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Charles, Edward Francis John "Jack"

Date of birth:
February 6th, 1919
Date of death:
November 5th, 1986 (Vancouver, Canada)
Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

Service Number: 36198

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flying Officer
Unit:
No. 54 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1941
Action:
Citation:
"This officer has displayed exceptional zeal and immense enthousiasm during the many offensive sweeps carried out by his unit. He has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft."
Details:
London Gazette dated 15 July 1941.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Squadron Leader
Unit:
No. 611 Squadron, Royal AIr Froce
Awarded on:
July 16th, 1943
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Action:
Citation:
"This officer is a first class fighter, whose fine leadership, cool judgement and efficiency have set an admirable example. He has destroyed 13 enemy aircraft and damaged several more"
Details:
Received as a bar for on the ribbon of the first DFC.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Squadron Leader
Unit:
No. 611 Squadron / Royal Air Froce
Awarded on:
July 16th, 1943
Silver Star Medal (SSM)
Details:
General Order No.104 Eighth Air Force, 16 July 1943, Public Record Office Air 2/9599, awarding published in London Gazette dated 20 July 1943 and
AFRO 2049/43 dated 8 October 1943.

Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Wing Commander
Awarded on:
October 29th, 1943
Action:
Wing Cdr Charles is an inspiring leader, whose great skill and tenacity have contributed materially to the successes obtained by the formations with which he has flown. In September, 1943, he led a formation of fighters which acted as escort to a bomber force detailed to attack an airfield in Northern France. During the operation, 12 enemy fighters were engaged and, in the ensuing combats, four of the hostile aircraft were shot down, one of them by Wing Cdr. Charles.
This officer has destroyed at least 15 enemy aircraft and has displayed great courage and unflagging devotion to duty."
Details:
London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

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