deal of her free time to keep them vitalized.

 

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WOODHEAD, F/L Herbert Hanson (C15868) - Mention in Despatches - Croft (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Victoria; enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 December 1939. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation for an MBE dated 1 February 1945.

 

In his capacity as Station Signals Officer, Flight Lieutenant Woodhead has displayed the highest sense of loyalty in the discharge of his duties. His ability to operate his section efficiently has contributed in no small way to the success of operations from this unit. His cheerfulness and willingness under trying conditions and long hours of work have been an example to all those working under him.

 

 

WOODHEAD, F/L Herbert Hanson (C15868) - Mention in Despatches - Croft - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. No citation. Certificate sent 10 August 1948.

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WOODHOUSE, F/O Ronald (J35750) - 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 Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 22 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS 2 April 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). 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 courage and devotion to duty." NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 November 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (122 hours).

 

18 Jul 44 Caen (4.40) 23 Sep 44 Domburg (3.30)

18 Jul 44 Wesseling (6.05) 27 Sep 44 Duisburg (5.35)

20 Jul 44 Forestot (3.40) 28 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (3.20)

23 Jul 44 Dagnes (5.50) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.25)

24 Jul 44 L'Hey (3.45) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.40)

25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.40) 23 Oct 44 Essen (6.10)

28 Jul 44 Hamburg (5.35) 25 Oct 44 Hamburg (4.55)

30 Jul 44 Villers Bocage (4.15) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (6.00)

3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (4.10) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.00)

4 Aug 44 Bois de Cassan (4.10) 1 Nov 44 Oberhausen (5.30)

11 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.35) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (5.15)

12 Sep 44 Dortmund (5.30) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.45)

 

This officer, Navigator of the crew captained by Flying Officer R.H. Simpson, DFC, has now completed twenty-four trips over enemy territory including several long distance targets which called for a high degree of navigational ability.

 

Flying Officer Woodhouse has at all times displayed courage and coolness of a very high order and his exceptional skill and devotion to duty has contributed much to the successful completion of his many operational flights. He has also taken a very keen interest in the working of his section where his experience and advice has done much to improve the efficiency of the junior members of the Navigation section.

 

I consider that this officer, by his co-operative and unselfish example, pius his splendid record of achievement, fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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WOODLAND, F/O Frederick Earl (J14173) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Revelstoke, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 11 October 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 1 September 1942). Award sent by registered mail 7 June 1949. No citation in AFRO other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded from squadron approximately 20 July 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (208 hours 15 minutes), 15 September 1943 to 12 July 1944.

 

This navigator has completed thirty-two operational bombing sorties against the enemy, twenty of which have been on major targets. His work in general has been of the highest calibre and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

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WOODLEY, F/O Donald Herbert (J22077) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 21 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942). Award presented 10 December 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 2/9026 has recommendation dated 15 July 1944 when he had flown 27 2/3 sorties (151 hours 30 minutes), 15 March to 22 June 1944.

 

 

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 15 May 44 GARDENING

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 23 May 44 GARDENING

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 24 May 44 Aachen

24 Mar 44 Berlin 27 May 44 Aachen

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 2 June 44 Calais

11 Apr 44 Aachen 3 June 44 Wimeraux

18 Apr 44 Rouen 5 June 44 St.Martins de Vavre

20 Apr 44 Cologne 6 June 44 Vire

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 9 June 44 Flers

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 12 June 44 Gelsenkirchen

26 Apr 44 Essen 14 June 44 Le Havre

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven 16 June 44 Sterkrade

30 Apr 44 Maintenon 17 June 44 Aulnoye

9 May 44 Mardyke 22 June 44 Calais

11 May 44 Hasselt

 

Flying Officer Woodley, a Canadian, was posted to No.103 Squadron on 14th February 1944 and has since completed 27 2/3 sorties totalling 151.30 flying hours.

 

This officer's tour of operations on heavy bomber aircraft has included attacks on some of the most important and strongly defended industrial targets in enemy territory, in addition to several very successful attacks on railway marshalling yards and operations in support of the invasion of France. He has proved himself to be one of the most efficient navigators in the squadron. In the course of numerous sorties into the heart of enemy territory and under the most arduous conditions, this officer has navigated his aircraft accurately and unfailingly to the target. His skill, tenacity and endurance have at all times been worthy of the highest praise, and have undoubtedly contributed in large measure to the fine record of a gallant crew.

 

I strongly recommend that his example of efficiency, courage and devotion to duty be recognized by the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WOODROW, Sergeant Ernest Francis (R55412) - Mention in Despatches - No.76 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born 20 July 1916; enlisted in Quebec 1 August 1940. Electrician; posted overseas to join No.400 Squadron, 6 April 1941; repatriated 14 December 1944; released 4 February 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation forwarded from No.61 Base to Headquarters, No.6 Group, 27 July 1944. He had enlisted 1 August 1940; had served eight months in Canada, 39 months overseas. Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Electrical Section, No.61 Base when recommended.

 

Sergeant Woodrow has been employed in Electrical Section under my control for a period of over eighteen months. Throughout this period, he has been a model Non-Commissioned Officer. He has a sound knowledge of his trade, and has a natural ability to obtain the strongest cooperation from his men.

 

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WOODRUFF, F/L Henry Pershing (J9535) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 21 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942). Award sent by registered mail 24 April 1951.

 

This pilot has completed a large number of sorties against a variety of targets. He has invariably displayed a high standard of skill and determination in pressing home his attacks. In August 1944 he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Chantilly. When approaching the target the aircraft came under heavy fire and was hit. The fuselage was torn in many places by fragments of shell. This did not deter Flight Lieutenant Woodruff from pressing home his attack and he afterwards flew the aircraft to base. An inspection revealed that the fuselage had been pierced in sixty-five places. This officer has displayed the greatest determination to complete his allotted tasks successfully.

 

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WOODS, P/O George Webster (J14054) - Air Force Cross - No.8 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 9 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Montreal, 8 December 1921; home there; enlisted there, 14 August 1940 - trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 February 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 9 April 1941) and No.33 SFTS (graduated 4 July 1941). Award presented 16 April 1943. Among his adventures was crashing Bolingbroke 9047 at Sea Island in 1942.

 

Pilot Officer Woods, in a short period of time, has flown 375 hours in 62 operational sorties on Reconnaissance Duties, the greater number of which were under extremely difficult weather conditions encountered in the Alaskan Area. The outstanding zeal and devotion to duty, together with the cheerful and willing manner of this officer, make him an example and inspiration to all members of his squadron.

 

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WOODS, F/L John Hamilton (J9485) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born in Scotland. Home in St.John's, Newfoundland; enlisted in Toronto, 1 March 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Award presented 9 July 1949 while serving at Winter Experimental Establishment, Edmonton. Subsequently with Maritime Command, Station Greenwood, Central Experimental and Proving Establishment, AFHQ , SHAPE, and last Commanding Officer, RCAF Station Torbay. Became an Administrative Officer, Faculty of Medicine, Queen's University where he served 20 years. Died in Kingston, 30 July 1998. 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 2/9081 has recommendation dated 16 March 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (240 hours 40 minutes), 5 October 1944 to 9 March 1945.

 

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 28 Dec 44 Bonn

6 Oct 44 Bremen 29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen

7 Oct 44 Emmerich 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

9 Oct 44 Bochum 5 Jan 45 Hannover

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 6 Jan 45 Hanau

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven 15 Jan 45 Merseburg

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 16 Jan 45 Zeitz

23 Oct 44 Essen 28 Jan 45 Zuffenhausen

3 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 1 Feb 45 Mannheim

11 Nov 44 Dortmund 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz

16 Nov 44 Duren 19 Feb 45 Dortmund

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 28 Feb 45 Mannheim

25 Nov 44 Freiburg 2 Feb 45 Cologne

29 Nov 44 Dortmund 5 Feb 45 Chemnitz

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 7 Mar 45 Desau

6 Dec 44 Merseburg 4 Mar 45 Essen

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 9 Mar 45 Kassel

17 Dec 44 Ulm

 

Flight Lieutenant Woods, a Canadian and an extremely skilful pilot of proved ability has completed a very successful operational tour of thirty-seven sorties against a wide variety of targets in Germany and occupied Europe, many of these targets being strongly defended.

 

This officer's determination in pressing home his attacks has been a source of inspiration not only to his crew but to the whole squadron, the successful results obtained having been to a great extent due to his outstanding leadership and example.

 

This officer has at all times displayed a very high order of personal courage which combined with cheerful confidence and unequalled spirit of determination has resulted in a splendid record of achievement.

