A Superb Canadian Distinguished Flying Cross Group of Seven
A Superb Canadian Distinguished Flying Cross Group of Seven, including Flying Log Book to W.O. Ronald John Emberg, R.C.A.F. whos Hurricane was shot down over Dieppe during the Raid: Distinguished Flying Cross, George VI, GR1 type, reverse engraved 1942; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Defence Medal; CVSM with overseas bar and Dieppe bar; 1939-45 War Medal; Dunkirk Medal; RCAF Pilots Log Book for Ronnie J. Emberg from September 1940 to January 1945; Two photographs of him in uniform with his plane. Footnote: London Gazette: 16/06/1942 C/R56105 WO Ronald John Emberg, 175 Squadron RCAF. Ron Emberg began his RCAF career at Number 2 Initial Training School in Regina, Saskatchewan in July 1940, two months later he was at Windsor Mills, Quebec learning to fly the Fleet Finch and upon graduation went to Uplands Aerodrome, Ottawa to fly the Yale. In March 1941 he went to England and on 21st April 1941 he flew the Hurricane for the first time. He joined Number 56 Operational Training Unit at Sutton Bridge in June and one month later he was a Qualified Pilot with the rank of Sergeant. His first of many Squadrons was RCAF 402 and just twenty days after his arrival he carried out his first sweep over occupied France. He escorted bombers over Lisle, France and on 15th October 1941 he flew his height test to 33,500 feet. He was to change the course of his career when on 17th October 1941 he flew with a 500lb bomb slung under the Hurricane fuselage, and would soon be attacking shipping and targets in France. On 4th November he was put into A Flight and flew to France to bomb a German airfield. All through the Log Book the names of friends killed, missing, wounded or POW begin to appear in rapid succession. At the end of 1941 the note 367 flying hours appears in his log book giving an idea of his dedication. In January 1942 he was promoted to Flight Sergeant. He continued to fly missions against enemy shipping and on 16th February 1942 his Log Book notes: Squadron attacked 6 destroyers near Brest. Sunk 1, damaged 3 others. Met 3 109Fs on way. Shot one down in sea. Two got on my tail, shook them, but plane damaged. Crash landed near Plymouth. He was promoted in March to Warrant Officer 2nd Class and posted to RAF 175 Squadron and celebrated his 22nd birthday on 6th April. Later, on 30th April 1942 he was leading B Flight on a shipping attack and his log reads as follows: Squad attacked 3 destroyers and 1 merchant cruiser. Blue and Green Sections set largest destroyer on fire and it is probably sunk. My section put all Ack-Ack guns out of action before dropping bombs24 Spitfires escorted us- 8 Hurris. Net result- 1 destroyer on fire Only plane damaged was mine. Rudder controls shot away, flaps shot practically off and large hole in starboard wing beside cockpit. Picked-up a lift from an Anson that was going my way. On 15th May 1942 he notes that his engine caught fire and he just made land and crashed. The Log books notes on 30th May 1942- Awarded DFC today Ron Emberg was commissioned as a Pilot Officer on 29th July, 1942. On 19th August, Emberg flew three sorties over the port of Dieppe in support of the infamous raid. His Hurricane was shot down but he managed to parachute into the water, along with many other Canadian soldiers who were swimming away from the port when they were picked up by a Polish Destroyer and taken back to England. Despite being shot down over Dieppe, Emberg was right back in the thick of things only seven nights later when he attacked 4 merchantmen, 1 sunk, 1 probably, 2 damaged In September, 1942 he was posted to 276 Squadron based at Harrowbeer flying Lysanders on rescue missions to recover downed aircrew. At the end of the year it was decided that he should return to Canada as a Flying Instructor. He was also promoted to Flying Officer. His first assignment on his return was with 1 O.T.U at Bagotville. In March 1943 he was flying Ansons at the Bombing and Gunnery School at Mountain View, Ontario. He was also promoted to Flying Officer. Strangely, Ron Emberg was assigned to Hollywood as a technical advisor to the movies (believed to be The Shining Future, 1944 and the All Star Bond Rally, 1945). He was also detailed as escort to Linda Darnell, an up and coming starlet at the time. As the war wound to a close, Emberg returned to Canada being stationed with 3 Communications Unit in St. Hubert, Quebec. He left the RCAF at the end of the war having flown over 35 different types of aircraft, including five different types of Hurricane. He died in Ottawa in 1991.