Flying Officer Thomas R. Roden, DFC
SAC 1929-1933

Born in 1914 in Toronto, Flying Officer Thomas Ryland Roden attended St. Andrew's College from 1929 to 1933 and received the Cooper Medal for achievement in physics during his senior year.  He went on to study business at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

When Canada declared war, Thomas joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained at #1 ITS and #4 AOS before being commissioned in 1943. He proceeded overseas and was posted to 432 Squadron, consisting of heavy bombers, as a Navigator. In February 1945 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. At the time of the recommendation on 28 October 1944, Roden had flown 28 sorties (132 hours 35 minutes), from 1 August to 14 October 1944.

He was a life member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Royal Canadian Military Institute. He died in 1994.

Distinguished Flying Cross


"This officer has shown exceptional navigational ability throughout his tour, consisting of twenty-eight operational sorties over a wide variety of targets in France and Germany.  His quiet confidence which has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and his co-operation, courage and devotion to duty warrant a strong recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate)."

Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945
and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.