 

It is recommended that Flight Lieutenant Woods' fine offensive spirit and sustained bravery in the face of the enemy be recognized by an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WOODS, F/O Mervin Douglas (J19126) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 4 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 27 October 1941). Award presented 29 May 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 2/9069 (Part 2) has recommendation dated 9 February 1945 when he had flown 53 1/2 sorties (320 operational hours). His first tour is described as 29 1/2 sorties (163 hours) conducted with No.100 Squadron, Bomber Command, March to October 1943, "including attacks on most of the heavily defended targets in Germany." Second tour was 24 sorties (157 hours), 19 October 1944 to 22 January 1945.

 

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe

23 Oct 44 Essen 6 Dec 44 Merseburg

31 Oct 44 Cologne 22 Dec 44 Coblenz

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf 28 Dec 44 Munchen Gladbach

4 Nov 44 Bochum 29 Dec 44 Scholven-Buer

9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 31 Dec 44 Osterfeld

11 Nov 44 Dortmund 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

16 Nov 44 Duren 5 Jan 45 Hanover

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 6 Jan 45 GARDENING

21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 14 Jan 45 Merseburg

27 Nov 44 Freiburg 16 Jan 45 Zeitz/Troglitz

29 Nov 44 Dortmund 22 Jan 45 Duisburg/Hamborn

 

This Canadian officer has now carried out 24 sorties on his second tour of operations, having previously completed a tour with No.100 Squadron.

 

During his stay with the squadron he has proved himself to be a gunner of exceptional skill. On several occasions his vigilant watch and high degree of co-operation with his fellow gunner have been invaluable in driving off attacks by enemy fighters. His crew have been able to concentrate on the task in hand, knowing that he was ever alert.

 

Calm and courageous under fire, he has been an inspiration to his crew and his long experience and willingness to help less experienced gunners have been of great assistance to the Gunnery Leader.

 

For his fine record of achievement, courage and devotion to duty he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WOODS, F/O Roy Edward (J16183) - 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 Niagara Falls, Ontario; enlisted there 21 August 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 15 March 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 12 April 1941. No citation in AFRO.

 

WOODS, F/O Roy Edward (J16183) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Award presented 8 May 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 2/9026 has recommendation dated 12 July 1944 when he had flown 44 sorties (254 operational hours), 30 May 1942 to 6 July 1944:

 

1st Tour 2nd Tour

 

30 May 42 Cologne (4.30) 4 Mar 44 Special (6.35)

1 June 42 Essen (3.50) 10 Mar 44 St.Etienne (8.05)

4 June 42 Dieppe (4.45) 15 Mar 44 St.Etienne (7.55)

5 June 42 Frisians (4.20) 16 Mar 44 Michelin (5.50)

8 June 42 Dieppe (4.50) 29 Mar 44 Michelin (7.55)

17 June 42 St.Nazaire (6.35) 5 Apr 44 Lyons (7.30)

19 June 42 Emden (4.15) 10 Apr 44 Special (7.05)

21 June 42 Frisians (4.00) 18 Apr 44 Juvisy (5.15)

22 June 42 Emden (4.00) 20 Apr 44 La Chappelle (4.45)

25 June 42 Bremen (5.15) 22 Apr 44 Brunswick (5.40)

27 June 42 Bremen (4.00) 24 Apr 44 Munich (10.20)

29 June 42 Bremen (4.05) 5 June 44 Special (4.05)

2 July 42 Bremen (5.15) 8 June 44 Saumur (6.15)

6 July 42 Lorient (5.30) 14 June 44 Le Havre (3.50)

8 July 42 Wilhelmshaven (4.00) 15 June 44 Boulogne (3.00)

21 July 42 Duisburg (3.50) 19 June 44 Watten (2.45)

23 July 42 Duisburg (3.25) 20 June 44 Wizernes (2.25)

25 July 42 Duisburg (4.00) 22 June 44 Wizernes (2.30)

26 July 42 Hamburg (5.00) 4 July 44 Creil (3.45)

27 July 42 Hamburg (4.50) 6 July 44 Minoyecques (2.35)

28 July 42 Saarbrucken (6.30)

1 Sept 42 Saarbrucken (5.30)

4 Sept 42 Bremen (6.25)

6 Sept 42 Duisburg (5.30)

14 Sept 42 Wilhelmshaven (5.30)

19 Sept 42 Saarbrucken (5.30)

27 Sept 42 Sea Search (3.55)

2 Oct 42 Krefeld (5.40)

15 Oct 42 Cologne (6.30)

23 Oct 42 Krefeld (3.25, DNCO)

 

Flying Officer Woods has completed 44 operational sorties as Air Bomber. He has taken part in eight attacks against the Ruhr, five against Bremen and two against Hamburg. After a distinguished and successful first tour he volunteered for further service with a Special Duties squadron which entailed precision bombing against small targets of great importance to the enemy.

 

Flying Officer Woods has thrown himself into his work with boundless enthusiasm and vigour. In the face of heavy opposition he has always managed to rise to the occasion and thus execute his orders. The results he has achieved, which are amply proved by photographic evidence, have been of an exceptionally high standard and fully prove his outstanding determination, courage and devotion to duty. I strongly recommend this officer for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

 

 

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WOODS, F/L Vivian Thomas (J16361) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Home in St.Felix de Valois; enlisted in Montreal, 13 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Presented with both DFC and Bar, 24 April 1948.

 

In September 1944, Flying Officer Woods was pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed for a daylight attack on a synthetic oil refinery in Germany. During the bombing run the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained severe damage but the attack was pressed home. Two petrol tanks had been punctured and as the bomber turned away from the target a third one was pierced. On the homeward flight Flying Officer Woods used the engines with great skill, thus conserving a certain amount of petrol. As the enemy coast was crossed the last remaining tank was pierced. The situation was serious but this pilot succeeded in flying to within four miles of the English coast before the engines failed through lack of petrol. Even so, Flying Officer Woods managed to reach an airfield on the coast and effect a successful crash landing. He displayed exceptional skill, great courage and determination.

 

WOODS, F/L Vivian Thomas, DFC (J16361) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.4 EFTS and No.9 SFTS.

 

This officer is an extremely capable and courageous pilot who is now engaged on his second tour of operations. His aircraft has sustained damage from enemy action on several occasions and he has twice been forced to make a crash landing. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross Flight Lieutenant Woods has continued to take part in many sorties with great courage and determination. His gallantry and devotion to duty have always been commendable.

 

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WOODS, S/L William Blakeney (C1653) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.400 Squadron - Award effective 19 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 26 February 1943 and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Fort William, 4 March 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 May 1940), Lakehead Flying Club (Fort William) and No.1 SFTS.

 

This officer has completed numerous operational sorties, several of which involved long distance flights over enemy occupied territory. Squadron Leader Woods has invariably displayed fine leadership and pressed home his attacks in a most determined manner. In all these operations he has exhibited enthusiasm and gallantry of a high order.

 

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WOODSIDE, F/L Harry Hickford Gilmour (J18035) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 3 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 12 October 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 22 November 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 23 December 1941). DHist file 181.009 D.3690 (RG.24 Vol.20640) has undated recommendation (circa April or May 1945) when he had flown 937 hours 35 minutes (107 hours 15 minutes in previous six months). This included 31 hours 45 minutes as instructor and 438 hours 35 minutes on operations (45 sorties).

 

This officer has completed a tour of shipping-strike and anti-submarine operations in the European Theatre as well as having flown on operations on the Canadian East Coast. He is an outstanding navigator and an efficient officer whose enthusiasm and ability have set a fine example to all the members of his squadron.

 

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WOODWARD, F/O Alexander George (J19180) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Home in Vulcan, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 8 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 March 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942). Award presented 23 April 1946. 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 5 June 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (183 hours ten minutes), 12 August 1943 to 10 May 1944.

 

12 Aug 43 Milan (9.20) 25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (7.32)

17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (8.50) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.26)

22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (6.20) 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.36)

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.30) 13 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.34)

31 Aug 43 Mannheim (8.00) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.00)

6 Sept 43 Munich (10.15) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.44)

15 Sep 43 Mont Lucon (6.45) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (6.39)

29 Sep 43 Bochum (5.15) 18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.06)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (7.20) 22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.38)

8 Oct 43 Hanover (6.00) 25 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.16)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (7.20) 26 Apr 44 Paris (5.27)

11 Nov 43 Cannes (8.23) 27 Apr 44 Montzen (2.25, DNCO,

18 Nov 43 Mannheim (7.25) port inner u/s)

19 Nov 43 Leverkusen (6.04) 1 May 44 Malines (3.42)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.04) 9 May 44 Berneval (3.01)

10 May 44 Lens (3.13)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 29 sorties, involving a total of 183 hours. Throughout his operational tour he has proved himself to be a keen and reliable Air Gunner. His watchfulness and skill on operations have made a large contribution towards the safety and success of his crew.

 

On the ground also he has been of the greatest vale to his section and his personal example has assisted in raising the standard of gunnery in the squadron.

