PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Aldrich, John Gerald
Date of birth: 1918 (Grimsby/Ontario, Canada)
Nationality:  Canadian
BIOGRAPHY: 
Service number J.9680.
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Unit: No.31 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on: October 9th, 1945
Action: Citation:
"This officer has proved himself a capable and efficient pilot throughout the time his squadron has been engaged on active service operations. He has deputized for the flight commander on several occasions with success. His zeal and enthusiasm have contributed largely to the achievements of his squadron."
 
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Unit: No.31 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on: January 10th, 1947
Action: Citation:
"For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during the period 2 August 1943 to 28 February 1945. Flight Lieutenant Aldrich has completed 347 supply-dropping missions totalling 1,040 operational hours, as pilot, flying in unarmed, heavily loaded transport aircraft over mountainous terrain, through hazardous weather conditions, over territory where enemy ground fire and enemy aerial attack was probable and expected. On one particular mission his aircraft was attacked by three Japanese fighters. Through his ingenuity and skilful maneouvering he eluded the enemy fighters, thus saving his mission. Undaunted by the hazards and difficulties faced regularly, Flight Lieutenant Aldrich has displayed a steadfast and unwavering devotion to duty above and beyond that normally expected. The achievement of Flight Lieutenant Aldrich reflect great credit upon himself and the armed forces of the Allied nations."
 
 
 
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Information source(s):   - Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37313 published on the 16 October 1945
- Air Force Association of Canada
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