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BRICKER, F/L Calvin David (C1449) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.430 Squadron - Award effective 23 March as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born in regina; home in Grenfell, Saskatchewan; enlisted there 2 January 1940. Instructed in Canada before going overseas. Award presented 11 January 1948. Attached 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.


Prior to the invasion of France this officer led several missions to obtain photographs of coastal defences and other enemy installations. On one occasion he dived to an altitude of 100 feet and although subjected to intense anti-aircraft fire from a heavily defended position secured excellent photographs. On another occasion over the front lines at Caen photographs of very good quality were obtained of enemy occupied factory buildings. On tactical reconnaissance missions this pilot has also shown keenness and determination which have had excellent results in locating important enemy troop concentrations.




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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