 

For his courage and devotion to duty, he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WOOLF, WO2 (now P/O) Thomas Claude Kingsley (R168719/J90903) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Trail, British Columbia; enlisted in Calgary, 9 June 1942. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 3 August 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 3 May 1943). Award presented 27 November 1948. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 57 sorties (237 hours 58 minutes). A regular member of P/O J.D. Donaldson's crew, although sortie sheet differs slightly.

 

* counted as 1/3 operation

 

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (8.20) 4 July 44 Biennais (2.19)

2 Mar 44 Merton-les-Mereaux 5 July 44 Watten (1.38)

(5.35)* 6 July 44 Croix Dalle (2.25)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (6.05)* 7 July 44 Caen (2.42)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.40)* 12 July 44 Acquet (2.33)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (4.20, DNCO) 17 July 44 Caen (2.29)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.10) 18 July 44 Acquet (1.32)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt-on-Main (6.35) 20 July 44 Bottrop (3.20)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.15) 23 July 44 Kiel (5.03)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.45) 24 July 44 L'Hey (1.46)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.15) 25 July 44 Foret du Croc (2.22)

9 Apr 44 Villeneuve-St.Georges 28 July 44 Stuttgart (6.31)

(5.25)* 30 July 44 Battle area (2.16)

10 Apr 44 Ghent (4.15)* 1 Aug 44 Belle Croix (1.51)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.30)* 3 Aug 44 Nieppe (2.02)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.25) 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (7.00)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (7.15) 27 Aug 44 Homberg (3.01)

26 Apr 44 Essen (4.30) 28 Aug 44 Fromental (2.11)

1 May 44 St.Ghislain (4.05) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.44)

7 May 44 St.Valery en Caux (3.30) 1 Sept 44 Pourchinte (2.16)

9 May 44 St.Valery en Caux (3.35) 5 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.17)

11 May 44 Boulogne (3.25) 6 Sept 44 Le Havre 6 (2.12)

12 May 44 Louvain (4.30) 8 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.20)

5 June 44 Longues (3.08) 10 Sept 44 Le Havre 3 (2.16)

7 Jun 44 Foret de Cerisy (3.25) 12 Sept 44 Wanne Eickel (3.13)

16 Jun 44 Renescoure (2.00) 17 Sept 44 Boulogne (1.55)

23 Jun 44 Coubronne (1.50) 20 Sept 44 Calais (2.02)

24 Jun 44 Middel Straete (1.54) 30 Sept 44 Bottrop (3.14)

27 Jun 44 Oisemont-Neuville- 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.11)

au-Bois (2.18) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.55)

28 June 44 Metz (5.06) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.07)

30 June 44 Villers Bocage (2.36) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.17)

2 July 44 Oisemont-Neuville-

au-Bois (2.16)

 

Warrant Officer Woolf is an exceptionally keen and capable Wireless Operator/Air Gunner who has now completed two tours of operations. The crew of which he is a member has on a great many occasions been employed on special duties of a highly dangerous and important nature. In spite of the great personal danger to which he has been subjected, he has very ably carried out his duties with exceptional skill and determination, thereby setting a fine example to all members of his crew. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WOOLGAR, Sergeant (now P/O) John Raymond (R60731/J9867) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.10 SFTS - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born 28 January 1913 at Glegg, Manitoba. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 4 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), Edmonton Aero Club (graduated 14 July 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 1 January 1941). Posted to No.10 SFTS, 26 February 1941; commissioned 15 December 1941; posted to RAF overseas, 13 October 1942; credited with half-share of an MC.200 destroyed, 4 September 1943, serving with No.111 Squadron; repatriated 15 April 1945; released 7 June 1945.

 

By his conduct and perseverance in the discharge of duties, and by skilful, thorough instruction to pupil pilots, this instructor has set an example for non-commissioned pilots that is indeed outstanding. He has a total of 942 flying hours. His outstanding ability has resulted in a high output of trained pilots.

 

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WOOLLEY, FS John Ralph (R87951) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 12 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943. Home in Whytecliffe, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 30 January 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 22 November 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 23 December 1941). Invested with award by King George, 30 November 1943.

 

This airman has taken part in numerous operational sorties, including attacks on numerous towns in Germany and Italy. Whatever the dangers and difficulties over the target area, he invariably remained quietly and efficiently at his post, setting an excellent example to less experienced members of the crew. He has displayed efficiency and ability in these duties and, being always alert and fearless in any circumstances, is of the greatest value to his squadron.

 

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WOOLSEY, FS Arthur Ronald (R197583) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 13 July 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 July and AFRO 2160/44 dated 6 October 1944. Originally published as a DFC citation in AFRO 2052/44, cancelled by AFRO 2101/44 and then corrected. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 21 October 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943). Invested with award by King George, 11 August 1944.

 

This airman has taken part in a large number of attacks on strongly defended targets in Germany. He is a most determined and devoted air gunner whose vigilance and skill have made him a most valuable member of aircraft crew. He has set a very fine example to all.

 

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WORDSWORTH, F/O Thomas Edward (J20965) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 22 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942). 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." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 August 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (175 hours) on operations from 25 February 1944 to 4 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer Wordsworth has successfully completed thirty-five sorties over enemy and enemy-occupied territory. He has displayed outstanding navigational ability at all times. Called upon to navigate over long periods under extremely adverse weather conditions, he has shown marked courage and skill.

 

This officer has taken part in many special assignments, such as precision mining, pin-point bombing on rail centres and low-level attacks in co-operation with the Army, and his fine record of achievement has been a source of comfort to his crew members and an example to all on the squadron.

 

His high courage, tenacity and cheerful confidence in the face of the most bitter opposition deserves special commendation...

 

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WORSTER, F/O William (J29668) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 15 December 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 10 July 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated(graduated 3 September 1943). Award sent by registered mail 1 December 1950. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 22 December 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (167 hours 53 minutes):

 

21 June 44 Domleger (3.00) 8 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.05)

23 June 44 Domleger (2.20) 12 Sept 44 Frankfurt (6.25)

27 June 44 L'Hey (2.55) 17 Sept 44 Zaltbomel (2.40)

30 June 44 Villers Bocage (3.20) 23 Sept 44 Neuss (3.45)

1 July 44 Beauvoir (3.05) 11 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.00)

12 July 44 Vaires (3.45) 18 Oct 44 Bonn (4.55)

18 July 44 Emiville (3.15) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (6.10)

18 July 44 Aulnoyne (3.30) 21 Oct 44 Flushing (2.40)

23 July 44 Kiel (5.13) 23 Oct 44 Essen (3.25)

24 July 44 Stuttgart (7.35) 25 Oct 44 Essen (3.50)

28 July 44 Bois de Casson (3.30) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.55)

3 Aug 44 Marne de Casson (3.10) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.45)

7 Aug 44 Foret de Lucheux (3.20) 4 Nov 44 Solingen (4.10)

11 Aug 44 Lens (3.15) 5 Nov 44 Solingen (4.50)

14 Aug 44 Hamel (3.15) 6 Nov 44 Koblenz (5.20)

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (8.50) 8 Nov 44 Homberg (3.55)

26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.05) 11 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel (4.15)

29 Aug 44 Stettin (9.50) 21 Nov 44 Homburg (4.20)

3 Sept 44 Eindhoven (3.10) 23 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.50)

5 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.15)

 

Flying Officer Worster has been the Bomb Aimer on 39 operational flights against the enemy including a large percentage of major targets. At all times he has completed his work in the air and against the enemy with the utmost skill, coolness and courage. His example has been one to be followed by every Bomb Aimer and member of aircrew. It is difficult to estimate the full value of his influence on the squadron. It is men like Flying Officer Worster who set the standards of air force tradition.

 

Also on 22 December 1944 the Commanding Officer, RAF Station Witchford added "I concur with the remarks of the squadron commander." On 23 December 1944 the Commander of No.33 Base, Waterbeach, noted on the form:

 

Strongly recommended. This officer has at all times displayed courage of a high order and has shown outstanding keenness and determination to operate against the enemy. He has set a splendid example to other aircrew.

 

Finally, on 28 December 1944, the Air Vice-Marshall commanding No.3 Group noted "Recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross."

 

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WORTLEY, FS (now P/O) Warren Herbert (R83562/J16649) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.37 Squadron - Award effective 4 December 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 410/43 dated 12 March 1943. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 21 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated, No.3 AOS (graduated 23 June 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated date uncertain). NOTE: AFRO erroneously gave unit as No.87 Squadron.

 

Flight Sergeant Wortley has participated in attacks on targets in Cyrenacia and enemy occupied territory in Egypt. He has always shown the utmost coolness and determination in the face of heavy enemy opposition and his skill as a bomb aimer and navigator has been of the highest order. He has never spared himself and his courage and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to the aircrews in his squadron.

 

NOTE (2): Public Records Office Air 2/9606 has recommendation dated 3 November 1942:

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has carried out 31 long distance operational flights, totalling 206 operational hours. These operations include raids on objectives in Cyrenacia and enemy occupied territory in Egypt.

