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HICKMAN, Albert Arthur Frederick Wing Commander, No.36 Service Flying Training School, Penhold, Alberta, RAF 36073 Officer, Order of the British Empire Commonwealth Air Forces WWII
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HICKMAN, W/C Albert Arthur Frederick (RAF 36073) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.36 Service Flying Training School, Penhold, Alberta - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944 and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. This officer, serving as a Chief Engineer, has displayed outstanding ability and devotion to duty. His capacity for solving the many problems that arise has been responsible for the confidence of the flying personnel of the unit and the interest he has always taken in the care and welfare of the airmen under his command has resulted in an exceptionally high standard of morale at this station.
HICKMAN, William Robert Flying Officer, No.8 Squadron, J26667 Distinguished Flying Cross RCAF Personnel Awards 1939-1949
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HICKMAN, F/O William Robert (J26667) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.8 Squadron - Award effective 28 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 11 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born July 1921, Calgary (RAF Ferry Command cards); home in Vancouver (stock clerk). Enlisted in Vancouver, 8 April 1942. Granted Leave Without Pay until 1 May 1942 when posted to No.3 Manning Depot. To No.7 SFTS (guard duty), 22 June 1942. To No.4 ITS, 15 August 1942; graduated and promoted LAC, 25 October 1942; to No.5 EFTS, 21 November 1942; to No.15 SFTS, 6 February 1943; graduated and commissioned 28 May 1943. To No.1 GRS, 4 June 1943. To No.111 OTU, Nassau, 21 August 1943. Promoted Flying Officer, 28 November 1943. To No.45 Group (Ferry Command), 3 January 1944. Departed Montreal, 12 February 1944 as passenger in aircraft AL592 to Dartmouth; departed Dartmouth, 13 February 1944 to Rabat. Repatriated 10 September 1945. Retired 30 October 1945. As captain of aircraft this officer has completed many operational sorties. More recently he has been engaged on supply dropping missions and has achieved many successes despite having to operate over difficult mountainous terrain or over broad stretches of open ocean. Throughout, his keenness, cheerful courage and great devotion to duty have set an inspiring example to all. NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9138 has recommendation dated 12 September 1945 when he had flown 25 sorties (330 operational hours). This officer has served with the squadron for fifteen months, during which time he has completed a total of 330 operational hours comprising 15 General Reconnaissance sorties and ten Supply Dropping sorties. He has always been exceptionally keen and efficient throughout his long tour with the squadron and brought very many of his Supply Dropping sorties to a successful conclusion, operating firstly over very difficult mountainous terrain, and latterly operating in addition over very broad stretches of open ocean. Flying Officer Hickman\'s qualities of cheerfulness, keenness, courage and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to all, and have played a considerable part in maintaining the morale and operational efficiency of the squadron.