War Appropriation-Air Services
In the recent crossings of the Rhine, one R.C.A.F. transport squadron was employed in dropping parachutes, as well as supplies and equipment.
All told, in addition to the thousands of Canadians serving with the R.A.F., there are more than 45 R.C.A.F. squadrons on service as units overseas.
Overseas mail squadron. There is one aspect of R.C.A.F. operations, not quite so familiar to members of the committee, to which I would like to make specific reference; that is, the operation of an overseas air mail service. You will recall that in December, 1943, the air force undertook to assist in carrying the armed forces' mail to the various theatres of war. The first Flying Fortress converted for this job took off from Rock-cliffe loaded with mail on December 15, 1943. In January, 1944, the load carried by the squadron totalled 11,600 pounds. Twelve months later the load totalled 469,638 pounds for one month, and in the intervening twelve months the service had been extended so that, aircraft of the squadron were flying 9,923 miles of regular routes, as compared with
3,500 miles at the beginning of 1944.
In addition to the transatlantic service to the United Kingdom, local service has been provided to the Canadian armed forces in the Mediterranean area and a daily service is provided from the United Kingdom to Canadian forces on the western front. A regular service is also provided to Goose Bay and Iceland.
The squadron has completed 235 transatlantic crossings and the whole service has been carrying more than 400,000 pounds of mail per month.
The future. Some hon. members may have noticed that, because the B.C.A.T.P. had fulfilled its purpose, and because it was possible to release some of our personnel, there was a disposition in some quarters to suggest that with the end of the war in sight we were resting on our oars.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The R.C.A.F. will play its full part to the end and while, because of altered circumstances, our requirements at home have grown less, it is no indication that our blows at the enemy grow weaker.
Even when the fighting in Europe is finished, the R.C.A.F. will be represented in the occupation force. It is not possible to inform the committee at this time what the exact nature of our representation will be, but I can say that units-that is squadrons-of the R.C.A.F. will be included in the aerial police force which will be required for the occupation of Germany.
In addition, discussions have been in progress for some time and are continuing with regard to the extent of our air force's participation in the second phase of the world conflict-the war to defeat Japan. It may be stated that R.C.A.F. squadrons will be operating in cooperation with the R.A.F. against the Japanese in the Pacific, but the number and composition of our units have not yet been definitely decided.
Certain squadrons will be detailed for service in the Pacific, but the wishes of the squadron personnel will be considered before being detailed for such service. They have already volunteered for the duration of the war for service anywhere in the world, but it is inevitable that a certain number of the personnel will wish to be replaced before the units embark for service against Japan. All personnel who may be selected for such service will have a period of leave in Canada before proceeding on operations in the Pacific.
I know I have succeeded in painting only a rough picture, but I think it is sufficient to convey to the members an impression of the efficiency of the R.C.A.F. as a striking force. I think we can say, without being in the slightest degree boastful, that in the air war, Canada, in proportion to her size, is making a contribution as great as any member of the commonwealth or any of the united nations.
When all that can be said i3 said, and all that can be written is written of our great plans and our broad achievements, it is the individual achievements of our men that will live in the hearts of our people. Those boys who have made the B.C.A.T.P. and the R.C.A.F. a success, came from families in every walk of Canadian life, from rich and poor alike, from the farm and from the city, from high school and university. The least professional of soldiers, they are the most gallant of citizens. Coming from different atmospheres of a nation of widely divergent views, they found a common patriotism and a common purpose.
Their selfless endeavour, their common patriotism and their unswerving purpose are a grand example to us in our Canadian task.
I want to place on Hansard list of honours and decorations awarded to members of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
J7594 F/L Hornell, D. E., ]9 Harbord St., Toronto, Ont.
Awards jor Gallantry-Air Services
J19379 F/O Gray, R. B„ 337 Home St., Winnipeg, Man.
Clll A/C Ross, A. D., OBE, 92 Golfdale Rd., Toronto.
