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The Distinguished Flying Cross 



BEATTY, S/L James Hughes (J14471) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.439 Squadron - Award effective 22 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. 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. Award presented at Stamford Centre, Ontario, 7 August 1949. 

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This officer has completed a large number of sorties during which he has successfully attacked a wide range of enemy targets. He has displayed a high degree of courage and determination in pressing home his attacks and has set a very fine example. Over a long period of operational flying his devotion to duty has been unflagging.


The information contained in this segment is provided by The Air Force Association of Canada and Hugh A. Halliday who is the author of the RCAF Personnel - Honours & Awards - 1939-1949 which can be found on the Air Force Association of Canada Website. Used with permission and sincere gratitude.

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