Record of Valor
The contribution by the R.C.A.F. to the year's air successes of the United Nations may be measured by the number of awards for bravery won by Canadians. In the last 12 months, 280 Canadian flyers, members of the R.C.A.F. and Canadians in the Royal Air Force, were decorated and 29 others were mentioned in dispatches.
The year produced one outstanding Canadian hero, blond Pilot Officer Frederick George Beurling, D.S.O., D.F.C., D.F.M. and bar, 21-year-old Verdun, Que., fighter ace who led the defenders of the valiant island of Malta. One of the war's greatest fighter pilots, Beurling destroyed 291/3. He now is home in Canada.
Beurling was one of four Canadians who won the D.S.O. during the year. The others were Wing-Cmdr. John J. (Moose) Fulton, of Kamloops, B.C., leader of the famous Moose Bomber Squadron, who has been missing since a raid on Hamburg in July; Wing-Cmdr. A. C. Brown, of Winnipeg, CO. of a coastal command squadron, and Wing-Cmdr. Ralph Christie, of North Bay, Ont., with another coastal command squadron. Beurling, Fulton and Brown are members of the R.C.A.F.
Eight Canadians won bars to the D.F.C., four in the R.C.A.F. and four in the R.A.F. Another 142 won the D.F.C., 73 the D.F.M., 30 the A.F.C., eight the A.F.M., two the George Medal and 13 the B.E.M.


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