Venn, Harry John

Date of birth:
August 1923 (Hamilton/Ontario, Canada)
Service number:
R.156790
Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flight Sergeant
Unit:
No. 419 (Moose) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Awarded on:
October 17th, 1944
Action:
Recommendation (dated 9 July 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (203 hours 50 minutes) from 22 September 1943 to 28 June 1944): This air gunner has taken part in thirty-six attacks over enemy territory including three attacks on Berlin and numerous attacks on the Ruhr and other heavily defended targets. He has spent many hours under conditions of discomfort and fatigue in the mid-upper lookout position and by his unfailing vigilance has on several occasions warned his pilot of the approach of hostile aircraft in time for him to take evasive action, evade combat and proceed on his mission. Under trying conditions he has always shown a fine offensive spirit and his quiet confidence has been a great help to his pilot and a source of inspiration to his crew..."
Details:
Supplement to The London Gazette, dated 17th October 1944.
At the time of the presentation Pilot Officer.
Award presented 18 October 1947
Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)

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