Grostenquin, France

G/C W Weiser

WEISER, F/O William (J10822)

[DFC Ribbon] Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron

Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Newark, New Jersey, March 1919. Home in The Bronx, New York. Enlisted in Ottawa, 9 June 1941. Trained at No. 1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No. 20 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No. 16 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942). DFC and Bar both presented by King George VI, 11 August 1944. Repatriated to Canada, 1944, serving with both Western and Eastern Air Command; remained in postwar RCAF, rising to Air Commodore by June 1963. Postings included CEPE (1947), US Armed Forces Staff College (1947-48), AFHQ (1948-50), CJS Washington (October 1950-August 1952), Training Command Headquarters at Trenton (1952-53), No. 2 Fighter Wing in Grostenquin (June 1953-October 1955), Air Defence Command Headquarters (October 1955-October 1959), AFHQ (1959-63), and NORAD. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953.

Flying Officer Weiser has flown on operations against some of the enemy's most important targets, and has always displayed great determination to complete his mission successfully. By his courage and devotion to duty he has set an excellent example to his crew.

WEISER, S/L William (J10822)

[DFC Ribbon] Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No. 405 Squadron
Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.

This officer has completed two tours of operational duties. Most of the sorties completed by him have been accomplished in the face of heavy enemy action over such targets as Berlin, Hamburg and Essen. As a flight commander Squadron Leader Weiser has displayed skill, courage and devotion to duty of a high order. His enthusiasm and organizational ability have been valuable assets to his squadron.

WEISER, W/C William (J10822)

[OBE Ribbon] Member, Order of the British Empire - WAC Headquarters
Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Award sent by registered mail April 1948.

This officer as Staff Officer Training, Western Air Command, has been responsible for the training of three heavy Operational Training Units in this Command. He has consistently worked beyond normal hours in perfecting a system of training to cope with weather and terrain difficulties experienced on this coast. By his own example, energy and devotion to the service, he has been an inspiration to all personnel associated with him.

Extracts From 2 Wing Historical Reports

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  1. Extracts from 2 Wing Historical Reports.
    Courtesy National Archives of Canada.

Photos of G/C W Weiser at 2 Wing Grostenquin France

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  1. G/C Bill Weiser getting a glass of punch at an Airmen's Mess Dinner - 19 September 1955.
    Courtesy Bob Bolster.

  2. (L-R) G/C Bill Weiser, Al Perfitt and "Johnny Vigneault - 19 September 1955.
    Courtesy Bob Bolster.

  3. Minister of National Defence making a recording at 2 Wing - 28 September 1954.
    (L-R) - F/S Hipgrave, MND Ralph Campney, G/C W Weiser.
    Courtesy Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre PL-81432.

  4. Minister of National Defence taking the salute - 23 September 1954.
    (L-R) - A/V/M Hugh Campbell, MND Ralph Campney, G/C W Weiser.
    Courtesy Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre PL-81432.

  5. Close up image of G/C W Weiser - 23 September 1954.
    Courtesy Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre PL-81432.

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