Battle of Britain
The 117 Canadians who fought in the Battle of Britain 10 July-31 October 1940:
90128 F/L John William Maxwell “Max” AITKEN, DFC 601 Squadron. Born in Montreal 15/2/10. On 16 May, 1940 he flew to France with the Hurricanes of “A” Flight to reinforce 3 Squadron. He was quite successful being involved in the destruction of six enemy aircraft. He returned to England as an acting S/Ldr and took command of 601 Squadron and destroyed a He 111 25 June,1940. For this and for his victories in France he was awarded the DFC 9/7/40. On 25/6/41, flying a Spitfire he shot down a Me 109 in a sweep over France. Commanding 68 Squadron flying Blenheims as a night-fighter unit with mainly Czech crews. He shot down a Do 17 on the night of 30 April and another on the night of 29/30 May and on the night of 23/24 shot down a Ju 88 and a Do 217. He was awarded the DSO and the Czech Military Cross. His operational tour complete, he was posted in February 1943 to HQ Eastern Mediterranean in the Fighter Tactics Branch. On 05 March, 1944 flying in a Beaufighter of 46 Squadron he shot down two Ju 52s, probably a third and damaged a fourth. His victories now totaled 14. He retired in 1946 as a Group Captain. He died 01 May, 1985. The RAF Museum at Tangmere has in its collection the flying boots Max Aitken wore in 1940 when at RAF Tangmere. It is said that when off duty and frequenting a public house in Bognor Regis, Max Aitken was unable to pay his bill and left his flying boots behind as payment. Many years later, the landlord of the White Horse Public House, Bognor Regis gifted the boots to the Museum. MAX AITKEN’S FLYING BOOTS ARE DISPLAYED IN THE MUSEUM’S BATTLE OF BRITAIN HALL.
41241 F/O Charles Ian Rose “Duke” ARTHUR 141 Squadron. From Fort Garry, Manitoba. 01 Jun 1943 as a F/Lt he took command of 232 Squadron in Tunisia until 25 Dec and then commanded 72 Squadron at Lagos, Italy. He destroyed a Me 109 on 07 May and was awarded the DFC 9/6/44. He took the squadron to Sisteron, France to cover the landings and returned to Italy on 02 Oct. He was promoted to acting W/Com and awarded a bar to his DFC. He left the RAF as a W/Com on 03 Nov, 1954 and returned to Canada. ARTHUR — Charles Ian Rose born June 4, 1918 passed away October 13, 1998 at Richmond Lions Manor. He is survived by his cousin Dorothy-Ann PATRICK, daughter-in-law Mary-Lynne BLOW; two grandsons Tad (Kim) and Jason; two great-grandchildren Amber and Nash; other MURPHY cousins and many friends. “Duke” was a Wing Commander in the R.A.F. with D.F.C. and Bar and flew during the Battle of Britain.
Lt(FAA) Roy BAKER-FALKNER, 600 Squadron. Born 03 June, 1916. At the end of August 1940 when there was an urgent need for pilots, the call went out to the Navy, Coastal Command and Bomber Command Roy was one of these. He rose to the rank of LlCdr.DSO;DSC and was killed after flying off the Aircraft Carrier HMS Furious 18/6/1944. Roy Sydney Baker-Falkner was born on 3rd June 1916 in Nottingham, England; his father was stationed in Britain with the 79th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force. The family returned to Canada in early 1918, eventually moving to Saanich on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to be close to their cousin, a magistrate at Steveston near Vancouver. In mid 1929, Baker-Falkner applied to join the Navy at Esquimalt naval base, British Columbia. As the Royal Naval College of Canada at Esquimalt had closed eight years previously, he was transferred to the United Kingdom on a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship. Along with other RCN cadets, he enrolled for officer training at the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. In 1934, as a midshipman, he was appointed to HMS Kent, flagship of the China Fleet. In 1937 he transferred to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm as a pilot, completing his pilot training with the Royal Air Force. Baker-Falkner earned his pilot’s wings in 1938 with the rank of Sub-Lieutenant RN/Flight Lieutenant RAF, and specialized in torpedo reconnaissance. He was appointed to an operational carrier-based squadron in HMS Glorious in the Mediterranean. On the outbreak of war in September 1939, his Fairey Swordfish squadron was actively involved in the search for the German warship Graf Spee in the Indian Ocean. Baker-Falkner returned to England in spring 1940, and was seconded to a shore-based squadron where he supported the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk and later participated in the Battle of Britain. He was one of the few Canadian naval officers to participate in this battle. He then was seconded to RAF Coastal Command, flying the venerable Swordfish biplane in mining missions against the German coastline. For his actions he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. After 15 months of operational duties, in August 1941 Baker-Falkner was attached as a pilot instructor to the Fleet Air Arm air station at RNAS Condor in Arbroath, Scotland, at which time he took part in the Royal Navy information film “Find, Fix and Strike”. He was appointed as commanding officer of 767 squadron in August 1942. Subsequently in October 1942 he was appointed to the Royal Navy aircraft testing squadron at RAF Boscombe Down as a test pilot, and proved instrumental in testing naval aircraft prior to their operational use by the Royal Navy. Chief amongst these was the dive-bomber, the Fairey Barracuda. Based on his unique skills with the Barracuda, he was given command of 827 squadron in August 1943, the first Royal Navy unit equipped with this advanced dive-bomber.
- 37664 F/Lt. Robert A. BARTON.DFC 249 Squad. Born in Kamloops, 07/06 1916.Joined 41 Squad 11 October, 1936 and remained until posted as a Flight Commander to 249 Squad.on its formation 16 May,1940. On 15 August he shot down a MellO and a Mel09 destroyed on the 24th. On 15 September a Do17 destroyed, On the 2nd a Me110 destroyed, A Me 109 destroyed on 19 October and a bomber shot down into the sea. 11 November. Awarded the DFC 20/10/40. 37664 F/Lt. Robert A. BARTON(Contd.) On convoy patrol on 04 Feb, 1941 he destroyed a Me 110; his final victories in the UK. In mid April the Squadron was equipped with Hurricanes Mk,II’s armed with 20mm cannon and in early May sailed from Liverpool on the carrier HMS Furious to Gibraltar. There the Squadron was transferred to the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal on 21 May bound for Malta. They all arrived there safely. The squadron was quite successful with Barton destroying a SM79 03 June;a BR20 on 08 June; a Me200 on 17 July and another on the 25th.and a Me 202 on 22 November. A bar to his DFC 31 October, 1941 and posted away for a rest 08 December. He flew a few Mustang sorties in 1945 and was made a OBE 14 June,45. He stayed in the RAF and retired on 27 Feb 59 as a W /Comm.
