From the Archives

These medals and Operational Wings were awarded to Pilot Officer J.L. who was from Fairfax Manitoba. He was killed in action on December 6 1944 at the age of 26 years while serving with 423 Tiger Squadron as the Pilot of Halifax aircraft NP 945 (QB-D). The aircraft failed to return from a night attack against Osnabruck, Germany. Also killed were crew members F/O. D.L. McCullough and P/O. J.R. Lee. F/O.s A.M. Garner (RCAF), A.A.J. Low (RCAF), P/O. H. Pankratz (RCAF) and Sgt. R. Atkinson (RAF) were taken Prisoners Of War. These medals and Operational Wing were donated to the museum on October 26, 1995. (Information provided by the CATP Museum memorial book “They Shall Grow Not Old.ā€™ā€™)


The medals shown in the photos are the Memorial Cross – Sterling Silver cross, the Germany Star, the France Star, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Maple Leaf Bar and The 1939 – 1945 War Medal. The badge on the top left of this display is often incorrectly thought to be an Air Observer badge. In reality, it is the World War II RCAF Operational badge given to airmen who completed one combat tour, or in this case posthumously whether the tour was completed or not. More information can be found regarding the medals at an excellent web site (Veterans Affairs Canada) at:
https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/medals-decorations/wearing-medals/ww11medals

(Post kindly submitted by our archivist, Greg Sigurdson)

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The CATPM mission is to commemorate the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan by telling its story, preserving its artifacts, and paying tribute to the thousands of Air Force personnel, who gave their lives during WWII.

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