Lloyd Vernon "Chad" Chadburn

1942 - Chadburn sitting in Spitfire DN-C  (PL-10709)

RCAF   W/C  (127 Wing RAF)   -   DSO  &   Bar,  DFC
Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France)
Croix de Guerre avec Palm (France)


Ontario Bank Clerk Youngest Air Leader

By LOUIS HUNTER With the R.C.A.F. Somewhere in Scotland, May 3, 1942 (CP) — Lloyd Chadburn, a blond squadron leader from Aurora, Ontario, is making a name for himself as one of the youngest squadron commanders in the Royal Canadian Air Force overseas
A 22-year-old veteran of more than 250 hours of operational flying, he was the first Commonwealth Air Training Plan graduate to be given command of a squadron and is the first airman to destroy a German E-boat with cannon-fire. He also has damaged a destroyer and a Junkers 88.
“Chad," a bank ledger-keeper in Toronto before he joined up, has been with the squadron since its formation last November. He saw service before that with two Canadian fighter squadrons and an R.A.F. outfit.
Chadburn destroyed the E-boat while with the R.A.F. squadron, as a flight commander. The action took place about twenty miles off the Netherlands coast.
"There were three E-boats together," he related. "I picked off one and sank it with cannon fire. Then I damaged another and might have been able to do a job on the third but I ran out of ammunition."
It was really an accident that the Aurora airman damaged the destroyer.
"I was supposed to shoot up an airdrome not far from Flushing but I missed it and landed smack over Flushing harbor," he said, pushing a map into the side of one of his heavy black flying boots,
"The destroyer was anchored in the harbor. Their radiolocation had picked us up and the guns around the harbor opened up on us and let go bundles of stuff.
"I sprayed the destroyer with cannon and machine-gun fire and knocked off a few of the sailors standing on the decks. A couple of their guns were knocked out too."
Chadburn was on dusk patrol off Yarmouth, on the east coast, when he damaged the Junkers. He smiles when he tells the story because the intelligence officers told him afterwards they had heard the Nazi pilot report by wireless to his base that he had been damaged but he had shot down a Spitfire. Chadburn's Spitfire wasn't even scratched.
"He had some close misses," Chad said, "but certainly nothing hit me. Anyway, I squirted him all over and saw something fly off so if he did get home he wasn't all in one piece."


Born 21 August 1919 in Montreal;
Home in Aurora, Ontario.
Enlisted in Toronto, 16 April 1940.
Service # J2976
Trained at No.1 ITS,
Border Cities Aero Club (Windsor), and
No.2 SFTS.
Wings and commissioned, 18 Nov 1940.
Killed in a Flying Accident - 13 June 1944
(collided with F/L  Frank Joel Clark - # J4924)


Quebec Pilot Says Town Almost Wiped Out By Wicked Onslaught

London, Aug. 21, 1942 — (CP) — A smashing aerial victory for one of the Royal Canadian Air Force Spitfire squadrons which participated in the attack on Dieppe was reported last night by two returning members of the squadron. Squadron-Ldr. Chadburn, of Aurora, Ont., commanding officer of the squadron, reported in a broadcast interview that his squadron shot down three enemy machines, probably destroyed another and damaged at least six.

Shoot Down Three
All the pilots in Chadburn's squadron returned safely, he said.
Specifically, Chadburn said, the squadron shot down three 190’s, probably destroyed a Junkers 88, damaged five Junkers 88's and damaged one Messerschmitt 110.
Flight-Lieut. Russel, of Westmount, Que., another member of the squadron, told Flight-Lieut. Jack Beach, the interviewer, how he shot down one aircraft when the enemy pilot "wasn't looking."
"It was pretty shaky all around," he said. "I was very lucky.
"I got him when he wasn't looking and I think he was probably a fairly green pilot."
Asked how Dieppe looked from the air, Russel said:
"There was fire all over. The town was really shaken. There's nothing left of it at all, I believe."
He said the Canadian pilots "did an excellent job all the way through."
He said he might have bagged another plane, but "ran out of ammunition and I don't know what happened to that one."
Air and land co-operation was perfectly timed, Russel said, and "everything worked out well." He believed the presence of Canadian land troops gave the pilots added confidence.
Chadburn said it was "the biggest show this squadron has ever been on. We had quite a good time, I'd say, all the way through."
The B.B.C. announcer said Beach had been "out all day" recording the interviews with the Canadians, believed to be the first authentic report of the assault from fighting airmen.


Toronto, Aurora Pilots Are Awarded D.F.C. For Bravery

London, Sept. 22, 1942 — (CP Cable) — Two Canadian airmen have been decorated for bravery and skill in actions over Dieppe it was announced today.
Acting Sqdn. Ldrs. Norman Bretz, of Toronto, and Lloyd Chadburn, of Aurora, Ont., and Montreal, were awarded the D.F.C.
Bretz' citation, paying tribute to his "great courage and initiative," said that during combined operations at Dieppe he led his squadron on four sorties and destroyed one enemy aircraft and damaged another. It added he previously had made many operational sorties, including four with Hurricane bombers which resulted in two German destroyers being damaged severely.
Chadburn's citation said he has led his fighter squadron with great skill and that at Dieppe his squadron destroyed three enemy aircraft and probably destroyed another and damaged seven others without loss.


CHADBURN, S/L Lloyd Vernon (J2976) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.416 Sq.
Award effective 2 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 22 September 1942 and
AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942.

This officer has led his squadron with great skill. During combined operations at Dieppe on 19th August the squadron destroyed three enemy aircraft, probably destroyed one, and damaged seven others without loss to themselves. This achievement reflects greatest credit on this officer's excellent leadership and he has inspired confidence in those under his command. He has personally destroyed one enemy E-Boat, probably destroyed a Junkers 88 and damaged other enemy ships and aircraft


Dieppe Air Hero Finds Biggest Shock at Home

Feb. 3, 1943 - A double disappointment greeted Aurora’s 23 year old DFC winner, squadron leader Lloyd Chadburn, when he arrived home on a 30 day leave yesterday. He had two ambitions - to drop in out of the blue on his mother, Mrs. Florence Allen of Aurora, and to compare the taste of Canadian beer with the English brew he has been enjoying for two years.
But alas, Aurora was abuzz with the news of his coming; his mother was wide awake and not the least surprised when he walked in some time in the early hours yesterday, and the first beverage room he visited was sold out of beer.
“That beer situation was quite a shock,” said the slim, fair-haired Dieppe veteran. “There's plenty of it in England. From what I hear, conditions seemed to be tougher in Canada than they are in the British Isles. And another thing, I tried to get a taxi to go visiting when I arrived in Toronto, but I couldn't. You can always get a taxi in England in spite of the war, especially in London.

