BRITTAIN, F/L William Bruce (J28286) -Distinguished Flying Cross – No.427 Squadron – Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Ste.Anne de Bellevue, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 18 July 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). No citation other than “completed…many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.” DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (128 hours 50 minutes) from 18 July to 16 November 1944. At the time he was a Deputy Flight Commander.
This captain has completed twenty-six heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy. Flight Lieutenant Brittain is a Deputy Flight Commander and his work in general is outstanding. He sets his mind on the task in hand and with a fine offensive spirit, setting a magnificent example not only to his crew but but to the entire squadron.