Who remembers Earl Charles Mayo?

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MAYO, Earl Charles
W/C (ret’d) DFC, CD
September 8, 1917 – January 3, 2014
Charles Mayo

Passed away peacefully, with family at his side, on Friday, January 3rd, at the age of 96. Beloved husband of Elizabeth Mayo (nee Newcombe) for 64 years. Survived by his children Bob (Evelyn), Barbara (Emidio Melara), Bruce (Sandra West) and Bill (Lillian Sung). Proud grandfather of Christopher, Ian, Jamie, Laura, Andrew, Lisa, Katie and Jake. Predeceased by parents Charles and Ella, and by brother Russell. Earl served during WWII as a bomber pilot with 427 Squadron R.C.A.F., completing a tour of operations, for which he was awarded a DFC. Continued to serve in the R.C.A.F. as a pilot and administrative officer, retiring in 1968 as Commandant of Canadian Forces Headquarters. After retiring, he worked as Secretary to the Royal Architectural Institute. After fully retiring to Burritt’s Rapids and ultimately Kemptville, Ontario, his retirement years were filled with travel, outdoor cooking, golf, curling, volunteer activities and grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2014

Who remembers Earl Charles Mayo?

allan_todd

His navigator does…

To the Mayo family,
I was the navigator in Earl Mayo’s crew with 427 Squadron during WW II. While on the squadron in 1944, Earl and I enjoyed many good drinks together. My late wife, Irene, and I kept in touch with both Elizabeth and Earl, and enjoyed many visits to their homes. From myself and my family, our sincerest sympathy. On behalf of the Lion Squadron, a last ‘Roar’!
 

Allan Todd, Gatineau (Buckingham), Quebec.

Charles Mayo

MAYO, F/O Earl Charles (J25382)

– Distinguished Flying Cross

– No.427 Squadron

– Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.

Born 1917; home in Toronto; enlisted there 15 September 1939. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943). Commissioned 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.” DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (129 hours 45 minutes), 24 July to 4 November 1944.

This captain has completed twenty-five heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy. His work in general has been exceptional and through his courage, skill and determination in action he has been an inspiration to his crew. (source)

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  1. About the navigator

    http://www.427squadron.com/todd.html

    Allan Todd Home Page

    Flying Officer Allan Douglas Todd Military Service – August, 1942 to February, 1945

    Biography

    Allan Todd

    Allan was wartime member of 427 Lion Squadron based at Leeming and as a Navigator carried out 31 sorties on German targets between August and December1944. Since the first “Gathering of the Lions” at Petawawa in 1976, he has attended almost all of the Squadron anniversaries. He is a long term member of the 427 Squadron Association and is presently its representative for the Ottawa area.

    Allan was born of Scottish stock in 1922, in the village of Merrickville in Eastern Ontario. After completing High School, he attended Ottawa Technical School. In May 1940 he was hired by Albright and Wilson in Buckingham, Quebec as a Laboratory Technician.

    In 1942, he enlisted in the RCAF, going first to No. 1 Manning Depot at Toronto and then doing Tarmac Duty at Uplands. Following this he was posted to No. 1 ITS at Belleville, selected to become a Navigator and sent to No. 1 AOS at Brampton. In October, 1943, he received his Navigator’s Wing and his commission as a Pilot Officer.

    In November 1943, he sailed for England aboard the MV Mauretania, going first to the holding Unit at Bournemouth, followed by a Commando Course at Sidmouth. Next he was posted to No. 10 AFU at Dumfries, Scotland, then No. 22 OTU at Wellsbourne, No. 1666 HCU at Wombleton and then 427 Squadron at Leeming.

    Flying the Halifax Mk III, he and his crew carried out 31 sorties on German targets in France, Germany, Holland and Norway. Most of these were at night. Damage in combat was limited to numerous shrapnel holes to the fuselage. One stressful event occurred while returning from a mine laying sortie early Christmas morning, near Oslo. Due to weather the aircraft involved in this op were diverted to RAF Fighter Base at Peterhead in Northern Scotland. As F/L Earl Mayo made his approach from over the sea, with flaps and wheels down, the lights on the runway were abruptly turned off. Unable to see, Earl had to abandon the approach and circle until communications were restored and the lights switched on. After landing, Earl had a “hot discussion” with the tower person on duty.

    In early December , 1944 while on a week leave in Edinburgh Allan met a very attractive girl, Irene Purves. With a tour completed and indefinite leave granted, an intense courtship evolved. Irene and Allan were married on January 20, 1945 at the Charles Wesleyan Church in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    In March, 1945 Allan received his discharge, and returned to work for Albright and Wilson. Over the years, he was Assistant Works Chemist, Works Chemist and Supervisor of Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the Professional Chemists of Quebec, the Chemical Institute of Canada and served several years as a member of the Environmental Committee of the Canadian Chemical Producers Association.

