Flight Lieutenant J. H. Donovan, DFC
SAC 1928-1935

Born 1916 in Toronto, Flight Lieutenant John Hogg Donovan attended St. Andrew's College from 1928 to 1935.

He was a secretary and ex-Canadian Officer Training Corps member when he enlisted in Toronto on 4 November 1941. Donovan trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1943). 

He was commissioned in 1943 and joined No. 414 Squadron. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in April 1945.

Distinguished Flying Cross

"During the last eight months Flight Lieutenant Donovan has been continuously engaged on operational flying. Prior to D-Day he destroyed fifteen enemy trains and three barges.  On one occasion in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire he completed a photographic mission from a very low level over Dieppe and although his aircraft was damaged obtained extremely satisfactory results.  Since D-Day Flight Lieutenant Donovan has flown on further reconnaissance sorties and his ability and devotion to duty have at all times been most commendable."

Award effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945
and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945

Mentioned in Dispatches