84923 P/O Percival H. BEAKE 64 Squadron. In his own words “…the only shots I fired during the battle were at a friendly bomber, in error. Thank goodness I didn’t cause any damage…”. Awarded the DFC 05/09/44, joined the RAFVR at Bristol in April 1939. Flying from Whitchurch Airfield on some evenings and weekends he had completed 50 hours training on Tiger Moths when war was declared. However, the mobilisation of all aircrew in Volunteer Reserve and Auxiliary Units overwhelmed the flying training facilities available and he was posted to No. 3 Initial Training Wing at St. Leonards on Sea where keep fit exercises and ground studies were the order of the day. It was not until 26/3/1940 that he was posted to Redhill to commence flying training again from scratch. Training continued on different aircraft until 31/8/40 when he was posted to Hawarden where he first flew a Spitfire. After three weeks there he was posted to 64 Squadron at Leconfield. A month later the Squadron moved to Coltishall. It was not until 10/11/1940 that the Squadron was moved to Hornchurch in the London area by which time daylight raids by masses of enemy bombers had been discontinued in favour of night time raids. On February 2nd 1941 Percy made a forced landing in a field at Sheperdswell in Kent. He tried to make a wheels-down landing to save his aircraft but ended up head down in the mud. Percy’s aircraft was a write-off and he suffered concussion for which he was treated in the RAF Officers Hospital in Torquay. He did not get back to the Squadron until March 27th. On May 16th the Squadron was posted to Turnhouse near Edinburgh. On June 26th Percy complained to the CO about the lack of combat opportunity there and the following day he was posted to 92 Squadron at Biggin Hill. On July 8, having taken part in a mission over France, he was shot down by an Me 109 just after leaving the French coast but he managed to bale out over the sea and was picked up 18 miles east of Dover by an RAF Rescue Launch. Towards the end of October the Squadron moved to Digby in Lincolnshire and by the end of the year Percy had completed 100 operation sorties and was declared ‘tour expired’. In January 1942 Percy was posted to 601 Squadron which at the time was equipped with Aircobras. These aircraft had serious maintenance problems and were never made operational. However, the Squadron was re-equipped with Spitfires in March and was posted to Malta. The CO said “Beaky you are tour expired” so I can’t take you to Malta – you will have to go to instructing at an OUT. So it was he arrived at 58 OUT in Grangemouth on April 1st 1942. He remained instructing until the end of the year when he was posted to Harrowbeer in Devon as a founder member of a new Squadron – 193 – being formed to fly Typhoons. The Squadron became operational in April 1943. On February 8th 1944, whilst flying over France they were lucky to see some FW 190s returning to Gael airfield. Two were on their landing approach. The leader touched down successfully but was immediately attacked and destroyed by Percy’s Wing Commander who was leading the operation. The second FW had decided to go round again but Percy shot him down and the ‘190 burst into flames when it hit the ground. At the end of March 1944 Percy was posted to 84 Group Support Unit which had been formed as a reserve of potential leaders to replace the expected casualties in the build up to the invasion. At the end of May I was posted to command 164 rocket firing Typhoon Squadron based on Thorney Island, its CO having been shot down by flak on the previous day. Prior to D – Day the Squadron was exclusively employed attacking radar installations. On D – Day they carried out two armed reconnaissance’s in the Caen area. The first was uneventful but on the second one they were engaged by five FW 190’s. Percy shot one down but one Typhoon pilot was also lost. Percy was awarded a ‘Mention in Despatch’ on June 8th and the DFC on July 25th. The citation read as follows:- This officer has commanded the squadron for several months and during this period has led his formation on many sorties against heavily defended targets with good results. He is a first class leader whose great skill, thoroughness and untiring efforts have contributed materially to the successes obtained. Squadron Leader Beake has destroyed two enemy aircraft. He was amazed, baffled and disappointed to be then called by his Wing Commander after landing from an armed recce on August 13th to hear him say “Beaky you have just done your last ‘op’ – you are not to fly again until you get back to the UK and that is an order.” Percy’s (Beaky’s) protests were ignored and on being asked ‘why’ the Wing Commander said “You may not realise this but you are the longest surviving CO in my Wing and I want to send you home whilst you are still alive”. Back in the UK Percy was sent to the Fighter Leaders School where he was put in command of the Typhoon squadron and he remained in that capacity until he was demobbed in December 1945. On leaving the RAF he was granted the Air Efficiency Award. Percival Beake was mobilised at the outbreak of war. Posted to 64 Squadron on Spitfires in the summer of 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain, he flew with them until June 1941 when he was posted first to 92 Squadron at Biggin Hill, and then 601 Squadron at Duxford. After a spell instructing he returned for his second tour in December 1942, joining 193 Squadron as a Flight Commander. In May 1944 he took command of 164 Squadron at Thorney Island flying Typhoons, moving to France shortly after the Normandy Invasion. With two victories to his credit he was awarded the DFC in September 1944. Released as a S/Ldr. 21 Jan.46
- C820 F/O Eric,W. BEARDMORE. l(RCAF) Squad. Born in Kitchener, ON. 29 August,1911. He was shot down in combat 18 Sep and baled out, slightly wounded. Repatriated to Canada in March 1941, he formed 118(RCAF) Squadron at Rockcliffe. He was released from the RCAF
on 18 October,45 as a W/Comm. He died 23 August,1966.
- 43022 P/O Robert W,G. BELEY, 151 Squad.From Rossland Be. In combat on 12 August, was shot down in Hurricane P3304 and crashed into the sea. He was rescued but died of his wounds. Buried in Margate Cemetery, Kent. Section 50; Grave.
- 15938 42185 P/O John BENZIE. 242 Squad.From Winnipeg 26 Jan he was posted to Church Fenton and went to France in May. He was shot down by a Me109 on the 23rd ? and baled out south of Dunkirk, wounded. He was evacuated to England by sea. He rejoined his squad. 11 July. On 07 September he failed to return from combat over the Thames Estuary. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial Panel 7 Lake Benzie is named in his honour.
- 37715 F/Lt. Howard P. BLATCHFORD 17 & 257 Squads.From Edmonton he was born 25 Feb. 1912. 0n 11 November he shot down a Fiat BR20 On 17 Nov. he shot down a Me109 into the sea and was awarded the DFC. On the night of 11/12 May he shot down a HeIII. He took over
command of 257 in July 41 and in September was promoted to lead the Canadian Wing at Digby. On 18 Feb,1942 he shot down a FW190 He was then rested.He returned to operations as Wing Leader of the Coltishall Wing 05 Feb 43. On 18 March, he shot down two FW190’s
03 May, escorted bombers to attack the power station at Amsterdam and he was shot down into the sea.On Runnymede Mem.Panel 118.
- 42791 P/O Camile R. BONSEINEUR,257 Squad. Born in Gull Lake, SK. 27 May,19l8. Shot down by Mel09’s 03 Sept 40. in Hurricane P3518. Buried in Saffron Walden Cemetery,Essex.Section 40 Grave 2.
- 40204 F/O John G. BOYLE,41 Squad.Born 27 Mar.1914 in Castlemaine,ON On 05 Sept.he shot down a Me109 on the 9th. a HeIII on the 151h.a Me 109 and on the Ii”. two Mel 09’s. On 28 Sept he was shot down in Spitfire X4426. He is buried in Lynstead New Cem.Row F,Grave 1
- C1591 F/O Carl E, BRIEZE,l(RCAF) Squad.from New Westminster, BC Repatriated to Canada in 1942 and given command of 128 (RCAF) Squad.at Sydney, NS.using Hurricanes on East Coast defence. Retired 20 August 62 as a W/Com. Died 20 November, 1983
- C1094 P/O De Peyster BROWN,1(RCAF) Squad.On the 27 Sept,40 he shot down a Ju88.He was transferred to the USAAF on 25 May,1942
- 37904 F/Lt. Mark H. BROWN,DFC. 1 Squad.Born 09 Oct,19ll at Portage la Prairie,MBJoined No.1 Squad. at Tangmere on 21 Feb,1937 and went to France with the Squad. Destroyed a Me 109 on 20 April,40 and on 11 May, two MellO’s, on the l41″.a Me109and a Ju870n the 151h.a Me 110, on the 17th a Me 110 and a He 111, on the 18th a Hs 126, on the 19th two HelII’s on the 21 sl.a HeIII, on 05 June a Do17, and on the 14t”. a HeIII and a Me109. He was shot down over France on 15 June but baled out and got a lift to Brest and then got on a boat to UK The squadron flew their Hurricanes to Tangmere on the 181″ and he joined them that evening. He was awarded the DFC 30/7/40. 11 Aug. he shot down a MellO. Four days later he was shot down into the sea and rescued by a trawler. Brown took command of the squadron on 10 NovAO. He was awarded a bar to his DFC 23/5/41. In late OctAl he was posted to Malta as Wing/Com.Flying. On 12 Nov. he was leading his squadron when he was hit by flak. On the night of 6 Dec. the Italians dropped a note saying that Brown had crashed and was killed. They buried him in Catania War Cemetery with full military honours. He had shot down 18 1/2 enemy aircraft. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Czech MM.& Me.
- 42101 P/O Marvin K. BROWN 242 Squad.From Kincardine ON. Shot down on 21 Feb.1941 in Hurricane N2476, age 25. He is buried in Ipswich Cemetery.
- 41823 P/O John BRYSON.92 Squad. from Westmount PQ. He was shot down and killed 24 September,1940 in Spitfire X4037. He is buried
in St. Andrew’s Churchyard, North Weald Bassett,Row 1, Grave 4
79224 P/O Percy BYNG-HALL, 29 Squad. 18 November posted to 218
Squad.flying in Wellingtons. Transferred to Administrative Branch
in July,1942 and released in 1946. Died 21 May,1948 in Be.