He's not grumbling
“But don't think I'm grumbling. I'm tickled to death to be back in Canada.” he said.
He is still fancy free after two years among the English girls.” They're very sweet, but I still have pleasant memories of the girls back home in Canada. I can usually guess the age of Canadian girls, but English girls have me baffled. You can't tell whether they're 16 or 32. It's amazing.”
Squadron leader Chadburn has a confused impression that “most English girls seem to have brown eyes, nice complexions, with a shorter and plumper build than Canadian girls.” Homes in the British Isles were “wide open to lads on leave.” He added.
Of Dieppe, over which is squadron made four different sorties and was in the air seven hours altogether, he would say very little. His squadron was “medium cover” during the raid flying between 5000 and 6000 feet with a squadron of Spits on top and another below. There job was to prevent Focke-Wulfes diving on the low cover of Spitfires, shooting up the ground troops and bombing the convoy.
“The Chaps on the ground were definitely brave,” he said. ”I'd hate to be down there, personally. The whole raid went off according to schedule, and when we left, Dieppe was all ablaze.”

Awarded DFC
His squadron did not lose a plane on the Dieppe job or in the channel battle with the Nazi warships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst. Under the wings pinned on his tunic at Uplands in the autumn of 1940 now appears the ribbon of the DFC he “believes” was won for the Dieppe scramble. Other “jobs” the youthful flier has done in two years of combat flying overseas include train-busting, ship-busting and escort work. The first two, he explained yesterday, were low-level attacks on trains and ships.
The Montreal born flier's first thrill on landing at an eastern Canadian port was eating a large quantity of oysters.
He has three stepbrothers in Toronto – Stewart, Ian and Eric Allen. The first was in the Royal Flying Corps in the last war. His half-brother, Ford Chadburn, is in Montreal.
Lloyd Chadburn was educated in Oshawa, Aurora and at Northern Vocational School, Toronto. After enlisting in April, 1940, he trained at Windsor and Uplands.


Courage, intelligence, modesty, comradeship, sense of humor and sense of significance of their great task, these were the attributes of great airmen, said Squadron Leader Vlastos. Tough and sentimental too they were, he said, recalling the grimly humorous comment of Squadron Leader Lloyd V. Chadburn, DFC, of Aurora. When someone praised the lovely takeoff of bomber squadrons headed for a raid in Germany; “It's a hell of a lovelier sight to see us come back”


London, April 30, 1943 - FO. John Arthur Rae, of Spadina Ave. Toronto, was recently married to Assistant Section Officer Susanna Mitchell of the W.A.A.F. whose home is in Kent. The ceremony was conducted by Flt.-Lt J. J. Jolley, RCAF chaplain, in Nutfield Parish Church. Squadron Leader L. V. Chadburn was groomsman.


Canadian Fliers Slam Germans at Week-End

London, June 27, 1943 - (CP) — Royal Canadian Air Force pilots shot down four enemy aircraft during the week-end, and attacked enemy airfields, laid mines in enemy waters and blasted a train in enemy-occupied territory, it was disclosed tonight.
Two of the enemy aircraft went to Sqdn. Ldr. Charles Cecil Moran, 28, of Trenton, Ont., and one to Wing Cmdr. J. E. Johnson, an Englishman serving with the R.C.A.F. Johnson raised his score to 19 in a conflict near St. Omer, France. Two pilots shared in destruction of the fourth.
Moran, commander of an Intruder squadron of the Fighter Command, finished off his two planes over an airfield south of Paris on Saturday night.
Johnson and his wing were flying to Northern France when they spotted 36 enemy fighters and tried to engage them, but the Germans scurried away.
The Canadians jumped six others coming from the west. Johnson hit a Focke-Wulf 190 in six or seven places and saw it dive in a cloud of smoke.
Meanwhile, pilots of another Canadian Spitfire Wing under Wing Cmdr. Lloyd V. Chadburn of Aurora, Ont., were having a busy time escorting a group of fighters that were attacking an enemy convoy within range of the heavy coastal defenses of Holland.

Toronto Men Made Kill
In this action Flt. Lt. Jack Rae, 760 Spadina, Avenue, and FO. Bob (Dagwood) Phillips, 207 Strathmore Boulevard, Toronto, shared honors in bringing down a Focke-Wulf 190.
Sqdn. Ldr. Jeff Northcott of Minnedosa, Man., and Wing Cmdr. Chadburn damaged an ME-109 and a Focke-Wulf 190, respectively.
Flying a Mosquito, Moran in the other encounter saw the light of Avord airfield and found five planes circling it.
"We stooged around a bit," Moran said, "and watched two land and two more take off. So we waited for our chance. A short burst of cannon fire hit one and when it went down in flames we were able to identify him by the light of his fire.
"He was a Heinkel 111. Ten minutes later we attacked a Junkers 88, he added. "There was an explosion and the plane hit the ground and blew up."
Seeing a bomb hit the base of a radio pylon at Bourges, Moran gunned the mast. He found a moving train on his way home and shot up the locomotive head on.


CHADBURN, W/C Lloyd Vernon (J2976) - Distinguished Service Order - Station Digby
Award effective 21 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 September 1943 and
AFRO 2322/43 dated12 November 1943.

Wing Commander Chadburn has led formations on very many sorties during which sixteen enemy aircraft have been destroyed, six of them by this officer. In addition three E-Boats have been successfully attacked. Wing Commander Chadburn has displayed exceptional leadership and great skill, while his fine fighting spirit have set a most inspiring example


