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123 / 439 Squadron Personnel Database



Bashow Dave Capt    CF-104 pilot on 439 from 1972 to 1977. Retired as LCol. Dave is the author of the well known book "Starfighter"  published by Fortress Publications Copyright 1990.

Baker F/L Sabre Pilot Circa Jul 1958 - May 1959 posted to Calgary.

Baril Réal Sgt Rescue Specialist Griffon 2005

Barker F/O Sabre Pilot

Barnette F/S  Radar Technician Circa Jan 1958 -

Bateman Jim Aero Engine Tech. Served with 439 Sqn in Baden, 1988-89.
Prior to that, was with 1 AMS (Air Maintenance Squadron), RPO and Engine Test Cell. Retired Calgary Alberta.

Barton P.S. (Paul) F/O, Pilot with 123 Sqn circa October 1943 and 439 Sqn until  March 1944 when he  left the unit on posting to the R.C.A.F. "R" Depot at Warrington.

Bateman Jim Served with 439 Sqn in Baden, 1988-89. Prior to that, was with 1AMS, RPO and test cell. Aero Engine Tech. Retired now and thinking of the old days. Job well done to the host. Nice to see

Battersby HO LAC 33159 F-86 Sabre Circa 1952

Bazinet, André former SCWO (Squadron Chief Warrant Officer) Stationed in Marville as an Air Force Police from 1961 to 1965. 

Beaumont Denis Capt Pilot T-33 Circa 2005

Beaupré Jean-Claude Cpl Technician T-Bird & Griffon Circa 2005

Beatty James Hughes , J14471, A/S/L, DFC, Posted in from 440 Squadron 24 Jan 1945 on a 2nd Tour.  Home in St.Catharines, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 12 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Crashed Kittyhawk ET866 of No.132 Squadron at Armstrong, Ontario, 5 June 1942. Twin bother William also flew Typhoons with No.438 Squadron. DFC Award presented at Stamford Centre, Ontario, 7 August 1949. 

Bechdoldt Rae, Cpl, Technician, Airborne Radar & Telecommunications, Sabres Circa 1963

Belford E.  Ground crew first mentioned  as a Sgt belonging to the newly designated 123 Squadron circa 24 Feb 1943.

Bédard R F/O Ray 32496 F-86 Sabre Pilot. The son of Paul Emile Bédard and  Marguerite Moore, and the husband of  the former Mizpah Jane Wood, F/O Joseph Jean Raymond Bédard (age 25) was a native of  (Malton) Ottawa, Ontario. Killed when his Canadian F-86 Mark II Sabre Serial Number 19193 crashed during a training exercise on the 23 June, 1953 near Boston, in the county of Lincolnshire, England.

Bélanger Marc M/Cpl Aircraft Technician T-Bird & Griffon Circa 2005

Bélanger Patrice Capt SAMEO (Senior Aircraft Engineering Officer) Circa 2005

Belieau S/L CO 439 July 1953 - January 1956. Transferred back to Canada.

Bell B.E. F/O, J44311, 06 Nov 1944 Listed missing 28 Dec 1944

Bell, J.P. John S/L, Sabre Pilot. CO 439 July 1960 - Jan 1963

Bennett DW LAC 14937 F-86 Sabre Circa 1952

Bernhart P.N. F/O, Pierre-Nicholas  J25260, Pilot, ???? - 30 Nov 1944. Tour expired. Posted to 83 GSU. Son of Antoine and Marie Bernhart, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Killed in a flying accident at Millfield, England 04 Mar 1945 at age 24.

Bernleithner Michael M/Cpl Flight Engineer Griffon Circa 2005

Bews J.T., LAC Circa 1944

Billedeau Victor Albert (Vic) Sgt 23126 F-86 Sabre Luffenham England Circa 1952. Retired 1972 with the rank of Master Warrant Officer after 31 years of service. Deceased at the age of 77 on the 13th of October 1997 in Surrey, BC

Blake Gary Pilot USAF exchange pilot with 439 Squadron from 1972 to 1975

Blessin F/O Sabre Pilot Circa 1959 -

Bliss WH William F/L 17921 selected to go to Korea 1951 -  to fly with the USAF in order to gain for Canada some truly operational flying. On Sep 11, F/L Bliss resumed Squadron flying after returning from Korea where he flew 31 sorties with the Americans. Former CO 439. Retired with the rank of Wing Commander

Blyth   , F/Sgt  Airman  ???? - 08 Aug 1945

Bodson Paul "Dobbie" LAC, Armament Technician F-86 Sabre Circa July 1959 - 1963

Boilard Serge Cpl Flight Engineer Griffon Circa 2005

Boivin Hélene Cpl Admin Clerk Circa 2005

Bollis Sgt Airframe Technician, Sabres Circa 1963

Boswell LC LAC 18552 F-86 Sabre Circa 1952

Botchar Ken LAC, Technician, Instrument  & Electrical, Sabres Circa 1963 - 

Boucher Jeannot Capt Pilot Griffon Circa 2005

Boulé Michel M/Cpl Aviation Technician T-Bird & Griffon Circa 2005

Bourassa André M/Cpl Avionics Technician T-Bird & Griffon Circa 2005

Bourget JM LAC 35766 F-86 Sabre Circa 1952

Boylan Cpl Airframe Technician, Sabres Circa 1963

Bradley M.  F/O Mike  Sabre Pilot  March1953 - 

Breault Patrice Cpl Technician T-Bird & Griffon Circa 2005

Breck A.W. Bill, F/L, J6955, Pilot 28 Jan 1945 - 22 July 1945  Posted in from 83 GSU for  a second operational tour. He did 42 sorties on his first tour, 31 on his second tour with this Squadron totalling 98:00 operational hours for a grand total of 822:35 flying hours. Posted out to 421 Squadron