42393 P/O Alan R.M.CAMPBELL, 54 Squad. from Sorrento BC. 18/8/40
shot down a Me109. Shot down another 03 March,4l. He sailed in the
“Empire Moon”on 10 June Al the second ship equipped with a
catapult Hurricane .. He later served with 80;123 and 234 Squadrons
He retired from the RCAF in 1964 and died September 1979.
41824 P/O Norman N. CAMPBELL 242 Squad. From St. Thomas, ON. On
18 SeptAO he shot down a Ju88 and on 17 Oct.was shot down into the
sea in Hurricane V6575. His body was recovered and he was buried
in Scottow Cemetery,Norfolk, Grave 244
Sub/Lt.(FAA) Jack e. CARPENTER,229/46 Squads.From Toronto. He shot
down a MellO on 03 Sept.and a Me109 on 05 Sept. On 08 September
he was shot down in Hurricane P320l. His body was returned to his
family who buried him at sea, 16 September. He was 21 years old.
41825 F/O John e.CARRIERE,219 Squad.Born in Quebec 1915. In Jan 44
he transferred to the RCAF and was released as a F/Lt.28 Nov.1945
42484 P/O Gerald C.T. CARTHEW,252,85 & 145 Squads. From Mountain
Park, AB. Transferred to the Administrative Branch in 1942 and was
released from the RAF in 1946
36198 F/O Edward FJ. CHARLES 54 Squad.From Lashburn, SK. On
07 April 41 he shot down a MellO. In sweeps over France between
17 June and the end of September 41 he shot down five Mel09’s and
probably destroyed six others. He was awarded the DFC 15 July,1941
He moved to 611 Squad 27 March 43 and on 22 April was promoted
to F/Lt. and given command On 14 May he destroyed a FW190 and
the next day two FWI90’s. On 17 May, a FWl90 and on the 251h
anotheLOn 09 August 43 he was promoted to lead the Middle Wallop
Wing and shot down a FW190 on 31 August.On 24 Sept. he claimed
his final victory. He was awarded a bar to his DFC 16/7/43. the US
Silver Star 20/7/43 and the DSO 29/10/43.Charles was on the staff
of the HQ Allied Expeditionary Air Forces. Released in 1946.
C856 P/O Joseph AJ.CHEVRIER 1& l(RCAF) Squads.Born in St.Lambert
07 October 1917.He was repatriated to Canada on 09 January 1941
and appointed ADC to the Governor General serving until 31/3/42
He was involved in a flying accident 06 July1942 as a S/LdLand
Killed. He is remembered on the Ottawa Memorial Panel 1, ColA
40081 F/O George P.CHRISTIE DFC,242&66 Squadrons.Born 01 Oct.17
at Westmount, PO. He flew unarmed high-altitude Spitfire on Photo
Recce units and on 13 June 1940 he forced down a Fiat BR20. He
awarded the DFC 21 August 1940. and shot down a Me110 on the 30
and a Me109 on 04 Sept. On 14 November he shot down a Ju87 and
on 26 and 27 shot down two more Mel 09’s. He was awarded a bar to
his DFC. In early 1941 he returned to Canada and joined Ferry Com.
He was killed on 06 July in a Hudson aircraft crash as a S/Ldr. He is
buried in Lake View Cemetery, Pointe Claire PO.
C925 P/O Beverley E. CHRISTMAS, l(RCAF) Squad. From Rouville, PO.
Shot down a Me109 31 August 1940 and another on 05 Oct. Back in
Canada, he commanded 133(RCAF) Squad at Boundary Bay March
and May flying Kittyhawks on West Coast defence. He commanded
No 4 Wing Europe from April 1955 to July 1957. He retired in 1973
As a Colonel and died on 17 May,1988 at Victoria. BC
42915 P/O Arthur C. COCHRANE 257 Squad.Born in Vernon BC 27/4/19
08 August he shot down a Me109 and on the 318t
? shot down a Me110
07 Sept. he shot down a Do17. On the 15th
? he was injured in a car
accident and spent some time in hospital. The squadron was sent to
North Africa where he shot down a SM 79. He was awarded the DFC
30/3/43. He failed to return from patrol; on 31 March 1943 . He is
remembered on the Malta Memorial Panel 6. Column 1
C1159 William C. CONNELL 32 Squad.posted to Acklington 06 Oct. 1940.
Released from the RCAF 16 June,1946 as a F/Lt. Died in 1994
81366 P/O George H. CORBETT 66 Squad. Born on 04 Nov.1919 in SK.
27 Sept. he shot down a Ju88 and was killed on 08 Oct.in Spitfire
R6779 by a Me109.He is buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard Upchurch
Kent. SW Corner.
C299 F/Lt. Vaughan B. CORBETT. l(RCAF) Squad.Born in Toronto
24 March,1911.Awarded the DFC 13/2/42 and on 16 July was
repatriated to Canada. He was killed in a flying accident 20 Feb,45
as a G/Capt. He is buried in St. James’Cemetery, Toronto.
78746 P/O Malcolm C. CORNER 264 Squad. Born in Westmount PO 1907
He transferred to the Admin and Special Services Branch on 05 June
1941 and died on 23 April 1945 at Ambala, India as a S/Ldr. He is
buried in Delhi War Cemetery.
41674 F/O Lawrence E. CRYDERMAN 242 Squad,.Born in Toronto On
08 Feb,1941 the squadron was scrambled and he crashed into the sea.
He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial Panel 30
42806 PIO William A. CUDDlE 141 Squad. From Regina SK. Killed on
03 October 43 as a S/Ldr.with 46 Squad. He is remembered on the
Alamein Memorial Column 267
37596 F/Lt. Richard W. DENISON 236 Squad, Reared in Vernon, BC
He commanded 80 Squad. in the Western Desert from April to Sept.
1942 and commanded 46 Squad. at Idku from June to December 1944
He was awarded the AFC 1/1/45 and returned to Canada as a W/Com
He was killed in a flying accident at Yellowknife on 06 Feb 1951
C788 FlO Jean-Paul J. DESLOGES I(RCAF) Squad. Born in Hull.PQ on
25 April,1913. He was killed in a flying accident in North Africa on
08 May,1944 as a W/Com Buried in Dely Ibrahim War Cemetery,AI.
42675 PIO Roland H. DlBNAH, DFC. 1& 242 Squad. from Winnipeg.He
was an Ace with 9 enemy aircraft shot down but did not receive his
DFC until 40 years later. It had been recommended by his CO in May
1940 and sent in a letter to his mother. The letterwas not found until
she died in 1980 and sent to the RAF HQ in London.for verification.
Roland died in Feb 1990 in Vancouver.
41564 FlO Norman D. EDMOND 615 Squad.Born in Winnipeg He was
involved in a collision with his CO’s Hurricane and both aircraft
crashed and they were killed 20 April 1941 Edmond is buried in
St. Andrew’s Churchyard, North Weald Bassett.
41837 PIO Harry D. EDWARDS 92 Squad. From Winnipeg. Shot down by
by Me 109’s in Spitfire P9464 and killed 11 Sept.l940. He is buried
in Folkstone New Cemetery, Kent. Plot O.Grave 31
C 903 FlO Robert L. EDWARDS l(RCAF) Squad from Cobourg, ON. He
was shot down by return fire from Do 17′ s attacking Debden on 16
August 1940 in Hurricane P3874. He is buried in Brookwood
Military Cemetery. Plot 3. Row C, Grave 1A
41566 FlO Allen LI EDY 602 Squad. from Winnipeg. He was awarded the
DFC 5/11/40 for his services in France. He was killed on 12 Dec.41
when his Spitfire caught fire. He baled out but was too low and his
parachute failed to open, He is buried in St. Andrew’s Churchyard
Andrea, Isle of Man.
C1349 George J. ELLIOTT 615&607 Squads.He was released from the
RCAF as a S/Ldr. 04 June 1946.
