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Surname CHISLETT   Initials J R   First Name JOHN ROBERT  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Squadron Leader   Unit RCAF   Service No. C2234  
Age Unknown  Deceased 24/12/2000  Previous Squadron  
Comments 9/6/44 - F/L L.A. Dwen and crew posted to Squadron  
Grave Location  
Additional Info  
War Graves Link   Grave Photo NO Cemetery Photo NO
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  5/02/1945  CHISLETT, S/L John Robert (C2234) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron
Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.

Born 29 January 1915 in Port Hope, Ontario; home there;
enlisted Toronto, 12 June 1940.

Following a postwar stint as a navigator with Trans-Canada Airlines, he returned to London to help form the Pathfinders Club and recruit British personnel for American airlift work to Korea.

This led to a 35-year career as a navigator with American charter companies out of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Retired 1980 and came back to Canada.

Medal sent to External Affairs, 17 June 1955 and forwarded to him; finally presented in San Francisco, 21 July 1955.
Died in Bowmanville, Ontario, 24 December 2000; obituary stated he had flown two tours (66 missions).

No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."

Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (138 hours 30 minutes)

14 Jun 44 St.Pol
15 Jun 44 Lens
16 Jun 44 Renescure
23 Jun 44 Coubronnes
24 Jun 44 Middel Straete
9 July 44 L'Hey
10 Jul 44 Nucourt
11 Jul 44 Gapennes
14 Jul 44 Revigny
19 Jul 44 Rollez
20 Jul 44 Foret de Croc
23 Jul 44 St.Nazaire
24 Jul 44 Stuttgart
29 Jul 44 Hamburg
30 Jul 44 Battle area
3 Aug 44 Bois de Cassan
5 Aug 44 Coulombieres
7 Aug 44 Battle area
29 Aug 44 Stettin
12 Sep 44 Frankfurt
15 Sep 44 Kiel
16 Sep 44 Moerdyjk Bridge
20 Sep 44 Calais
26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez
14 Oct 44 Duisburg
15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven
19 Oct 44 Stuttgart
23 Oct 44 Essen
25 Oct 44 Essen
28 Oct 44 Cologne
31 Oct 44 Cologne
2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

Squadron Leader Chislett has completed 35 operational sorties with the Pathfinder Force, all of which have been Marker sorties.

This officer is an outstanding Set Operator of special equipment. The proof of his skill and efficiency is reflected in numerous aiming point photographs. He is determined and earnestly keen on his operational work,, and always endeavours to produce the best possible results.

His enthusiasm, loyalty and devotion to duty have been of a consistently high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. 
Source Date Comments
ORB  6/11/1944  F/L J.R. Chislett (Nav) promoted A/S/L 
LG 36942  13/02/1945  DFC Notification 
ORB  28/02/1945  The following awards to members of the Squadron were awarded during the month: S/L J.R. Chislett awarded the DFC.