DARING ATTACKS HIGHLY PRAISED
London, March 22, 1944 — (CP Cable) — The feat of
four R.C.A.F. flyers who ventured 400 miles into enemy-occupied territory
to shoot down three enemy aircraft and damage 17 others on the ground
was signalized today by a special communiqué issued by Air Marshal
L. S. Breadner, commander-in-chief of the R.C.A.F. overseas.
The quartet, who flew in two Mosquito planes of the City of Edmonton squadron,
consisted of Flight-Lieut. D. MacFadyen, of Toronto; Flight-Lieut. J.
Luma, of Helena, Mont; F.O. C. Finlayson, Victoria,
and F.O. J. Wright, of Rosthern, Sask.
There have been few previous occasions when such a small force was the
basis of a full-fledged communiqué.
The three planes destroyed were shot down over the Haguenau airfield,
about 250 miles east of Paris, and the Luxeuil airfield, 200 miles southeast
The intruders also damaged at least five gliders on the ground.
Born in Montreal, 18 December 1920.
Enlisted in Toronto, 11 May 1940.
Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940),
No.1 EFTS (graduated 19 August 1940) and
No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940).
Retained in Canada for duties with BCATP;
reached UK 20 May 1943.
No.418 Squadron, 7 December 1943 to 25 July 1944;
served at Nos.60 and 54 OTU and then to
No.406 Squadron (20 November 1944 to 10 September 1945)
Returned to Canada and released on 25 October 1945.
For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky.
DFC and Bar presented at Buckingham, Palace, 13 July 1945
- (this info does not coincide with the photo above)
DSO sent by registered mail, 18 November 1949.
TWO CANADIANS SET HIGH MARK FELLING PLANES
Ottawa, March 24, 1944 - (CP) - Two pilots flying with
the R.C.A.F.'s City Of Edmonton Intruder Squadron, Flt. Lt. D. MacFadyen
of 29 Chestnut Park Rd., Toronto, and Lieut. J. Luma
of Helena, Mont., destroyed three German aircraft in the air and left
17 more either flaming or damaged on the ground during an attack deep
in Occupied France last Tuesday.
The R.C.A.F. said tonight in its weekend summary of operations that the
mark set by MacFadyen and Luma is believed to establish a new record for
enemy aircraft bagged by two United Nations crews in a single sortie.
During the week, the R.C.A.F. was active over Germany, Occupied France,
Burma, the Anzio Beachhead and Cassino fronts in Italy. Other Canadian
pilots accounted for five enemy aircraft.
Frankfurt was hammered Wednesday and Saturday by Lancasters and Halifaxes
of the R.C.A.F. bomber group, and Halifax squadrons attacked strategic
railway installations in Amiens Thursday,
The operation by transport aircraft and the 3rd Tactical Air Force in
North Burma, which placed Allied troops some 200 miles beyond the Japanese,
was participated in by Canadians from all parts of the Dominion.
City of Windsor Squadron.
During the bombing of Casino, four pilots of the R.C.A.F.'s City of Windsor
Spitfire Squadron broke up a formation of 20 ME-109's which was about
to attack one of the Allied bomber formations northwest of the disputed
An R.C.A.F. pilot brought down an ME-109 near Rome. Hits were scored on
enemy shipping off the Norwegian and French coasts by Beaufighters of
a Canadian squadron and R.C.A.F. Albacores of the R.A.F. Coastal Command.
In the Wednesday attack on Frankfurt, the Canadian bomber group struck
in full force, and Flt. Lt. Don Paterson of Lynwood, Calgary, said he
saw five large fires.
"Fires were visible 150 miles from Frankfurt," said Flt. Sgt.
Harry Grayson of London, Ont., a flight engineer. For Wing Cmdr. W. H.
Swetman, D.F.C., of Kapuskasing, Ont., leader of the Thunderbird Squadron,
it was his 53rd sortie over enemy territory.
Street "With Lights On."
Of Saturday's blow at Frankfurt, FO, L. D. Proctor of Biggar, Sask. said,
"It looked like Portage Ave. Winnipeg, “with the lights on."
