Captain G. R. McGregor,
CC, OBE, DFC, GdG(F), MiD(3) and others
Gordon Roy McGregor was born September 26, 1901 in Montreal, Quebec. He was educated at St. Andrew's College, Toronto, Ontario from 1917 to 1920 and graduated from McGill University at Montreal in 1923 with a degree in Engineering. He then joined Bell Telephone and by 1938 had become Montreal District Manager. One of his tasks was to collect on a $4,000 bill from the city Mayor, Camille Houde.
His flying career began at Kingston, Ontario in 1932 and the following year he gained his pilot's license at Ottawa. As a private pilot, he won the Webster Trophy in 1935, 1936 and 1938 (The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is an annual event intended to declare the "top amateur pilot in Canada", and is recognized by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale as a national sporting event.)
He was the oldest Canadian when he served as a fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain in which he downed numerous [five] enemy aircraft. He was awarded one of the first Distiguished Flying Crosses of the RCAF (see below).
McGregor died in Montreal, 8 March, 1971. (See obituary in Montreal Gazette (9 March 1971) and Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Fall 1971.) His medals are with Canadian War Museum (AN 19750554-061) and his papers in National Archives of Canada.
He was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 1974 - "His dedication to the linking together of this nation's far-flying communities by a national air service, has been of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation."
R McGregor Memorial Trophy is awarded annually by the Air
Force Association of Canada (formerly the RCAF Assn), as one of 7 prestigious
trophy annual presentations, in recognition for outstanding achievements
in the field of air transportation in Canada. Any Canadian citizen, group
or unit organization, engaged in the fields of military and civil air transportation
or its support, is eligible. Presentation takes place at the AFAC
Annual General Meeting held Thanksgiving weekend each year
[See PL-5863 (head and shoulders), PL-42111 (with Davoud and Dean Dover).]
"For his services to aviation during war and peace."
"Group Captain McGregor has performed exceptional work as Officer Commanding the RCAF Wing in Alaska. He is vigorous and enthusiastic in all he undertakes and by his very manner inspires confidence in all those serving with him. Group Captain McGregor has had vast experience as a fighter pilot overseas and is particularly outstanding in the direction of air fighting operations. By virtue of his extensive experience he has rendered excellent service and advice which has contributed in no small measure to the successful protection of the Alaskan area. He is required to provide close co-operation with the United States Armed Forces in Alaska and has been commended by the Chief of the United States Forces in Alaska for his ability as an organizer in connection with operational duties."
"This officer has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and has damaged many others. He has led his flights and frequently the squadron with gallantry and dash."
"As commander of an RAF [sic] wing this officer has very greatly contributed to the liberation of the Netherlands in the period between July 1944 and the summer of 1945, thanks to his courageous and meritorious conduct on the land and in the air."
Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.
Cananda Gazette dated 24 January 1948, AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948.
Award effective 25 September 1941 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941. No citation in AFRO. Repeated in AFRO 1378/41 dated 21 November 1941.