YACKMAN, P/O Frederick William (J17434) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Home in Sudbury, Ontario; enlisted North Bay, 7 May 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942).  Award presented 9 April 1948.

 

As captain of aircraft this officer has participated in attacks against targets in Germany and Italy including a low level attack against a power station at Bologna.  The success of these sorties has been proved by the excellent photographs he has secured.  At all times he has set a fine example of courage, enthusiasm and devotion to duty.

 

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YANDON, FS Harris Patrick (RCAF 7568) - British Empire Medal - Station Rockcliffe - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 21 April 1939.  Award presented.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been in charge of the maintenance of the De-Icing Flight at Test and Development Establishment for the past three and a half years.  During this period he has shown outstanding ability and initiative in maintaining the serviceability of the experimental aircraft under his charge, thus making a very definite contribution to the progress which has been made in de-icing research.

 

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YARD, WO2 William Leonard (R189484) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award as per London Gazette of 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 p.3.  Born in Hurley, Alberta, 1922. Home in Princeton, B.C.  Former printer. Enlisted in Vancouver, 14 September 1942.   Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 31 May 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943.  Award sent by registered mail 7 June 1950.  No citation other than "Completed operations with courage and devotion to duty".

 

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YAREMA, F/O Peter (J18944) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.571 Squadron - Award as per London Gazette of 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1921 in Teulon, Manitoba; home in Dufrost, Manitoba.  Enlisted in Toronto, 4 April 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No 8 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Award sent by registered mail 3 May 1951.  No citation: "...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 21 June 1944 when he had flown 50 sorties (174 hours 40 minutes), 6 January to 13 June 1944.

 

6 Jan 44         Duisburg (2.40)                        17 Apr 44       Cologne (2.30)

8 Jan 44         Karlsruhe (3.35)                       18 Apr 44       Berlin (4.00)

27 Jan 44       Berlin (4.55)                             21 Apr 44       Cologne (2.45)

29 Jan 44       Duisburg (2.35)                        22 Apr 44       Mannheim (3.40)

5 Feb 44        Berlin (4.30)                             24 Apr 44       Dusseldorf (2.30)

8 Feb 44        Brunswick (3.10)                      27 Apr 44       Fredrichshaven (4.00)

11 Feb 44      Brunswick (3.40)                      28 Apr 44       Hamburg (3.55)

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (4.45)                           1 May 44        Ludwigshaven (3.20)

21 Feb 44      Stuttgart (3.45)                         3 May 44        Ludwigshaven (3.30)

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (4.30)                   4 May 44        Ludwigshaven (3.20)

29 Feb 44      Dusseldorf (2.45)                     7 May 44        Leverkusen (2.50)

3 Mar 44         Berlin (4.00)                             8 May 44        Osnabruck (3.00)

14 Mar 44      Dusseldorf (3.05)                     9 May 44        Berlin (4.25)

17 Mar 44      Cologne (2.30)                         12 May 44      Brunsbuttel (3.15)


18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (3.30)                        23 May 44      Berlin (4.25)

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt (4.00)                        26 May 44      Ludwigshaven (3.25)

26 Mar 44      Essen (3.10)                            27 May 44      Berlin (4.15)

29 Mar 44      Kiel (3.50)                                 29 May 44      Hanover (3.15)

1 Apr 44         Hanover (3.30)                         2 June 44       Leverkusen (2.55)

4 Apr 44         Cologne (2.35)                         4 June 44       Cologne (2.45)

6 Apr 44         Hamburg (3.55)                       6 June 44       Ludwigshaven (3.25)

8 Apr 44         Essen (2.50)                            7 June 44       Cologne (3.15)

10 Apr 44       Hanover (2.30)                         9 June 44       Berlin (4.25)

11 Apr 44       Hanover (3.45)                         11 Jun 44       Berlin (4.25)

13 Apr 44       Berlin (4.20)                             13 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen (2.50)

 

This officer has now completed 50 sorties in this Group on Mosquitos, including ten to Berlin, ten to the Ruhr, six to Cologne and five to Ludwigshaven.  The remainder have all been on heavily defended German targets.

 

He has shown great keenness, skill and courage at all times and is the type of pilot who will fly any aircraft to any target at any time.  He has been subject to most intense operational flying during the period of the squadron's formation.

 

I think most highly of his airmanship and his courage and of the good example he has set to his fellow pilots.

 

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YATES, FS Guy Philip Aldrich (R67165) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.40 Squadron - Award effective 4 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 22 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942.  Born at Toledo, Ontario, 1921.  Home in Delta. Ontario. Student on enlistment at Kingston, 16 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.11 EFTS, and No.8 SFTS.  Overseas in 1941; repatriated September 1944.  Award presented by King George VI 23 February 1943.  Memberships in both Caterpillar Club and Late Arrivals Club.  Photo PL-3941 is grauating class at No.8 SFTS; Yates is second row, extreme left.  PL-14680 is a portrait taken after his DFM action.

 

Flight Sergeant Yates captained an aircraft detailed to attack shipping in Tobruk Harbour.  On the outward flight, when some 60 miles from the target, serious engine trouble developed.  Despite this he flew on and released his bombs alongside jetties where a large explosion occurred.  On the return journey engine trouble continued and one of the propellers dropped off.  The aircraft rapidly lost height and, although movable equipment was jettisoned, it was not possible to regain height.  After ordering his crew to abandon the aircraft by parachute, Flight Sergeant Yates flew on alone.  Presently the engine ceased entirely and he was forced to leave by parachute.  Throughout, this airman displayed great skill and courage, while his efforts to save his aircraft were worthy of high praise.

 

YATES, F/L Guy Philip Aldrich, DFM (J16100) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Award sent by registered mail 5 April 1951.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal, Flight Lieutenant Yates has completed many sorties.  On numerous occasions his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters and anti-aircraft fire but this has not deterred him from continuing to his target and obtaining successful results.  The keenness and capability of this officer is most commendable.