Halifax squadrons of the R.C.A.F. group paid a return visit to Annens
last Thursday to bomb railway objectives, and FO. Jack Barlow of Ottawa,
bomb aimer with the Moose Squadron, said it was "the best precision
bombing I've seen in a long time — you could even see the bomb bursts
going right through the target indicators."
For this raid the Canadian bomber group provided nearly half the force,
and many other Canadians flew with R.A.F. formations.
Over Burmese Hills.
In the Southeast Asia war theatre Canadians flew night after night over
Burmese hills carrying Gurkha and Indian troops, mules, jeeps and a great
quantity of supplies.
Shortly after the landing behind the Japanese rear Flt. Lt. Bob Day of
Vancouver shot down a bomb-carrying Zero.
On the Anzio Beachhead Flt, Lt., Bruce Ingalls of Danville, Que., destroyed
an enemy fighter near Rome Sunday, and Tuesday PO. S. B. (Red) Ruppert
of Winnipeg and FO. J. S. (Blackie) Christie of Montreal and London, Eng.,
pilot and observer respectively, accounted for a JU-88 bomber during a
raid on London.
Sqdn. Ldr. D. J. Williams of Vancouver, Beaufighter pilot of an R.C.A.F.
night fighter squadron, destroyed a Heinkel 177 southwest of Guernsey,
in the English Channel, Sunday. His navigator was PO. C. J. Kirkpatrick
R.C.A.F. Spitfire squadrons of the 2nd Tactical Air Force provided escort
for American heavy bombers returning from attacks on industrial targets
Heavy Allied Bombers Concentrate on Coast To Soften Defenses
London, May 3, 1944 - (AP) - American four-engined bombers escorted by fighters struck at German "mystery" military installations in the Pas-de-Calais area of France again today in the 19th consecutive day of the stupendous pre-invasion aerial offensive.
The daylight blows fell after a night of operations ranging from Italy north to Germany and France.
Two huge formations of Britain's heavy bombers were heard roaring across the east and south coasts of England tonight, headed for the Continent.
The Tuesday night phase of the non-stop attack included an R.A.F. Mosquito block-buster strike at Leverkusen in Germany and Mosquito intruder patrols in which five enemy planes were downed, all by Canadian airmen.
While these assaults were being delivered from British bases, Italy-based R.A.F. night bombers hit at key rail and harbor points in Northern Italy.
The American daylight pounding of the Pas-de-Calais zone — key to Nazi Western European defenses — was carried out without loss of a bomber or fighter. British Mitchells and Mosquitos, escorted by R.C.A.F. Spitfires, followed the heavyweights with additional day-time blows at installations in Northern France.
Late in the day, American fighter-bombers and fighters swept over the Pas-de-Calais area again and returned without loss.
Toward midnight the Berlin radio sounded warnings that hostile planes were over Western and Southwestern Germany, indicating the air offensive was continuing. Frankfurt and Stuttgart stations went off the air.
The daylight assaults, while heavy, were not in the strength of previous days.
During Tuesday night, R.A.F. Mosquitos rode the air for 30 minutes over the German chemical city of Leverkusen near Cologne, dropping 4,000-pound blockbusters. The speedy Mosquitos stabbed at rail yards at Archeres near Paris in a subsidiary blow, and R.A.F. planes mined enemy waters. No planes were lost in these attacks.
R.A.F. bombers simultaneously flew from Italian bases to strike Genoa for the fifth straight night and also hammered Piacenza, Milan, Livorno and the naval base of La Spezia on the west coast.
Allied Mediterranean force bombers in daylight Tuesday, struck at the Florence railway yards, Parma, Fano, Faenza and Castelmaggiore. Swiss reports said great damage was caused in Northern Italy.
The R.C.A.F. City of Edmonton Squadron flew with Mosquito intruders from Britain which penetrated the Continent as far as Munich Tuesday night. Four of the Nazi planes downed on this foray — all FW 190's — fell to one Canadian crew, S/L Bob Kipp of Kamloops, B.C., and his navigator, F/O P. Huletsky of Montreal. The other — a Heinkel — fell to F/L D. A. MacFadyen of Toronto and his navigator, F/O J. Wright of Rosthern, Sask.
