James Waldron Creedon D.F.M.

James Waldron Creedon D.F.M.

"On the afternoon of February 12, 1942, a force of Beaufort and Hudson aircraft carried out an attack on an enemy naval force including the Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau off the Dutch coast. In face of harassing fire from screening destroyers the attack was pressed home with utmost determination at very close range. The operation demanded a high degree of skill and courage". So read the citation when P/O Creedon was awarded the D.F.M. Born in Brantford, February 4, 1922, "Wally" received his education in the Paris schools and was airminded even as a young lad, as a lot of his pocket money was spent on "flips" at the surrounding airports. He proved his airmindedness too, while training at Crumlin when he won the silver trophy for the highest standing in flying and theory. After additional training upon arriving overseas, he was posted to the Hudson (Demon) Squadron of the Coastal Command where his abilities quickly won him recognition, receiving congratulations from Air Vice-Marshal Edwards and the Honorable Vincent Massey. He received his commission shortly before his death which occurred May 16, 1942, when his crippled plane, returning from a mission, crashed at its home airport. He was buried with full military honors at Bircham Newton, King's Lynn, Norfolk. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Walter Creedon, of Paris.

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