 

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YATES, WO1 Robert Victor (Can 1650) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.5 OTU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born at Renfrew, Scotland, 24 June 1907.  Educated through International Correspondence School.  Machinist with Massey Harris Company.  Enlisted at Camp Borden, 30 July 1928.  Award presented 1 July 1947.  Master mechanic; remained in RCAF after war (Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Warrant Officer at No.25 Air Material Base).

 

This warrant officer, as maintenance wing warrant officer, has been of great assistance in the organization of this unit.  A master mechanic, a strong disciplinarian and a powerful leader, he has carried a very large proportion of the work in building up one of the largest and most complicated maintenance organizations of any flying unit in Canada.  His work in all phases of service activity over a long period of time has been most praiseworthy.  His devotion to duty has set an inspiring example to all ranks.

 

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YAWNEY, P/O Joseph (J38608) - Mention in Despatches - No.119 Squadron (Canada) - later No.10 AOS - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Home in Elm Creek, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 27 October 1940. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 8 November 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941.

 

This officer is considered an authority in his trade as wireless operator air gunner by all operational crew captains in the squadron.  He has at all times executed his duties in an exemplary manner and maintained a high standard while on operational flying.

 

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YEAMAN, F/O John Kenneth (J37734) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born in Toronto, 1913.  Accountant, home there.  Enlisted in Toronto 28 July 1942, commissioned October 1943. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 12 June 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 12 November 1943).  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.

 

This officer has completed many sorties against such targets as Stuttgart, Duisburg, Dortmund and Nuremburg.  On a minelaying operation in October 1944, his aircraft was severely damaged by an enemy fighter.  The rear gunner was killed.  Flying Officer Yeaman successfully navigated his aircraft back to base despite damaged equipment.  On another occasion in January 1945 he was detailed to attack Munich.  While en route to the target area his aircraft suffered severe damage.  The pilot was killed and the crew were forced to abandon the aircraft.  Despite these harassing incidents, Flying Officer Yeaman has always shown exceptional fearlessness in the face of the enemy.

 

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YELLOWLEES, FS Louis Alexander (Can 2129A) - British Empire Medal - No.10 SFTS - Awarded as per London Gazette of 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43.  Born in Zealandia, Saskatchewan, 17 December 1913.  Press Release gives unit as No.5 BGS.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 19 December 1935.  Award presented 16 October 1943.  Awarded Air Efficiency Medal as per AFRO dated 6 December 1946, at which time he had been commissioned as C24850.  Photos PL-16014 and PL-16049 taken at investiture, Government House, Ottawa, April 1943; photos PL-57984 and PL-57985 are postwar portraits, taken July 1953.

 

Flight Sergeant Yellowlees has shown outstanding leadership and through his determination in carrying out all tasks allotted to him in a thorough and competent manner has set an example to his fellow NCOs and subordinates which has greatly strengthened the moral fibre of his unit.  It is particularly due to his unceasing efforts and knowledge of his trade that a very high standard of aircraft serviceability has been maintained at his unit.


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YEO, F/L Ellard William (J13365) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946.  Born 29 November 1921.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 31 October 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942).  Instructed at No.7 AOS, September 1942 to June 1944.  Posted overseas, June 1944; repatriated 5 August 1945; released 12 September 1945.  Certificate sent 10 August 1948.  PL-9900 is a group photograph of Air Observer graduates; Yeo is in front row, 5th from left; PL-9901 is another graduate group with Yeo 2nd from left.

 

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YOUNG, S/L (now W/C) Alan Edward (C3320) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Toronto, 11 November 1940.

 

This officer, as command Hygiene Officer, laboured incessantly against great odds to achieve the less spectacular results of providing better and more healthful living accommodations for airmen in particular, in the entire Command.  He investigated all aspects of living conditions in camps which necessitated work often late into the night and thereby achieved results which have been a decided factor in lowering the sick rate among Service personnel.

 

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YOUNG, FS Arthur Carl (R78065) - Mention in Despatches - No.91 Squadron - Awarded 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  American in the RCAF.  Home in Cleveland, Ohio; enlisted Toronto 6 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 June 1941).  Transferred to American Forces and was commissioned.

 

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YOUNG, P/O Clarence Archibald (J89722) - 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 Winnipeg; enlisted there 21 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 December 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 1 January 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943).  Award presented 11 June 1949.  Photo PL-43693 taken at his RCAF service wedding, St.Pancas Church, London (married Sybil Hare of London). 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 40 sorties (208 hours 29 minutes).  Sortie list is identical to that of F/O V.F. Painter except that the latter flew one additional sortie at end of tour.

 

                                                           * counted as 1/3 sortie

                                        # duty not carried out; not counted as a sortie

 

25 Nov 43      Paris (4.30, Nickle               15 July 44      Nucourt (3.53)

sortie, not counted)              17 July 44      Cagny (2.38)

25 Mar 44      Aulnoye (5.50)*                     19 July 44      Rollez (3.02)

26 Mar 44      Essen (6.40)                         22 July 44      Acquet (2.36)#

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (8.35)                 23 July 44      Kiel (5.27)

9 Apr 44         Villeneuve-St.George          24 July 44      Stuttgart (7.05)

(5.50)*                                    25 July 44      Stuttgart (7.26)

10 Apr 44       Ghent (4.00)*                        27 July 44      Boissons (3.22)

18 Apr 44       Paris (5.10)*                         28 July 44      Hamburg (4.44)

20 Apr 44       Lens (4.40)*                          30 July 44      Battle area (2.53)


7 May 44        St.Valery (3.45)                    3 Aug 44        L'isle Adam (2.55)

8 May 44        Haine St.Pierre (4.00)         4 Aug 44        St.Maximim (3.03)

11 May 44      Boulogne (3.00)                    5 Aug 44        Bordeaux (7.32)

12 May 44      Louvain (4.35)                       7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE 5 (2.31)

19 May 44      Le Clipon (3.15)                   8 Aug 44        Lucheux (2.38)

22 May 44      Le Mans (4.50)                     25 Aug 44      Russelheim (6.59)

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (4.35)          26 Aug 44      Kiel (5.37)

