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        Born on Winnipeg, 23 June 1914 in Winnipeg, educated there. Obtained Private Pilot License at the Winnipeg Flying Club at age 17Appointed Acting Pilot Officer on Probation in RAF, 15 March 1935 Confirmed as Pilot Officer, 1936  as Flight Lieutenant, 15 September 1937 Specifically listed in AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941 as a Canadian in the RAF who had been decorated as of that date. Acting Squadron Leader, 17 October 1940. Served at Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough as a test pilot. Posted to Photographic Development Unit, May 1940. Flew with No.303 Squadron (Polish) during Battle of Britain; Subsequently posted to command No.92 Squadron.  In March 1941 he was appointed Chief Flying Instructor, No.53 OTU Returned to flying operations as W/C (Flying) at Northolt, June 1941 Took up similar duties at Kenley, July 1941 No.53 OTU as Chief Flying Instructor, October 1941.  In December 1941 sent on lecture tour to North America early in 1942 to Air Ministry (June 1942) and then given command of Church Fenton  in September 1942 sent to HQ, Fighter Command as Group Captain (Training) To Mediterranean in December 1942;  Commanded No.17 Sector (Benghazi) to August 1943, When he took over No.234 Wing.  Returned to Britain in March 1944; to  No.7 (P) Flying Instructors School

and then in command of No.3 (P) Advanced Flying Unit

 

POSTWAR :

British Air Forces of Occupation, at Farnborough (Chief Test Pilot),

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,

Station Odiham and Tangmere

Retired in December 1956

Joined Kelvin-Hughes Aviation Limited as sales manager;

Died 7 October 1985.





His decorations included

the Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari

the Cross of Valour

Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar

Air Force Cross

 



1940.09.03      Dyon 303   Hurricane    V6665                                       1-0-0 Me110

1940.09.03      Dyon 303   Hurricane    V6665                                       0-1-0 Ju.88 

1940.09.23                                                                                            1-0-0 Me109

1940.09.23      Dyon 303   Hurricane    V6681                                       0-0-1 FW.58 

1940.09.27      Dyon 303   Hurricane    V6684                                       1-0-0 Ju.88 

1940.10.01      Dyon 303   Hurricane    V6681                                       1-0-0 Me.109

1940.10.01      Dyon 303   Hurricane    V6681                                       0-1-0 Me.109  1940.11.01          92 Sqn   Spitfire                                                         1-0-0 Me.109  1940.12.02                                                                                            2-0-0 Me.109

1940.12.02                                                                                            0-1-0 Me.109  1941.06.21                        Spitfire        P8189    Northolt Wing             1-0-0 Me.109

1941.06.27                                                                                            1-0-0 Me.109

1941.07.03                        Spitfire        P8518    Northolt Wing             1-0-0 Me.109  1941.07.20                                                                                            1-0-0 Me.109

1941.08.07                                                         Kenley Wing               1-0-0 Me.109

1941.08.16                                                         Kenley Wing               1-0-0 Me.109  1943.01.25                         Hurricane  DG-H       No.17 Sector               0-0-1 Ju.88




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