Flight Sergeant Gordon McMurchy- 433 Squadron  
   

Flight Sergeant Gordon Alexander McMurchy - DFM, RCAF

 

 

Flight Sergeant Gordon Alexander McMurchy was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1925 and worked as a shipping clerk before enlisting at Regina on the 15th March 1943. He trained at 3 B&GS, graduating on the 23rd of December 1943 and was commissioned in December 1944.

He was awarded the D.F.M. with the award effective from the 8th September 1945 (London Gazette dated 25.9.1945.Afro 1768/45 dated 23.11.1945)

"He has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".

Wing commander G.A.Tambling made the recommendation, dated 15.4.1945 when Flight Sergeant McMurchy had completed 32 sorties(198 hours 30 minutes) 28.8.1944 to 15.3.1945.

"This NCO has completed 32 trips over enemy territory including such heavily defended targets as Dusseldorf,Duisburg(3) and Essen.Throughout his tour F/S McMurchy has displayed great cooperation, coolness and devotion to duty and has contributed in a large measure to the success of his many operational flights. I consider that his fine record of achievement and the splendid example he has set to his crew at all times fully merits the award of the DFM (non immediate)."

Flight Sergeant McMurchy, now Flying Officer was presented the DFM on the 6th of November 1948, 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

 

 

 
 

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