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This database provides notes on over 9300 RCAF personnel. These were previously published by us in a non-searchable form and we hope the new database structure makes it easier to find what you are looking for.

These notes were assembled by Jean Schadskaje over many years from research books, biographies, mentions on websites etc. and were originally intended for private use, not publication, hence the frequent use of shorthand terms. Because these notes were works-in-progress they may include errors: if you find any, please let us know via the Helpdesk.

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1 AbbottMarty Served w/ 439 Sqd CF-104 pilot in Europe from 1975 til 1978 Once he suffers engine failure and ejects. He lefts the RCAF to become a lawyer.,
2 AinsleyF/Lt Served w/ 439 Sqd He flew F-86 in 1958,
3 AllenF/O Ernest James Ernie From Edmonton. Born in 1921 Served w/ 123 Sqd from Nov 1942 Served w/ 439 Sqd at Lautheuil France. On 12 Aug 1944 flying Typhoon MN553 he is s/d by flak while attacking a bridge at Le Pont des Vers near Segrie Fontaine he bails out but is Kia.,
4 AndersonF/Lt Walter Fraser DFC DSO Born in Ryde Isle of Wight 1890; home in Toronto to RFC 25 Feb 1916; to RFC Reading 25 April 1916; F/O on 10 July 1916; wounded 29 Aug 1916 w/ No.42 Sqd; Prom Lt on 1 Oct 1916; Served w/ No.42 RFC Sqd 23 April to 19 Sept 1917; Served w/ No.9 RFC Sqd 14 Sept to 3 Dec 1917 posted to Home Establishment. FtCdr w/ No.217 RAF Sqd (DH.4 aircraft) at wars end. Posted to Russia On July 30th 1919 near Cherni Yar (Volga) he picked up the crew of a downed DH-9 under enemy fire. Later joined British Airways; killed Sept 1936 a DH.86 on night mail run to Germany crashed soon after takeoff from Gatwick; seems to have been turning back when he lost height and hit a tree; one theory was that radio operator's foot became wedged between fire extinguisher and second rudder bar. ANDERSON F/O William From Calgary Born in 1920 Served w/ 439 Sqd On 1 Jan 1945 at Eindhoven part of a flight of Typhoons on T/O at first light. On 24 March 1945 flying Typhoon MN936 he is s/d by flak over Oberhausen. Kia.,
5 AndersonF/O William John Andy DFC Born 1922 in Lansdowne Ontario;Enlisted in Galt Ontario 14 February 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942) No.13 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. Served w/ 419 Sqd On 7/8 June 1944 flying Lancaster KB732/VR-X for a raid the gunners Sgt Bill Mann DFM and Sgt Paul DFM claim a Ju-88 s/d over Versailles. Served w/ 439 Sqd from 12 Nov 1944 til 24 March 1945 On 24 March 1945 he is s/d and kia ,
6 AngeliniF/O Samuel Sam From Hamilton Ont Born in 1923 Served w/ 439 Sqd from 17 Nov 1944 On 1 Jan 1945 at Eindhoven part of a flight of Typhoons on T/O at first light. Returning to base flying typhoon MM589 he is s/d by a Fw-190 piloted by Uffz G.Schmidt from JG 3 and kia near Deurne. Holland.,
7 ArmstrongRon Served w/ 439 Sqd He flew F-86 ,
8 Beatty S/L James Hughes Jim DFC Home in St.Catharines Ont; enlisted Hamilton 12 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (grad. 25 Sept 1941) No.21 EFTS (grad. 21 Nov 1941) and No.9 SFTS (grad. 10 April 1942). Crashed Kittyhawk ET866 of No.132 Sqd at Armstrong Ont 5 June 1942. Twin bother William also flew Typhoons with 438 Sqd. completed a large number of sorties during which he has successfully attacked a wide range of enemy targets. F/O Served w/ 440 Sqd on Typhoon in Aug 1944. OC 439 Sqd from 22 Jan 1945,
9 BrownF/L Raymond Alexander DFC Typhoon pilot w/ No.439 Sqd Home in Toronto On 23 June 1944 flying MN663 he baled out over the Channel after engine failure rescued. Wia.,
