PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Aikman, Alan Frederick (Service number: J7460)
Date of birth: March 5th, 1919 (Toronto/Ontario, Canada)
Nationality:  Canadian
BIOGRAPHY: 
Alan Aikman received his wings on September 13, 1941 and was commissioned a pilot officer the same day. Having been posted overseas, he arrived in the UK on October 14, 1941 and joined No. 57 Operational Training Unit.
In January 1942 he joined No. 154 squadron, and was wingman to W/C Finucane when the Irish ace was killed. In September 1942 he was raised to the rank of Flying Officer and in November 1942 was with squadron No. 154 when it left the UK for the Middle East Command.
In January 1943 he was made flight commander.
In July 1943 he came down with malaria and was repatriated to Canada, where, after learning to fly Dakotas, he was raised to the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
In November 1944 he joined No. 436 squadron in Burma and in August 1945 was raised to the rank of Squadron Leader. He was repatriated to Canada in November 1945 and released from the RCAF in December 1945.
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
Rank: Flying Officer
Unit: 154 Squadron, RCAF (154 Squadron, RCAF)
Awarded on: February 26th, 1943
Action: Citation:
"Flt. Lt. Aikman is a keen and tenacious fighter. He has destroyed at least eight enemy aircraft. He has shown a rare zest for battle."
 
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
Rank: Acting Flight Lieutenant
Unit: No. 154 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Awarded on: October 19th, 1943
Action: Citation:
"Flight Lieutenant Aikman is a keen and tenacious fighter. He has destroyed at least 8 enemy aircraft. He has shown a rare zest for battle."
Details: Second DFC awarded as a bar for on the ribbon of the first DFC.
 
     
PILOT'S FLYING BADGE
 
 
 
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Information source(s):   - SHORES, CH. & WILLIAMS, C., Aces High, Grub Street, London, 1994.
- Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35919 published on the 23 February 1943
- Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36215 published on the 15 October 1943
- The Canada Veterans Hall of Valour Official Site
- Aces of WW2
- Flight Global - Archive
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