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The Distinguished Flying Cross 

 

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 HOGG, F/L James Easson (J21119) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.439 Squadron - Award effective 13 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1916, South Shields, County Durham. Family moved to Canada when he was three. Home in Ottawa; educated Percy Street School and Glebe Collegiate. Worked for Canadian Car and Foundry. Formerly in the Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in RCAF, 5 April 1939 as groundcrew; 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 at top of the class). Retained in Canada at Debert. Killed in flying accident, 23 March 1945 (Typhoon MP138). Brother, Sergeant W.G. Hogg served with RCE. Recommended when he had flown 92 sorties (93 operational hours).
 

 

This officer, who is a flight commander, has participated in a large number of operational sorties and under his able leadership the squadron has attained many successes. On one occasion he led his section in an attack on a large railway bridge over the Rhine. Undeterred by intense anti-aircraft fire from the enemy's defences, he pressed home a determined attack and the bridge was destroyed. More recently Flight Lieutenant Hogg led the squadron in attacks against enemy communications in Germany and Northern Holland, often in the face of heavy opposition

 

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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