Le nom du mitrailleur George Arvanetes m’était totalement inconnu avant de découvrir cette photo avec une vignette erronée.
Il est grand temps de faire connaissance.
ARVANETES, P/O George (J93515) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1925 in Montreal, Quebec; home there (bench fitter, office boy and ex-RCA*). Trained at No.9 BGS. Commissioned January 1945. Photo PL-48253 taken after investiture in Montreal.
Pilot Officer Arvanetes has completed numerous operational sorties. In October 1944 he was detailed for an attack against Dortmund. While over the target his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter. Pilot Officer Arvanetes manipulated his guns with great skill and drove the enemy off. His cool courage and devotion to duty have always been worthy of the highest praise.
George Arvanetes est entre l’aviateur M. Charbonneau et J.L.M. Papineau, deux autres noms qui m’étaient inconnus.