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1 AlexanderEdward SudburySgt
F/Sgt
P/O
F/O
F/L
S/L

DFC

DFM
KIA
Age 24
R
J
58623
15543
NAVRCAF
3 AOS (RCAF)
2 B&GS (RCAF)
1 ANS (RCAF)
3 PRC (RCAF)
12 OTU (RAF)
419 Sqd (RCAF)
23 OTU (RAF)
97 Sqd (RAF)
156 Sqd (RAF)
156 Sqd (RAF) Last Op
X
Anson
Anson
Anson
X
Wellington
Wellington
Halifax
Lancaster
Lancaster
Lancaster ND357
3 Sep 1940 - Enlisted in RCAF
3 March 1941
26 May 1941
8 July 1941
23 Aug 1941 - UK
21 Oct 1941
18 Jan 1942
4 Sept 1942
31 May 1943
17 June 1943
14 Jan 1944 - Night fighter
Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.
Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 22 May 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 880-881/42 dated 12 June 1942.
(Information courtesy Francois Dutil). Commemorated Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery, Coll. Grave 29. B. 2. Netherlands (Holland). Son Of Dan Robert And Sybil Alexander; Husband Of Karewera Rosalia Alexander, Of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
2 AlexanderR.W.F/L
S/L
DFC

KIAJ2833PLT437 Sqd
Last Op - 437 Sqd
Dakota
Dakota KG 387
X - 21 Sep 44 (**B)
21 Sep 44 - KIA - Arnhem
3 AlexanderRobert WilfredSquadron LeaderDFCKilled 1944-09-21 Age 24J/2833437 SqdCommemorated Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery, Coll. Grave 24. C. 1-3. Netherlands (Holland). Son Of Wilfred And Isobel Johnston Hagan Alexander; Husband Of Mildred Florence Alexander, Of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.
4 AubreyGordon AlexanderSgt
P/O
F/O


DFC
KIFA
Age 31
R
J
105186
35746
NAVRCAF
20 EFTS (RCAF)
RCAF
1 AOS (RCAF)
3 PRC (RCAF)
3 AFU (RAF)
26 OTU (RAF)
1666 CU (RAF)
427 Sqd (RCAF)
415 Sqd (RCAF)
415 Sqd (RCAF)
415 Sqd (RCAF)
24 OTU (RAF)
3 (P)AFU (RAF)
X
X
X
Anson
X
Anson
Wellington
Halifax
Halifax
Halifax
Halifax LL593
Halifax MZ946
Wellington
Oxford DF332
22 May 1941 - Enlisted in RCAF - Link Instructor
27 June 1941 - Ground duties
15 Jan 1943 - Remustered aircrew
1 May 1943
30 Oct 1943 - UK
11 Jan 1944
22 Feb 1944
17 May 1944
13 June 1944
25 July 1944
11 Sep 1944 - Flak - RTB on 3 engines
12 Sep 1944 - Flak damage - RTB
1 Dec 1944 - Instructor
29 Apr 1945 - Crashed in bad weather
Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.
Commemorated Brookwood Military Cemetery, 50. A. 4. United Kingdom.
Son of Alexander and Marion Aubrey, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
(Information courtesy Francois Dutil)
5 BarryWilliam Alexander RentonSgt
P/O
F/O
F/L
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F/L
S/L
W/C
DFC
R
J
-------
No
X
16116
-------
X
NAVRCAF
5 AOS (RCAF)
3 B&G S (RCAF)
1 ANS (RCAF)
3 PRC (RCAF)
1474 SDF (RAF)
192 Sqd (RAF)
RCAF
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RCAF
408 Sqd (RCAF)
RCAF Staff College
HQ Ottawa
ADC St-Hubert
RCAF Cold Lake
X
Stinson
Anson
Anson
X
Mosquito & Wellington
Mosquito & Halifax
X
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X
Lancaster
X
X
X
X
20 March 1941 - Enlisted in the RCAF
20 June 1941
8 Nov 1941
20 Dec 1941
3 Feb 1942 - UK
1942/43
1943/44
25 Sep 1944 - Repatriated
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1946/49 Ground duties
1950 - Aerial surveying
1953
1953/55
1955/61
1961 Base DCO
Distinguished Flying Cross - No.1474 Flight - Award effective 3 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943.
Deceased 8 May 2006.
(Information courtesy Francois Dutil)
6 BartonRobert Alexander 'Butch'P/O
F/O
F/L
S/L
W/C



