Remembering Unsung Heroes – Flight Lieutenant Gordon McNab Templeton (J88506) DFC

Updated 17 February 2022 with the source of the citation.


Remembering Unsung Heroes?

This is one of them.

Source: airforce.ca website

TEMPLETON, F/L Gordon McNab (J88506)

– Distinguished Flying Cross – No.186 Squadron

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

Born 11 November 1921, Montreal; home there.

Insurance clerk.

Enlisted in Montreal, 24 April 1942;

to No.5 Manning Depot, 24 May 1942.

To No.5 Equipment Depot, 3 July 1942.

To No.3 ITS, 29 August 1942; graduated and promoted LAC, 24 October 1942 but not posted to No.11 EFTS until 21 November 1942;

may have graduated 15 January 1943 but not posted to No.13 SFTS until 23 January 1943;

graduated and promoted Sergeant, 14 May 1943.

To No.1 GRS, 28 May 1943.

To “Y” Depot, 23 October 1943.

Taken on strength of No.3 PRC, 31 October 1943.

Commissioned 11 July 1944.

Promoted Flying Officer, 24 December 1944.

Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 28 December 1944.

Repatriated 8 April 1945.

To No.13 EFTS, 19 May 1945.

To No.1 SFTS, 15 September 1945.

To No.2 Release Centre, 18 October 1945.

Retired 23 October 1945.

Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 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 20 March 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (177 hours 38 minutes), 18 October 1944 to 5 March 1945. * denotes daylight mission

18 October 1944 – Bonn (5.03)

* 20 October 1944 – Stuttgart (6.12)

22 October 1944 – Neuss (4.27)

* 23 October 1944 – Essen (5.25)

25 October 1944 – Essen (4.18)

* 28 October 1944 – Cologne (4.41)

* 30 October 1944 – Wesselring (4.50)

* 31 October 1944 – Welhein (5.03)

* 15 November 1944 – Dortmund (4.42)

* 16 November 1944 – Heinsburg (4.41)

* 20 November 1944 – Homberg (4.44)

* 21 November 1944 – Homberg (4.24)

* 23 November 1944 – Gelsenkirchen (3.56)

* 26 November 1944 – Fulda (5.53)

* 29 November 1944 – Neuss (4.54)

2 December 1944 – Dortmund (3.57)

* 5 December 1944 – Schwannenauel (4.09

* 8 December 1944 – Duisburg (4.20)

* 12 December 1944 – Witten (4.31)

* 15 December 1944 – Seigen (3.08)

* 28 December 1944 – Cologne (4.05)

* 31 December 1944 – Vohwinkel (5.06)

* 2 January 1945 – Nuremburg (7.15)

6 January 1945 – Neuss (5.09)

7 January 1945 – Munich (7.43)

11 January 1945 – Krefeld (5.28)

* 15 January 1945 – Erkenschwick (5.05)

* 22 January 1945 – Duisburg (4.45)

9 February 1945 – Hohenbodberg (4.39)

13 February 1945 – Dresden (9.03)

27 February 1945 – Gelsenkirchen (5.19)

* 28 February 1945 – Gelsenkirchen (4.47)

* 2 March 1945 – Cologne (5.26)

* 4 March 1945 – Wanne Eickel (4.52)

* 5 March 45 – Gelsenkirchen (5.38)

* This officer has completed many operations against heavily defended German targets in Germany. As captain and pilot he has flown both by day and by night and has always shown fine captaincy. Photographs of the target on some of his sorties have been outstanding and prove that every effort has been made to hit the aiming point, regardless of heavy flak.

NOTE: The Station Commander adds, on 22 March 1945, his rather illuminating comments: An officer whose highly-strung temperament have him a very real appreciation of danger but who, with great courage, coolness and determination completed every mission in a most efficient manner.

End of the citation

To be continued on Lest We Forget II then on a new blog.