Flying Officer Frank Covert - 433 Squadron  
   

Flying Officer Frank Manning Covert - DFC, RCAF

 

 Flying Officer Frank Manning Covert DFC was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and enlisted at Ottawa on the 29th of September 1942.

He trained at No 5 ITS, graduating on the 15th of May 1943 and then No 1 AOS where he graduated on the 15th of October 1943.

Flying Officer Covert’s DFC award was effective from the 10th of May 1945 as per the London Gazette dated 22.5.1945 & Afro 1147/45 dated 13.7.1945.

“Throughout numerous operational  sorties this officer has consistently displayed exceptional ability and initiative. In January 1945 he was navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack Grevenbrotch. As he was setting course, a leakage caused one engine of the aircraft to become unserviceable and the propeller had to be feathered, resulting in a considerable loss of height. The aircraft was only able to attain minimum bombing height. Despite this, Flying Officer Covert navigated so skillfully, that his aircraft arrived at the target at the correct time and a successful attack was pressed home. At all times Flying Officer Covert has displayed great courage and devotion to duty.”

Flying Officer Covert was presented with the DFC on the 12th of November 1948.   He served as Navigator for S/L Wilbur Pierce's (DFC) crew and successfully completed his tour of operations in 1945.

His crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade
S/L W.Pierce  RCAF Pilot
F/Sgt F.Haynes  RAFVR Flight Engineer
F/O F.Covert  RCAF Navigator
W/O2 E.Hutton  RCAF Bomb Aimer
F/O B.Mose  RAFVR W/Op/AG
F/S D.Maclean  RCAF Air  Gunner
F/S G.McMurchy  RCAF Air  Gunner

 He was also awarded the Queen’s Coronation Medal on the 28th of October 1953 (Civilian, Air Cadet League of Canada).

 

 
 

Photo courtesy of the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, Yorkshire, research by Linda Ibrom.