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W/C J. D. SOMERVILLE

A pre war flyer, W/C Somerville DSO DFC brought to the Air Force a sound knowlegde of flying conditions through- out the Dominion. His ability was quickly appreciated and early in 1943 he was appointed CFI at Yorkton, Sask. From this post he proceeded overseas joining 410 Squadron as a Flight Commander.

Appointed CO. of the Nighthawks in Oct. 1944, Red, as he is popularly known, quickly earned the respect of all the Squadron, possessing the happy faculty of knowing each man by his first name yet commanding efficiency.

His skill, courage and determination in pressing home attacks on enemy aircraft together with his sound administration during his tour of duty earned for him the coveted awards of DSO and DFC

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