ROYAL AIR FORCE

                                 ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

                                                           AND

                                ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE

                PERSONNEL DECORATED FOR SERVICE IN CANADA

                               DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

 

During the Second World War, many members of the Commonwealth air forces served in Canada as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, Ferry Command, or on staff duties.  A significant number of these people were decorated for their services.  To the degree that their work assisted the RCAF and was in conjunction with RCAF operations, their achievments should be known alongside those of their RCAF comrades.

 

The data base is arranged alphabetically.  However, a listing of awards by unit is appended to the compilation.

 

This data base was compiled by Hugh A. Halliday, 1594 Delia Crescent, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 1W9, with generous assistance from Surgeon Commander (ex F/O) John Blatherwick, CM, CD, MD, New Westminster, British Columbia.

 

Hugh Halliday welcomes written comments, additions or corrections sent to his home or through the internet (HUGHHALL@NETCOM.CA).

 


ALDHOUS, Warrant Officer Bernard Joseph (RAF 1259912) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.33 Elementary Flying Training School, Caron, Saskatchewan.  Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.

 

This Warrant Officer has shown great ability and devotion to duty as a Flying Instructor during the past nineteen months and throughout, his work has set a high example in discipline.  He has completed a total of 1,862 flying hours of which 1,691 hours have been instruction, 437 hours within the last six months.

 

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ALDRIDGE, S/L Frederick Joseph (RAF 42381) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.34 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Born in Dublin (birthplace provided by RAF Personnel Management Agency, letter dated 2 February 1999 to H.A. Halliday). 

 

This officer has proven to be an excellent squadron commander.  An exceptional pilot and instructor, he has, by his outstanding devotion to duty, set a high example to all personnel under him.  He performs his work thoroughly and conscientiously and his previous operational experience has been invaluable to the pupils under him.

 

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ALLEN, Sergeant Ivon Busil Wilfred (RAF 938329) - British Empire Medal - No.31 Air Navigation School, Port Albert, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946). 

 

This airman has performed the duties of non-commissioned officer in charge of police at this unit with exceptional ability and keenness.  In spite of the onerous nature of his duties, he has shown considerable tact in the handling of airmen.  He is energetic, of sound judgement and possesses initiative above the average. He has rendered meritorious service of a high order.

 

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ALLEN, W/C Walter (RAF 44338) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 "Y" Depot - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. 

 


In command of the Royal Air Force Wing of this unit, this officer has, by his untiring energy and devotion to duty, been responsible for the excellent morale and welfare of both his staff and many thousand of Royal Air Force personnel who have passed through his hands.  He has at all times, by personal example, set the highest possible standard of conduct, and because of his sincere and tactful manner, has done much to promote harmony and understanding between all ranks of the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force.  His contribution to the war effort has been outstanding and has far exceeded normal requirements.

 

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AMEY, F/L John William Thomas (RAF 66536) - Air Force Cross - No.36 Service Flying Training School, Penhold, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  When recommended he had flown 1,786 hours, of which 1,500 were as instructor, 207 in previous six months. 

 

This officer has exhibited qualities of tact and leadership which have made him an outstanding flying instructor.  His ability as a pilot and teacher is exceptional.  He has always been ready and eager to accept work beyond the call of duty and the high standard of his section has been the direct result of his own enthusiasm and drive.  By his efficiency, initiative and devotion to duty, this officer has set a splendid example to all who have been associated with him.

 

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ANDERSON, Flight Sergeant James Beattie (RAF 968589) - Air Force Medal - No. 31 Elementary Flying Training School, DeWinton, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Flying Officer at date of award.  Born in Govan (birthplace provided by RAF Personnel Management Agency, letter dated 2 February 1999 to H.A. Halliday).

 

A very keen, hard working NCO, who has shown considerable ability and application over a long period.  He is an unassuming person who does his work well but in an unspectacular manner.  Has worked very had as a flying instructor and sets and extremely good example to the other NCO pilots.  He has flown a total of 1,096 hours.

 

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ARLETT, F/L Ronald (RAF 63851) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.34 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 


An Armament Officer at this school for the past two years, Flight Lieutenant Arlett has displayed considerable initiative and ability in organizing the Armament training, both in the Ground School and in the air, as well as Synthetic training devices.  Through his able lecturing abilities he is able to instil in the minds of the pupils a clear conception of what will be required of them in actual operations.  His outstanding ability in his special duties has enhanced considerably the efficiency of the output of pupils in Armament training.

 

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BACON, Sergeant Ernest Augustus Holmes (RAF 903381) - Air Force Medal - No.34 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943. Born 11 March 1919 in Canora, Saskatchewan; moved to Medicine Hat as a boy and completed his education in North Vancouver High School.  He travelled to Kent, England to take an aircraft engineer apprenticeship; joined the RAF in 1939; awarded wings in 1940 and sent to Canada to instruct. Subsequently commissioned (108853) and was still in Canada as of mid-1943 when AFRO 1522/43 dated 6 August 1943 described him as RAF attached to RCAF, promoted to Flight Lieutenant as of 21 June 1943. When posted overseas he flew in Coastal Command.  Remained in RAF to 1947, returning to Canada to pursue civil aviation in the Medicine Hat area.  Joined RCAF at Suffield, Alberta, 1 October 1948 as a pilot (instructor); promoted to Flight Lieutenant. 1 June 1951; promoted to Squadron Leader, 1 January 1954; released 2 August 1966, settling in Medicine Hat. 

 

On the night of 28th April, 1941, a crash occurred at Holsom Relief Landing Ground and the aircraft, a Harvard, caught fire.  Sergeant Bacon in company with others ran to the scene, across a ploughed field, through barbed wire fences, for a distance of about half a mile.  Sergeant Bacon outstripped the others and without any protection immediately proceeded to extricate the instructor and pupil from the burning aircraft.  In spite of the fierceness of the fire he managed he managed to get both clear.  He then remained  and comforted the pilot, an officer, until he died on the way to hospital.  Sergeant Bacon has shown similar courage and devotion to duty together with initiative on subsequent occasions.  He has shown exceptional ability as an instructor and has shown great devotion to duty while flying.  His tireless energy in that direction is outstanding.  He well deserves recognition not only for his gallant act but also for the great and exceptional services rendered as a flying instructor.

 

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BADLEY, LAC (now P/O) Duncan LeQuenne (NZ 416998) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.12 Service Flying Training School, Brandon, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 March 1943 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943.

 

This pupil pilot, while practicing landings, discovered that the elevator control was broken.  Instead of abandoning the aircraft he, through manipulation, effected control sufficiently to keep it flying.  After he had contacted the control tower his Squadron Commander took off and flew beside him.  The extraordinary coolness shown by this student pilot whilst flying under such difficulties together with his intelligent interpretation of his Squadron Commander's instructions enabled him to make a safe landing without damage to the aircraft or himself.


NOTE: The RNZAF Museum on 13 January 1999 provided the following information on Flight Lieutenant Duncan Lequesne Badley.  He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross on 8 January 1945 for services in No.23 Squadron with the following citation:

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties involving attacks on a wide range of targets.  He has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and courage in pressing home his attacks and has been responsible for the destruction of much enemy transport on the roads.  Flight Lieutenant Badley has also attacked many locomotives to good effect.  In November 1944 this officer executed a most determined and successful attack on an airfield far into enemy occupied territory.  Although his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and one engine was put out of action, Flight Lieutenant Badley flew safely to base.

 

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BALL, W/C Benjamin (RAF 36009) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Training Command Headquarters - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 

As Command Signals Officer, Wing Command Ball has done outstanding work.  His devotion to duty and the cheerful manner in which he has undertaken the most arduous tasks have been a marked example to all ranks.  His energy and resourcefulness have contributed largely to the success of Communications and Signals training in this Command.  In addition he has been called on to perform several important tasks of a specialized nature, all of which he has completed in an exceptionally efficient manner.

 

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BANTING, G/C George Gaywood (RAF, number ?) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - RAF Mission to Canada - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943.  Promoted to Air Commodore, 21 January 1944.  As of 19 December 1931, F/L G.G. Banting posted to No.56 (Fighter) Squadron, North Weald.   As of 1949 he was Air Commodore commanding Rhodesian Air Training Group, Southern Rhodesia.  Recommendation found in Public Records Office Air 2/8887, which also notes be had been recommended for an OBE in mid-1940 (Birthday Honours List), and for an unspecified award on 22 August 1940 (letter from A/V/M McKean to Air Member for Personnel. 

 


This officer worked for two years at Headquarters Training Command at home and since January 1940 has been on the staff of the Mission in Canada. Highly qualified on all aspects of flying training and whole-heartedly devoted in giving his last ounce of energy to make things progress. He is popular with everyone in Canada. He has put in a tremendous amount of hard work and has helped the Royal Canadian Air Force considerably in furthering the Joint Air Training Plan.  Most strongly recommended for this award.

 

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BARBER, F/L Colin Pryce (RAF 40284) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.32 Service Flying Training School, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 

Flight Lieutenant Barber has been employed on instructional duties for the past three and a half years, during which time he has completed 1,600 hours instructional flying.  He has displayed considerable initiative, and has introduced several constructive and useful ideas.  He has been outstanding as a Flight Commander and his work is deserving of the highest praise.  He has recently taken over the duties of examining officer at which he is proving exceptionally efficient.

 

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BARRETT, F/L George Gordon Newman (RAF 43344) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Central Flying School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  When recommended he had flown 3,144 hours, 2,011 as instructor, 194 in previous six months. 

 

This officer, for two years, served on a visiting flight and at present is officer commanding the instructional flight at this school. Throughout this period he has executed his duties with outstanding ability.  He has at all times displayed excellent qualities of leadership and devotion to duty.  He is a capable pilot and instructor in every way and has contributed immeasurably to the raising of the standard of flying instruction.

 

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BARRON, F/L Hubert James (RAF 45191) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.112 Wing (Training) - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 September 1944.  Public Record Office Air 2/9010 has citation drafted when he had flown 1,965 hours (274 in previous six months).  No.112 Wing was located at Dorval.

 

This officer is a reliable and conscientious flying instructor.  His work on the varied types of aircraft employed in No.45 Group is of a very high order.

 

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BATEMAN, Sergeant Victor Francis (RAF 1155033) - British Empire Medal - No.25 Elementary Flying Training School, Neepawa, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946). 


This non-commissioned officer has been in charge of the Royal Air Force Orderly Room since the transfer to Civilian Operation and has done a tremendous amount of work.  His application to duty has been of an extremely high order and he has been a splendid example to the remainder of the personnel.  He has performed his duties in a meritorious manner and has successfully discharged duties superior to his ordinary work.  Particularly during the change-over ­­of this unit from Service to Civilian operation and from Royal Air Force personnel to Royal Canadian Air Force personnel has this non-commissioned officer performed a prodigious amount of work.

 

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BAXTER, S/L George William (RAF 80641) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.34 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. 

 

This officer's thoroughness and devotion to duty whilst in command of his squadron have been outstanding.  Combined with his excellent leadership he has displayed exceptional ability and organizing powers.  The interest he has taken in the welfare of the men has been shown by their loyalty and respect for him.  The unselfish manner in which this officer has at all times carried out his duties is worthy of the highest praise.  His devotion to duty has set a splendid example.

 

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BENTLEY, F/O Raymond Cecil (RAF 154099) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.16 Service Flying Training School, Hagersville, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1945 and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. 

 

Flying Officer Bentley has always shown exceptional devotion to duty and possesses many qualities which make him an outstanding flying instructor.  This officer can always be depended upon to do more than is required of him and coupled with his energy and intelligence, he stands as an example to his fellow instructors.

 

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BEST, G/C Gordon Livingstone (RAF 05205) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.4 Training Command Headquarters - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 86/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born 19 August 1909 at Deal, Kent; educated at Shawinigan Lake School (VamcouverIsland).  Attended Royal Military College, 1928-1931, trained as a pilot at Camp Borden, and joined the RAF in 1931.  Attended RAF School of Aeronautucal Engineering, 1935-1937.  Technical Staff Officer with Air Ministry, London, 1939-1941.  Sent to Canada in 1941, returned to UK 1943 (Deputy Chief Engineering Officer, Allied Expeditionary Air Force Headquarters), and back to Canada in November 1944.  At the time of the award of OBE he was on staff of No.45 Group Headquarters (Senior Aeronautical Engineer Officer).  Returned to Canada after the war, employed by Northwest Industries, Edmonton; OBE formally presented to him on 27 May 1950 when he was living at Ganges Harbour, British Columbia.

 

This officer has completed a most successful tour of duty with the Royal Air Force.  He has shown outstanding ability as Senior Aeronautical Engineer officer at this Command Headquarters and as Chief Technical Officer of a Service Flying Training School. By his courage, determination and devotion to duty over a long period he has done much to overcome persistent difficulties, including shortage of equipment.  He has constantly set an excellent example and his untiring efforts succeeded in raising the esprit-de-corps of the technical personnel.

 

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BETTS, F/L John Marchbank (RAF 85657) - Air Force Cross - No.35 Service Flying Training School, North Battleford, Saskatchewan.  Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Squadron Leader as of announcement.  Born in Liverpool (birthplace provided by RAF Personnel Management Agency, letter dated 2 February 1999 to H.A. Halliday). 

 

This officer employed on flying instruction for the past two years has proved that he possesses a standard of efficiency and sense of duty of the highest order, which have been a constant example to all those with whom he comes in contact.  He has shown outstanding ability as an instructor, Flight Commander and Examining Officer and can be relied upon to carry out any task allotted to him in a very thorough manner.

 

NOTE:  This officer was subsequently awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as per London Gazette 8 May 1945, for service in No.226 Squadron.  Air Ministry Bulletin 186641/AL.1030 refers; citation as follows:

 

Squadron Leader Betts has completed numerous sorties against the enemy.  His keenness and determination on all occasions have set a fine example to the other members of his squadron.  On one occasion before reaching his target he was subjected to heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire and one engine failed.  Despite this he pressed on and successfully completed his mission.  Throughout, Squadron Leader Betts has proved himself to be a most successful flight commander and by his untiring efforts and skill he has contributed much to the success achieved by his squadron.

 

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BICKET, F/L Peter Michael (RAF 122346) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Instrument Flying School, Mohawk, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  As of award he was at No.5 OTU.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,692 hours, 1,100 instructing, 300 in previous six months. 

 

Flight Lieutenant Bicket has served as a flying instructor and more recently as an examining officer at No.1 Instrument Flying School for nearly two years.  During this period he has proven himself to be an extremely diligent worker.  His devotion to duty is demonstrated by his efforts in producing the standard flying test for instrument flying and standard beam approach testing at present time in use at all Service Flying Training Schools in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.  His unselfishness in giving freely of his own time in the compilation and analysis of instrument test results has been a great asset to this unit.  At all times he has set an excellent example for junior instructors.

 

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BIDDELL, W/C William Hugh, DFC (37376) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Ferry Command - awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944.  Born in England, 3 April 1916; awarded Distinguished Flying Cross on 14 June 1940 for services with No.206 Squadron during Dunkirk evacuation.  To Ferry Command, 30 December 1940.  Flew many trans-Atlantic deliveries which are detailed in Ferry Command crew cards, Directorate of History and Heritage Collection 84/44-3.  Although his wife was living in Montreal, his home address was given as Holte Corner, Lowden, Kent.  It thus appears that his only Canadian connection arose from serving in Ferry Command with Dorval as its headquarters.  Missing on Liberator "Commando", 27 March 1945.

 

NOTE: As a Flight Lieutenant he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross for services with No.206 Squadron (London Gazette dated 14 June 1940.  Public Records Office Air 2/4096 has recommendation dated 4 June 1940.

 

Since the invasion of the Low Countries, and especially since the start of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force, Flight Lieutenant Biddell has shown qualities of leadership, endurance and devotion to duty of an extremely high order. During the last three weeks, his Flight has carried out 227 hours flying by day and night, and due to battle casualties, this has been done with an average of 3.5 aircraft serviceable daily.  During the same period, Flight Lieutenant Biddell has himself taken part in night bombing raids, reconnaissance and offensive patrols and by his personal example has set a very high standard of keenness and morale throughout his Flight.

 


When leading a flight of three Hudsons on an offensive patrol over the ships evacuating the British Expeditionary Force on the evening of 31st May 1940, he saw a squadron of Skuas being attacked by eleven Me.109s.  The Skuas were being hard pressed and two were shot down.  Without hesitation, and though the Hudson is not a fighting aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Biddell led his flight between the Skuas and the Me.109s and though the result of the action is indecisive, it is known that at least one Me.109 was severely damaged, and the remainder broke off the engagement. The Skuas who, it subsequently transpired, had expended all their ammunition, were enabled to withdraw without further loss.

 

Flight Lieutenant Biddell has commanded his Flight since November 1939 and has set a very high standard throughout.

 

This was further edited for Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee as follows:

 

On 31st May 1940, whilst leading a flight of thee Hudson aircraft on a patrol over the ships engaged in evacuating the British Expeditionary Force, this officer sighted a squadron of Skuas being attacked by eleven Messerschmitt 109s..  The Skuas were hard pressed and two were shot down. Without hesitation and despite the fact that the Hudson is not a fighter aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Biddell led his flight against the enemy, damaging one Messerschmitt and causing the remainder to break off the engagement.  Since the invasion of the Low Countries, and particularly since the commencement of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force, this officer has displayed qualities of leadership and endurance of a high order.

 

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BLAIR, Flight Sergeant Robert Forster (RAF 993645) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Station Dartmouth - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380 dated 30 June 1944. 

 

This NCO's work in Radar has been outstanding in every respect.  He has done excellent work developing and perfecting in the field special aids to navigation and approach systems and has played a large part in training aircrew and developing special procedures.  He has continually set a fine example to the mechanics on his station by his ability and outstanding devotion to duty.

 

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BLAKE, W/C Ernest (RAF 35213) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.37 Service Flying Training School, Calgary, Alberta.  Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.

 

This officer has been employed as chief engineering officer at a Service Flying Training School in Canada for the past year and a half.  During his service at this school the serviceability state of aircraft has shown marked improvement.  This officer is directly responsible for the continued high serviceability that has been maintained.  His unfailing efforts have been of enormous help to flying instructors in completing courses.  This officer has displayed exceptional knowledge and outstanding devotion to duty throughout his service in Canada.

 


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BLANN, P/O Anthony Harry (RAF 117155) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 General Reconnaissance School, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 

This officer has been employed as Staff Pilot with this unit for about two years in England and in Canada.  He assisted very appreciably in the organization necessary to get this unit into operation on its arrival in Canada and before and since, his devotion to the task in hand has been an inspiration to all.  He has displayed exceptional zeal and devotion to duty whilst carrying out his flying duties.  He has flown 1,00 hours at this Unit and a total of 1,500.

 

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BOILEAU, Corporal Frank (RAF 1280123) - British Empire Medal - No.8 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. 

 

This non-commissioned officer, in charge of the Training Wing Orderly Room at this unit, has maintained an efficient and well organized office during his period of service here.  For the past several months, through a period of change and under difficult conditions, he has cheerfully and capably performed administrative duties far beyond the requirements of his rank.  He has been a source of strength to his superiors and his devotion to duty has been exemplary.

 

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BOOKER, Master-at-Arms Charles (P/M40069, Royal Navy) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Naval Air Gunner's School, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date. 

 

Master-at-Arms Booker has carried out the duties corresponding to a warrant officer (disciplinarian) in respect to approximately thirteen hundred naval ratings at this school with great zeal and efficiency.  He has proved to be a monument of tact and understanding and his able handling of difficult situations arising out of the necessity of maintaining discipline amongst mixed crowds of Army, Navy and Air Force personnel and civilians in the town of Yarmouth is beyond praise.  By firmness, tact and excellent co-operation with both civil and military police, he has rendered highly valuable service.

 

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BOOTH, F/O Robert Leslie (RAF 124246) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.33 Air Navigation School, Hamilton, Ontario - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 

 

This officer has been employed as a Navigation Instructor for over two years during which time he has displayed outstanding perseverance and devotion to duty.  His previous experience in operations, together with his leadership, keenness and enthusiasm, has proven to be a valuable contribution to flying training.

 

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BOYLE, F/O Michael Innes (RAF 89399) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 

Flying Officer Boyle is an extremely capable Flying Instructor who has carried out his duties in a most efficient manner.  His diligence and reliability, together with his cheerful disposition, have been an excellent example to other instructors and have made this officer an asset to this Unit.  During the past six months he has completed 369 hours on Hudson Conversion Training.

 

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BRADLEY, Corporal Arthur Chapman (RAF 936393) - British Empire Medal - No.36 Service Flying Training School, Penhold, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946). 

 

Corporal Bradley has been in charge of airframe wood repairs in Maintenance Wing for over a year.  In this capacity he has been outstanding in the application of his trade, untiring in his work and conscientious to a high degree.  He has conducted himself in an exemplary manner at all times and his cheerfulness when working long hours to make aircraft serviceable has been an inspiration to others.

