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1 ChristmasBeverley EvansP/O
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CFS (RCAF)
1 Sqd (RCAF)
3 PRC (RCAF)
1 Sqd (RCAF)
59 OTU (RAF)
403 Sqd (RCAF)
Desert Air Force (RAF)
4 Sqd (SAAF)
260 Sqd (RAF)
RCAF
AFHQ (RCAF)
CTS (RCAF)
RCAF Patricia Bay
133 Sqd (RCAF)
RCAF Staff College
AFHQ (RCAF)
3 PRC (RCAF)
6 Bomber Group HQ (RCAF)
Overseas HQ (RCAF)
126 Wing HQ (RCAF)
RCAF
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RCAF
RCAF Rivers
Northwest Air Command
US Staff College
AFHQ
RCAF Bagotville
NATO Defence College
AFCENT (NATO)
4 (F) Wing (RCAF)
Training Command HQ
25 NORAD Region
RCAF Portage la Prairie
RCAF Winnipeg
SHAPE HQ (NATO)
Base Esquimalt
RCAF
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Harvard & Yale
Harvard & Moth
Hurricane
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Hurricane
Hurricane & Spitfire
Tomahawk & Spitfire
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Tomahawk
Hurricane
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Hurricane
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Harvard
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Vampire & Sabre
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3 Jan 1939 - Enlisted in the RCAF
2 May 1939
4 Sep 1939
15 Jan 1940
19 June 1940 - UK
20 June 1940
1 Apr 1941
16 May 1941
30 Sep 1941 - Middle East
3 Nov 1941 - Egypt
23 March 1942
30 July 1942 - Repatriated to Canada
2 Sep 1942
12 Oct 1942
14 Nov 1942
21 March 1943 - Commanding Officer
13 June 1944
10 Aug 1944
4 Oct 1944 - UK
5 Oct 1944
1 Jan 1945
3 Feb 1945
11 Dec 1945 - Repatriated to Canada
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Remained in the post war RCAF
May 1947
Dec 1947
Aug 1949 - Norfolk VA USA
May 1950
June 1951 - Station Commander
Feb 1954 - Paris, France
Aug 1954 - Europe
April 55 - Commading Officer
Aug 1957 - Senior Personnel Staff Officer
July 1960 - Larson AFB, Washinton
July 1963 - Station Commander
Sep 1965 - Station Commander
June 1967 - Belgium
Aug 1971 - Deputy Base Commander
Jan 1973 - Retired from the RCAF

(Photo: F/L Christmas in his 403 Sqd Spitfire - August 1941)
- Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.
- War Cross, 1939 (Czechoslovakia) - Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948 and AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948.
- Died in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on 17 May 1988
(Information courtesy Francois Dutil)

(Photo: 24 August 1941 - 403 RCAF Sdn, Sgt. Rainville of St. Jean, Que., F/L Christmas of Montreal Que., and F/O Price of Quebec City)
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4 GustavsenPreben BrandtFlight Sergeant

Killed 1943-03-29 Age10 July 1923 in Ringe, DenmarkR/113728NAV428 Sqd
Last Op - 428 Sqd
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Wellington BK564 NA-R
X - 29 Mar 43 - Ref P/O J.L.R/V/F/ Cartier -
29 Mar 43 - KIA - Shot down - Gelesnkirchen - Germany
Emigrated to Canada at an early age. Enlisted in July 1941. Born to Danish parents, he was still a Danish national when he enlisted. Had two brothers and two sisters serving in the armed forces during the war . Nephew of Vilhelm Brandt (R/201566) RCAF. Enlisted in the RCAF at the Recruitment Centre in Moncton, NB, on 17 July 1941. To 5 Initial Training School at RCAF Station Belleville for Course No. 37 from 25 September 1941 to 21 November 1941. Reclassified as Aircrew/Air Observer, and posted to 10 Air Observer School at RCAF Station Chatham, NB. Course No. 39 from 8 December 1941 to 13 March 1942. Training at 6 Bombing and Gunnery School (Course No. 39) from 16 March to 25 April 1942. Reclassified as Air Observer. Training at 2 Air Navigation School (Course No. 39) from 27 April to 25 May 1942. He passed, and the final assessment shows that his results improved during training. 13 June 1942, he was posted to 1 'Y' Depot in Halifax, NS, for embarkation overseas, and on 23 July, he was reclassified as Navigator. UK arrival 27 July 1942, to 9 (Observer) Advanced Flying Unit at RAF Penrhos in Wales. Operational training at 23 OTU RAF Penshore, from 8 September 1942. He was promoted to Flight Sergeant on 25 October 1942.

Posted to 428 Sqd on 26 November 1942 on Wellington. His first operation (Gardening) 29 January 1942, target Lorient. attacking German U-boats based along the French west coast at Lorient, Sainte-Nazaire, La Pallice, and Bordeaux. The Royal Navy had been pointing out that attacks on these bases were of great importance, but problem was these attacks could not be carried out without casualties among the French population. Only days before Christmas 1942 the War Cabinet decide to go ahead with the bombing. Harris received the order and the first operation on Lorient was carried out that very same night. 75 Wellingtons and 41 Halifaxes attacked 29/30 January 1943. Gustavsen’s crew was one of six participating crews from 428 Sqn. Wellington X HE174/NA-T took off from Dalton at 1711 hours for Lorient. The crews encountered thick cloud and icing. There was no pathfinder markings, and Gustavsen’s crew bombed by means of a GEE fix, and in spite of the heavy clouds. They reported very concentrated bombing over the target, though the post operation assessment was, that bombing was well scattered. They landed at Harwell at 2235 hours.4–5 February, the crew was one of nine crews from the squadron taking off for Lorient in an all-incendiary attack. A total of 128 aircraft took part in the raid. En route—off the coast near Pleubian—the rear gunner sighted a single-engined enemy aircraft, and the pilot turned to starboard to avoid further contact. The bombing was concentrated, and even before arriving at the target themselves, Gustavsen’s crew could observe a large fire and a column of black smoke from the target area. 7–8 February, further attack on Lorient. Four days later, both crews were briefed for another raid, but Gustavsen’s crew had to abort the operation immediately after take off as the dinghy-cover blew off. 6/17 February, Bomber Command mounted the heaviest attack on Lorient during the war. A total of 466 aircraft including a majority of four-engined heavies were involved and dropped more than 1,000 tons of bombs. Gustavsen’s crew took off in Wellington X HE174/NA-T from Dalton at 1821 hours. They bombed at 2100 hours from 11,000 ft, observing numerous bomb bursts in the target area. The flak was heavier than on previous raid. The crew landed at Topcliffe on 0013 hours. The attack in general caused considerable further damage to the town of Lorient. Later assessment was very little damage to U-boat pens.

Attacked Wilhelmshaven night of 19/20 February took off from Dalton at 1752 hrs in Wellington X HE175 NA-E. Poor visibility but many bomb bursts and firesseen in the area. Return to Topcliffe at 0020 hrs. 29th, the crew took off again. A force of some 149 Wellington bombers were to bomb Bochum. The raid as such was a failure as only few buildings in the Bochum were destroyed. Eleven aircraft from 428 Sqn participated; Gustavsen’s crew was one of two who failed to return on this night. Wellington X BK564 NA-R took off from Dalton at 1934 hrs, but nothing was heard from the crew after take off. The Wellington crashed near Gelsenkirchen; Gustavsen, Plt Off. Cartier, and Fg Off. Spencer died in the crash. Sgt Rhodes baled out, but died from his injuries on 12 April 1943, and Sgt King became a prisoner of war.

Commemorated Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, 18. A. 18. Germany.

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