DFC

RAF
CAN
RAF37664PLTRAF
41 Sqd
249 Sqd
272 Sqd
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RAF
X
Spitfire
Hurricane
Beaufighter
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X
27 Jan 36 - Joined the RAF
11 Oct 36 - 15 May 40 -
1940 - CO until posted on 08 Dec 41 -
Jan 42 -
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Postwar RAF - Retired in 1959 -
Battle of Britain. Wounded on 1940-09-15 at 15:30hrs. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (V6625) over Shell Haven, Essex by a Bf 109.Retired Feb 1959 as Wing Commander 2010 Born Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, 7 June 1916

“Butch” Barton joined the Royal Air Force at age 19, travelling to England to take a short service commission. He started his career before the war on biplane fighters with 41 Squadron. With the outbreak of the war, Barton joined 249 Squadron flying Hurricanes at RAF Boscombe Down. He became a flight commander with 249 during the Battle of Britain, once bailing from his Hurricane after it was hit from return fire from a Dornier Do 17 bomber. By the end of the Battle of Britain, he was awarded a DFC for his “outstanding leadership”. With 249 Squadron, he also took part on the air war over Malta, adding to the total of his victories. Under Barton’s leadership, 249 Squadron became one of the most respected and lethal units on Malta and in the RAF. By war’s end he was a Wing Commander with 14 victories to his credit. The Battle of Britain London Monument web page says this about Barton: “During his career he had always tried to maintain the highest standards of chivalry, once severely reprimanding an inexperienced colleague who had finished off a damaged German aircraft, killing the pilot as he was attempting to crash-land over England... “Butch” Barton died on 2nd September 2010. His ashes were scattered on his favourite lake in British Columbia on the morning of 15th September, Battle of Britain Day.”
7 BrownRaymond AlexanderP/O
F/O
F/L
DFC
J21136PLTRCAF
13 EFTS (RCAF)
2 SFTS (RCAF)
RCAF
5 (P)AFU (RAF)
59 OTU (RAF)
182 Sqd (RAF)
439 Sqd (RCAF)
439 Sqd (RCAF)
439 Sqd (RCAF)
R Depot (RCAF)
438 Sqd (RCAF)
RCAF
RCAF
X
Finch
Harvard
X
Oxford
Hurricane
Typhoon
Typhoon
Typhoon MN663
Typhoon MN375
X
Typhoon
X
X
4 Nov 1941 - Enlisted in the RCAF
6 June 1942
1 Aug 1942
29 Dec 1942 - UK
20 Apr 1943
8 June 1943
21 Aug 1943
29 Feb 1944
23 June 1944 - Hit by flak - Bailed off the Isle of Wight on RTB
18 Aug 1944 - Injured by flak - RTB
31 Aug 1944 - Convalescence in UK
7 March 1945 - NL
7 Aug 1945 - Repatriated
16 Oct 1945 - Released from the RCAF

Distinguished Flying Cross - No.438 Squadron. Award effective 3 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.
(Information courtesy Francois Dutil)
8 BrownJames PirieFlight Sergeant
Killed 1945-02-01 AgeR220677Mid upper gunner166 Sqd
Last Op - 166 Sqd

Lancaster Mk I ND648 AS-OX -
01 Feb 45 - Tgt = Ludwigshafen - Germany -
01 Feb 45 - KIA - See F/L E. Spankie - DFC - Attacking Ludwigshaven. Missing, nothing heard from after take off
Commemorated Rheinberg War Cemetery, Coll. grave 8. E. 3-6. Germany.

