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Albert, Earl Thomas

Date of birth:
March 1st, 1920 (Altona/Manitoba, Canada)
Service number:
J.14793
Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

November 1941: Enrolled in the Royal Canadian Air Force Special Reserve as Aircraftman 2nd Class
May 1942: Reclassified Leading Aircraftman
October 1942: Promoted Sergeant
October 1942: Promoted pilot Officer
April 1943: Promoted Flying Officer
October 1944: Promoted Flight Lieutenant
October 1946: Transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force Regular as Flight Lieutenant
June 1952: Promoted Squadron Leader
1 February 1968: Major (Armed Forces Reorganization Act); honourably released

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flying Officer
Unit:
No. 424 (Tiger) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Awarded on:
November 14th, 1944
Citation:
"Flying Officer Albert is a navigator of a heavy four-engined bomber who has displayed great keenness and efficiency throughout his long operational career. His most outstanding ability has contributed greatly to the success of the crew's attacks on many of the most heavily defended German targets such as Berlin, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf and Munich. His cheerful spirit in the face of great opposition has been an inspiration to his crew members and his co-operative attitude on the ground has been of great assistance to the Section and a fine example to all on the Squadron. His quiet assurance and strong sense of duty is worthy of high praise."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

With "France and Germany" clasp
Air Crew Europe Star
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

With clasp
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (1939-1947)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

With clasp
Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)

Sources

  • Photo 1: Ellen Graham (Albert)
  • - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36793 published on the 10 November 1944
    - Air Force Association of Canada
    - Record of Service in the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Armed Forces
    - Medals

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