A Superb Canadian WWII DFC, DFM Group of Eleven to Erwin E. Osler
Distinguished Flying Cross, George VI first type, reverse lower arm engraved 1944; Distinguished Flying Medal, George VI Ind. Imp. type, (engraved: Can/R. 85461 SGT. E. E. OSLER. R.C.A.F.); 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; Defence Medal; CVSM with overseas bar; 1939-45 War Medal; Korea Medal 1950-53, (impressed: 22172 OSLER E.E.); Canadian Volunteer Service Medal For Korea; UN Korea Medal, (impressed: 22172 E. E. OSLER); Canadian Forces Decoration, George VI with suspension bar Canada, (reverse: engraved: F/L E.E. OSLER) and additional ten year clasp on ribbon. Professionally court mounted for display on pin bar, Medals plated. EF. 11pcs. Footnote: Distinguished Flying Medal, London Gazette 9 February 1943: RCAF No.49 Squadron. In the capacity of air bomber Sergeant Osler took part in the daylight attack on Le Creusot and Milan and most of the recent attacks on Italian targets. By his keenness and determination he has been partly responsible for the remarkable successes achieved by his crew. Both on the ground and in the air this airmans efficiency has been of an extremely high order. He was in Flying Officer Fawkess crew. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 18th May 1943. Distinguished Flying Cross, London Gazette 27 June 1943: RCAF No. 635 Squadron. No citation other than completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty. Erwin Earl Osler was born on 10th August 1922 in Regina and he enlisted in the RCAF on 13th February 1941. He trained at No.2 WS and No2 BGS graduating on 8th November 1941 and commissioned in 1942. He was at No.19 OTU from Feb- June 1942, No. 49 Squadron from June 1942-April 1943. J16724 P/O instructor from June September 1943. P/O, F/O, F/L in No. 635 Squadron September 1943 April 1944. While with the 635 Squadron in Billings crew he was involved in the infamous Black Thursday Raid of 16/17 December 1943. It was a raid on Berlin involving 483 Lancaster and 15 Mosquito planes. As there were no diversionary raids, the German night fighters gave them their full attention and shot down 25 of the Lancasters. However, on their return to England, what had been forecast as a light mist had developed into a thick fog, which blanketed the whole East Coast with about 300yards visibility. Aircraft were stacked above their home airfields hoping for an approach but as the night went on one after another crashed on approach or when they ran out of fuel. One or two crews bailed out with some survivors but most perished by crashing into the English countryside. There were two reported collisions involving four aircraft. He was struck off strength on 8th March 1945 and was appointed to The Reserve Special Section, General List. He re-enlisted in October 1946 and in 1950 the RCAF became involved with the transport of troops and supplies in support of the Korean War. In 1951 he flew several flights to Haneda AFB in Japan. He retired in Halifax in 1969 and died in 1997. Comes with copy of Service Record.