2 June 44       Neufchatel (3.35)                  29 Aug 44      Stettin (8.56)

14 June 44     St.Pol (3.50)                          6 Sept 44       Emden (3.55)

16 June 44     Sterkrade (4.40)                   12 Sept 44     Frankfurt (5.56)

17 June 44     Oisemont (4.05)                   13 Sept 44     Nordstern (3.24)

21 June 44     St.Martins (2.25)#                14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.35)

23 June 44     Bientques (3.40)                   15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven (4.02)

24 June 44     Bamiers (3.45)                    

12 July 44       Paris/Vaires (3.15)

 

Pilot Officer Young is an extremely capable and efficient Air Bomber now on his second tour of operations.  On many occasions, this officer has been placed in extreme personal danger but he has always displayed a fine fighting spirit and dogged determination to successfully complete his missions.  The fine, unswerving spirit shown by this officer has had an inspiring effect on all members of his crew.  Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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YOUNG, F/L David Bryson (J14819) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 17 December 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 4 July 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 29 August 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942).  Award presented 29 January 1947.  Photo PL-19951 is a crew portrait of Sergeant D.C. Sheppard (Regina), F/O D.B. Young, Sergeant H.L. Grayson (London, Ontario), Sergeant D. Beynton (Abbotsford, British Columbia), F/L H.T. Miles (Toronto), Sergeant P.M. Hughes (Lackpool, Lancashire) and F/O J.E. Marier (Toronto); PL-22906 shows Flight Sergeant Allan Earle (Winnipeg) and F/O Young visiting an orphage "adopted" by the squadron; PL-22907 shows Young alone (same occasion).  No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 6 June 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (182 hours 55 minutes), 24 June 1943 to 25 August 1944, apparently with a gap between 29 July 1943 and 7 October 1943 (first part of tour on Halifax bombers, latter part on Lancasters).  Within the Lancaster period there is another gap between 24 March 1944 and 6 July 1944.  The oddest part is that, although a bomb aimer, he flies six sorties as a mid-upper gunner, 18 July to 28 July 1944.

 

This officer has completed a very large number of sorties against some of the most heavily defended and most deeply situated targets in Germany.  At all times he has displayed a fine offensive spirit and has pressed home his attacks to the fullest extent.  His skill as a Bomb Aimer is proven by the large number of exemplary aiming point photographs obtained by him.

 

Throughout his long tour of operations Flight Lieutenant Young provided cheerful and extremely efficient leadership and thereby won the respect and admiration of all personnel association with him.  It is my considered opinion that this long record of fruitful and courageous service should be rewarded with an award of the D.F.C.

 

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YOUNG, F/L Forrest Bee (J39819) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 31 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.  American in the RCAF.  Born in Cheshire, Ohio, U.S.A., 28 February 1931; home in Huntington, West Virginia.  Enlisted in Toronto, 1 September 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 30 Aril 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942).  Posted to No.133 Squadron (Canada), 24 August 1942; to No.111 Squadron (Canada), 12 May 1943; to No.14 Squadron (Canada), 10 June 1943.  Commissioned 10 December 1943.  Posted overseas, reporting in Britain 20 January 1944. Credited with the following victories with No.442 Squadron: 22 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed, Argentan; 30 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Villers Bocage; 2 October 1944, one Me.262 damaged, Nijmegen; 7 October 1944, two FW.190s destroyed east of Cleve. Shot down and taken prisoner on 4 November 1944.  Reported safe, 7 May 1945; repatriated 1 June 1945; released 19 September 1945. Award presented in San Francisco, 18 March 1950.  Photo PL-13139 is a group photo taken in the Aleutians; Young is front row, right side.

 

This officer has completed a very large number of operational sorties.  Since the invasion of France he has destroyed or damaged 73 enemy machines.  In addition he has shot down two enemy aircraft.  His fine fighting spirit, great skill and tenacity have set a fine example.

 

NOTE:  DHist file 181.009 D.2833 (RG.24 Volume 20632) has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 which bears comparison.  As of that date he had flown 107 sorties (162 hours 40 minutes):

 

Throughout many sorties the skill and fine fighting spirit of Flying Officer Young has been an example and inspiration to the squadron.  On August 19th, 1944, this officer destroyed or damaged eighteen enemy vehicles bringing his total score to 73 enemy vehicles destroyed or damaged since the invasion of the continent.  In addition to this he has destroyed two enemy aircraft in the air.  His keenness and aggressive spirit is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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YOUNG, P/O George Michael (J92888) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born in 1924 in Montreal; home there.  Former machinist apprentice and member of RCA. Enlisted in Montreal 17 November 1942, commissioned November 1944.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943). Award presented in Montreal 25 November 1949.

 

This officer has completed an extended tour of operations as a rear gunner.  On no less than five occasions during night operations his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters, but by his prompt and accurate advice to his captain in the manoeuvring of the aircraft the attackers have been frustrated.  Pilot Officer Young has at all times shown skill, courage and outstanding devotion to duty.

 

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YOUNG, WO Gordon Stuart (R9944) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 January 1944 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Home in Regina, Saskatchewan; enlisted there 24 June 1938.  Armourer.  Photo PL-19096 shows him as a patient in one of No.6 Group's station hospitals (bad cold).

 

YOUNG, WO Gordon Stuart (Can 9944) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron (now No.402 Squadron) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.

 

YOUNG, WO Gordon Stuart (Can 9944) - Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star (France) - No 408 Squadron - Awarded as per AFRO 485/4 dated 12 September 1947 and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947.

