Ottawa born F/O Daly had flown on a variety of heavy bombers Wellingtons, Halifax and Lancasters
during his recorded 33 sorties. F/O Daly and his pilot F/O Byford also of Ottawa were part of a crew
that was first 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 May 1944 consisted of:
F/O Byford Pilot
F/O Daly Navigator
Sgt. Fraser Air Gunner
Sgt. Prentice Bomb Aimer
Sgt. Tenny Wireless Op.
Sgt. Holder F/E
Sgt. Darnley Rear Gunner
F/O Daly received his DFC for many missions over enemy territory and his contribution to the safe return of crew and aircraft after
not one but two separate attacks by night fighters on the same night.
On this particular operation to Leipzip on the night of February 19th. on board Halifax "E", while on the way to the target
Sgt. Fraser in the tail gunner position noticed the fighter about a 1,000 yds off and below his aircraft.
At approximately 500 yards both the enemy aircraft posibly a JU-88, and Fraser opened fire, while the Halifax went into a corkscrew evasive manoeuver
The aircraft recived damage from cannon shell hits. For navigator Daly the enemy fire had destroyed or damaged much of his navigation instruments and aides.
F/O Daly still managed to keep the Halifax on course to the target and on a course which would safely take them home.
(It must be rememered that the bombers could not simply fly in a straight line to any place they wanted to go to.
Concentrations of enemy flak and highly guarded air space made for dog leg approaches or in some cases multiple dog leg paths to their goals.)
The Halifax was again attacked as it was headed for home and more made manouvers were needed to shake off the
attacker, since not only the navigation gear was lost so was use of the rear turret and it's guns. With all this going on F/O Daly's navigation
skills brought them home to base.
If you think about what it must be like for the Navigator, Flight Engineer and the Wireless Operator to manage to keep a cool head
when all hell is breaking out around them and basically there is little they can do but keep to thier posts to help get the crew home. This is not
meant to taking anything away from the men who manned the plastic turrets, just sitting out there exposed with tracer bullets coming at you.
The abilty to shoot back must have at least given them some relieve during those moments.
Daly was posted to #86 OTU on July 12th
1944. He stayed on in the post war RCAF as a navigation instrutor.
There are summaries of the three Combat Reports on the attacks on Daly's Halifax and Lancaster on the F/O Byford webpage.