My uncle Jack Perry was in the squadron and received the Distinguished Flying Cross but I have never been able to find out why. Only came across a reference to ‘took some good photos’. Wondered if anyone might know something.
Citation source (airforce.ca)
PERRY, WO (now P/O) Jack (R109092 and J90597)
– Distinguished Flying Cross
– No.404 Squadron
– Award effective 24 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 5 December 1944 and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.
Born 29 May 1921 at Lethbridge, Alberta; home in North Lethbridge; enlisted in Calgary 25 June 1941.
To No.2 Manning Depot, 9 July 1941.
To No.4 SFTS (non-flying duties), 14 August 1941.
To No.4 ITS, 25 September 1941; promoted LAC, 22 November 1941 and posted that date to No.5 EFTS.
Ceased training on 20 January 1942. To No.9 AOS, 14 February 1942; to No.1 BGS, 23 May 1942; to No.1 ANS, 4 July 1942; graduated and promoted Sergeant, 21 August 1942.
To “Y” Depot, date uncertain; to RAF overseas, 26 October 1942.
Commissioned 25 July 1944. Promoted Flying Officer, 20 January 1945.
Repatriated via Debert, 23 July 1945.
Released 13 September 1945.
Medal presented 9 July 1949.
Earned both a BA and a Masters at the University of Alberta excelling in sports, he received Block A and Wilson awards at the University for outstanding athletic and scholastic achievements.
On graduation, Jack became a mentor to a wide range of students for decades in Edmonton schools. Upon his retirement he obtained a NAIT certificate in electronics.
Died in Edmonton, 29 June 2002.
RCAF photo PL-28087
(ex UK-8976 dated 18 March 1944) shows him back of Beaufighter tail; caption says he was an apprentice electrician before the war and was now a navigator.
RCAF photo PL-36837 dated July 1945 shows eight decorated RCAF officers from Alberta aboard SS Stratheden as it docked in Quebec:
Front Row, left to right, F/L D.W. Schmidt, DFC and Bar, Wetaskiwin; F/O H.E. Patch, DFM, Vegreville; F/L G.A. Berry, DFC, Lloydminster; F/O J. Perry, Lethbridge; Back Row, left to right, F/L J.M. Calder, DFC, Edmonton; F/L G.L. Scott, DFC, Innisfail; F/O G.P. Bodard, DFC, Edmonton; F/L E.S. Dunn, DFC, Calgary and formerly of Medicine Hat.
RCAF photo PL-41456 (ex UK-17713 dated 21 December 1944) shows members of No.404 Squadron at readiness, playing cards – left to right, P/O J. Perry, DFC (Lethbridge), F/O Don Embully (Napanee, Ontario), F/O H. Smook (Winnipeg), F/O J. Tomes, DFC (Winnipeg), F/O Bob Keale (Kingston, Ontario) and F/L Hugh Watlington, DFM (Hamilton, Bermuda).
This Warrant Officer has completed many operational sorties. On all occasions, often under difficulties and in adverse weather he has guided his aircraft safely to the target and back. In addition Warrant Officer Perry has obtained some excellent photographs.