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Paradie RCAF Archive: 45,000+ Entries

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1 OTU (RCAF)
118 Sqd (RCAF)
3 PRC (RCAF)
61 OTU (RAF)
1 TEU (RAF)
53 OTU (RAF)
421 Sqd (RCAF)
421 Sqd (RCAF)
3 PRC (RCAF)
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400 (Aux) Sqd (RCAF)
420 (Aux) Sqd (RCAF)
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Harvard & Yale
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28 Oct 1940 - Enlisted in the RCAF
28 Jan 1941
4 March 1941
3 May 1941
17 July 1941 - Flying Instructor Course
19 Oct 1941 - Flying Instructor
19 Nov 1942
30 March 1943 - Alaska
19 Oct 1943 - UK
30 Nov 1943
7 March 1944
14 March 1944
23 March 1944
15 June 1944 - Crash landed after dogfight
8 Dec 1944 - Tour expired
27 Dec 1944
2 Aug 1945 - Repatriated to Canada
20 Sep 1945 - Released from the RCAF
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13 April 1947
28 January 1950
1 July 1952 - Retired from the RCAF

(Photo: 421 Sqd Spitfire taxiing)
- Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 6 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.
- Died in St. Thomas, Ontario, 7 March 1984
(Information courtesy Francois Dutil)

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