Can/R 114511 Flight Sergeant Earle Freeman WARREN, Royal Canadian Air Force, No 15 Squadron.
WARREN, FS Earl Freeman (R114511) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 29 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.
Home in Regina; enlisted there 8 July 1941.
Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941),
No.5 EFTS (ceased training 27 December 1941)
and No.6 BGS (graduated 11 May 1942).
Arrived in No.15 Squadron, 10 October 1942.
Cited with FS William D. MacMonagle (which see for citation).
In December 1942, Flight Sergeant MacMonagle and Flight Sergeant Warren were captain and mid-upper gunner, respectively, of an aircraft detailed to attack an airfield in Germany.
When approaching the target their aircraft was intercepted and severely damaged by fire from two Messerschmitt 110s. Flight Sergeant Warren, although seriously wounded, shot one of the fighters down in flames by skilful evasive tactics. The remaining attacker was driven off and the target successfully bombed.
On the return flight another Messerschmitt 110 attacked and further damage was inflicted on the bomber. The attacker was again beaten off and Flight Sergeant MacMonagle flew the disabled aircraft safely back to base.
Throughout this hazardous operation these airmen displayed great coolness and courage.