Battle of Britain
The RCAF Association acknowledges the research done by the renowned RCAF historian, Hugh Halliday, in compiling the information presented below. These are the 117 Canadians who fought in the Battle of Britain 10 July-31 October 1940:
90128 Flight Lieutenant (F/Lt) John William Maxwell “Max” AITKEN, DSO, DFC, 601 Squadron. Born in Montreal 15 February 2010. 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 Squadron Leader (S/Ldr) and took command of 601 Squadron and destroyed a He111 25 June 1940. For this and for his victories in France he was awarded the DFC 9 July 1940. On 25 June 1941, flying a Spitfire he shot down a Me109 in a sweep over France. Commanding 68 Squadron flying Blenheims as a night-fighter unit with mainly Czech crews. He shot down a Do17 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 Do217. 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 Ju52s, probably a third and damaged a fourth. His victories now totaled 14. He retired in 1946 as a Group Captain (Gp Capt). 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. For more information see link here.
41241 Flying Officer (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 June 1944. 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 November 1954 and returned to Canada. ARTHUR — Charles Ian Rose born June 4, 1918 passed away 13 October 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 (WComd) in the R.A.F. with DFC and Bar, and flew during the Battle of Britain.
Lieutenant (Lt) (FAA) Roy BAKER-FALKNER, 600 Squadron. 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 LCdr DSO, DSC and was killed after flying off the Aircraft Carrier HMS Furious 18 June 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 Squadron. Born in Kamloops, 07 June 1916. Joined 41 Squadron 11 October 1936 and remained until posted as a Flight Commander to 249 Squadron on its formation on 16 May 1940. On 15 August, he shot down a Me110 and a Me109 destroyed on the 24th. On 15 September, a Do17 destroyed. On the 2nd a Me 110 destroyed, a Me109 destroyed on 19 October and a bomber shot down into the sea. 11 November. Awarded the DFC 20 October 1940. On convoy patrol on 04 Feb, 1941 he destroyed a Me110; his final victories in the UK. In mid April the Squadron was equipped with Hurricanes Mk,IIs 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 1941; a BR20 on 08 June; a Me200 on 17 July; another on the 25th and a Me202 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 1945. He stayed in the RAF and retired on 27 February 1959 as a Wing Commander.
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 September 1944, joined the RAFVR at Bristol in April 1939. Flying from Whitechurch 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 August 1940 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 1o November 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 Me109 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 ‘Mentioned 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 Squadron Leader 21 Jan 46.
C820 F/O Eric W. BEARDMORE, #1 (RCAF) Squadron, Born in Kitchener, ON, 29 August 1911. He was shot down in combat 18 September 1940 and bailed 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 1945 as a Wing Commander. He died 23 August 1966.
43022 P/O Robert Wilfred Garth BELEY, 151 Squadron, from Rossland, British Columbia. In combat on 12 August 1940, 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 Squadron, from Winnipeg, Manitoba. 26 January 1940, he was posted to Church Fenton and went to France in May. He was shot down by a Me 109 on the 23rd and baled out south of Dunkirk, wounded. He was evacuated to England by sea. He rejoined his squadron on 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 and 257 Squadrons, from Edmonton, Alberta. He was born 25 February 1912. On 11 November 1940, he shot down a Fiat BR20. On 17 November, he shot down a Me 109 into the sea and was awarded the DFC. On the night of 11/12 May 1941, he shot down a He 111. He took over command of 257 in July 1941 and in September was promoted to lead the Canadian Wing at Digby. On 18 February 1942, he shot down a FW190. He was then rested. He returned to operations as Wing Leader of the Coltishall Wing 05 Febrary 1943. On 18 March, he shot down two FW190s. On 03 May 1943, he escorted bombers to attack the power station at Amsterdam and he was shot down into the sea. His name is on Runnymede Memorial Panel 118.
42791 P/O Camile R. BONSEINEUR, 257 Squadron. Born in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan 27 May 19l8. While with 257 Squadron, shared in the destruction of a Do17 shot down into the sea off Brighton on 19th July 1940. He was shot down by Me109s 03 September 1940 in Hurricane P3518. Buried in Saffron Walden Cemetery, Essex, Section 40, Grave 2.
40204 F/O John G. BOYLE, 41 Squadron. Born 27 March, 1914 in Castlemain, Ontario. On 05 September 1940, he shot down a Me109; on the 9th, a He111; on the 15th, a Me 109; and on the 17th, two Me109s. On 28 September 1940, he was shot down in Spitfire X4426. He is buried in Lynstead New Churchyard, Row F, Grave.
- C1591 F/O Carl E. BRIESE #1 (RCAF) Squadron from New Westminster, British Columbia. Repatriated to Canada in 1942 and given command of 128 (RCAF) Squadron at Sydney, Nova Scotia using Hurricanes on East Coast Defense. Retired 20 August 1962 as W/Com. Died 20 November, 1983.
