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Surname HORAN   Initials J M   First Name JOSEPH MACINNES  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Warrant Officer   Unit RCAF   Service No. R62499  
Age Unknown  Deceased   Previous Squadron  
Comments 6/12/42 - J. M. HORAN and crew arrive on Squadron  
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DFC  7/05/1943  Acting Warrant Officer Joseph Maclnnis HORAN (Can/R.62459), Royal Canadian Air Force, No. 156 Squadron.

HORAN, WO Joseph MacInnes (R62499) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron
Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943.

Enlisted in Saskatoon, 10 September 1940.
Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1940),
No.6 EFTS (graduated 25 May 1941)
and No.34 SFTS (graduated 4 August 1941).

As captain of aircraft, Warrant Officer Horan has participated in a large number of operational sorties. At all times he has shown great determination and skill in pressing home his attack, often in the face of intense opposition from ground defences and enemy fighters. By utter disregard of danger and by his devotion to duty and skill as a pilot, Warrant Officer Horan has set an example of the highest order to the other members of his squadron.

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation dated 20 March 1943 when he had flown 37 sorties (218 operational hours).

* GARDENING (Mining) Operation

# Daylight Operation

20 Mar 42 Terschelling*
25 Mar 42 Essen
28 Mar 42 Lubeck
1 Apr 42 Gironde River*
6 Apr 42 Essen
8 Apr 42 Hamburg
23 Apr 42 Rostock
24 Apr 42 Rostock
7 May 42 Sylt*
16 May 42 Heligoland*
30 July 42 Dusseldorf
28 Aug 42 Saarbrucken
8 Sept 42 Frankfurt
10 Sep 42 Dusseldorf
15 Sept 42 Wilhelmshaven
18 Sept 42 Funen*
19 Sept 42 Saarbrucken
13 Oct 42 Kiel
16 Oct 42 St.Nazaire*
22 Oct 42 Essen#
23 Oct 42 Norway*
6 Nov 42 St.Nazaire*
8 Nov 42 Baltic*
13 Nov 42 Emden#
16 Nov 42 Ameland*
19 Nov 42 St.Nazaire*
6 Dec 42 Mannheim
8 Dec 42 Turin
20 Dec 42 Duisburg
16 Feb 43 Lorient
22 Feb 43 Bremen
24 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven
26 Feb 43 Cologne
5 Mar 43 Essen
8 Mar 43 Nuremburg
11 Mar 43 Stuttgart
12 Mar 43 Essen

This Warrant Officer has carried out 37 operational sorties against targets in germany, Italy and enemy occupied territory, eleven of which have been with this squadron. Warrant Officer Horan was sent to this squadron as an above the average pilot from No.1 Group. He has lived well up to his reputation.

As a captain of aircraft, Warrant Officer Horan has shown great determination and skill in pressing home his attacks, very frequently in the face of opposition from ground defences and fighters. By utter disregard to danger, devotion to duty and skill as a pilot, this Warrant Officer shows an example of the highest order to the rest of the squadron. 
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Source Date Comments
ORB  27/03/1943  W/O HORAN appointed to commissioned rank, 
LG 36015  11/05/1943  DFC Notification 
ORB  15/05/1943  S/L EVERSON , F/LT GRAY (Missing), F/O COOKE, P/O BARCLAY and P/O HORAN awarded D.F.C.