Georges Stewart DFC

After George and I exchanged e-mails, we talked a little about Paul Beaudet, his navigator.

I sent him Paul’s citation and George wanted to know what they said about him…

This is George Stewart’s citation:

STEWART, F/O George Edward (J24403)

– Distinguished Flying Cross

– No.23 Squadron

– Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.

Born January 1924 in Hamilton, Ontario; home there (chemical mixer); enlisted there 11 March 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 12 March 1943).

Commissioned March 1943.  Presented in Hamilton, 27 July 1948.  For personal wartime recollections see Winter 1976 issue of Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.

For story of his Mosquito experiences in postwar China, see Summer 1979 issue of Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.

This officer has completed a period of intensive operations.  He has participated in numerous missions including day and night intruder sorties and bombing attacks.  In the course of his patrols he has damaged aircraft in the air and on the ground, in addition to damaging three trains and locomotives.  Flying Officer Stewart’s eagerness to operate against the enemy, his unflagging zeal and determination combined with his devotion to duty have won the admiration of all.

George phoned me once.

Then he phoned me a second time after reading this about him.

He said that some of the facts were erroneous in the citation.

Then George started explaining some of his… trips over Germany.

George Stewart collection (Courtesy Peter Smith)

It was dead silence at my end of the line…

George told me that the Mosquito was not an airplane that easy to fly and many pilots were killed during training. It stalled below 130 mph.

He told me he flew all of his… trips with Paul Beaudet.

Flying was difficult because it was done at night with no radar. They had radar latter, but after he finished his tour.

He told me how they would circle German airfields waiting for nightfighters to come back to rearm and refuel and then go back hunting for English bombers.

For George, this was the job he had to do and he does not brag about it.

Quite the contrary.

George is a humble man who served his country. He told me that his country does not owe him nothing for what he did.

He did what he had to do.

George Stewart collection (Courtesy Peter Smith)


3 thoughts on “Georges Stewart DFC

  1. They all did what they had to do. The comment about their circling around German airfields waiting for German night fighters to come back to refuel is interesting. In England, there were situations where German fighters were waiting for bombers to return from missions. If you didn’t get caught, these could be very productive hunting missions. The hunter, though, was often the hunted.

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