37280 S/Ldr. Andrew W. FLETCHER 235 Squad.FromCardston,AB. He
was awarded the DFC 22/19/40 and a Mention in Despatches Jan.41
While In Malta, he destroyed seven Italian aircraft at airfields in Italy.
He was awarded a bar to his DFC 31/10141. He was released from
the RAP in 1946 and returned to farming in Alberta.
81636 P/O Ernest G. FORD 3& 232 Squads.From Regina, SKHe was
repatriated to Canada and was killed there on 12 December 1942 as a
F/U.He is buried in Burnsland Cemetery, Calgary.AB
42831 P/O Charles G. FRIZELL 257 Squad. Born 03 October,1921.0n the
15,September he was seriously injured when S/Ldr.Robert R.S. Tuck
drove into the back of his car, He was in hospital for three months.
In June 1943 he was posted to command 1676 Fighter Defence Flight
at Gibraltar carrying out long range Atlantic shipping patrols.
He was released as a S/Ldr. on March 1946
C1352 P/O Robert C. FUMERTON.32 Squad.Born 21 March,1913 at Fort
Coulonge, Qe. In June 1941 he went to 406 (RCAF) Squad where a
nightfighter squadron. was being set up at Acklington, first with
Blenheims and later Beaufighters.He teamed up with Sgt.Bing as his
radar operator. Their first victory was a Ju88 on 01 September. They
hacked off the side panel with the German Cross and brought it back
to Canada, They were then sent to Egypt with 89 Squadron and were
immediately successful. On the night of 7/8 April 1942 they shot
down two HeIII’s. A detachment was sent to Malta where they shot
down nine enemy aircraft plus a Ju88 on the ground at Castelvetrano
aerodrome Sicily.Fumerton was awarded the DFC,27/3/42, and a bar
to.his DFC,21/7.42. They then returned home for a well earned rest.
Fumerton’s 14th kill was a Ju188 flying in a Mosquito
. He was given command of 7 OTU at Debert,NS and was awarded the
APe. Pat Bing re-mustered as a pilot and became a S/Ldr. Fumerton
Retired as a W/Com and died in 2005 at Huntsville, ON.
37632 F/Lt. Lionel M. GAUNCE DFC 615 Squad.He was born on 20 Sept
1915 in Lethbridge, AB. He t1ew in France until the squad was
withdrawn in May, 1940.He shot down Me109’s on 20 and 25 July,
and on 12 August.On 26 August he was shot down and rescued from
the sea. He had just shot down a Mel09 and was awarded the DFC
23/8/40. He was promoted to a S/Ldr. and given command of 46
Squadron. He was shot down by flak 19 November into the sea. He
is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial Panel 28
36075 S/Ldr. John A.G. GORDON.151 Squad. Of Red Deer, AB. He took
command of 151 Squad on 05 August 1940 and claimed a Me 109 on
the 14th. He was shot down in Hurricane P3940, baled out with burns
admitted to Rochford Hospital. On 01 June 1942 he failed to return
from a sweep flying with 350 Squad as a Wing/Com.
He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial Panel 64.
41579 F/O Robert D. Grassick 242 Squad. Born in London. ON.22/5/1917
He went to France and while there shot down two Mel09’s on May
15 and a Ju 88 on the 16. Over Dunkirk 25,29 & 31 he destroyed
three Me 109’s. In late August was injured in a motorcycle accident
and did not return until 01 April,1941. On the night of 10/11 May he
destroyed a He III, on 17 June a Me 109 and was made a Flight Com.
17 June and was awarded the DFC 15/7/41, From January 43 was on
test pilot duties in East Africa until February1944. He transferred to
the RCAF 01 May,1945 and returned to Canada.
39316 F/Lt. Harry R. HAMILTON 85 Squad. from Kings County, NB
He was posted to Debden on 25 Mayas a Flight Commander and on
18 August 40 shot down a Me 110 and on the 29 destroyed a Me 109
and was himself shot down and killed in Hurricane V6623. He is
buried in Folkstone New Cemetery, Kent Plot 0, Grave 26
C1329 P/O Bruce A. HANBURY l&l(RCAF) Squads,Born in Vancouver
11 Apri1.1911.He was killed as a S/Ldr.in a flying accident on 27 Mar
1942 with 409 (RCAF) Squad. He is buried in Scopwick Church
Burial Ground, Lincolnshire
41347 F/O Thomas P. HARNETT 219 Squad.From Moncton, NB.He took
command of 435 (RCAF) Squad in India which flew Dakota’s on
supply drops to the 141h. Army. He was awarded the DFC 19/10/45
and was released from the RCAF as a W/Com.lO Sept.1946.
He died on 19 December 1985
41696 F/O John S, HART 54&602 Squads from Sackville NB. He was born
11 Sept.1916 Shot down a Me 109 29 October,1940 He commanded
67 Squad. in Burma, from May to July 1943 and 112 squad.in Italy
from April to August 1945. He was awarded the DFC 22/6/45 and
released from the RAF in 1946 as a S/Ldr
81879 P/O Norris HART 242 Squad.Born in Montreal and brought up in
Hamilton. He shot down a HeIII on 30 August,1940 and a Me109 on
15 September and two Ju88’s on the l8lh. He did not return from
combat in Hurricane P2806, 05 November,1940. He is remembered
on the Runnymede Memorial panel 8
76579 P/O Duncan A. HEWITT, 501 Squad. Born in Toronto in 1920. He
was lost over the sea 12 July attacking a Do 17 in Hurricane P3084
He is remembered on the Runnmede Memorial Panel 8
C1018 P/O Frank W. HILLOCK I(RCAF) Squad. He joined 406 (RCAF)
Squad. at Ackington on 01 January,1941 as a Flight Commander.He
was given command of 410 (RCAF) Squad.18 August 1942 flying
Mosquitoes, He retired 21 November 1965 as a W/Com.
41705 P/O Richard A. HOWLEY,141 Squad. From Victoria BC. On the
morning of 19 July,1940 he was flying one of the nine Defiants off
Dover when they were attacked by Me109s. He was shot down into
the Channel in Defiant L6995 and lost. His name is on the Runnymede
Memorial Panel 27
C948 F/O George G. HYDE l(RCAF) Squad. Born 11 Feb,1914 Montreal
He was killed in a flying accident 17 May.1941 as a F/U. with 402
Squad. at Digby. He is buried in Scopwick Burial Ground. Lincs.
43037P/0 James T. JOHNSTON. 151 Squad. On 15 Aug.1940 he was shot
down by Mel 09’s in Hurricane P3941. He is buried in Folkstone
New Cemetery KenLPlot 0, Grave 16
37106 S/Ldr. John A. KENT,DFC,AFC 303 &92 Squad. Born in 23 June,14
He joined 303 Squad at Northolt at its formation as a Polish squadron
as a Flight Commander. On 09 September he shot down a MellO,
on the 23rd
. on the 2ih. a Ju88 and on 01 October a Me 109. He was.
awarded the DFC 25/10/40. He was then posted to 92 Squad at Biggin
Hill.on 26 October as the commander. On 01 Nov. he shot down a
Me 109 and another two on the 2nd
? In June,1941 he went to NorthoIt
to lead the Polish Wing.On 21 June he shot down a Me109 and on 03
July he shot down a Me109 and on the 20th another.On 02 August he
was appointed to lead the Kenley Wing. He destroyed Me 109’s on the
i h and the 16th .. He was awarded a bar to his DFC 21/19/41.In late
1946 he became Personal Staff Officer to Sholto Douglas,Commander
-in Chief and Military Governor of the British Zone of occupied
Germany. He retired as a Group Captain on 01 December,1956 and
Died on 07 October 1985.
C922 F/O John W. KERWIN 1 (RCAF) Squad.Born in Toronto 7/5/1918
On 31 August shot down a Do 17. He was repatriated to Canada in
November 1940 commanding lll(RCAF) squad in the Aleutians he
was killed on 16 July when he struck a hill in fog.Buried in the Fort
Richardson Post Cemetery Alaska,USA
63783 SgUoseph R. KILNER 65 Squad. On 16 July shot down two Me 109
and on the 20th. another. He was awarded the DFC 5/9/44 credited
with seven enemy aircraft destroyed. and four shared.Released from
the RAF in 1946 as a S/Ldr. He died On 11 May 1986.