Distinguished Service Order
J25399 F/L Anderson, J. A., 367 Scotia St., Winnipeg.
J10503 A/W/C Avant, A. F., 1012 Aird St.,
J15248 A/S/L Bennet, G., DFG, 396 Home St.,
C 1009 W/C Chapman, C. G. W., Woodstock Rd., Fredericton, N.B.
J24086 A/F/L Curtis, R. E., DFM, 8 Water St., Albion, Pa., U.S.A.
J15042 F/L Dale, R. G., 84 Woodlawn Ave. E., Toronto, Ont.
C325 G/C Davoud, P. Y., Rigi Apts., 495 Prince Arthur St. W., Montreal.
J11265 F/O Denomy, B. C., Drawer B., Te-miskaming, P.Q.
J5691 A/S/L Dow, J. R., 1111 Wolseley Ave., Winnipeg.
J11442 S/L Elhvood, G. B., DFG, Box 673, Portage La Prairie, Man.
J27659 A/F/L Foote, W. L., Penticton, B.C.
J3701 A/W/C Godefroy. H. C., 120 Oriole Parkway, Toronto, Ont.
J39394 F/O Hay, C. M., 409 Linton St., Winnipeg.
J15707 A/F/L Hay, H. B., DFG, 67 Canada Rd., Edmundston, N.B.
J12324 S/L Hayward, R. K., DFG, 129 Gower St., St. John's, Nfld.
J4771 A/S/L Ingalls, R. B., DFG, 4217 Kensington Ave., N.D.G., Montreal.
J6494 S/L Kallio, O. C., DFG, R.R. No. 2, Box 76, Iron wood, Michigan.
J5022 A/W/C Keefer, G. C. Jr., 167 Euston St., Charlottetown, P.E.I.
J7548 A/S/L Keillor, H. G., Mitchell, Ont.
J6002 F/L Kerrigan, H. F., DFC, 387 Roslyn Ave., Westmount, P.Q.
J4743 A/S/L Kipp, R. A., 359 Nicola St., Kamloops. B.C.
J8441 A/S/L Koester, G. D. S.. Finca "Seamay" Senahu A.Y.. Guatemala, C.A.
J19973 F/O McGillivray, D. A., 15 Gilmour St., Ottawa.
J19268 S/L MacKinnon, L. L., DFG, Box 65, Ponoka, Alta.
J7978 A/S/L McDonald, J. R., 631 Longford St., Victoria, B.C.
J4912 A/S/L McLeod, H. W., DFG & Bar, 2311 Garnet St., Regina, Sask.
J4745 A/W/C McNair, R. W„ 1462 Edward St.', North Battleford. Sask.
J22754 F/O Moore, K. O., 2645-5th Ave. W., Vancouver.
J4898 A/W/C Morrison, H. A., DFG, 3790 Ontario St., Vancouver, B.C.
J15088 S/L Northcott, G. W., DFC & Bar, R.R. No. 1. Box 47, Minnedosa. Man.
J5125 A/S/L Olmsted, W. A., DFC, 15 Chedoke Ave., Hamilton.
J9192 A/S/L Perry, J. W.. Woodbridge, Ont.
C1319 A/W/C Russel. B. D„ DFC & Bar, 807 Clarke Ave.. Westmount. P.Q.
C871 A/W/C Ruttan, C. G., 9 Ridley Ave., Belleville, Ont.
J12483 F/O Shulemson, S. S., 5150 Decarie Boulevard. Montreal, Que.
C1999 A/W/C Somerville, J. D., 33 Victoria Crese., Box 814, Parrv Sound. Ont.
C823 A/F/L Stephen, W. M-, 62 King St. W., Gananoque, Ont.
J24504 F/O Strange, M. S., 7 Rosehill Ave., Apt. 7, Toronto.
J9783 S/L Sweany, G. A., Apt. 5, 314 Lonedale Rd., Toronto.
