Wing Commander Lloyd "Chad" Chadburn
Born: August 21, 1919
Died: June 13, 1944
Place of Birth: Montreal, Quebec
When Lloyd Chadburn was an infant his family moved to Oshawa, Ontario, and he lived there and in Aurora.
At one time, he was turned down both by the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Air Force.
He was accepted as a gunner trainee and then switched to pilot training.
Lloyd Chadburn took part in the first operation ever of the RCAF over enemy held territory.
At only 21, he was given command of a fighter squadron; the youngest pilot to do so.
Early on, Lloyd Chadburn developed a reputation as a capable and dedicated leader.
His first award recognition was a Distinguished Flying Cross in September, 1942.
This award was given, in part, for work his squadron did in covering the Dieppe raid.
He led numerous attacks and in September, 1943, received the Distinguished Service Order.
In early 1944, he was appointed Wing Commander of Fighter Operations of the RCAF Overseas Headquarters.
A few months later, Chadburn, only 24, met an unfortunate death when his plane collided with another Spitfire.
Called "the Angel", Lloyd Chadburn was a highly respected officer amongst Canadian, American, British and French military.
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