Fox, Gardie William

    Date of birth:
    September 4th, 1920
    Date of death:
    October 7th, 1997
    Service number:
    J.85607
    Nationality:
    Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

    Biography

    Gardie William Fox entered service with the RCAF on April 17th, 1942. From April 17th, 1942 until March 27th, 1943 he served in Canada. He served in the United Kingdom from March 28th, 1943 until January 30th, 1945 and was attached to the RAF as crewmember of an Avro Lancaster. From January 31st, 1945 until April 11th, he served in Canada again. He was discharged from service on April 11th, 1945.

    Gardie WIlliam Fox passed away on October 7th, 1997 and was buried at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

    Promotions:
    17th April 1942: Aircraftman 2nd Class;
    19th February 1943: Technical Sergeant;
    19th February 1944: Temporary Warrant Officer 2nd Class;
    28th March 1944: Pilot Officer;
    28th September 1944; Temporary Flying Officer.

    Career:
    17th April 1942: entering service;
    9th October 1942: passing ITS;
    19th February 1943: graduating as Air Bomber;
    28th March 1943 - 10th February 1945: Air Bomber, Bomber Command, RAF.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Sergeant
    Awarded on:
    February 19th, 1943
    Air Bombers Badge
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Pilot Officer
    Unit:
    No. 626 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    September 19th, 1944
    Action:
    Recommendation:
    "Pilot Officer Fox (a Canadian) as Air Bomber has now successfully completed 28 sorties against the enemy, including attacks on such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Nuremburg, Schweinfurt, Mannheim, and Berlin, the latter being attacked on eight occasions.
    Pilot Officer Fox is a very skilful Air Bomber, and the results of his bombing supported by night photography have been outstandingly good. He possesses coolness and exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger which has inspired his crew and materially contributed to their very successful tour of operations.
    For his courage, skill and determination in pressing home his attacks and the fine example he has set, I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to this officer."
    Details:
    LG 36706/4332 (19 September 1944).
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Pilot Officer
    Awarded on:
    September 19th, 1944
    1939-1945 Star
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Pilot Officer
    Awarded on:
    September 19th, 1944
    Details:
    Received with overseas bar.
    Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Pilot Officer
    Awarded on:
    September 19th, 1944
    RCAF Operational Wings

    Sources

    • Photo 1: familiefoto
    • Photo 2: Val Thomas
    • Photo: Family photo
      - Val Thomas (gravephoto)
    • - Weyburn Newspaper, September 21st, 1944
      - Royal Canadian Air Force, Certificate of Service
      - Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 15th September 1944, Issue 36706, dated 19th September 1944
      - Air Force Association of Canada

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