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Ardis, Beverley Donn "Joe"

Date of birth:
1922 (Ottawa/Ontario, Canada)
Date of death:
May 6th, 1997
Service number:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)


Beverley Donn Ardis was born in Ottawa in 1922, enlisted in Toronto on 20 July 1942, and trained at No.9 BGS before graduating on 14 May 1943. He was commissioned in 1943 and assigned to the 428 "Ghost" Squadron (R.C.A.F.) of 6 Group Bomber.
"Bev" was discharged from the R.C.A.F. on 30 October 1945. He married Sally Ann Webster in Friendship, New York, and together they raised four sons. As a direct result of head injuries (suffered during the crash of his Halifax bomber on 21 April 1944), "B.D." was a victim of early onset dementia and died on 06 May 1997 in Texas.

20 juli 1942: Enlistment RCAF;
? - May 14th, 1943: No. 9 Bombing and Gunnery School;
?: No. 428 (Ghost) Squadron;
October 30th, 1945: DIscharged.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Flying Officer
No. 428 (Ghost) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Awarded on:
June 13th, 1944
"As air gunner, this officer has taken part in many attacks on targets in Germany including several on the capital. He is a keen, vigilant and resolute member of aircraft crew and has played a worthy part in the successes obtained."
Was the mid-upper gunner on the Halifax II B Series 1a JP.113 NA-A
operated by 428 Ghost Squadron (RCAF).
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Received with overseas clasp.
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal


  • Photo 1: William Ardis
  • Photo: William Ardis
  • - Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 9th June 1944, Issue 36560, dated 13th June 1944
    - Air Force Association of Canada