Crew Members: Sgt. Raymond Stennett RAF 1590355 - Flight Engineer: Sgt. Hugh Henry Taggert RAF 553937 - Air Bomber: Flt. Lt. John Edward Shannon DFC RAF 87419 - Navigator: Sgt. Alexander McIvor RAF 1573475 - Wireless Operator: Flt. Lt. Edward Gray Spankie DFC Pilot RCAF J/86068: Flt. Sgt. James Pirie Brown Mid Upper Gunner RCAF R/220677: Sgt. Francis Alma Coombs Rear Gunner RCAF J/92482
9 BuchananDouglass John AlexanderFlight LieutenantDFCKilled 1945-02-05 Age 24J/17456Commemorated Hotton War Cemetery, IV. B. 3. Belgium. Son Of John Alexander Buchanan And Alma Valetta Douglass Buchanan, Of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
10 CobbNelson AlexanderFlight LieutenantDFCKilled 1943-06-29 Age 21J/1627635 SqdCommemorated Rheinberg War Cemetery, 11. B. 11. Germany. Son Of Herbert Sullivan Cobb And Ella May Cobb, Of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
11 CoombsFrancis AlmaSgt
Pilot Officer
Killed 1945-02-01 Age 25R
J
211613
92482
Rear Gunner166 Sqd
166 Sqd (RAF)

Lancaster Mk I ND648 AS-OX -
01 Feb 45 - Ref F/L E. Spankie (**B) 01 Feb 45 - KIA - TGT = Ludwigshaven - Germany Attacking Ludwigshaven. Missing, nothing heard from after take off
Commemorated Rheinberg War Cemetery, Coll. grave 8. E. 3-6. Germany. Son Of Bertram John And Hannah Coombs; Husband Of Edith L. T. Coombs, Of Rosemary, Alberta, Canada.

Crew Members: Sgt. Raymond Stennett RAF 1590355 - Flight Engineer: Sgt. Hugh Henry Taggert RAF 553937 - Air Bomber: Flt. Lt. John Edward Shannon DFC RAF 87419 - Navigator: Sgt. Alexander McIvor RAF 1573475 - Wireless Operator: Flt. Lt. Edward Gray Spankie DFC Pilot RCAF J/86068: Flt. Sgt. James Pirie Brown Mid Upper Gunner RCAF R/220677: Sgt. Francis Alma Coombs Rear Gunner RCAF J/92482
12 DoucetteAlexandre TheodoreFlying OfficerDFCKilled 1943-04-15 Age 24J/15960425 SqdCommemorated Mussey-Sur-Marne Communal Cemetery, Coll. Grave 151-154. France. Son Of Joseph Alexander And Leda Marie Doucette, Of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
13 FraserAlexander DonaldFlying OfficerDFCKilled 1945-04-03 AgeJ/90500Commemorated Ramleh War Cemetery, 5. M. 9. Israel and Palestine (including Gaza).
14 HealeyWilbert ArleyFlight LieutenantDFCKilled 1944-04-30 Age 30J/2112149 Sqd (RAF)Commemorated Cambridge City Cemetery, Grave 14163. United Kingdom. Son Of Henry Alexander And Abigail Jane Toffey Healey, Of Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada.
15 KentJohn AlexanderP/O
F/O
F/L
S/L
W/C
-------
W/C
G/C
DFC & Bar

