Honouring Veterans Initiative: Wing Commander John McClure, DFC, CD

This article was first published in the GCC London January Newsletter. You can access it at the following link January-2015-GCC-Newsletter.

John McClure was honoured at our 14 January 2015 Garrison Community Council noon meeting through the GCC’s Honouring Veterans Initiative. The Honouring Veterans Initiative of the Garrison Community Council (London and Region) acknowledges the service of individual Canadian Forces (CF) and RCMP veterans. As well, the Initiative celebrates our rich military heritage, both past and present, while continuing our traditions of Remembrance. The Honouring Veterans Initiative supports the GCC’s mission to focus on building a greater understanding of the Canadian Forces within the civilian community.
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A brief overview of John McClure’s service follows. John’s training in Canada was followed by 55OTU training in the UK on Hurricanes (above picture). He was posted to 137 and 263 Squadrons RAF flying Whirlwinds, a very fast heavily armed twin engine fighter.

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Their mission was primarily as intruders both day and night, attacking ships, trains, and airfields. John McClure was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his service. Later, on returning to Canada, John was appointed Aide de Camp to the Governor General of Canada, the Earl of Athlone and HRH Princess Alice.

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Post war, John switched to jets, the CF100 (left picture), an all-weather fighter. He was later promoted to Wing Commander. He commanded 410 squadron from 1959 to 1961 as part of the North American Air Defence Command. John McClure’s flight jacket (right picture) is on display at the Air Museum in Trenton. Following service in the RCAF, John was an administrator at UWO. He is married to Lucille, a nurse, who worked for some time with Dr. Don Bondy at University Hospital.

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