 

Throughout his operational tour of duty with No.37 Squadron this Non-Commissioned Officer has always shown the utmost coolness and determination in aiming his bombs, even in the face of the most intense anti-aircraft fore, and his skill, both as a bomb aimer and navigator, has been of the highest order. During the recent sustained operational efforts by the squadron, he has shown up particularly well, and his experience has been a very great asset to the squadron at this difficult period. He has never spared himself, and his courage and devotion to duty has been an inspiration to other members of aircrew in the squadron.

 

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WOTTON, WO1 William (R57509) - Mention in Despatches - No.3 Repair Depot - 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 16 January 1941.

 

This Warrant Officer is a technician of exceptional ability. His conscientious endeavour to assist in any phase of the service over and beyond the call of duty has been an inspiration to all his associates. He is an above average technician, pleasant, and of great assistance to his superiors in maintaining harmony and efficiency. His service to the Royal Canadian Air Force is of the highest order and most praiseworthy.

 

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WOYTOWICH, FS (now WO2) Walter (R265535) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.415 Squadron - Effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/45 dated 8 February 1946. Home in Alvena, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 19 July 1943. Trained at No.10 BGS (graduated 10 March 1944). Award presented 10 October 1947. No citation, "completed...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 15 May 1945 when he had flown 22 sorties (142 hours 30 minutes), 30 November 1944 to 18 April 1945.

 

Flight Sergeant Woytowich has participated in many attacks on targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory. He is outstanding as an Air Gunner and such is his vigilance that the crew have been able to proceed with their respective tasks with complete confidence.

 

He invariably displays the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty and his sterling work has been an example to the squadron. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal (Non-Immediate).

 

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WRAGG, Corporal Ronald (R95676) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Oshawa; enlisted in Trenton, 13 March 1941.

 

Over a long period of time Corporal Wragg has proved himself to be an extremely hard working and conscientious airman. Outstanding in his trade, he has a cheerful and willing personality. He is exceptionally reliable and dependable and is at all times above average in dress and deportment. This non-commissioned officer is a fine example to his fellow airmen and his record is worthy of high praise.

 

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WRAY, W/C Lawrence Edward (C127) - Air Force Cross - AFHQ - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Born in Toronto, 17 September 1908; raised in Belleville, 1916-1926 and at Royal Military College, 1926-1930. Also served with No.3 Company, Canadian Corps of Signals (1 April 1925 to 30 June 1926), 34th Battery (Canadian Field Artillery) 1 July 1926 to 30 April 1929, and Non-Permanent RCAF, 23 June to 18 November 1930. Transferred to RCAF Regular, 19 November 1930; had been on strength of Camp Borden since November 1929. Received wings at Camp Borden, 19 November 1930 and remained there until October 1931 (promoted to Flying Officer, 19 November 1931). At Station Trenton (No.3 Squadron), October 1931 to January 1934; on strength of No.2 (General Purpose) Squadron, Winnipeg, January 1934 to December 1936 (promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 1 April 1946). On strength of Station Ottawa (No.8 General Purpose Squadron), December 1936 to August 1938. On strength of Station Ottawa (No.7 General Purpose Squadron), August 1938 to July 1939 as Flight Commander (promoted to Squadron Leader, 1 April 1939). Most of his work in the 1930s was aerial photography. At Station Rockcliffe (Test and Development Establishment), September 1939 to January 1940; on strength of Station Alliford Bay (Commanding Officer, No.6 [BR] Squadron), January to November 1940; Commanding Officer of Station Patricia Bay, November 1940 to May 1941 (promoted to Wing Commander, 1 December 1940). On strength of AFHQ, May 1941 to November 1942 (Directorate of Operations; his duties including arranging and supervising all flying connected with the 1941 tour by the Duke of Kent); promoted to Group Captain, 1 June 1942. Commanding Officer, Station Gander, November 1942 to August 1943. On strength of Eastern Air Command Headquarters, Halifax, August 1943 to November 1943. Posted overseas and assumed command of RCAF Station Skipton-on-Swale, November 1943. While acting as second pilot during a raid on Frankfurt-on-Main, 18/19 March 1944, he was shot down and taken prisoner. Two members of the crew were killed - P/O D.E. James (pilot) and P/O J.P.O.V. Levesque (rear gunner); remainder taken prisoner. Repatriated in May 1945; on strength of Air Force Headquarters, July to November 1945 (Air Member for Air Services, Director of Operations); with No.9 (Transport) Group, Rockcliffe, January 1946 to August 1948 (promoted to Air Commodore, 27 January 1946); Commandant, RCAF Staff College, August 1948 to August 1951; with AFHQ, August 1951 to December 1953 (Deputy Air Member for Personnel); Air Member, Canadian Joint Staff, London, December 1953 to January 1955. Promoted to Air Vice-Marshall, 1 January 1955 and posted to Air Defence Command Headquarters. September 1958 appointed Air Officer Commanding, No.1 Air Division. Retired 14 May 1964. Died in Toronto, 3 March 1977. AFC presented 3 December 1942. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 (Air Commodore, AFHQ).

 

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in that, on the night of September 5th, at approximately 2000 hours during a storm of gale force, in order to save Grumman Amphibian Aircraft No.926 in the St.Lawrence River at Quebec, which had overturned and was threatened with destruction, Wing Commander Wray plunged overboard from the Naval Rescue Launch, made fast and held a line until the aircraft could be towed out of danger into the middle of the river, remaining with the aircraft until 0400 hours the following morning. His action undoubtedly saved the aircraft.

 

NOTE: The background to the above award is most interesting. On 9 October 1941 S/L H.M. Marlowe-Kennedy (Commanding Officer, No.12 Communications Squadron) sent a long report to AFHQ on the salvage of Goose 926. On 17 October 1941, Wing Commander A.C.H. McLean forwarded this to G/C F.V. Heakes, suggesting that Wray should receive an AFC. On 1 November 1941, the Air Member for Air Services (McEwen) minuted this suggestion as "strongly recommended" and passed it to the Chief of Air Staff (Breadner). At an unknown date, this was passed to Air Member for Personnel for comments; AMP approved it on 14 November 1941; the recommendation was forwarded to the Privy Council (worded exactly as the above citation) on 19 November 1941. Marlowe-Kennedy's report, which set the ball rolling in the first place, was as follows:

 

SUMMARY OF SALVAGE OPERATION OF

GOOSE AIRCRAFT 926

 

Upon receipt of phone report at 0900 hours September 5th to the effect that Goose 926 had just then turned over at her mooring and was floating upside down, my crewman and I interviewed the Naval Commander at the Naval Control Station who placed a gas launch at our disposal in order to look over the salvage situation.

 

After viewing the scene I returned to the Naval Station and called in the services of a Captain Snow, in charge of the Quebec Salvage Company. It was decided that successful salvage could only be carried out in sheltered water and therefore it would be necessary to cut the aircraft clear of its mooring, then tow it in the inverted position into the Quebec harbour. The Naval Commander placed two gas launches with their French Canadian crews at our disposal for the carrying out of this portion of the salvage.

 

The job of severing the mooring cables was completely unsuccessful as long as the tide was either coming in or going out, so by 1700 hours, work was temporarily suspended to await peak tide, due at 1925 EDT; during this pause Wing Commander Wray, who had been informed earlier in the day of the accident, came on board the Naval launch and decided to remain and see the job through in spite of some dinner engagement with the Royal Party. At about 1915 hours we started renewed attempts to loose the aircraft. It should be appreciated that during this entire operation there was an ENE wind of 40-50 mph which cause a four to six foot sea and that there would only be approximately a 10-15 minute period of slack water at the tide turn.

 

At about 1930 hours the aircraft was released from her mooring and the launch began towing attempts, but owing to the complete ignorance of the launch captain in this form of towing plus the impossibility of making our orders properly understood by him, he being French, this work very quickly failed due to the launch pulling the aircraft tail-towing-ring clean out of the hull. Darkness and rain set in, the current and wind were carrying the aircraft and launch up the river at approximately 5-6 knots and very close to the docks and shore. The only hope of saving the aircraft now lay in getting a fresh line attached to it immediately and pulling it out into the channel. There was no dinghy with the launch and the only possible thing left to fasten a rope to was the retracted tail wheel, also, inside of another 15 minutes it would be too dark to even find the aircraft. After much arguing and yelling with the launch captain, he managed to manoeuvre the stern of the launch to within about three feet of the upturned hull. Wing Commander Wray who had stripped and secured a safety line around himself jumped onto the aircraft hull with the end of the tow line. In spite of him being partially submerged by the heavy seas most of the time, he succeeded in making the tow line fast; by this time the aircraft was only a few feet from a pier. The launch managed to pull the plane clear just in time, then backed up to allow Wing Commander Wray to scramble, with assistance, back onto the launch, in a partially drowned condition.

