156 Squadron Log
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
MID  8/06/1944  Executed by Gestapo - part of Great Escape
KIDDER, F/L Gordon Arthur (J10177) - Mention in Despatches - No.156 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.

Born 9 December 1914; home in St.Catharines, Ontario;
enlisted in Toronto, 8 January 1941.
Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941);
posted to No.11 EFTS, 4 May 1941 but ceased pilot training and switched to Navigator training.
Posted to No.1 AOS on 31 August 1941 (graduated 6 December 1941),
No.1 BGS (graduated 17 January 1941)
and No.2 ANS (graduated 16 February 1942).
Commissioned 16 February 1942;
promoted to Flying Officer, 1 October 1942.
Posted overseas in February 1942.
Taken prisoner 13 October 1942;
shot 25 March 1944 after the Great Escape.
No citation in AFRO.

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