Beurling Fights Again, Bags Nazi Over France

London, Sept. 24, 1943 - (CP) - Canadian flying aces in some of the most productive aerial fighting since the days of the Battle of Britain three years ago destroyed five enemy fighters today in widespread actions over France.
FO. George (Buzz) Beurling of Verdun, Que., marked his long-sought return to action by shooting down a Focke-Wulf 190 to raise his score of enemy planes to 30.
Maintaining the blistering pace set by R.C.A.F. night Mosquito fliers, the Canadian pilots knocked out of the sky 5 of the 20 enemy planes downed by Fighter Command during the day.
Three of four German fighters shot down Thursday night were victims of Canadian airmen. Flt. Lt. M. W. Beveridge of Montreal destroyed two and FO. J. R. F. Johnson of Omemee, Ont., got one.
Flying with the Wolf Squadron under Sqdn. Ldr. Norman Fowlow of Windsor, N.S., Beurling saw the FW-190 above him. He circled and tore off the enemy's port wing with a single burst.
Wing Cmdr. L. V. Chadburn of Aurora, Ont., and Flt. Lt. J. D. Mitchner of Saskatoon shared one of the day's bag. The others fell to Wing Cmdr. Hugh Godefroy of Toronto, who has just taken over command of a Canadian fighter wing; Flt. T. Robert Buckham of Vancouver, leader of the Red Indian Squadron, and Wing. Cmdr. E. F. J. Charles of Vancouver, who flies with the R.A.F.
Buckham, who also was credited with damaging one plane, blew an FW190 to bits after chasing it from 20,000 feet almost to the ground. It was his second victory in five days.
In one of the sweeps by Godefroy's squadron - he was squadron loader of the Wolf Squadron before his new appointment - PO. William F. Cook of Clinton, Ont., dived his Spitfire to low level to put out of service a French freight engine, although flak from the train broke part of one wing.
Beurling had been yearning to get back into combat flying, ever since he was stationed in Malta, where he ran his score of enemy planes downed from two to 29.
He transferred from the R.A.F. to the R.C.A.F. on Sept 1 to "get back into the air." He had been assigned to an instructor's job in an R.A.F. gunner school after his return to Britain from a leave in Canada.



London, Sept. 27 (AP) — Swift United States Thunderbolt fighters carrying long-range fuel tanks made aerial history today by escorting Flying Fortresses on an 800-mile round trip in which the German North Sea naval base of Emden and the nearby City of Aurich were blasted.
Allied airmen in these operations and in day-long sweeps over the Continent which saw three Nazi airfields, a railway center and enemy shipping pounded, shot dawn 58 German fighters — 18 by Flying Fortresses, 22 by Thunderbolts, 13 by R.A.F. and Allied fighters, one by an R.C.A.F. fighter and four by medium bombers.
From all these operations, seven heavy bombers, one medium bomber and seven fighters were missing.
The Berlin radio suddenly went off the air late tonight, indicating that the R.A.F. was keeping up the assault which the Nazis had been told only weather would interrupt.
Canadian Spitfires had a busy day. They provided withdrawal support for the big bombers which flew to Emden, and also escorted R.A.F. medium bombers which attacked the Rouen-Stotteville railway yards, and American mediums which hit the Conches air field. Wing Cmdr. L. V. Chadburn of Aurora, Ont., who holds the D.S.O. and D.F.C., shot down an Me-109 and was credited with two of the many enemy fighters damaged. An R.C.A.F. communiqué said one of the missing fighters was Canadian.
A joint British-American communiqué said strong forces of Fortresses attacked installations at Emden and targets at Aurich, 12 miles to the northeast on the Ems-Jade Canal.
Other attacks were made during the day on the Beauvais-Tille airfield, 45 mites west of Paris, and, another air field at Abbeville-Drucat, 90 miles northwest of Paris.

Eight Ships damaged
Typhoon fighters and bombers sank a tug and damaged eight other vessels in attacks on shipping in the Netherlands' two Schelde estuaries. Reporting the raid, the Air Ministry News Service said enemy anti-aircraft fire exploded one of the aircraft's ammunition containers but the pilot brought his plane home safely.
During Sunday night, R.A.F. Mosquitoes kept the aerial war going with attacks on the Rhineland.
The success of today's Emden-Uarich raid indicates Flying Fortresses could greatly extend the scope of their daylight penetrations into Germany with escort.
The United States 8th Air Force now has carried out a record month's operations. The Fortress raid brought the September total of operations by the American heavyweights to 10, equaling the high mark set in July. United States Marauder bombers—medium craft—carried out their 20th raid of the month in the attack on the Beauvais-Tille air base.



London, Oct. 3, 1943 (CP) — Hitting hard at Hitler's Western European aerial defenses, Fighter Command aircraft shot down 24 enemy fighters over occupied territory today, with Canadian aces bagging nine of the total.
Flt. Sgt. H. W. Bowker of Granby, Que., and FO. Art Coles of Vancouver led the Canadians by blasting two Germans each. Others fell to Sqdn. Leader R. W. McNair of North Battleford, who got his 16th victim in leading the Canadian Red Indian Squadron, Wing Cmdr. L. V. Chadburn of Aurora, FO. W. G. Dodd of Winnipeg, FO. Frank Packard of Montreal, and PO. John Hicks of Ottawa.
The Canadians, providing a strong escort for day-long bombing raids, met and bested the Nazis in a series of heavy dogfights in which, as Sqdn. Leader Jeff Northcott of Minnedosa, Man., commented, "The Jerries were in a scrapping mood for once." Two Canadian planes were lost.

Scattered 28 ME-109's
The biggest fight involved the City of Winnipeg and City of Oshawa Squadrons which ran into
30 Messerschmitt 109's and scattered them after 20 minutes when Chadburn and Dodd sent two German planes down to earth spiraling smoke.
Coles, former Dominion downhill ski champion, destroyed two Focke-Wulf 190's in separate engagements, blowing the wing off one. Packard's victory, his first, was scored by riddling his foe at the top of two barrel rolls the German made before Packard's Spitfire. Bowker’s pair came in a scrap between his squadron and 15 Focke-Wulf 190's near the French coast.
Besides McNair's victim the Red Indian squadron shot down two other planes—making a total of three of the seven Nazis destroyed by fighters escorting bombers on the Holland airfields attack. McNair's engine gave out as the enemy went down, and as McNair attempted to glide over the Channel he dropped 9,000 feet before the engine started again. This was the third time he experienced trouble. Once he glided home all the way from France after the engine failed, and another time he was forced to bail out over the English Channel.


