Flight Lieutenant W. J. Shields, DFC
SAC 1935-1940

Born 1921 in Victoria, British Columbia, Flying Officer William John Shields attended St. Andrew's College from 1935 to 1940.

He trained at No.3 ITS, No.11 EFTS and No.13 SFTS and was commissioned on February 1943.  These is no actual citation other than "completed... many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation (see below) dated 6 December 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (153 hours 25 minutes), from 4 July to 1 November 1944.

Distinguished Flying Cross


"Flying Officer Shields has successfully completed a tour of operations against the enemy.  Many of his sorties carried him over such heavily defended targets as Kiel, Sterkrade, Duisburg and Essen.  Throughout his tour he has displayed a fine offensive spirit and has pressed home his attacks with exceptional determination and coolness.  Flying Officer Shields, by his devotion to duty, has imparted to his crew members an esprit de corps that has been exceptional."

Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945
and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945