|GARDNER-MEDWIN, Alec George, DFC, MiD|
|Royal Canadian Air Force|
|1910 - Liverpool, England|
GARDNER-MEDWIN, F/L Alec George (J11245) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Liverpool, England, 1910; home in Coulson, Surrey. Enlisted in Toronto, 04 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 1 February 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942). Commissioned in 1942. To Patricia Bay, 23 July 1945. Retired 30 September 1945.
Throughout his tour of operational duty this officer has set an outstanding example to every member of his squadron. As squadron bombing leader his efficiency has been exceptional and his high courage and keenness have been largely responsible for the good work accomplished by the bomb airmen of the squadron.
NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 3 June 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (173 hours); sortie list and original text as follows:
|15 Jan 43||Lorient 7.55)||20 July 43||Naples (5.46)|
|26 Jan 43||Lorient (7.37)||23 July 43||San Giovanni (5.15)|
|29 Jan 43||Lorient (8.10)||5 Aug 43||Messina (6.20)|
|3 Feb 43||Hamburg (3.40)||11 Aug 43||Messina (5.30)|
|7 Feb 43||Daylight recce (5.35)||17 Aug 43||Cape Suvero (5.47)|
|11 Feb 43||GARDENING (4.34)||20 Aug 43||Villa Lierno (5.45)|
|4 Apr 44||Kiel (6.30)||24 Aug 43||Torre Annunziata (5.40)|
|15 Apr 43||GARDENING, Brest (6.56)||27 Aug 43||Salerno (5.45)|
|2-22 June 43||Dalton-Pavillier (transit from UK, 16.35)||1 Sept 43||Aversa (5.55)|
|3 July 43||Trepani (3.48)||2 Sept 43||Cagliari (5.45)|
|9 July 43||Cataglironi (4.14)||4 Sept 43||Grazzanise (6.20)|
|11 July 43||Monte Corvina (5.45)||8 Sept 43||Battipaglia (7.00)|
|14 July 43||Naples (6.02)||10 Sept 43||Formio (7.05)|
|12 Sept 43||Castelnuova (7.05)|
Can J.11245 Flight Lieutenant A.G. Gardner-Medwin, RCAF Bomb Aimer, has completed 27 sorties, many of which were carried out over the most heavily defended targets in Germany and Italy.
Flight Lieutenant Medwin as Bombing Leader of this squadron set an outstanding example to every member of his section. Many of his sorties were carried out with inexperienced crews, filling in at the last minute the position of an unfit Bomb Aimer. Flight Lieutenant Medwin ran his Section with the greatest efficiency and his high courage and keenness were mainly responsible for the good work done by the Bomb Aimers of this squadron. I consider Flight Lieutenant Medwin fully deserves the award (non-immediate) of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
GARDNER-MEDWIN, F/L Alec George, DFC (J11245) - Mention in Despatches - No.22 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.
SOURCE: Air Force Association of Canada website.
P/O Amies and crew of 424 Squadron
From left to right: Flt.-Lt Alec George Gardner-Medwin, Air Bomber/
P/O Arthur Kingswell Leitch, Navigator/
P/O Amies, Pilot/
Sgt. Arnold, Rear Gunner/
Sgt. McNeil, Wireless Operator