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"KLM" 2003 Obituary


KLM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-31 published
Royal Canadian Air Force pilot won Distinguished Flying Cross for bombing mission
By Tom HAWTHORN Monday, March 31, 2003 - Page R7
Surrey, British Columbia -- John ROSE, who won the Distinguished Flying Cross for completing a bombing mission over Germany in a damaged aircraft, died March 9 at his home here. He was 79.
Mr. ROSE was a flight lieutenant when assigned to join an attack on Munich in January, 1945. His bomber suffered serious damage from enemy fire and became difficult to fly, although Mr. ROSE decided not to abort the mission. On his return, the port outer engine failed, causing the bomber to lose altitude rapidly. Mr. ROSE regained control at 1,000 feet and nursed his plane home. Earlier in the war, he had survived a midair collision with another bomber.
Richard John ROSE, who was born in Toronto on June 9, 1923, had been working as a clerk when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. After the war, Mr. ROSE spent 32 years as a pilot and instructor with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Late in his career he flew for Suriname Airlines.
He died of liver failure on March 9. He leaves his wife Erica and six children.

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