10 BurgessF/O Charles Lebert DFC Typhoon pilot w/ No.439 Sqd (now No.56 OTU) Born in 1920 in Fredericton N.B; Postwar service included No.413 Sqd at Rockcliffe. On 3 June 1944 they attack radar positions on Guernsey his a/c was damaged. While leading a section in close support of the Army in July 1944 approximately thirty tanks were destroyed. has destroyed much other enemy transport BURGESS W/C Charles Walter DFC Pilot w/ No.426 Sqd overseas in Oct 1943. trained at No.22 OTU. To No.433 Sqd Feb 1944; with No.426 Sqd June 1944 to Jan 1945. Served in postwar RCAF retiring 9 March 1967 as Air Commodore. Died in Ottawa about 26 May 1988. BURGESS F/O Ernst Wm DFM From Vancouver Joined RAF in Feb 1940 Comm on 13 Jan 1944 Flew Hallifaxes w/ No.77 Sqd from Elvington Yorks,
11 BurtonF/L William Donald DFC Served w/ 439 Sqd Born in 1921 Brantford Ont Has flown on a large number of sorties against targets of all kinds including railway sidings airfields enemy shipping and transport. In June 1944 he attacked and destroyed a bridge over the River Orne. In Sept 1944 he destroyed part of an enemy convoy in Holland and two trains were busted on the return leg.,
12 Carr F/Lt John DFC Typhoon pilot w/ 439 Sqd Born 1923 in Winchester Ont On 1 Jan 1945 he is in a Jeep w/ the S/L driving to dispersal at Eindhoven. The majority of his sorties have been against railway targets bridges canals and enemy troop concentrations. ,
13 ClarkeF/O Andy C. Served w/ 439 Sqd On 4 April 1944 he crashed his Typhoon on landing in the slipstream of another plane. He survived a broken neck.,
14 CrosbyS/L Robert Gordon bing DFC From Vancouver Joins RCAF in Sept 1940. Instructor in Canada. Posted overseas in Feb 1943 Posted to 56 Sqd in July 1943 He has led fighter patrols anti-shipping missions armed reconnaissances and dive-bombing operations against railway sidings strong points and enemy troop concentrations. During German offensive in Belgium his Sqd destroyed or damaged a large number of enemy vehicles and shot down six enemy fighters in three days. On 3 jan 1944 part of Rhubarb on Hesdin hit by flak he bales out near Bois-Rempre. He will escape through Gibraltar on 28 April 1944. OC 439 Sqd He rejoins 143 Wing in Aug 1944. On 1 Jan 1945 his Typhoons loaded w/ rockets are lined up in front of a hangar at Eindhoven On 22 Jan 1945 he is s/d by flak near Uetterath and escapes wia.
15 DavidsonG/C Robert Tremayne P. RTP DFC AM From Vancouver Joins RAF in 1937 Posted w/ 30 Sqd flying Hurricanes He fought in Greece against the Italians in 1940; and the Germans in April 1941 On 6 March 1942 he flies a Hurricane off HMS Indomitable to Ratmalana Ceylon On 5 April 1942 scrambled against a large japanese raid against the island flying BG827/RS-W he claims a Val and a Zero s/d. Flew Typhoons from April 1943 W/Co He leads 121 Typhoon Wing (Nos.174 175 and 245 Sqds) in the 2nd TAF from 13 Nov 1943. On 8 Jan 1944 flying a Laong range sweep N of Paris he claims a twin-engined german transport shared s/d w/ P/O Dickie from no.245 Sqd. W/Co Flying w/ 143 Typhoon wing from 23 Jan til 8 May 1944. (Nos 438 439 and 440 Sqds). On 20 March 1944 he leads three pilots from No.438 Sqd to strafe targets between Cherbourg and Alderney. On 27 March 1944 he led 9 Typhoons from No.439 Sqd to the Cotentin. On 8 May 1944 leading 438 Sqd on a raid on the Douai marshalling yard force-landed in France after engine failure was reported Mia. In Sept 1944 returned as an evader having served w/ the resistance for three months. He claimed 2 japanese 2 Italian and 2 german vict = 6. Postwar he flew Vampires and Meteors as OC 421 Sqd F-86 pilot He served in Korea w/ the USAF ,