 

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BRAHAM, S/L Philip (RAF 101736) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.

 


This Royal Air Force Officer, in his capacity of Royal Air Force Personnel Liaison, has greatly contributed to an amicable and co-operative relationship between the two services.  His intimate knowledge and intelligent application of Royal Air Force regulations have been of inestimable value to his superior officers.  His efforts in promoting the welfare of Royal Air Force dependents and arranging repatriation have been outstandingly successful, and his loyal and conscientious service is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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BRAUND, Corporal Thomas Reginald Kemp (RAF 564095) - British Empire Medal - No.33 Service Flying Training School, Carberry, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 

Corporal Braund has been employed on rigging duties in the Maintenance Section.  During the period when new types of aircraft were being received at the unit, it was demonstrated that his ability was outstanding.  Before the present salvage organization was instituted, he undertook salvage work in sub-zero weather, under the most trying conditions.  His ability to handle the most complicated airframe repair work is also an outstanding feature.  He has been an inspiration to the airmen working with him.

 

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BREWSTER, S/L Frederick Arnold (RAF 111974) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.13 Elementary Flying Training School, St.Eugene, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1945 and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. 

 

This officer, since being posted to this unit as Chief Flying Instructor, has been largely responsible for the satisfactory progress of the Training Schedule.  He is keen, devoted to duty, and has done much to cement solidarity between the Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Navy, whio make up this unit.

 

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BROOKS, W/C Walter Thomas, DSO (RAF 39932) - Air Force Cross - No.39 Service Flying Training School, Swift Current, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  He had flown 1,150 hours as instructor in four years. 

 

This officer has served in flying training since August 1938.  During that period he has completed many fours of flying instruction.  He has rendered invaluable service to the Flying Wing at a time when the greater proportion of the flying instructors were both inexperienced and unqualified on single-engine aircraft.  This officer possesses outstanding qualities in leadership and initiative and has a natural organizing ability.

 

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BROWN, S/L Edwin Charles (RAF 70088) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.32 Operational Training Unit, Patricia Bay, British Columbia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Later awarded AFC (1 January 1946) for services at the same unit.  DHist file 181.009 D.1753 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation for an AFC (which evidently was downgraded to Commendation) dated 11 February 1943. 

 

This officer joined the service in 1917 and served on flying duties with No.99 Squadron in France until after the war.  In 1921 he was transferred to the Reserve, and since the commencement of hostilities in 1939 has been engaged on staff pilot and training duties where his work in formation of this OTU, his leadership, devotion to duty and flying have been of a high order and worthy of recognition.  On several occasions when an aircraft of his Flight has been lost at sea in bad weather, S/Ldr Brown volunteered and carried out searches in extremely bad and deteriorating weather setting a very fine example to Instructors and Pupils, thereby inspiring general confidence.

 

AFRO 1459/43 has no citation; Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 57, file 190-I, dossier 3) has final citation. 

 

Since the commencement of hostilities this officer has been engaged on staff pilot and training duties and his work in the formation of this Operational Training Unit, his leadership, and instructional flying ability have been extremely praiseworthy.  On several occasions, when an aircraft of his Flight has been lost at sea during inclement weather, Squadron Leader Brown volunteered and carried out searches thereby setting a very fine example to Instructors and Pupils and inspiring general confidence.  He has completed 792 flying hours since 1939.

 

BROWN, S/L Edwin Charles (RAF 70088) - Air Force Cross - No.32 Operational Training Unit, Patricia Bay, British Columbia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  When recommended for AFC he had flown 1,509 hours. 

 

This officer has been engaged on staff pilot and training duties  since the commencement of hostilities, where his work in the formation of this Operational Training Unit, his leadership, devotion to duty, and flying have been of a high order.  On several occasions when an aircraft of his Flight has been lost at sea in bad weather, he has volunteered and carried out searches in extremely bad and deteriorating weather, setting a very fine example to Instructors and Pupils, thereby inspiring general confidence.

 

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BROWN, Sergeant Robert James Oliver (RAF1365596) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.33 Elementary Flying Training School, Caron, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 


This NCO has carried out his duties as a flying instructor most conscientiously and efficiently.  He has completed a total of 1,754 flying hours of which 498 have been instructional, completed within the last six months.  His devotion to duty and ability as an instructor have contributed, in no small degree, to the successful completion of flying schedules at this school.

 

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BRUCE, F/O Robert Alister Peel (RAF 87048) - Air Force Cross - No.32 Elementary Flying Training School, Bowden, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 

Flying Officer Bruce has displayed exceptional zeal and devotion to duty.  His flying time has consistently been far above average for flying instructors.  His total flying time is 1,775 hours of which 1,216 were logged during the past year.  He has at all times set a very high example by his intensive flying and standard of instruction.

 

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BURNETT, S/L Robert Leslie (RAF 191930) - Air Force Cross - No.16 Service Flying Training School, Hagersville, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943. 

 

This officer was Flying Instructor at No.6 SFTS from October 1940 to 8th August 1941, since which date he has been Chief Flying Instructor at No.16 SFTS.  Prior to his posting in Canada, he was Deputy Chief Flying Instructor in England at No.3 Flying Training School, RAF.  During this officer's tour of duty in Canada his flying ability has been of the highest order which has resulted in the production  of a good volume of trained pilots without one injury to flying personnel under training.  His constant devotion to flying duty since the outbreak of war and his marked ability as a flying instructor has set a high example to all ranks.

 

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BURROWS, Sergeant Kenneth Edgar (RAF 770731) - British Empire Medal - No.36 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. 

 


This non-commissioned officer has been in charge of the Flying Wing Orderly Room for the past two years, during which time he has applied himself unsparingly to his allotted duties.  Throughout this period he has carried out his work with outstanding efficiency, determination and devotion to duty.  Despite many changes in staff he has done much to ensure the continuity in administration and has at all times given strong support to his superiors.  His exceptional devotion to duty is most praiseworthy.

 

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BUSBY, Sergeant Edward William (RAF 341845) - British Empire Medal - No.36 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 

Sergeant Busby has performed his duties as a Fitter in a Servicing Flight at this unit in a highly meritorious manner.  By his exceptional zeal and initiative he has set a splendid example to all ranks and has displayed commendable tact in handling personnel working under his direction.  This NCO has completed a great deal of voluntary work and is largely responsible for the excellent record of serviceability maintained by his Flight.

 

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BUTLER, S/L Patrick Philip (RAF 31208) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.34 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta. - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. 

 

This equipment officer's performance of his exacting duties have been outstanding.  The ability, organizing powers, and conscientiousness of this officer have raised the standard of efficiency of this unit to a remarkable degree.  Possessing great powers of leadership, he has directed and supervised the work of the equipment section in a most capable manner.  Keen and energetic in all that he undertakes, this officer has set an exceptional example of devotion to duty to all ranks of this station.

 

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CANNON, F/L Ronald Yirrell (RAF 124653) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.13 Service Flying Training School, St.Hubert, Quebec - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  No citation.

 

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CARTER, Flight Sergeant Frederick Albert Spicer (RAF 560551) - British Empire Medal - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380 dated 30 June 1944. 

 


This NCO has been employed as a fitter in the repair squadron of his unit for almost two years, and has achieved a great deal by his fine leadership to promote efficiency and the good spirit among the men under his supervision.  He is responsible for a high standard of workmanship.  His zeal and energy, combined with unceasing efforts and devotion to duty, have proven him to be an excellent NCO in every respect.

 

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CAWS, Sergeant Richard Allen (RAF 915989) - Air Force Medal - No. 32 Elementary Flying Training School, Bowden, Alberta -  Awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943 (which stated it was effective 19 June 1943). DHist card erroneously gives London Gazette of 29 May 1943 and suggested effective date of 1 June 1943. 

 

This NCO Flying Instructor has, over a long period, carried out all his duties in an exceptionally keen and efficient manner with excellent results.  He has averaged nearly 100 flying hours per month, having flown 2,100 hours, 1,506 of which were instructional, completed over a period of approximately seventeen months.  His pupils received the maximum amount of flying training which has been of a very high standard.

 

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CHARTER, Flight Sergeant Roy Patrick  (RAF 741477) - British Empire Medal - No.34 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 

This NCO joined this unit as its first Link Instructor.  He filled a senior post in charge of the Link Trainer Section for some four months with only one other instructor.  He worked indefatigably, organizing and instructing.  His work resulted in the unit never once failing to achieve the minimum number of hours per pupil on Link Trainers.  Since other instructors have arrived he has continued to show exceptional devotion to duty ir organizing training and improving Link Training by modifications to the Trainers themselves and by improving methods.  His unceasing efforts, his keenness, hard work, tact, and the manner he has shown with his pupils, are of the highest order.  He is considered to be an outstanding NCO, especially in the important duties on which he is now engaged.  He has completed 2,100 hours on Link Trainer instruction.

 

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CHESTERMAN, W/C Humphrey William (RAF 26198) - Air Force Cross - No.36 Service Flying Training School, Penhold, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 20 October 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943.  Reverted to Squadron Leader on return to United Kingdom. 

 


Wing Commander Chesterman served at this unit as Chief Flying Instructor from 3rd January 1942 until 7th July, 1942.  He carried out his duties with conspicuous ability, raising the standard of flying instruction to a high level.  He displayed outstanding keenness and devotion to duty, his example being reflected by all serving under his command.  He overcame the many difficulties arising from inexperienced instructors, winter flying conditions in Canada, and unserviceability of Oxford aircraft, with marked success.

 

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CLARKE, F/L William Paul Neville (NZ 415292) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Ferry Command Headquarters, No.45 Group - awarded as per London Gazette dated 7 September 1945.  Born 5 November 1921 in Dundin, New Zealand; home in Gimmerburn, New Zealand.  Ferry Command delivery cards (held by Directorate of History as Document 84/44-3) show him as being in that formation from July 1942 onwards; notwithstanding the citation (found in Public Record Office Air 2/9117) he is shown as going to San Diego only in November 1944.  When recommended he had flown 1,850 hours, of which 450 had been in six months previous to submission.

 

Flight Lieutenant Clarke was posted to Transport Command in 1942.  Employed as a delivery pilot, he brought 18 aircraft over the North and South Atlantic before joining No.231 Squadron and proceeded to San Diego with the first group in September 1944.  In a short time, Flight Lieutenant Clarke became a captain in command on the Pacific Ferry Service.  He has shown the greatest skill, keenness and energy in the execution of his duties.

 

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CLAY, Flight Sergeant John (RAF 528651) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Naval Air Gunner's School, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946). 

 

As senior non-commissioned officer of No.745 Squadron, servicing 45 aircraft, Flight Sergeant Clay has maintained a very high state of serviceability at all times.  His organizing ability and leadership has enhanced the efficiency of the Squadron and his zeal and conscientiousness has set a high standard for all.

 

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COLLINGRIDGE, S/L Leon William (RAF 42196) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.18 Service Flying Training School, Gimli, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. 

 


This officer has been on instructional duties for over three and a half years.  Throughout this period he has, by his keenness and outstanding devotion to duty, been responsible for a very high standard of training in the pupils who have graduated from his squadron.

 

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COLLINGWOOD, G/C Cuthbert John, DFC (RAF 8622) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.31 Bombing and Gunnery School, Picton, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Had received DFC on 8 September 1933 for services with No.39 Squadron, "in connection with the Chitral Reliefs, September to October 1932". 

 

This officer, throughout his period of command of this station, has directed its activities with exceptional efficiency.  The station has been splendidly organized under his able direction and judicious leadership and he is undoubtedly responsible for the atmosphere of well-being and happiness which exists amongst the personnel.  His untiring and diversified efforts are most praiseworthy.  His continuous good leadership and devotion to duty have made an outstanding contribution to the flying training plan.

 

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COLLINS, A/C Harold John (RAF 08246) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. 

 

This officer as the Deputy Air Member for Personnel in charge of Royal Air Force personnel matters has assumed full responsibility for the formulation of policy, and the many complex administrative details concerning Royal Air Force personnel in training, and on the staff of the Combined Training Establishment.  His efforts to produce a monthly operating organization have been outstanding, and an excellent contribution towards the successful operation of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.  His devotion to duty, initiative and tact as a Royal Air Force officer within the Royal Canadian Air Force have been of the highest order.

 

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COLLINS,  Leading Aircraftman James Daniel (RAF 1215713) - Air Force Medal - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  When recommended he had flown 728 hours, 297 in previous six months.

 


This airman, at his own request, was transferred over a year ago to the target towing flight of this operational training unit, and since has flown over 700 hours as a drogue operator.  On occasions, when reliefs were not available, he has exceeded nine hours flying in one day.  This airman has displayed devotion to duty and a high degree of proficiency in this work.  The zeal and energy with which he has executed his duties has been outstanding.

 

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CORKILL, S/L William Henry (RAF 80901) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 Training Command Headquarters - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. 

 

As Royal Air Force Liaison Officer at a Command Headquarters for the past year, he has performed his duties in an exemplary manner.  His co-operative spirit and wide service experience have gained the confidence and support of all the personnel with whom he has come in contact.  He has at all times displayed exceptional tact and ability in the performance of his duties.

 

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COURTIN, S/L Raymond (RAF 23276) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.39 Service Flying Training School, Swift Current, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation. 

 

This officer rendered service of the most exceptional merit.  He not only commanded a most efficient station hospital, but he gave every moment of his spare time to the welfare of the Station and its personnel.  He was also responsible for the organization of an efficient scheme for the care of married families required medical attention.  In fact, this Station owes Squadron Leader Courtin a great debt for the way in which he has kept the personnel on the Station not only well in body but also in mind.

 

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CRAIG, Flight Sergeant Eric Spinks (RAF 1110579) - Air Force Medal - No. 33 Elementary Flying School, Caron, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943 (which stated it was effective 19 June 1943). DHist card erroneously gives London Gazette of 29 May 1943 and suggested effective date of 1 June 1943. 

 

This NCO has at all times fulfilled his duties as a Flying Instructor in an extremely able and conscientious manner and his devotion to duty has been an inspiration to his pupils.  He has flown a total of 1,300 hours, of which 423 have been instructional flying, completed within the last six months.

 


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CRAWFORD, Warrant Officer Charles William (RAF 561511) - Air Force Cross - No.31 Air Navigation School, Port Albert, Ontario - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 

This Warrant Officer, over a period of 14 years, has established an enviable record of loyal and efficient service.  Under routine and uninspiring conditions he has maintained an enthusiasm which is highly commendable.  He has completed nearly 3,000 flying hours under all possible weather conditions by day and by night, the major portion of which has been logged since the commencement of hostilities.  Prior to his present appointment as Staff Pilot at this Air Navigation School, he participated in a number of anti-submarine sweeps.  Warrant Officer Crawford has contributed immeasurable to the success of navigation training at this school.

 

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CREIGHTON, F/O Maurice John (RAF 55047) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 Bombing and Gunnery School, Picton, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. 

 

This officer, throughout his period of service at this unit, has been a most energetic and capable flying instructor.  His keen efforts have been reflected in the great improvement shown by the staff pilots under his control.  He is a resourceful leader whose devotion to duty is outstanding.

 

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CRESSWELL, S/L Thomas Joseph Albert (RAF 35184) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Mountain View - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Award grew out of recommedation submitted 31 July 1942 by Wing Commander M.D. Lister, Commanding Station Mountain View.

 

This officer for the past three years in Canada has served with distinction in the training of Armourers and of Aircrew in armament subjects.  He has at all times displayed the utmost devotion to duty and has been untiring in his efforts to improve the standards of training and to promote the well being of the trainees.  His personal influence on all trainees passing through this station is reflected by their high morale and efficiency.

 

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CUNNINGHAM, W/C George Calder (142592, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.45 (Atlantic Transport) Group - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944.  Public Record Office Air 2/8959 has recommendation. See also Carl Christie, Ocean Bridge: The History of Ferry Command (University of Toronto Press, 1995).

 

Wing Commander Cunningham is employed as Deputy Chief Signals Officer.  He was the radio operator on the first Trans-Atlantic delivery flight and has also served as superintendent of radio at ATFEO.  It is largely through his hard work and outstanding ability that the signals organization of the Royal Air Force Transport Command has reached its present high standard of efficiency.  This officer has handled many difficult situations with tact and energy, displaying initiative and sound judgement.  He has, in addition, trained numbers of wireless operators for the United States Air Transport Command.  Throughout his career Wing Commander Cunningham has set an excellent example to all of unremitting industry and devotion to duty.

 

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CURLE, Sergeant Douglas (RAF 1001164) - British Empire Medal - No.31 Air Navigation School, Port Albert, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. 

 

This non-commissioned officer has been employed on ground instructional duties on this unit for over a year.  During this period he has continuously shown the highest standard of loyalty and conscientious devotion to duty.  His firm but tactful handling of his pupils, his fine spirit and sense of responsibility have left their mark indelibly in the minds of all with whom he came in contact.  With the interests of the school at heart, Sergeant Curle was never satisfied with his own efforts and worked long hours to ensure that he had turned out the best possible navigators in the time available.  His painstaking ability was clear to all and he was held in the highest esteem by both pupils and fellow instructors.  In spite of circumstances which might easily have discouraged him he never allowed his enthusiasm to wane but maintained a continuously high standard of efficiency and keenness in his work.

 

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DAINTY, F/L Peter Codmer (RAF 44921) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Air Force Headquarters - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. 

 

This officer materially assisted in organizing the Directorate of Equipment Audit at Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters.  He has performed many difficult assignments in the course of his duties and has executed work above that required of his rank.  His work at all times has been meritorious and constructive, and this has been activated solely in the best interests of the Service and without regard to his personal advantage.


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DAVISON, F/L George (RAF 44782) - Air Force Cross - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.

 

This officer is an excellent flight commander and flying instructor, who has set a very good example to both staff pilots and pupils by his exceptional keenness and ability in flying training.  His wide experience in operational and instructional duties have proved of the greatest value in training pilots for operational flying.

 

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DAY, Warrant Officer James Walter McDowell (RAF 365842) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.32 Operational Training Unit, Patricia Bay, British Columbia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  DHist file 181.009 D.1753 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation for BEM dated 11 February 1943; he was NCO in charge of servicing squadron. 

 

This warrant officer, over a period of two years' service at his present unit, has shown an outstanding example of unceasing effort in his work of aircraft serviceability and maintenance.  His capacity for work, combined with unusual qualities of leadership and organizing ability, have proved invaluable.

 

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DELANEY, S/L George William (RAF 74473) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.34 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. 

 

This officer, as Senior Administrative Officer on a Service Flying Training School, has given unsparingly of his knowledge and energy in the performance of his duties.  By his initiative and foresight, combined with his ability as a leader and organizer, he has created an efficient operating Headquarters Squadron and a high degree of contentment and happiness amongst all ranks at this unit.  His ability as an administrative officer is outstanding.

 

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DESAMSINOW, F/O Vassily (RAF 176668) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.13 Elementary Flying Training School, St.Eugene, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1945 and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. 

 


This officer throughout a lengthy flying instyructional career has invariably shown a great keenness and determinatiion in imparting a high standard of flying knowledge to trainees.  His great ability and devotion to duty have set a fine example to his fellow instructors and pupils.

 

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DOBBS, F/L James Frederick (RAF 45881) - Air Force Cross - No.31 Air Navigation School, Port Albert, Ontario - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date as per  AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 

 

As a staff pilot this officer has at all times shown a keen interest in his flying duties.  His personal qualities of loyalty and dependability together with his outstanding devotion to duty and efficient service under routine and uninspiring conditions have made him a fine example to all with whom he comes in contact.  Flight Lieutenant Dobbs has flown a total of 2,380 hours, 808 of which have been completed at night and 174 on anti-submarine patrols.

 

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DODD, S/L Robert William (RAF 41562) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.313 Flying Training and Conversion Unit, North Bay. Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 September 1944.  When recommended he had flown 2,295 hours including 245 in previous six months.  Public Record Office Air 2/9019 has citation.

 

This officer is a keen and able flight commander. He has carried out his duties in a very satisfactory manner.

 

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DOGGETT, Sergeant George William (RAF 1175435) - British Empire Medal - No.31 General Reconnaissance School, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 

This NCO has been employed on transmitting station duties for the past twenty-three months and was mainly responsible for the installation of the Wireless Transmitter and erection of aerial systems at this Unit.  He has at all times maintained an exceptionally high standard of serviceability even under the most adverse weather conditions.  During the summer months, when the flying schedule covered twenty-four hours a day, Sergeant Doggett worked exceptionally long hours maintaining the maximum of efficiency in the Wireless Systems at this Unit.  This NCO, by a display of exception devotion to duty and his highly meritorious services, has been an inspiration to all personnel at the unit.