 

From then until midnight every attempt to get the tow headed down the river towards Quebec Harbour met with complete failure - it would not turn against the wind. By this time the current had carried us up to the Quebec Bridge whereupon the tide turned and started drifting back towards Quebec City. The second launch which had been standing by was despatched to summon a steam tug from the salvage company. This tug coupled on at about 3.30 a.m. and pulled launch and plane into the harbour. Wing Commander Wray returned to the Citadel and I remained to assist the salvage company in righting and refloating the aircraft. The plane was refloated and anchored alongside the salvage tug by about 8.00 a.m. September 6th. I then instructed Captain Snow to suspend work pending the arrival of the RCAF Salvage party from No.3 Training Command. This party reported at noon, September 6th, and completed the necessary dismantling and loading work for shipment to Montreal.

 

I wish to add that during the entire night the wind, rain and seas were at their peak, everyone's clothing was soaking wet, and there was very little warmth on the launch to prevent Wing Commander Wray from getting severe chills at least. The Captain in charge of the Salvage Company's work thoroughly appreciated the difficulties of this aircraft's salvage and took unceasing care to avoid any further damage to the plane whilst righting and refloating it. The method and process adopted and employed for the refloating of this aircraft might well be recorded for future reference in dealing with a similar problem with Goose or any other type of flying boat.

 

WRAY, G/C Lawrence Edward, AFC (C127) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Overseas - Award effective 28 December 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Award presented 9 December 1947. Until June 1997 no citation had been found other than "for distinguished service while prisoner of war". Press releases indicated he was Senior Allied Officer in Stalag Luft III and worked tirelessly to improve conditions, showing "utter disregard for his own safety". He showed leadership in "bucking" German captors on behalf of POWs during march to Lubeck; reputed to have reduced a German camp commandant to a nervous wreck. He was punished by confinement in small, over-heated room. He virtually controlled the German officers on the long march to Lubeck and in the finally stages had them lodged in scattered barns across the countryside. More recently a brief citation has been found; this was used at his investiture and was found in the National Archives of Canada, RG.7 G.26 Volume 53 (file 40-D-1 Part 10, Investitures):

 

For outstanding gallantry and distinguished services rendered whilst a prisoner of war of the Germans. As Senior Administrative Officer in Stalag Luft III he continually, with utter disregard for his own safety, countermanded the orders of the German Commandant on behalf of the hundreds of prisoners of war who were incarcerated at the time, and as a result of the outstanding devotion to duty which he displayed, he was largely responsible in obtaining better conditions for prisoners of war.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9104 has citation as drafted for a large body of POW awards:

 

Group Captain Wray was shot down and captured by the Germans in March 1944. He was imprisoned in Stalag Luft III where he was senior Royal Canadian Air Force officer, becoming later Senior British Officer. As senior administrative officer Group Captain Wray exercised a fine influence on the morale of the prisoners in his camp. When the camp was removed from Sagan to Bremen, and again to the Lubeck area, owing to the collapse of Germany in 1945, this officer's outstanding ability was given full scope. These removals were undertaken by forced marches and they had they been carried out at the pace set by the Germans,many prisoners of war would have been left to the mercy of the German population, through exhaustion and fatigue. Group Captain Wray constantly risked being given up to the Gestapo or SS by the Commandant, for his successful efforts to slow down the marches. On the arrival of the columns, both at Bremen and Lubeck, Group Captain Wray arranged for improvements in accommodation which proved of great benefit to the prisoners. During this period he was in continual danger of reprisals by the Germans. Everything he did was with the object of saving the lives of Allied prisoners of war.

 

There brief accounts tell only a fraction of the story. On 6 June 1945, Air Marshal G.O. Johnson wrote to Air Marshall Sir John Slessor, AMP, RAF, as follows:

 

Group Captain L.E. Wray commanded RCAF Station Skipton, an operational bomber station in No.6 (RCAF) Group. His work as Station Commander was of the same high order which characterized all his previous service and he would undoubtedly have distinguished himself if circumstances had enabled him to continue his operational command. On the night of 18-19 March 1944, however, his aircraft was shot down whilst on a bombing mission over Frankfurt-on-Main, Germany. He received injuries when he landed by parachute, became a prisoner of war in German hands and was imprisoned at Stalag Luft III. Here he was the Senior RCAF Officer until, towards the close of hostilities, he became the Senior British Officer of that camp.

 

I have received many unsolicited reports of Group Captain Wray's outstanding work in the prison camp and also during the forced marches which came with the approaching collapse of Germany. I am forwarding to you herewith, one of the many reports which indicated Wray's stellar ability and leadership. I have also forwarded a copy of this report to the RCAF representative at M.I.9.

 

I feel strongly that Group Captain Wray is highly deserving of a chivalry award and, as during the time he was a prisoner of war he came under RAF and not RCAF authority, I would very much appreciate your personal interest in ensuring that Group Captain Wray is suitably recommended for a chivalry award in the Special List of Awards being rendered upon the cessation of hostilities.

 

To which he attached the following document dated 28 May 1945,composed by S/L B.J. Bourchier (C245) and sent to AOC RCAF Overseas (Johnson):

 

As a liberated prisoner of war, I would like the privilege of drawing to the attention of your Headquarters the excellent work done on behalf of myself and hundreds of other prisoners of war who, to a very large degree, owe their lives to the leadership of Group Captain L.E. Wray of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

Until Group Captain Wray's arrival I was senior RCAF prisoner of war in Germany, and as there was no RCAF officer senior to Group Captain Wray, I feel it my duty to submit the following.

 

When Group Captain Wray arrived in Stalag Luft III, he was immediately accepted as "one of the boys", due to his outstanding personality and leadership, and was given the title of "Canada's Ambassador to Allied Kriegydom" (P.O.W. dom).

 

He became Senior Administrative Officer and his arrival relieved Group Captain Wilson, the SBO, of many of the administrative details. His work in this capacity was a full time job and he was able to make many changes which resulted in our POW life becoming much more endurable. Every hour of every day he had something planned to keep us occupied whether it was sports, entertainment or education. Further, no matter what hour of the day or night a POW needed attention or advice, Group Captain Wray was always available with the necessary works of cheer and hope. He exercised the finest influence on morale in Stalag Luft II.

 

It was not until the camp was ordered to march from Sagan to the Bremen area in the latter part of January that his outstanding ability was given full scope. Had the march been carried out at the pace set by the Germans, countless POWs would have dropped out due to exhaustion and fatigue and been left behind at the mercy, if any, of the Germans.

 

Conditions on our arrival at the camp in the Bremen area were far from satisfactory, and again group captain Wray, as SAO, worked night and day and was able to organize the camp and the Germans to such an extent that life was not too bad.

 

Again, on the march from the Bremen area towards Lubeck, Group Captain Wray, who was now the Senior British Officer, continually countermanded the orders of the German Commandant in order to slow down the march so that those who were in a poor physical condition could keep pace. In doing this Group Captain Wray was continually running the risk of being turned over by the Commandant to the Gestapo or SS, but regardless of this he so successfully slowed down the march and spread out the column that very few POWs had to be left behind. Also, the long straggling column did its bit in tieing up the German road traffic.

 

On the arrival of the POWs in the Lubeck area, Group Captain Wray had them billeted at farms outside the city while he went on ahead to inspect the proposed camp. Because it was too small and totally unsuitable, he would not allow the column to continue to Lubeck, and was able to have us march back to a big farm estate where the POWs were billeted in barns, cowsheds, etc., in comparative luxury to the proposed camp at Lubeck. In making these arrangements, Group Captain Wray had t do considerable travelling, and several times was shot up by our Tactical Air Forces. He also entered the town of Bad Odersloe 24 hours after a daylight RAF raid. Particularly in this town did he run the risk of being mobbed by the remaining angry population.

 

These few brief instances will serve to indicate how Group Captain Wray risked his life continually in order that the POWs might receive better treatment from the Germans. It is my firm conviction that most of the POWs who got back owe their lives to Group Captain Wray. Many more specific instances could be given. Every POW on the march will verify that Group Captain Wray was in continual danger of reprisal by the Gestapo for his delaying action and his absolute indifference to orders or instructions issued by our captors. Everything he did was with the sole object of saving the lives of Allied POWs. His success can be judged by the numbers of POWs who returned safely. This report is made in the earnest hope that it can be passed on to the highest authority in order that some proper recognition can be given to a gallant leader and a brave officer.

