ONTARIO FLIERS ARE PROMOTED
London, Sept. 27, 1943 (CP) — R.C.A.F. overseas headquarters
announced the following promotions of Ontario fliers (in part) :
From Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant – D. E. Noonan, Kingston;
W. A. Olmsted, Hamilton; W. R. McRae, Port
From Flying Officer to Temporary Flight Lieutenant – J. H. Turnbull,
St. Thomas; H. J. Everard, Timmins.
From Pilot Officer to Temporary Flying Officer – D. H. Dover,
Born in Kingston, Ontario, 1921
Artillery cadet, 1939
No.6 EFTS &
Commissioned in 1942
With 416 Squadron RCAF
Passed away the morning of 18 January 2010
500 American Bombers Blast Submarine Base In Biggest
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
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
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 Mitcher 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.
RCAF Shoots Down 26 Enemy Planes
in Normandy Between Dawn and Dusk
By P.O. H. R. McDONALD, A Canadian Airfield in France,
June 29, 1944 - (CP). - Canadian fighter planes, in one of the most brilliant
achievements in the history of the R.C.A.F., shot down 26 out of a total
of 34 enemy aircraft destroyed over the Normandy front between dawn and
In addition, R.C.A.F. pilots chalked up a number of enemy planes probably
shot down and a number bf others which were damaged.
Four pilots scored double kills. They were Wing Cmdr. J. E. (Johnny) Johnson,
English–born commander of a Canadian fighter wing operating from
an R.C.A.F. base in Normandy, and Flt, Lts. H.C. Trainor,
Charlottetown; W. T. Klersy, 14 Harcroft Rd.,
Toronto, and R. K. Hayward. St. John's, Nfld.
Destroys Two, Damages Third
Hayward destroyed two FW-190's and damaged a third, which gave him the
highest R.C.A.F. individual score of the day.
Earlier reports indicated the Canadian airmen had downed 18 enemy planes
in yesterday's daylight operations.
The complete figures were reached by intelligence officers today after
a period of aerial operations which exceeded in intensity anything since
the Allied Normandy beachhead was opened June 6.
Besides the toll of enemy planes, which included all fighter types, R.C.A.F.
pilots also strafed transport on the roads.
Final claims on two aircraft are being sifted
Among the R.C.A.F. Spitfire pilots contributing to the total with one
Hun each were: Flt. Lts. Irving Kennedy, Cumberland,
Ont.; G. R. Patterson, Kelowna, B.C.; J.
McElroy, Kamloops, B.C.; Henry Zary,
New York; R. M. Stayner, Saskatoon; A. F. Halcrow,
Penticton, B.C.; G. W. Johnson, 102 Beechwood
Ave., Hamilton, Ont.; D. E. Noonan, 146 Willingdon Ave., Kingston,
Ont.; J. B. Rainville, Montreal;
and Flying Officers W. J. Banks, Leaside, Ont.
and G. H. Farquharson, Corbyville, Ont.
Wing Cmdr. Johnson's score of two brought his total of enemy planes downed
to 32, equaling the mark set by Group Capt. A. G. (Sailor) Malan, a South
African, now on ground duty.
Among the R.C.A.F. fliers scoring probables were FO. A. C. Brandon, Timmins,
Ont.; FO. J. B. O'Sullivan, Vancouver; and PO. J. M. Flood, Hearst, Ont.
Nine Others Damaged
At least nine others wire damaged by fliers of the R.C.A.F.
Of the wings comprising Group Capt, W. (Bill) MacBrien's R.C.AF. sector,
the one led by 22-year-old Wing Cmdr, George Keefer,
D.F.C. and Bar, Charlottetown, was high ,scorer of the day with 13 confirmed
victories. Johnson's wing was second with seven, in a close race with
a unit led by Wing Cmdr. R. A. Buckham, Vancouver.
The margin for Keefer's wing was established in two dusk operations in
which seven enemy planes were destroyed and two damaged. In the first
action Hayward sighted more than 25 Nazi fighters and led his formation
in pursuit. He damaged one.
Later the same Spitfires became embroiled with a dozen FW-190's, and Hayward
got two of them. The first fell out of control, and the second burst into
flames and crashed after Hayward had followed it down to tree-top height.
"The Huns were like bees,” said WO. Murray Havers, 1 Lloyd
St., Hamilton. Ont. "They seemed confused and acted as though they
did not know what they were doing."