 

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YOUNG, P/O Gordon William (J16906) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 June 1943 and AFRO 1582/43 dated 13 August 1943.  Born in Toronto, 1917; home there; enlisted there 18 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 June 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.16 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1941).  Commissioned 1943.  Cited with Sgt. W.H. Davine (RAF), rear gunner, who was wounded, rear turret unserviceable, and awarded DFM. Killed in action, 25 May 1943 (Stirling EH876); name on Runneymede Memorial.  Award presented to next-of-kin, 12 December 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Young and Sergeant Davine were pilot and rear gunner respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack in the Ruhr one night in May 1943.  During the operation the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter.  Sergeant Davine was wounded in both legs while his turret was put out of action.  Although in great pain he continued to give his pilot a commentary on the attackers movements.  The fighter made repeated attacks but displaying great skill, Pilot Officer Young eventually evaded it.  His aircraft was badly damaged and became difficult to control.  Despite this, Pilot Officer Young flew it to base and made a safe landing.  By his skill and determination he was undoubtedly responsible for the safe return of the aircraft and its crew.  In spite of his severe injuries, Sergeant Davine displayed great fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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YOUNG, F/O Hugh Robert (J37737) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born in 1922 at Depot Harbour, Ontario.  Home in Toronto.  Stenographer.  Enlisted in Toronto, 28 July 1942, commissioned October 1943. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 14 June 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 12 November 1943).  Award sent by registered mail 21 December 1949.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1741 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C H.F. Ferguson dated 18 April 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (234 hours 15 minutes), 20 September 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

This navigator successfully completed thirty-five operational sorties, of which twenty-seven were against major targets.  Flying Officer Young's air work has been exceptional.  Track keeping and timing were always good.  I believe that largely through his tireless efforts his crew were able to complete their tour and carry out each operation with a maximum of efficiency.  His keenness and general fine attitude were at all times an inspiration, not only to his crew, but to all who came in contact with him.

 

In consideration of Flying Officer Young's splendid example of a good job well done, his devotion to duty and his outstanding courage on operations, I strongly recommend the award of a Non-Immediate D.F.C.

 

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YOUNG, F/O James Young Hamilton (J29849) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.149 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 8 July 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 20 August 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943) - these are the dates on DHist card, but it is impossible for him to have graduated from both schools on the same day.  Award presented 6 May 1950.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (159 hours ten minutes), 30 May to 16 November 1944.

 

30 May 44  GARDENING, Sept Isles (4.25)   17 Sep 44  Boulogne (2.40)       

2 June 44    GARDENING, Ostend (3.15)       20 Sep 44  Calais (2.45)


6 June 44    GARDENING, Brest (5.25)          23 Sep 44  Neuss (4.45)

7 June 44    GARDENING, Brest (5.00)          5 Oct 44     Saarbrucken (5.35)

13 Jun 44    GARDENING, St.Nazaire (7.40) 6 Oct 44     Dortmund (5.35)

15 Jun 44    GARDENING, St. Malo (4.35)     14 Oct 44   Duisburg (3.45)

17 Jun 44    GARDENING, Lorient (6.35)        14 Oct 44   Duisburg (4.55)

4 July 44     Special Operation (5.10)              18 Oct 44   Bonn (4.30)

5 July 44     Special Operation (7.00)              22 Oct 44   Neuss (3.55)

10 Jul 44     Special Operation (5.10)              23 Oct 44   Essen (5.15)            

17 Jul 44     Mont Candon (3.35)                      25 Oct 44   Essen (4.05)

24 Jul 44     Air/Sea Rescue (3.00)                  29 Oct 44   Westkapelle (2.15)

27 Jul 44     Les Landes (3.45)                         30 Oct 44   Cologne (5.25)

2 Aug 44     Mont Candon (3.25)                      2 Nov 44     Hamburg (4.15)

7 Aug 44     GARDENING,                                4 Nov 44     Solingen (4.05)

River Gironde (7.15)                     5 Nov 44     Solingen (4.05)

12 Aug 44   Falaise (3.20)                                15 Nov 44  Dortmund (4.35)

30 Aug 44   Air/Sea Rescue (3.30)                  16 Nov 44  Heinberg (4.50)

 

As navigator, this officer has completed a total of 35 operational sorties.  Of these, fifteen have been against German targets, seven of them using G.H. Special Equipment.  The targets against which he has been detailed have included Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen and several others.  The remaining sorties have been Mining and Special Operations.

 

He has shown special aptitude and ability with Special Equipment, which has been proved by the success attending operations when this has been used.

 

He was Navigator on three Special Operations on each of which the target was reached and the operation completed successfully.  On one occasion when detailed for a target near the River Loire, Flying Officer Young successfully navigated the aircraft to the target in spite of very bad weather conditions, the cloud base being 400 feet above ground, with patches down to 100 feet.

 

He has invariably displayed keenness and enthusiasm in his work as a navigator and I recommend that he is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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YOUNG, F/L James William (J13809) - Mention in Despatches - No.1664 HCU - trained at No.1 ITS and No.1 AOS.  Awarded as per London Gazette of 1 January 1945 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Home in Kitchener, Ontario.  Enlisted in Hamilton, 8 July 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 January 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 28 August 1942).  No citation.

 

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YOUNG, FS John Alexander (R64614) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in South Devon, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 29 May 1940.  Certificate sent to Dartmouth, 4 July 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer in charge servicing section of his squadron, by his devotion to duty, keen foresight and initiative, proved worthy of the highest praise.  By his untiring efforts he has attained a high state of efficiency in the servicing section which is so necessary on operational work. He has also been a key factor in maintaining high morale amongst groundcrew personnel by his determination and excellent example.