J15176 A/W/C Swetman, W. H., DFC, % A. M.
Dewar, Metropolitan Bldg., Toronto, Ont. J7343 A/S/L Wilson, H., DFC, 17 McCallum Blk., Regina, Sask.
C1697 S/L Trainor, H. C., Bedford, P.E.I. J15603 S/L Vanexon, W. C., DFC, 402 Winston St., Ottawa, Ont.
J16644 F/L Walker, H. A., Shawville, Que. J19885 P/O Webb, J. L., 74 Mayflower Ave., Hamilton, Ont.
J6650 A/S/L Westerman, C. F., DFG, 1263 Athol St., Regina, Sask.
J6991 S/L Williams, D. J., DFC, 1874 W. 10th Ave., Vancouver, B.C.
Distinguished Flying Cross
J36330 F/O Abell, J.- W., Elgin Ave., Goderich, Ont.
J27509 F/O Adams, D. A., 415 E. 10th Ave., Vancouver.
J17235 A/F/L Adams, W. E., 732 Agnes St., New Westminster, B.C.
J55979 F/O Adamson, A. C., Vegreville, Alta. J17646 F/O Agrios, J. E., Camrose, Alta.
J7460 F/O Aikrnan, A. F., 178 Albertus Ave., Toronto.
C28055 A/F/L Ainslie, T. E. C., Comber, Ont. J88596 P/O Ainsworth, G. W., 355-3rd Ave., Verdun, Que.
J14793 F/O Albert, E. T., Emerson, Man.
J17224 A/F/L Alberts, E. J., Melville, Sask. J25825 F/O Aldred, E. M., 2221 Montague St., Regina, Sask.
J5766 F/L Aldwinckle, R. M., Varna. Ont.
J15543 A/F/L Alexander, E. S., DFM, 3519 W.
26th Ave., Vancouver, B.C.
J19255 F/O Allan, G. I., Box 10, Imperial, Sask. J19586 F/O Allan, J. L.. Box 299, Tisdale. Sask. J89062 P/O Allard, B. L. P., 157 Patrick Ave./ The Pas, Man.
J21435 F/O Allen, E. 2nd, 215 S. Normandie Ave.. Los Angeles.
J87111 F/O Allen, R. P., 141 Sackville St., London, Ont.
JC173 F/L Anderson, R. A., 26 Steadman St., Moncton, N.B.
J25309 F/L Anderson, J. A., 367 Scotia St.. Winnineg. Man.
J16379 P/O Anderson, P. M., Union Point, Man. J89?4 A/S/L Anderson, W. B., 367 Scotia St., Winnipeg, Man.
J24471 A/S/L Anderson, W. J., Bedford St., Westport, Ont.
J24423 F/L Andrew, E. W., Box 313, Colling-wood, Ont.
J87068 P/O Andrews, D. R., 70 Holmstead Ave., Toronto, Ont.
JSSO^ P/O Angell, G. E. L„ 315 B.C. Mining Bldg., Vancouver, B.C.
J22435 F/O Angus. A. G., 392 McIntyre St. W.. North Bay. Ont.
J88535 P/O Annesley, G. W.. 10649-124 St.. Edmonton.
J85881 A/F/O Anthony. R. F„ % Mrs. G.
Branch. R.R. No. 1, Beamsville, Ont.
J26004 A/F/L Appleton. C. A. P., 15 Burnaby Blvd.. Toronto 12. Ont.
J17202 F/O Arbuekle, W. M., 103 Lakeshore Rd.. Lakeside. P.Q.
J23445 A/S/L Arbuekle, G. F.. 930 Queen St. E.. Toronto. Ont.
J26495 F/O Ardis. B. D., Friendship, New York. TT.S A.
F/O Armstrong, S. W.. 605 Agnes St.. Winnipeg. Man.
T180«fi P/O Armstrong. W N.. Box 137. West