APPLETON, F/L Charles Arthur Plewman (J26064) -Distinguished Flying Cross – No.433 Squadron – Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1920, Chesterton, England. Home in Toronto. Served in militia before enlisting in Toronto, 3 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942). Commissioned 1943.
Award presented 9 October 1947. Died in Port Moody, British Columbia, 9 December 1998. Photo PL-29616 shows him with W/C Clive Sinton while with No.433 Squadron; PL-38660 with wife after investiture. No citation other than “completed… numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.” DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 20 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (156 hours 30 minutes) from 6 May to 15 October 1944.
This officer has now completed a tour of operations comprising thirty-five sorties over enemy territory and involving attacks against a wide variety of well defended targets in France and Germany.
Under a calm and quiet manner he has a fine offensive spirit in action which inspires confidence in not only his crew, but the entire squadron. He has repeatedly displayed ability to make instant decisions in emergency, and his skilful pilotage and good judgement have contributed much to the successful completion of his many operational sorties.
Flight Lieutenant Appleton has been acting in the capacity of Deputy Flight Commander of “A” Flight for a considerable time, where his splendid example and untiring efforts with junior crews has been most praiseworthy.