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Surname BARTLEMAN   Initials K E   First Name KENNETH EARL  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Pilot Oficer   Unit RCAF   Service No. J87199  
Age Unknown  Deceased   Previous Squadron 103  
Comments 15/3/44 - F/LT R.F. Griffin and crew posted from 103 Squadron.


The Commanding Officer evidently though very highly of him to put forward this recommendation twice in the space of a month (unless the earlier recommendation had been deemed insufficient in some way or was submitted when quotas had already been filled)  
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Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  8/12/1944  Pilot Officer Kenneth Erle BARTLEMAN (Can /J. 87199), 156 Sqn
BARTLEMAN, P/O Kenneth Earl (J87199) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron
Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.

Born 1921 in Kitchener, Ontario; home there;
enlisted in Hamilton, 28 June 1941.
Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941),
No.1 AOS (graduated 6 June 1942),
No.1 BGS (graduated 18 July 1942)
and No.1 ANS (graduated 29 September 1942).
Commissioned 1942.
Medal sent by registered mail 20 April 1949.

No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."

Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 18 September 1944 when he had flown 42 sorties (215 hours 30 minutes), 20 October 1943 to 15 September 1944.

20 Oct 43 Leipzig
22 Oct 43 Kassel
26 Nov 43 Berlin
2 Dec 43 Berlin
3 Dec 43 Leipzig
23 Dec 43 Berlin
29 Dec 43 Berlin
30 Jan 44 Berlin
24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt
25 Feb 44 Augsburg
11 Apr 44 Aachen
22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf
24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe
26 Apr 44 Essen
27 Apr 44 Freidrichshaven
12 May 44 Louvain
19 May 44 Boulogne
22 May 44 Dortmund
27 May 44 Rennes
28 May 44 Calais
31 May 44 Calais
6 June 44 Le Havre
8 Jun 44 St.Lo
9 June 44 Fougeres
15 Jun 44 St.Pol
18 Jun 44 Montdidier
2 July 44 Oisemont
7 July 44 Vaires
10 Jul 44 Nucourt
11 Jul 44 Gapelle
12 Jul 44 Tours
18 Jul 44 Wesseling
24 Jul 44 Stuttgart
25 Jul 44 Stuttgart
28 Jul 44 Hamburg
1 Aug 44 Prouville
4 Aug 44 Paulliac
25 Aug 44 Russelsheim
26 Aug 44 Kiel
29 Aug 44 Stettin
12 Sep 44 Scholven
15 Sep 44 Kiel

Pilot Officer Bartleman has completed 42 operational sorties, 32 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force. Many of the targets attacked have been heavily defended German areas.

This officer is a keen and efficient Set Operator of special equipment used in the squadron. His skill and keenness has materially contributed to the success of one of the squadron's best Blind Marking crews. He is always cheerful and extremely keen to fly on operations, and has always shown ability and determination to produce the best results. I consider him well worth of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

NOTE: It is interesting to find (Air 2/9039) a further recommendation for the DFC, this one dated 18 October 1944. It gives the number of sorties as 42 (same as above) but operational time as 217 hours 55 minutes (slightly more than above). The text also differs in detail:

Pilot Officer Bartleman has completed 42 operational sorties, 32 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force. Some of the targets attacked have been the most heavily defended in Germany.

This officer is a reliable and efficient Operator of special equipment used in the squadron, and has always shown great keenness and determination in carrying out his duties. He has materially contributed to the success of one of the best Blind Marking crews in the squadron.

The Commanding Officer evidently though very highly of him to put forward this recommendation twice in the space of a month (unless the earlier recommendation had been deemed insufficient in some way or was submitted when quotas had already been filled) 
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Source Date Comments
ORB  22/07/1944  W/O K.E. Bartleman (A/B) commissioned. 
LG 36835  8/12/1944  DFC Notification 
ORB  31/12/1944  The following awards to members of the Squadron were awarded during the month: P/O K.E. Bartleman, awarded the DFC.