500 American Bombers Blast Submarine Base In Biggest Day Attack

London, Nov. 3, 1943 (AP) —The largest force of heavy bombers ever sent out by the United States Air Force —probably 500 or more—battered its way with long-range fighter protection through strong German opposition to smash the important port and naval base of Wilhelmshaven and other targets in Northwestern Germany today.
The raiding force destroyed 34 German planes, 18 falling to the heavy bombers and 16 being shot down by the escorting fighters. In other daylight operations over Occupied France and Holland, Spitfire pilots knocked down 12 German fighters, all but one being victims of Canadian pilots. Medium bombers destroyed two, bringing the total loss for the day to 48 for the Nazis.
The total Allied losses for the day were five heavy bombers, two medium bombers and three fighters, a joint Air Ministry and United States Air Force communiqué said.
The cross-Channel air war continued after dark with a short alert in London—indicating Britain's 13th German raid in 19 nights—and German radio stations went off the air, often a sign that the R.A.F. is raiding the Continent.
(D.N.B., German agency, said in a broadcast that the R.A.F. bombed Cologne wednesday night.)
The record raid by the heavy bombers followed earlier sweeps over the Continent by 8th Air Force medium bombers escorted by R. A. F., Dominion and Allied Spitfires in attacks on enemy airfields at St. Andre de L’Eure and Tricqueville in France and Amsterdam-Schipol in Holland.
In other operations Typhoon bombers raided shipping along the French coast, damaging 12 barges and four boats
Today's attack was the sixth American raid on Wilhelmshaven and the third assault on which escorts went all the way to the target and back with the bombers but it was the fighters' longest trip. The other two-way trips were to Emden, a little short of Wilhelmshaven,
Vigorous opposition by groups of as many as 75 German fighters were reported by the fliers. But, they were unanimously enthusiastic about the way the two-engine twin-tail Lightnings — flying close to the bombers while Thunderbolts provided high and surrounding cover—kept the Germans on the run.
Nine of the German fighters destroyed by Spitfires were victims of an R.C.A.F. fighter wing commanded by Wing Cmdr. Lloyd V. Chadburn of Aurora, Ont., and were destroyed as the fighters protected Allied bombers raiding Schipol Airdrome at Amsterdam. The other two were shot down by Sqdn, Ldr. Charles Magwood of Toronto and Flt. Lt. John Sherlock of Calgary while escorting bombers in a raid on St. Andrew de L’Eure Airport in France.
Chadburn and Flt Lt, Jack Mitchner of Kitchener, Ont., each got two planes. Other Canadian victors: Flt. Lt. Danny Noonan, Kingston, Ont., 1½ planes; Flt. Lt. Arthur Sager, Vancouver, one-half plane; Flt. Lt. Doug Booth, Vancouver, Flt. Lt. Jeff Northcott, Minnedosa, Man., and a Toronto flying officer named Jacobs, one each.


CHADBURN, W/C Lloyd Vernon, DSO, DFC (J2976) - Bar to DSO
Award effective 30 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 January 1944 and
AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.

This officer has displayed outstanding leadership, great tactical skill and courage. Since being awarded the Distinguished Service Order he has led his formation in a large number of sorties during which twenty-three enemy aircraft have been destroyed and many others damaged. Wing Commander Chadburn shot down six of this total himself. Much of the great success achieved during the period can be attributed to this officer's sterling qualities.



February 2, 1944. The second member of the R.C.A.F. to receive a bar to his Distinguished Service Order is Sqdn. Ldr. Julian Sale, 89 Forest Hill Rd., Air Force Headquarters announced yesterday. The other R.C.A.F. recipient of a bar to his D.S.O. is Wing Cmdr. Lloyd Chadburn of Aurora. Sale won his award for saving the life of a crewman in bringing a 'blazing bomber to a safe landing.' Returning from a raid over Germany, the bomber caught fire just as it reached its base. Sqdn. Ldr. Sale gave orders to the crew to bale out, and prepared to follow them. But, when one of the crew discovered his parachute was damaged, Sale returned to the controls and brought the bomber in for a hazardous landing.
The two of them reached tarmac just as the bomber exploded. They were uninjured.

"Chad" - Cool Guy by all accounts

Cool Guy Lloyd Chadburn


Young Aurora Winco, Poison to Foe,
But 'The Angel' to U.S. Bomber Pilots

Ottawa, March 12, 1944 — There's as much heroics about Wing Cmdr. Lloyd Vernon Chadburn, D.S.O. and Bar, D.F.C., as one could find in a retired drapery clerk.
Yet the Aurora airman, one of the youngest Winco’s in the R.C.A.F. at 24, who returned here today on leave, is poison in capital letters to Mr. Goering's boys and bears one of the most outstanding records as a leader of fighter pilots in all the services operating from the United Kingdom.
From April to November, his wing had the best record and in the last month outscored all the others. In the eight months they shot down 44 without the loss of a single pilot by reason of enemy action. On Nov. 3, they knocked down nine for a month's score of 10.
His wing became a legend among United States day-bomber pilots as they took fast sweeps over the Low Countries and France. The medium Marauder bombers, it is a matter of record, took a bad mauling at first, when they counted on their own gun power to fight off Nazi fighters.

Sets Amazing Record
"Here comes the Angel," became the password of the Americans when Chadburn's wing took up covering positions.
And they weren't fooling. Because in 60 sorties with the bombers, only one Marauder was knocked down by a Focke-Wulf and the German fighter that got the one kill itself went down.
The Americans named him well. The Wing Commander — most people call him "Chad" although his rank is the equivalent of a lieutenant-colonel — is rangy and his head is covered with a shock of light-colored hair. When he is preoccupied on a problem he has a habit of wrinkling his forehead. He smiles easily and talks fighter tactics with the detachment of an ordinary individual discussing a last week's game of checkers.

Serves as Wing Commander
Lately he has been taken away from his Spitfire and its place at the head of a flock of fighters to serve as wing commander of fighting operations at group headquarters of the R.C.A.F. It's a chestnut, but wing commander of fighting operations at group headquarters is a far cry from ferrying automobiles from an Oshawa motor plant to Toronto, as he did before the war. Or studying commerce at the Northern Vocational School. Or working as a clerk in the Bank of Toronto. Or, for that matter, working for a Toronto tea company.
He says he has "very high hopes of getting a fighter wing" when he returns to the United Kingdom. There are rumors that the R.C.A.F. has different ideas on that subject— that his administrative ability topped by fighter experience is just a little too valuable to have him roaming the skies.
He says, and there is no better authority, that "there is no doubt we are getting stronger and they are getting weaker."
"All you have to do for a comparison of conditions when I first went over and now is to read the newspapers," he added in the interview.
Three years ago, one day more Nazis were shot down than we destroyed. The next day our losses might be heavier. "This summer we have been definitely on the top side. At the first of the summer we were meeting and fighting the Nazis over the Channel and North Sea. Later we were meeting them behind the coast. Now we are not meeting them until we get 50 or 60 miles in.