Two other City of Edmonton Mosquitos accounted for two enemy fighters late Tuesday and the squadron's total score now stands at 104 planes destroyed in the air and on the ground.
CANADIAN AIRMEN HAD A GREAT WEEK, SUMMARY SHOWS
Ottawa, May 6, 1944 — (CP) — Aircraft of the R.C.A.F.
bomber group pounded targets in three countries in the last week, while
Spitfire and Typhoon fighter-bombers made slashing attacks on pinpoint
targets and Canadian airmen participated in combined air-sea operations
against enemy naval units, the R.C.A.F. said last night in its weekly
summary of overseas operations.
News of the famed City of Edmonton Intruder Squadron took the limelight
during the week, with Sqdn. Ldr. Bob Kipp, of Kamloops,
B.C., and his navigator, F.O. P. Huletsky, of Montreal, blasting four
of Germany's front-line aircraft out of the sky during an offensive patrol
deep into the heart of the Reich Wednesday, establishing a new mark for
the number of aircraft destroyed in a single night's patrol.
Canadian-built Lancaster heavy bombers made their initial operational
appearance during the week. Wednesday other aircraft of the R.C.A.F. bomber
group pounded Friedrichshafen in Germany and railway yards at Montzen,
Belgium, and Aulmoye, France.
Aulmoye, was the principal R.C.A.F. target for the night, and attracted
Canadian-built Lancasters. Halifaxes mined enemy waters meantime and an
R.C.A.F., Mosquito about to attack an aircraft as it prepared to land
at Crois Demetz airfield in France saw the enemy pilot lose control of
his aircraft, ground-loop and burst into flames,
Two R.C.A.F. Spitfires on patrol over northern France Monday attacked
a transport flying close to the ground, and saw it crash aflame.
Last Trip Scherf
Sqdn. Ldr. Kipp Brought down four FW190's the next night. Flt. Lt. D.
A. MacFadyen, Toronto, and his navigator, F.O. J. Wright, of Rosthern.
Sask., destroyed a Bl Heinkel glider tug and damaged a grounded unidentified
An Australian pilot, Sqdn.-Ldr. Charles Scherf,
D.F.C., now known as "Last Trip" Scherf, came back to the City
of Edmonton Squadron for another "last trip," and shot down
a JU88 north of Berlin, with F.O. W. Stewart, of Toronto, as his navigator.
F.O. John Caine, of Edmonton, on the same patrol with Scherf, shot down
a troop carrier and then, with Scherf, shot up and seriously damaged at
least nine other aircraft on ground and water.
Lancasters and Halifaxes smashed at railway yards at St. Chislain, in
Belgium. A beached enemy destroyer, driven ashore by the Canadian Tribal-class
destroyer Haida Saturday after an engagement off the French coast last
Saturday in which her sister ship H.M.C.S. Athabaskan was sunk, was bombed
by R.C.A.F. and other pilots.
Lancasters of the Canadian bomber group participated in an attack on Montdidier,
France, on Wednesday.
Don MacFadyen and Jim Wright after getting
their DFCs from the King - July 14 1944
MacFADYEN, F/L Donald Aikins (J3103) - Distinguished Flying
Cross - No.418 Sq.
Award effective 12 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and
AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944.
This officer has participated in many sorties and has
destroyed four enemy aircraft and damaged several more. He has displayed
great skill and courage throughout his tour and his example of keenness
and determination has been most commendable.
Canadian Destroys Two Junkers Planes
London, April 10, 1945 — (CP Cable) — F/L
Donald MacFadyen, of Toronto, and F/L Vernal Shail, of New Westminster,
B.C., destroyed two Junkers 88s in combat last night near an airfield
at Luebeck in northwest Germany.
This brought MacFadyen's total to seven destroyed in the air, five destroyed
on the ground, three probables and 16 damaged. Shail as navigator has
been with MacFadyen, the pilot, for most of these scores. They fly with
the Lynx squadron.
