Flight Lieutenant John E. Sisman, DFC
SAC 1932-1939

Born August 1921 in Aurora, Ontario, Flight Lieutenant John Eades Sisman attended St. Andrew's College from 1932 to 1939.

He was a shoemaker when he enlisted in Toronto, on 19 August 1941.  Sisman trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.1 AOS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 8 September 1942).  He was commissioned in 1942 and joined #431 Squadron.

His Distinguished Flying Cross was presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.  There was no citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by Wing Commander R. F. Davenport dated 12 February 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (160 hours 37 minutes), 9 June 1944 to 7 February 1945 (see below).

Distinguished Flying Cross


"This officer, a navigator, has completed twenty-nine operational sorties over enemy territory, including such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Hamburg, Bremen and Brest.  Regardless of opposition, he has repeatedly pressed home the attacks, by accurately navigating his aircraft onto the most difficult of targets.  He has shown, throughout his tour of operations, outstanding ability and a strong sense of duty.  His coolness and exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger has proved a source of confidence  to his crew, who have placed their whole trust in his vigilance and skill.  In the light of this officer's operational ability and leader­ship, I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross."

Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945
and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945