C1094 P/O De Peyster BROWN, #1 (RCAF) Squadron. On the 27 September, 1940, he shot down a Ju88. He was transferred to the USAAF on 25 May 1942. On 10th May Brown shared a Do17, on the 11th he destroyed two Me110s, on the 14th a Me109 and a Ju87, on the 15th a Me110, on the 17th a Me110 and a He111, on the 18th a Hs126, on the 19th a He111 and probably another, on the 21st a He111, on 5th June a Do17 and on the 14th a He111 and a Me109.
37904 F/Lt. Mark H. BROWN, DFC. # 1 (RCAF) Squadron. Born 09 October, 1911 at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Joined No. 1 Squadron at Tangmere on 21 February,1937 and went to France with the Squadron. Destroyed a Me109 on 20 April, 1940; and on 11 May, two Me110s; on the 14th, a Me109 and a Ju87; 0n the 15th, a Me110; on the 17th, a Me110 and a He111; on the 18th, a Hs126; on the 19th, two He111ss; on the 21st, a He111; on 05 June, a Do17; and on the 14th, a He111 and a Me109. He was shot down over France on 15 June, 1940 but bailed out, got a lift to Brest and then got on a boat to UK. The squadron flew their Hurricanes to Tangmere on the 18th and he joined them that evening. He was awarded the DFC 30 July 1940. On 11 August, he shot down a Me110. Four days later he was shot down into the sea and rescued by a trawler. Brown took command of the squadron on 10 November, 1940. He was awarded a bar to his DFC 23 May, 1941. In late October 1941 he was posted to Malta as Wing/Com. Flying. On 12 November, 1941, he was leading his squadron when he was hit by flak. On the night of 6 December, 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 Squadron. From Kincardine, Ontario. On 18 May 1940 in combat with Me110’s of I/ZG76 near Le Cateau, he was shot down in Hurricane N2320 LE*H and suffered bullet wounds in the right leg. He was evacuated to England and rejoined 242 on 13th July. On 21 February, 1941 in Hurricane N2476, he crashed at Grange Farm, Alderton, Suffolk and was killed at age 25. He is buried in Ipswich Cemetery.
41823 P/O John BRYSON, 92 Squadron. From Westmount, Quebec. He was shot down and killed 24 September1940 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 Squadron. 18 November, 1940 posted to 218 Squadron flying in Wellingtons. Transferred to Administrative Branch in July, 1942 and released in 1946. Died 21 May, 1948. He is buried at the Old Holy Trinity Anglican Church Cemetery in Nova Scotia.
42393 P/O Alan R.M. CAMPBELL, 54 Squadron. From Sorrento, British Columbia. 18 August, 1940 shot down a Me109. Shot down another 03 March, 1941. He sailed in the “Empire Moon” on 10 June, 1941, the second ship to sail 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 Squadron. From St. Thomas, Ontario. On 18 September, 1940, he shot down a Ju88 and on 17 October, 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 and 46 Squadrons. From Toronto, Ontario. He shot down a Me110 on 03 September, 1940 and a Me109 on 05 September. On 08 September, he was shot down in Hurricane P320l. His body was returned to his family who buried him at sea, 16 September, 1940. He was 21 years old.
41825 F/O John E. CARRIERE, 219 Squadron. Born in Quebec, 1915. Carriere was on a searchlight co-operation flight in Blenheim L8724 on 6th August 1940 when he collided with high tension cables and crashed into a river. The aircraft was written off but Carriere and his gunner, Sgt. C Beveridge, survived. Beveridge was treated for facial injuries. In January, 1944 he transferred to the RCAF and was released as a F/Lt. 28 November, 1945.
42484 P/O Gerald C.T. CARTHEW, 253, 85 and 145 Squadrons. From Mountain Park, Alberta. While with 253 Squadron, Carthew shared in the destruction of a Do17 on 11th September 1940. He returned to 85 Squadron at Castle Camps on the 24th for further training. He went to 145 Squadron at Tangmere on 14th October. He flew his last sortie with the squadron on 16th October. He transferred to the Administrative Branch in 1942 and was released from the RAF in 1946. Carthew died on 12th July 2013 in Hastings.
36198 F/O Edward F. J. CHARLES 54 Squadron. From Lashburn, Saskatchewan. On 07 April, 1941 he shot down a Me110. In sweeps over France between 17 June and the end of September 1941, he destroyed five Mel09s and probably destroyed six others. He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 15 July, 1941). He moved to 611 Squadron on 27 March, 1943 and on 22 April was promoted to Flight Commander and given command. On 14 May, he destroyed a FW190 and the next day two FW190s. He claimed a Fw190 destroyed on 17th May and another on 23rd June. on 5th July, 1943, he damaged a Fw190 and on the 25th he shot down another and damaged a Me109. On 09 August, 1943 he was promoted to lead the Middle WallopWing and shot down a FW190 on 31 August. On 24 September, he claimed his final victory, a Me110. Charles was awarded a bar to his DFC (16 July, 1943), the US Silver Star (20 July, 1943) and the DSO (29 October 1943). Charles was on the staff of the HQ Allied Expeditionary Air Forces. Released in 1946.
