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A Canadian DFC for Sinking Enemy Vessels in South China Sea consignment #17 POR $9000

A Canadian DFC Group for Sinking Enemy Vessels in South China Sea - Distinguished Flying Cross, George VI: GRI; 1939-1945 Star; Pacific Star, 1 Clasp - BURMA; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; War Medal 1939-1945; Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953; and Canadian Forces' Decoration, George VI (F/L J.M. STROUD). Naming is officially engraved on the reverse of the suspension on the CFD, the other medals are un-named. Court-mounted, with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, the latter three medals with original ribbons, dark patinas on the silver medals, very light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a brief biography.   Footnote: James Murray Stroud was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1916. He served in the Delta Collegiate Cadets and later, as a Captain with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, from 1930 to 1934 (possibly 1937). Stroud enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force in January 1940. He was posted to the Brantford Flying Club in Brantford, Ontario, before being posted to No. 1 Service Flying Training School at Camp Borden, as part of the Class of April 19 - June 24, 1940. Stroud served with 159 Squadron in the Pacific theatre after November 1942, in operations against the Japanese. These involved long-ranging bombing and reconnaissance missions that continued until the end of the war, involving targets in Burma, Siam (Thailand), Malaya and the Dutch East Indies. Squadron Leader James M. Stroud (C.1495), 159 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, on January 15, 1945, the announcement appearing in the Second Supplement to the London Gazette 37447 of Friday, January 25, 1946, on Friday, January 29, 1946, page 711 and in AFRO 322/46 of March 29, 1946. His citation reads as follows: "Has participated in a large number of operational missions, these have included daylight formation flights over strongly defended targets, and low level attacks against shipping and bridges. Throughout his tour he has shown fine judgement and tenacity of purpose and on every occasion has successfully completed his task. More recently he led three successful operations to Singora in the South China Sea which resulted in the sinking of two enemy coasters and caused considerable destruction amongst enemy wharves and stores. Squadron Leader Stroud has at all times displayed courageous leadership and devotion to duty of the highest order." He was presented the DFC at Government House on November 7, 1949. After Japan surrendered, 159 Squadron was engaged in transport and survey duties before disbanding on June 1, 1946. For his Second World War service, Stroud was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Pacific Star with BURMA clasp, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp and the War Medal 1939-1945. Post-war, he continued to serve with the RCAF and for his long service, was awarded the Canadian Forces' Decoration. As a Wing Commander with No. 33 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, flying out of RCAF Station Falconbridge, Ontario, which was established in 1952 as part of NORAD's Pinetree Line of radar stations, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953. (C;17)  
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