 

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YOUNG, FS John Alexander Irwin (R50565) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 12 November 1915.  Home in Victoria; enlisted Vancouver, 30 October 1939.  Served early part of the war in Western Air Command; to Britain, January 1944; repatriated August 1945.  Wireless Mechanic.  Certificate sent to him in Winnipeg, 11 October 1949.

 

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YOUNG, F/L (now S/L) John Humphrey (J6811) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.5 SFTS - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 6 November 1940.  Trained at 1 ITS (graduated 29 March 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 9 August 1941).

 

This officer has been employed on flying instructional duties for the past three years and his diligence and efficiency in the execution of his duties have made an outstanding contribution to flying training.Trained at No.1 ITS, No.2 EFTS and No.10 SFTS.

 

YOUNG, S/L John Humphrey (J6811) - Air Force Cross - No.5 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25th January 1946 - Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 2,340 hours (as of July 1944), 2,076 as instructor, 261 in previous six months.  It appears that delivery by mail failed in December 1949 when he had moved to Britain.

 

This officer has been employed as a Flying Instructor for more than three years.  His diligence in the execution of his duties has been outstanding.  An exceptional instructor he has at all times demonstrated to pupils and staff alike outstanding qualities of leadership.

 

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YOUNG, F/L (acting S/L) John Maitland (C939) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Awarded as per London Gazette of 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Toronto, 29 June 1917.  Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 1 October 1938 when he was appointed Provisional Pilot Officer in No.119 (B) Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force.  Qualified for pilot's badge, 20 October 1939.  Further trained at No.1 ANS (graduated 17 May 1941). Missing in action with No.10 (BR) Squadron, 4 September 1943, when he was a wing commander; no known grave.

 

Flight Lieutenant Young has made 62 operational sorties and has completed 410 hours of operational flying.  This officer, while senior flight commander of No.10 (BR) Squadron, carried out his duties in an exemplary manner.  Since taking over command of No.10  (BR) Squadron, his ability and keenness have been instrumental in its efficient working.  His devotion to duty is outstanding and an inspiration to the personnel under his command.

 

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YOUNG, FS Richard Edward (R146488) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.   Born in Chilliwack, B.C., 1923, home in Sardis, B.C.  Student.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 21 February 1942.  Award presented by Governor General in Winnipeg, 20 May 1955.  Served in postwar RCAF.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 24 March 1945 when he had completed 34 sorties (162 hours 30 minutes) between 24 June and 6 December 1944.

 


In the completion of thirty-four successful operational sorties this NCO has contributed to the success of his crew by his co-operation, coolness and strong sense of duty.  His cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in the crew.

 

For his excellent example and operational ability, Flight Sergeant Young is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal (Non-Immediate).

 

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YOUNG, LAC Richard Oliver (R171855) - Mention in Despatches - No.9408 Servicing Echelon (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 29 June 1942.  Served 1 year in Canada, 14 months overseas.  Electrician.  No citation in AFRO or biographical file; recommendation found in DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606).

 

Leading Aircraftman Young has displayed outstanding qualities as a tradesman and in all-round airmanship, and he is marked for promotion at the earliest opportunity.  Exceptionally keen and conscientious towards his work, he has designed and made several special tools, now in use in his section, that were otherwise unobtainable.  The initiative and the high standard of his workmanship he displays commend LAC Young to the attention of all ranks.

 

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YOUNG, P/O Robert Evans (C15749) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.425 Squadron - Award effective as per London Gazette of 13 July 1943 and AFRO 1949/43 dated 24 September 1943.  Award presented 1 February 1946.  Remained in postwar RCAF.  Photo PL-7531 shows him instructing LAC G. Watterson on armament; PL-80270 is a portrait (May 1953); PL-119945 is a portrait (May 1959).

 

On three occasions this officer who is employed on armament duties has displayed outstanding gallantry and coolness in the face of imminent danger.  In February 1943 he supervised the demolition of a five-hundred pound bomb which had been dropped by accident on the airfield, and a few days later he rendered harmless two mines when the aircraft carrying them crashed while taking off.  In similar circumstances Pilot Officer Young dismantled a four-thousand pound bomb within five minutes of the crash.  This officer has set a splendid example and has shown little regard for his personal safety.

 

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YOUNG, FS Walter Mungo (Can 12209A) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Born 17 March 1929.  Enlisted in Regina, 13 September 1939.  Appears to have gone overseas with No.1 (C) Squadron and to have been with No.110 (later 400) Squadron.  Repatriated 17 February 1945; released 15 May 1945.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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YOUNG, WO Wilfred George (R153261) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Home in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland; enlisted in Halifax, 28 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 December 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 9 March 1943). Award sent by registered mail 20 April 1949.  Photo PL-35164 is a formal portrait. 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 60 sorties (224 hours), 3 October 1943 to 12 October 1944.

 

