by D. Logan Sr. former Sgt. "D" for Dog groundcrew
and J. Darnley
Ottawa born F/O Byford came to 419 in early October 1943, his crew which first shows up
listed together in 419's Operations Log on an mission to Stuttgart on the
night of 26/27 November 1943 flying in Halifax JD456. The crew which stayed together
until July 1944 consisted of F/O Byford as pilot,F/O Daly as Navigator, Sgt. Fraser Air Gunner,
Sgt. Prentice later W/O as Bomb Aimer, Sgt. Tenny as Wireless Op., Sgt. Holder as F/E,
Sgt. Darnley as Rear Gunner. Sgt. Tenny suffered what was thought to be the "Bends" on one mission on May 24th 1944
and the aircraft returned home, he was replaced Sgt. McConnachie
for the rest of the crews missions together.
F/O Byford's 20th sortie was the one for which we was awarded his DFC. It wasn't his first time under attack and in this instance the nightfighters had shot part of the hydraulics system up, produced a large hole in the wing as well a section of the port rudder was missing. Determined to complete the mission he carried on to the target. The aircraft was again attacked on the return trip and through skillful work of the crew working with him to direct the manouvers that in the end shook off their attacker and allowed them to return safely to base. He was later awarded a Bar to his DFC for his determination and skill amoung other qualities. He flew another 15 operations mostly with the same crew members before being posted in July 1944 to 1662 CU as S/L. He remained in the post war RCAF and as W/C Byford was posted to the Middle East in 1956 the time of the Suez Crisis.