C856 P/O Joseph A. J. CHEVRIER #1 (RCAF) Squadron. Born in St. Lambert, Quebec 07 October, 1917. He was repatriated to Canada on 09 January 1941 and appointed ADC to the Governor General serving until 31 March, 1942. Chevrier was then posted to be the first CO of 130 Squadron, taking command at Mont-Joli, Quebec on 1st May, 1942. On 6th July 1942 the squadron was scrambled to search for U-boats after a freighter was torpedoed 10 miles off Ste. Anne-des-Monts. Chevrier ran out of fuel on the return to Mont-Joli, and died when his Kittyhawk AK915 ditched in the St. Lawrence. He is remembered on the Ottawa Memorial Panel 1.
A40081 F/O George P. CHRISTIE DFC, 242 and 66 Squadrons. Born 01 October, 1917 at Westmount, Quebec. 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 September. On 14 November, he shot down a Ju87 and on the 26th and 27th, shot down two more Me109s. He was awarded a bar to his DFC (14 January, 1941) In early 1941, he returned to Canada and joined Ferry Command. He was killed on 06 July, 1941 in a Hudson aircraft crash as a Squadron Leader. He is buried in Lake View Cemetery, Pointe Claire, Quebec.
C925 P/O Beverley E. CHRISTMAS, # 1 (RCAF) Squadron. From Rouville, Quebec. Shot down a Me109 31 August 1940 and another on 05 October. Christmas was posted away from # 1 RCAF Squadron April 1941 to 403 Squadron RCAF. In November, he was attached to the South African Air Force. After a short period in South Africa he went with 4 SAAF Squadron to the Middle East. In January 1942 Christmas was shot down in the desert while escorting two Hurricane photo-reconnaissance aircraft. He baled out and was picked up by a British patrol. Still in North Africa, he served with 260 Squadron from March to May 1942. He then returned to Canada in the Aquitania, accompanied by German PoWs, to command 133 RCAF Squadron at Boundary Bay 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, British Columbia.
42915 P/O Arthur C. COCHRANE 257 Squadron. Born in Vernon, British Columbia 27 April 1919. 08 August 1940, he shot down a Me109 and on the 31st shot down a Me110. 07 September, 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 March 1943). He failed to return from patrolon 31 March 1943 . He is remembered on the Malta Memorial Panel 6, Column 1.
C1159 P/O William C. CONNELL 32 Squadron. Born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan on 6th November 1917. Posted to Acklington 06 October 1940. Released from the RCAF 16 June 1946 as a F/Lt. Died in 1994.
81366 P/O George H. CORBETT 66 Squadron. Born on 04 November 1919 in Saskatchewan. Corbett was shot down by Me109s over East Grinstead on 9th September 1940. His Spitfire, N3049, crashed at Cowden after he baled out slightly injured. On 27th September Corbett claimed a Ju88 destroyed. His aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and he crash-landed near Orpington unhurt. Corbett was killed on 8th October 1940, shot down by Me109s. His Spitfire, R6779, crashed and burned out on Bayford Marshes, Upchurch. He is buried in St Mary’s churchyard extension, Upchurch, Kent (SW corner).
C299 F/Lt. Vaughan B. CORBETT. # 1 (RCAF) Squadron. Born in Toronto, 24 March 1911. Corbett was shot down in combat with Me109s over Cranbrook on 31st August 1940. He baled out, with burns, and landed near Wittersham level crossing. His Hurricane, P3869, crashed and burned out at Biddenden. Awarded the DFC (13 April 1942) and on 16 July was repatriated to Canada. He was killed in a flying accident 20 February 1945 as a G/Capt. He is buried in St. James’ Cemetery, Toronto.
- 78746 P/O Malcolm C. CORNER. 264 Squadron. Born in Westmount, Quebec in 1907. Corner flew with 264 Squadron in the Battle of Britain and his last operational sortie with it was made on 24th August 1940. Corner joined 141 Squadron at Gatwick on 2nd October but flew no operational sorties with it up to 31st December 1940. 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 Squadron. Born in Toronto, Ontario on 08 February 1941. On 31st August 1940 Cryderman joined 242 Squadron at Coltishall but when they discovered that he had never flown a Hurricane he was posted to 5 OTU Aston Down on 5th September for a conversion course. He rejoined 242 three weeks later. Cryderman was scrambled in Hurricane I V6823 on 8th February 1941 to search for an enemy aircraft east of Clacton. An attack was made but soon after Cryderman radioed saying he was returning to base but then a further call said that he was landing on the sea. He was not found. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 30.
42806 P/O William A. CUDDIE. 141 Squadron. From Regina, Saskatchewan. Killed on 03 October 1943 as a S/Ldr. with 46 Squadron. He is remembered on the Alamein Memorial, Column 267.
