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W/C Beveridge DFC had already completed two tours with a Canadian Intruder Squadron before assuming charge of the Nighthawks, during which his leadership ability, skill and devotion to duty, had earned him the DFC.

A graduate of McGill University with the Degree of Batchelor of Commerce, W/C Beveridge enlisted in 1940. He trained under the Joint Air Training Plan and was the first graduate of the JATP to assume charge of the Squadron.

It was under his leadership that the Squadron moved to France and became the first Nightfighter Unit based in Normandy. On September 20th, while searching for a crew who had baled out the previous night, W/C Beveridge was killed in a flying accident.

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