Brien Stéphane Cpl Technician T-Bird & Griffon Circa 2005

Bricker, Calvin David,  "Cal", Squadron Leader , 26072 (or C1449) , Born in Regina; home in Grenfell, Saskatchewan; enlisted there 2 January 1940. Instructed in Canada before going overseas. Awarded DFC 23 March 1945 for services with 430 Squadron. Award presented 11 January 1948Attached to USAF, January 1950; first Canadian to fly the Atlantic in a jet (F-84, July 1950, as part of USAF exchange duties). Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Squadron Leader at Station Macdonald.  Appointed Commanding Officer 439 Squadron from Sept 1951 - 8 July 1953. 

Britton LAC Airframe Technician, Sabres Circa 1963

Brock J.S. Jack, F/O, J36551 , Typhoon Pilot, 27 Mar 1945 - 20 July 1945, Posted to 3 PRC Bournemouth. Records indicate that he had 8 operational sorties totalling 8:40 operational hours with 439, and a grand total of 594:40 flying hours overall.

Brown C Cpl 25856 F-86 Sabre Circa 1952

Brown J.A., F/O, J28760, Pilot, 23 May 1944 - ???? Born Berwyn Alberta. On the 6 Nov 1944 on a morning show J.28760 F/O J.A. Brown, one of our old timers failed to return. It is presumed that he had gone in onto the target a little too low and that he got a blast from his own bombs as he was pulling up. The aircraft was streaming glycol, but F/O Brown set a southerly course for Allied territory, reaching Deventer when flak started to come up. F/O  Brown took to the silk and shortly after the flak was intensified. We do hope he landed safely. This pilot has done 77 operational sorties totalling 80:25 operational hours and giving him a grand total of 703:05 flying hours. It was subsequently learned that he was captured as a POW and was interned at Stalag Luft 3 at Sagan. Number  8662.

Brown R.A. Ray, F/O, J21136, Pilot, 23 Feb 1944 - ???? Posted  in from 182 Sqn. On the 23 June 44 F/O Ray Brown had engine trouble on his return journey from a reccee over France and baled out south of the Isle of Wight. The fellows feel that he wasn't in the sea long enough even to get his feet soaked. He was taken to Calshot where he spent the night and was equipped with part of a zoot suit.  Again on the 18th of August 1944 while on his second sortie of the day F/O R.A. Brown suffered a shrapnel wound in his leg and some damage to his aircraft (MN375). Ray landed at Carpiquet and has now been invalided to hospital in England (50 MFH) and will be out of action for about a month.

Brown R.N., F/O, J90481, Pilot, 30 May 1945 - ????, From 245 Sqn

Brown F/O Sabre Pilot Circa 1958 -

Brown J.T. P/O Pilot  with 123 Squadron during 1942 or early 1943 . In March 1943 he was dispatched westward to Boundary Bay, British Columbia, where a new Army Co-operation Squadron (No. 163) was being formed.

Brunk Allen ground crew member of 439 from 1988 - 1991 . Original posting was  1 CAG later 1 AMS as of 24 May 84, spent time in GSE attached to the Sqn. for Dispersals to Lahr during Snowballs. Was transferred to the Sqn in '88.  Retired from the Forces as of July of 91 and have been working in the Private Sector in Germany in A/C and non A/C related fields.

Buffet Harold Gordon Sabre maintainer stationed with 439 Squadron at Marville France in the late 50's or very early 60's. Deceased 1993

Bullock J.W., Johnny, F/O, J38357, Pilot, 24 Jan 1945 - ????, Posted in from 83 GSU. Deceased 21 December 2005 at the age of 77. 

Bunstone FA Cpl 21099 F-86 Sabre Circa 1952

Burden G.F., George, F/L, J88715, Pilot, 17 Apr 1945 - 03 May 1945. Son of Edward E. and Myrtle M. Burden, of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Killed at the age of 22 on 24-Mar-1945.

Burgess Charles Lebert. , "Chuck", A/S/L, J21143, . Born in 1920 in Fredericton, New Brunswick; home there. Enlisted in Saint John, New Brunswick, 28 July 1939; commissioned November 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Pilot, with 123 Squadron circa May 1943 and 439 Sqn to  26 Nov 44, Tour expired. Posted to  56 OTU .  Recommended when he had flown 91 sorties (93 operational hours). DFC effective 13 January 1945 . Postwar service included No.413 Squadron at Rockcliffe, Ontario (now in Greenwood, NS)

Burke F/O Sabre Pilot Circa 1958 -

Burton William Donald , "Don", F/L, J18959, Pilot,  Born in 1921, Brantford, Ontario; home there. Enlisted in Hamilton, 5 June 1941, commissioned 1943. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Posted from  174 Sqn  he was with 439 Sqn from 24 Feb 1944 - 17 Oct 1944 .Tour Expired after 123 Operational Sorties totalling 127:30 operational hours.  Awarded DFC effective 18 December 1944. Award presented 14 June 1949.

Bushey FR LAC 13398 F-86 Sabre Circa 1952


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