The Canadian airmen said the Germans did not put up much of a fight despite
their numerical advantage.
Other Canadians credited with kills during the day were FO. G. R. Stephen,
Montreal; FO. Larry Robillard, Ottawa; FO.
W. A. Gilbert, Dartmouth, N.S.; FO. Don Goodwin, Maynooth, Ont.; and FO.
Tommy Wheler, 10 Beauford Rd., Toronto,
F'O. Klersy took a prominent part in athletics at St, Michael's College,
playing hockey and rugby. He also rowed for his college, and was goalie
for Ostrander's mercantile hockey team. Enlisting in June, 1941, he took
aircrew training in Toronto, Oshawa and Dunnville and after nearly a year
with a fighter squadron at Bagotville, FO. Klersy went overseas in May
The 21-year-year old airman is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Klersy, 14
ONTARIO FLIERS DOWN NAZIS
With the R.C.A.F. in Normandy, July 27, 1944 – (CP) – Canadian
Spitfire pilots flying from beachhead airfields today destroyed at least
12 enemy aircraft. In an early morning sweep, Flt. Lt. D. E. Noonan, Kingston,
a City of Oshawa squadron pilot, destroyed a FW 190. He made his kill
as the enemy aircraft was about to land. His victim crashed without a
shot being fired while taking evasive action. Flt. Lt. G. E. Mott,
Sarnia, shot down a FW 190 over Argences. Mott, whose sixth victory this
is, belongs to a squadron led by Sqdn. Ldr. Tommy Brannagan,
Windsor. Flt. Lt. W. R. McRae, Port Arthur, Flt. Lt. W. S. Johnson, Belleville,
and PO. M. H. Havers, Hamilton, all accounted for ME 109's.
NOONAN, F/L Daniel Edward (J4863) - Distinguished
Flying Cross - No.416 Sq.
Award effective 27 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 3 October
AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.
Flight Lieutenant Noonan has flown on many sorties against
a variety of targets. He has always shown the greatest keenness to engage
the enemy and has destroyed at least five enemy aircraft during his present
tour of operations. He has also achieved outstanding success against ground
targets at all times. An excellent and inspiring leader, this officer
has set a splendid example to the remainder of his squadron.
Hamilton Flyer Receives DFC
October 22, 1947 - Among those honored last Saturday
at the investiture in Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, was Daniel
Edward Noonan, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Fleming Noonan, 52 Homewood
Flight Lieut. Noonan was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry
in the performance of his duty. The award was presented by His Excellency
The citation stated that Flight. Lieut. Noonan had been awarded the D.F.C.
"for gallantry in the performance of his duty while serving with
No. 416 Squadron of the R.C.A.F."
"Flight Lieut. Noonan," the award cited, "has flown on
many sorties against a variety of targets. He has always shown the greatest
keenness to engage the enemy and has destroyed at least five enemy aircraft,
during his tour of operations He has also achieved outstanding success
against ground targets at all times. An excellent and inspiring leader,
this officer has set a splendid example to the remainder of his squadron."
At the present time Flight Lieut. Noonan in attending Queen's University
but is planning to enter Trinity College later this year to take up a
theological course for the ministry in the Church of England. He was recently
married to Miss Frances Ault.
Victories Include :
4 Sept 1943
3 Nov 1943
28 June 1944
17 July 1944
27 July 1944
|(w/ Sager, Chadburn &
(shared w/ Art Sager)
(shared w/ A. J. Fraser)
5.25 / 0 / 0
416 Squadron, Tangmere, May 1944
Front row : P/O W. Palmer, F/O Bill Simpson, F/S J.A.R.
Boulais, F/O A.J. Fraser, W/O J.E.R. McCrea, F/O J.B. Rainville,
F/L D.W. Hayworth, F/O Torkelsson Lundberg, F/S J.C.R. Maranda, F/O B.
Eskow, F/O R. Rosario St. Georges, P/O K. Forbes Scott.
2nd row : F/S J.C. Greeman, F/L W.F. Mason, F/L G.R.
Patterson, F/O D.R. Cuthbertson, F/O G.A. Borland, F/O A.R. McFadden,
F/L D.E. Noonan, S/L Green; F/L D.F. Prentice, F/L J.L. Campbell, F/O
J.D. Gould, F/O D.W. Hading, F/O G.H.T. Farquharson, & on prop F/O
A.J. Tafuro - DND PL-26651
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