 

This material probably went directly to RAF authorities, but on 10 November 1945 copies were sent from RCAF Overseas Headquarters (London) to AFHQ, Ottawa. On 14 December 1945, AFHQ queried RCAF Overseas Headquarters - "Advise the present state of the projected award for G/C L.E. Wray and what the projected award is". On 16 December 1945, RCAF Overseas Headquarters replied that "Air Ministry Committee may meet in few days." On 21 December 1945, RCAF Overseas Headquarters cabled Ottawa that an OBE had been approved. This led to a very interesting cable from A/V/M Wilf Curtis (AFHQ) to Air Marshal Johnson (London):

 

We are in receipt of your signal PX2166 21 December stating that G/C Wray will be awarded an OBE in the December 28 Gazette. I assure you that we are very disappointed in this award. We feel very strongly that he should receive either an MC or a CBE. There is adequate precedent for an MC having exposed his life to the enemy by his actions in looking after his troops whilst a POW. Failing an MC we feel that he should at least get a CBE. The RAF practice as I understand it is for Group Captains in the main to receive CBEs. The CAS would appreciate of you would give this your personal attention and endeavour to have the award raised. It is left to your judgement and decision from this point on.

 

Johnson's task would not have been a happy one; on 28 December 1945 he cabled AFHQ (Ottawa):

 

Air Ministry advise approved award OBE for G/C Wray passed by Honours and Awards Committee cannot be changed. G/C Wray was considered with approximately one hundred similar cases; we are informed no other Group Captain received higher than OBE. They state further that gallantry awards not normally given to POWs and in this list only one DSO given for a very specific case.

 

WRAY, A/C Lawrence Edward, OBE, AFC (C127) - War Cross, 1939 (Czechoslovakia) - No.9 (T) Group HQ - Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 2 November 1946 and AFRO 1075/46 dated 15 November 1946..

 

WRAY, A/C Lawrence Edward, OBE, AFC (127) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

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WRAY, F/O Theodore Donald (J89989) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Eatonia, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 1 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.17 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943). Award presented 27 May 1950.

 

Flying Officer Wray has proved himself to be a determined and courageous pilot and captain of aircraft. His fine airmanship, fortitude and devotion to duty have set an outstanding example to all. In October 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Duisburg in daylight. As he approached the heavily defended area intense anti-aircraft fire was encountered. In the run in all the instruments and wireless equipment was shattered and other severe damage was sustained. Despite these hazardous circumstances Flying Officer Wray completed his bombing run and by masterly airmanship he flew his damaged aircraft back to this country.

 

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WRIGHT, WO (now P/O) Alexander Robert Gordon (R118117/J89004) - Mention in Despatches - No.1 ADU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 17 July 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 27 October 1941) and No.8 BGS (graduated 11 May 1942). No citation.

 

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WRIGHT, F/L David James (J4523) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in Edmonton, Alberta; enlisted there 29 June 1940.

 

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WRIGHT, Sergeant Duane Harris (R207740) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 19 January 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943). Cited with Sergeant W.J. Ziomko. Invested with award by King George, 11 August 1944.

These airmen were rear and mid-upper gunners respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in Belgium one night in February 1944. On the outward flight the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained damage but this did not deter the pilot from continuing his mission. Whilst over the target area the bomber was attacked by an enemy aircraft. Sergeants Wright and Ziomko used their guns to great effect, however, and the attacker was seen to fall towards the ground and is believed to have been destroyed. A little later, these resolute gunners fought off three more fighters, whilst their skilful directions to their pilot enabled him to evade yet another fighter. Sergeants Wright and Ziomko proved themselves to be fearless members of aircraft crew and defended their aircraft with great skill and determination.

 

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WRIGHT, F/O Frederick Foster (J93453) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 24 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Home in Peterborough, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 23 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 5 November 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 17 May 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 11 August 1943). Invested with award by King George, 13 July 1945.

 

One night in March 1945 this officer was the pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Kassel. Shortly after the bombs had been released the aircraft sustained severe damage. The fuselage, mainplane, tail unit and the mid-upper and rear gun turrets were all affected. The elevators jammed and the aircraft dived out of control. Several thousand feet in height were lost before Flying Officer Wright succeeded in levelling out. With great difficulty he retained control and flew on to reach base where he landed the badly damaged aircraft safely. This officer displayed a high degree of courage and coolness in the face of great danger.

 

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WRIGHT, F/L George Gordon (J10614) - Air Force Cross - No.112 Wing - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 12 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). Assigned to Ferry Command, then to No.168 Squadron to assist in conversion to Liberators and to conduct VIP flights. Made 70 Atlantic and six Pacific crossings. Award presented 1 December 1948. Remained in RCAF until at least 1947. No citation found in Canada. Public Records Office Air 2/9019 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 1,020 hours, 155 in previous six months.

 

This officer who was one of the first ex-Service Flying Training School graduates of North Bay training establishment has now completed 21 deliveries. He has proved to be an exceptionally good ferry pilot and has been a great asset to the group.

WRIGHT, S/L George Gordon, AFC (J10614) - Medal of Merit, First Class (Czechoslovakia) - No.12 Communications Squadron - Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 2 November 1946 and AFRO 1075/46 dated 15 November 1946.

 

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WRIGHT, W/C Harry Leslie (C2758) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Hamilton, Ontario; educated there and University of Toronto. Lawyer; enlisted in Toronto, 13 September 1939. Award presented at uncertain date.

 

For over two years this officer has been continuously employed on personnel services at Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters, Overseas. His energy and persistent good will displayed in all his associations have won for him the deep regard of all those with whom he comes in contact. This officer's untiring efforts and devotion to duty have been an immeasurable contribution to the morale of the Royal Canadian Air Force. His services have been outstanding.

 

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WRIGHT, LAC Horace Dorling (R71150) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 26 February 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette of 2 March 1943 and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 September 1940.

 

A Fairey Battle aircraft while on fire, made a forced landing on its home aerodrome about one hundred yards from the control tower. LAC Wright, who was in charge of the ambulance at the control tower, immediately dashed to the scene of the accident, and, regardless of any danger to himself, assisted one of the uninjured members of the crew, a gunner, to pull the pilot, who had been knocked unconscious, out of the burning aircraft. He then returned to the aircraft and assisted in rescuing the other gunner.

 

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WRIGHT, F/O Howard Richard (J37353) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Home in Kinilworth, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 16 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.10 EFTS (ceased training), No.1 AOS (graduated 25 May 1941), and No.5 BGS (graduated 19 January 1942). NOTE: Seems like a long time between AOS and BGS. Award sent by registered mail 20 April 1949. When recommended he had flown 1,871 hours 40 minutes, of which 1,612 hours 55 minutes were on operations (153 sorties).

 

This officer has completed very many operational sorties entailing hundreds of operational flying hours. Throughout this long tour of duty he has displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order. The quality of his work as first wireless operator air gunner has been exceptional, on several occasions playing an important part in the safe return of his aircraft under extremely adverse weather conditions. At all times he has shown remarkable cheerfulness and devotion to duty, which have been an inspiration to all members of his squadron.

 

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WRIGHT, F/O James Davidson (J24659) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944. Home in Rossthern, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 7 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Photo PMR shows him with F/L James Harper. Award presented 23 April 1949.

 

As observer, Flying Officer Wright has participated in a large number of sorties. He is a most devoted and courageous member of aircraft crew whose exceptional ability has contributed materially to the successes obtained.

 

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WRIGHT, W/C James Edward (C1951) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Guelph; enlisted in Hamilton, 23 April 1940. Award sent by registered mail. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 September 1953 when he was a Wing Commander in charge of URTP at Queen's University.

 

This officer has served in Administrative capacities in various units in the Royal Canadian Air Force for a long period of time. His periods of service at these units were during the initial steps of the Schools' opening and, under most difficult conditions, he has always displayed outstanding initiative and resourcefulness. His keen devotion to duty has contributed materially to the success with which these Schools have been developed.

 

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WRIGHT, F/L James Roderick (J10273) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Riversdale, Colchester County, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 3 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942).

 

This officer has well over 1,100 hours as a flying instructor. His work has always been of the highest quality and he has produced excellent results. On several occasions he has filled senior positions showing an exceptional grasp of service requirements and he has at all times provided an excellent example to the younger officers in his squadron.

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WRIGHT, P/O Jerauld George (J15195) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.240 Squadron - Award effective 24 April 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 649/42 dated 1 May 1942. Born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, 31 August 1917; educated there. Enlisted in Halifax, 10 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 AOS, No.1 BGS (graduated 25 October 1940) and No.1 ANS. Flew two tours (1,200 hours) in No.240 Squadron plus special duties work in the Mediterranean, India and Burma, developing special techniques of celestial navigation while landing agents at night in small bays along the Burmese coast. Attended Empire Navigation School in 1945. In 1946 he went to the RCAF Test and Development Establishment working on compass problems. Named Head of Test and Development Section, Air Navigation School, Summerside to develop navigation techniques in the Arctic. There he worked out the prototype of the Synchronous Astro Compass for navigation at all latitudes. Remained at Summerside until 1949 when promoted to Squadron Leader and sent to AFHQ, taking charge of Navigation Instrument Development Branch, Air Member for Technical Services Division. Further inventions came, notably the R Theta Computer and the Position and Homing Indicator Mark 3. The former was designed to fit into the instrument panel of a fighter. McKee Trophy winner, 1953, he ultimately had 30 navigational patents. Promoted to Wing Commander, 1954. Retired 1966. Member, Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame, 1966.

