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123 / 439 Squadron Personnel Database

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Rackham Paul Captain  a CF-104 pilot with 439, was killed on the 09 May 1973, while on an exchange mission in Norway when his 104 crashed on a final approach (landing pattern) at Bodo, Norway

Rancourt Cpl Airframe Technician, Sabres Circa 1963

Rankin L.C.  Squadron Leader and  CO 123 Sqn. Former affiliation was with the newly revived School of Army Co-operation (22 Oct 1941) which was the  fore-runner of 123 and later 439 Sqn  as a flight lieutenant, and had remained with it until September 1942; he left then for some weeks to take a staff course at Kingston, Ontario, at the end of which he was struck off strength to Eastern Air Command Headquarters.  Nine days later he was posted back to No. 123 as C.O., and remained in command until the unit went overseas. He was then posted to R.M.C. (Royal Military College) as Air Staff Officer

Rassenti N.H., Nick, F/O, J22462, Pilot, 23 May 1944 -  20 Nov 1944. An original from 123 Sqn. Posted out to Redhill 7.  Tour Expired Apr 1944. Posted out 27 Nov 1944 as an instructor at Aston Down.

Rawlins E.A. Ground crew first mentioned  as a LAC (Leading Aircraftsman) belonging to the newly designated 123 Squadron circa 24 Feb 1943.

Raymond FR Francis Robert "Frank" F/O 32292 F-86 Sabre Pilot Circa 1953 - 25 Sep 1953 posted to the new Ferry Flight to be formed in Canada. In 1957 he joined Canadian Pacific Airlines where he stayed until his retirement in 1990. Passed away unexpectedly at his residence, Waterloo, Ontario on Tuesday, September 2, 2005, at the age of 72 years. A detailed bio can be found at Pilot Fashions.com Pilotsfashion.com Captains Profile .

Read J.W. Ground crew first mentioned  as a Cpl belonging to the newly designated 123 Squadron circa 24 Feb 1943.

Redmond F/O F-86 Sabre Pilot Circa 1958 - Nov 1958 posted to Flying Instructors School (Harvards)

Reifer F/O F-86 Sabre Pilot Circa 1958 -

Reucker HC F/O 13511 F-86 Sabre Pilot Circa 1953

Rice F/O Sabre Pilot Circa 1959 -

Rieschman HF F/O 14979 F-86 Sabre Pilot Circa 1953 - 25 Sep 1953 posted to 438 Reserve Squadron at Montreal

Rioux Fern,  Served as 439 Squadron Warrant Officer (SWO).1987-1989. This air force disciplinarian position is equivalent to that held by a sergeant-major.  Depending on the size of the squadron, the incumbent rank could be that of a Warrant Officer (WO), a Master Warrant Officer (MWO) or a Chief Warrant Officer (CWO).

Risley , Don, P/O Typhoon Pilot Circa 20 January 1945

Roach R.G., Dick, T/WO I, R80946, Typhoon Pilot with 439 Sqn 06 Feb 1945 -  30 June 1945. Native of Toronto, Canada. Posted to 402 Sqn.

Roberts J., Jack, F/O, J27349, Typhoon Pilot, 14 Aug 1944 -  28 Mar 1945. Tour Expired with 96 sorties, totalling 106:10 operational hours and giving him a grand total of 718:15 flying hours. .

Robinson Herb Cpl, Technician, Instrument  & Electrical, Sabres Circa 1963 - 

Robinson LAC Airframe Technician, Sabres Circa 1963

Ross  Jake, F/O, Pilot, an original from 123 Squadron days. Citizen of the USA, he was shot- down 15 June 1944......."As the Squadron was pulling out of the target area, heavy flak from Caen ????? destroyed the aircraft flown by F/O Jake Ross, the tail section of his machine was shot-up, the engine caught fire and crashed, but Jake bailed out and it is presumed that he landed safely in the front line just 1 mile north of Caen. His parachute opened nicely." Unfortunately he was captured and spent the duration as a POW.

Ross K.D., Ken, F/L, J13016 / J15316, Pilot, 06 May 1945 -  22 July 1945. Posted into 439 from 83 GSU for a second operational tour on the 8th of May,1945. He did not fly on operations with this Squadron (439) but had flown on operations on his first tour, completing 45:00 operational hours and has a grand total of 695:40 flying hours. Posted to 421 Squadron 22 July 1945

Ross  V.W.S , Squadron Leader  CO of the School of Army Co-operation which was reopened at Rockcliffe, Ontario on the 22 October 1941. On 15 Jan 1942 the School was re-designated 123 Squadron (the forerunner of 439) .

Rothwell AS Cpl 17796 F-86 Sabre Circa 1952

Roy Paul Cpl, Technician, Instrument  & Electrical, Sabres Circa 1963 - 

Rozdaba F/O Sabre Pilot Circa Oct 1953 -

Runions WE Sgt 4147 F-86 Sabre Circa 1952

Ruse J.A., F/O, J44188, Pilot, 15 July 1945 -  ????

Russel Cpl Airframe Technician, Sabres Circa 1963

Ryan F/O Sabre Pilot Posted in from Chatham, N.B.Circa Nov 1953 - 

Ryan Art, F/S Technician, Instrument  & Electrical, Sabres Circa 1963 - 

 

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