- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Marine Section, RCAF Station Dartmouth, Royal Canadian Air Force
- Awarded on:
- June 11th, 1942
"At about 2225 hours, G.M.T., 9 September 1941, Catalina Z2139 crashed while landing in a heavy sea about two miles off shore at Northwest River, Labrador. Although the sea was so heavy as to discourage the most experienced water men of the settlement from going out in small boats, Sergeant Appleby put out immediately in an RCAF dinghy with an outboard motor and by consummate skill and daring reached the scene of the crash in time to rescue six of the eight occupants of the aircraft. The survivors were clinging to the wing over which the seas were breaking and, numbed by the cold, could not have lasted much longer. After taking the survivors off the wing and transferring them to a larger boat when it arrived, Sergeant Appleby continued to search the surrounding waters until it was too dark to see. He also stayed with the aircraft until it sank and then circled the spot until a large boat came out with the equipment to buoy the position. All survivors, and witnesses aboard other boats and ashore, were unanimous in the praise of the skilful and daring seamanship displayed by this NCO at great personal risk. But for his coolness and gallantry more lives might easily have been lost before other boats reached the scene of the crash. His courage and devotion to duty have set a fine example to all members of the Service."