Flight Lieutenant J. H. Donovan, DFC
1916 in Toronto, Flight
Lieutenant John Hogg Donovan attended St. Andrew's College from 1928 to 1935.
He was a
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
and joined No. 414 Squadron. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in
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."
effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945
and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945.