Nazis Lose Initiative
"There is no doubt they have lost a lot of initiative," said Wing Cmdr. Chadburn, and in the same breath he emphasized that our aircrew material, flowing in from the Commonwealth Air Training Plan, is just as high, just as sound as during the early days of its operation.
While he recognizes the merits of all the other different types of fighters - the long-range planes - he still thinks the Spitfire is the best all-round fighter. If the test came, and you were in a Spitfire, ”you would still be alive when it's over."
With 12 planes to his personal credit, he doesn't figure he is a noted fighter pilot. His own personal tactics, he admits, are elementary. He says he is no king-pin shot like Beurling. He knows, and he's tried it out. He makes an angle shot that should blow his target into glory and nothing happens.
"The only thing I can do is get in behind them on a straight shot. I have often figured," he said "that if I were a king-pin shot I might have a record to be proud of."
It took Flt. Lt. James Sinclair (L., Vancouver N), on leave to attend Parliament for the first time in three years, to fill in some of the gaps in the Chadburn saga. Both were attached to the City of Oshawa Squadron at one time.
It was Sinclair who told how Chadburn, leading the squadron at Dieppe, showed his masterly judgment in leadership, trapped an attacking force of Nazis into their gun sights, knocked down four and damaged seven others before they could say the German equivalent of "Jack Robinson." He won the D.F.C. for that, and, incidentally, when he took over the squadron at 21 he was the youngest Canadian squadron commander.
His leadership was commended again when he was awarded the D.S.O. last August. It was the same old story in January, when he was awarded the highest honor accorded a member of the R.C.A.F., when he was given the bar to his D.S.O. Since then another R.C.A.F. man, Bomber Pilot Sqdn. Ldr. Julian Sale of Toronto has won the highly prized decoration.


Canadian Ace Modest About His Decorations

By TRENT FRAYNE - Aurora, March 14, 1944 - If you're interested in the case history of Canada's most decorated fighter pilot, Wing Cmdr. Lloyd Chadburn, D.S.O. and Bar, D.F.C., the man to avoid assiduously is Wing Cmdr. Lloyd Chadburn, D.S.O. and Bar, D.F.C.
On the other hand, if you're interested in meeting a fine, unaffected Canadian who can fly a Spitfire as easily as he winds his watch, the man to see is Lloyd Chadburn, a blond, laughing kid of 24, who'll talk about anything but his exploits (which include 14 German aircraft downed) any one but himself. There is no use mincing words. Lloyd Chadburn is the kind of Canadian every Canadian would like to be. Each time he was awarded the D.S.O. the citation mentioned his leadership, which is just another word until you meet him.

Shakes Off Questions
He doesn't want to tell you about himself and yet he isn't one of those pseudo-modest types. He just shakes you off a question about Chadburn by grinning a most infectious grin, and, still smiling, handing out an impossible answer. He is a solidly built blond boy with blue ayes and an engaging personality.
For instance, when you point to his decorations he says the D.S.O. came out with the rations and opines that the D.F.C. is a prettier ribbon anyway. His service ribbon, with clasp, came "for voting for Mackenzie King." The clasp, he laughs again, is his "Willkie button."
Sitting in an R.C.A.F. transport in front of Union Station after he'd picked up his luggage yesterday, he wondered if the Royal York would be open and it was agreed the Royal York probably would be.
"Driver," he said to an LAC in the R.C.A.F., "would you like to join us?"
"I don't know, sir. How long will you be?"
"Oh, not very long. We should be to Aurora by 6:30 and you'll be back by 7."
"Well, perhaps sir. I was just wondering if I had time to go to Manning Depot to get another driver."

Waits for Driver
It was obvious that the LAC wanted the night off. He was beating around the bush. Any time now, you felt, the wing commander with his great record, would tick off the LAC.
Instead, Lloyd Chadburn waited for the driver to make up his mind. He was genuinely concerned, and there was silence in the car while the LAC pondered.
"I think sir," he said at length; "I'll phone for another driver from the hotel.”
“That'll be fine," beamed Chadburn. "Come across with us."
This was in sharp contrast to any number of desk-ridden brass hats, but that's the kind of fellow Chadburn is.
One of the first things he did when he flew in from Ottawa yesterday was look up Jackie Rae. Rae was a sergeant in Chad's squadron when Chad was a squadron leader overseas. Now Rae is a flight lieutenant wearing the D.F.C.

Fine Leader
"I'll tell you what kind of a guy he is," volunteered Jackie. "When we were flying with the City of Oshawa Squadron there wasn't a guy who ever asked Chad where we were going. When he told us we were off for a scramble we jumped to get going. We didn't care where. If he was leading us we just naturally tagged along.”
Newsmen accompanied Chadburn to his home here and filled his house as they snapped pictures and asked questions.
Chad's reaction: "If any of those Hun pilots could see me now they'd say, ‘Brother, there's a piece of cake.’"
He didn't like all the fuss, but if the boys wanted to make their pictures, sure, he'd comply. "D'yuh want me to stand on my head, fellahs?"
He's in Canada to speak to Sixth Victory Loan salesmen, to give them a pep talk. He's due back in England around April 15 and, hot dog! he's going back on operations.
Since November Chad has been handling two squadrons from a desk as a Winco, the City of Oshawa and the City of Winnipeg. That's not what he's after. What he wants is to get back at the controls of his Spit.


Ontario Men Fighter Wave Leaders In Invasion

By TRENT FRAYNE, June 7, 1944
When they read about it yesterday, nobody was surprised to learn that Lloyd Chadburn and Freddie Green led the first waves of fighter planes over the invasion area. Those who knew them, in fact, rather expected it.
Chad and Freddie are alike in a lot of ways. They come from the same neck of the woods, Chadburn from Aurora and Green from Toronto. Both insist there is no aircraft in the world to match the Spitfire and both have flown them for three years or more.
They were sergeants when they went overseas. Today Chad is a wing commander, wearing the DSO and Bar and the D.F.C. Freddie is a squadron leader, has the D.F.C. and Bar, Both are blond-headed, easy-going, will settle for a practical joke any time.
Has Rafese on Tongue (I believe that means he cusses a lot – ed)
Let's look at them a little closer, digging back to last June 16, when Freddie came home for a month's leave. He is a serious, sincere fellow when the mood strikes him. He swears no more than the average 27-year-old, but just as much, too. He talks about a pilot's leaves like the fellow next door talks about Saturday night. Like all pilots, he has Rafese on his tongue, but it’s casual and unaffected.
"Dieppe was bloody hell for the guys on the ground. I was over eight times, escorting bombers.
Other planes were upstairs knocking Jerry down and Jerry was tumbling past us all the time. I wasn't more than 500 feet up all day.” Perhaps that's what it was like yesterday ... or today ... or will be tomorrow.