    Irene and Allan had five children. Anne the eldest, passed away in the year 2000. They have sixteen grandchildren, two adopted grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Their recreation life is busy, having had a family cottage since 1958. Sailing is a hobby and at age 65 Allan commenced windsurfing which he continued until he was 82. In his earlier years he enjoyed trout fishing and deer hunting. In community activities, he was a School Board Trustee and Chairman for ten years, a Board Member and Trustee of St. Andrews United Church for 27 years, and a Boy Scout Leader and Member and Chairman of the Scout Group Committee for several years.

    Irene and Allan have stated that they have had a very rewarding life and enjoyed the closeness of their family members and their many long time friends. Sadly Irene, Allan’s spouse of 63 years, passed away in 2008.

    F/O (R) Allan Todd’s Military Awards

    1. Canadian Defence Medal
    2. Canadian Volunteer Service Medal And Bar
    3. British War Medal
    4. British “France Germany Star”
    5. British ” 1939 – 45 Star”
    6. Bomber Wings – For completion of an operational tour

    Allan was the Navigator for F/L Earl Mayo’s crew during his tour. During that tour F/L Mayo was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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    Our Heritage

    They tell us the twilight is falling,
    Falling on heads turning grey.
    That soon there will be no remembrance
    Of warriors long gone away.

    They say we romanticize killing,
    That War is a curse and a blight.
    Dear Father in Heaven, they knew it
    They knew it, but still went to fight.

    Why prate of ideals when the goose-step
    Was heard from behind bolted doors?
    They poured from this land in their thousands
    To keep all that hell from our shores.

    Perhaps it is twilight for veterans.
    It comes to us all with the years.
    At least we have rich, hallowed memories,
    And poppies, and crosses, and tears.

    Helen Middleton

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  2. Mayo’s crew was part of this mission…

    December 18, 1944

    188 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, 433, and 434 Squadrons were joined by 42 Lancasters from 419, 428, and 431 Squadrons on an attack at Duisberg. The crews were over the target at between 17,000 and 21,000 feet, releasing 1,636,000 lbs of high explosives and 258,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, severe damage was caused.

    F/Lt A. Scheelar, F/O H. Sokoloff, F/O E. Finch, S/Ldr H. Reeves, F/Lt E. Mowatt, F/O S. Dean, F/Lt R. Gall, F/O R. Armitage, P/O L. Case, and F/O R. Bowhay from 408 Squadron landed at Fulbeck on return due to poor weather at base.
    W/Cdr F. Sharp landed at Tempsford on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O C. Pitu landed at Benson on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt H. Bracken landed at Balderton on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O W. Dunwoodie landed at Winthorpe on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O W. Tunis landed at Manston on return due to poor weather at base.

    F/Lt J. Northrup from 415 Squadron returned early as he was sick.
    F/O A. Cruikshank was hit by flak, not serious.
    F/Lt C. Thompson had the port outer u/s on return. They landed safely at Waddington on 3 engines.
    F/O S. Mooers was hit by flak, there were holes in the elevators. They landed at Skellingthorpe on return.
    F/O D. Falconer landed at Wigsley on return due poor weather at base.
    F/O J. Tims, F/O J. Britt, F/Lt T. Mears, and F/O G. Grier landed at Waddington on return due to poor weather at base.
    W/O1 J. McKenzie landed at Litchfield on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O W. Goodwin and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-456 coded 6U-P, were attacked by an unidentified aircraft, there was no damage. They landed at Gamston on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O S. McFadden landed at Bottesford on return due to poor weather at base.

    F/O F. Dawson and F/Lt H. Collard from 419 Squadron landed at Swinderby on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt H. Cave, F/O G. Tedford, F/O C. Williams, F/O F. How, F/O W. Osborn, F/Lt W. Armstrong, F/Lt J. Anderson, and F/O T. Cowtan landed at Metheringham on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt A. Warner landed at Abington on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt D. Hunter landed at West Raynham on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt J. Barlow landed at Westcott on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt J. Watts landed at Barkston Heath on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt A. Halkett and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-732 coded VR-X, were attacked by an unidentified single engine aircraft, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Barford St. John on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt H. Collard and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-746 coded VR-S, were attacked by an ME-110, there was no claim or damage, although some strikes were seen. They landed at Swinderby on return due to poor weather at base.