 

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DUPONT, W/C Richard Evenor (RAF 37298) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.10 Service Flying Training School, Dauphin, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Melbourne, Australia, 18 March 1914.  This officer was briefly in the pre-war RCAF (C1031), being granted a temporary commission as a Flight Lieutenant, Auxiliary, General List, 26 August 1939, on posting to Trenton.  Appointment subsequently cancelled. Listed in Ferry Command crew cards in connection with delivery of Liberator AL544 to Britain, October 1941. 

 

Wing Commander Dupont has done exceptionally fine work since coming to Canada.  He has organized and supervised the flying training of his unit and has displayed great ability as an instructor.

 

DUPONT, W/C Richard Evanor (RAF 37298) - Air Force Cross - No.10 Service Flying Training School, Dauphin, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.

 

This officer has rendered exceptional service and devotion to duty during his lengthy flying career in Canada.  In the organization and supervision of flying training at this school he has proved himself to be extremely efficient and an able leader.  His keenness to accept any task and carry it through to a successful conclusion is most praiseworthy.

 

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EASTWOOD, F/L Reginald Frank (RAF 87388) - Air Force Cross - No.31 Elementary Flying Training School, DeWinton, Alberta -  Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Overseas as of date of award. 

 

This officer represents the backbone of elementary flying instruction.  Displaying outstanding devotion to duty he has set an excellent example to the instructors under him and the high standard of achievement credited to his unit is largely due to his capable efforts.

 

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EDGE, F/L Henry Roy (RAF 44756) - Air Force Cross - No.33 Elementary Flying Training School, Caron, Saskatchewan - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  At No.32 EFTS at time of award.

 

This officer has shown great competence and keenness as Flying Instructor and Flight Commander, and outstanding executive ability as Squadron Commander.  His example has enhanced respect for the service to which he belongs.  He has completed a total of 3,020 flying hours, of which 2,170 hours have been flown on instructing, 390 hours within the last six months.


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ELDRIDGE, F/L John Robert (RAF 86967) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No. 26 Elementary Flying Training School, Neepawa, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  When recommended he had flown 1,800 hours, 1,600 as instructor, 365 in previous six months. 

 

This officer has fulfilled his flying instructional duties in a highly efficient and conscientious manner.  His flying skill and outstanding leadership have been an inspirartion to all those who have served under him.

 

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ELLIS, G/C Augustine ap, CBE (RAF 01113) - Belgian Military Cross, First Class - No.34 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta - Awarded and AFRO 1949/43 dated 24 September 1943.  As of 1 September 1932 Group Captain A. ap Ellis, CBE had been posted to command No.4 Flying Training School, Abu Sueir, Egypt.   No citation other than "in recognition of valuable services in the training of Belgian pilots".

 

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ELSDON-HOWARD, Flight Sergeant Joseph (RAF1169882) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 Bombing and Gunnery School, Picton, Ontario - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 

This NCO pilot, during the past sixteen months, has shown great keenness and devotion to his duties in the training of Air Bombers.  By his patience, initiative and conscientiousness he has helped to improve the general standard of training at this Unit.  As the senior and most experienced NCO pilot in his flight, he has done much to foster a proper attitude amongst his fellow pilots with regard to the importance of obtaining the highest possible standard of training.  Total flying hours 877, of which 428 have been completed during the past year.

 

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EVANS, Sergeant Douglas George (RAF 591554) - British Empire Medal - No.32 Elementary Flying Training School, Bowden, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380 dated 30 June 1944. 

 

This NCO has distinguished himself by his outstanding meritorious service as Orderly Room sergeant.  He has given unstintingly of his time and has displayed a very high degree of initiative and proficiency in the execution of his duties.  In every respect he has set a splendid example as a senior NCO.

 


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FARMAN, G/C Edward Crisp (RAF 10089) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Headquarters - awarded as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944. Born 1897 at Paddington, 8 November 1897; educated at Westbourn School, London; home at Andover, Hants.  Enlisted as a rifleman, 9th Battalion, London Regiment, 1914; commission in RAF, 1918.  After the war he specialized in Stores Equipment staff duties; took Staff College Course in 1932.  In 1940 loaned to RCAF Headquarters in Canada for special duty as an equipment staff officer.  Employed on equipment duties witn a maintenance unit and Maintenance Command, 1942 onwards.  Air Officer Commanding No.42 Group, Maintenance Command, 1947-1949; Director of Equipment (D), Air Ministry, 1949-50; Senior Air Staff Officer, Maintenance Command, 1950-53; retired 1953 as Air Vice-Marshal, CB, CBE.  Air Ministry Bulletin 15674/AL.884 gave details.  Citation presumably in Public Records Office (to be found).

 

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FEATHERBY, F/L Hugh Frost (RAF 101469) - Air Force Cross - No.33 Elementary Flying Training School, Caron, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  As of recommendation he had flown 2,465 hours, 2,000 as instructor, 347 in previous six months. 

 

This officer has completed over two years of instructional duties in Canada, throughout which he has displayed valuable qualities of sound judgement and devotion to duty.  By his exceptional skill as a pilot and instructor, he has materially assisted in maintaining a high standard of flying training at his unit.

 

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FITZGIBBON, F/L Basil Francis (RAF 41571) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 16 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Ferry Command delivery cards (held by Directorate of History as Document 84/44-3) state he was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, 9 September 1914 and that his home was there.  He was active in ferrying Hudsons, Dakotas and Liberators overseas between 14 April 1943 and 7 October 1944. The card includes a photograph of him. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 57, file 190-I, dossier 2) has citation.  Contrary to earlier notes, he does not appear to have transferred to the RCAF, there being no card on the microfilm record of RCAF personnel held at Directoratte of History. 

 

This officer is an excellent and painstaking Flying Instructor and has shown exceptional zeal and energy in the performance of his duties.  He has been instructing on Hudson conversion for the past nineteen months with great success and has set a very good example and high standard of flying to all personnel of the Unit.  In a period of nineteen months this officer completed 807 hours in Hudson conversion training.


FITZGIBBON, S/L Basil Francis (RAF 41571) - Air Force Cross - No.112 Wing (Training) - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 September 1944.  Public Record Office Air 2/9010

has citation drafted when he had flown 2.087 hours (188 in previous six months).  No.112 Wing was located at Dorval.

 

This officer has been employed as Chief Flying Instructor at 45 (AT) Group since July 1943. During this time he has organized the conversion trainingof pilots on varied types of aircraft with exceptioal zeal and devotion to duty.

 

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FLEKAL, Warrant Officer Joseph (RAF 788014) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 Elementary Flying Training School, DeWinton, Alberta - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 

This Flying Instructor has carried out his duties most efficiently and conscientiously.  He has been willing to perform any extra flying duties required and has thereby considerably increased the efficiency of this unit.  Warrant Flekal has displayed a keenness in his work which has resulted in the turnout of students of a very high  standard.  He has a total flying time of 1,613 hours, 388 being completed during the past six months.

 

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FLEMING, W/C John (RAF 36195) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.12 Group Headquarters - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. 

 

Wing Commander Fleming has been employed as No.12 Group Specialist Armament Officer for over a year and since September 1944 to date he has combined these duties with those of Air Staff Officer at this Headquarters.  He is an outstanding officer whose leadership and devotion to duty, together with his ability to bring to completion the most difficult tasks, are an example to all those who serve with him.  Wing Commander Fleming's high standard of service has not only assisted this Headquarters in its excellent armament work but in addition his extensive general knowledge and its application have been of the greatest possible value to the Air Staff in its manifold duties.

 

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FLOWERDEW, W/C John B. (RAF 37542) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 Service Flying Training School, Camp Borden, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 


Beginning as a Junior Instructor in the school this officer advanced to greater positions of responsibility until eventually he was appointed to the position of Chief Flying Instructor.  During his whole period of duty in Canada he displayed the utmost vigour and keenness in the performance of his duties.  His cheerfulness and strong personality served as an inspiring example to all instructors and as Chief Flying Instructor assisted considerably in the production of satisfactory aircrew for the great tasks that lie ahead.  Total flying time 1,400 hours, of which 800 hours have been on instructing.

 

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FOSSETT, F/L Ronald Henry (RAF 85247) - Air Force Cross - No.35 Service Flying Training School, North Battleford, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 16 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 57, file 190-I, dossier 2) has citation.

 

Flight Lieutenant Fossett has completed 2,050 flying hours, the greater part having been in connection with flying instructor duties, of which 447 hours have been instructional given during the past six months.  His outstanding ability and extreme devotion to duty have been instrumental in his producing most excellent results as a Flying Instructor.

 

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FOWLE, Flight Sergeant George Albert Douglas (RAF 363370) - British Empire Medal - No.31 Air Navigation School, Port Albert, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. 

 

This non-commissioned officer, of exceptional ability, has at all times performed his duties with efficiency and energy well above the average.  Possessing outstanding organizing and administrative ability, he has worked long hours cheerfully and without complaint.  His loyalty to duty and capacity to appreciate and interpret a situation instantly and with sound judgement, have resulted in a high degree of efficiency in his section.  The zeal, energy and devotion to duty displayed by this non-commissioned officer have been of a very high order.

 

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FOWLER, Sergeant Ronald (RAF 533407) - British Empire Medal - No.36 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 


This NCO has been employed as Wireless Instructor at this unit since its inception.  In addition to setting a splendid example to other instructors and pupils during the normal working hours, he has devoted a very large amount of his spare time, voluntarily, to improving the equipment and organization of the Signals Training Section at this unit.  By his exceptional keenness, unselfishness and devotion to duty, Sergeant Fowler has truly earned the respect of his men, and has contributed magnificently to the high standard of training reached at this unit.

 

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FRAIN, F/L George (RAF 90473) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.31 General Reconnaissance School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Ferry Command delivery cards (held by Directorate of History as Document 84/44-3) give his date of birth as 20 April 1915 in Scotland (home there). Delivered Dakota FD860 to Britain, May 1943. 

 

Over a long period Flight Lieutenant Frain's work as Navigation Instructor at this unit has been outstanding.  He has shown marked ability in the training of pupils and the control and training of instructors and has assisted very ably in the operations room.  In all respects this officer has carried out his duties with exceptional efficiency.  This, coupled with his devotion to duty, has proved to be a valuable example to all other personnel of this school.

 

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FRANCIS, S/L Eric Harrison (RAF 43065) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No. 32 Service Flying Training School, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 

 

Squadron Leader Francis has been employed in instructional duties for over seven years during which time he has completed 3,501 flying instructional hours.  At all times he has displayed outstanding enthusiasm and keenness, never sparing himself in his efforts to achieve the highest degree of efficiency in his Squadron.  His outstanding example has been an inspiration to all with whom he comes in contact.  His enthusiasm, keenness and efficiency have never flagged over a long period of flying instructional duties.

 

FRANCIS, S/L Eric Harrison (RAF 43065) - Air Force Cross - No.32 Service Flying Training School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  NOTE: The latter authority erroneously listed his award as an MBE.  However, it appears in a list of AFC recommendations dated 9 November 1945. Citation found in Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8).  When recommended, Francis had flown 3,500 hours. 

 


This officer has been employed on instructional duties for over seven years.  At all times he has displayed outstanding enthusiasm and keenness, never sparing himself in his efforts to achiev the highest degree of efficiency in his Squadron.  His outstanding example has been an inspiration to all with whom he has come in contact.  His enthusaism, keenness and efficiency have never flagged over a long period of flying instructional duties.

 

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FRASER, Warrant Officer Finlay (RAF 358709) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.39 Service Flying Training School, Swift Current, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. 

 

This warrant Officer has shown himself to be an outstanding technician in every respect.  During his tour of duty on his station he has carried out his work as technical warrant officer in the servicing squadron, with conspicuous devotion and attention to detail which has been responsible to a large degree for the high standard of efficiency prevailing in his section.  His loyalty and ability in the execution of his duties have made him an outstanding technician in all respects.

 

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GILLING, S/L Kenneth Victor (RAF 41171) - Air Force Cross - No.34 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,340 hours, 500 as instructor, 94 in previous six months.  It is worth noting that just before this award he had been recommended again for the AFC, on this occasion by S/L H.C.L Ranson ((29 May 1945).   As of that date Gilling had flown 1,400 hours, 900 as instructor, 350 on operations (40 sorties).  The proposed citation read: 

 

As a flying instructor, this officer has displayed exceptional devotion to duty where his tactful manner and cheerful personality have been of the utmost value in upholding student morale.  His willingness and enthusiasm to promote and partake in station activities have been an object lesson to others.

 

(DHIST file 181.009 D1429, Honours and Awards, No.14 SFTS, Kingston, found in RG 24 Vol.20598).  The citation from the first (and successful) recommendation was as follows:

 

This officer has set a fine example of industry and cheerfulness that has made a fine impression on the pupils under him.  His thorough knowledge of flying training and the interest he has shown in his special duties are an outstanding feature of this officer's service.  Through his experience on operations he has been able to pass on very valuable information.  Keen and conscientious in all he undertakes, this exceptional pilot and flying instructor has set a fine example of devotion to duty.

 


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GODSALVE, F/L William Herbert Louis (RAF 138483) - Air Force Cross - No.32 Service Flying Training School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  When recommended he had flown 1,193 hours, 867 as instructor, 175 in previous six months. 

 

This officer has at all times shown exceptional keenness and organizing ability as an armament officer.  He is constantly seeking to improve the standard of flying and armament training and has made many constructive suggestions.  He is a most efficient and skilful officer who has at all times displayed outstanding devotion to duty.

 

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GOULSTONE, Flight Sergeant John Walter - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.32 Elementary Flying Training School, Bowden, Alberta -  Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. 

 

This non-commissioned officer has proven himself to be an efficient and energetic pilot and instructor.  His work in evry respect has been such as to merit the co-operation and esteem of all those who serve with him.  He has at all times displayed exceptional devotion to duty.

 

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GRAY, Warrant Officer Harold Eric Peel (RAF 363407) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.31 Bombing and Gunnery School, Picton, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. 

 

This warrant officer has displayed exceptional proficiency in the engineering section of the repair squadron at his unit.  His sense of loyalty and his untiring efforts in the performance of his duties have been an inspiration and example to all.  He is an outstanding warrant officer in all respects.

 

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GRAYSON, F/L Charles (RAF 46769) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.34 Service Flying Training School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943 and Canada Gazette of that date. 

 


This officer with overseas operational experience has displayed outstanding efficiency and devotion to duty as a Flying Instructor.  His earnest zeal, efficiency and untiring efforts have not only set a very high example both to instructors and pupils but has greatly assisted in producing thorough and efficient pilots.

 

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GREENAWAY, Sergeant Kenneth George (RAF 641160) - British Empire Medal - No.33 Elementary Flying Training School, Caron, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946). 

 

This non-commissioned officer is a member of the regular Air Force, having been with this unit since its formation.  He has been in charge of the Orderly Room staff, and by good discipline and alert and energetic manner has throughout handled his work with great competence.  He has not spared himself in maintaining smooth co-operation with the civilian staff and it is due to his efforts that the orders of successive Administrative Officers have been intelligently and efficiently executed by a changing staff.

 

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GROOM, S/L Frank Edward (RAF 35229) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.36 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 

During the opening period of this school, Squadron Leader Groom, as the Unit Signals Officer, worked unceasingly to set up, improve and maintain wireless facilities.  It is undoubtedly due to his leadership, initiative and organizing ability that the wireless facilities at this unit have been maintained at such a high standard.  This officer has always proven to be energetic and conscientious in the execution of his duties and has been an excellent example and inspiration to those serving under him.

 

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GUERNIER, F/L Albert George Louis (RAF 132598) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.33 Service Flying Training School, Carberry, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Ferry Command delivery cards (held by Directorate of History as Document 84/44-3) give his date of birth as 8 April 1913 in Jersey, Channel Islands (which was also his permanent home); ferried Dakota KG607 to Britain, June 1944. 

 

This officer has displayed great enthusiasm and initiative.  He has commanded his flight with skill and sound judgement, hence making a valuable contribution to the Training Plan.  He has completed a great number of successful instructional flying hours.

 


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HALLEY, G/C Robert, DFC, AFC (RAF 02170) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 January 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  This officer had received the DFC on 3 August 1918, Bar to DFC on 1 January 1919, and second Bar to DFC on 12 July 1920 (for services in Afghanistan), by which time he had also acquired his AFC.

 

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HAMBLETT, Corporal Phillip (RAF 1083637) - British Empire Medal - No.31 Service Flying Training School, Kingston, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. 

 

This non-commissioned officer, for the past year, has been in charge of the Orderly Room at the relief landing field of this unit.  Very short of staff, he has carried out this work most efficiently and cheerfully, performing many hours of overtime duty.  In addition to his normal work he has diligently carried out a scheme of stock control and superintended its inauguration.  In off-duty hours he has devoted much time to the promotion of sports and entertainment.  He is an excellent disciplinarian.  By his fine example of good conduct and efficient execution of his duties, he has been an inspiration and support to the airmen with whom he is associated.

 

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HAMILTON, W/C John Stewart (RAF 73752) - Air Force Cross - No.36 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.  Born in Portsmouth, 1911; home in North Berwick, East Lothian; educated at Boundary Dale, Portsmouth Grammer School and by private tutor.  Commissioned in RAF in 1929, serving until 1934. Mobilized again in RAFV R, April 1939, attaining rank of Wing Commander in 1943; served in France.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Vol.57, file 190-I, dossier 4) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,934 hours, 360 as instructor, 90 in past six months. 

 

This officer, since his operational flying, has instructed for over 15 months at Operational Training Units.  He is an outstanding pilot and instructor, calm in difficult circumstances, thoughtful and sound in his decisions, and maintains excellent discipline amongst his pupils by reason of his own example and personality.  He has greatly assisted in the training of a number of successful night fighters and intruder pilots who benefited greatly by his wide experience of flying and operational duties.

 

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HARNETT, F/L Thomas Patrick (RAF 41347) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.33 Service Flying Training School, Carberry, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 16 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. - Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 57, file 190-I, dossier 2) has citation. Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, 30 April 1917.  Enlisted in RCAF, 3 January 1938 as P/P/O and trained at Trenton.  Awarded wings 18 October 1938.  Flew in Battle of Britain.  After service in Canada, flew with (and commanded with rank of Wing Commander) No.435 Squadron, Burma, for which he was awarded the DFC. 

 

During the time Flight Lieutenant Harnett has been at this Station he has carried out the duties of a Flying Instructor, Flight Commander and Examining Officer most efficiently and has assumed the duties of his Squadron Commander in the latter's absence.  He has shown marked enthusiasm and devotion to duty at all times.  He has completed 1,492 flying hours of which 921 are instructional given over a period of approximately two years.

 

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HARRISON, F/O Gordon Wilberforce (RAF 125134) - Air Force Cross - No.31 Air Navigation School, Port Albert, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  When recommended he had flown 1,266 hours, 200 in previous six months.

 

This officer has been a staff pilot at this unit for over two years.  During this period he has shown the greatest zeal and enthusiasm in his work and the keenest interest in his pupils' progress.  By his own enthusiasm and devotion to duty he has set an excellent example to all pilots and instructors.  Recently, as a flight commander, he has adequately accepted a position of responsibility, displaying outstanding organizing and instructional ability.

 

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HARRISON, Warrant Officer John Arthur (RAF 1069913) - Air Force Cross - No.32 Elementary Flying Training School, Bowden, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  As of recommendation he had flown 2,015 hours, of which 1,873 hours 50 minutes were as instructor, 466 hours 50 minutes in previous six months.

 

This warrant officer has proved himself to be an outstanding flying instructor in every respect.  He has at all times displayed exceptionally good leadership and devotion in the execution of his duties.  These qualities, combined with his flying skill, have been largely responsible for the high standards obtained by his pupils.

 

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HAYES, S/L Ernest John (RAF 46825) - Air Force Cross - No.31 Service Flying Training School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Vol.57, file 190-I, dossier 4) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 4,015 hours, 3,000 as instructor, 297 in past six months. 

 

This officer has been employed on flying instructional duties for a considerable period, during which time he has displayed exceptional energy and devotion to duty in his capacity as instructor, flight commander and group commander, respectively.

 

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HAYWARD, W/C Frank Bernard Howard (RAF 28188) - Air Force Cross - No.35 Service Flying Training School, Penhold, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  As of recommendation he had flown 3,445 hours, of which 2,041 were as instructor, 52 hours in previous six months. 

 

This officer is now Chief Instructor at a Service Flying Training School.  His inspiring leadership and unswerving determination and loyalty in his work have contributed greatly to the high standard of flying training at his school.  His ability as pilot and instructor has been outstanding in the many hours of flying instruction that he has completed.

 

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HENNEY, S/L William James (RAF 76442) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.8 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Governor General's Record (RG..7 Group 26 Volume 58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation. 

