Charles Emanuel "Pop" Edinger

Pop Edinger

RCAF   F/L   -   DFC,   MiD



Ottawa, December 5, 1944 - (CP) - Air Force Headquarters announced tonight the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to eight members of the RCAF serving overseas. The recipients:

F/L  A. F. Childs, Regina.
F/L  C. E. Edinger, Barrie.
F/L  C. C. W. Margerison, Cloverdale, B.C.      
F/O  J. Y. J. Cote, Joliette, Que.
F/O  S. P. McGee, Louisville, Ky.
F/O  A. E. MacNaughton, Winnipeg.
F/O  J. A. Peloguin, Montreal.
F/O  C. L. Vaessen, Leipzig, Sask.


Born 17 April, 1916, in Onaway, Michigan
Educated in Michigan.
Home in Barrie, Ontario;
Enlisted in Windsor, 12 May 1941.
Trained at
No.3 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941),
No.21 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and
No.9 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942).
Instructed at Camp Borden until May 1943
(Promoted to F/O in October 1942)
To UK in July 1943
To 51 OTU, December 1943
Promoted to F/L in February 1944
Joined 401 Sq. in June 1944
With them until April 1945
Returned to Canada in September
Released from service October 26, 1945


EDINGER, F/L Charles Emanuel (J10272) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.410 Sq.
Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and
AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.

This officer displayed great skill, courage and resolution. He has completed very many sorties and has shown keenness to engage the enemy. He has destroyed five enemy aircraft.


Damaged Mossie
Hit over Dunkirk by ground flak, the bofors shell blew the nose apart & ruptured the radar housing. At the controls was "Pop" Edinger who was giving Dinny Dinsdale and John Dunn a lift to England so that they could go on leave. 3/4" Armor plate saved the men, luck saved the plane and Pop was able to land the Mossie safely at Amiens, with Dinsdale sitting on Dunn's knee all the while.


EDINGER, F/L Charles Emanuel (J10272) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Overseas
Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and
AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946.


Victories Include :

13/14 June 1944
17/18 June 1944
    3/4 July 1944
16/17 Sept 1944
    6/7 Oct 1944
18/19 Dec 1944
24/25 Dec 1944
one Ju88
one Ju188
one Ju188
one ? e/a
one Ju88
one Ju88
one Ju87

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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