 

As captain of aircraft and navigator respectively, Flight Lieutenant Hawkins and Pilot Officer Wright recently carried out an extremely important mission. The flight, which was one of twenty-four and three-quarter hours' duration, necessitated flying more than 2,000 miles across the sea. That completion was achieved despite adverse weather and intense cold can be attributed to the skilful piloting of Flight Lieutenant Hawkins, combined with the brilliant navigation of Pilot Officer Wright. Throughout, both these officers showed great powers of endurance and their outstanding performance is worthy of the highest praise.

WRIGHT, F/L Jerauld George, DFC (J15195) - Mention in Despatches - No.240 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.

 

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WRIGHT, F/O John Garn (J7233) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.112 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. Born 4 August 1922. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 10 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 May 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated and commissioned 30 August 1941). Posted overseas, 18 September 1941. Shot down once by flak when at 400 feet; regained our lines which were nearby. Repatriated 12 September 1944. Served at several training bases until released, 13 November 1945. Award forwarded to him via the Royal Canadian Navy.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of sorties including numerous fighter bomber attacks against enemy airfields and mechanized transport. In air combat he has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft. Flying Officer Wright has displayed great keenness, skill and determination.

 

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WRIGHT, F/O Lloyd William (J25937) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 6 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C C.W. Marshall dated 22 January 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (179 hours five minutes), 14 August 1944 to 12 January 1945. Medals and logbook displayed in RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton, Ontario.

 

Flying Officer Wright has completed 30 operational sorties against some of the [most ?] heavily defended enemy targets. Throughout his tour he has consistently displayed a high degree of courage and crew leadership worthy of the highest praise.

 

His dependability to carry out the most difficult tasks and his cheerfulness and willingness on all occasions have gained him the confidence of all.

 

Flying Officer Wright is an outstanding young officer and I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WRIGHT, Corporal Norman Archibald (R132409) - British Empire Medal - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1 January 1918. Home in Dysart, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 31 October 1941. Electrician; may have been sent to No.162 Squadron in June 1944; is shown as repatriated, 30 July 1945 and released 2 August 1945. Award presented 30 October 1948.

 

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WRIGHT, FS Reuben William (R75288) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.49 Squadron - Award effective 3 February 1943 as per AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943. Born in Lydden, Saskatchewan, 17 December 1919. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 13 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 WS (graduated 24 October 1941), and No.8 BGS (graduated 24 January 1941). NOTE: These dates are far apart and should be checked). Invested with award by King George, 18 May 1943. Served in postwar RCAF (Tactical Air Command Group, Winnipeg).

 

Flight Sergeant Wright has participated in many bombing raids including daylight attacks on Le Creusot and Milan. During the latter sortie the target was attacked from a height of 2,000 feet. As bomb aimer Flight Sergeant Wright has done his utmost to locate and bomb the correct objective with precision. He possesses confidence and determination which have been valuable assets not only to his own crew but to the squadron in general.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8934 has recommendation dated 26 December 1942 when he had flown 23 sorties (151 hours ten minutes).

 

11 Aug 42 Vichy (7.25) Nickel raid; leaflets dropped on ERA from 11,000 feet.

15 Aug 42 GARDENING (4.00) Frisians Islands; mines dropped in allotted area from 2,500 feet.

20 Aug 42 GARDENING (7.25) Arkona - successful.

27 Aug 42 Kassel (4.55) Attacked primary.

28 Aug 42 Nuremburg (6.40) Photo fires and flak; no ground detail.

6 Sept 42 Duisburg (4.00) Primary attacked.

8 Sept 42 Frankfurt (6.25) Primary attacked from 9.500 feet.

10 Sept 42 Dusseldorf (4.20) Attacked primary from 9,000 feet.

13 Sept 42 Bremen (4.10) Photo of village and primary 6 miles south of Bremen. Target attacked believed Bremen from 12,500 feet.

14 Sept 42 Wilhelmshaven (4.10) Photo of Main Munition Depot. Target seen in sights. Bombed from 13,000 feet.

16 Sept 42 Essen (4.55) Krupps - Photo cloud, slight ground detail; attacked alternative; very hazy.

18 Sept 42 Pillau (9.45) Photo, village of Tenkitten; mines dropped 10 miles from Pillau from 500 feet.

23 Sept 42 Munich (6.35) Unable to locate primary; weather bad.

24 Sept 42 Pillau (7.25) Mines dropped on alternative - Kullen, 6 miles out, from 700 feet.

1 Oct 42 Wismar (6.35) Attacked aerodrome north of Wismar from 6,000 feet.

13 Oct 42 Kiel (5.30) Attacked primary from 16,000 feet.

15 Oct 42 Cologne (4.30) Attacked primary from 6,000 feet.

17 Oct 42 Le Creusot (10.15) Attacked primary from 6,000 feet.

22 Oct 42 Genoa (9.25) Photo - town, 1,000 yards east of aiming point. Primary attacked from 11,000 feet.

24 Oct 42 Milan (9.35) Primary attacked from 2,000 feet; identified visually; buildings seen to be hit and on fire.

15 Nov 42 Genoa (8.15) Attacked primary from 10,000 feet. Bombs seen to fall over aiming point; photo of aiming point.

28 Nov 42 Turin (8.40) Attacked from 9,000 feet; aiming point seen.

8 Dec 42 Turin (3.10) Returned early owing to hydraulic failure.

 

 

Sergeant Wright has completed 23 operational sorties, totalling 151.10 hours flying, as Air Bomber to Flying Officer McDonald. His work and his enthusiasm have been of the highest order and he, as the Air Bomber of his crew, has produced evidence of having done his utmost to bomb the correct target accurately.

 

He took part in the daylight attack on Le Creusot and, seven days later, carried out a daylight attack on Milan, when the target was bombed from 2,000 feet.

 

His quiet confidence and his determination to carry out his orders to the letter, and the influence that he has with the remainder of his crew, have been an invaluable asset, not only to his crew but to the squadron and I have no hesitation in recommending him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

WRIGHT, F/L Reuben William, DFM (J19820) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Award sent by registered mail 18 October 1949.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operations during which he participated in attacks against a wide range of enemy targets. He is an air bomber of high merit and has rendered invaluable service.

 

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WRIGHT, F/O Stanley Grover (J26104) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Calgary, 25 May 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Medal sent to him while serving with the RAF, April 1952.

 

This officer has completed a large number of attacks against heavily defended targets in Germany. He is a skilful pilot who has always displayed great courage and determination in the face of the enemy and who has never let either adverse weather or enemy opposition deter him from completing his allotted task. On one occasion in January 1945, Flying Officer Wright was detailed for a daylight attack against Ludwigshafen. Whilst en route to the target several of his flying instruments became unserviceable and while over the target his aircraft was severely damaged by heavy anti-aircraft fire. Despite this, Flying Officer Wright pressed home a telling attack and afterwards flew his damaged bomber safely back to base.

 

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WRIGHT, F/O Thomas Smith (J22840) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 12 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 22 January 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 2/8823 has recommendation dated 21 August 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (160 hours 44 minutes) as follows:

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

9 Apr 44 Lille (4.35) 23 Jun 44 Oisemont (3.58)

10 Apr 44 Tergnier (5.01) 24 Jun 44 Le Grand Rossignol (3.25)

18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.48) 22 Jun 44 Siracourt (3.47)*

20 Apr 44 Ottignies (4.07) 27 Jun 44 Marquis Mimoycques (3.25)*

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.59) 30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (3.41)*

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.33) 18 Jul 44 Caen (3.35)*

26 Apr 44 Essen (4.20) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.09)

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.09) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.11)

30 Apr 44 Acheres (4.25) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.32)*

8 May 44 Berneval (3.47) 30 Jul 44 Battle area (4.12)*

10 May 44 Lens (3.13) 1 Aug 44 Anderbelke (2.34)*

22 May 44 Orleans (4.46) 2 Aug 44 Le Nieppe (3.24)*

24 May 44 Aachen (4.06) 3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.06)*

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.59) 6 Aug 44 Hazelbrouck (3.02)*

2 June 44 Harinzeles (3.19) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.38)*

4 June 44 Boulogne (3.28) 11 Aug 44 Somain (4.18)*

5 June 44 Mont Fleury (4.16) 12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (5.35)

6 June 44 Chateaudun (5.49) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE (3.35)*

8 June 44 Alencon (5.30) 15 Aug 44 (3.31)*

17 Jun 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.46)

 

Flying Officer Wright has carried out 39 operations totalling 160.44 hours during which he has attacked many important targets which have included those situated in such well known areas as Dusseldorf, Essen, Aachen, Kiel, and Russelsheim.

 

This outstanding Canadian Air Bomber has taken part in a large number of extremely successful raids against many of the most difficult objectives which with his keen perception he has sought out and bombed with outstanding consistency.