Reason for Decorations
Why did he get his decorations?
"Damned if I know. Because I'd lived so long, I guess."
If he had gone overseas as a sergeant-pilot, his promotion to squadron leader was rather rapid, wasn't it?
"I wouldn't say that. A lot of guys were killed. Somebody had to be promoted.”
And then when you switch over to Chadburn you find the same type of fellow. Ask him about his decorations and he says the D.S.O. came out with the rations and opines that the D.F.C. is a prettier ribbon anyway.
Chad made the immortal remark about his service ribbon: "lt came for voting for Mackenzie King." Of the ribbon's overseas clasp, he grinned: "That's my Willkie button.”
He doesn't want to talk about himself and he isn't making noises like one of those pseudo-modest types either. He just shakes you off a question about Chadburn by grinning and handing out an impossible answer.

Tribute to Chadburn
Flt. Lt. Jack Rae, D.F.C., Toronto, who flew with Chadburn overseas, once volunteered the most striking tribute to 24-year-old Chadburn.
"When we were flying with the City of Oshawa Squadron, there wasn't a guy who ever asked Chad where we were going. When he told us we were off for a scramble we jumped to get going. We didn't care where. If he was leading us we just naturally tag along."
That's what those verbose citations are talking about when they refer to a man's "qualities of leadership.” That's what Freddie Green and Lloyd Chadburn and hundreds of other young Canadians are throwing at Hitler today.


Chadburn sportin his personal mount Spitfire LV-C


Aurora, June 19 (Special) — Wing Cmdr. Lloyd Chadburn, D.S.O. and Bar, D.F.C., of Aurora, Ont., Canada's most decorated fighter pilot, is officially reported missing June 13, presumably over the French invasion coast since he led the first assault of fighter planes on D-Day, June 6. Official notification was received tonight by his mother, Mrs. Frank Allen.
Chadburn, 24, one of the youngest wing commanders in the R.C.A.F., won his D.F.C. for his part in the Dieppe raid. He was last home on a 30-day leave last February and March. At that time he was modestly non-communicative about the Dieppe show. His squadron made four different sorties and was in the air seven hours altogether. The squadron did not lose a plane here or in the Channel encounter with the Nazi warships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.
His more than three years of combat overseas included "train-busting," "ship-busting" and escort work. The first two are low-level attacks on trains and ships.

Born in Montreal
Born Montreal, Chadburn received his wings at Uplands in the autumn of 1940. Besides his mother and his stepfather, he has three stepbrothers in Toronto, Stewart, Ian and Eric. Stewart served with the Royal Flying Corps in the last war. A half-brother, Ford Chadburn, lives in Montreal.
His exploits include 14 German aircraft downed, an enemy E-boat sunk and another damaged and a Nazi destroyer damaged. In his decoration citations his leadership was praised.
The solidly built blond lad with blue eyes and engaging personality on his last visit home said only that his D.S.O. "came with the rations."

Held Confidence of Mates
Flt. Lt. Jackie Rae, D.F.C., who flew with "Chad" in the City of Oshawa Squadron, said of him not long ago: "I'll tell you what kind of guy he is. When we were flying with the City of Oshawa Squadron no man ever asked Chad where we were going. When he told us we were off for a scramble, we jumped to get going. We didn't care where. If he was leading us we just naturally tagged along."
Since last November he had been handling two squadrons from a desk as a "wingco," the City of Oshawa and the City of Winnipeg, but was anxious to get back to the control of a Spitfire. And he did, to lead the first assault in the invasion.
Chadburn took an active part last spring to the Sixth Victory Loan drive.

Wings' Score Leads
From April to November, 1943, his wing had the best record of any operating from the British Isles and outscored all others in the last month. The wing shot down 44 planes in eight months without the loss of a single pilot. His outfit knocked down nine Nazi machines in one day, last Nov. 3.
The Chadburn wing became a legend among United States day-bomber pilots for fast sweeps over the Low Countries and France. "Here comes the Angel" became the password of the Americans when his wing took up covering position. And they weren't fooling. For in 60 sorties with Marauder bombers, only one Marauder was knocked down by a Focke-Wulf — and the German fighter went down with it.
His buddies all called him Chad, though his rank is equivalent to lieutenant-colonel. Flying for him was a far cry from ferrying automobiles from an Oshawa motor plant to Toronto as he did before the war.

Northern Vocational Pupil
Before the war he studied commerce at Northern Vocational School, Toronto, then worked as a clerk in the Bank of Toronto. For a time, too, he was with a Toronto tea company.
When Flt. Lt. James Sinclair (L., Vancouver N.) was home on leave to attend the Canadian Parliament, he told how Chadburn, leading his squadron at Dieppe, showed his masterly judgment in leadership, trapped an attacking force of Nazis into their gunsights, shot down four and damaged seven others. That won him the D.F.C. He won the D.S.O. last August and the Bar in January, the highest honor up to then accorded a member of the R.C.A.F.
His D.S.O. citation says: "Wing Cmdr, Chadburn has led formations on very many sorties during which 16 enemy aircraft have been destroyed, six of them by this officer. In addition, three E-boats have been successfully attacked. He has displayed exceptional leadership and great skill, while his fine fighting spirit has set a most inspiring example."

Many "Firsts" In Record
Chadburn graduated with the first class turned out under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and was also the first Aurora boy to win his wings in the R.C.A.F., and the first airman from his home town to go overseas. He spoke on the radio soon after Dieppe, describing the air "umbrella" used in the assault. He has received congratulations from the navy for his work against E-boats.
He trained in Toronto at Manning Pool and No. 1 LTS, at Windsor and then Uplands, Ottawa. Half a dozen of his classmates are flight commanders. He went overseas in November, 1940, and took his first operational flight the next March.


Lloyd Chadburn Died Of Collision Injuries

London, June 20, 1944 (CP) — Wing Cmdr. Lloyd V. Chadburn, a fighter ace who ranked with Canada's greatest airmen, was injured fatally a week ago in a mid-air collision, with F/L Frank J. Clark, while leading his wing on operations over France.
His plane exploded on impact with another aircraft (Spitfire) which crashed in flames and a subsequent R.C.A.F. announcement said that the 24-year-old Aurora, Ont., pilot, holder of a double D.S.O. and the D.F.C., "died later of injuries."
The tall, quietly spoken Chadburn had a record of 14 enemy aircraft destroyed, three probably destroyed and eight damaged but you never would learn that from this, ace who rose from the ranks.