    F/Lt V. Glover from 420 squadron returned early as the throttle linkage on the port outer was broken.
    F/Lt F. McCarthy did not bomb as they could not get the bomb doors opened.
    F/Lt H. Ledingham and crew, flying Halifax III NR-123 coded PT-F, were attacked by an unidentified twin engine enemy aircraft, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Bardney on return due to poor weather at base.
    P/O C. Reid, F/O G. Haslop, P/O R. MacMillan, F/Lt D. Buchanan, F/O S. Young, F/O J. Bonner, F/O J. A. Sefton, F/O R. Field, and S/Ldr V. Motherwell landed at Bardney on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O W. MacDonald landed at Winthorpe on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O O. Austenson landed at Tholthorpe on return due to poor weather at base.

    F/O D. Saunders from 424 Squadron bombed flak positions as they were late taking off. They landed at Hethal on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O A. Mackie was attacked by an enemy aircraft, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Elsham Wolds on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O C. Walker and crew, flying Halifax III LW-194 coded QB-W, were attacked by an unidentified single engine enemy aircraft, many strikes were seen and it dove to the ground. It was claimed destroyed. They landed at Coningsby on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O D. Sanders, F/Lt J. Thomas, F/O H. Taylor, F/Lt E. Smith, F/O H. Mitchell, F/O K. MacDonald, F/Lt C. Lundeen, and F/Lt R. Green landed at Coningsby on return due to poor weather at base.
    W/Cdr C. Marshall and F/O W. Beckett landed at Ford on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O C. Moir and F/Lt D. Ross landed at Manston on return due to poor weather at base.

    Sgt J. Cauchy from 425 Squadron returned early as one engine was u/s. They landed safely at Linton on Ouse on 3 engines.
    F/O G. Lareau returned early as they could not raise the under carriage.
    F/Lt J. Belanger, F/O J. Sicotte, F/O J. MacHale, and F/Lt T. MacKinnon landed at East Kirkby on return due to poor weather at base.
    P/O W. Corbett landed at Thurleigh on return due to poor weather at base.
    P/O G. Chabot had the oxygen system u/s on return. They landed at Stanton Harcourt.
    F/O J. Bellinger landed at Bovington on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O J. Desmarais RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-538 coded KW-V, crashed shortly after takeoff.

    P/O J. Blackburn RAF
    F/O J. Bernier RCAF
    P/O J. Labrecque RCAF
    P/O J. Dubois RCAF
    F/Sgt J. Paradis RCAF
    F/Sgt J. Lariviere RCAF
    P/O R. Gauthier RCAF

    All were killed.

    F/Lt C. Fyfe and crew from 426 Squadron, flying Halifax VII NP-737 coded OW-Z, were attacked 3 times by an ME-110, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Swinderby on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt J. Baillie landed at Horsham St. Faith on return due to poor weather at base.
    P/O C. Selfe, F/O J. Lowe, F/O J. Wadleigh, F/O A. Hutchins, F/O M. Casselman, F/O W. Kent, S/Ldr R. Cowans, and F/Lt I. Emerson landed at Winthorpe on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O R. Swift landed at Ford on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O G. Fidler landed at Market Harborough on return due to poor weather at base.
    P/O R. Fuller and F/Lt J. Kirkpatrick landed at Balderton on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O L. Deryckere and crew, flying Halifax III NA-202 coded OW-A, were attacked by an FW-190, some strikes were seen on the nose of the FW-190. They landed at Betteswell on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O T. Layman RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax VII LW-209 coded OW-Y, failed to return from this operation.

    F/Sgt J. Hoyle RAF
    F/O G. Law RAF–POW
    F/O J. Mahoney RCAF–POW
    F/O E. Fox RCAF
    F/Sgt H. Campbell RCAF–POW
    F/Sgt W. Downey RCAF–POW

    2 crew were killed and 5 POWs after being shot down by flak.

    F/O R. Gould from 427 Squadron returned early as the compasses were u/s. They landed at Skipton on Swale.
    F/Lt E. Shaw and crew, flying Halifax III NP-956 coded ZL-J, were attacked by an ME-210, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Spilsby on return due to poor weather at base.
    P/O R. McKenney landed at Poddington due to poor weather at base.
    F/O G. Tegerdine, F/O E. Mayo, P/O D. Murray, F/Lt D. Hepburn, F/O T. Wagar, F/O J. Smart, W/Cdr C. Carling-Kelly, F/Lt W. Walker, and F/O P. Millard landed at Spilsby on return due to poor weather at base.
    P/O W. Wilson, S/Ldr M. Gall, F/O W. Britton, and F/O I. Thomson landed at Bury St. Edmonds on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt J. Murphy landed at Silverstone on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O J. Mulholland landed at Gaydon on retrun due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt W. Brittain landed at East Kirkby on return due to poor weather at base.