37596 F/Lt. Richard W. DENISON. 236 Squadron. Born on 27th April 1916 in London but reared in Vernon, British Columbia. Denison was serving with 236 Squadron by June 1940. During a patrol off the Isle of Wight on the night of 26th/27th June Denison claimed a He111 probably destroyed. On 17th July 1940, also with WOp/AG P/O AO Price in Blenheim If L8684/D, he claimed a damaged Ju88. He was recalled from leave after the CO, S/Ldr. PE Drew, was reported missing on 1st August. Denison took temporary command of the squadron from the 4th to the 15th, when S/Ldr. GW Montagu arrived. On October 27th, he went to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge to convert to Hurricanes. On 10th March 1941, while serving with 79 Squadron, he claimed a possible Ju88 in Hurricane I V6957. He commanded 80 Squadron in the Western Desert from April to September, 1942 and commanded 46 Squadron at Idku from June to December 1944. He was awarded the AFC (1 January 1945) and returned to Canada as a W/Com. He was killed in a flying accident at Yellowknife on 06 February 1951.
C788 F/O Jean-Paul J. DESLOGES. # 1 (RCAF) Squadron. Born in Hull, Quebec on 25 April 1913. On 24 August 1940, Flight Lieutenant G.R. McGregor and Desloges claimed the destruction of a Junkers 88it was revealed that they had in fact shot down two RAF aircraft, one of which crashed into the sea. On August 26, the squadron engaged a group of German Dornier 215 bombers where Desloges’ aircraft was badly damaged, but he skillfully force-landed the aircraft. The squadron engaged a large force of escorted Dorniers over the Thames Estuary on August 31, 1940. Desloges became the only Canadian casualty suffering severe burns when a shell came through the cockpit of the Hurricane, N2530. He was sent back to Canada to complete his rehabilitation. He was killed in a flying accident in North Africa on 08 May 1944 as a W/Com. Buried in the British War Cemetery, Dely Ibrahim, Algeria.
42675 P/O Roland H. DIBNAH, DFC. # 1 and 242 Squadron. From Winnipeg, Manitoba. On 31st August 1940 he damaged a Me110 near Chelmsford and on 6th September he destroyed a Me110 in the Kenley/Tunbridge Wells area. Dibnah was posted to 242 Squadron at Coltishall on 21st September and remained with the squadron until 30th December 1940, when he was posted to CFS Upavon. He transferred to the RCAF on 18th January 1945 and was released on 21st October 1947 as a Flight Lieutenant. Desloges 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 letter was not found until she died in 1980 and sent to the RAF HQ in London for verification. Roland died in February, 1990 in Vancouver.
41564 F/O Norman D. EDMOND. 615 Squadron. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was posted from RAF Grangemouth to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 5th September 1940. After converting to Hurricanes he joined 615 Squadron at Prestwick on the 24th. Edmond was shot down and wounded on 29th October. He did not return to 615 but joined 242 Squadron at Duxford on 22nd November. During a patrol of the Channel on 20 April 1941, S/Ldr. WPF Treacy, sighted some aircraft and began a steep turn towards them. In doing so he collided with two other Hurricanes, Edmond in Z2632 and F/O Hugh Ian Lang in Z2634. All three pilots were killed. Edmond is buried in St. Andrew’s Churchyard, North Weald Bassett.
41837 P/O Harry D. EDWARDS 92 Squadron. From Winnipeg, Manitoba. Edwards was in action over France and Dunkirk in May 1940. On the 23rd he claimed a Ju88 destroyed and probably two Me109s and a Me110, on the 24th he got another probable Me109 and on 2nd June he claimed a He111 destroyed. On 4th July Edwards shared in the destruction of a He111. Shot down by by Me109s in Spitfire P9464 and killed 11 September 1940. He is buried in Folkstone New Cemetery, Kent. Plot O, Grave 31.
C 903 F/O Robert L. EDWARDS # l (RCAF) Squadron. Born on 10th June 1912 at Roseneath, Ontario but settled in Cobourg, Ontario. He was shot down by return fire from Do17s attacking Debden on 16 August 1940 in Hurricane P3874. He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery. Plot 3. Row C, Grave 1A.
41566 F/O Allen L. EDY 602 Squadron. Born 7 May 1916. From Winnipeg, Manitoba. When the call came in August 1940 for more pilots for Fighter Command, Edy volunteered and went to 7 OTU Hawarden to convert to Spitfires. He s joined 602 Squadron at Westhampnett on 8th September 1940. He claimed a Do17 destroyed on the 15th and probably destroyed a He111 on the 26th. He was awarded the DFC 5 November 1940 for his services in France. He was killed on 12 December 1941 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 and 607 Squadrons. From Winnipeg, Manitoba. On 21st September 1940 Elliott and eight other pilots from 112 (RCAF) Squadron arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge for conversion to Hurricanes. Elliott was posted to 615 Squadron at Prestwick on 5th October and moved to 607 Squadron at Tangmere on the 9th. He was released from the RCAF as a S/Ldr. 04 June 1946.
37280 S/Ldr. Andrew W. FLETCHER. 235 Squadron. From Cardston, Alberta. In July 1940 Fletcher was serving with 235 Squadron as ‘B’ Flight Commander. He was awarded the DFC 22 October 1940 and a Mention in Despatches January, 1941. While In Malta serving with 272 Squadron, he destroyed seven Italian aircraft at airfields in Italy. He was awarded a bar to his DFC 31 October 1941. He was released from the RAF in 1946 and returned to farming in Alberta. Fletcher died in 1978.
