Air Crew Europe Star : Pilot Officer W J Armour RAAF, 428 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force

Accession Number REL/06171.003
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Bronze
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1946
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Air Crew Europe Star. Late issue engraved reverse with recipient's details.

History / Summary

414333 Pilot Officer William John Armour RAAF, served with No 428 (Ghost) Squadron, RCAF. Born in 1915 at Mount Morgan, Queensland, Armour enlisted in the RAAF in September 1941. He was sent to Canada as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme where he qualified as a pilot. Posted to 428 Squadron RCAF, Armour was described as 'a friend to everyone...full of fun, the life of the party, and in no way conceited'. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in 1943. On the night of 20/21 December 1943, 650 aircraft raided Frankfurt. It was Armour's 25th operational trip. Armour's Halifax and its crew failed to return, one of 41 aircraft lost that night.