Aldred, Elwood Morton

Date of birth:
June 26th, 1914 (Ceylon/Saskatchewan, Canada)
Date of death:
May 27th, 2006 (Abbotsford/British Columbia, Canada)
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)


Service number J.25825.

Elwood Aldred spend one year of high school in Pasadena, California before moving to Regina with his family. He graduated from Normal School in Regina in 1934, teaching for two years in Pangman and Valor, Saskatchewan. He began driving bus for Greyhound in 1936 and then Pacific Stage Lines in 1946, until his retirement in 1979.
Elwood enlisted in the RCAF in 1942 and even though he was told that he was too big to be a pilot and would probably end up as an instructor, he persevered. He went overseas in 1943, flying coastal patrol and when the call came for all available pilots, he was attached to Bomber Command, flying twenty-nine sorties.
After the war, Elwood moved to Vancouver where he met his wife.
He died in MSA Hospital, Abbotsford

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Flying Officer
Awarded on:
November 3rd, 1944
"Flying Officer Alfred has completed many sorties against heavily defended targets in Germany and northern France. He is an ideal captain whose skill, coolness and courage have greatly inspired his crew. On more than one occasion his aircraft has been intercepted by fighters but, by clever manoeuvring and excellent co-operation with his gunners, the enemy aircraft were driven off. His great determination and strong sense of duty have set a fine example."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)