81636 P/O Ernest G. FORD. 3 & 232 Squadrons. Born in Wolseley, Saskatchewen on 21st March 1914. While with 3 Squadron, Ford destroyed Ju87 on the 12th May 1940; two Ju87s on 14th May and a Do17 on May 19th. He was one of the pilots that formed 232 Squadron when that unit was reformed from ‘B’ Flight of 3 Squadron at RAF Sumburgh on 17th July 1940 as a Hawker Hurricane unit but posted back to 3 Squadron on 10th September. He was repatriated to Canada and was killed there on 12 December 1942 as a F/U during a training accident. He is buried in Burnsland Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta.
42831 P/O Charles G. FRIZELL. 257 Squadron. Born 03 October,1921 in London. After completing his training, Frizell was posted to 257 Squadron at its reformation at Hendon on 17th May 1940 with only four hours experience on Spitfires. On 15th August his Hurricane, L1703, caught fire during a routine patrol. Frizell baled out, unhurt, and the aircraft crashed at Watford Way, Edgware. On the 15 September 1940, he was seriously injured when S/Ldr.Robert R.S. Tuck drove into the back of his car. In 1941 he instructed at 10 FTS Tern Hill, FTS Cranwell and 8 FTS Montrose. He returned to operations in March 1942, joining 91 Squadron at Hawkinge. In June he moved to 124 Squadron. In December 1942 he went to 152 Squadron at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia. In June 1943 he was posted to command 1676 Fighter Defence Flight at Gibraltar carrying out long range Atlantic shipping patrols. In 1945 was in South East Asia Command in Ceylon and India. He carried out liaison duties with the Chinese Air Force and was awarded the Order of the Cloud and Banner Mochi Medal by the Chinese (gazetted 14th June 1946). He was released as a S/Ldr. on March 1946 emigrating to Canada. He died in Vancouver 29 September 2014.
C1352 P/O Robert C. FUMERTON. 32 Squadron. Born 21 March 1913 at Fort Coulonge, Quebec. On arrival in the United Kingdom on 8th September 1940, Fumerton joined 112 (RCAF) Squadron, a holding unit. Fumerton volunteered to serve in Fighter Command and converted to Hurricanes at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge before joining 32 Squadron at Acklington on 6th October. His colleagues, seeing him squeeze his bulky frame into the cockpit, nicknamed him ‘Moose‘. On 1st December 1940 he was posted to No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron at Castletown. 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 1941. 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 2nd/3rd March 1942 Fumerton intercepted a hostile raider approaching Alexandria. The enemy gunner immediately returned fire and Fumerton was wounded in the leg. The gun sight and the starboard engine of his Beaufighter were put out of action. In spite of the situation, Fumerton pressed home a second attack and set the enemy aircraft on fire, causing the German crew to bale out; they were later rescued from the sea. By skillful flying and the use of radio beacons, Fumerton managed to reach an Egyptian airfield, where he discovered that the aircraft’s undercarriage was damaged and would not lower. He made a successful wheels-up landing and was taken to hospital, where he soon recovered. Fumerton was awarded the DFC (gazetted 27th March 1942). On the night of 7/8 April 1942 they shot down two He111s. 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 a bar to his DFC, 21 July 1942. In June 1943 he moved to RAF Ferry Command, on staff duties. When he returned to the UK in July, he was promoted to Acting Wing Commander and on 25th August took command of 406 (RCAF) Squadron at Valley. On the night of 14th/15th May 1944 Fumerton destroyed a Ju188, his final victory. He was given command of 7 OTU at Debert, Nova Scotia and was awarded the AFC (1 January 1946). He retired as a W/Com and died in 10 July 2006 at Huntsville, Ontario.
37632 F/Lt. Lionel M. GAUNCE DFC 615 Squadron. Gaunce was born on 20 September 1915 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Appointed a Flight Commander in April 1939, Gaunce was posted to 615 Squadron in France in February 1940. The squadron was withdrawn to Kenley on 21st May. He claimed Me109s destroyed on 20th and 25th July 1940 plus another destroyed on 12th August. On the 16th August he damaged a Me110. He was shot down on 18th August by Me109s after damaging one and baled out with slight burns. Gaunce was awarded the DFC (gazetted 23rd August 1940). On 26th August, Gaunce was shot down in flames after destroying a Me109, but he baled out. He was rescued from the sea and taken to Herne Bay Hospital, suffering from shock. On 31st October 1940, Gaunce was promoted and given command of 46 Squadron at Stapleford Tawney. The squadron intercepted an Italian force on 11th November and Gaunce claimed a Fiat CR42 destroyed and shared a Fiat BR20. He left 46 Squadron in December and did not return to operations until July 1941, when he took command of 41 Squadron at Merston. Gaunce damaged a Me109 on 20th August 1941, and damaged other Me109s on the 27th, 28th August and 17th September. He was killed on 19th November 1941, when he was shot down by flak into the sea off Janville while on a sortie to St. Lo. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 28.