 

This officer, by his outstanding leadership and devotion to duty, has rendered highly meritorious service as Chief Ground Instructor.  His experience and keenness were of great assistance in the organization of the ground training syllabus at the Operational Training Unit  where he was formerly stationed.  He has also made a praiseworthy contribution to the efficiency of neighbouring units while they were undergoing re-organization.  The outstanding ability and keen efforts displayed by this officer throughout his service in this country are most praiseworthy.

 

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HEWITT, S/L Robert (RAF 44075) - Air Force Cross - No.14 Service Flying Training School, Aylmer, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 2,300 hours, 1,900 as instructor, 213 in previous six months. 

 


This officer has always shown the keenest interest in flying training and is a first class instructor.  His willing acceptance of his duties and his determination to maintain the highest standard during the closing stages of the training plan have been an outstanding example.  His cheerful disposition has given great encouragement towards upholding morale.  An exceptionally good pilot he has displayed devotion to duty of a very high order.

 

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HICKMAN, W/C Albert Arthur Frederick (RAF 36073) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.36 Service Flying Training School, Penhold, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944 and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 

 

This officer, serving as a Chief Engineer, has displayed outstanding ability and devotion to duty.  His capacity for solving the many problems that arise has been responsible for the confidence of the flying personnel of the unit and the interest he has always taken in the care and welfare of the airmen under his command has resulted in an exceptionally high standard of morale at this station.

 

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HIGGINS, Flight Sergeant Leslie Philip (RAF 505378) - British Empire Medal - No.32 Service Flying Training School, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946). 

 

As non-commissioned officer in charge of Airframe Repairs, Flight Sergeant Higgins has been outstanding both as a senior non-commissioned officer and as a tradesman.  It has been through his efforts, resourcefulness and exceptional devotion to duty that a high standard of aircraft serviceability has been maintained under the most difficult circumstances.

 

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HIGGINS, F/O William (NZ 412693) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Reconnaissance and Navigation School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945  When recommended he had flown 796 hours, 326 as instructor, 19 in previous six months.

 


This officer, in spite of being handicapped as the result of severe facial burns sustained in a crash overseas, has acquitted himself in his flying duties in a most commendable manner.  Whenever a difficult flying assignment presents itself he is the first to volunteer and his keenness and tenacity for flying is such that he sacrifices all personal interests.  His example of devotion to duty under such a severe handicap is a constant source of inspiration to all aircrew in the squadron.  As a flight commander he has displayed great efficiency and energy in the performance of his duties.

 

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HINKS, S/L Stanley Reginald (RAF 41180) - Air Force Cross - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 16 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943.  Born in North Devon; home in Nottingham; educated at King Edward VII Grammar School; commissioned 1938.  Had been Mentioned in Despatches, 1941. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 57, file 190-I, dossier 2) has citation.

 

This officer, an excellent Flying Instructor, has set a very good example to both staff pilots and pupils and has maintained a high standard of flying in his flight.  The success of this unit depends to a large extent on successful Hudson conversion training.  Flight Lieutenant Hinks, by his outstanding zeal and energy in the performance of his duties, has, to a large degree, been responsible for the high standard of training obtained.  In a period of nineteen months this officer has completed 860 flying instructional hours on Hudson conversion training.

 

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HIPKIN, F/L Geoffrey Clare (RAF 47529) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.36 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 

The above mentioned officer, since the arrival of this Unit in March 1942, has by his magnificent devotion to duty and hard work created a magnificent spirit among all the wireless operator air gunners for whom he is responsible for training.  During the difficult period of opening up this OTU this officer worked day and night to improvise ways and means of carrying out the very important wireless training.  He has earned the respect and devotion of all ranks and the high morale of the wireless operator air gunners is in no small way due to this officer.

 

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HOLDEN, Flight Sergeant Herbert John (RAF 48483) - British Empire Medal - No.33 Service Flying Training School, Carberry, Manitoba.  P/O at time of award.  Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 

This NCO has rendered particularly meritorious service in the maintenance of aircraft of two training flights at his unit, thus permitting a maximum of flying training at all times.  He is diligent and cheerful in the performance of his duties and has displayed an unusually keen interest in and knowledge of his trade.  His work has been outstanding and he has set an excellent example to all.  His service has been invaluable to the C.T.E. in the furtherance of flying training.


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HOPGOOD, F/L George William (RAF 126787) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 Central Training School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. 

 

As a member of the staff at No.1 Central Flying School, this officer has shown exceptional keenness and untiring efforts in carrying out his duties.  The splendid manner in which he has carried out all his tasks has been an inspiration to those with whom he is associated.

 

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HORNBY, Flight Sergeant Arthur Newlove (RAF 590337) - Air Force Medal - No.31 Air Navigation School, Port Albert, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943.  Born in York (birthplace provided by RAF Personnel Management Agency, letter dated 2 February 1999 to H.A. Halliday). 

 

The above mentioned NCO arrived in Canada as a staff pilot with his unit on 18th November 1940, since which date he has served conspicuously in his capacity as a staff pilot for students undergoing navigational training.  He has at all times set a very high example of loyalty and efficiency and his navigational flying training work under all conditions whether by day or by night has contributed largely to the successful instruction of aircrews.  His nearly 2,000 hours of flying time, approximately half of which has been logged since his coming to Canada, have been without mishap of any kind.

 

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HOSKING, Flight Sergeant William James Cecil (RAF 956597) - British Empire Medal - No.5 Radio School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946). 

 

This non-commissioned officer, an instructor on this unit for over three years, has displayed a very high degree of initiative and original thought on the organization and implementation in the course of special techniques.  This has been in addition to outstanding ability and conscientiousness to normal duties.  This non-commissioned officer is an outstanding example as an instructor who has displayed initiative, ability and devotion to all projects which have come his way.

 

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HOWELLS, S/L Brinley Hughes (RAF 86998) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.33 Air Navigation School, Hamilton, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. 

 

This Chaplain, by his exceptional enthusiasm, ability and energy, has gained the greatest admiration and confidence of all ranks.  The very fine example he sets in both work and play is worthy of high praise.  His tireless efforts and cheerful and co-operative spirit have been a most valuable source of inspiration to all with whom he come in contact.  He has exemplified the noblest qualities of his profession in all that he has done.

 

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HUNT, Corporal Thomas Henry (RAF 545695) - British Empire Medal - No.7 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  The incident described occurred on 12 June 1944 - collision of two Ansons of No.7 SFTS, three miles from Standoff, Alberta.  Crew of 11528 killed when they crashed, exploded and burned.  The other crew consisted of F/O S.J. Waters (RCAF), Corporal T.H. Hunt (RAF) and an RCAF airwoman, AW1 B. Hunt.   Waters made a wheels-up landing and was later Commended for Valuable Services in the Air.

 

This non-commissioned officer was a pupil in an Anson aircraft under instruction on beam approach practice, when his aircraft, through no fault of his own, as he was instrument flying, collided with another aircraft at an altitude of approximately one thousand feet.  He realized immediately that the aircraft in which he was flying was severely damaged and would be forced to make a crash landing.  On impact his instructor had taken over control and Corporal Hunt proceeded from the left front seat to the rear where an airwoman passenger, on her first familiarization flight, was seated.  He quieted the airwoman, who was almost hysterical, securely strapped her to her seat, and packed two parachutes around her to absorb the shock on landing.  He then lay down and braced himself against the spar.  Following the landing, he repaired the damaged radio and contacted the base, while the captain and passenger were away seeking aid.  By his clear thinking, quick action, and complete disregard for his personal safety, he undoubtedly saved the airwoman from sever injury, and his devotion to duty following the crash enabled his home base to find the other aircraft, which had crashed, killing all its crew.  The courage and resourcefulness of this airman is most praiseworthy and an inspiration to all ranks.

 

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HUNTER, F/L Robin Frank (RAF 44260) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.34 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 


In the last six years this officer has been a Flying Instructor and has 3,807 flying hours to his credit, of which 356 hours were completed during the past six months.  He is an extremely conscientious and hard-working Flight Commander and sets an excellent example to those who work with him.  Flight Lieutenant Hunter has efficiently and conscientiously performed all the duties assigned to him and at all times has displayed outstanding devotion to duty.  His conscientiousness and self-sacrifice have resulted in a large output of trained aircrew.

 

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IRON, A/C Douglas, OBE (NOTE: number ?) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - No.4 Training Command Headquarters - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.

 

This officer's long experience with the Royal Air Force has been of inestimable value in the efficient administration of No.4 Training Command.  His knowledge, diligence, devotion to duty and excellent judgement have been largely responsible for the efficient co-ordination of RAF and RCAF schools in this Command.  He has provided excellent leadership and his example has produced splendid co-operation between the RAF and RCAF personnel under his jurisdiction.

 

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JACKSON, Sergeant (now P/O) Stanley John Andrew (RAF 1331689) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.41 Service Flying Training School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943 and Canada Gazette of that date. Pilot Officer (RAF 146396) as of award. 

 

This NCO who has been employed on instructional duties for the past year has displayed outstanding initiative and keenness in his work.  His unbounded enthusiasm has been the means of completing his pupils' training in record time under many difficult and varied conditions.

 

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JACKSON, W/C Stuart (RAF 79252) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Air Force Headquarters - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. 

 


Wing Commander Jackson is a keen and capable officer who possesses administrative ability far beyond the average and has always carried out his duties in a highly commendable manner.  He is in charge of the Royal Air Force Section of the Directorate of Postings and Careers at this Headquarters and his ability to obtain the co-operation of all personal, Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force, has materially contributed to the success of the Training Plan.  This officer has worked long hours of overtime and his unstinting devotion to duty has gained for him the respect of his subordinates and the confidence of his superiors.  His services in all respects have been meritorious.

 

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JAMES, F/O Edgar (RAF 87346) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.3 Flying Instructors School, Arnprior, Ontario.  Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 

 

This officer has been employed continuously as a Flying Instructor and has flown 1,460 hours since December 1940.  He has shown himself to be an enthusiastic and hard worker.  He has flown a total of 1,650 hours.  He has always displayed great keenness and thoroughness in his work.  He is setting an excellent example and the standard of his work is exceptionally high.

 

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JENKINS, F/L William Spencer (RAF 45650) - Air Force Cross - No.33 Air Navigation School, Hamilton, Ontario - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 

 

This officer has been employed on flying instruction for more than two years, during which time he has carried out his duties in an outstanding manner.  He is an excellent Flight Commander and by his ability as a pilot and his devotion to duty he has gained the respect of all other personnel in the school.  Flight Lieutenant Jenkins has completed 1,240 flying hours by day and night.

 

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JEPPS, F/O Edgar Nicholson (RAF 110873) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.34 Elementary Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 16 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. - Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 57, file 190-I, dossier 2) has citation. 

 

Flying Officer Jepps has completed 600 hours instructional flying during the past eight months, of which 200 hours have been night flying instruction.  His devotion to duty has been outstanding throughout and an inspiration to all personnel of this Unit.

 

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JONES, Flight Sergeant Charles Arthur (RAF 517896) - British Empire Medal - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 


This NCO, in charge of a Motor Transport Section for over two years, has largely on his own initiative carried out his duties with great efficiency.  Despite the many problems and trying winter conditions prevalent in the vicinity, his ability, administrative capacity and influence with the personnel in his section have been outstanding in promoting efficiency, thereby resulting in very high serviceability of vehicles.

 

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KENNEDY, W/C Alexander Judd (RAF 05229) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 Training Command Headquarters, Toronto - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Born in Toronto, 3 March 1911; attended RMC, Kingston, 1928-1932, training at Camp Borden and qualifying for pilot's flying badge, 18 August 1931.  Accepted RAF commission, 1933.  Seconded to RCAF, 26 April 1939 and posted to Trenton, 4 May 1939.  Ferried Mitchell FL-215 to Britain, July 1942 (Ferry Command delivery cards held by Directorate of History as Document 84/44-3). Retired from RAF as Wing Commander, 29 August 1947.  RCAF Reserve, December 1948 to June 1957 (service number 205103).  On  November 17, 1961, presented RCAF wings to his son, F/O A.J. Kennedy at Portage la Prairie. 

 

This officer has been an armament specialist serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force for the past few years.  As Chief Instructor, Commanding Officer of a Bombing and Gunnery School, and a command staff officer, he has displayed exceptional resourcefulness and ability.  He is a most energetic leader and by his own outstanding example, skill and devotion to duty has been an excellent example to those working with him.  His contribution to the flying training plan has been most praiseworthy.

 

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KENT, S/L Clifford Stacy (RAF 70362) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.34 Elementary Flying Training School, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. 

 

This officer as Flight Commander and Assistant Chief Flying Instructor has completed many hours of flying instruction, and has discharged his duties most conscientiously. His devotion to duty, enthusiasm and efficiency at all times and under all circumstances are of the highest order.  His professional ability as Chief Flying Instructor at this unit has been outstanding.

 

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KENT, Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Ernest - Member, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946.  Directorate of History cards list this among RCAF awards without explanation other than that it was bestowed "on the advice of His Majesty's Canadian Ministers".  This officer was a member of the Canadan Dental Corps, and the recommendation was raised from RCAF quota of awards. 

 

This officer attached to the Royal Canadian Air Force overseas has made a unique contribution by recruiting and fostering the efforts of the dentists from the province of Quebec in the work of the Canadian Dental Corps.  His standard of dentistry has always been high and he has steadily endeavoured to produce the same attitude in the officers under his command.

 

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KINGSTON, Warrant Air Officer Hubert George Dorrington (RN) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 Naval Air Gunners School, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945. 

 

This warrant officer has devoted himself whole-heartedly to his flying training duties at this unit and has at all times displayed exceptional ability and initiative.  Without his untiring efforts in the initial work of commencing this school, it is doubtful whether it would have been ready in time to receive the first course from England.  His cheerfulness, zeal and skill have been an outstanding example and inspiration to the pupils.

 

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KUBAK, F/L Josef (RAF 104130) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 Elementary Flying Training School, DeWinton, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. 

 

This officer, as senior Czechoslovak instructor at this unit for over a year, has displayed outstanding enthusiasm and energy in the performance of his duties, completing many flying instructional hours above the average.  He has been a source of inspiration to his pupils and at all times his devotion to duty has been in the highest traditions of the service.

 

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KYPREANON, Flight Sergeant Christopher (RAF 1173213) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Royal Air Force Depot - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation. 

 


Flight Sergeant Kypreanon has been non-commissioned officer in charge of the transit officers' mess cookhouse for twelve months.  This mess, originally designed for a maximum of six hundred officers, has been used for as many as eleven hundred, involving three and four sittings.  Despite all difficulties and irrespective of numbers involved,  Flight Sergeant Kypreanon has consistently and cheerfully maintained the highest standard of messing and general efficiency.  His cookhouse has at all times been found to be beyond reproach in cleanliness and appearance.  The example set by this non-commissioned officer has been a source of inspiration and admiration to all members of his staff, and has helped to raise the standard of the messing organization throughout the entire station.

 

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LAING, S/L Alexander James Alan (RAF 39993) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No. 26 Elementary Flying Training School, Neepawa, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. An officer by this name was in the postwar RCAF Auxiliary (205035) but it is not clear if they are the same man. 

 

This officer has been chief instructor of a flying school for the past six months after returning from fighter operations and, through his able leadership, he has materially assisted in maintaining a high standard of instruction at his school.  The zeal and loyalty he has displayed in his work is outstanding.

 

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LAMB, W/C Peter Gilbert (RAF 90349) - Air Force Cross - No.31 Service Flying Training School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943.  Born in Liverpool, 16 June 1914; educated at Durham School; educated at Durham School; commissioned in No.610 (County of Chester) Squadron, RAF, 1938; served in that unit until 1940; called out for service in 1939.  When award announced his home was given as New Orleans, Louisiana (suggesting an exchange posting); subsequently a test pilot at Boscombe Down and Commanding Officer, No.610 Squadron, 1946-47. Air Ministry Bulletin 11845 refers.  At No.31 Personnel Depot, Moncton, at time of award. 

 

Following employment on overseas operational duties, this officer has been engaged for the past two and a half years on flying instructional duties.  With keen enthusiasm and a strong sense of discipline he has, by his outstanding ability and devotion to duty, been mainly responsible in raising to a high standard of efficiency the Advanced Training Squadron which he commands.

 

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LEA-COX, G/C Kenneth (RAF 29188) - Air Force Cross - No.38 Service Flying Training School, Estevan, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  When recommended he had flown 1,300 hours, of which 550 were as an instructor. 


Under the leadership of Group Captain Lea-Cox, the officers and airmen of No.38 Service Flying Training School have been infused with a strong enthusiasm, efficiency and esprit de corps, the serviceability of aircraft has reached high standards and training results have been eminently satisfactory.  This officer has shown commendable zeal and devotion to duty, and has greatly exerted himself in the welfare of station personnel and their families.

 

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LEDBROOK, F/L Kenneth Harold (RAF 66520) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.41 Service Flying Training School, Weyburn, Saskatchewan - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 

 

This officer has completed a considerable number of flying instructional hours and has displayed outstanding skill, enthusiasm and organizing ability.  He is meticulous in his work and his ability and leadership contributed largely to the success achieved by his unit, particularly in the early and difficult stages.

 

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LITTLEJOHN, W/C Norman Barry (RAF 32067) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Found in Ferry Command delivery cards held by Directorate of History as Document 84/44-3; these state he was born 15 September 1908 in Australia; home in Weston-sur-Mere, Britain; engaged in Ferry Command as an instructor (landplanes and seaplanes) at least April to July 1941 and ferried Catalinas and Liberators to Britain. 

 

This officer, as Chief Instructor at this school, is exceedingly energetic, very painstaking and an excellent organizer.  It is largely due to the splendid leadership and admirable organizing ability afforded by Wing Commander Littlejohn that this school has maintained a high order of production.  He is an exceedingly fine officer whose loyalty, drive, ingenuity and outstanding devotion to duty have brought this school up to its present satisfactory state of training efficiency.

 

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LONGHURST, F/L William Sydney (42852) - Air Force Cross - Ferry Command - awarded as per London Gazette dated 27 August 1943.  Born in Saskatchewan, 17 January 1919; educated at Outlook and Toronto; commissioned in RAF, 1939; confirmed as Flying Officer, 18 May 1941; as Flight Lieutenant, 18 May 1942.  Transferred to RCAF, 2 May 1945 (C94040); repatriated 10 September 1945 and released 13 October 1945. Postwar he was a test pilot with Canadair.  Cited with S/L F.M. Gobeil (RCAF) and W/C R.G. Seys (RAF); Air Ministry Bulletin 11245 refers. 

 


These officers made the first tug-and-glider crossing of the North Atlantic from Canada to the United Kingdom, landing on the 1st July 1843.  Wing Commander Seys and Squadron Leader Gobeil were pilot and co-pilot respectively of the glider and Flight Lieutenant Longhurst piloted the towing aircraft.  Both aircraft carried useful loads, the cargo of the glider being nearly one and one half tons and including serum and vital aircraft spares.  The flight involved landings in Newfoundland, Greenland (an exceptionally difficult one) and Iceland.  Adverse weather was encountered at times and, as the glider could not ascend higher than 13,000 feet, the aircraft were frequently buffeted about and might have broken adrift but for the skilful flying of the glider pilots.  They also showed great skill in overcoming the difficulties of flying in clouds.

 

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LONSDALE, Sergeant Frederick Denham (RAF 63964) - British Empire Medal - No.34  Operational Training Unit, Penfield Ridge, New Brunswick - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380 dated 30 June 1944. 

 

This NCO has been in charge of the Orderly Room of his section for the past two years.  Throughout this period he has shown an unflagging energy and devotion to duty, both during and outside of normal working hours.  He has required a sound knowledge of administrative procedure and routine, the application of which has been an outstanding contribution to the efficient running of his office.

 

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LUDLOW, P/O Peter Henry (RAF 186281) - Air Force Cross - No.6 Operational Training Unit, Comox, British Columbia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Voilume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,470 hours, 964 as instructor, 389 in previous six months. 

 

On November 28th, 1955, Pilot Officer Ludlow proceeded on a special flight from Patricia Bay to Smithers, British Columbia, with material for fourteen Royal Canadian Air Force groundcrew as passengers.  Forty minutes out, flying at 12,000 feet on the Vancouver beam, his Dakota aircraft ran into turbulence, picking up heavy ice which de-icers, functioning normally, could not clear.  The aircraft completely turned over three times and, after twentyy minutes of violent contortions, was brought under control and cleared the turbuelent area.  Safe completion of the flight is entirely attributable to the pilot's cool courage and almost superhuman efforts.  As a flying instructor he has shown great ability and keen devotion to duty.

 

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MacCORMAC, S/L John Warner Donald (RAF 67618) - Air Force Cross - No.16 Service Flying Training School, Hagersville, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1945 and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  When recommended (18 May 1945) he had flown 1,742 hours, of which 1,545 were instructional, 107 in previous six months. 

