KALLAL, F/O Joseph Thomas (J28482) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1913 in Edmonton; home in Tofield, Alberta (farm labourer); enlisted Edmonton, 25 March 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than « completed…numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty. » DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 13 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (156 hours five minutes):
An outstanding navigator of a Halifax bomber and of exceptional ability, Flying Officer Kallal has recently completed a tour of operations over enemy territory. His crew have bombed successfully such heavily defended targets as Hamburg, Kiel, Castrop-Rauxel, Wanne Eickel, Bottrop, Sterkrade and Dortmund.
Flying Officer Kallal has acted in fact, if not officially, as captain of his aircraft throughout his operational tour, and his capable leadership has inspired his crew with confidence. His skill, courage and constant determination to attack with absolute precision have set a fine example to the squadron and his efficiency as a navigator on more than one occasion has been responsible for saving the lives of the crew.
This officer has shown dogged determination and keenness at all times. His outstanding gallantry is worthy of high praise.