36075 S/Ldr. John A. G. GORDON. 151 Squadron. Born in Red Deer, Alberta 03 March 1913. Gordon took command of 151 Squadron on 05 August 1940 and claimed a Me 109 on the 14th. He was shot down in Hurricane P3940, baled out with burns and admitted to Rochford Hospital. On 1st June 1942 Gordon, now a Wing Commander, led 350 Squadron on Circus 178 as part of the Debden Wing escorting Hurribombers to a target in Bruges, Belgium. Engaging a superior force of Fw190s, Gordon was shot down in Spitfire Vb BL936 and was not found. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 64.
41579 F/O Robert D. GGRASSICK. 242 Squadron. Born in London, Ontario 22 May 1917. Grassick went to France on 14th May 1940 on attachment to 607 Squadron. He moved to 615 Squadron on the 16th. He destroyed two Me109s and a Ju88 on May 15th and 16th May. He destroyed Me109s over Dunkirk on 25th, 29th and 31st May. 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 He111; on 17 June, a Me109 and was made a Flight Commander on 17 June 1941. He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 15th July 1941) and posted away to 73 OTU Aden on 28th September. He served with 260 Squadron in the Western Desert in March 1942 and in June was posted to a Communications Flight in South Africa. From January 1943 Grassick was on test pilot duties in East Africa until February 1944 when he was posted to 216 Group. He transferred to the RCAF on 1st May 1945 and returned to Canada. He died on 28th October 1978.
39316 F/Lt. Harry R. HAMILTON. 85 Squadron. Born in Kings County, New Brunswick 15 may 1917. He was posted to Debden on 25 May as a Flight Commander. On 30th July 1940, he shared in the destruction of a Me110. On 18th August, he shot down a Me110 and shared a He111. On the 29th he destroyed a Me109 and was then himself shot down and killed flying Hurricane V6623 over Winchelsea. He is buried in Folkstone New Cemetery, Kent, Plot 0, Grave 26.
C1329 P/O Bruce A. HANBURY l and l (RCAF) Squadrons. Born in Vancouver 11 April 1911. Hanbury arrived in England in July/August 1940 and joined 112 (RCAF) Squadron. He volunteered for Fighter Command, arrived at 6 OTU, Sutton Bridge on 16th September and after converting to Hurricanes he was posted to No 1 Squadron at Wittering on 3rd October 1940, moving to No 1 (RCAF) Squadron at Prestwick on the 21st. He was killed as a S/Ldr.in a flying accident on 27 Mar 1942 with 409 (RCAF) Squadron and is buried in Scopwick Church Burial Ground, Lincolnshire.
41347 F/O Thomas P. HARNETT 219 Squadron. From Moncton, New Brunswick. Harnett joined 219 Squadron, equipped with Blenheims, at Catterick on 5th December 1939. He was appointed ‘B’ Flight Commander on 13th September 1940 and promoted to Acting Flight Lieutenant on the 22nd. Harnett was posted away to 14 FTS Cranfield on 25th November 1940 as an instructor. He took command of 435 (RCAF) Squadron in India in September 1944 which flew Dakotas on supply drops to the 141h. Army. He was awarded the DFC 19 October 1945 and was released from the RCAF as a W/Com. 10 September 1946. He died on 19 December 1985.
41696 F/O John S. HART. 54 and 602 Squadrons. From Sackville, New Brunswick. He was born 11 September 1916. Hart arrived at 7 OTU Hawarden on 22nd August 1940. After converting to Spitfires, he joined 54 Squadron at Catterick on 3rd September and moved to 602 Squadron at Westhampnett on the 20th. He shot down a Me109 29 October 1940 and on 13th November he shared a Ju88. He commanded 67 Squadron in Burma, from May to July 1943 and 112 Squadron in Italy from April to August 1945. He was awarded the DFC 22 June 1945 and released from the RAF in 1946 as a S/Ldr. Hart died in Naramata, British Columbia on 18th June 2019 aged 102.
81879 P/O Norris HART 242 Squadron. Born in Montreal and brought up in Hamilton. Hart was posted to 242 Squadron at Coltishall on 18th July 1940. He went to 5 OTU Aston Down for training on Hurricanes. Hart rejoined 242 on 12th August. He shot down a He111 on 30 August 1940 and a Me109 on 15 September and two Ju88s on the l8th. 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 Squadron. Born in Toronto, Canada on 30th August 1919. Hewitt joined the RAFVR about January 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he was commissioned in December and joined 501 Squadron in France in mid-May 1940. He shared in the destruction of a He111 on the 27th. On 11th July Hewitt claimed to have shot down a Hurricane with German markings. He was lost over the sea 12 July attacking a Do 17 in Hurricane P3084. His body was never recovered. He is remembered on the Runnmede Memorial, Panel 8.