F/L Frank Clark
F/L Frank J.Clark

Only recently did "Chad." as he was known to his fellows hurry back to Britain from leave in Canada because he was determined to be in on the "big show" when invasion came.

Countless Tributes
Countless tributes were paid to him as word that "Chad's bought it" spread through airmen's messes throughout Britain. A veteran R.A.F. station commander summed up the general feeling when he said Chadburn was "one of the finest wing leaders in the business — in the air and on the ground."
Chadburn, whose smile was as contagious as his sense of humor, was noted also for his modesty. In an interview after he was awarded a bar to his D.S.O. early this year he said:
"When the boy's put on a good show, the wing commander gets the D.S.O. Then they put on another good show, so he gets the bar."
That was the first bar to a D.S.O., to be won by a Canadian in this war. He had won the D.S.O. for spectacular work during the Dieppe raid, Aug. 19, 1942. when Canadian airmen flew support for Canadian troops for the first time in this war.

Citation for Bar
The citation for the bar said: "This officer has displayed outstanding leadership and great tactical skill and courage. Since being awarded the D.S.O., he has led his formation on a large number of sorties during which 23 enemy aircraft have been destroyed and many others damaged. Chadburn shot down six of this total himself. Much of the success achieved during this period can be attributed to this officer's sterling qualities."
Chadburn, first British Commonwealth Air Training Plan graduate to command a squadron, was, at 21, the youngest Canadian squadron commander. From that rank he was promoted later to wing commander.
Not only German aircraft were blasted by his guns. He was credited with the destruction of an enemy E-boat, probable destruction and damaging of two others and damaging a German destroyer, a coastal vessel and a merchantman.
Chadburn's first squadron was adopted by the City of Oshawa which name it now bears. That squadron had the best Canadian record at Dieppe where Chadburn shot down one of the four aircraft the squadron destroyed without loss to itself.
In January 1941, Chadburn flew on the first sweep by a Canadian squadron over enemy territory and altogether put in more than 1,000 hours on Hurricanes and Spitfires.
He flew more than 200,000 miles and, although his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft shells, he escaped being wounded. He admitted in one interview, though, that he was "frightened a couple or times."
"When you are 120 miles from England and feel a thump in your tail, you are shaken quite a bit," he smiled.

Buried in Invasion Sector
Aurora, June 20 (Special), — From his chaplain, Flt. Lt. G. O. Lightbourne, once Anglican pastor here, has come word that Wing Cmdr. Lloyd V. Chadburn, D.S.O. and Bar, D.F.C., of this town, met his death June 13 leading his fighters over the Cherbourg invasion area.
The young flier's mother, Mrs. Frank Allen, received a cable from the chaplain conveying his sympathy in the loss of the young flier, one of Canada's most famous airmen. He was buried with battle honors in a little cemetery at Benouville in the invasion sector.
Sunday afternoon the Rev. Canon F. J. Fife will conduct a memorial service for Wing Cmdr. Chadburn in Trinity Anglican Church. Order of the service has not been completed but the hour has been set at
3 p.m., when citizens and representatives of the services will attend. Group Capt. J. A. McNab, chief Protestant chaplain of No. 1 Training Command, visited Chadburn's mother to convey the news personally of the death of her son, reported Sunday night as missing.


Competition So Intense Airmen Beg For Another Crack at Enemy

London, July 12, 1944 —(CP Cable)— Competition among all-Canadian fighter wings operating from Normandy in support of the Allied invasion reached such a pitch by to-day that pilots are plaguing operations officers to have one more show "laid on" so they can top the score of German planes downed by rival wings.

Excellent Record
A summary of the operations of one Normandy-based fighter wing during four weeks of the invasion period shows that 170 Nazi aircraft have been shot out of the skies. This summary covers the period up to Monday, since when poor weather in the bridgehead area has reduced tactical flights to a minimum.
Since D-day Wing-Cmdr, J. E. (Johnny) Johnson, who holds the D.S.O. and two bars, the D.F.C., and bar, and the American D.F.C., has skyrocketed to new fame as Britain's leading ace with a score of 35 German aircraft downed. Johnson, native of Nottingham, England, now heads a Canadian fighter wing.

Downs 35th Victim
He downed his 35th enemy victim June 30 to top the record of 33 set up by Group Capt. A. G. (Sailor) Malan, from South Africa, who now is on ground duty. At the same time Johnson's wing went on to win a bet made with the late Wing-Cmdr, Lloyd V. Chadburn, of Aurora, Ont., holder of the D.S.O. and bar and the D.F.C., six weeks before D-day.
The two wing-commanders wagered that their respective wings would outscore the other during the month after the invasion was launched. After Chadburn lost his life over France in the early days of the invasion, the wager was taken over by Squadron-Ldr. Walter Conrad, D.F.C. of Richmond, Ont., of the Red Indian Squadron.
Until Johnson's wing scored seven victories in one operation July 5 Chadburn's wing, now led by Wing-Cmdr. R. A. Buckham, D.F.C., of Vancouver, was only two behind. The latest available accounting showed Johnson's wing is in the lead 47 to 40.

Others in Race
Meanwhile however, another Canadian-led wing under Wing-Cmdr. George Keefer, of Charlottetown, although not included in the wager, is just as interested in finishing at the top and in the last reckoning was tied with Johnson's wing with 47 enemy planes destroyed.
Furthermore, Keefer's pilots claimed 23 enemy aircraft damaged against 11 by Johnson's wing. Flt.-Lieut. Charlie Trainor of Charlottetown, who until June 28 was scoreless, entered the ace class by being credited with 7½ victories in the subsequent seven days. This was half a point more than Johnson achieved during the first month of the invasion.
Other Canadian airmen who have achieved notable scores during that period are: Flt.-Lieut. Doug Lindsay, Arnprior, Ont., four; Squadron-Ldr. H. W. (Wally) McLeod, D.F.C. and bar, Regina, four; Flt.-Lieut. W. T. (Bill) Klersy, Toronto, four; Flt.-Lieut. Paul Johnson, Bethel, Conn., four.