16 DavisF/Lt William George From Amherst NS. Born in 1924 Served w/ 439 Sqd On 30 March 1945 flying typhoon RB435 to attack enemy trucks he is s/d by flak 1m SE of Schopsheim Germany and kia. ,
17 DadsonF/Lt T.A. Typhoon pilot w/ No.439 Sqd On 3 June 1944 they attack radar positions on Guernsey. On 14 June 1944 he rtb w/ heavy damages from an exploded 20mm shell inside the cockpit. ,
18 DavidsonG/C Robert Tremayne P. Bob DFC USAM CdG Born in Vancouver 10 February 1917. Enlisted in RAF 1937. In 1939 flew Transport w/ No.267 Sqd in Egypt For a time personnal pilot of Gal Wavell. Served in Greece and Crete Pilot w/ No.30 Blenheim Sqd in 1940 He claimed a Cant Seaplane and an Italian Ju-52 Posted to Colombo in 1942 as OC No.261 Sqd on Hurricanes. Claimed 2 Jap a/c s/d over Colombo Ceylon in April 1942 Back to UK as OC No.175 Typhoon Sqd in 1943 Later claims a german Ju-52 s/d. W/Co In Fall 1943 OC No.143 Can Wing (438 439 and 440 Sqds)/2nd TAF. On 8 May 1944 he leads Typhoons over Douai; flying Typhoon Ib MM957/N he is s/d by flak and force-lands near Bethune. He escapes for 4 months in the Calais area. Credited w/ 2 german a/c s/d. Total Scored 6.5 vict. To RCAF Sabre pilot in Korea claiming 2 Migs Retired in 1967 Died in 1967 ,
19 DewerF/O John Fraser From London Ont Typhoon pilot w/ No.439 Sqd On 12 Aug 1944 flying MP122 he was hit by flak and was kia. ,
20 DixonF/O Elton Lascelles From Toronto born in 1922 Served w/ 439 Sqd On 20 Feb 1944 flying Typhoon R8971 he flew into a hill in bad weather at bentley Cowan Hill Brochloch Farm Scotland. Kifa. ,
21 ElfnerF/O Paul James From Calgary born in 1922. Served w/ 439 Sqd On 10 Aug 1944 flying Typhoon JR264 for a bombing sortie over France. He is reported Mia. ,
22 FisetS/L Kenneth James DFC Born in 1915 in Montreal; Joined RCAF on 11 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941) No.21 EFTS (graduated 23 August 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). Served w/ 439 Sqd ,
23 FraserF/O Hugh Typhoon pilot w/ 439 Sqd On 1 Jan 1945 at Eindhoven part of a flight of Typhoons on T/O at first light. He claims a Fw-190 s/d near Deurne follwed by a Fw-190 dora s/d towards Venlo. On 4 Jan 1945 saw many jets near Almelo but no combat. On 14 Feb 1945 he s/d the third Me-262 of the group of three attacked by Gaze. (Frazer and Shaver s/d Fw Witzmann and Lt Richter from 5./KG(J) 51),
24 GrayW/O William Adam From Toronto Typhoon pilot w/ No.439 Sqd On 31 July 1944 he hit a chimney but rtb w/ MN665 safely.,
25 HewsonF/O Geale William From Niagara on the Lake Typhoon pilot w/ No.439 Sqd On 21 March 1944 flying Hurricane was digfighting w/ F/Lt Pollock. Intercepted by two P-47s Pollock's wing was sliced. He crashed to his death.,
26 HiltzF/O Robert Arthur From Kentville NS Born in 1924 Served w/ 439 Sqd On 21 Nov 1944 flying Typhoon MN124 to dive bomb a railroad near Neinborg Germany he is s/d by flak at Rhedebrugge Kia.,
27 JohnsF/O Royce Allen From Loon Lake Sask Born in 1919 Served w/ 439 Sqd On 14 July 1944 testing a typhoon he was pursued by Spitfires. On 5 Oct 1944 flying Typhoon MN265 attacking a convoy near Speelburg Germany he is s/d by flak and crashes in the Steeple of a church at Speelburg. Kia.,
28 JohnsonF/O Johnny W/O Served w/ No.417 Sqd On 30 Nov 1943 he claims a Fw-190 s/d over Italy Typhoon pilot w/ 439 Sqd On 1 Jan 1945 at Eindhoven at 09:20 he is in a truck when the german attacks arrives.,
29 JuddW/Co On 4 Aug 1944 he leads the wing to attack the exit of the Falaise pocket. 5 a/c from No.439 Sqd drop their bombs on allied troops.,
30 KalenF/O John From Sudbury Ont. Born in 1922 Served w/ 439 Sqd On 18 July 1944 flying Typhoon MN574 in a dive bombing attack SE of Caen he is s/d by flak and plunged in the target area. Kia.,