During the week-end another Lynx pilot, F/L D. A. Gillis,
of Saint John, N.B., with his navigator, F/L Norman Hamer, of
Montreal, destroyed a Heinkel 111, a troop-carrying transport, south of
MacFADYEN, F/L Donald Aikins, DFC (J3103) - Bar to DFC - No.406 Squadron
Award effective 19 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 April 1945
AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.
Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has taken
part in many operational sorties. Throughout, his skill and initiative
have been of the highest order. He has destroyed at least a further five
enemy aircraft bringing his total victories to at least nine hostile aircraft
destroyed and many others damaged. In addition he has shot down five flying
bombs apart from these successes. Flight Lieutenant MacFadyen has given
great assistance to new crews in planning their missions and by his untiring
efforts and fine example has materially contributed to the operational
efficiency of his squadron.
TORONTO AIRMAN THRICE DECORATED
Ottawa, Oct. 24, 1945 - (CP) - The Air Force announced
today the names of two Canadian pilots decorated a third time for their
gallantry in the second Great War. They are: Sqdn. Ldr. D. A. Macfadyen,
son of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. A. Macfadyen of 29 Chestnut Park Rd., Toronto,
who received a DSO to add to the two DFCs he already holds. Flt. Lt. John
Todd Caine, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Caine of South Edmonton, Alta., one
of Canada's leading fighter pilots with 20 planes to his credit, who now
has won, the DFC three times. He will arrive back in Canada on the Queen
Elizabeth when she docks at Halifax Oct. 26.
Sqdn. Ldr. Macfadyen's citation said he has destroyed 13 aircraft and
damaged 17. In the last weeks of the war he destroyed two planes in one
day. He had shown "outstanding keenness, efficiency, courage and
Flt. Lt. Caine's citation said he had destroyed 11 aircraft since the
award of the first bar to the DFC. He is a man of "indomitable fearlessness
In one day in April, 1945, he destroyed one plane and damaged two over
Germany and brought home his plane despite damage by anti-aircraft fire.
MacFADYEN, S/L Donald Aikins, DFC (J3103) - DSO - No.406 Sq.
Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette of 19 October 1945
AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945.
Since the award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying
Cross this officer has continued to operate against the enemy with conspicuous
success, destroying three enemy aircraft and damaging five. During a patrol
over Czechoslovakia in March 1945, an enemy landing ground was sighted
and one enemy aircraft was destroyed on the ground and four were damaged.
On another occasion in April 1945, he successfully destroyed two hostile
aircraft in the air. Squadron Leader MacFadyen's total victories are at
least thirteen enemy aircraft destroyed and seventeen damaged. Throughout
his two tours he has displayed outstanding keenness, efficiency, courage
and determination and has at all times set a fine example of loyal and
Victories Include :
With James Wright as Nav :
22/23 Dec 1943, one unidentified e/a probable (HX812 "T");
25 February 1944, one Me.410 destroyed (NS830 "G");
21 March 1944, eight Go.242 gliders
- one Go.242 destroyed OTG,
- one Do.217 destroyed OTG,
- one Bu.131 destroyed while landing (MM426 "X")
3 May 1944
one He.111Z destroyed OTG plus
- one unk e/a damaged OTG (NS930 "T");
6/7 June 1944, one Ju.52
destroyed (HR155 "X");
16/17 June 1944, two V-1s destroyed (HR155 "X");
6/7 July 1944, three
V-s destroyed (HR155 "X");
With Vernal Shail as Nav :
21 February 1945, one Bf.110 destroyed (NT325 "T");
28 February 1945, one unk e/a probable
OTG (NT325 "N")
3/4 March 1945, one FW.190 destroyed and
- three FW.190s damaged OTG (NT325
5/6 March 1945, one Ju.88G destroyed (NT325
24/25 March 1945, one He.111 destroyed and
- four He.111s damaged OTG (NT325 "T");
9/10 April 1944, two Ju.88s destroyed
24/25 April 1945, one Ju.88 damaged OTG
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