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Surname CHMILAR   Initials W A   First Name WILLIAM ALEXANDER  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Flying Officer   Unit RCAF   Service No. J29855  
Age Unknown  Deceased   Previous Squadron 12  
Comments 27/8/44 - F/Lt N. ROLLIN and crew arrive on Squadron

 
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Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  5/04/1945  CHMILAR, F/O William Alexander (J29855) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron
Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.

Born 1922 in Vermilion, Alberta; home St.Paul, Alberta (student);
enlisted in Edmonton, 25 July 1942.
Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943)
and No.2 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).
Commissioned August 1943.
Award presented in Esquimalt, 21 July 1956.

No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."

Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 12 January 1945 when he had flown 40 sorties(204 hours 15 minutes), 10 April 1944 to 7 January 1945.

********************************************************************************* 10 Apr 44 Aulnoye
18 Apr 44 Rouen
20 Apr 44 Cologne
24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe
26 Apr 44 Essen
27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven
1 May 44 Lyons
3 May 44 Mailly
6 May 44 Aubigne
9 May 44 Merville
22 May 44 Dortmund
5 Jun 44 Crisbecq
6 Jun 44 Vire
17 Jun 44 Domleger
4 July 44 Orleans
5 July 44 Dijon
12 Jul 44 Revigny
11 Aug 44 Douai
29 Aug 44 Stettin
3 Sept 44 Eindhoven
6 Sept 44 Emden
12 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen
13 Sep 44 Nordstern
30 Sep 44 Bottrop
5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken
12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel
14 Oct 44 Duisberg
15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven
19 Oct 44 Stuttgart
25 Oct 44 Essen
28 Oct 44 Cologne
21 Nov 44 Koblenz
27 Nov 44 Freiburg
5 Dec 44 Soest
6 Dec 44 Osnabruck
30 Dec 44 Cologne
2 Jan 45 Nuremburg
5 Jan 45 Royan
5 Jan 45 Hannover
7 Jan 45 Munich


Flying Officer Chmilar has completed 40 operational sorties, 22 of which have been carried out in the Pathfinder Force. The majority of the targets attacked have been heavily defended German areas,

This officer is a keen and reliable navigator who is continuing for his second tour, after most of his crew had decided to finish on the first tour. He has plenty of courage and determination, and a commendable zest for operational work.

He has shown keenness, loyalty and devotion to duty of a high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. 
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Source Date Comments
LG 37030  10/04/1945  DFC Notification 
ORB  30/04/1945  DFC Notification