3 Oct 43        Kassel                         20 July 44       Mont Condon

8 Oct 43        Hanover                       22 July 44       L'Hey


22 Oct 43     Kassel                         23 July 44       Foret du Croc

20 Nov 43     Berlin                           25 July 44       Stuttgart

25 Nov 43     Frankfurt                      28 July 44       Hamburg

15 Feb 44    Berlin                           30 July 44       Caen

1 Mar 44       Stuttgart                       5 Aug 44         Tressy

9 Apr 44       Lille                              6 Aug 44         Foret de Nieppe

11 Apr 44     Aachen                        7 Aug 44         TOTALIZE

18 Apr 44     Rouen                          9 Aug 44         Foret de Nieppe

26 Apr 44     Essen                          11 Aug 44      Douai

27 Apr 44     Friedrichshafen          12 Aug 44      Russelsheim

30 Apr 44     Acheres                       14 Aug 44      Falaise area

3 May 44      Montdidier                   15 Aug 44      Le Culot

19 May 44    Boulogne                     16 Aug 44      Stettin

5 June 44     Longues                      3 Sept 44       Gilze Rijin

7 June 44     Foret de Cerisy          5 Sept 44       Le Havre

8 June 44     Fougeres                     6 Sept 44       Le Havre

11 June 44   Tours                            8 Sept 44       Le Havre

15 June 44   Lens                             9 Sept 44       Le Havre

16 June 44   Renescurs                   10 Sept 44     Le Havre

23 June 44   Courbrounne               11 Sept 44     Le Havre

24 June 44   Middel Straete            12 Sept 44     Dortmund

6 July 44       Calquerean                 15 Sept 44     Kiel

7 July 44       Caen                            17 Sept 44     Westkappel

10 July 44     Nucourt                        20 Sept 44     Calais

12 July 44     Rollez                           24 Sept 44     Calais

15 July 44     Nucourt                        5 Oct 44          Saarbrucken

16 July 44     St.Philibert                  6 Oct 44          Dortmund

18 July 44     Wesseling                   12 Oct 44       Fort Frederick Hendrik

 

Warrant Officer Young is an Air Gunner with an excellent operational record.  He has taken part in a total of 60 bombing operations against the enemy.  Targets he has attacked include Berlin, Hanover, Stuttgart and the Ruhr.  Recently his crew has operated in Master Bomber and Visual Marker roles with much success.  This Warrant Officer is still operating against the enemy with undiminished enthusiasm and it is considered that his excellent record of efficiency and vigilance fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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YOUNG, WO2 (now P/O) William Henry (R182469/J50825) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Home in Peterborough, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 4 August 1942.  Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 26 July 1943).

 

This wireless air gunner has flown numerous operational sorties over the North Atlantic on convoy and anti-submarine patrols.  His willingness, coolness and determination in carrying out his duties have been a source of inspiration to all members of his crew.  His devotion to duty has been exemplary.

 

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YOUNG, P/O William John (J17392) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 20 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943.  Home in Calgary; enlisted there 8 April 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 August 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 17 January 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 8 December 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 22 February 1942).  Award presented 13 November 1948.  Photo PL-25096 is a portrait view; PL-15997 is a group shot of the following: FS R.L. McGillivray (rear gunner, Regina), FS W.J. Young, P/O J.H. Marcotte (pilot, Montreal), Sergeant J. Wobson (WOP, Trail, British Columbia), P/O W.R. Spackman (navigator, Innisfail, Alberta); PL-10673 is another crew portrait showing Young, McGillivray, Sergeant J. Holsch (WOP, Winnipeg), Sergeant Spackman and Sergeant R.H. Gervin (Edwards, Mississippi).

 

This officer has proved himself to be a courageous and skilful bomb aimer.  He has consistently achieved success over the most difficult targets and in the face of intense opposition.  His cool judgement and determination have contributed in no small measure to the repeated successes of his crew.

 

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YOUNGS, S/L George Riley (J3106) - Air Force Cross - No.12 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette for that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Toronto.  Enlisted 10 May 1940 in Fort William.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 18 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 12 October 1940).  As of December 1943 he had flown 1,600 hours, 1,400 as instructor, 145 in previous six months.  Award sent by registered mail 20 April 1949.

 

This officer served at this unit for almost two years and for six months was Officer Commanding a squadron.  He proved himself very capable of carrying out all duties to which he was assigned and supervised instructors in the interests and advancement of the training plan in a very conscientious manner.  His devotion to duty has made a splendid contribution to the successful flying training at this unit.

 

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YULE, Sergeant Andrew Campbell (R53177) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 27 November 1943 as per London Gazette of 14 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Born in England, 1916, home in Toronto.  Enlisted in Toronto, 20 November 1939.   Cited with Sergeant Peter Stuart (RAF).  Award presented by King George VI 11 August 1944.

 

Sergeants Stuart and Yule were mid-upper gunner and flight engineer, respectively, of an aircraft which attacked Kassel one night in October 1943.  Shortly after leaving the target the bomber was hit by machine-gun fire from an enemy fighter and the rear gunner was wounded.  Sergeant Stuart used his guns effectively, however, and drove off the attacker.  Another attack quickly developed but, although his oxygen supply had failed, this resolute gunner continued firing his guns.  Whilst giving skilful evading directions to his pilot another fighter was also evaded, and then Sergeant Stuart left his turret to extinguish the fire in the rear turret.  Sergeant Yule, who had been wounded in both arms and in the hip when going to the assistance of the rear gunner, displayed great courage and fortitude and insisted on fulfilling his engineering duties until the aircraft reached base.  In circumstances fraught with great danger these airmen displayed courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

 

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ZACHARUK, WO1 Alexander (R159388) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron - Awarded as per London Gazette  of 1 January 1946 and AFRO 497/46.  Home in Mirror, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton, 8 May 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 5 March 1943), and No.1 AOS (graduated 16 April 1943.   AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. 

 

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ZACOUR, F/L Norman (C85208) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Overseas (now MCHQ) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 22 June 1939.  Award presented 21 January 1948.  No citation.  He was an administrative officer in No.6 Group.  Photo PL-32488 is a group portrait taken during a conference of squadron adjutants held at No.6 Group Headquarters; Zacour is in the front row, second from the right.

 

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ZALESCHOOK, F/O William (C45050) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.3 SFTS - Award effective as per London Gazette of 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.  Home in Oshawa; enlisted in Niagara Falls, Ontario, 7 September 1940.  Trained at No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943).

 

Flying Officer Zaleschook has been employed on instructional duties since December 1940.  During that time he has flown over 2,900 hours, 2,700 hours of which have been spent as a flying instructor.  All his flying has been accomplished without a single accident.  As a flying instructor and flight commander, Flying Officer Zaleschook has set a fine example for those employed on instructional duties.

