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PLTRAF
3 FTS (RAF)
6 Armament Training Camp (RAF)
3 FTS (RAF)
1 Wing (RAF)
2 AACU (RAF)
1 Wing (RAF)
3 AACU (RAF)
202 Sqd (RAF)
3 AACU (RAF)
3 AACU (RAF)
4 FTS (RAF)
267 Sqd (RAF)
70 OTU (RAF)
30 Sqd (RAF)
30 Sqd (RAF)
2 Photo Recce Unit (RAF)
30 Sqd (RAF)
30 Sqd (RAF)
261 Sqd (RAF)
Ferry Command (RAF)
59 OTU (RAF)
182 Sqd (RAF)
175 Sqd (RAF)
16 Wing (RAF)
143 Wing (RCAF)
143 Wing (RCAF)
French Resistance
83 GSU (RAF)
RCAF
AFHQ (RCAF)
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IFS (RCAF)
AFHQ (RCAF)
Western Air Command
RCAF Staff College
Central Air Command
12 Group HQ
410 Sqd (RCAF)
421 Sqd (RCAF)
1 Wing (RCAF)
Canadian Joint Staff
335 FIS (USAF)
1 Wing (RCAF)
3 Wing (RCAF)
1 Air Div HQ (RCAF)
RCAF Trenton
RCAF Portage la Prairie
NORAD 26 Sector
CJATC Rivers
RCAF
Avro & Tutor
Oxford
Hart
Oxford
Queen Bee
Swordfish
Queen Bee
Swordfish
Swordfish
Swordfish
Swordfish
Anson
Vincent
Blenheim
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Hurricane
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Boston
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Typhoon
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24 May 1937 - Enlisted in the RAF
24 Aug 1937
14 Feb 1938
19 March 1938 - Advanced flying instruction
26 March 1938
1 June 1938
24 June 1938
23 July 1938 - Malta
23 Sep 1938 - Egypt
7 Oct 1938
5 Nov 1938 - Malta
16 March 1939 - Staff pilot - Egypt
1 Sep 1939
7 Oct 1940
23 Oct 1940 - Egypt/Greece/Crete
20 May 1941 - Visual night fighter
24 Oct 1941
24 Nov 1941
26 Feb 1942 - Ceylon
24 May 1942
26 Dec 1942 - Dorval, Canada
4 April 1943 - UK
16 May 1943 - Commanding Officer
11 July 1943 - Commanding Officer
11 Sep 1943 - Commanding Officer
20 Jan 1944 - Commanding Officer
8 May 1944 - Force landed in France
Served with French resistance group Voix du Nord
6 Sep 1944 - UK
12 Dec 1944 - Transferred to the RCAF as S/L
24 May 1945 - Ottawa, Canada
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19 Sep 1945
1 Dec 1945
21 May 1946
26 March 1947
21 Sep 1947
23 Dec 1947
26 March 1949
15 Sep 1949 - Commanding Officer
26 Nov 1951 - UK
10 Sep 1952 - Washington, USA
15 Sep 1952 - Korea
17 Dec 1952 - UK
1 Feb 1953 - Germany
16 Sep 1953
7 Nov 1956
19 March 1957
16 July 1960 - Syracuse, N.Y., USA
13 July 1964 - Deputy Commander
1 April 1968 - Retired from the RCAF

(Photo: Squadron Leader Robert Davidson of Vancouver B.C. Commanding Officer of 421 Sqn in the cockpit of one of the Squadrons Vampires. RCAF St. Hubert, Que. 26 Oct 1950)
- Distinguished Flying Cross - No.182 Squadron - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943.
- Croix de Guerre with Gold Star (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.
- Air Medal (United States) - 335th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (USAF) - Awarded as per AFRO 742/53 dated 11 December 1953 and Canada Gazette dated 14 November 1953.
Died in Kempville, Ontario, 13 December 1976.
(Information courtesy Francois Dutil)

(Photo: Wing Commander Robert Davidson, was awarded the U.S. Air Medal at a ceremony at the RCAF's No. 4 Fighter Wing, Baden-Soellingen, Germany, W/C Davidson received the award from USAF General Robert M. Lee, Commanding General of the 4th Allied Tactical Air Force - 13 May 1954)

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