Abbey, James Ernest

Date of birth:
January 5th, 1916 (Ottawa, Canada)
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)


Service number R82627.

James Abbey was a former shipper who enlisted in Ottawa January 20th, 1941 and trained at No.2 Wireless School (graduated 14 September 1941) and No.7 Bomber Group Squadron (graduated 13 October 1941).

October 25th, 1941: Sergeant
October 25th, 1942: Flight Sergeant
April 25th, 1943: Warrant Officer 2nd Class
October 25th, 1943: Warrant Officer 1st Class
March 7th, 1944: Pilot Officer
September 7th, 1944: Flying Officer

October 1944: Repatriated to Canada
February 5th, 1945: Released from the RCAF

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Warrant Officer
No. 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
January 25th, 1944
"One night in January 1944, Flight Lieutenant Sladen, Flying Officer Starr and Warrant Officer Abbey were pilot, navigator and wireless operator/air gunner, respectively, of an aircraft which attacked a fully surfaced U-Boat. In the face of considerable anti-aircraft fire, Flight Lieutenant Sladen pressed home his attack from a low level and straddled the vessel with his depth charges. In the operation, which was executed with great skill and accuracy, Flying Officer Starr and Warrant Officer Abbey co-operated excellently with their pilot. Three nights later this crew attacked another U-Boat which was straddled with depth charges from a low level. Flight Lieutenant Sladen, who has completed an extremely large number of sorties, has invariably displayed great skill, courage and leadership of a high order. Flying Officer Starr and Warrant Officer Abbey have also completed very many sorties and have rendered most valuable service. They are highly efficient and have set a fine example of determination and devotion to duty."
Presented 1 April 1949
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)