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Surname FOSTER   Initials G E   First Name GORDON EDWARD  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Flight Leutenant   Unit RCAF   Service No. J25180  
Age Unknown  Deceased   Previous Squadron  
Comments FOSTER, F/L Gordon Edward (J25180) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1913 Haileybury, Ontario; home Edmonton; educated Chipman High School. Motor Mechanic. Ex-RCA, 1937-42. Enlisted London, England 20 March 1942. Commissioned April 1943. Trained at No.1 CNS (graduated 2 April 1943). No citation other than "completed... many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 45 sorties (176 hours five minutes), 7 June to 4 December 1944. DFC presented 18 June 1949.



7 June 44 Acheres 7 Sept 44 Le Havre

22 Jun 44 Marquis Mimoycques 9 Sept 44 Le Havre

23 Jun 44 Saintes 10 Sep 44 Le Havre

24 Jun 44 Fleres 11 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen

27 Jun 44 Chateau St.Bernerat 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt

29 Jun 44 Domleger 17 Sep 44 Flushing

30 Jun 44 Oisemont 18 Sep 44 Boulogne

2 July 44 Domleger 20 Sep 44 Calais

6 July 44 Foret de Croc 25 Sep 44 Calais

7 July 44 Caen 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez

12 Jul 44 Revigny 27 Sep 44 Calais

3 Aug 44 Trossy 28 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez

4 Aug 44 Bois de Caisson 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken

5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe 7 Oct 44 Cleve

7 Aug 44 Battle area, Falaise 23 Oct 44 Essen

14 Aug 44 Battle area, Falaise 25 Oct 44 Essen

15 Aug 44 Volkel 28 Oct 44 Cologne

16 Aug 44 Kiel 29 Oct 44 Walcheren

18 Aug 44 Connantre 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

31 Aug 44 Abbeville 4 Nov 44 Bochum

3 Sept 44 Eindhoven 16 Nov 44 Duren

6 Sept 44 Emden 21 Nov 44 Sterkrade

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe



Flight Lieutenant Foster has now completed 45 operational sorties, 34 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force, including 28 Marker sorties.



This officer is a capable and efficient navigator, who has consistently maintained a high standard of navigational skill under extremely difficult conditions. His determination and coolness in many sorties full of hazard has been most praiseworthy and his cheerful confidence and operational zest have made him an asset to his crew.



Flight Lieutenant Foster has shown 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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DFC  20/03/1945  FOSTER, F/L Gordon Edward (J25180) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron
Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.

Born 1913 Haileybury, Ontario; home Edmonton;
educated Chipman High School. Motor Mechanic.
Ex-RCA, 1937-42.
Enlisted London, England 20 March 1942.
Commissioned April 1943.
Trained at No.1 CNS (graduated 2 April 1943).

No citation other than "completed... many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 45 sorties (176 hours five minutes), 7 June to 4 December 1944.

DFC presented 18 June 1949.

************************************************************************************** 7 June 44 Acheres
22 Jun 44 Marquis Mimoycques
23 Jun 44 Saintes
24 Jun 44 Fleres
27 Jun 44 Chateau St.Bernerat
29 Jun 44 Domleger
30 Jun 44 Oisemont
2 July 44 Domleger
6 July 44 Foret de Croc
7 July 44 Caen
12 Jul 44 Revigny
3 Aug 44 Trossy
4 Aug 44 Bois de Caisson
5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe
7 Aug 44 Battle area, Falaise
14 Aug 44 Battle area, Falaise
15 Aug 44 Volkel
16 Aug 44 Kiel
18 Aug 44 Connantre
31 Aug 44 Abbeville
3 Sept 44 Eindhoven
6 Sept 44 Emden
7 Sept 44 Le Havre
9 Sept 44 Le Havre
10 Sep 44 Le Havre
11 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen
12 Sep 44 Frankfurt
17 Sep 44 Flushing
18 Sep 44 Boulogne
20 Sep 44 Calais
25 Sep 44 Calais
26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez
27 Sep 44 Calais
28 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez
5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken
7 Oct 44 Cleve
23 Oct 44 Essen
25 Oct 44 Essen
28 Oct 44 Cologne
29 Oct 44 Walcheren
2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf
4 Nov 44 Bochum
16 Nov 44 Duren
21 Nov 44 Sterkrade
4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe

Flight Lieutenant Foster has now completed 45 operational sorties, 34 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force, including 28 Marker sorties.

This officer is a capable and efficient navigator, who has consistently maintained a high standard of navigational skill under extremely difficult conditions. His determination and coolness in many sorties full of hazard has been most praiseworthy and his cheerful confidence and operational zest have made him an asset to his crew.

Flight Lieutenant Foster has shown loyalty and devotion to duty of a high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

ORB 31/3/45 
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Source Date Comments
LG 36997  20/03/1945  DFC Notification