To Honour Canada's Military

RCAF RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force)
Motto: Such is the pathway to the stars

Between 1939 and 1945, the Royal Canadian Air Force enlisted 232,000 men and 17,000 women and operated 86 squadrons, including 47 overseas. Canadians flew bomber, fighter, reconnaissance, transport, and other missions around the world. Tens of thousands of Canadian air crew also served with Britain’s Royal Air Force and Canadian fighter aircraft participated in the epic Battle of Britain in 1940. For the rest of the war, Canadian fighter-bombers attacked coastal areas in German-occupied Europe while Canadian heavy bombers struck at targets much further inland. In addition, Canadian maritime patrol bombers based in Canada, Newfoundland, Iceland and Britain fought German submarines. By 1945, the R.C.A.F. had grown to be the world’s fourth- largest air force. More than 17,000 Canadian airmen perished during the war.
RAF Coastal Command RAF Coastal Command
Motto: Constant Endeavour

RAF Coastal Command played a pivotal role in the Allied war effort, most notably against Hitler's U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic – a role which has been largely obscured by the more famous achievements of Fighter Command, and Bomber Command's costly and controversial offensive against German industry. Yet the war to protect Britain's Atlantic life-line and secure safe shipping routes for men and materiel from North America was perhaps the most important struggle of all.
RAF 278 Squadron RAF 278 Squadron
WO II Forestell Daniel Arthur
Rank: Warrant Officer Class II
Pilot – A qualified pilot flew the aircraft and in the Royal Air Force was usually the captain (function not rank) of the crew, making the key operational decisions even if his rank was junior to other members of the crew. Fighter Pilots flew alone as the planes were smaller and faster and designed to be operated by a single pilot.

The pilot was often a commissioned officer but he could hold any rank from Sergeant up to Group Captain. Officers of higher rank did occasionally fly operationally but were discouraged from doing so due to concerns of them being taken prisoner. Captains were often informally referred to by their crews as Skipper or Skip. A pilot wore the traditional double-winged brevet "pilot's wings" on his tunic above his left breast pocket.

Service Number: R/69440
Born: Jan 29, 1922 Coniston, Ontario
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: World War 2
Service: RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force)
Air Command: RAF Coastal Command
Squadron: RAF 278 Squadron
Service Details :
Daniel had previous service with 418 Squadron, in a Boston aircraft and had been injured in June 1942.

1939-45 Star
The Star was awarded for six months service on active operations for Army and Navy, and two months for active air-crew between 02 September 1939 and 08 May 1945 (Europe) or 02 September 1945 (Pacific).
Air Crew Europe Star
The Star was awarded for two months of operational flying from the UK over Europe between 03 September 1939 and 05 June 1944. It was not awarded after D-Day. The Air Crew Europe Star may not be awarded until the 1939-1945 Star has been qualified for by 60 days service in an air operational unit. The total requirement to earn both stars is four months (120 days).
Defence Medal
Although the medal was usually awarded to Canadians for six months service in Britain between 03 September 1939 and 08 May 1945, the exact terms were: Service in the forces in non-operational areas subjected to air attack or closely threatened, providing such service lasted for three or more years. Service overseas or outside the country of residence, providing that such service lasted for one year, except in territories threatened by the enemy or subject to bomb attacks, in which case it was six months prior to 02 September 1945. Under the terms of this last condition, Canadians serving for one year in Newfoundland were eligible and persons serving for six months in Hong Kong were also eligible. The qualifying period in mine and bomb disposal was three months. Canadians serving in West Africa, Palestine and India, other than operational air crew, qualified for this medal. Those awarded the GC or GM for civil defence received this medal. Home Guard and others in Britain qualified for this medal.
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal is granted to persons of any rank in the Naval, Military or Air Forces of Canada who voluntarily served on Active Service and have honourably completed eighteen months (540 days) total voluntary service from September 3, 1939 to March 1, 1947.
War Medal (1939-45)
The War Medal was awarded to all full-time personnel of the armed forces and merchant marines for serving for 28 days between 03 September 1939 and 02 September 1945. In the Merchant Navy, the 28 days must have been served at sea.

Service Notes: Formed at Matlaske on 1 October 1941 from No 3 ASR Flight, its area of operations extended along the East Anglian coast. Equipped with Lysanders and Walruses, the Lysanders were replaced by Ansons in February 1943. By December 1943 it had extended its operational area to include North-East England and by February 1944 into Scotland, although these detachments were transferred in April 1944 and 278 reverted to its original area of coverage.
Enlisted: January 14, 1941
Pre/Post War: Brother of Flying Officer Robert Samuel Forestell, Royal Canadian Air Force, killed in action 8 August 1944 and Warrant Officer, 2nd Class Thomas Bernard Forestell, Royal Canadian Air Force, killed in training on 2 March 1944. Mrs. Lena Forestell was named the National Silver Cross Mother in 1958, having lost three sons in the Second World War.
Relatives on this site:
(Brother) F/O Forestell, R S - World War 2 (Brother) WO II Forestell, T B - World War 2

Deceased: April 05, 1943 at
Cemetery RUNNYMEDE Memorial Surrey, United Kingdom
Marker: Panel 180
Obituary: Son of Daniel and Lena Forestell, of Coniston, Ontario.
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WO II Daniel Arthur Forestell
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Medals and Commendations
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1939-45 Star
Air Crew Europe Star
Defence Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
War Medal (1939-45)

Page 160 from WW2
Book of Remembrance

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