 

This officer is an exceptionally conscientious Squadron Commander who, throughout a very long period of instructional duty, has done much to further the efficient organization of flying training.  His keenness and willingness to accept any task and carry it through to a successful conclusion have set a splendid example.  His outstanding devotion to duty is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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MANNIKIN, F/L Ronald Fletcher (RAF 129559) - Air Force Cross - No.31 Air Navigation School, Port Albert, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,504 hours. 

 

This officer has been continuously employed on flying duties at this unit since November 1942, during which time he has completed twelve hundred hours as a staff pilot.  His work has been outstanding in all respects and he has shown the greatest zeal and enthusiasm in the performance of his duties.  As a flight commander, he has demonstrated to his pilots and the pupils under his care the highest qualities as a pilot and has taken the lead during inclement weather when conditions have warranted such action.  His unselfishness and devotion to duty are outstanding and have been an example to all.

 

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MANSFIELD, F/L Leslie William (RAF 115169) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.37 Service Flying Training School, Calgary, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. 

 

Since graduating in Canada with above average skill, this officer has taken the keennest interest in his work.  His definite organizing ability combined with his knowledge has been a contributing factor to the success of the unit.  In charge of Navigation Flight, he has always been exceptionally conscientious in the complete covering of the syllabus, and in maintaining the highest standard of training in his section.

 

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MARSHALL, F/O Albert Nicholson (RAF 46303) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.2 Flying Instructors School, Pearce, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 16 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. - Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 57, file 190-I, dossier 2) has citation. 

 

This officer is an exceptionally hard working, capable and conscientious instructor.  His attitude and capabilities have definitely been an inspiration to other instructors during the organization of this Unit.  He holds an A2 instructors' category and has done 1,500 hours of instructing of which 500 hours have been completed at this unit over a period of six months.

 

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MAW, S/L Dennis Mowbray - (RAF 70456) - Air Force Cross - No.31 Bombing and Gunnery School, Picton, Ontario. - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 20 October 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943. 

 

Squadron Leader Maw is an outstanding and exceptional officer in every respect and has set an example of the highest standard to all.  He has shown outstanding initiative, leadership ability and devotion to duty, and is most painstaking and thorough in anything he undertakes.  His flying hours is 1,409, and during his active service in Canada he has made a very fine contribution to the success of flying training.

 

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MAXWELL, G/C Patrick Herbert (RAF 29043) - Air Force Cross - No.6 Operational Training Unit, Comox, British Columbia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Born 19 May 1910 in Woking, England.  Employed in Ferry Command work from January 1943 to December 1943; Ferry Command delivery cards held by Directorate of History as Document 84/44-3 list numerous flights in Hudsons and Dakots before he was posted to No.32 OTU.  As of recommendation he had flown 2,700 hours including 1,900 hours as instructor. 

 

This officer has commanded this Operational Training Unit for almost a year.  During this time he has contended with many serious handicaps but with unfailing energy, persistence and ingenuity, all obstacles have been overcome and the training schedule maintained.  Throughout his career of flying instructional duties he has proven himself to be a most skilful pilot and an exceptional leader.  This officer at all times has displayed outstanding devotion to duty.

 

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McELHONE, F/O John James (AUS 421371) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.6 Service Flying Training School, Hagersville, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.


This oficer has shown exceptional ability as an instructor by his skill, loyalty and willingness to co-operate at all times.

 

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McINNES, Flight Sergeant Angus (RAF 335568) - British Empire Medal - No.34 Operational Training Unit, Penfield Ridge, New Brunswick - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 

 

This NCO, in charge of an Equipment Section for the past year and a half, has displayed zeal, energy and initiative in organizing his section, first in one place and later at another, to a high state of efficiency. Throughout he invariably showed primary devotion to duty and with the aid of his experience and genuine enthusiasm the results accomplished have been a creditable example to those with whom he comes in contact.

 

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McKEAN, A/V/M Lionel Douglas Dalzell, OBE - Companion, Order of the Bath - RAF Mission in Canada - Awarded 1 January 1942 as per London Gazette of that date.  Public Records Office Air 2/8887 has recommendation. 

 

Air Vice-Marshal McKean has been the head of the United Kingdom Air Liaison Mission in Canada since the start of the British Commonwealth Air Training Scheme in that country. It has been his task to apply the accepted ideas on training to the scheme since its inception, and to ensure that these ideas are constantly and strictly maintained. This has naturally involved an immense amount of work coupled with the handling of negotiations of an intricate and delicate nature. Deep appreciations of Air Vice-Marshal McKean's work has been expressed on all sides, and there is little doubt that the success of the scheme can in no small measure be attributed to his zeal and devotion. The Air Member for Training strongly endorses this recommendation.

 

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McKELVIE, Corporal James (RAF 1384605) - British Empire Medal - No.31 RAF Personnel Depot - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946). 

 


Corporal McKelvie has been employed as chief records clerk in this headquarters.  Through shortage of staff and difficult working conditions he has consistently had to work extremely long hours and his enthusiastic and dogged performance of duty has been an example to the entire staff.  Everything else is subordinated to his determination to work accurately and promptly.  He has rendered outstanding meritorious service and devotion to duty.

 

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McNEIL, F/L Duncan Craig (RAF 60165) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.35 Elementary Flying Training School, Neepawa, Manitoba - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 

 

The devotion to duty of this officer, his zeal and energy in any task set before him and the outstanding leadership and inspiration he has displayed to pupils and instructors under his authority have been in the highest traditions of the Service.  At all times he has fulfilled his duties in an exemplary and highly efficient manner.

 

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McPHERSON, S/L Ian Roy Cardew, DFC (RAF 40311) - Air Force Cross - No.6 Operational Training Unit, Comox, British Columbia.  Awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  He had been awarded the DFC on 14 May 1943 for services with No.196 Squadron.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has AFC citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,816 hours of which 1,000 were as instructor, 200 in previous six months. 

 

Squadron Leader McPherson, as chief instructor for the past nine months at No.6 Operational Training Unit, has been primarily responsible for the organization and constant efficiency of its squadrons.  The exceptionally high standard of instruction and maintenance of a continuous programme of long range transport training, both day and night, under difficult weather conditions without a fatal accident, reflected this officer's splendid leadership, ability and supervision.  Untiring in his efforts he has rendered highly meritorious service.

 

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MEREDITH, Aircraftman First Class Jack (RAF 637159) - Air Force Medal - No. 31 General Reconnaissance School, Charlottetown - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 

This airman has been with this unit for over two years, during which time he has completed over 900 hours day flying.  During the entire time he has been with the unit his air work has been of an exceptionally high standard and an inspiration to all.  He has been in the air training of new wireless operators (air) within the unit and his unfailing willingness and devotion to duty have been a fine example to his fellow airmen.  In January, 1942, he was directly responsible for guiding a lost aircraft safely into an alternative landing ground at night under the most adverse weather conditions, thereby saving an aircraft from probable destruction.


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MEYNELL, W/C Edmond Langley Fawcett (RAF 33141) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 General Reconnaissance School, Summerside, P.E.I. - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. 

 

This officer has been employed as instructor and Chief Instructor at General Reconnaissance Schools both in the United Kingdom and in Canada.  He has at all times discharged his many responsible duties in a most commendable manner.  His enthusiasm, keenness, and devotion to duty have established a magnificent example for all with whom he has served.

 

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MILLAR, F/L John Alexander (41446) - Air Force Cross - No.313 Ferry Training Unit - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 September 1944 and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Born 26 December 1916 in Melville, Saskatchewan (birthplace given on Ferry Command delivery card; confirmed by letter dated 2 February 1999 from Royal Air Force Personnel Management Agency to H.A. Halliday).  AFRO 1129/41 dated 3 October 1941 reported his promotion from Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant, effective 3 September 1941, while with an RAF Special School in Canada. AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944 (announcing his award) described him as a Canadian in the RAF. Served in No.107 Squadron, December 1939 to July 1940.  Ferry Command delivery card notes him as active in moving Hudsons between North Bay (where he was an instructor) and Montreal, but his only confirmed trans-Atlantic delivert was of Mitchel FV908 in July 1943.  NOTE:  Sometimes spelled MILLER.  Public Record Office Air 2/9019 has citation drafted when he had flown 2,530 hours (207 in previous six months).

This officer is an excellent flight commander who, by his hard work, zeal and conscientious manner, has been an inspiration to the flying instructors under his command.

 

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MILLER, F/L William Frederic (RAF 1007734) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.32 Elementary Flying Training School, Bowden, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. 

 

This officer's exceptional devotion to duty, fine service spirit and constant interest in the improvement and welfare of not only his unit but the service generally, has set a splendid example and has earned for him the respect of all officers with whom he comes in contact.  Much of his time over and above normal working hours has been devoted to the welfare of his unit and has done much in raising its general efficiency.  This officer's administrative ability is outstanding and in the performance of his duties he has at all times rendered highly meritorious services.

 


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MILLIGAN, S/L Frederick Moir (RAF 37435) - Air Force Cross - No.32 Service Flying Training School, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943. 

 

As Officer Commanding his squadron, this officer through his keenness, efficiency and extreme devotion to duty whilst flying has been an inspiration to the flying instructors in his squadron.  Through his marked enthusiasm and outstanding flying ability his unit has attained a high standard of efficiency which has contributed largely to the output of qualified pilots.

 

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MITCHELL, S/L John Lewis, MVO, DFC (RAF 78986) - Legion of Merit, Degree of Legionnaire (United States) - No.31 Air Navigation School, Port Albert, Ontario - awarded as per London Gazette dated 24 January 1947. Public Record Office Air 2/9682 has recommendation.

 

Squadron Leader J.L. Mitchell, Royal Air Force, performed exceptionally meritorious service during his assignment at the Royal Air Force School of Air Navigation, Port Albert, Canada from December 1941 to April 1942.  He collaborated with personnel of the United States Army Air Force in the development of the Celestial Navigation and Bombing Trainer, and his thorough analysis of the original trainer contributed in large measure to the improvement and standardization of a training device which was successfully used to expedite the training of thousands of American airmen in celestial, dead-reckoning and radio navigation.

 

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MITCHELL, F/L Rupert Rolfe Larke (RAF 74723) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.15 Service Flying Training School, Claresholm, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. 

 

During the past five years this officer's organizing ability coupled with his vigorous and enthusiastic manner has been a contributing factor in maintaining to a high degree the morale among all the pupils under him.  He possesses a high degree of leadership, inspires confidence and is a guiding influence to all those working under him.

 

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MOORE, Flight Sergeant John (RAF 44541) - British Empire Medal - No.36 Service Flying Training School, Penhold, Alberta - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 


This NCO employed in a Servicing Flight has consistently shown excellent qualities of leadership and a high standard of devotion to duty.  His capable organizing ability, keenness, initiative and powers of leadership have been an inspiration and example to all.

 

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MORTON, F/L Ronald Vivian (RAF 104386) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Flying Instructor School, Pearce, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  As of award he was at No.3 SFTS.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 2,350 hours, 2,250 as instructor, 200 in previous six months. 

 

This flying instructor has applied himself diligently to his work at all times in a highly commendable manner.  His outstanding ability, coupled with his zeal and energy in the training of pilots, has resulted in the utmost confidence and skill being instilled in all those connected with him.  In his capacity as examining officer hid devotion to duty has been of the highest order.  His service has been highly meritorious.

 

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MOULD, S/L Arthur John Morris (RAF 39172) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 General Reconnaissance School, Summerside, Prince Edward Island - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 

 

This officer, as Chief Instructor, is responsible for the present efficiency and excellent organization of the Training Wing of this unit and the Ground Instruction School in particular.  Indefatigable at his work, he is a constant source of inspiration to those under him.  Squadron Leader Mould has worked long hours night after night writing and editing precis to ensure that the training is kept up to date.

 

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MUDIE, Commander Ian Murray Nichol (RN) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Naval Air Gunners' School, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946.  Governor General's Record (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation. 

 


This officer has filled the position of Commanding Officer at No.1 Naval Air Gunners' School for a year and a half, prior to which he was employed as Training Commander for eight months.  The outstanding success of the School, despite many difficulties encountered since its inception, has been almost entirely due to the most able and painstaking diligence of Commander Mudie.  He is a most outstanding officer, possessing drive and perseverance, and has been indefatigable in his efforts at all times to achieve the highest possible standards in every phase of the work in his school.  These efforts have met with significant success through his leadership and have earned for him the abiding respect and devotion of those serving under him.  Commander Mudie's zeal and ability to bring to completion the most difficult tasks has been an example at all times which has reflected itself through the officers and men of this school as well as its graduates.

 

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NORCOTT, F/L Denis Owen (RAF 124660) - Air Force Cross - No.7 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.   When recommended he had flown 950 hours, 175 as instructor, 100 in previous six months. 

 

This officer has spent eight months at this Operational Training Unit as officer commanding gunnery squadron, which squadron he was instrumental in forming and organizing in a smooth running fashion.  He has always devoted himself untiringly to the imparting of knowledge to his students which has undoubtedly helped to contribute to a high standard of gunnery training.  He has at all times been most co-operative with the other squadrons and has always taken every advantage of aircraft availability and weather to complete his flying program.  His devotion to duty has set a splendid example.

 

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NORTH, S/L Gerald Noel (RAF 46249) - Air Force Cross - Central Flying School, Trenton - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  NOTE: The latter erroneously listed his award as an MBE.  However, it appears in a list of AFC recommendations dated 9 November 1945.  Certainly the RAF Air Force List of October 1946 lists him as having an AFC rather than an MBE. Citation found in Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8).  When recommended, North had flown 2,783 hours, 2,300 as instructor, 113 in previous six months. 

 

This officer's zeal and intellectual maturity have been an invaluable asset to flying training in Canada. His unfailing devotion to duty, coupled with exceptional skill and knowledge has greatly raised the standards of flying instruction in all phases of training at this unit.  His willingness and cheerful manner has long been held in high regard by all those with whom he has served.

 

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OAKSHOTT, Warrant Officer (2nd Class) Arthur Edward Cyril (RAF 363682) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.33 Service Flying Training School, Carberry, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 

This Warrant Officer has completed 3,700 flying hours of which 1,600 have been instructional flying.  He has had a wide service experience at home and overseas, and his keenness and sense of duty to his pupils never flags.  His ability as a pilot and as an instructor is exceptional.  This Warrant Officer is outstanding in his devotion to duty.  He turns out a good standard of pupil pilots and puts in much hard work, both in the air and on the ground.

 

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PARKER, Sergeant John Edward (RAF 1333209) - British Empire Medal - No.5 Bombing and Gunnery School, Dafoe, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 March 1943 and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. 

 

Following the crash of two Fairey Battle aircraft, one of which he was piloting during machine gun exercises, Sergeant Parker, although already injured, with total disregard for his own safety, crept into the burning aircraft twice to help one of the crew extricate himself from the wreckage.  During these attempts, Sergeant Parker was severely burned about the legs and face.  This outstanding act of bravery, executed when two aircraft were burning furiously a few yards apart, set an inspiring example to all those who witnessed the accident.

 

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PAXTON, A/C Anthony Lauderdale, DFC (Number ?) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - Director of Air Training, AFHQ - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Born in Sydney, Australia, 7 August 1896; educated at Dulwich College; was a cattle rancher in Mexico before enlisted in Royal Flying Corps in Canada.  Served in France with No.68 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps; accepted permanent commission in RAF, 1919.  Served in Iraq, 1920-22 and 1935; DFC awarded 28 October 1921 for services in Mesopotamia.  In Egypt, 1923-24; Training Staff at Air Ministry for six years; flying instructor at Netheravon and Cranwell for three years; Chief Flying Instructor at Central Flying School for 18 months; commanded No.23 Squadron, 1932, and RAF Station Hawkinge, 1933-34; member of Training Mission to South Africa and Southern Rhodesia, 1940; loaned to RCAF as Director of Air Training, 1941-43; Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters, Training Command, 1943-45; Air Officer Commanding, No.85 Group (British Air Forces of Occupation), 1945-46; Air Officer Commanding, No.2 Group, 1946-47; Senior Air Staff Officer, British Air Forces of Occupation, 1947; Director of Personnel at Air Ministry, 1947-49.  Retired at an Air Vice-Marshal, 1950 (KBE, CB, DFC).  See Photograph PMR 74-297. 

 


This officer has served in the Training Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force since 15th January 1941.  He is on loan from the Royal Air Force.  Air Commodore Paxton brought with him from England a wide and varied experience on training matters acquired as an Instructor and a Staff Officer.  His knowledge and experience, combined with his sound common sense have been of inestimable value to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.  He has set a high standard in devotion to duty and his example is an inspiration to his staff.  His work is, and has been, outstanding.

 

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PEARSON, Warrant Officer William Smith (RAF 1003955) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No. 39 Service Flying Training School, Swift Current, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. 

 

This Warrant Officer, while giving dual instruction to his pupil, demonstrated a steep turn at 6,000 feet.  During his turn, the rivets securing the elevator lever sheared, resulting in a total loss of all fore and aft control, causing the aircraft to go into a steep dive from which he was able to recover by use of the tail trimmer.  After ordering his pupil to bale out, and circling until he had seen him land safely, he flew the aircraft to the main aerodrome where, by use of the tail trimmer, he successfully landed the aircraft without further damage.  His coolness, skill, and good judgement, under difficult circumstances not only resulted in the saving of a valuable aircraft, but also produced extremely valuable evidence of structural failure.

 

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PENMAN, W/C William Mitchell (RAF 37363) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mossbank, Saskatchewan. - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 20 October 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943.  Born May 1917; educated at Royal Hugh School, Edinburgh; enlisted 1935 and commissioned.  Served in No.19 Squadron and then No.801 Squadron (HMS Furious).  Promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 19139 and made instructor at Netheravon; to Canada in 1940 where he was promoted to Squadron Leader and Wing Commander. On return to England posted to No.61 Squadron (DFC, 10 September 1943 for services in No.61 Squadron and Mentioned in Despatches).  Killed in action, October 1943.

 

On being posted to Canada late in 1939 this officer served at No.1 Service Flying Training School and Advanced Training Squadron, Camp Borden and later for a period of 20 months at No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mossbank, Saskatchewan.  During his period of service at No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, he was, in a large measure, responsible for the organization and carrying out of the training procedure at this unit working under difficult conditions.  This officer has set an exceptional example to all flying personnel at the station, and his initiative and devotion to duty have at all times been of the highest order.  He has completed 1,150 hours of flying time.


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PETERSON, LAC Peter George (NZ 4210033) - British Empire Medal - No.5 Bombing and Gunnery School, Dafoe, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 26 May 1944.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 58, file 190-I, dossier 5) has recommendation submitted to Governor General on 25 April 1944. 

 

This airman was on a training flight recently in an aircraft which crashed in the vicinity of the bombing and gunnery school aerodrome, and immediately burst into flames.  Due to the crash all occupants were rendered unconscious.  This airman was the first to recover and, with complete disregard for his own safety and despite multiple lacerations and two fractured ribs, made his way through the torn fuselage to his two fellow trainees.  He aroused them by vigorous shaking and assisted them from the burning aircraft, during which action he sustained second degree burns to his face.  He then made his way to the pilot, who had been thrown from the aircraft, and, in spite of exploding petrol and ammunition, dragged him to a safe distance.  This airman displayed exceptional fortitude and courage in his gallant rescue action.

 

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PEXTON, W/C Richard Dunning (RAF 72150) - Air Force Cross - No.34 Service Flying Training School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943.  Born in Whinley, Yorkshire, 1913; enlisted in RAF Reserve, 1935; transferred to Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 1937 to train as pilot; commissioned 1938; called out 1039; awarded Air Efficiency Award, 1943.  Air Ministry Bulletin 11845 refers.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 57, file 190-I, dossier 3) has citation. 

 

Wing Commander Pexton as a flying instructor and Chief Flying Instructor has carried out his duties with exceptional keenness and ability.  His overseas operational experience, efficiency and extreme devotion to duty have inspired confidence and set an example to both instructors and pupils.  His excellent qualities of character and leadership together with his ability have largely contributed to the success of the flying training at this unit.

 

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PHINN, Flight Sergeant James Alexander (RAF 370348) - British Empire Medal - No.33 Service Flying Training School, Carberry, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation. 

 


This non-commissioned officer has at all times shown keenness and skill as a technical non-commissioned officer in the repair squadron.  He has given unstintingly of his time and efforts in working long hours, often under difficult conditions.  His diligence and ability are most praiseworthy and at all times he has displayed exceptional devotion to duty.

 

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PORTLOCK, W/C John Griffin (RAF 44208) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.31 General Reconnaissance School, Charlottetown , Prince Edward Island - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  NOTE: In August 1953 an RCAF Auxiliary officer, Squadron Leader John Griffin Portlock, was awarded the Queen's Coronation Medal.  Is this the same officer, transferred to the RCAF ? 

