PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Alderdice, William Wade
Date of birth: 1917 (Harley/Ontario, Canada)
Nationality:  Canadian
BIOGRAPHY: 
Service number J.87008.
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
Rank: Flying Officer
Unit: No. 550 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on: September 8th, 1945
Action: Recommendation:
"This Canadian officer has now completed his first tour of operations consisting of 32 sorties involving 199.50 hours operational flying as a pilot and captain of a Lancaster bomber. Most of his attacks have been made against the Reich, some of them involving deep penetrations into enemy territory and his targets have ranged from the heavily defended Ruhr area to the more distant towns of Hanover, Merseburg and Munich.
During the whole of his tour he has set a magnificent example by his keenness and determination to make every sortie a complete success. His courage in the face of enemy opposition and on occasions adverse weather conditions has been an inspiration to his crew and he has proved that he possesses the qualities of an excellent leader.
His cheerfulness, which has at all times been an inspiration to all who knew him, has made him a very popular member of the squadron.
Such courage and devotion to duty well merit 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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