 

In addition his calm acceptance of the heaviest defences and his well judged advice to his captain during bombing runs have contributed indispensable factors in the completion of many operations.

 

It is recommended that he should receive the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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WRIGHT, WO Warren Jackson (R131874) - Air Force Cross - No.6 Ferry Unit (Transport Command) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born in Grand Forks, British Columbia, 2 November 1920; home there. Enlisted in Calgary, 7 October 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 9 November 1942). Award sent by registered mail 29 November 1945. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/8771 has citation drafted when he had flown 755 hours (155 hours in previous six months).

 

This officer has served with 45 Group as Wireless Operator for over two years. During this period he has completed 22 trans-oceanic delivery flights on both the North and South Atlantic routes. He has shown great keenness and aptitude and has also officially qualified as a navigator. His flights have included seven long range deliveries as Radio Operator/Navigator, on which he and the pilot were the sole occupants of the aircraft.

 

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WRIGHT, F/O William Gordon (J26746) - 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 New Westminster; enlisted in Vancouver, 10 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 9 January 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949.

 

As captain of aircraft this officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties. On two occasions his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters but the fine airmanship evinced by this captain of aircraft enabled his crew to destroy one of the hostile aircraft and damage the other. Throughout a tour of operational duty Flying Officer Wright has constantly displayed skill, gallantry and resolution of a high order.

 

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WRIGHT, P/O William Henry (J86486) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 26 November 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942). Killed in flying accident, 24 October 1944 (Wellington LP844, No.18 OTU); buried in England. Award presented to next of kin, 8 April 1948.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties including attacks against Berlin, Essen, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Nuremburg. On one occasion he was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin. When in the target area the aircraft was attacked four times by a Focke Wulfe 190. Pilot Officer Wright, displaying great skill and coolness, successfully evaded the enemy and pressed home his attack. This officer has at all times shown exceptional qualities of leadership and skill and has set a fine example to his crew.

 

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WUORI, F/O Charles Oliver (J27473) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Kapaskasing; enlisted in North Bay, 21 May 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Award sent by registered mail 20 April 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation from W/C A.J. Lewington dated 20 October 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (161 hours 55 minutes) between 10 May and 14 October 1944.

 

This officer, navigator of the crew captained by Flight Lieutenant Orendorf, has now completed thirty-two trips over enemy territory including several long distance targets which called for a high degree of navigational ability.

 

Flying Officer Wuori has at all times displayed courage and coolness of a very high order and his exceptional skill and devotion to duty has contributed much to the successful completion of his many operational flights. He has also taken a very keen interest in the working of his section where his experience and advice has done much to improve the efficiency of the junior members of the Navigation Section.

 

I consider that this officer, by his co-operative and unselfish example, plus his splendid record of achievement, fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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WURTELE, G/C Edgar Louis (C87575) - Mention in Despatches - Station Dishforth (AFRO gives unit as No.61 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, 26 October 1913. Educated at Lower Canada College. Enlisted in RAF, 16 April 1935; served in No.1 Squadron and Fleet Air Arm. Commanded No.415 Squadron in 1941-42. Commanded the OTU at Patricia Bay in 1943. Transferred to RCAF, 1 June 1944. Postwar RCAF service. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation for MiD.

 

Group Captain Wurtele served for a number of years in several theatres of operations with the Royal Air Force prior to applying in the spring of 1944 for transfer to the Royal Canadian Air Force. He served for two years with the Mediterranean Fleet, being a member of 823 Squadron which operated with the aircraft carrier Glorious.

 

Following his long service on operations, he was posted to Canada where he took over command of a large combined Operational and Training Station at Patricia Bay on the west coast where he remained until the end of 1943.

 

Shortly after his return to England, Group Captain Wurtele was placed in command of RCAF Station Dishforth and due largely to his extensive service background and profound knowledge of aerial warfare, has developed No.1664 Heavy Conversion Unit to an enviable state of efficiency. By his foresight and spirited determination he has improved the general condition of his Station immeasurably and has inculcated all personnel within his command with a strong sense of devotion to duty.

 

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WYATT, S/L (now W/C) Cecil Clifford (C2439) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Training Command - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Plumstead Great, England, 20 September 1898. Enlisted at Kingston, Ontario, 15 August 1940. Award presented 28 April 1944.

 

This officer's services in the conduct of duties of the Air Attache' office, Washington, has been singularly outstanding and of an unusually high standard. His work has been principally with the United States authorities and has his recognized integrity and genial manner has inspired complete confidence and assisted very materially in strengthening the esteem with which RCAF personnel are held by Americans.

 

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WYERS, Sergeant (now F/O) John Thomas (R223500/J92517) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 3 March 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 28 January 1944. Air Gunner. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; proper unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Box 2067). DHist file 181.009 D.1722 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation drafted by W/C J.K. MacDonald (CO, No.432 Squadron) dated 2 October 1944 for Marcus, Ranson, Stokx, Walker, Wyers, and 1890323 FS Eric Arthurt Slaughter (RAF Flight Engineer). See FS Norman Marcus for recommendation text.

 

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WYGLE, F/O Brian Singleton (J36252) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 15 January 1946 as per London Gazette dated 29 January 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Home in Crossfield, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 5 October 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 12 June 1943), and No.12 SFTS (graduated 8 October 1943). Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949.

 

Flying Officer Wygle joined his present squadron at the time of its formation. He has served with great distinction as a pilot and captain throughout a tour of operational duty. He has been repeatedly called upon to fly on missions involving great hazards in delivering vital supplies to advance elements of the 14th Army. Despite enemy opposition and extremely adverse weather he has never failed to deliver his load. By his splendid example, ability and outstanding devotion to duty, Flying Officer Wygle has made a valuable contribution to the success of his squadron in giving close support to the Army in Burma.

 

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WYMAN, F/O Lewis Benjamin (J10613) - Commended for Valuable Services - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there, 10 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). Postwar with TCA. No citation.

 

WYMAN, F/L Lewis Benjamin (J10613) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.112 Wing Overseas - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9019 has recommendation (originally for an AFC) drafted when he had flown 1,200 hours.

 

This officer was one of the first ex-Service Flying Training School graduates of North Bay Ferry Training Unit, and was originally engaged in glider development work. He has completed 19 delivery flights. His thrust and enthusiasm have made him a very valuable captain of aircraft.

 

WYMAN, F/L Lewis Benjamin (J10613) - Air Force Cross - No.45 Group - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Enlisted in Edmonton, 10 July 1941. Award presented at Government House, 24 January 1956. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9036 has recommended citation, drafted when he had flown 1,150 hours, 277 in previous six months.

 

This officer has been employed in Transport Command ferrying duties since April 1942. He was one of the first graduates of the North Bay Ferry Training Unit and was at one time engaged on glider development. He is at present attached to No.231 Squadron, Flying Officer Wyman has consistently shown great enthusiasm in his work and an exemplary degree of leadership. He is a very valuable captain of aircraft.

 

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WYMAN, S/L Sydney Russell (C8330) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Hebron, Yarmouth County; enlisted in Halifax, 14 September 1940. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. MiD again, 1 January 1946. DHist file 181.009 D.1722 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation from A/C J.L. Hurley for an OBE; this seems to have been the basis for at least one of his MiDs. He was then Senior Flying Control Officer at No.62 Base.

 

Squadron Leader Wyman enlisted in the RCAF in September 1940 as an AC2 for aircrew training, but after a years training in aircrew stations throughout Canada was declared medically unfit for flying duties and remustered to Flying Control.

 

He was commissioned and posted to England in November 1941 where he served in turn at Kinloss, Watchfield, and Lossiemouth. In March 1943 he was posted to No.6 (RCAF) Group Headquarters where he served until his posting to No.62 (RCAF) Base as Senior Flying Control Officer in July 1944.

 

Squadron Leader Wyman has shown keenness and organizing ability of a high order. He has been instrumental in introducing a number of improvements into the Flying Control organization of this Base which exemplify his initiative and mental capacity. Through his persistent but nevertheless tactful manner he bears credit for a smooth functioning Base Flying Control organization. He has imbued his staff with his spirit of co-operation and determination that ensure the successful operation of his section.

 

In view of Squadron Leader Wyman's loyal, faithful and efficient services over a long period, I have the honour to recommend him for the award of the O.B.E.

 

WYMAN, S/L Sydney Russell (C8330) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.

 

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WYNNE, F/O John (J40475) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 4 September 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 August 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 28 January 1944). Award presented 22 November 1948.

 

Flying Officer Wynne has displayed outstanding qualities as a navigator. On two recent occasions he has been navigator on the leading aircraft during particularly heavy attacks on Mannheim and Dorsten. On both these flights his brilliant navigation resulted in very heavy concentrations of aircraft with devastating results to the enemy. His coolness and efficiency on all his missions have set a fine example to the squadron.