42849 P/O Joseph E.P. LARICHELIERE 213 Squad. Born in Montreal
03 December 1912. He shot down two MellOs and a Me109 on 13
August and two MellOs and a Ju87 on the 15th .. He failed to return
from combat on 16 August He is remembered on the Runnymede
Memorial Panel 9
42008 P/O John B.Latta 242 Squad. From Victoria BC. Born 06 Aug.1914
On patrol over Dunkirk 29 May,1940 he shot down a Me109 and on
the 31 sl another.On Sept.9,15 & 2ih he shot down four more Me109s
He was awarded the DFC,8/11/40. He was reported missing after a
patrol over the Dutch coast 12 Jan,1941 in Hurricane V7208
He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial Panel 33
41852 FlO Raymond G. LEWIS, 1 Squad From Fort Qu’AppelIe,SK. He was
on patrol in his Hurricane when he was attacked by Me109s and set
on fire. He baled out over the Channel and was not seen again.
He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial. Panel 30
C1117 F/O Thomas B.LITTLE l(RCAF) Squad.Born in Montreal 9/9/1917
He shot down a Mel09 on 11 September,1940. On 27 Aug,41 he was
reported missing as a F/lt.with 402 (RCAF) Squad.Hurricane Z5001
He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial Panel 59
C997 F/O Peter W. LOCHNAN I(RCAF) Squad.Born in Ottawa 3/8/1913
On 15 Sept 1940 he shot down a HeIII and on 07 October a Me109.
He was killed in a flying accident on 21 May,1941. He is buried in
Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking,Surrey, UK
919410 SgLRobert H. LONSDALE 46/242 &501 Squad.He shot down a He
III on 30 August,1940 and a Do17 on 09 October. In 1943 he joined
Bomber Command flying Lancasters as a F/O until the end of the war
He died in Canada 1989.
C1323 F/O George F. McA VITY,3 Squad. From Little River, NB.He was in
Hurricane P3260 taking part in a Anti-Aircraft exercise in the North
of Scotland. He was attempting a slow roll when he lost control and
crashed. He is buried in Olrig New Cemetery.Caithness,Scotland
Section A; Grave 109
Cl172 P/O J.B. McCOLL,615&607 Squads.Of Waterdown, ON. He was
a graduate of Camp Borden in May, 1940. He was released from the
RCAF as a FILt. 26 February,1945
C936 F/LL Gordon R.McGREGOR DFC I(RCAF) Squad.Born in Montreal
26 September,1901.He shot down a Do17 on 26 Aug,1940, a HeIlI on
11 Sept a Ju88 on the 2ih.and Me 109s destroyed on the 30th and 05
October.He was awarded the DFC 25/10/40 and commanded the
Squadron November and December 1940.1n January,1941 he was
given command of 2(RCAF) Squad which was re-numbered 402
squadron 01 March. He formed and then commanded a Wing in
Canada to give air support to the USA in Alaska.He was made a OBE
11/1/43. and promoted G/Capt. He was the oldest Canadian fighter
pilot to see action in the war.He was released from the RCAP 27 Nov
1945. He died in Montreal 08 March,1971.
41937 P/O William L. McNIGHT,DFC *242 Squad.Born 1918in Edmonton
He went to France 14 May,1940 and shot down a Me109 on the 191h
Over Dunkirk on 28 May he destroyed a Me109 on the 29th. a Mel09
and a Do17. On the 31st. destroyed two MellOs,and a Mel09. On the
June 1st, two Ju87s. He was awarded an immediate DFC on 04 June
The Squadron then flew to LeMans on 08 June,1940 to reinforce the
hardpressed squadrons in France and to support the Army retreating
to the Atlanic ports. On 14 June McNight destroyed two Me109s and
the squadron returned to England on the 18th. On 30 August he shot
down three Me109s and a HeIII, on 09 September two MellOs and a
Do17. He was awarded a bar to his DFC 8/10/40. He had destroyed
18 enemy aircraft in 17 weeks. On 12 January 1941 in company with
Mark H. Brown they crossed the French coast on a Rhubarb mission
and McNight was shot down by flak.His name is on the Runnymede
Memorial Panel 30 and also by a plaque at Calgary Airport.
36005 S/Ldr. James R, MacLACHLAN 46 Squad.He took command of 46
Squad at Digby in June 1940 and was posted away 06 October.He
then transferred to the Technical Branch. He retired from the RAF on
01 September 1956 as a G/Capt. He died in 1989.
C 134 S/Ldr. Ernest A, McNAB DFC,I(RCAF) & 111 Squads.Born in 1905
Took command of 1 (RCAF) squad in November 1939 and led it to
England on 20 June,1940.0n 15 August he shot down a Do17 and on
15 September a HeIII and on the 2ih.a Me109. He was awarded the
DFC 22/10/40. In November 1940 he returned to Canada and in June
1941 was given command of 118 Squad.at Dartmouth NSJor east
coast defence. He was made an OBE 13/6/46 and retired from the
RCAF in October 1957 as a G/Capt. He died in January 1977
C892 F/O William B.M.MILLAR l(RCAF) Squad.Born in Penticton,BC
14 Dec.1914.He retired from the RCAF on 10 July,1964 as a W/Com.
He died 08 January 1969
42758 P/O John A. MILNE 605 Squad.Born 18 Jan.1915 in Yorkton.SK
He shot down a Mel 09 27 Sept.1940 and was shot down 22 October
by Me109s. He baled out in Hurricane V6783 but broke his hip on
and was admitted to hospital. It was the beginning of a love affair
and he would later marry his Welsh nurse.He was posted to Aden in
1941 and early in 1942 joined 112 squad in the Western Desert. In 44
he went to Assam as Chief Test pilot. He was released from the RAF
and returned to Yorkton. SK. He was invited to go to London 2005
for the unveiling of the new Battle of Britain Monument but his wife
fell and broke her hip. She died soon after. He died Feb 14,2007.
41447 P/O Harry T.MITCHELL 87 Squad.Born in Port Hope,ON in 1920
On 10 May,1940 he shot down two Do17s and on the 11th a Ju87.0n
15 Aug. he shot down a MellO and a Ju87 and on the 25 th.a Me109.
He was awarded the DFC 11/2/41 and was posted to Canada to serve
in the Aleutians as a fighter pilot.He was released from the RAF in 46
as a S/Ldr.
C1327 F/O Hartland de M.MOLSON l(RCAF) Squad.Born in Montreal
29 May, 1907.0n 11 September he shot down a HeIIl. He was shot
down in Hurricane P3873 05 October and baled out injured Admitted
to Chartham Hospital. He returned to Canada early 1941 and took
command of 118 Squad. at Dartmouth from 23 July1941-14 June 42
flying Kittyhawks in defence of the East Coast. From 15 June 1942
to 06 September 1942 he commanded 126(RCAF) Squad on similar
duties flying Hurricanes. He retired from the RCAF as a G/Capt.
He was awarded the OBE 1/1/46
39675 F/O William H. NELSON DFC 74 Squad.Born in Montreal.2/4/1917
Originally in Bomber Command he transferred to Fighter Command
24 June,1940. Awarded the DFC 4/6/40 for his service with Bomber
Command flying Whitleys. He shot down a Me109 and a MellO on
11 August and on 17,27&29 October shot down three more Me109s
He was shot down over the Channel in Spitfire P7312. Remembered
On the Runnymede Memorial Panel; 4
C1327 F/O Arthur D. NESBITT 1(RCAF) Squad. Born in Montreal 1904
He shot down a MellO on 04 September 1940 and the 15th a Me109
In March 1941 he took command of the Squad. now numbered 401
and led in until September. He was awarded the DFC 23/9/41.and
made an OBE 1/1/46 He was released as a W/Com. He died in 1979
91226 P/O Hugh G. NIVEN 601&602 Squads.Born in Canada 1919, He was
admitted to Horton Emergency Hospital 24 September,41 suffering
from tuberculosis. He was invalided out on 12 March 42 as a F/O.