    F/O N. Noel from 428 Squadron landed at Horham on return due to poor weather at base.
    W/O2 L. Read, W/Cdr A. Hull, F/O B. Miller, S/Ldr M. Ferguson, F/Lt G. Quinn, F/O R. Anderson, F/O V. Gaskin, F/Lt J. Goldie, F/O E. Page, F/O E. Peacock, and F/O G. Pearce landed at Great Massingham on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt K. Ellson landed at Snitterfield on return due to poor weather at base.

    F/Lt P. Robb from 429 Squadron returned early as the oxygen system was u/s. They landed at East Moor.
    F/O I. Benson and crew, flying Halifax III NR-197, were attacked twice by an ME-410, there was no claim or damage, although some strikes were seen. They landed at Strubby on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O C. Lee and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-318 coded AL-F, were attacked by an FW-190, it was hit in the nose and claimed damaged. They landed at Strubby on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O A. Cook landed at Hurn on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O W. Thomas, F/O A. M. MacDonald, F/O F. Biddell, F/Lt D. Walkey, F/Lt D. Magee, F/Lt R. Kingsland, P/O W. Fikis, F/Lt R. Charlton, F/O J. Rowe, S/Ldr H. Peterson, F/Lt H. MacDonald, and F/Lt E. Jarvis landed at Strubby on return due to poor weather at base.

    F/Lt R. Tonnellier, F/Lt J. Henry, F/O B. Kaplansky, P/O A. Pitzek, F/O G. McNeill, P/O W. Weitendorf, F/Lt D. Borland, P/O D. Rombough, F/O J. Morton, F/Lt B. Adilman, and F/O G. Kercher from 431 Squadron landed at West Raynham on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O J. Duggan landed at Upwood on return due to poor weather at base.
    S/Ldr H. Kay landed at Syerston on return due to poor weather at base.

    F/Lt E. Hayes and crew from 432 Squadron, flying Halifax VII NP-705 coded QO-Y, were attacked by a JU-88, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Skellingthorpe on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt L. Kropf, F/O A. Clarke, F/O J. Mills, F/O L. Loppe, F/O C. Hemming, F/O N. Patterson, F/O A. Bews, F/O G. Barron, F/Lt W. Miller, and F/O A. Potter landed at Skellingthorpe on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O J. Hamilton landed at Hurn on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O G. Peaker landed at Fulbeck on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O F. Baxter landed at Manston on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O M. Krakowsky RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax VII NP-699 coded QO-O, was involved in a mid air collision over Belgium with LV-810 from 10 squadron.

    P/O M. Boylan RAF
    F/O R. Cann RCAF
    F/O G. Wilson RCAF
    P/O A. Blayney RCAF
    P/O S. Zadorozny RCAF
    P/O J. Green RCAF

    Only the pilot survived.

    F/O D. McKinnon RCAF and crew, flying Halifax VII NP-701 coded QO-G, failed to return from this operation.

    F/Sgt A. Eccleston RAF
    F/O D. Hitchcock RCAF
    F/O G. March RCAF
    P/O E. Harvey RCAF
    P/O E. Farrell RCAF
    Sgt J. Harvey RCAF

    Only the rear gunner and pilot survived.

    F/O W. Simpson from 433 Squadron landed at Doncaster on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt D. McGrath landed at Ossington on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O R. Bertran, F/Lt D. Rogers, F/Lt L. Allatt, F/O S. McKellar, P/O W. Jensen, and F/O A. Strelchuk landed at Metheringham on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O R. Simpson and F/Lt E. Barsby landed at East Moor on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt N. Mara landed at Binbrook on return due to poor weather at base.

    F/O I. Andres and crew from 434 Squadron, flying Halifax III NP-961 coded WL-N, were attacked by an FW-190, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Little Snoring on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O J. Wagman and crew, flying Halifax III NR-124 coded WL-X, were attacked by an ME-109, the gunners fired 700 rounds and it went down in flames. They landed at Little Snoring on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt T. Coghlan landed at Northolt on return due to poor weather at base.
    P/O R. Telford, S/Ldr D. Boyle, F/O C. Alger, F/O M. Isenberg, F/O C. Chapman, F/O G. Munroe, and F/Lt A. Kiehlbauch landed at Little Snoring on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt J. Parrott RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III NR-118 coded WL-U, failed to return from this operation.

    P/O L. Janzen RCAF
    F/O S. Pearce RCAF
    P/O A. Kurtzhals RCAF
    P/O H. Brown RCAF
    W/O2 A. Divitcoff RCAF
    W/O2 G. Olafsen RCAF

    6 crew were killed and one bailed out over allied territory.

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