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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.
WO II Forestell Thomas Bernard
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-184192
Born: Nov 21, 1923 Coniston, Ontario
Discharged: Deceased

Served In: World War 2
Service: RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force)
Squadron: No. 1 Air Navigation School
Service Details :
#1, Air Observer School, Malton, Ontario. Anson 6626 crashed 300 yards N/W of aerodrome at Muskoka, Ontario when on a navigation exercise and made slipping turn to left on making final turn before landing.

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: Circumstances of his death: Returning from a training session Anson aircraft #6626 crashed 300 yards NW of the airport at Gravenhurst with him, a student pilot and four other students on board. Thomas and the pilot were badly injured and taken to the hospital in Orillia. Thomas died the following day from his injuries.
Pre/Post War: Brother of Flying Officer Robert Samuel Forestell, Royal Canadian Air Force deceased 8 August 1944 and Warrant Officer 2nd Class, Daniel Arthur Forestell, Royal Canadian Air Force, killed in action on 5 April 1943. Mrs. Lena Forestell was the National Silver Cross Mother in 1958 having lost three sons in the Second World War.
Relatives on this site:
(Brother) WO II Forestell, D A - World War 2 (Brother) F/O Forestell, R S - World War 2

Deceased: March 20, 1944 at Muskoka, Ontario
Cemetery SUDBURY La Salle Cemetery Ontario, Canada
Marker: Family Plot. Grave 2. Sec. 1. Lot 726N.
Obituary: Son of Daniel and Lena Forestell, of Coniston, Ontario.
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Researched By: Sean Wilson
Additional research by: Shirley Stone

WO II Thomas Bernard Forestell
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Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
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