When 602 Squad reformed in June 1946, Niven rejoined as a civilian
C 994 F/O Robert W. NORRIS 1(RCAF( Squad) Born in Toronto.He was
repatriated to Canada in March 1942 and commanded 125(RCAF)
Squad.from 03 June 42 flying Hurricanes from Sydney NS on East
Coast defence. In January 44 he took his squadron to the UK but lost
his command to a more experinced fighter pilot on 08 February.He
refused a posting back to Canada and went to Bomber Command
taking command of 424 Squad at Skipton-on Swale on 27 March,45
flying Lancasters. He was released from the RCAF as a W/Com.
33329 F/Lt. Peter G.S.O’BRIAN 1527247 Squads. Born in Toronto 16/9/17
At Cranwell College he was awarded the Sword of Honour as the top
student when he graduated Dec 1937.He took command of the newly
re-formed 247 Squad, at Roborough on 02 SeptAO. He was awarded
the DFC 2/12/41 and led the Squad.until May 1942. In SeptA2 he
returned to the Portreath Wing leading Spitfires on escorts/sweeps
over the Brest Penninsula and carrying out attacks on shipping.he was
awarded a bar to his DFC 6/8/43. In May 1944 he joined the Joint
Planning Staff in London in the Strategical Section. He stayed in the
the RAF and was made an OBE 1Il!54 and served as ADC to the
Queen in 1958. He retired on 18 July 1959 as a G/Capt.. He died
18 April,2007 and is buried in St James cemetery, Toronto.
42872 P/O Alfred K. OGILVIE 609 Squad. Born in Ottawa in 1915. On 20
August,1940 he shot down a Me 109 and a MellO on the 2ih.On
16 May 1941 he shot down a Me109 and two more on the 17 & 21
He was awarded the DFC 11/7/41. He was shot down 04 July 1941
and became a POW at Stalag Luft III. He was involved in the Great
Escape but was captured after two days.After the war, he transferred
to the RCAF and retired on 14 Sept.62 as a F/Lt.. He died in 1998
C 957 F/O John D. PATTISON,I(RCAF) SquadJoined the Squad.30/8/40
at Northolt He was with 419(RCAF) Squad in 1942 and was awarded
the DFC 6/11/42 as an Acting S/Ldr .. He later returned to Canada to
command 145(RCAF)Squad. at Dartmouth NS from 01 March to 30
June when it disbanded. He was released from the RCAF as a W/Co.
C 900 P/O Otto J. PETERSON,I(RCAF) Squad from Lloydminster.SK
On 09 Sept.1940 he shot down a Me 109. He was shot down 27 Sept.
in Hurricane P3647 in combat with Ju88s and MellOs. He is buried
in Brooklands Military Cemetery, Plot 3;Row K;Grave 1A
C 625 F/O Paul B. PITCHER, I(RCAF) Squad. He graduated from McGill
University Law School and joined the RCAF when it arrived in the
UK 20 June,1940.0n 05 October he shot down a Mel09 and took
command of the squadron on 13 Dec. until 01 March when it was
re-numbered 401 Squadron. He later formed 411 RCAF) Squad. at
Digby and commanded the Squad.from 16 June until 15 Dec.1941
After leave in Canada he took command of the recently formed 417
RCAF Squad. at Tain on 28 March,1942. After various other
Commands he was released on 28 NovA4 as a W/Com.Died in 1998
146316Sgt.Owen W. PORTER,111 Squad. Born in Alberta Converting
to Hurricanes he joined the Squadron at Debden 31 August,1940
Commisioned in Feb,1943 he was killed on 31 July 44 as a F/O
He is buried in Morgny-la-Pommeraye churchyard,France
42260 P/O George R.PUSHMAN 23 Squad.He was awarded the DFC
17/19/44 as an Acting S/Ldr. with 88 Squad. operating Bostons. The
citation mentioned him laying smoke screens on D Dayand after
He transferred to the RCAF in March 45 as a F/Lt.
43043 P/O Hugh W. REILLEY 64&66 Squads. He was born in London,ON
on 26 May,1918. attending London South Collegiate from 1933-38.
He moved to 66 Squad at Gravesend on 15 September 1940 and shot
down a Me109 on the 2ih .He was shot down and killed on 17 Oct.
by Major Molders the Luftwaffe Ace of JG51 in combat. His Spitfire
R6800 crashed and burned out. He is buried in Gravesend Cemetery.
C 806 F/LL Edwin M. REYNO,I(RCAF) Squad. Born in Halifax NS.1917
He went to St.Mary’s University and was with the Squadron when it
arrived in the UK 20 June 1940. He was posted to 2(RCAF) Squadron
on 01 January,1941 as a Flight Commander. In 1942 appointed Chief
Instructor at Nol (Fighter)OTU at Bagotville QC. He was awarded
the AFC 8/6/44, He retired on 30 October 1972 as a LLGeneral
Canadian Force. He died 10 Feb.1982
552653Leo P.V.J. RICKS 235 Squad.Born 20 Dec.1921 in Calgary,AB.He
joined the squad.on 24 April,1940 and served until 02 Feb.1941.He
went to 3(Coastal) OTU as an instructor fromNov27,41 until May 42
he then went to 7(Coastal) OTU until March 43. He transferred to the
RCAF on 14 Feb,1945.He was commissioned and retired as a F/O in
1964. He went to live in Ireland January 69 and died there 08 Jan 85
C1319 F/O Blair D.RUSSEL DFC l(RCAF) Squad.Born in Toronto 9/12/17
Graduated from Camp Borden Feb.1940.The squad arrived in the UK
20 June.and became operational 17 August.21 and 25 September
destroyed a Mel09 and a MellO.He was awarded the DFC 25/10/40
He was promoted to F/Lt.and took command of14(RCAF) squad at
Rockcliffe,Ol Jan.1942. A number of command posts followed in UK
and he had completed a tour by 15 October 43. He was promoted to
W/Com. Tactics. A bar was added to his DFC 16/11/43. He dropped a
Rank to take command of 442 Squadron at Westhampnett 1944 and
On 10 June was sent to land on the first Allied Airfield in Normandy.
The first Spitfire to land in France.after the invasion. His promotion
back to his W/Com rank would follow.He was awarded the DSO
2/10/44. He flew back to Canada 12 March 45 and retired 03 July
37301 P/O Kirkpatrick M. SCLANDERS 242 Squad.Born in Saskatoon SK
in 1916 but brought up in St. John’s Newfoundland.He was in France
when the collapse came. He reached England and re-joined the RAF.
He had originally been commissioned in the RAF but had to resign in
1937 because of ill health and returned to Canada. Posted to 242
Coltishall on 26 August 1940 he regained his commission. He was
killed in combat with Do17s and MellOs 09 September in Hurricane
P3087.He is buried in St.Luke’s Churchyard Surrey.Row G,Grave 34
41073 F/O Arthur W. SMITH 141 Squad.From Summerland BC.He joined
242 Squad at Duxford on 04 Nov.1940. On patrol on 28 March.41 his
turbo charger cut out and he spun in and was killed.He is buried in
Ipswich Cemetery, Suffolk
37613 F/Lt. Forgrave M SMITH 72 Squad.Born in Edmonton 17 Aug.1913
He joined the Squad at Church Fenton 1937. With the Squad 1940 he
shot down two Ju88s on 15 August and he himself was shot down in
Spitfire P9438. He was badly burned. After three months in Hospital
he returned to 72 Squad.He was promoted to S/Ldr. 1/9/41 and sent to
603 Squad at Drem as commander.In 1942 he was posted to India as
CFI at Risalpur. After a course at the RAF Staff College,Haifa, he
returned to India as W/Com Ops at Air HQ New Delhi.and later to
command 902 Wing until 1945.He was awarded the DFC 30/10/45.
He retired from the RAF on 13 Oct1957 as a W/Com. Died in 1994
40325 F/O James D. SMITH 73 Squad. From Winnipeg. He shot down a
Me 110 on 11 Sept 1940 and a Mel09 on the 15th
? During December
the squad was attached to 274 Squad in the Western Desert. He shot
shot down three SM79s on the 14th;16th; & 18th
? 14 Apr.42 the
Squad took off to intercept CR42 and G50 fighter attacking Tobruk.