 

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ZARY, S/L Henry Paul Michael (J9261) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.  American in RCAF.  Home in New York City; enlisted Ottawa 26 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.9 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941).  Served in North Africa.  Award presented 14 January 1947. Aerial victories as follows: 10 July 1943, one Bf.109 damaged, Elbeuf; 19 September 1943, one Bf.109 damaged, Poix; 8 May 1944. one Ju.88 damaged, Montdidier; 28 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed; 25 July 1944, three Bf.109s destroyed (all the preceeding with No.421 Squadron; the following were with No.403 Squadron); 21 April 1945, one Bf.109 destroyed; 25 April 1945, on Me.262 damaged plus one Ju.88 damaged (both on ground, Hagenow).  Photo PL-30142 shows him beside his Spitfire.

 

This officer is a most distinguished fighter whose keenness to engage the enemy has always been apparent.  In July 1944, he took part in an engagement against a superior force of enemy fighters, three of which he shot down.  This officer has completed a large number of sorties and has destroyed six enemy aircraft.

 

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ZEE, P/O Jerome Arthur (J17230) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron -  Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. American in the RCAF.  Born 1915 in Norwich, Connecticut; home in Jewett City, Conn.  Enlisted in Montreal, 30 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 April 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 31 January 1949.

 

This officer is a most capable operational captain of aircraft with many successful sorties to his credit.  On several occasions he had demonstrated his possession of cool courage while pressing home his attacks on such heavily defended targets as Essen, Nuremburg, Berlin and Frankfurt.  By conscientious attention to detail Pilot Officer Zee has raised the efficiency of his crew to a high level.  His gallantry and devotion to duty have set a fine example to all.

 

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ZIMMER, F/L Marcellus Eugene (J25030) - Mention in Despatches - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946.  Home in Kitchener, Ontario; enlisted there 11 March 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943).  Certificate sent to Kitchener, 10 August 1948.  Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; see The RCAF Overseas: The Sixth Year, pp.320 and 341.  Photo PL-44248 shows F/L Chuck Redecker (Windsor, Ontario, signing scroll), F/L J. Eckert (Seaforth, Ontario) and F/O Mark Zimmer (on right).

 

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ZIOMKO, Sergeant Walter John (R207226) - 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.  Born in Poland, 1924, home in Montreal.  Enlisted there 26 November 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943).  Award presented by King George VI 11 August 1944.  Cited with Sergeant D.H. Wright (which see above for citation).  Photo PL-29935 shows him with Sergeant D.H. Wright being interrogated after a raid on Bourg Leopold; PL-35080 is a homecoming picture with P/O Wright, posed with Ziomko's mother (all in front row); behind are Mrs. M. Parkin, Olga Savicz and a Mrs. Panasuk (all apprarently sisters of Ziomko).

 

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ZLOTNIK, F/O Harold (J35028) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born in Vancouver, 1922; home there and Winnipeg; enlisted Vancouver 17 August 1942.  Former sales clerk.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943); commissioned September 1943.   Award presented by King George VI 11 August 1944.  No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (164 hours), 23 July 1944 to 16 January 1945.  Photo BYG-2467 was a portrait taken in June 1945; it is not certain whether this negative still exists (consult National Archives of Canada).

 

23 Jul 44        Kiel                                              27 Nov 44      Freiburg

25 Jul 44        Coquereaux                                3 Dec 44        Urft Dam - bombs 

12 Oct 44       Frederik Hendrik                                                brought back on

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                                             Master Bomber's

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                                             orders.      

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart                                      4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe

23 Oct 44       Essen                                          6 Dec 44        Merseburg-Leuna

25 Oct 44       Essen                                          12 Dec 44      Essen

28 Oct 44       Cologne                                      15 Dec 44      Ludwigshaven

31 Oct 44       Cologne                                      17 Dec 44      Ulm

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf                                  21 Dec 44      Bonn

4 Nov 44         Bochum                                       27 Dec 44      Rheydt

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen                            5 Jan 45         Hanover

9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel                             7 Jan 45         Munich

11 Nov 44      Dortmund                                    14 Jan 45       Merseburg-Leuna

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                            16 Jan 45       Zeitz

 

Flying Officer Zlotnik is the Canadian navigator of a Lancaster crew and has now almost completed his first tour of operations having completed 29 sorties and flown 164 operational flying hours.

 

He has navigated his aircraft with the utmost coolness and deliberation on operational flights over Stuttgart, Essen, Cologne, Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen.  His skill and persistence have been evident throughout the whole of his operational tour.

 

On several occasions Flying Officer Zlotnik has had to combat extremely severe weather conditions.  Nevertheless, his high standard of skill has invariably resulted in most accurate track keeping and timing and has brought most successful results.

 

He is a most persistent  and painstaking member of his crew, is not disturbed by enemy opposition, and he has carried out his job with a complete disregard for external conditions.


A cool clear headed and meticulous worker, he has set a magnificent example to the rest of his squadron, and he is strongly recommended for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ZORYCHTA, LAC Herbert (R176701) - Mention in Despatches - No.164 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; enlisted Halifax 24 September 1942.  Certificate sent to unit, 29 June 1945.

 

This airman has been employed as a crew man for the past four months.  During this period he has flown 140 hours on trans-Atlantic and other long over-water flights.  His work has been excellent at all times.  On one occasion his initiative and quick action in securing an aircraft in a sudden gale saved a valuable transport from serious damage.

 

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ZULAUF, FS Franklin Roy (R90297) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 13 May as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943.  Born 1922 in Milverton, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 21 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 18 August 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 22 December 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 19 January 1942).  Award presented by King George VI 12 October 1943.  Photo PL-19709 shows the following personnel after investiture at Buckingham Palace: P/O D.R. Pearce, DFM (Edmonton), P/O E.C. Stewart, DFM (Camrose, Alberta), FS D.J. McCoy, DFM (Napanee, Ontario), P/O R.A. Shannon, DFN (Wunnipeg), and P/O F.R. Zulauf (Milverton). PL-21663 is a formal portrait.