31 LambertF/Lt Charles Alfred From Ingersoll Ont. Born in 1922 Served w/ 439 Sqd On 15 Dec 1944 flying Typhoon PD478 for a dive bombing attack Senftenberg he is s/d by flak. He crashed at Wolkau. Kia.,
32 LaurenceF/O Robert Bob Typhoon pilot w/ 439 Sqd On 1 Jan 1945 at Eindhoven he leads a flight of four Typhoons on T/O at first light. They intercept 20 Fw-190s from JG 3 over Deurne. He claims 2 Bf-190s s/d. One was piloted by Fw Rutowski on his 1st sortie.,
33 Laycock F/O Maurice Preston From Shellbrook Sask. Born in 1923 Served w/ 439 Sqd On 7 Feb 1944 he had a mid-air collision w/ Moen bot escaped unhurt. On 28 Oct 1944 flying Typhoon MN870 he is s/d by flak and crashes at Twelle Holland. Kia.,
34 Mcavity F/Lt Hugh Kaye From St.John NB Served w/ No.439 Sqd On 10 Feb 1944 flying Hurricane LZ568 he spun in the sea and was Mia.,
35 MactavishF/O Rowell Murray From Vancouver Typhoon pilot w/ 439 Sqd On 18 March 1944 flying Typhoon LD564 he crashes and is Kifa possibly his dinghy inflated in flight.,
36 MoenF/O Richard Dickie: Served w/ 439 Sqd On 12 Aug 1944 flying a Typhoon he is s/d by flak while attacking a bridge at Le Pont des Vers near Segrie Fontaine Kia.,
37 Moen F/O Ronald Olaf From Saskatoon Hurricane pilot w/ No.439 Sqd On 7 Feb 1944 he had a mid-air collision w/ Laycock bot escaped unhurt. Typhoon pilot w/ No.439 Sqd On 12 Aug 1944 he is hit attacking bridges. He attempted to force-lands MN691 but exploded. Kia.,
38 NorsworthyS/L Hugh H. DFC Joins RCAF in Aug 1940 To UK in June 1941 Posted Mosquito pilot w/ No.85 Sqd Flew hurricanes and typhoons w/ No.3 Sqd Also w/ the F.I.U. Typhoon pilot OC No.439 Sqd from March 1944 On 10 April 1944 he leads 8 a/c to a raid on France. Lost in bad weather most return home. One was lost. After the war he worked for Canadair.,
39 PolockF/Lt Norval Edward From Londo Ont Typhoon pilot w/ No.439 Sqd On 21 March 1944 flying Hurricane LD972 was digfighting w/ F/O Hewson. Intercepted by two P-47s hi wing was sliced. He crashed to his death.,
40 PorrittF/O Typhoon pilot w/ No.439 Sqd On 3 June 1944 they attack radar positions on Guernsey his a/c was damaged.,
41 RobertsJack Typhoon pilot w/ 438 Sqd Typhoon pilot w/ 439 Sqd On 1 Jan 1945 at Eindhoven at 09:20 he is in a truck when the german attacks arrives.,
42 RossF/O John Weber Typhoon pilot w/ 439 Sqd On 15 June 1944 flying MN417 he baled out after being hit attacking a bridge and made Pow.,
43 SavilleF/Lt Typhoon pilot w/ 439 Sqd On 5 June 1944 he leads an attack on radar at Guernsey. He may have been hit by flak and disappeared in the sea. Mia.,
44 ShaverSgt C. Lyle (or Lyall) From Avonmore ON. Served w/ 112 Sqd flying Kittyhawk III On 22 Oct 1942 the RAF sends 10 Kittyhawk III from 112 Sqd and the Spitfire from 145 Sqd to escort the Warhawks from the USAAF 66 FS for a sortie over Daba. He flew FR263 He claims a Bf-109 from II/JG 27 s/d. Served w/ 439 Sqd On 14 Feb 1945 flying a Typhoon he sights two Me-262 with bombs probably the two that escaped from Gaze's attack. He dove on one of them and blew it in mid-air. (Frazer and Shaver s/d Fw Witzmann and Lt Richter from 5./KG(J) 51),
45 Shelter F/O J. Served w/ 439 Sqd On 22 Feb 1944 he force landed his Hurricane without fuel killing three sheeps.,
46 SwinglerF/O Bernard Percy Babe Typhoon pilot w/ 439 Sqd in Jan 1944 On 27 June 1944 he crash-landed MN776 at Lantheuil after engine failure. Unhurt. On 22 feb 1945 he was hit by flak near Haldern and kia.,
47 Thomas F/O Frank MacDonald Typhoon pilot w/ 439 Sqd On 8 July 1944 he was hit by flak attempted to crash-land at Beny-sur-Mer and was kia.,

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