AFC

Virtuti Militari 5th cl. (Poland)
Canadian in RAF37106PLTRAF
9 FTS (RAF)
19 Sqd (RAF)
RAE
PDU
7 OTU (RAF)
84 Sqd (RAF)
RAE
303 Sqd (RAF)
92 Sqd (RAF)
53 OTU (RAF)
RAF Northolt
RAF Kenley
53 OTU (RAF)
53 OTU (RAF)
Special Duty List
Air Ministry Unit
Air Ministry
Church Fenton
Fighter Cmd HQ
HQ Middle East
17 SUR
ADEM
217 Group (RAF)
234 Wing (RAF)
HQ Middle East
23 Group HQ
7 FIS (RAF)
3 (P) AFU (RAF)
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RAF Post War
RAF
X
Moth
Gauntlet
X
X
Master & Spitfire
X
X
Hurricane
Spitfire
Spitfire
Hurricane & Spitfire
Hurricane & Spitfire
Spitfire
Spitfire
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Hurricane
X
X
Moth & Harvard
Master
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X
X
15 Mar 1935 - Enlisted in the RAF
30 May 1935
29 Feb 1936
19 Oct 1937
13 May 1940
15 July 1940
18 July 1940
23 July 1940
27 July 1940
17 Oct 1940
5 March 1941 - Chief Flying Instructor
6 June 1941 - Wing Commander
31 July 1941 - Wing Commander
2 Oct 1941 - Chief Flying Instructor
11 Dec 1941 - Supernumerary
5 Jan 1942 - Lecture tour of Canada and the US
22 June 1942 - Supernumerary
22 June 1942 - (DDTG)
30 June 1942 - Commanding Officer
15 Sep 1942 - Training
27 Dec 1942 - Middle East
27 Dec 1942 - Middle East
5 Aug 1943 - MIddle East
18 Dec 1943 - Fighter Sweep Leader
15 Jan 1944 - Flying
15 Feb 1944 - Supernumerary
13 Apr 1944 - Supernumerary
19 Apr 1944 - Flying
5 July 1944 - Commanding Officer
-------------------------------------------------------------
X - Need details
Ret from the RAF - admits that was a mistake!

(Photo: 28 April 1942 - At left, W/C J.A. Kent DFC & Bar AFC, from Winnipeg, Man. chatting air tactics with W/C N.W. Timmerman DSO DFC, from Kingston,Ont.)
Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - Kenley Wing awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 October 1941.
Distinguished Flying Cross - No.303 Squadron - awarded as per London Gazette dated 25 October 1940.
Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1939.
Virtuti Militare, 5th Class - awarded as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1941.
Known as 'Kentowski' by Polish 303 pilots during Battle of Britain.
(Aircrew Remembered is in close contact with John Kent's daughter.)
(Information amended and completed courtesy of Francois Dutil)
16 LamontRobert AlexanderP/O
F/O
F/L
-------
F/O
F/L
S/L
DFC
J
--------
No.
22906
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20159
NAVRCAF
1 ITS (RCAF)
1 AOS (RCAF)
3 PRC (RCAF)
10 (O) AFU (RAF)
30 OTU (RAF)
1667 HCU (RAF)
100 Sqd (RAF)
1 Group HQ (RAF)
12 Base (RAF)
13 Base (RAF)
64 base (RCAF)
RCAF
RCAF Debert
ANS (RCAF)
RCAF Greenwood
---------------------
ANS (RCAF)
10 Group HQ (RCAF)
Empire Air Navigation School
10 Group HQ (RCAF)
ANS (RCAF)
AFHQ
Staff College
Res Officcers School
RCAF Aylmer
Res Officcers School
AFHQ
1 Air Division HQ (RCAF)
AFHQ
RCAF
X
X
Anson
X
Anson & Oxford
Wellington
Lancaster
Lancaster
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
---------------------
X
X
Lancaster
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
1 Apr 1942 - Enlisted in the RCAF
1 Aug 1942
26 Sep 1942
17 March 1943 - UK
19 July 1943
30 Aug 1943
23 Nov 1943
8 April 1944
30 Oct 1944
17 Nov 1944
2 Apr 1945
31 May 1945
13 June 1945 - Repatriated to Canada
20 July 1945
20 July 1945
14 Dec 1945
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7 March 1946
10 Apr 1947
14 Apr 1947 - UK
20 Oct 1947
28 Oct 1947
29 Aug 1949
1 Sep 1952
5 May 1953
1 May 1954
30 April 1955
27 July 1956
10 Aug 1961
4 July 1964
18 March 1966 - Retired from the RCAF
Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.
Died in New Westminster, British Columbia, 29 September 1982.
(Information courtesy of Francois Dutil)
17 LinklaterDonald JamesFlight Lieutenant

Courtesy Archives

DFC


SurvivedJ22978PLTRCAFX23 Oct 44 -Born 17th January 1921 - died 20th April 2016, age 95

Son of Donald Alexander (born 22nd November 1894 - died 21st October 1964, age 69) and Florence Myrtle Linklater (née McLellan - born 28th January 1898 - died 19th February 1988, age 90), of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada. 433 Squadron

