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Surname COLLISON   Initials H J   First Name HARVEY JOHN  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Flight Leutenant   Unit RCAF   Service No. J29582  
Age   Deceased   Previous Squadron 625  
Comments 8/8/44 - F/O W.E.B. Mason and crew posted from 625 Squadron.  
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Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  13/07/1945  COLLISON, F/L Harvey John (J29582) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron

Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.

Home in Toronto;
enlisted there 18 June 1940.
Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).
Award sent by registered mail 28 June 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 2/9082 has recommendation dated 19 March 1945 when he had flown 49 sorties (253 hours), 27 June 1944 to 18 March 1945.

27 Jun 44 Vaires
29 Jun 44 Sevacourt
30 Jun 44 Vierzon
2 July 44 Oisemonde
5 July 44 Dijon
7 July 44 Caen
12 Jul 44 Tours
18 Jul 44 Sannerville
18 Jul 44 Gelsenkirchen
20 Jul 44 Wizernes
11 Aug 44 Somain
12 Aug 44 Russelsheim
14 Aug 44 Battle area
15 Aug 44 Volkel
16 Aug 44 Stettin
18 Aug 44 Bremen
25 Aug 44 Russelsheim
26 Aug 44 Kiel
29 Aug 44 Stettin
15 Sep 44 Kiel
16 Sep 44 Moerdijk
5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken
14 Oct 44 Duisburg
15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven
19 Oct 44 Stuttgart
23 Oct 44 Essen
1 Nov 44 Oberhausen
4 Nov 44 Bochum
6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen
16 Nov 44 Duren
18 Nov 44 Munster
21 Nov 44 Sterkrade
3 Dec 44 Urft Dam
4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe
31 Dec 44 Osterfeld
4 Jan 45 Royan
16 Jan 45 Zeitz
7 Feb 45 Goch
8 Feb 45 Politz
13 Feb 45 Dresden
14 Feb 45 Chemnitz
24 Feb 45 Kamen
1 Mar 45 Mannheim
8 Mar 45 Hamburg
11 Mar 45 Essen
14 Mar 45 Hamburg
15 Mar 45 Hanover
16 Mar 45 Nuremburg
18 Mar 45 Hanau

Flight Lieutenant Collison has completed 49 operational sorties, 39 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force.

This officer is an exceptionally keen and able navigator whose skill and accuracy has always been maintained at a consistently high standard. He has invariably shown courage and dogged determination under trying and difficult conditions, and has always produced good results in spite of the attending hazards of the flights.

His enthusiasm and devotion to duty have been of a high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. 
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Source Date Comments
LG 37182  13/07/1945  DFC Notification 
ORB  31/07/1945  DFC Notification