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Commanding Officers of 429 Sqn 1942-46

 

 

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NAME

DATES of COMMAND

COMMENTS

 

 

W/C J.A.P. Owen (RAF)

 

 

07 Nov 42 – 31 May 43

 

 

The troops called him JAP because of his initials. Flew on 4 2nd Dickie ops

 

 

W/C J.L. Savard DFC

 

 

01 Jun 43 – 22 Jun 43

 

 

KIA. Completed a tour at 425 sqn. Killed on 2nd op at 429 sqn

 

W/C J.A. Piddington (Can/RAF)

DFC

 

28 Jun 43 – 27 Jul 43

 

KIA. Flew a complete tour. Killed on 3rd op with 429 sqn

 

 

W/C J.D. Pattison DFC

 

 

30 Jul 43 – 02 Mar 44

 Injured by an incendary on 2 Mar 44. Was a fighter pilot then went to bombers. Flew 8 ops with 429 sqn.

 

S/L D. Kenny

DFC, AFC

03 Mar 44 - 31 Apr 44

Acting CO

Acting CO on several occasions. Completed two tours of operations. 2nd one at 429 sqn flying 22 ops

 

 

W/C A.F. Avant

DSO, DFC

 

 

01 May 44 – 10 Oct 44

Youngest W/C at age 21. Injured in air test crash on 13 Jul 44 spent rest of tour in body cast. During Jul S/L Bryson was acting CO. While doing rehab in Sept S/L Neilly was acting CO. Flew 7 ops with 429.


 

 

 

W/C R.L. Bolduc

DFC

 

 

11 Oct 44 – 09 Apr 45

 Flew the most ops with 429 sqn. First posted in with his crew then  promoted to B Flight Commander on 9 Aug 1944. Flew a total of 31 ops at 429 sqn. 10 of those ops were at the CO

 

  

W/C E.H. Evans

DFC

  

10 Apr 45 – 30 May 45

 

 Flew 2 operational sorties.

S/L Saunders, Acting CO from 30 May to 15 Jun 45.

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S/L Howard Saunders

DFC

30 May 45 – 15 Jun 45

Acting CO

Posted in 2 Jun 1945. Earned his DFC on 218 Squadron gazette 15 Oct 1943. Flew 1 Dodge op with 429 Sqn

 

 

W/C J. Comar

DFC and Bar

 

15 Jun 45 – 01 Jun 46

 

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S/L H Saunders

7 Jul 45 – 28 Sep 45

Acting CO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: Bomber Commmand War Diaries, Reap the Whirlwind, Crucible of War: RCAF Official History, RCAF Squadron Histories and Aircraft 1924-1968, Thunderbirds at War: Diary of a Bomber Squadron