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Armstrong, Arley Walter

Date of birth:
1921 (Petrolia, Ontario, Canada)
Date of death:
October 26th, 2015 (Butternut Manor, Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada)
Service number:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)


Arley served as an Air Gunner with the RAF 15 Squadron. He rose to the rank of Flying Officer and was decorated with a Distinguished Flying Medal.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Flight Sergeant
No. 15 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
November 14th, 1944
"As rear gunner Flight Sergeant Armstrong has completed a tour of operational sorties, including among his targets Stuttgart and Dortmund. In April 1944, shortly after leaving Cologne, one engine of his aircraft caught fire and after some difficulty was feathered, thus rendering his turret unserviceable. Shortly after they were attacked four times by enemy aircraft. In all these attacks Flight Sergeant Armstrong was handicapped by an unserviceable turret but by his correct procedure, which he adopted to inform his captain, of the direction of the enemy attacks, he rendered invaluable assistance and ensured that no damage was inflicted on his aircraft. Flight Sergeant Anderson is a most keen and efficient air gunner who has at all times shown the greatest courage and devotion to duty both in the air and on the ground."
Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)