 

This officer, as Chief Technical Officer for a number of years, has been unsparing of himself in his exceptionally energetic handling and organizing of his duties under very difficult circumstances.  His great devotion to duty, initiative and the exceptional application of his technical knowledge have been a wonderful example to all members of the unit and have been of invaluable assistance in building up the unit to its present state of efficiency.

 

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POWELL, Sergeant Thomas Roy (RAF 1263283) - British Empire Medal - No.1 "Y" Depot - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946). 

 

By his devotion to duty  and splendid example as a Physical Training Instructor he has contributed to a large extent to the welfare, physical fitness, and moral elevation of a large number of personnel, whilst awaiting transportation to the United Kingdom and schools in Canada.  The amount and quality of work done by him over the past 18 months is far beyond the normal and has contributed largely to the welfare of all personnel.

 

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POWELL, F/O William Garth (RAF 106361) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scota - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943 and Canada Gazette of that date. 

 

This officer, employed on flying instruction for the past two and a half years, has an extensive flying record.  He is a capable and energetic flying instructor and has carried out his duties in a very efficient and loyal manner.

 

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PRESS, P/O Leslie George (RAF 117153) - Air Force Cross - No.31 General Reconnaissance School, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 

This officer has served as staff pilot with this unit for two years in England and Canada.  Throughout this time his work has invariably been of the very highest order.  He has always shown such a keen desire to complete any task thoroughly that his name has become a by-word amongst staff pilots and pupils alike, indicative of a fine measure of satisfactory, helpful instruction.  He has portrayed [sic] an exceptional devotion to duty, willingly and cheerfully undertaking any task required of him at any time.  He has done a total of 1,400 hours flying at this unit and 1,8000 hours altogether.

 

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RAE, F/L John Philip (RAF 70660) - Air Force Cross - No.32 General Reconnaissance School, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943. Born st Ilford, Essex, 2 March 1906; home in London; involved with Ferry Command work from June to August 1942 (Venturas) and again from September 1943 to February 1944 (Dakotas). 

 

Since his arrival at this unit in December 1940, this officer, more than any other engaged in regular flying training has, by his example and instruction to other staff pilots in the flying squadron, raised to a high standard the most valuable methods of reconnaissance instruction in the air.  He has constantly carried out his flying training duties in an exceptionally fine manner which has resulted in a large output of highly trained aircrew.  His marked flying ability was demonstrated on one occasions when he, with considerable personal hazard and under great difficulty, flew a forced-landed aircraft from a small and confined space safely back to the aerodrome.

 

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RALPH, S/L Richard John (RAF 79526) - Air Force Cross - Ferry Command - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 31 August 1943.  Born in Chiswick, London, England, 17 March 1921; home in Morayshire, Scotland, although at the time of the award itwas announced his home was in North Bay, Ontario; 2nd Lieutenant, Berkshire Regiment, 1933; to RAFVR, 1937; commissioned 1940; promoted Acting Squadron Leader, 1942.  Associated with Ferry Command work from May 1942 to at least November 1944. Ferry Command cards at DHist show him making his first delivery (that of Fortress FK206), 22 May 1942; he appears to have been at North Bay from July 1942 to June 1943.  No citation other than "in recognition of distinguished service with the Royal Air Force."  Public Records Office Air 2/8968 has recommendation dated 14 July 1943 when he was at North Bay, Ontario.  NOTE: This man has been incorrectly described in places as a Canadian in the RAF, but his connection with this country was only through Ferry Command services here.  When recommended he had flown 6,300 hours of which 336 hours had been in previous six months.


This officer has been Chief Instructor at North Bay which will celebrate its first anniversiary on July 17th. He hs been mainly responsible for the development of this unit both on the training and administrative sides. He himself is a very capable instructor and delivery pilot.

 

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RALPHS, S/L Walter James (RAF 35193) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Station Mountain View - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  DHist file 181.009 D.1244 (RG.24 Vol.20596) has letter dated 28 July 1943 describing 22 years' service in RAF, when he had served in England, Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, Transjordan, India, Singapore, and as instructor to Japanese Navy. The recommendation (for an OBE) was dated 28 July 1943.  Described as one of the earliest RAF officers to arrive in Canada, posted to Air Armament School as instructor in January 1940 and assumed command of Air Armament School, January 1942.  Since returned to UK. 

 

This officer has been connected with an Air Armament School for the past three years.  His thoroughness and the conscientious manner in which he has carried out his duties have set a high standard for his staff and pupils.  His zeal and wide service experience have done much to promote the present high standard of Armament training in Canada.

 

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READER, Sergeant Paul Augustine (RAF 753005) - British Empire Medal - No.34 Elementary Flying Training School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946). 

 

Sergeant Reader has been employed in the Orderly Room for over two years.  He has performed his assigned duties as non-commissioned officer in charge with unfailing ability and initiative, setting a fine example by his painstaking thoroughness in everything he has undertaken.  His contribution to the administrative work of this unit has been outstanding.

 

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REES, F/L Granville (RAF 43254) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 


Flight Lieutenant Rees is a very keen and efficient instructor.  By his cheerful and conscientious manner he has encouraged all members of the unit in the performance of their duties.  He has, by his assiduous and energetic manner, achieved excellent results as a Flying Instructor, and later as Chief Flying Instructor, at this unit.  This officer has completed 337 flying hours during the past six months.

 

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REEVE, S/L Edward Arthur (RAF 73364) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. 

 

This officer has been employed in the difficult and onerous task of Chief Ground Instructor for a year and a half.  He has shown exceptional devotion to duty and has not spared himself in his efforts to improve training generally, which has now reached a high standard.  During this period approximately 1,285 pupils have successfully passed out from this unit and this is largely due to this officer's personality, understanding and exceptional organizing ability.

 

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REID, F/L Andrew Keirs Murdockson (RAF 111117) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Flying Instructor School, Pearce, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. At No.17 SFTS as of award.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 2,100 hours, 1,900 as instructor, 300 in previous six months.

 

This officer, as a flying instructor, has consistently displayed initiative and untiring energy in the performance of his duty.  By his outstanding organizing and supervising ability he has set a splendid example to all with whom he serves.  The results obtained by this officer have been of the highest standard and he has instilled the utmost confidence in his brother officers  and pupils alike.  His devotion to duty has been outstanding.

 

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REILLY, Corporal Terence Desmond (RAF 550357) - Air Force Medal - No. 31 Air Navigation School, Port Albert, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in London (birthplace provided by RAF Personnel Management Agency, letter dated 2 February 1999 to H.A. Halliday). 

 


Corporal Reilly has served in this unit as a Wireless Operator Air Crew since January 1937.  His work has involved not only long hours on navigational flights by day and night, but on operational anti-submarine patrols as well, the latter work being done before his unit came to Canada.  At all times Corporal Reilly has shown great initiative and keenness, and has done excellent work in training young and inexperienced wireless operators air crew sent to this unit.  Largely owing to his work and initiative the success of W/T communication on long range navigational flights within this unit has reached a high standard of efficiency.  In the course of these duties Corporal Reilly has flown 1,860 hours.  His loyalty, unselfishness, and devotion to duty under all conditions of service are outstandingly high.

 

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RENDLE, F/L Robin (RAF 72209) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 Elementary Flying Training School, DeWinton, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.

 

This officer has been employed continuously on flying training since 1935.  He displays the keenest interest in flying instruction.  His skill, exceptional enthusiasm, and love for flying have been an inspiration to all instructors in this school.  He has flown a total of 3,770 hours.

 

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RICHARDSON, Flight Sergeant Harold (RAF 512127) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mossbank, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946). 

 

Flight Sergeant Richardson, during his period of service as Senior Armament Instructor at this unit, has proved himself to be most efficient and reliable and has set an excellent example to all those with whom he comes in contact.  He has served with the Royal Air Force for over twelve years with praiseworthy efficiency and devotion to duty.

 

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ROBBINS, Corporal Arthur Edwin (RAF 844324) - British Empire Medal - No.36 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 57, file 190-I, dossier 3) has citation. 

 

This NCO has at all times displayed exceptional zeal and initiative in the performance of his duties as a Fabric Worker.  He has, by his ingenuity, greatly improved the efficiency of Target Towers at this Unit.  Corporal Robbins has assumed duties over and above those normally required by his position and carried them out in a very efficient manner. His devotion to duty has been an inspiration to all members of the Unit.

 

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SKILBECK, Corporal John Richard (RAF 992700) - British Empire Medal - No.36 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 

Corporal Skilbeck, as a Fitter in the Repair Squadron of this unit, has performed his duties in a highly conscientious and meritorious manner.  He is diligent and cheerful in the performance of his duties, and has an exceptional knowledge of his trade.  This NCO has voluntarily worked exceptionally long hours on many occasions and by his devotion to duty has set an excellent example to personnel with whom he comes in contact.

 

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REVILL, F/L Jack Redmond (RAF 157832) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air -Station Dorval - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946.  Public Records Office Air 2/9144 has recommendation, drafted when he had flown a total of 1,103 hours, 150 hours in previous six months; had flown a total of 49 hours on air/sea rescue duties.  Ferry Command pilot with several crossings to his credit.

 

During the search for a missing RY-3 aircraft over the Western Atlantic off Newfoundland on July 6th, 1945, Flying Officer [sic] Revill located two aircraft dinghies containing six men belonging to the crew of another aircraft, a Liberator of No.10 Canadian Squadron, which had been engaged in the search and which had crashed into the water due to an apparent technical failure. In spite of the hazards of alighting on the water due to the relatively high swell, Flying Officer Revill exercised consideable skill and coolness in alighting alongside the dinghies and picking up the passenegers.

 

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ROBERTSON, S/L Alan William (RAF 79817) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.19 Elementary Flying Training School, Virden, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. 

 

As Chief Ground Instructor, this officer's main interests have been for the betterment of conditions under which the pupils worked and the continued improvement of flying instruction.  He has succeeded in enthusing unsurpassed spirit and morale of his staff of instructors and pupils no matter the cost to himself.  He has undertaken tasks far beyond the call of duty and has succeeded in establishing a model Ground Instruction School.  His zeal and energy is unbounded.  He is a fine officer and endeavours to put his widespread experience in the service to unexcelled use for the benefit of others.

 

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ROBINSON, F/O Keith Edward, DFC (AUS 400031) - Air Force Cross - Dorval - awarded as per London Gazette dated 31 August 1943.  Born in Lismore, New South Wales, 7 April 1921.  Aircraft electrical mechanc before the war, employed by Australian National Airways..  Enlisted in RAAF, Melbourne, 29 April 1940; to No.1 ITS, Somens, that date; to No.5 EFTS, Waromine, 27 June 1940; to No.2 Embarkation Depot, Bradfield Park, 23 August 1940; embarked from Sydney for Canada, 5 September 1940; arrived in Canada 26 September 1940; commissioned at No.2 SFTS; 10 December 1940; to RAF in UK, 25 December 1940; to No.11 OTU, 5 January 1941; to No.9 Squadron, 17 April 1941; promoted Flying Officer, 10 June 1941; DFC awarded 21 November 1941 for services with No.9 Squadron.  To No.45 Group, Dorval, 1 July 1942; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 10 December 1943; promoted Squadron Leader, 1 July 1944; to No.88 TSP, Nassau, 13 September 1944; to No.7 Ferrying Unit, Nassau, same day; to No.45 Group Headquarters, 20 January 1945; to No.88 TSP, 11 April 1945; to No.45 Group Headquarters, 29 June 1945.   Embarked from San Franciso, 24 January 1946; arrived in Sydney, 12 February 1946; released 2 April 1946.  Public Records Office Air 2/8968 has recommended AFC citation, drafted when he had flown 1,727 hours, of which 325 hours had been in previous six months.  Served in Ferry Command from 4 July 1942 onwards; was instructing at Nassau in early 1944. 

 

This officer is the senior flying instructor at Dorval and has given more than 1,000 hours dual on modern American aircraft. This figure includes 400 hours on instrument flying and landing procedure. Flying Officer Robinson is an exceptional pilot and a hard working instructor.

 

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ROCKEY, Flight Sergeant Leslie Sydney (RAF 569639) - British Empire Medal - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia.  Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 

Flight Sergeant Rockey has rendered meritorious service of an exceptionally high standard over a long period of time.  His sound technical knowledge and outstanding devotion to duty as NCO in charge of the Maintenance Wing Armament Section have been responsible for a very high standard of armament serviceability.  He has displayed keen interest in his work and sound organizing ability.  He is most unselfish in the giving of his spare time to assist others and is largely responsible for the high standard and excellent spirit which exists at his unit.

 

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ROGERS, S/L Denis Dart (RAF 37944) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.39 Service Flying Training School, Swift Current, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. 

 


This officer has been an excellent Squadron Commander for nearly two years and has carried out all his duties quietly and efficiently.  His general attitude to service life has been an inspiring example to his fellow officers and men.

 

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ROGERS, G/C Charles Frederick George (RAF 21195) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Air Force Headquarters.  Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. 

 

This officer has served with the Royal Canadian Air Force for the past four years and at present is Director of Accounts.  The work of this directorate is large and arduous and comprises all procedures of accounting.  Prior to his present position, this officer was Director of External Liaison at the time when the Royal Air Force schools were in full operation and did unqualified excellent work in maintaining the Royal Air Force accounts  and dealing with all problems connected therewith.  In 1943, Group Captain Rogers proceeded to the United Kingdom with the Air Member for Accounts and Finances on the work of organizing the pay of all Canadians in the Royal Canadian Air Force overseas and in the establishment of the Base Pay Office in London.  He remained in London until the new system was in operation and, by his unstinted efforts and devotion to duty, was responsible to a great measure for the success of the new system.  Throughout his service with the Royal Canadian Air Force, this officer has applied himself diligently.  He has at all times displayed a very keen interest in his work and the Service generally and, by the very accurate and efficient manner with which he has carried it through, has set an excellent example to all those serving under him.

 

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ROLLES, W/C Benjamin Henry (RAF 35032) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Technical Training School, Clinton, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. 

 

This officer is employed ac Chief Technical Officer at this station and in this capacity has rendered outstanding service over a considerable period.  He has displayed great organizing ability in meeting changing training requirements and his loyalty and devotion to duty have set a splendid example.

 

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ROLPH, Chief Petty Officer Airman Richard Stephen (FAA/FX76256-RN) - British Empire Medal - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380 dated 30 June 1944. 

 


This Chief Petty Officer Airman has served in the Royal Navy for many years, and has for the past seven years been engaged in flying duties as an Air Gunner, completing over five hundred hours of operational and instructional flying.  He has served as senior rating instructor in the air gunnery section of a flying school in Canada for the past year, and by his outstanding zeal and devotion to duty, has materially assisted the commencement of the air gunnery courses.  His unceasing efforts have been mainly responsible for the efficient working and well-being of his section.

 

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RUB, F/O Kevin Herbert (AUS 425757) - Air Force Cross - No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School, Paulson, Manitoba - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Born 9 May 1920; home in Toowoomba, Queensland; educated at State School, Highfields (May 1932 to May 1934) and Bullocks College, Toowoomba (May to December 1934); "assembler" before the war.  Served in 25th Australian Battalion, August 1940 to October 1941.  Enlisted in RAAF, 26 April 1942 at Brisbane; posted that date to No.3 ITS, then No.3 EFTS, Parrandera (3 September 1942); to No.2 ITS, Bradfield Park (date uncertain); to No.2 Embarkation Depot, Bradfield Park, 5 December 1942; to No.1 Embarcation Depot, Ascot Vale, 9 January 1943; embarked Melbourne, 15 January 1943; disembarked in Canada and posted to No.3 "M" Depot, 31 January 1943; to No.7 AOS, Portage la Prairie, 7 February 1943; to No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon, 15 May 1943; to No.5 BGS (date uncertain); to No.1 CNS, Rivers, 5 September 1943; commissioned 14 October 1943; to Station Mountain View, 17 October 1943. Repatriated to Australia, 16 January 1945; released 18 September 1945.  When recommended he had flown 343 hours, 138 in previous six months. 

 

This officer has shown exceptional zeal as an air bomber instructor.  He has never hesitated to go out of his way to carry out extra duties in an effort to assist trainees in their work.  By his exceptional knowledge and ability and by good leadership he has been an inspiring example to his associates.  At all times he has displayed untiring devotion to duty.

 

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RUST, F/L Harold Ian (RAF, 41211) - Air Force Cross - No.112 Wing (Training) - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 September 1944.  Public Record Office Air 2/9010

has citation drafted when he had flown 2,390 hours (220 in previous six months).  No.112 Wing was located at Dorval.

 

This officer is an excellent instructor who has carried out his duties conscientiously and with keenness. he has had to give tuition in many various types of training aircraft.

 

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SALTER, S/L George William, DFC (RAF 41325) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.33 Service Flying Training School, Carberry, Manitoba - Awarded DFC on 15 August 1944 for services with No.139 Squadron.  Awarded Commendation as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  No citation.

 

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SCRAGG, W/C Colin (RAF 36121) - Air Force Cross - No.34 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943. Born 8 September 1908 at Milton-Under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, England.  Associated briefly with Ferry Command, taking Mitchell FR175 overseas, June-July 1943.  Described in Ferry Command crew cards (held by Directorate of History as Document 84/44-3) as having MBE as well as AFC. 

 

This officer as Chief Flying Instructor has shown the highest devotion to flying duty.  In addition to the seemingly insurmountable difficulties contingent upon the opening of a school in a new country and under difficult conditions, he personally had to instruct his staff pilots to become efficient flying instructors, which included the conversion of twin engine flying instructors to single engine flying instructors.  In spite of the hard work and loss of time entailed in carrying out this flying instruction, this officer's aggressiveness and extreme devotion to flying duty resulted in the turn-out of a goodly number of trained pilots on schedule.

 

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SCRIMGEOUR, Flight Sergeant James (RAF 591177) - British Empire Medal - No.36 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380 dated 30 June 1944. 

 

For the past two years this NCO has been in charge of a station Orderly Room, and has at all times displayed the greatest zeal and energy in his work.  He has given unstintingly of his time and by his initiative and leadership has maintained a smooth running and efficient office.  His devotion to duty has been outstanding.

 

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SEWARD, A/C Walter John (RAF 08101) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - No.12 Group Headquarters - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944 and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 17 October 1898; joined Royal Flying Corps in 1917; later served in India and Iraq; Air Officer Commanding, Operations Training Group in Canada, 1943-44' Air Officer Commanding No.54 Group, 1944-45; Deputy Air Officer Administration, Middle East, 1946-47; Air Officer Commanding, No.27 Group, 1947-48; promoted to Air Vice-Marshal, 1950; Air Officer Odministraion, British Air Forces of Occupation, 1949-50; Air Officer Commanding, No.61 Group (Home Command), 1950-54.  Retired in 1954 (CB, CBE).   .

 


This officer commanded No.36 Operational Training Unit from its inception in April 1942 until May 1943, when he was appointed Air Officer Commanding of this Group. By his personal example, which is excellent, devotion to duty and leadership, Air Commodore Seward was responsible for the development of No.36 Operational Training Unit into one of the finest in Canada with a magnificent spirit and esprit-de-corps among all ranks.  As Air Officer Commanding No.12 Group this officer is now extending his influence of leadership and devotion to duty to all Operational Training Units and Schools in the Group and he is in no small measure responsible for the excellent training which exists in these schools.

 

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SEYS, W/C Richard Godfrey (34130) - Air Force Cross - Ferry Command - awarded as per London Gazette dated 27 August 1943.  Born at Thames Ditton, 25 January 1912; educated at Holyrood School, Bognor and Qundle School.  Commissioned 1933.  Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross, 18 December 1936 for services in Palestine.  See Aeroplane of 1 February 1939 (wedding announcement) which described his roots in England.  Attained rank of Wing Commander in 1943. Pilot of Hadrian glider in Trans-Atlantic glider tow, July 1943.  Air Ministry Bulletin 11245 refers. Ferry Command crew cards (held by Directorate of History as Document 84/44-3) list him on delivery work from 24 July 1942 (ferrying Liberator FL943 to Britain) through to 8 November 1943.  The card has an excellent photograph of him wearing the ribbons of his DFC and General Service Medal. See F/L W.S. Longhurst for citation.

 

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SHARP, F/O Victor Leonard (RAF 182032) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.45 Group Headquarters - awarded as per London Gazette dated 7 September 1945.  Born 11 November 1913 in Greys, Essex; home in Welling, Kent; with Ferry Command from 5 April 1941 until November 1944 (or longer); photo on Ferry Command delivery card (held by Directorate of History as part of Document 84/44-3). Public Record Office has citation drafted when he had flown 2,981 hours (1,924 on current duties, 335 in previous six months).

 

This officer was attached to Canadian Pacific Air Services, Montreal in April 1941.  Three months later he resumed normal duty with Headquarters, Ferry Command.  He was among the first of Flight Engineers to fly across the Atlantic.  Early long distance flights to his credit are Bermuda to United Kingdom and U.S.A. to Australia.  He is a thoroughly experienced flight engineer, a willing worker and a most valuable asset to the squadron.

