Grostenquin, France

G/C AB Searle

SEARLE, W/C Arthur Brodie (C785)

[AFC Ribbon] Air Force Cross - No. 2 SFTS

Award effective 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born 20 September 1916 in Lashburn, Saskatchewan, 1916. Joined RCAF, P/P/O, 26 July 1937; qualified for pilots badge, 20 May 1938. With No. 2 Squadron from Trenton to EAC, August 1939. Transferred to Army Co-Operation School, Uplands, December 1939. CFI at Uplands and Rockcliffe, October 1940 to March 1943. Later commanded at North Battleford, Dauphin, and Pennfield Ridge. Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 as a Group Captain in AFHQ. The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.

Wing Commander Searle has been engaged in active instructional duties at this unit for the past twenty-seven months during which time he completed 1,441 flying instructional hours, and has held the position of Chief Instructor for the past sixteen months. The enviable record achieved by this school of having twice been voted the most efficiently operated Service Flying Training School in the CTE has, in no small part, been due to the example set by this officer by his extreme devotion to duty and ambitious application of his experience.

SEARLE, W/C Arthur Brodie (C785)

Medal of Merit, 1st Class (Czechoslovakia) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948 and AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948. Pilot.

Photos of G/C AB Searle at 2 Wing Grostenquin France

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  1. Newspaper clipping Obituary notice - June 2002.
    Courtesy Lucien St-Hilaire.

  2. G/C AB Searle thanking the entertainment troupe from Canada - October 1961.
    Courtesy Lucien St-Hilaire.

  3. C/G AB Searle shaking hands with MC Gordie Tapp with Tommy Hunter in the background to the right of the CO - October 1961.
    Courtesy Lucien St-Hilaire.

  4. Commanding Officer G/C AB Searle - June 1960.
    Courtesy Lucien St-Hilaire.

  5. (L-R) Ron Hughes accepts a trophy (presented to the winning team of the Station Inter-Section hockey league) from G/C Searle - May 1960.
    Courtesy Ron Hughes.

  6. FS Jack Stager receives his CD from G/C AB Searle - February 1960.
    Courtesy Norm Stager.

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