18 MacKenzieKenneth AlexanderFlying OfficerDFCKilled 1942-11-08 Age 30J/50509 Sqd (RAF)Commemorated Lincoln (Newport) Cemetery, Sec. H. Grave 316 North. United Kingdom. Son Of Kenneth James Mackenzie And Anne Mackenzie, Of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Husband Of Vera Jane Mackenzie, Of Toronto.
19 MackieAlexander MortonFlying OfficerDFCKilled 1945-01-12 Age 30J/88245424 SqdCommemorated Runnymede Memorial, Panel 279. United Kingdom. Son Of George Ogilvie Mackie And May Mackie, Of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Husband Of Alice Grace Mackie, Of Winnipeg.
20 MacLeodWesley AlexanderSgt
F/Sgt
WO2
P/O
F/O
DFC
R
J
161894
90866
BARCAF
1 B&GS (RCAF)
9 AOS (RCAF)
3 PRC (RCAF)
415 Sqd (RCAF)
415 Sqd (RCAF)
415 Sqd (RCAF)
415 Sqd (RCAF)
RCAF
RCAF
X
Bolinbroke
Anson
X
Halifax
Halifax LK765
Halifax LW686
Halifax NA608
X
X
25 May 1942 - Enlisted in RCAF
20 March 1943
26 June 1943
25 Aug 1943 - UK
Aug to Nov 1944
5 Aug 1944 - Flak damaged - RTB
7 Aug 1944 - Overshot runway on landing
12 Sep 1944 - Flak damaged - RTB
7 Feb 1945 - Repatriated
27 March 1945 - Released
Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.
(Information courtesy Francois Dutil)
21 MacLeodJohn LeslieFlight LieutenantDFCKilled 1947-10-18 Age 3020052413 SqdCommemorated Ottawa Memorial, Panel 4. Column 4. Canada. Son Of Donald Alexander And Blanche Louisa Macleod, Of Cornwall, Ontario; Husband Of Dorothy Alice Macleod.
22 MairAlexander CampbellWing CommanderDFCKilled 1943-11-27 Age 28C/1635408 Sqd (RCAF)Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Panel 172. United Kingdom.
23 McCaffreyJohn Harold AlexanderPilot OfficerDFCKilled 1944-07-29 Age 23J/86046408 Sqd (RCAF)Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Panel 251. United Kingdom. Son Of John And Margaret Mccaffrey; Husband Of Madeline Mccaffrey, Of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
24 RobertsonJames Duncan AlexanderFlying OfficerDFCKilled 1945-05-01 Age 22J/29252160 Sqd (RAF)Commemorated Singapore Memorial, Column 456. Singapore. Son Of Frederick Henry Robertson And Madge Robertson,(Nee Goodey) Of St Andrew, Jamaica.
25 SpankieEdward GraySgt
Flight Lieutenant

DFC

Killed 1945-02-01 Age 29R
J
X
86068
PLT166 Sqd

Lancaster Mk I ND648 AS-OAttacking Ludwigshaven. Missing, nothing heard from after take offCommemorated Rheinberg War Cemetery, Coll. grave 8. E. 3-6. Germany. Son Of James And Helen Spankie; Husband Of Dorothy E. Spankie, Of Stettler, Alberta, Canada.

Crew Members: Sgt. Raymond Stennett RAF 1590355 - Flight Engineer: Sgt. Hugh Henry Taggert RAF 553937 - Air Bomber: Flt. Lt. John Edward Shannon DFC RAF 87419 - Navigator: Sgt. Alexander McIvor RAF 1573475 - Wireless Operator: Flt. Lt. Edward Gray Spankie DFC Pilot RCAF J/86068: Flt. Sgt. James Pirie Brown Mid Upper Gunner RCAF R/220677: Sgt. Francis Alma Coombs Rear Gunner RCAF J/92482
26 UrquhartRobert AlexanderFlying OfficerDFCKilled 1943-05-17 AgeJ/9763617 (RAF) SqdCommemorated Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Coll. Grave 5. B. 16-18. Germany. Son Of Mr. And Mrs. Alexander J. Urquhart.

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