O'Reilly, Michael Douglas

Date of birth:
1922 (Ottawa/Ontario, Canada)
Service number:
C.87213
Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Pilot Officer
Unit:
No. 433 (Porcupine) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Awarded on:
December 12th, 1944
Action:
Citation:
"This officer, the Mid Upper Gunner of the crew captained by Pilot Officer W.H. Wright, DFC, has completed thirty-one operational sorties over enemy territory including such heavily defended targets as Berlin (2), Stuttgart, Essen (2) and Nuremburg. He has at all times displayed a fearless brand of courage in combat and his coolness and presence of mind has contributed much to the successful completion of his tour.

Pilot Officer O'Reilly has also greatly strengthened the hand of the Gunnery leader of this Squadron when on the ground, his work and leadership being a constant source of inspiration to his fellow gunners.

I consider his outstanding record and devotion to duty fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate)."
Details:
LG 36835/5693 (12 December 1944).
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

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