W/C (ret’d) DFC, CD
September 8, 1917 – January 3, 2014
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?
His navigator does…
Allan Todd, Gatineau (Buckingham), Quebec.
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)