C1018 P/O Frank W. HILLOCK # I (RCAF) Squadron. From Toronto, Ontario. Hillock was called to full-time service on 2nd September 1939 and went with the squadron to England in February 1940 to serve with the 1st Canadian Division. He volunteered for Fighter Command and in August 1940 he was posted to 5 OTU Aston Down to convert to Hurricanes. He was then attached to 151 Squadron at Digby, who sent him to No. 1 Squadron at Wittering on 9th October. He was posted to No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron at Prestwick on 21st October 1940. He joined 406 (RCAF) Squadron at Acklington on 5th January 1941 as a Flight Commander. He was given command of 410 (RCAF) Squadron at Ayr on 18th August 1942. The squadron converted from Beaufighters to Mosquitos in October and Hillock flew the unit’s first sortie on 6th December. He formed 143 Wing 2nd Tactical Air Force at Ayr. He held a series of appointments and commands at home and overseas in the post-war RCAF. Hillock retired on 21st November 1965 as a Wing Commander.
41705 P/O Richard A. HOWLEY. 141 Squadron. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on 16th April 1920 but was raised in Newfoundland. Howley was posted to 141 Squadron on 6th October 1939. On 10th November 1939 he escaped uninjured from a Blenheim accident at RAF Sealands. In June 1940, 141 Squadron was re-equipped with the Defiant turret fighter and moved to West Malling. On the morning of 19th July 1940, Howley was flying one of nine Defiants attacked by Me109s of 111/JG51 off Dover. He was shot down into the Channel in Defiant L6995 and reported ‘Missing’. 141 Squadron lost six aircraft with nine aircrew killed in this engagement. Howley was 20. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 27.
C948 F/O George G. HYDE. # l (RCAF) Squadron. Born 11 February 1914 in Montreal, Quebec. He gained his civil pilot’s licence and joined 115 Auxiliary Squadron of the RCAF on 1st September 1938. On the outbreak of war, he was serving with No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron when it arrived in the UK on 20th June 1940. Hyde was shot down in combat with Me109s on 31st August and baled out with burns from his Hurricane P2971. He was posted to 112 (RCAF) Squadron on 2nd September as non-effective sick. Hyde was discharged from hospital on the 7th and after convalescence he returned to No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron for duty on 2nd October. Hyde was posted to 2 (RCAF) Squadron on 2nd January 1941. The unit was renumbered 402 Squadron on 1st March 1941. He was killed in a flying accident on 17th May 1941 as a Flight Lieutenant. Hyde is buried in Scopwick Burial Ground, Lincolnshire.
37106 S/Ldr. John A. KENT DFC AFC. 303 and 92 Squadrons. Born in 23 June 1914 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Kent obtained his commercial licence in June 1933, becoming the youngest commercial pilot in Canada. Kent joined the RAF in January 1935. He joined 19 Squadron at Duxford on 29th February 1936 after training at 5 FTS Sealand. He moved to the Experimental Section, RAE Farnborough on 19th October 1937 in the Instrument, Armament and Defence Flight where he was awarded the AFC (02 January 1939) for his work on balloon cable research. On 15 July he went to 7 OTU Hawarden, converted to Hurricanes and joined 257 Squadron at Northolt on 20th July. On the 27th, he joined 303 (Polish) Squadron. Kent was appointed ‘A’ Flight Commander on 02 August. On 09 September 1940, Kent destroyed a Me110 and damaged a Ju88; on the 15th he destroyed a Me109; on the 23 he destroyed a Me109 and damaged a Fw56; on the 27th destroyed a Ju88 and on 01 October, a Me109. He was awarded the KW 18 September 1940. Kent’s last flight with 303 was on 16 October 1940 . He was awarded the DFC 25 October 1940 and on 26 October he took command of 92 Squadron as an Acting Squadron Leader. Kent claimed a Me109 destroyed on 1st November 1940 and two Me109’s on the 2nd. He was awarded the VM (5th Class) 24 December 1940 for his work with 303 Squadron. In early June 1941 Kent went to Northolt to lead the Polish Wing. On 21st June 1941, he shot down a Me109; on the 27th destroyed one on the ground. On 03 July he destroyed a Me109 in the air and on the 20 July, he claimed one more. On 2nd August 1941 Kent was appointed to lead the Kenley Wing. He destroyed Me109s on 07 and 16 August. He was awarded a Bar to the DFC 21 October 1941. In June 1942 he commanded RAF Church Stanton and in October he went to HQ Fighter Command, as Wing Commander Training. Kent was posted to the Middle East in December 1942 and took command of 17 Sector, Benghazi. On 25 January 1943 he damaged a Ju88 near Benina. In August 1943 he was made Command Training Inspector at Air HQ, Air Defences Eastern Mediterranean. In late August 1945 Kent went on a course at RAF Staff College and was then posted to Air HQ, British Air Forces of Occupation, as Wing Commander Operations Plans. In late 1946 he became Personal Staff Officer to Sholto Douglas, the 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) Squadron. Born in Toronto, Ontario, 7 May 1918. Kerwin arrived in England in June 1940 posted to to No.1 (Fighter) Squadron RCAF. On 31 August 1940 he claimed a Do17 destroyed. On 01 September, Kerwin was shot down in an engagement with Do17s and Me110s. He baled out from his Hurricane P3963 out of Shipbourne sustaining burns. He was repatriated to Canada in November 1940 where he served as an instructor with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Brandon, Manitoba.. In mid-1942 he was posted to 111 (RCAF) squadron flying P-40 Kittyhawks in the Aleutians. Newly-promoted to Squadron Leader and CO, he was killed on 16 July 1942 when he struck a hill in fog. He is buried in the Fort Richardson Post Cemetery Alaska, USA.