Typhoons Prominent
These scores brought Lindsay's total kills to six, McLeod's to 19, Klersy's to five and Johnson's to five also. McLeod became Canada's leading operational pilot with his score of 19.
The Normandy-based Empire fighter plane group to which these Canadian wings are attached is commanded by Air Vice-Marshal Henry Broadhurst, of the R.A.F. Total of 12,000 sorties were flown by British and Canadian members of Air Vice-Marshal Broadhurst's group during the four weeks following D-day.
An all-Canadian Typhoon wing in the sector, commanded by Wing-Cmdr. Paul Davoud, D.S.O., D.F.C., of Kingston, Ont., has achieved a high degree of precision in dive-bombing since assigned to this role in Normandy.
More than 8,000 rockets have been projected by R.A.F. Typhoons from close range at enemy targets within the battle area.


Air Fighting Like Dice, Seven Comes Sometime

When a man is crowded into the skintight cockpit of a Spitfire, balancing his wits and skill and courage against those of the German Luftwaffe, there is no formula for longevity.
"It's like a crap game," explained Hugh Godefroy, searching his mind for the simile. "No matter how long you roll the dice, sooner or later you're going to throw a seven. As it happened, I quit before my seven came up.”
This was Wing Cmdr. Godefroy, with the DSO, the DFC and Bar and 1,400 hours of flying behind him, all of it overseas, most of it on operations. The record shows seven confirmed kills, five damaged.
He had been talking about his friend, Wing Cmdr. Lloyd Chadburn, DSO and Bar, DFC, a great Canadian Spitfire pilot who was killed shortly after D-Day in a mid-air collision with another Spit over France.

A Wonderful Leader
"Chad shouldn't have died," said Godefroy. "He was a wonderful fellow, respected and admired by every man who ever met him. I never knew any one with such a faculty for leadership. He had completed two long tours of operations, had done more than his share. But he insisted on flying. He took over my wing when I came off ops this last time."
It was then that Godefroy said there was no formula for longevity.
Actually, this 24-year-old Toronto pilot who came home with his Scottish wife and baby daughter Saturday morning, did more than his share of flying too. He got an extension on his second tour which practically amounted to a third tour but he insists it was only an extension.
Unlike many thoughtful returned servicemen, Godefroy cannot see an imminent end to the war with Germany. His guess is that next summer will see war's culmination and he stresses that this is only a personal opinion.
He does not agree with those who place the blame for recent bombings of Allied ground troops by Allied aircraft on the air force.
"When the ground forces call for air support, they should be reasonably sure that they aren't going to break through and capture the objective themselves," he reasons. "If they call for a bombing and then take the objective during the time the medium bombers are being assembled, it doesn't seem logical to blame the bombers.
"Anyway, air power has more than made up for any such bombings because during the daytime those foot soldiers can walk around behind the lines like they were at the corner of King and Yonge. The air force pounces on any member of the Luftwaffe who tries to get at our soldiers and the air force pounds Jerry defensive positions too."



March 29, 1945 - "There are no atheists in foxholes," according to a New Toronto soldier, Sgt. Dave Kingston, who tells of his platoon headquarters at Carpiquet being "pasted" by shellfire and of "every man in the room praying out loud."
Before the Normandy invasion a Nova Scotia chaplain visited Canadian navy men preparing for D-Day and reported: "They were a high-spirited lot and at first glance you'd imagine they didn't have a care in the world . . . but those boys know what prayer means."
A year ago this month, Wing Commander Lloyd Chadburn of Aurora told something of his experiences in the skies over Europe to reporters in Ottawa. He said: "When I get in a real tight spot I don't mind admitting I do a little praying and ask God to step in and give me a hand."
Our armed services may not be as systematically prayerful as Cromwell's army, but there is no lack of examples to show that men in a life-or-death struggle turn naturally to a higher Power for guidance and help. Their petitions, one gathers, are usually brief and highly informal. An air officer whose plane was shot up in "a hell of Luftwaffe fire" over France and still carried its crew safely recalls murmuring. "Thanks, Lord, for giving us a hand."


Ottawa, December 13, 1944 - Mrs. Frank Allen of Aurora, Ont., received the DSO & Bar
won by her son, the late Wing Cmdr. Lloyd V. Chadburn,
The first Canadian to win two DSO's in WW2


CHADBURN, W/C Lloyd Vernon, DSO, DFC (J2976) - Chevalier of the Legion of Honour
AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947 and
Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947


CHADBURN, W/C Lloyd Vernon, DSO, DFC (J2976) - Croix de Guerre avec Palm (Fr)
AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947 and
Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947.


Victories Include :

Nov 1941

22 Jan 1942
19 Aug 1942

31 May 1943
13 June 1943

27 June 1943
14 July 1943
18 July 1943
27 July 1943
  2 Aug 1943
16 Aug 1943
  4 Sept 1943

22 Sept 1943
24 Sept 1943

27 Sept 1943

  3 Oct 1943
  3 Nov1943

one E-Boat

1/3 Ju88
one Ju88
one Ju88
one FW190
one FW190
one FW190
one FW190
one Me109
1/2 Me109
one Me109
1/3 Me109
one FW190
one FW190
1/4 Me109
1/2 Me109
two FW190s
1/2 FW190
1/3 FW190
one Me109
one FW190
1/2 Me109
one Me109
two Me109s



off Dutch coast (No.19 Sqn.)


(credited to squadron)

(w/ F/L J.A. Rae)

& (w/ Sager, Noonan & Booth)
(w/ Sager)



6.58 / 6.3 / 7.33


See H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky, for a chapter on him

Portrait of L. V. Chadburn
An early war-time photo of Chad - no "Gongs"
This is an unusual shot of Chadburn - he's not smiling


CHADBURN, LLOYD VERNON W/C (P) J2976 Killed In A Flying Accident June 13, 1944 age 24. #416 City of Oshawa Squadron (Ad Soltum Paratus). W/C Chadburn was at 12,000 feet over the assault area Chedbourg/Caen, France when his Spitfire was in a collision with another Spitfire (NH 415) flown by F/L Frank J. Clark. Chadburn's Spitfire (LP 824) was seen to go down in flames north of Caen at Benouville, France. Both pilots were killed. Chadburn was buried at Benouville, exhumed, and reburied in the Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.


For more info,
Check out Constable's Chadburn page
F/L Clark's brother has a site dedicated to "all those who flew in the Normandy Campaign"
In it he has a few pages that go into some detail about the fatal accident
check it out here


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On these pages I use Hugh Halliday's extensive research (which includes info from numerous sources), newspaper articles via the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC) as well as other sources both published and private