PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Acheson, John William
Date of birth: 1914 (Toronto/Ontario, Canada)
Nationality:  Canadian
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Unit: No. 576 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on: September 21st, 1945
Action: Recommendation:
"Flight Lieutenant Acheson, a Canadian officer, has completed 33 operational sorties as captain of a Lancaster bomber operating in Bomber Command. He has made many successful attacks on heavily defended targets in Germany, including Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dortmund and Essen. He has also made numerous deep penetrations to attack targets when fighters have been active, including Merseburg, Chemnitz and Nuremburg. His unconquerable spirit of determination under these trying conditions to achieve his objective has undoubtedly inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.
On two occasions Flight Lieutenant Acheson's aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire, but this has in no way deterred him from pressing home his attacks with the utmost skill and determination.
Flight Lieutenant Acheson has acted as Flight Commander and has shown outstanding qualities of leadership. His courage, tenacity and endurance have led to a fine record of achievement, and I very strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross."
 
 
 
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Information source(s):   - Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37277 published on the 18 September 1945
- Air Force Association of Canada
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