 

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SHUSTER, F/O Richard Cecil (RAF 146123) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 Elementary Flying Training School, DeWinton, Alberta.  Awarded as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.  No citation.


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SIMMONDS, W/C Arthur Henry, DFC (RAF 39396) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.32 Operational Training Unit, Patricia Bay,, British Columbia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Awarded DFC on 6 February 1945 for services with No.254 Squadron.  DHist file 181.009 D.1753 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation for AFC dated 27 August 1943.  As of recommendation he had flown 1,200 hours (62.10 in past six months), 230 hours as instructor (45.00 in past six months) and had flown 240 operational hours (50 sorties).  Recommendation read as follows:

 

This officer joined the service in 1936, since which time he has been continuously on flying duties and has completed 240 hours of outstanding operational flying on torpedo bomber and strike sorties.

 

During 1941 and 1942 he was engaged on Operational Training Night Flying duties in the United Kingdom, and since June 1942 has been a Flight Commander of outstanding ability on Operational Training duties.

 

In his keenness, leadership, devotion to duty, and flying he has been untiring, and this at all times has been reflected in the high standard of efficiency and work of his Flight and pupils.

 

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SIMPSON, Flight Sergeant Cyril Eteson (RAF 1486966) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Station Dorval - awarded as per London Gazette dated 7 September 1945. Born 30 January 1921 in Manchester; home there.  Photo on Ferry Command delivery card (held by Directorate of History as part of Document 84/44-3).  Citation in Public Record Office Air 2/9117, drafted when he had flown 809 hours on Ferry Command work, 282 in six months prior to submission.

 

This officer [sic] is a radio officer/wireless operator air gunner.  Joining No.45 Group in September 1943, he participated in eight delivery flights up to December 1944.  He was then posted to the Coronado Return Ferry Service on the South Atlantic.  His work has been of a high order and [he] is considered to be one of the most competent, keen and well-conducted radio operators within the Group.

 

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SIMPSON, S/L James Archibald (RAF 27210) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No. 35 Service Flying Training School, North Battleford, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Awarded AFC, 1 January 1946. 

 


This officer entered the RAF in 1929, and since that date he has flown 4,280 hours during his regular and reserve Service, principally as a flying instructor.  He has been employed continually in these duties and is now a Squadron Commander at this unit.  He is of very high ability as a pilot and instructor and holds a CFS A.1 category.  By his example, determination and outstanding devotion to duty he has produced an extremely high degree of efficiency in his squadron.

 

SIMPSON, W/C James Archibald (RAF 27210) - Air Force Cross - No.35 Service Flying Training School, North Battleford, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Awarded King;s Commendation, 1 January 1943.  Governor General's Record (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 4,280 hours. 

 

This officer entered the Royal Air Force in 1929 and since that date he has flown principally as a flying instructor.  In Canada, in various capacities in flying instruction, he has displayed exemplary ability as a pilot and instructor.  By his example, determination and outstanding devotion to duty he has produced a extremely high degree of efficiency in his squadron.

 

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SKELDING, Flight Sergeant Edward Dinelli (RAF 6588664) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 Bombing and Gunnery School, Picton, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  As of recommendation he had flown 876 hours, of which 309 were in previous six months. 

 

This NCO, for over a year, has served as staff pilot on a Bombing and Gunnery School and his duties have at all times been fulfilled with great energy and keenness.  He is an above average pilot whose flying skill and devotion to duty are outstanding.

 

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SLOAN, S/L David (RAF 32031) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 Service Flying Training School, Kingston, Ontario - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 

This officer has been outstanding in his energy and persistence as a pilot, Group Commander and Flight Commander at this school.  He has completed 3,450 hours flying, 2,350 of which have been instructional over a long period of time.  Squadron Leader Sloan is a most capable and enthusiastic instructor whose work has always been commendable.

 

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SMITH, Warrant Officer Peter Seymour (RAF 922906) - Air Force Cross - No.32 Service Flying Training School, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 

Warrant Officer Smith has shown outstanding ability, first as an Instructor and presently as Examining Officer at this unit.  He has set a magnificent example to the NCO pilots by his devotion to duty and painstaking care in the training and testing of pupils.  He has flown a total of 1,916 hours, of which nearly 600 hours were instructional, completed over a period of seven months.

 

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SMITH, S/L Roger Patrick (RAF 66564) - Air Force Cross - No.7 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  As of recommendation he had flown 1,559 hours ten minutes, of which 529 hours 45 minutes were as instructor, 233 hours 50 minutes in previous six months.

 

This officer, since his completion of a tour of operational duties, has shown himself to be an exceptional flying instructor.  On the change-over from Hudson to Mosquito aircraft at this station, this officer studied the new type of work so thoroughly in his spare time that he not only had a large share in the smooth change-over, in which no break in training occurred, but he composed all the airmanship lectures for the new type of training.  His ability as a pilot and his outstanding efficiency and good leadership have largely contributed to the high standard of training at this station.

 

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SMITH, Sergeant Thomas Edward (RAF 302396) - British Empire Medal - No.36 Service Flying Training School, Penhold, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380 dated 30 June 1944. 

 

This NCO has been employed as a disciplinarian in charge of pilots in training at this unit for over two years, and throughout this period has set an extremely high standard of behaviour and discipline by his own excellent example of leadership.  His efficiency and devotion to duty single him out as an outstanding NCO in every respect.

 

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SPIRE, Flight Sergeant Ebenezer Albert (RAF 770003) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters, Vancouver - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  First recommended 1 June 1943 by W/C J.H. Gray; he was on loan from RAF to assist in training personnel for fighter operations (DHist file 181.009 D.1753, National Archives of Canada RG.24 Vol.20609). 

 

This NCO has devoted much time over and above the normal course of duty to the organization and maintenance of the efficient functioning of the operations room in Western Air Command.  His willingness and exceptional ability have been an outstanding example to all personnel with whom he has come in contact.

 

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STEDMAN, W/C James Athelstone (RAF 73049) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.31 RAF Personnel Depot - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. 

 

With untiring zeal and energy this officer has organized and supervised the movement functions and discipline of this Royal Air Force Depot.  His work and personality are held in high esteem by all ranks, and the keen enthusiasm and devotion to duty which he has always shown are deserving of the highest praise.

 

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STENTIFORD, Corporal George Leslie (RAF 345641) - British Empire Medal - No.31 Air Navigation School, Port Albert, Ontario - Flight Sergeant at time of award.  Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. 

 

In September 1940, this NCO's unit was re-organized on a self-accounting basis, and the transfer to Canada was carried out on these lines.  Almost the entire responsibility for the transfer of the equipment from England to Canada fell on the shoulders of Corporal Stentiford.  The very high standard of efficiency which he displayed is borne out by the fact that the transfer was effected without loss of any of the equipment involved.  This junior NCO undoubtedly shoulders responsibilities and duties beyond those required by his present rank and carries them out in a highly satisfactory manner.  He has shown outstanding zeal and energy and a high degree of ability, and his services have been invaluable.

 

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STOKER, F/L Kenneth Richard (RAF 125884) - Air Force Cross - No.33 Service Flying Training School, North Battleford, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,590 hours, 1,375 as instructor, 255 in past six months. 

 


This officer has completed many hours of flying on instructional duties.  He has exhibited outstanding devotion to duty and has at all times set a splendid example of industry and efficiency.  His skill and ability as a pilot and instructor have been responsible for the development of many student pilots.

 

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SUGARS, W/C James Francis Vivian (RAF 04321) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.31 RAF Depot - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. 

 

This officer, throughout his period of duty with the Royal Canadian Air Force, has proven himself to be an administrative officer of exceptional ability in every respect.  He has carried out his duties with a high degree of initiative, forethought, energy and efficiency.  At all times he has displayed a keen interest in the welfare of the airmen and has been untiring in his efforts to promote and improve all forms of welfare facilities, so important at a transit unit of this nature.  His extensive knowledge of administration and sound, good judgement have been an inspiration to all officers associated with him.

 

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TANNER, F/O Llewellyn Elvet (RAF 123867) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.41 Service flying Training School, Weyburn, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.  No citation.

 

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TAYLOR, S/L Kenneth Garth (RAF 41331) - Air Force Cross - No.1 General Reconnaissance School, Summerside, Prince Edward Island - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Canadian serving in the RAF; from Port Elgin, New Brunswick; enlisted August 1938.  Later flew Beaufighters in No.254 Squadron and Hudsons in No.233 Squadron.  When recommended he had flown 2,381 hours total, 1,330 hours as instructor, 142 hours in previous six months. Transferred to RCAF (C49078).

 

This officer, who has had an extensive career in operational and instructional flying, has displayed energy, efficiency and organizing ability far above the ordinary course of duty.  As officer commanding a flying squadron, he has proven himself to be a capable and efficient leader.  The consistently high record of flying hours with no casualties maintained at this unit are largely due to this officer's capable supervision.

 

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TIGHE, G/C Charles Herbert (RAF 05111) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946 and AFRO 86/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born in Wicklow, Ireland, 13 July 1903.  Ferried Dakota FD899 to Britain, June 1943. 

 

This officer was employed at a Training Command Headquarters as Senior Aeronautical Engineering Officer for almost three years.  The calibre of his work at all times has been outstanding.  A brilliant staff officer, he has been responsible in many ways for the efficient maintenance organization now existent within the framework of this Command.  His cheerfulness and devotion to duty is without peer and his earnest endeavours to successfully complete the most difficult of problems are exceptionally praiseworthy.

 

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TILLING, Flight Sergeant Dennis Alfred Leslie (RAF 614685) - British Empire Medal - No.31 Bombing and Gunnery School, Picton, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. 

 

This disciplinarian, who has had a long and extensive service career, has been employed at this unit for the past year and a half, during which time the interests and welfare of the men on the station have greatly benefitted by the enthusiastic efforts and untiring energy of the non-commissioned officer.  By his fine example and devotion to duty he has been instrumental in attaining an exceedingly high standard of discipline.  His firm, yet tactful, handling of any situation, considered with his ability to make quick and judicious decisions, has been a great support to his superiors and an inspiration to those working under him.  His outstanding sportsmanship and organizing ability have done much for the welfare of the men at this unit.

 

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TIMMS, Flight Sergeant Stanley Douglas (RAF 1315319) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No. 37 Service Flying Training School, Calgary, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.  No citation.

 

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TREZISE, Warrant Officer Edwin Alfred (RAF 240573) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.32 RAF Personnel Depot - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Governor General's Record (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 57, file 190-I, dossier 2) has citation. 

 


Station Warrant Officer Trezise has at all times applied his long service experience for the good discipline and welfare of all ranks at this Depot.  His cheerful yet firm demeanour has been an example to officers and airmen, and he can be relied upon with confidence to carry out all duties of his responsible position with tact and discretion.

 

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UNDERHILL, F/L Arthur Frederick Alexander (RAF 70917) - Air Force Cross - No.3 Flying Instructors School - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. 

 

This officer, who has been flying for approximately nine years, has given long and loyal service as an Elementary Flying Instructor and Examining Officer.  His skill as a pilot and his undiminished enthusiasm for flying have been a constant source of inspiration to younger instructors.  He at all times has shown a genuine devotion to duty and his experience, ability and good judgement have been of invaluable assistance to flying instruction at this unit.

 

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VERNON, S/L Francis (RAF 46725) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.31 Service Flying Training School, Kingston, Ontario - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 

 

This officer, by his continuous forcefulness and energetic ability, has been largely responsible for the high standard of administration and discipline at this unit.  He is a brilliant administrator and has the exceptional ability of dealing efficiently with any matter, however intricate or complicated.  His devotion to duty is outstanding.

 

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WADSWORTH, F/L Robert Gerald St.Clare (RAF 66524) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No. 41 Service Flying Training School, Weyburn, Saskatchewan - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. 

 

This officer has performed his duties as an Examining Officer with exceptional zeal and organizing ability.  Any job allocated to him receives his most ardent and concerted attention.  In addition his knowledge of operational machines has been passed on to the pupils with the greatest enthusiasm and attention to detail and his keenness has set a fine example to all ranks.

 

 

 

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WALLACE, Sergeant Ian Douglas (RAF 1394058) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 26 November 1943 and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Attack described took place on 4 July 1943 and produced oily scum.  Three other crewmen were Mentioned in Despatches - Sergeant S.N. Wallace (RAAF), Sergeant Doland G. Collins (RCAF) and Sergeant Donald E. Manahan (RCAF). 

 

Sergeant Wallace, pilot and captain of a Hudson aircraft, was detailed to carry out an anti-submarine patrol.  He sighted a U-boat and immediately attacked it by dropping depth charges to overshoot the swirl.  This attack was considered to be very well carried out and assessment indicates serious damage to the U-boat.  This NCO's skilful piloting is considered worthy of high praise, especially in view of the fact that he was still undergoing operational training.

 

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WALLACH, Sergeant Stewart Nathaniel (AUS 418024) - Mention in Despatches - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Award effective 11 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 December 1943 and AFRO 568/44 dated 17 March 1944.  Born at Kew (Victoria State), 16 August 1922.  Student; enlisted in RAAF, 24 April 1942 and posted to No.4 ITS: promoted LAC, 18 July 1942; to No.2 AOS, 23 July 1942; to No.3 BAGS, 19 October 1942; to No.2 ANS, 14 December 1942; promoted Sergeant, 7 January 1943; embarked from Melbourne, 3 February 1943; arrived in Canada, 25 February 1943; to No.3 Manning Depot, Edmonton, 25 February 1943; to No.1 GRS, Summerside, 3 April 1943; to No.31 OTU, 14 May 1943; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 27 July 1943; embarked from United States, 3 August 1943; arrived in UK, 11 August 1943; to No.11 PDRC, 12 August 1943; to No.1 BPD, 22 November 1943; to No.608 Squadron, 12 December 1943 (52 sorties, 233 hours 45 minutes flown on Hudsons); commissioned 15 July 1944; to No.325 Wing, 27 July 1944; to No.148 Squadron, 3 August 1944 (seven sorties, 58 hours 45 minutes flown on Halifax aircraft); to Australia, 12 January 1945.  Released 24 September 1945.  No citation.  A member of a Hudson crew that attacked a U-boat on 4 July 1943; see Sergeant Ian D. Wallace (RAF), awarded DFM, for details.  NOTE: When originally announced, his name was given as "Wallace"; this was corrected by AFRO 702/44 dated 31 March 1944.

 

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WARLOW, F/L Russel Picton (RAF 84683) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No. 31 Elementary Flying Training School, DeWinton, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 1684/44 dated 15 December 1944. 

 

This flying instructor has at all times carried out his 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.

 

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WATERHOUSE, W/C Richard Henry (RAF 340092) - Air Force Cross - No.5 Service Flying Training School, Brantford, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943.  Born in Sunderland or South Shields, 5 May 1913; educated at Tonstall School, Sunderland and Loretto School, Musselburgh.  Commissioned 1933. He appears to have been attached to the RCAF for exchange duties in 1939; on 20 August 1939 he was temperarily appointed a Flight Lieutenant in the RCAF on 20 August 1939 (1010), posted to Camp Borden on 31 August 1939, and promptly relinquished his RCAF commission; such records as had been generated in that period were placed on his RAF file.  He attained the rank of Squadron Leader in 1940, and Acting Group Captain in 1943. In September 1942 he ferried an aircraft (FL945) to England via Montreal and Goose Bay; the Ferry Command crew card  gives his home as Moorfields, Cotherstone, Yorkshire, although his wife at that time gave her address as 37 Holland Street, Kitchener, Ontario, which was consistent with his being stationed at Brantford.

 

As a flying instructor and later as Chief Flying Instructor, this officer has since the outbreak of war contributed largely to the successful carrying out of flying training programmes at a number of Service Flying Training Schools.  His great ability as a flying instructor, which has been amply demonstrated during nearly 2,000 hours of instructional flying, made him one of the most valued flying training instructors in the BCATP.  He had made an extremely valuable contribution to the success of the Air Training Plan.

 

NOTE: This officer was subsequently awarded the following, included here for thoroughness of the record:

 

WATERHOUSE, G/C Richard Henry (RAF 340092) - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943.  Citation in Flight of 5 August 1943;

 

After being engaged in training duties in Canada for some time, this officer has now been posted to command a bomber squadron. Although a station commander, he continues to operate as captain and sets a fine example to his air crews. He has participated in attacks on Emden, Duisburg, Lorient, Cologne, Wilhelmshaven and St.Nazaire.

 

Air Ministry Bulletin 10775 refers and gives a longer text:

 

After being engaged in training duties in Canada for some time, this officer has now been posted to command a bomber squadron. In this capacity he has consistently displayed unflagging energy in the discharge of his duties, to which he has subordinated every personal consideration.  With this he combines a staunch determination to strike at the enemy whenever possible.  He has proved to be a born leader who displays courage and determination to a marked degree. Although a station commander, he continues to operate as captain and sets a fine example to his air crews. He has participated in attacks on Emden, Duisburg, Lorient, Cologne, Wilhelmshaven and St.Nazaire.

 


WATERHOUSE, W/C Richard Henry (340932) - Silver Star (United States) - awarded as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1943.  Public Record Office Air 2/9599 has citation as it appeared in Eighth Air Force General Order No.104 dated 16 July 1943.

 

For gallantry in action while leading his Heavy Bombardment Group against some of the most heavily defended objectives in enemy occupied territory.  The courage, tenacity of purpose and brilliant leadership displayed by Wing Commander Waterhouse on each of his missions have been a constant inspiration to all who have served under him.  In his present capacity as Station Commander his untiring energy, skill and leadership are directly reflected by the outstanding operational records of the units of his command.  The courage, skill and leadership displayed by Wing Commander Waterhouse on all occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of His Majesty's government.

 

WATERHOUSE, G/C Richard Henry, DFC, AFC (34092) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - Station Leconfield - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946.  Public Records Office Air 2/9121 has recommendations.

 

Group Captain Waterhouse has been Station Commander at Leconfield for over two years.  He has spared no effort to raise the standard of the station in all matters pertaining to flying and administration.  Heavy bomber squadrons were consistently operating from Leconfield throughout the peak of Bomber Command's offensive and the operational results achieved were invariably excellent.  By his personal enthusiasm and example Group Captain Waterhouse did much to maintain the efficiency and morale of all at his station at a high level.

 

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WATERTON, F/L William Arthur (RAF 42288) - Air Force Cross - No.39 Service Flying Training School, Swift Current, Saskatchewan - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  The citation is misleading, suggesting continuous instructing from 1939; he had served in No.242 Squadron from November 1939 to August 1940.  See data base for Canadians enrolled in RAF for more career details.

 

Flight Lieutenant Waterton has been an outstanding instructor since June 1939.  He has flown a total of 1,283 hours, 900 of which were as instructor.  He has shown above average ability and exceptional devotion to duty  as evidenced by the fact that, in one month, although not required to do so in his capacity as Flight Commander, he flew over 100 hours as instructor.  His industry and enthusiasm have been an example to all and have resulted in turning out a goodly number of trained pilots.

 

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WATTS, S/L R.E., AFC (RAF 27069) - Belgian Military Cross, First Class - No.31 Elementary Flying Training School, DeWinton, Alberta - Awarded and AFRO 1949/43 dated 24 September 1943.  No citation other than "in recognition of valuable services in the training of Belgian pilots".

 

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WEBB, F/L Romilly Percival (NZ 411842) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Station Dorval - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 7 September 1945.  Public Record Office Air 2/9117 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 1,125 hours on current duties (129 in previous six months).  Although the unit is given as Dorval, the work described appears to have been largely outside Canada.

 

Flight Lieutenant Webb has shown outstanding technical ability as a Radio Officer.  After completing seven successful delivery flights on the South Atlantic route, he was retained at Nassau for the maintenance and tuning of radio equipment.  Since then, he has been posted to the Pacific ferry service where he was done excellent work.

 

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WEIR, Flight Sergeant William Edward (number ?) - British Empire Medal - No.31 General Reconnaissance School, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  Awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943.  London Gazette gives initials as "W.E.S.". 

 

The above mentioned Flight Sergeant as NCO in charge of Maintenance Flight was given the task of erecting Anson aircraft for most urgent work at this school.  By his fine personal example, his perseverance and leadership in a country which was new to him and under conditions of sub-zero weather, he carried through his task successfully.  When encountering difficulties he showed marked ability and initiative.  His persistence and unfailing cheerfulness, which was an inspiration to those working under his direction, resulted in a maximum of maintenance efficiency in his flight, thereby making aircraft available for service at all times.

 

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WESTLEY, F/L Frederick William (RAF 43624) - Air Force Cross - No.31 Service Flying Training School, Kingston, Ontario - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 20 October 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943.

