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The Distinguished Flying Cross 


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BURGESS, F/O Charles Lebert (J21143) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.439 Squadron (now No.56 OTU) - Award effective 13 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born in 1920 in Fredericton, New.Bruinswick; 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). Postwar service included No.413 Squadron at Rockcliffe, Ontario. Recommended when he had flown 91 sorties (93 operational hours).


This officer had taken part in a large number of operational missions and has led the squadron on a number of occasions with excellent results. While leading a section in close support of the Army in July 1944, this officer achieved a large measure of success; approximately thirty tanks were destroyed. On operations against enemy communications Flight Lieutenant Burgess, in spite of heavy opposition, has destroyed much other enemy transport. He has always pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination



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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