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Surname FLEMING   Initials M   First Name MELVILLE  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Pilot Oficer   Unit RCAF   Service No. R109805/J89169  
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DFC  8/12/1944  FLEMING, WO (now P/O) Melville (R109805/J89169) - 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 1920 at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan;; home in Drinkwater, Saskatchewan.
Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 21 July 1941.
Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 16 February 1942).
Commissioned September 1944.

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 2/8881 has recommendation dated 17 September 1944 when he had flown 63 sorties (331 hours five minutes) in two tours (24 October 1942 to 30 April 1943 and 11 June to 14 September 1944).

First Tour
24 Oct 42 Milan
13 Nov 42 Genoa
16 Nov 42 GARDENING, Anholt Isle
18 Nov 42 Turin
6 Dec 42 Mannheim
9 Dec 42 Turin
20 Dec 42 Duisburg
12 Jan 43 Essen
16 Jan 43 Berlin
17 Jan 43 Berlin
21 Jan 43 Essen
27 Jan 43 Dusseldorf
14 Feb 43 Milan (DNCO)
16 Feb 43 Lorient
18 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven
21 Feb 43 Bremen
25 Feb 43 Nuremburg
26 Feb 43 Cologne
1 Mar 43 Berlin
5 Mar 43 Essen
8 Mar 43 Nuremburg
9 Mar 43 Munich
11 Mar 43 Stuttgart
22 Mar 43 St.Nazaire
27 Mar 43 Berlin
16 Apr 43 Pilsen
18 Apr 43 Spezia
20 Apr 43 Stettin
27 Apr 43 Duisburg
28 Apr 43 GARDENING, Lubeck Bay
30 Apr 43 Essen

Second Tour
11 Jun 44 Tours
15 Jun 44 Lens
16 Jun 44 Renescure
27 Jun 44 Oisemont
2 July 44 Oisemont
7 July 44 Vaires
10 Jul 44 Nucourt
11 Jul 44 Cappennes
12 Jul 44 Thiverney
14 Jul 44 Revigny
17 Jul 44 Mont Candon
18 Jul 44 Sannerville
23 Jul 44 Donges
24 Jul 44 Stuttgart
28 Jul 44 Hamburg
31 Jul 44 Foret du Croc
4 Aug 44 Pauilliac
14 Aug 44 Falaise area
15 Aug 44 Eindhoven
16 Aug 44 Kiel
18 Aug 44 Connantre
25 Aug 44 Russelsheim
26 Aug 44 Kiel
27 Aug 44 Mimoyeques
29 Aug 44 Stettin
31 Aug 44 St.Riqiour
3 Sept 44 Eindhoven
5 Sept 44 Le Havre
6 Sept 44 Le Havre
8 Sept 44 Le Havre
10 Sep 44 Le Havre
12 Sep 44 Frankfurt
14 Sep 44 The Hague area


Warrant Officer Fleming has completed 62 operational sorties, 33 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force. The majority of the targets have been heavily defended German areas.

This Warrant Officer by his unceasing vigilance, [and] his quick and accurate directions to his pilot, has on many occasions been responsible for successful evasions of enemy aircraft. He flies with a crew which carry out the duties of Master Bomber, and has proved himself to be a determined and courageous gunner.

His devotion to duty has been of a high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. 
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Source Date Comments
ORB  9/10/1944  W/O M. FLEMING (A.G.) 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: F/O M. Fleming awarded the DFC.