 

Flight Sergeant Zulauf has always shown the keenest desire to proceed on operations.  A highly efficient bomb aimer, he has consistently displayed great determination and courage in pressing home his attacks on some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8951 has recommendation dated 24 March 1943 when he had flown 26 sorties (165 hours ten minutes).

 

17 Nov 42         NICKELS (9.16)

20 Nov 42         Turin (9.11)                                      Many fires seen in town

26 Nov 42         GARDENING (4.00)

28 Nov 42         Turin (9.40)                                      Many large fires seen

2 Dec 42           Frankfurt (3.15)                               Small scattered fires seen

14 Dec 42        GARDENING (3.44)                       Parachutes seen to open

17 Dec 42        GARDENING (7.00)                       Low cloud; unable to pinpoint; vegetables brought back.

14 Jan 43         Lorient (5.25)

27 Jan 43         Dusseldorf (5.15)                            Incendiaries seen to be well alight.

29 Jan 43         Lorient (6.01)

2 Feb 43           Cologne (5.08)                                Town lit up by numerous fires.

3 Feb 43           Hamburg (7.09)                              Glow of fires seen through cloud.

7 Feb 43           Lorient (5.02)                                  Terrific fires; glow observed from English coast.

11 Feb 43         Wilhelmshaven (5.09)                    Very large explosions followed by fires.

13 Feb 43         Lorient (5.31)                                  Fires seen in dock area.

14 Feb 43         Cologne (5.05)                                Glow of many fires seen through cloud.

16 Feb 43         Lorient (5.17)                                  A very large area of fires; huge conflagrations.


18 Feb 43         Wilhelmshaven (5.17)                    Bomb bursts observed; very successful operation.

19 Feb 43         Wilhelmshaven (4.57)                    Many fires observed.

25 Feb 43         Nuremburg (8.37)                           Incendiaries seen starting fires.

26 Feb 43         Cologne (6.06)                                Whole town covered with fire.

28 Feb 43         St.Nazaire (6.05)                            Many bursts observed in target area.

 

3 Mar 43           Hamburg (6.00)                              Nine large fires counted in target area

5 Mar 43           Essen (5.58)                                   Large explosions followed by many fires

8 Mar 43           Nuremburg (7.49)                           Bomb bursts distinguished around marker fires.

9 Mar 43           Munich (8.23)                                  Many fires seen starting in target area. Terrific explosion also seen.

 

A very efficient Bomb Aimer who has consistently displayed great determination and courage in pressing home his attacks on some of the most heavily defended areas in the world. He has now completed 26 sorties and is considered really worth of the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

To this the Commanding Officer, RAF Station Linton-on-Ouse, adds (24 March 1943):

 

This Canadian Non-Commissioned Officer is always cheerful and always showed the keenest desire to proceed on operations. His enthusiasm, courage and determination to press home his attack have been largely responsible for the excellent morale of his crew.

 

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ZWICKER, WO2 (now P/O) Ronald Eugene Clyde (R153224/J88733) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Halifax, Nova Scotia;  enlisted there 20 April 1942; trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.1 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943), and No.1 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942).  At No.161 CU when award made.  Served in postwar RCAF.  Photo PL-104719 is portrait taken December 1958; photo PL-34344 is wartime.  General citation: "...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 16 July 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (183 hours 40 minutes).  In sortie list for second tour the mission is described only as ""Operations as ordered" with no objective other than country.

 

                                          S/Ops = Special Operations

 

30 Nov 43                                                   GARDENING, Bordeaux (8.10)    23 Mar 44            Laon (5.45)

4 Dec 43                                                     GARDENING, Frisians (3.50)       25 Mar 44            GARDENING,

22 Dec 43                                                  Special (PFF), France (3.05)                    Brest (4.40)

4 Jan 44                                                      Special (PFF), France (2.50)        26 Mar 44            Courtrai (3.40)

14 Jan 44                                                   Special (PFF), France (3.35)        5 Apr 44   Special (PFF),

21 Jan 44                                                   Special (PFF), France (3.40)                    France (8.10)

27 Jan 44                                                   GARDENING, high level,               6 May 44  Nantes Gassicourt

Heligoland (3.15)                                         (3.20)

5 Feb 44                                                     Special (PFF), (4.25)  28 May 44            S/Ops, France (4.55)

19 Feb 44                                                   GARDENING, high level,               1 June 44 S/Ops, France (5.40)

Kiel Bay (5.30)                        2 June 44   S/Ops, France (6.00)

25 Feb 44                                                   GARDENING, high level                4 June 44 S/Ops, France (5.45)

(5.20)                                        7 June 44   S/Ops, France (4.35)

3 Mar 44                                                     Special (PFF), France (8.05)        13 June 44           S/Ops, France (4.40)

5 Mar 44                                                     Special (PFF), France (7.40)        14 June 44           S/Ops, France (5.45)


13 Mar 44 Special (PFF), France (8.15)      16 June 4   S/Ops, France (5.25)

15 Mar 44 Amiens (4.10)                                17 June 44 S/Ops, France (5.35)

16 Mar 44 Amiens (4.45)                                29 June 44 S/Ops, France (5.20)

18 Mar 44 GARDENING, high level,              3 July 44     S/Ops, France (5.20)

Heligoland (4.35)                          8 July 44     S/Ops, France (5.20)

9 July 44     S/Ops, France (5.15)

11 July 44   S/Ops, France (5.20)

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has now completed 35 sorties as a Bomb Aimer, 21 of which were with Main Bomber Force.  These operations have required much skill and many on this squadron have been undertaken in adverse weather conditions and over enemy territory heavily defended by the enemy.  Despite this, Warrant Officer Zwicker has at all times been of the greatest assistance to his crew and has carried his duties cheerfully and with enthusiasm.