 


This officer is the holder of a CFS A.1 Category and has been outstanding in his energy and persistence as a pilot and flight commander in this unit.  He has been continuously engaged in flying duties since March 1939, and has now completed 3,500 hours of flying, of which 2,000 hours have been spent in instructing.  In his present position as flight commander, he has completed 267 hours 20 minutes in the course of the first six months of the present war.  During his entire flying experience he has never damaged an aircraft.

 

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WHITE, Flight Sergeant George Allan (RAF 531077 and 52884) - British Empire Medal - No.31 Bombing and Gunnery School, Picton, Ontario - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Pilot Officer when award made. 

 

This NCO, employed as an Armament Instructor, has carried out his duties in connection with the organization of armament training through a very difficult period with a willingness and energy far above that normally expected.  His keenness, persistence and devotion to duty have been exemplary and he has been responsible for the successful organization of practical and synthetic training requiring outstanding initiative and long hours of work.

 

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WHITTAKER, FS G.A. (RAF 2220350) - Mention in Despatches - No. 5 Operational Training Unit, Boundary Bay, B.C. - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945.  No citation.

 

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WIDDOWS, S/L John Sherard (RAF 85131) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.4 Training Command Headquarters - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.

 

Squadron Leader Widdows has been employed as Staff Officer (RAF) at this Command Headquarters for seven months.  His tireless energy and devotion to duty have been to a large extent responsible for the excellent morale of Royal Air Force personnel serving in this Command, in relation to the many and varied personnel problems which arise in connection with their welfare and employment.  Squadron Leader Widdows is painstaking and reliable and is a Staff Officer of outstanding ability.

 

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WIGHTMAN, W/C William Taylor Froest, DFC (RAF 26129) - Air Force Cross - No.34 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Had previously been awarded DFC, 11 February 1941, for services with No.94 Squadron.  When recommended for AFC he had flown 2,740 hours, 1.024 as instructor, 143 in past six months.

 


This officer, ac chief instructor at this flying school, has displayed the highest standard of efficiency whilst flying.  His wide flying experience and his ability and keenness as a flying instructor have resulted in the present high standard of flying training at this station.  Wing Commander Wightman, by his exceptional abilities of leadership and command, has set an excellent example to pupils and flying instructors alike.  The energy, efficiency and zeal of this officer are noteworthy.  These qualities combined with his devotion to duty and sound judgement have made him an outstanding pilot and instructor.

 

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WILLIAMS, Flight Sergeant William David (RAF 563239) - British Empire Medal - No.39 Service Flying Training School, Swift Current, Saskatchewan - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 

For the past year Flight Sergeant Williams has been the Senior Fitter of the Servicing Squadron of this School and has displayed exceptional ability as a Technical NCO. The keenness and skill displayed by him, together with his unceasing efforts, have been an excellent example and inspiration to those serving under him.  This NCO, by his untiring energy, has been instrumental in maintaining the maximum serviceability of aircraft, even under adverse conditions.

 

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WILLIAMSON, F/O Edward Kitchener (RAF 101596) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.36 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. 

 

Flying Officer Williamson has displayed exceptional zeal and devotion to duty whilst carrying out the duties of Electrical Officer in the Maintenance Wing at this Unit.  His technical qualifications have proven to be very valuable in connection with forced landings of aircraft, when the Chief Technical Officer's personal inspection of the aircraft has invariably revealed certain defeaction [sic] or causes of trouble.  This Unit, in this respect, has been commended for bringing to light the obscure causes of numerous aircraft accidents and means of prevention in the future.

 

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WOLGAST, LAC Norman Frederick (AUS 437740) - British Empire Medal - No.6 Service Flying Training School - awarded as per London Gazette dated 23 June 1944.  Born 16 November 1919 at Cronulla, New South Wales; mechanic before the war; formerly with Australian Army Service Corps before he enlisted in RAAF at No.2 Recruiting Centre, 4 May 1943 and posted to No.2 ITS; promoted LAC, 14 August 1943; to No.5 EFTS, Narromine, 16 September 1943; to No.2 Embarkation Depot, Bradfield Park, 18 November 1943; embarked at Sydney, 12 December 1943; arrived in Canada, 29 December 1943; to No.6 SFTS, Dunnville, 17 January 1944; qualified as pilot and promoted Sergeant, 25 August 1944; to "Y" Depot, Lachine, 2 September 1944; to No.3 RD, Vancouver, 3 October 1944; to No.3 Personnel Depot, 24 November 1944; to No.2 Personnel Depot, Bradfield Park, 17 December 1944; to No.2 Aircraft Depot, 19 January 1945; to No.4 Personnel Depot, Springbank, 1 February 1945; to No.5 SFTS, Uranquinty, 12 March 1945; to No.2 Personnel Depot, 6 June 1945; released 8 June 1945 at his own request as he was considered "surplus aircrew'>.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 58, file 190-I, dossier 5) has recommendation submitted to Governor General in May 1944.  NOTE:  F/O R.P. McLean received an MBE for the same incident. 

 

This airman rushed to the wreckage of a fiercely burning Harvard aircraft to assist an officer in rescuing the pilot, who was trapped in the front cockpit.  They kicked in one of the side panels and reaching into the flames pulled the pilot through the small opening to safety.  The plane was completely burned out shortly after his release.  The swift action and courage of this airman, despite the grave personal risk involved, including the danger of exploding gasoline, was greatly responsible for saving the life of the pilot.

 

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                                                               INDEX BY UNITS

 

COLLINS, AC Harold J                 CBE             460101                * AFHQ

DAINTY, FL PC                              MBE             460101                * AFHQ

JACKSON, WC S                         MBE             460101                * AFHQ

PAXTON, AC Anthony L               CBE             430528                * AFHQ

ROGERS, GC Charles FG           OBE             450101                * AFHQ

NORTH, SL GN                              AFC              460101                * CFS

SIMPSON, FS Cyril Eteson          Comm          450907                * Dorval

REVILL, FL Jack R                        Comm          460101                * Dorval

WEBB, FL Romilly Percival          Comm          450907                * Dorval

BLAIR, FS RF                                BEM             440608                * Drtmth

CLARKE, FL Wm Paul Neville     Comm          450907                * FryCmd

RALPH, SL Richard John             AFC              430831                * FryCmd

SHARP, FO Victor Leonard         Comm          450907                * FryCmd

CRESSWELL, SL TJA                 MBE             430101                * Mtn-Vw

RALPHS, SL Walter J                   MBE             440101                * Mtn-Vw

ROLLES, WC BH                          MBE             460101                * TTS

SPIRE, FS EA                               MiD               440608                * WACHQ

BRAHAM, SL P                             MBE             450614                1 ACHQ

TIGHE, GC CH                               OBE             460101                1 ACHQ

BARRETT, SL GGN                      AFC              450101                1 CFS

HOPGOOD, FL GW                      Comm          450421                1 CFS

MEYNELL, WC ELF                     MBE             460101                1 GRS

MOULD, SL Arthur JM                  MBE             440101                1 GRS

TAYLOR, SL KG                            AFC              450101                1 GRS

BICKET, FL PM                             AFC              450614                1 IFS

BOOKER, MAA C                         BEM             450614                1 NAGS

CLAY, FS J                                    BEM             460101                1 NAGS

KINGSTON, WAO HGD                Comm          450101                1 NAGS

MUDIE, Cmdr Ian MN                    MBE             460101                1 NAGS

ROLPH, CPO/A RS                      BEM             440608                1 NAGS

HIGGINS, FO W (NZ)                    AFC              450614                1 RNS

FLOWERDEW, WC John B         Comm          430101                1 SFTS

BALL, WC Benjamin                     OBE             430101                1 TCHQ

KENNEDY, WC AJ                       Comm          450101                1 TCHQ

ALLEN, WC W                               MBE             460101                1 Y Depot

POWELL, Sgt TR                          BEM             460101                1 Y Depot

PENMAN, WC WM                       AFC              421020                2 BGS

RICHARDSON, FS H                    BEM             460101                2 BGS

MARSHALL, FO AN                     Comm          430416                2 FIS

MORTON, FL RV                           AFC              450614                2 FIS

REID, FL AKM                               AFC              450421                2 FIS

CORKILL, SL William H                MBE             440608                2 TCHQ

JAMES, FO E                                Comm          430101                3 FIS


JAMES, FL E                                 Comm          440101                3 FIS

WOUNDERHILL, FL AF               AFC              431026                3 FIS

BEST, GC Gordon L                     OBE             460101                4 TCHQ

IRON, AC Douglas                        CBE             440608                4 TCHQ

WIDDOWS, SL John S                 MBE             430528                4 TCHQ

PARKER, Sgt John E                   BEM             430302                5 BGS

PETERSEN, LAC PG (NZ)          BEM             440526                5 BGS

WHITTAKER, FS GA                    MiD               450101                5 OTU

HOSKING, FS WJC                      BEM             460101                5 RS

WATERHOUSE, WC RH             AFC              420611                5 SFTS

LUDLOW, PO PH                          AFC              450614                6 OTU

MAXWELL, GC PH                       AFC              450101                6 OTU

McPHERSON, SL IRC                  AFC              450421                6 OTU

McELHONE, FO JJ (RAAF)         Comm          441114                6 SFTS

WOLGAST, LAC NF (RAAF)       BEM             440623                6 SFTS

RUB, FO KH                                   AFC              450101                7 BGS

NORCOTT, FL DO                        AFC              450614                7 OTU

SMITH, SL RP                                AFC              441114                7 OTU

HUNT, Cpl TH                                BEM             441114                7 SFTS

BOILEAU, Cpl F                            BEM             450101                8 OTU

HENNEY, SL WJ                           MBE             450101                8 OTU

DUPONT, WC RE                         AFC              460101                10 SFTS

DUPONT, WC Richard E             Comm          430101                10 SFTS

FLEMING, WC J                            MBE             450614                12 Grp HQ

SEWARD, AC Walter John          CBE             440101                12 Grp HQ

BADLEY, LAC DL (NZ)                Comm          430302                12 SFTS

BREWSTER, SL FA                     Comm          460101                13 EFTS

DESAMSONOW, FO                    Comm          450811                13 EFTS

CANNON, FL RY                           Comm          450614                13 SFTS

HEWITT, SL R                                AFC              450614                14 SFTS

MITCHELL, FL RRL                      Comm          450421                15 SFTS

BENTLEY, FO RC                         Comm          450811                16 SFTS

BURNETT, SL RL                          AFC              420611                16 SFTS

MacCORMAC, SL JWD               AFC              450811                16 SFTS

COLLINGRIDGE, SL LW              Comm          460101                18 SFTS

ROBERTSON, SL AW                  MBE             460101                19 EFTS

BATEMAN, Sgt VF                       BEM             460101                25 EFTS

ELDRIDGE, FL JR                        Comm          440608                26 EFTS

LAING, SL AJA                              Comm          440608                26 EFTS

ALLEN, Sgt IBW                            BEM             460101                31 ANS

CRAWFORD, WO CW                 AFC              430528                31 ANS

CURLE, Sgt D                               BEM             450614                31 ANS

DOBBS, FL JF                              AFC              440101                31 ANS

FOWLE, FS GAD                          BEM             450614                31 ANS

HARRISON, FO GW                     AFC              450101                31 ANS


MANNIKIN, FL RF                         AFC              450614                31 ANS

MITCHELL, John Lewis, SL         For-US         470124                31 ANS

ORNBY, FS AN                              AFM             420611                31 ANS

REILLY, Cpl TD                              AFM             430101                31 ANS

STENTIFORD, Cpl GL                  BEM             430101                31 ANS

COLLINGWOOD, GC CJ             OBE             450101                31 BGS

CREIGHTON, FO MJ                    Comm          450101                31 BGS

ELSDON-HOWARD, FS J           Comm          430528                31 BGS

GRAY, WO Harold EP                  MBE             440608                31 BGS

MAW, SL DM                                 AFC              421020                31 BGS

SKELDING, FS ED                       Comm          440608                31 BGS

TILLING, FS DAL                           BEM             450101                31 BGS

WHITE, FS GA                               BEM             440101                31 BGS

KYPREANON, FS C                     BEM             450614                31 Depot

McKELVIE, Cpl J                           BEM             460101                31 Depot

STEDMAN, WC JA                       MBE             460101                31 Depot

SUGARS, WC James FV            MBE             450101                31 Depot

ANDERSON, FS JB                     AFM             430101                31 EFTS

EASTWOOD, FL RF                     AFC              440101                31 EFTS

FLEKAL WO J                               Comm          430528                31 EFTS

KUBAK, FL J                                 Comm          450101                31 EFTS

RENDLE, FL R                              Comm          430101                31 EFTS

SHUSTER, FO RC                        Comm          440505                31 EFTS

WARLOW, FL RP                         Comm          441114                31 EFTS

WATTS, SL RE                              For-Bel         430924                31 EFTS

BLANN, PO AHP                           Comm          430101                31 GRS

DOGGETT, Sgt GW                      BEM             430528                31 GRS

FRAIN, FL George                        MBE             430101                31 GRS

MEREDITH, AC1 J                        AFM             430101                31 GRS

PORTLOCK, WC John G             MBE             440101                31 GRS

PRESS, PO LG                             AFC              430101                31 GRS

RAE, FL JP                                    AFC              420611                31 GRS

WEIR, FS WE                                BEM             420611                31 GRS

BOYLE, FO MI                               Comm          430528                31 OTU

CARTER, FS FAS                        BEM             440608                31 OTU

COLLINS, LAC JD                        AFM             440608                31 OTU

DAVISON, FL G                            AFC              440505                31 OTU

FITZGIBBON, FL Basil F              Comm          430416                31 OTU

HINKS, SL SR                                AFC              430416                31 OTU

JONES, FS CA                              BEM             440101                31 OTU

LITTLEJOHN, WC NB                   OBE             430528                31 OTU

REES, FL G                                   Comm          430528                31 OTU

REEVE, SL EA                              MBE             460101                31 OTU

ROCKEY, FS LS                           BEM             430101                31 OTU

WALLACE, Sgt ID                         DFM             431126                31 OTU


WALLACH, Sgt SN (RAAF)         MiD               431126                31 OTU

TREZISE, WO Edwin A                MBE             430101                31 PD

HAMBLETT, Cpl P                        BEM             450101                31 SFTS

HAYES, SL EJ                               AFC              440505                31 SFTS

LAMB, WC PG                              AFC              431026                31 SFTS

SLOAN, SL D                                Comm          430528                31 SFTS

VERNON, SL Francis                   MBE             440101                31 SFTS

WESTLEY, FL FW                        AFC              421020                31 SFTS

BRUCE, FO RAP                          AFC              430101                32 EFTS

CAWS, Sgt RA                              AFM             430619                32 EFTS

EVANS, Sgt DG                            BEM             440608                32 EFTS

GOULSTONE, FS JW                  Comm          450101                32 EFTS

HARRISON, WO JA                      AFC              440505                32 EFTS

MILLER, FL Wm Frederic            MBE             450101                32 EFTS

BROWN, SL EC                            Comm          430528                32 OTU

BROWN, SL EC, Comm              AFC              460101                32 OTU

DAY, WO James Walter M           MBE             440608                32 OTU

POWELL, FO WG                         Comm          431026                32 OTU

SIMMONDS, WC AH, DFC          Comm          460101                32 OTU

BARBER, FL CP                           Comm          430101                32 SFTS

FRANCIS, SL EH                          Comm          440101                32 SFTS

FRANCIS, SL EH                          AFC              460101                32 SFTS

GODSALVE, FL WHL                  AFC              450101                32 SFTS

HIGGINS, FS LP                            BEM             460101                32 SFTS

MILLIGAN, SL FM                         AFC              420611                32 SFTS

SMITH, WO PS                              AFC              430528                32 SFTS

BOOTH, FO RL                              Comm          440101                33 ANS

HOWELLS, SL BH                        MBE             450101                33 ANS

JENKINS, FL WS                          AFC              440101                33 ANS

ALDHOUS, WO BJ                       Comm          440101                33 EFTS

BROWN, Sgt RJO                         Comm          430528                33 EFTS

CRAIG, FS ES                               AFM             430619                33 EFTS

EDGE, FL HR                                AFC              440101                33 EFTS

FEATHERBY, FL HF                    AFC              440505                33 EFTS

GREENAWAY, Sgt KG                 BEM             460101                33 EFTS

BRAUND, Cpl TRK                       BEM             430101                33 SFTS

GUERNIER, FL AGL                     Comm          460101                33 SFTS

HARNETT, FL TP                          Comm          430416                33 SFTS

HOLDEN, FS HJ                           BEM             430101                33 SFTS

OAKSHOTT, WO2 AEC               Comm          430101                33 SFTS

PHINN, FS JA                                BEM             450101                33 SFTS

SALTER, SL GW                           Comm          460101                33 SFTS

STOKER, FL KR                           AFC              450101                33 SFTS

JEPPS, FO EN                              Comm          430416                34 EFTS

KENT, SL CS                                 Comm          460101                34 EFTS


READER, Sgt PA                          BEM             460101                34 EFTS

LONSDALE, Sgt FD                     BEM             440608                34 OTU

McINNES, FS A                             BEM             440101                34 OTU

ALDRIDGE, SL FJ                        Comm          450421                34 SFTS

ARLETT, FL Ronald                      MBE             430528                34 SFTS

BACON, Sgt EAH                         AFM             420611                34 SFTS

BAXTER, SL GW                          MBE             450614                34 SFTS

BUTLER, SL PP                            MBE             450614                34 SFTS

CHARTER, FS RP                        BEM             430101                34 SFTS

DELANEY, SL George Wm         MBE             440608                34 SFTS

ELLIS, GC A. ap                            For-Bel         430924                34 SFTS

GILLING, SL KV                             AFC              450614                34 SFTS

GRAYSON, FL C                           Comm          431026                34 SFTS

HUNTER, FL RF                            Comm          430528                34 SFTS

PEXTON, WC RD                         AFC              431026                34 SFTS

SCRAGG, WC C                           AFC              420611                34 SFTS

WIGHTMAN, WC WTF                 AFC              450101                34 SFTS

McNEIL, FL DC                             Comm          440101                35 EFTS

BETTS, FL JM                               AFC              440101                35 SFTS

FOSSETT, FL RH                         AFC              430416                35 SFTS

HAYWARD, WC FBH                   AFC              440505                35 SFTS

SIMPSON, SL JA                          Comm          430101                35 SFTS

SIMPSON, WC JA                        AFC              460101                35 SFTS

BURROWS, Sgt KE                      BEM             450101                36 OTU

BUSBY, Sgt EW                            BEM             430528                36 OTU

FOWLER, Sgt R                            BEM             430528                36 OTU

GROOM, SL Frank Edward         MBE             430528                36 OTU

HAMILTON, WC JS                       AFC              440505                36 OTU

HIPKIN, FL Geoffrey C                  MBE             430101                36 OTU

ROBBINS, Cpl AE                         BEM             430528                36 OTU

SCRIMGEOUR, FS J                    BEM             440608                36 OTU

SKILBECK, Cpl JR                       BEM             430528                36 OTU

WILLIAMSON, FO EK                   MBE             430528                36 OTU

AMEY, FL JWT                              AFC              450421                36 SFTS

BRADLEY, Cpl AC                        BEM             460101                36 SFTS

CHESTERMAN, WC HW             AFC              421020                36 SFTS

HICKMAN, WC Albert AF             OBE             440101                36 SFTS

MOORE, FS J                                BEM             440101                36 SFTS

SMITH, Sgt TE                               BEM             440608                36 SFTS

BLAKE, WC Ernest                       OBE             440608                37 SFTS

MANSFIELD, FL LW                    Comm          460101                37 SFTS

TIMMS, FS SD                               Comm          440505                37 SFTS

LEA-COX, GC K                           AFC              460101                38 SFTS

BROOKS, WC WT, DSO             AFC              460101                39 SFTS

FRASER, WO Finlay                     MBE             440608                39 SFTS


OfficerCOURTIN, SL R                 MBE             460101                39 SFTS

PEARSON, WO WS                     Comm          440505                39 SFTS

ROGERS, SL DD                          Comm          460101                39 SFTS

WATERTON, FL WA                    AFC              430101                39 SFTS

WILLIAMS, FS WD                       BEM             430528                39 SFTS

JACKSON, Sgt SJ                        Comm          431026                41 SFTS

LEDBROOK, FL KH                     Comm          440101                41 SFTS

TANNER, FO LE                           Comm          440505                41 SFTS

WADSWORTH, FL BG                 Comm          440101                41 SFTS

CUNNINGHAM, George C, WC  OBE             440101                45 Group

BARRON, FL Hubert James        Comm          440901                112 Wing

FITZGIBBON, SL Basil F              AFC              440901                112 Wing

RUST, FL Harold Ian                     AFC              440901                112 Wing

DODD, SL Robert Wm                 Comm          440901                313 FTCU

MILLAR, FL John Alex*                 AFC              440901                313 FTC