Victor George De Havilland

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In memory of 
Victor George De Havilland 
September 15, 1942

Military Service:

Service Number: R/108294
Age: 22
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information:

Son of Cecil George and Helen De Havilland, of Toronto.


Victor is no more just a name.

De HavillandVictor George De Havilland

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Found on eBay!

Rare opportunity to obtain an original WW2 Royal Canadian Air Force Boxed Casualty Medal and Memorial Cross to R-108924 Victor George De Havilland who was first cousin to Geoffrey De Havilland the famous test pilot. Victor De Haviland died on active service as a Sgt Pilot in 1942 and is buried in Toronto, Canada. The group consists of his Canadian Volunteer medal in its original box and condolence slip, Silver Memorial Cross engraved with name and number complete with box and card, and lastly an original framed Roll of Honour memorial scroll issued to his family from the City of Toronto. Rare to find such a grouping to a family member of one of the most famous families in aviation history. There is also included some family tree research from the internet to show the relationship.


William Stangel


Stangel got his wings  at Dunnville.

Later  he would  fly this…


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William J. Stangel


Rank, Service
Major O-4, U.S. Air Force
Veteran of:
Royal Canadian Air Force 1941-1942
Royal Air Force 1942
U.S. Army (USAAF) 1942-1947
U.S. Air Force 1947-1950
World War II 1941-1945
Cold War 1945-1950
Bill Stangel was born on December 1, 1914, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force on June 19, 1941, and after completing flight training, he completed advanced flight training in England before being assigned to the No. 559 Squadron of the Royal Air Force in England in August 1942. Stangel was commissioned a 2d Lt in the U.S. Army Air Forces on October 28, 1942, and was assigned to VIII Fighter Command in England from October 1942 to July 1944. Capt Stangel was next assigned as a P-51 Mustang pilot with the 328th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter group in England from August 1944 to March 1945, and then as an Air Inspector with Headquarters 352nd Fighter Group from March to September 1945. During this time he was credited with the destruction of 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat. His next assignment was as an Air Inspector in Germany from September 1945 to December 1948. His final assignments were as an Air Inspector at Craig AFB, Alabama, and at Kelly AFB, Texas, from December 1948 until he left active duty on April 14, 1950. Bill Stangel died on January 3, 1974.


BRITTAIN, F/L William Bruce (J28286) -Distinguished Flying Cross – No. 427 Squadron

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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.


APPLETON, F/L Charles Arthur Plewman (J26064) -Distinguished Flying Cross – No.433 Squadron


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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.



BRIDGES, F/O Harold Eugene (J10742) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.77 Squadron

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BRIDGES, F/O Harold Eugene (J10742) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.77 Squadron – Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 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).

Award sent by registered mail 17 December 1948. Remained in postwar RCAF, (Colonel with NORAD, 1969), retiring as a Group Captain in 1972. Ordained an Anglican priest in 1975. Died in Ottawa, 20 June 1994.

In August 1944, this officer piloted an aircraft in an attack on an enemy storage depot in the Foret de Nieppe. Before reaching the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Many holes were torn in the fuselage and mainplane. Three engines were damaged, one of them being completely put out of action. The air bomber was wounded. Considerable height was lost but Flying Officer Bridges retained control and went on to bomb the target. He afterwards flew the damaged bomber to an airfield in this country and effected a safe landing although the tail wheel had been badly damaged. This officer is a highly efficient and courageous captain. He has completed many sorties and has displayed the highest standard of devotion to duty.


LAC Garrett


+(J/10741) Eric Thomas Garrett – 426 Sqn.

Course 44: December 6, 1941 – March 27. 1942

Wing Commander Patriarche addressed the graduates.

“This coming year is going to be an extremely tough one and there will be a tendency all through the Empire of the people to criticize those in authority. It is being done already but I hope that you here, both airmen and visitors, will have no part in it.

“Make sure before you criticize that you always have a suggestion better than what you are criticizing. None of the men in political or military authority is of a lower standard than the rest of us. They have to be better men or they would not have got the job.

“You can take it for granted that those men can make just as good or better suggestions than the rest of us. Bear in mind that they have all the facts, whereas we have but a few.”

+(J/10741) Eric Thomas Garrett – 426 Sqn., (J/10742) Harold Eugene Bridges (DFC), (J/10744) L.J. Smith, (J/10748) Thomas Ernest Hilary Farley, (J/10751) William James Stangel, (J/10752) Alfred Giles, +Daniel Ray Scott, +Robert Byrne Honeycombe, Wallace Oppenheimer, James W. Gillen, Gordon A. Patton, +Albert Dalton Braswell, Lee Wells, Conrad Ross Crawford, John William Hubler, Charles Arthur Plewman Appleton – DFC 433 Sqn., +Frank Joseph Borrell, Lawrence Walton Montague, Joseph Wilford McMullin, George Greenwood, +Vincent Wall, John Claire MacDonald, +Dorian Ledington, William Houston Julian, Norman Alexander Ballantyne, John Land Clinton, Edward Mielko, M.M. Fudge, John Douglas Hooper. R. King, James Pringle Morton, +Victor George DeHavilland, Harold Albert Heacock, C.E. Shannon, William Bruce Brittain (DFC), Alexander Wall Strang, G.D. Watson

