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Ness, David Edward

Date of birth:
December 2nd, 1917 (Westmount/Quebec, Canada)
Service number:
J85008
Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

Rank: Flying Officer. Flying ace.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flying Officer
Unit:
No. 56 (Punjab) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
February 6th, 1945
"Flying Officer Ness joined this squadron on 29th March 1944. During his 118 hours of operational flying he has carried out many operational flights of various types on Typhoons, Spitfires and Tempests, in the United Kingdom and Northwest Europe.

In all he has done 13 weather and shipping recces, eight armed recces, 20 local patrols, 19 escorts and sweeps, four convoy patrols and scrambled, two anti-flak patrols and 58 flying bomb patrols. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft and eight flying bombs, and has shared in the destruction of several trains.

Flying Officer Ness has always shown the utmost enthusiasm in carrying out his operational flying, and in it has displayed exceptional skill and confidence as well as keenness in attack. His loyal and cheerful sense of duty have been an example to the squadron."

To the above the Commanding Officer of the unit adds:

"In my opinion Flying Officer Ness thoroughly deserves this award. His ready keenness for operational duties and the capable manner in which he has carried them out, combined with his constant good humour during duller periods, have been of great value to the squadron."

To this, on 22 December 1944, the OC of his wing adds:

"This officer has always displayed great keenness to seek out and destroy the enemy. He presses home his attacks to extremely close range and his cheerful confidence and his determination have been an inspiration to the rest of the squadron."

Citation:

"Flying Officer Ness has always shown the utmost enthusiasm for operational flying. Throughout all his missions his exceptional skill, cheerful confidence and devotion to duty have set an outstanding example to all his squadron. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft and eight flying bombs and has shared in the destruction of several trains."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

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