He shot down two G50s before being shot down and killed.Buried
In Knightsbridge War Cemetery,Acroma, Libya. MID 1/1 42
40952 F/O Robert R. SMITH 229 Squad. From London ON. On 01 June,40
he shot down a Ju87 over Dunkirk. From Sept.1942 he served in the
Western Desert with 112 Squad. On the 22″d he destroyed a Me109,
on the 31st a Ju87; on 10 Dec. destroyed a Me 109 and a Mc202. He
was awarded the DFC 23/2/43. 10 March 43 he was shot down and
became a POW. He was released from the RAF in 1945 as a F/Lt
He died in the early 60s
C1594 F/O Ross SMITHER.1(RCAF) Squad Born in London,ON 12/11/12
He shot down a MellO on 04 Sept.1940 and was killed on the 15th
in Hurricane P3876. He is buried in Brookwood Cemetery.
Plot 2; Row H; Grave 1
C1365 PIO Henry A. SPRAGUE 3 Squad.Born 12 Sept.1915, From Port
Nelson. Be. A graduate of Camp Borden. Converted to Hurricanes
and joined the Squad.05 October 1940.0n 06 Feb.1941 he went to
l(RCAF) Squad, later re-numbered 401 Squad.On 22 Nov 41 he was
shot down and captured. He was freed in May,1945 and returned to
Canada. Released from the RCAF as a FlU
C 895 FlO William P. SPRENGER l(RCAF) Squad.Born in North Bay,ON .
. 13 July,191l, Joined the Squad when it arrived in the UK 20 June,1940
He was killed 12 Nov.1940 when he crashed beside Loch Lomond
during a Anti-Aircraft exercise He is buried in Vale of Leven Cern.
Bonhill, Dumbarton, Scotland.
42272 PIO Noel K. STANSFELD.DFC 242 & 229 Squads.Born 1915 in
Edmonton.Over Dunkirk 31 May he destroyed a MellO He went to
France with the Squad.and on 18 June destroyed a HeIII. On 07 Sept
He shot down a Do17 and on the 15lh.another Do.17 and a HeIII. He
was awarded the DFC 8/10/40. After the war he was invalided out of
the RCAF when he contracted tuberculosis He died in 1995
40862 FILl. Hugh N. TAMBLYN 141&242 Squads. Born 05 Sept.1917 at
Watrous, SK. On 08 August he was posted to 242 Squad at CoItishall
He shot down a MellO 07 September 1940 and two more on the 91h.
and a Do17 on the 18th.He was awarded the DFC 7/1/41. On 03 April
he was shot down into the sea. His body was found unwounded but
he had died from exposure. He is buried in Ipswich Cemetery,Sui’folk
C 787 PIO Charles W. TREVENA l(RCAF( Squad.He joined the Squad at
NorthoIt,01 Sept.In January.1942 he went to Eastern Air Command
RCAF to supervise fighter operations. He retired on medical grounds
09 October 43 as an acting S/Ldr. He died in 1998.
40766 PIO Alec A.G. TRUEMAN 252 Squad.Born in Sackville,NB 1914
Shot down in Hurricane V6638,04 Sept. I 940.Buried in St.Luke’s
Churchyard, Whyte1eafe, Surrey. Row E, Grave 37
41631 FlO Percival S. TURNER DFC 242 Squad .. From Toronto he was
born 03 Sept.1913.He was sent to France on 14 May, 1940 and
attached to 607 Squad. Between 25 May and 01 June he destroyed five
Me 109s and probably another three.On 08 June 242 Squad went to
France to cover the retreat to the Atlantic ports. He destroyed two
Me 109s on the 9lh.On the 15th. he was made a Flight Commander and
destroyed two Do17s. He was then posted to command 145 Squad. at
Tangmere on 13 Apri141 and on the 14th. destroyed a Me109. He was
awarded a bar to his DF C 5/8/41. In February 42 he was posted to
Malta to take command of 249 Squad.Shot down a Me109 on the 22nd
41631 P/O Percival S.TURNER (contd.)
rd On the 23 . he was shot down, crashing near Luqa and went to the
Hospital. He was back with the squad. on 10 March. He was posted to
The Fighter Control Room at Valetta On 10 Sept. he was sent as an
observer on HMS Coventry, an anti aircraft cruiser on a combined
operation against Tobruk. The ship was sunk and he was rescued by
a destroyer. The Squadron stayed at Malta to prepare for the invasion
of Sicily. 19 November 43 he became Wing Leader of 244 squad and
was awarded the DSO 25/5/44 and posted to HQ Desert Air Force on
26 May,1944 as staff officer. In June he went to Corsica for the
invasion of southern France. In October 44 he returned to the UK and
given command of 127(RCAF) Wing. as a G/Capt.He remained in the
RCAF until 1965 and died in Ottawa on 23 July,1985
42544 P/O Hamilton C. UPTON 43&607 Squad. From Vancouver. 08 Aug.
1949 he shot dOwn two Ju88s and on the 13lh. a Do17, on the 151h. a
Ju88 and on the 161h. three Ju87s. on the 18th a Ju87 and a Me 109.
on 04 September a MellO. He was awarded the DFC 29/4/41.
In 1945 he transferred to the RCAF until 1953 and died 1965.
42281 P/O John R.URWIN-MANN 238 Squad. Born in Victoria Be.29/7/20
On 11 August shot down a He59 off Cherbourg, on the 13lh a Me 109
on the 21 th a Ju88, On 15 September shot down a HeIlI, on the 251h
two He Ills and on 07 October a Ju88. He was awarded the DFC
16/11/40.He was promoted to F/Lt. and given command of 80 Squad
at EI Adem 14 Jan,1942. Was awarded a bar to his DFC 7/4/42. He
did not return to operations until mid-Oct.1942 when he was posted
to Malta to take command of 126 Squad, at Luqa. He was awarded
the DSO 14/5/43 He retired from the RAF on 15 March 1959 as a
F/Lt. retaining the rank of S/Ldr.
40778 F/O James A. WALKER DFC 111 Squad.From Gleichen, AB.On
patrol over France on 18 May, he destroyed a HeIII and on the 31 SI.
a Me109 over Dunkirk, on 07 June a Me 109 and a Do17 on the 11lh
On 13 August he shot down a Do17 and a Me109 on the 161h. He
was awarded the DFC 6/9/40 He was killed 08 Feb.1944 when his
Dakota was shot down by a Japanese fighter while supplying the 141h
Army in Burma. He is rememberd on the Singapore Memorial,
41500 F/O James R. WALKER 6111&41 Squads. From Oak Bay Be. He
was with 41 Squad when he shot down a Mel09 on 07 Oct. and one
on the 91h. In Nov. 40 he was on the a/c carrier HMS Argus flying six
Huricanes to Malta. They all ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea.
41500 F/O James R. WALKER (cont.)
He is remebered on the Runnymede Memorial Panel 6
C1371 P/O Clarence A.B.WALLACE,3 Squad. Born in Vancouver, BC He
Joined the Squad at Turnhouse on 05 Oct.l940. He was reported
Missing on 27 October 1941 as a F/O with 401(RCAF) Squad.
He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial Panel 59
42547 P/O John J. WALSH 615 Squad.From Bassano AB He was posted to
Prestwick on 21 September flying Hurricanes.In January 41 he and
three other pilots flew to Malta in a Sunderland on the 20th to
reinforce 260 Squad. On 25 Feb, he was shot down by Me109s and
baled out over the sea.He was picked up by a destroyer but died in
hospital 02 March 41. He is buried in the Naval Cemetery, Malta
C1372 P/O Frederick S, WATSON 3&1(RCAF) Squads. Born in Winnipeg
10 Feb.1915. He was posted to 3 Squad. Turnhouse on 05 Oct. 1940
and mover to 1(RCAF) Squad at Castletown on the 21st.In 1941 he
was with 409(RCAF) Squad. at Coleby Grange. He was killed in a
flying accident on 11 Oct .. He is buried in Scopwick Burial Grounds
41513 P/O Robert R. WILSON 111 Squad. From Moncton NB. Over
Dunkirk on 02 June, he destroyed a Me109. On 25 July another
Me 109 was shot down. He failed to return from combat with
Me 109s on llAugust over the sea. His name in on the Runnymede
Memorial Panel 10
39362 F/U.James S. YOUNG 234 Squad.Born in Saskatoon SK on 5/8/15
In August 1940 he went to 7 OTU and after converting to Spitfires
joined the Squad on 16 Sep.He left the Squad on 23 Nov. to go on an
instructors course at CFS Upavon, following which he was posted to
15 FTS Kidlington on 29 Dec. He transferred to the RCAF on 23
July,1945 and on 0 I October joined the “Missing Research Enquiry
Unit” in Brussels. He retired from the RCAF in Oct.62 as a S/Ldr.