Royal New Zealand Air Force: (414667) Albert James ‘Jimmy’ Osborne – 165/185 Sqns.; Arthur David Leese, (414238) Alfred William Burge DFC), George T. Couttie, +(414651) Godfrey Alan McKoy, +(414721) Harry Keith Williams, +(414677) Arthur Lyall Ray, +(41430) Bruce Mackenzie Hirstich, +(413858) Maurice Carson Jolly, + (414380) Douglas Robert Bannerman, +(413875) Frederick Thomas Martyn, +(414664) Andrew George Patterson Newman, +(414278) Raymond Cyril Going, +(414321) Mervyn Jack Mills – 132 Sqn.; +(41141) Jack McRae Brigham – 243 Sqn.; R.R. Horo, (414330) Vincent Orr; (413924) Roger Wing; Stewart Matthews – 45 Sqn.; Thomas (David) Stewart – 165/185 Sqns., James E. Shields, Thomas Alexander, Wallace M. Sampson, Raymond J. Hetherington, Raymond S. Campbell, James J. McMath – 110 Sqn.; (George?) J.N. Buchanan, (414689) David Gordon Simpson – DFC 603/143 Sqns.; (414645) Jeffrey Maxwell McCarrison – 254 Sqn.; Warren P. Bennett; (414374) William Frank Bern – 64 Sqn.

Sailed from Auckland November 17, 1941 aboard the S.S. Monterey to San Francisco.


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Courtesy RCAF Dunnville Museum

Memories from the past – Who did not come back?


Royal New Zealand Air Force:

+(414651) Godfrey Alan McKoy,




+(414721) Harry Keith Williams,




+(414677) Arthur Lyall Ray,



+(41430) Bruce Mackenzie Hirstich,



 Died 20 February 1943

+(413858) Maurice Carson Jolly,



+ (414380) Douglas Robert Bannerman,


+(413875) Frederick Thomas Martyn,


+(414664) Andrew George Patterson Newman,


standard (4)

+(414278) Raymond Cyril Going,

original (3)


+(414321) Mervyn Jack Mills – 132 Sqn.;


LAC Mervyn Jack Mills

+(41141) Jack McRae Brigham – 243 Sqn.;


standard (3)

More  information  in French  here.

La vie de Godfrey Alan McKoy

Godfrey MCKoy est né le 1er septembre 1920, à New Plymouth, sur l’île du Nord en Nouvelle- Zélande. Il est l’aîné de 4 frères. Sportif, il travaille comme commis aux écritures aux postes et télégraphes. En septembre 1940, il postule pour servir dans la Royal New Zealand Air Force, comme opérateur radio, car il pratique couramment le morse.
Le 17 août 1941, il signe son engagement, et ses bons résultats généraux le désignent comme élève pilote dès la fin du mois de septembre. Il apprend les rudiments du pilotage dans son pays natal, avant d’embarquer le 17 novembre pour le Canada afin de poursuivre sa formation. Le 27 mars 1942, il reçoit son insigne de pilote et une promotion au grade de Sergent. Il arrive le 13 mai de la même année en Angleterre, et continue de se former sur le Super Marine “Spitfire “.
Le 6 octobre le Sergent McKoy, surnommé Bill par ses camarades d’escadrille, est affecté au No, 64 Squadron de la Royal Air Force, basé à Fairiop dans l’Essex, et dans l’escadrille “A “dirigée par le Flight Lieutenant Mike Donnet (ce dernier, devenu général après la guerre, est décédé il y a à peine 6 mois). Avec cette unité, “Bill “McKoy prend part à 11 missions opérationnelles souvent réalisées dans le ciel du Nord – Pas-de-Calais. D’après le journal des opérations pour la mission du 26 janvier 1943, il était noté : « à 11h50 (heure anglaise) le Squadron (12 avions) décolle pour la mission Circus 256, franchit la côte française à dix milles à l’Est de Dunkerque, à 19 000 pieds, pour survoler Dixmude puis de là vers Saint-Omer à 23 000 pieds, où trois avions ennemis sont aperçus derrière et à la même altitude, et douze autres à 13 000 pieds. Le commandant emmène les sections Rouge et Charlie vers les trois avions ennemis, tandis que George Mason attaque les douze de manière propre et nette. Les trois ennemis parviennent à nous échapper, tandis que nous réussissons notre attaque surprise sur les douze et George Mason en détruit un, le Sgt Burnard en endommage un autre. Le S/L Corkett, le F/L Charles et le 2nd Lt Lindseth ont tiré de bonnes rafales. Triste à dire que personne n’a vu ce qui était arrivé au sergent McKoy qui n’est pas rentré. Le Squadron s’est posé à Manston, a pris un déjeuner rapide, et dix avions ont décollé de nouveau à 15h50… » Par l’intermédiaire de la Croix-Rouge Internationale, les Allemands informent les alliés que le sergent McKoy a perdu la vie et qu’il a été inhumé au cimetière militaire des Bruyères, à Saint-Omer, le 29 janvier. Il y repose encore de nos jours. Il totalisait 310 heures de vol comme pilote. Ce jour-là, Bill McKoy est tombé sous les balles d’un as allemand, le Hauptmann Wilhelm-Ferdinand Galland, qui revendique sa 24e victoire, à 6 ou 7 kilomètres au Nord-Ouest de Watten, à 12h52. Le Spitfire de Godfrey Alan McKoy, qui volait en tant que “Charlie 4 “, s’écrasait à Ruminghem, dans le bois à quelques centaines de mètres de la Chapelle Saint-Antoine. Le jeune Yves Tilly, âgé d’à peine 17 ans à l’époque, parvient à se rendre sur place. Il y trouvera quelques débris, dont un morceau de bakélite marqué des lettres T.Y., ses propres initiales.
Source : Historique réalisé par l’Association Antiq’Air. Flandre-Artois