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BURTON, F/L William Donald (J18959) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.439 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. 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). Award presented 14 June 1949.

 

Since joining his present squadron, Flight Lieutenant Burton has flown on a large number of sorties against targets of all kinds, including railway sidings, airfields, enemy shipping and transport. In June 1944, in spite of very adverse weather and powerful defences he led his formation at very low level to attack an important bridge on the river Orne. The bridge was demolished and thereby the enemy were denied the use of a very important supply and escape route. On another sortie in September 1944, Flight Lieutenant Burton, while leading a formation located an enemy road convoy in Holland. After his attack six vehicles were seen to be on fire and others badly damaged. During the return flight two troop trains were encountered. These also were left on fire. This officer has been a flight commander in his squadron since August 1944. He is an excellent leader and has set a fine example of courage and resource.

 

Acknowledgement 

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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