DALGLEISH, P/O Wilmont Bernard (J85337) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron
Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.
Born in Toronto, 1912; home there; enlisted there 21 April 1942.
Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942)
and No.4 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943).
Cited with Sergeant Lawrence A. Bridges and Sergeant Edgar J. Kilminster (RAFVR, trained in Canada, awarded DFMs).
Died in Toronto, 30 April 1993.
Distinguished Flying Cross.
Pilot Officer Willmot Bernard DALGLEISH (Can/J.85337)/ R.C.A.F., 156 Sqn.
Distinguished Flying Medal.
1577300 Sergeant Lawrence Allan BRIDGES, R.A.F.V.R., 156 Sqn. ;
1321795 Sergeant Edgar James KILMINSTER, R.A.F.V.R., 156 Sqn
As navigator, wireless operator and flight engineer respectively, Pilot Officer Dalgleish, Sergeant Bridges and Sergeant Kilminster have participated in a large number of attacks on well-defended targets. They have at all times displayed a high standard of efficiency, zeal and resolution and have proved themselves to be valiant members of aircraft crew.
On one occasion they took part in an air attack on an enemy railway junction. During the operation the aircraft was attacked by fighters and sustained extensive damage. A fire broke out near the bomb bay and Sergeant Bridges fought strenuously to quell the flames with extinguishers. Meanwhile, as the bomb release gear had been rendered inoperative, Pilot Officer Dalgliesh worked unremittingly to drop the bombs manually, in spite of the proximity of the flames which were finally extinguished. Afterwards, Sergeant Milminster rendered valuable assistance to his captain in his endeavours to reach this country.
These airmen set a fine example of coolness and courage in harassing circumstances.