63783 Sgt. Joseph R. KILNER 65 Squadron. Joseph Richard Kilner was born in Beckenham, Kent on 11th October 1916. On 16 July,he shot down two Me109 and on the 20th, another. He was awarded the DFC 5 August 1944 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. Please note – A bureaucratic error occurred recording him as a Canadian resident and citizen while he was instructing in Canada from late August 1941 until January 1944 which led to his name appearing on the Battle of Britain London Monument under Canada. He was British.
42849 P/O Joseph E. P. LARICHELIERE. 213 Squadron. Born in Montreal, Quebec 03 December 1912. After converting to Hurricanes he was posted to 213 Squadron at Biggin Hill on 25 May 1940. He shot down two Me110s and a Me109 on 13 August and two Me110s 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 Squadron. From Victoria, British Columbia. Born in Vancouver 06 August 1914. After completing his training, Latta was posted to 242 Squadron at Church Fenton on 6th November 1939. On patrol over Dunkirk 29 May 1940, he shot down a Me109 and on May 31, he claimed another. On 21 August he shared a Do17. On September 9, 15 and 27th, he shot down four more Me109s. He was awarded the DFC 8 November 1940. He was reported missing after a patrol over the Dutch coast 12 January 1941 in Hurricane V7208. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 33.
41852 F/O Raymond G. LEWIS 1 Squadron. From Fort Qu’AppelIe, Saskatchewan but raised in Vancouver. In May 1940 he was serving with No.1 Squadron at Berry-au-Bac in France. On 12th May, Lewis claimed a Me109 but was shot down subsequently in Hurricane L1688. He baled out slightly burned but made his way back to the squadron. He was awarded a Mention in Dispatches 01 January 1941. He shared in the destruction of a Ju88 on 30th October 1940. Lewis went on No.1 Squadron’s first offensive operation on o1 January 1941, strafing German installations between Calais and Boulogne. During Circus 3 on 5th February 1941 Circus 3, escorting Blenheims to St.Omer airfield, Lewis’ Hurricane P3920 engine was set on fire in an attack by Me109s. 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 # 1 (RCAF) Squadron. Born in Montreal, Quebec 9 September 1917 Little was with No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron when it arrived in the UK on 20th June 1940. He destroyed a Me109 on 31 August 1940. He was shot down in Hurricane P3534 on 11 September 1941 during an attack on He111s over Tunbridge Wells. He baled out, wounded and was admitted to the Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells. On 27th August 1941 Little, now serving as a Flight Lieutenant with 402 (RCAF) Squadron, took part in a bomber escort in Hurricane Z5001. He collided over the Channel with a Spitfire. Little was reported ‘Missing’. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 59.
- C997 F/O Peter W. LOCHNAN # 1 (RCAF) Squadron. Born in Ottawa, Ontario 3 August 1913. He arrived in the UK on 20th June 1940 with 112 (RCAF) Squadron, an Army Co-operation Reserve unit. He was attached to 5 OTU on 19th August. After converting to Hurricanes, Lochnan was posted to No 1 (RCAF) Squadron on 2nd September 1940. On 11 September Lochnan crashed near Romney and his Hurricane, V6670, burned out. He was unhurt. On 15 September he shot down a He111, on the 27th he shared a Me110 and on 7th October he claimed a Me109. Serving with 400 (RCAF) Squadron, was killed in Lysander V9361 on 21st May 1941 during a flying accident due to poor visibility. He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, UK.
919410 Sgt. Robert H. LONSDALE. 46, 242 and 501 Squadron. Born on 5 July 1913 in Duncan, British Columbia. Lonsdale joined the RAF in November 1935. In 1937 was serving with 25 Squadron as a member of the squadron display team but resigned his commission 30 November 1939. He rejoined the RAF in early 1940 as a Sergeant. He was serving with 46 Squadron in Norway in late May and early June. On 20 July 1940, Lonsdale was posted to 242 Squadron at Coltishall. He claimed a He111 destroyed on 30th August and a Do17 on 9 September. In the latter engagement Lonsdale’s Hurricane P2831 was hit by return fire and he baled out, unhurt. He joined 501 Squadron at Kenley on 12 October 1940. In January 1941 he was posted to Canada, as an instructor. Promoted to Warrant Officer in October 1941, Lonsdale returning to England in 1943. He flew Lancasters as a F/O with Bomber Command until the end of the war. He later settled in Canada. He died there in 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.