70766 F/O John R.C. YOUNG 249 Squad.Born on 19 July,15. He became
a Canadian citizen on 22 November, 1936.He went to 249 Squad at
Church Fenton at its formation on 16 May, 1940.After the Battle of
Britain he had a roving Commission assisting newly formed Squads
He was awarded the AFC 111/42. On 15 July,1944 he became CO of
108 Squad. and was appointed by A VM Keith Park as OC NightFighting
Force, Mediterranean. He received a MID 15/7/44. He
retired in April45 as a W/Com.and joined BOAC
C1328 F/O Arthur M.YUILE,1(RCAF) Squad. Born in Montreal 6/6/1917
He joined the Squad. when they arrived on 20 June,1940and were
declared operational 17 August. He shot down a HeIII on 11 Sept.
He served with Squad. until mid-Feb.1941 then returned to Canada
where he jouned 118(RCAF) Squad.atRockcliffe,Ottawa. On April
27 he took command of 126(RCAF) Squad at Dartmouth on east
coast defence. He returned to 118 Squad to command on 15 June 42.
On 27 Feb 1943 he was posted to HQ Western Air Command as a
liaison between growing numbers of fighter squads. and Operational
Rooms, which were predominately bomber reconnaissance. In Feb 44
he was posted to command No.1 Flight Engineers Scool at Arnprior
He resigned his commission on 13 Sept.l944 to complete his studies
at McGill University. He graduated in May, 1945 and emigrated to
the USA in April 1963
43052 PIO Alexander R. ZATONSKI,79 Squad.Born 01 Nov,1915.He grew
up in Brantford,ON. and his photo can be seen in the Legions. He was
shot down in combat 28 August in Hurticane P2718. He baled out
and was treated for burns. He went with 238 Squad in May,1941 to
the Middle East In the morning of 06 December he failed to return
from combat with Mel09s and crashed into the desert. He was buried
by an Army padre but his grave was never found. He is remembered
on the Alamein Memorial Column 241
Second World War – Canadians in Allied Flying Services
CANADIANS DECORATED WHILE SERVING AS ENLISTED OR COMMISSIONED MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE AND OTHER COMMONWEALTH AIR FORCES. This data base (scroll down to see linked files for downloading) was prepared with generous assistance and editing on the part of Surgeon Commander (ex F/O) John Blatherwick, OC, CM, CD, MD, New Westminster, British Columbia. NOTES: This data base is drawn primarily from two card files now held by the Directorate of History and Heritage, Canadian Forces Headquarters, one dealing with wartime honours and awards to Canadian flying personnel, the other compiled by the late Wing Commander F.H. Hitchins. As a historical officer in Britain in 1940-41, Hitchins compiled extensive notes on Canadians who had enrolled directly in the RAF, a task which he appears to have allowed to lapse as increasing RCAF strength overseas demanded more of his time. Other documents are cited when relevant throughout the text, as well as assorted publications. Two factors have complicated this project. One is defining “Canadian”, given that Canadian citizenship (as distinct from “British subject”) was not created until 1947. A careful reading of these notes will indicate that some persons previously described as “Canadian” had very slight connections with Canada, and general rules about what defines a Canadian would exclude some. Thus, if P.S. Turner (born in Britain, raised in Canada, postwar career in Canada) is accepted as a Canadian, then Max Aitkin (born in Canada, raised in Britain, postwar career in Britain) is more likely defined as British rather than Canadian. Another borderline case is that of G.B. Rand, who was born in Britain and lived there until the age of 14; nevertheless, he worked in Canada for a decade before joining the RAF, and as the war drew to a close he transferred to the RCAF, came back to Canada, and lived here the rest of his life. Other instances will become apparent throughout this data base. The other complicating factor has been a well-known book, Canadians in the RAF, by Les Allison. This was, in large measure, based on the Hitchins cards (as was this data base), but it also relied heavily on second-hand accounts and interviews years after events. Some of his “Canadians” turned out to be British personnel whose only connection with Canada was to have been posted to this country for various duties between in 1940 and 1945. Other statements of “fact” proved to be incorrect (see H.E. Angell, whose “DSO” was never awarded). Spurious “Canadians in the RAF” are listed separately at the end of this data base. From time to time RCAF Air Force Routine Orders (AFROs) announced honours and casualties under a specific heading – “Canadians in the Royal Air Force” – and mention of these may be taken as fairly conclusive proof that somebody in RCAF Overseas Headquarters had concluded these people were “Canadian”. It is difficult to say what we should conclude when an person was not so identified (George G. Scott, for example), but when a Canadian connection appears tenuous, the absence of such an AFRO entry suggests origins other than Canadian.
Foreign Personnel in RCAF Units Overseas
NON-CANADIAN PERSONNEL DECORATED FOR SECOND WORLD WAR SERVICES WITH RCAF UNITS OVERSEAS compiled for No.1 Air Division by Hugh A. Halliday, 1594 Delia Crescent, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 1W9, (613) 830-8366. Acknowledgement: This data base has been prepared 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 (email@example.com). British Commonwealth and Imperial personnel were mixed together throughout the Second World War. Canadians have been informed repeatedly that upwards of 60 percent of RCAF personnel served in British rather than Canadian squadrons. At the same time, however, many members of the Royal Air Force served in RCAF overseas units, as did smaller numbers of men and women wearing American, Australian and New Zealand uniforms. This data base records the honours and awards granted to these non-Canadians in recognition of their contributions to RCAF operations abroad. The data base is not comprehensive; in compiling it the researcher has almost certainly missed some personnel, particularly those Mentioned in Despatches, and it would be much appreciated if such oversights could be brought to my attention. In many cases there have been no citations or recommendations located as of November 2001. Nevertheless, a search for perfection would only delay the distribution of this material. There are some who might argue that this information is already several years overdue.
RAF, RAAF, RNZAF Personnel in Canada
Commonwealth Personnel Serving in Canada 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).
Great War – Canadians in British Flying Services
FIRST WORLD WAR HONOURS AND AWARDS TO CANADIANS IN BRITISH FLYING SERVICES. H.A. Halliday, 1594 Delia Crescent, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 1W9, (613) 830-6366, 1997. Acknowledgement: This data base has been prepared with generous assistance from Surgeon Commander (ex F/O) John Blatherwick, CM, CD, MD, New Westminster, British Columbia. NOTES: This data base is drawn primarily from a card file now held by the Directorate of History and Heritage, Canadian Forces Headquarters. It includes some awards for services in Russia following the First World War. Certain British personnel are incorporated by virtue of service with the RAF Training Program conducted in Canada and Texas, 1917-1918 (see, for example, Colin Goss Coleridge). Because Canadian citizenship was not defined by statute until 1947, the card file (and hence this data base) includes many people who have had only fleeting associations with Canada. In the interests of providing as much information as possible, all decorated personnel from the cards are included, but many are flagged with an asterix (*) denoting “Canadian Association” rather than “Canadian”. Lists of decorated Canadian airmen have been published in books such as The Brave Young Wings (R.V. Dodds); in some instances they include names which cannot, at this date, be substantiated as being Canadian or having Canadian associations. These people are included in the data base, flagged with a double asterix (**) and a cautionary note explaining the source and the reason for questioning the “Canadian content” of these individuals. Appended to the end of this data base is a list of civilians honoured for work associated with the RFC/RAF Training Scheme in Canada, 1917-1918.