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YOUNG, F/L Forrest Bee (J39819) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.442 Sq.
Award effective 31 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and
AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.
American in the RCAF.

This officer has completed a very large number of operational sorties. Since the invasion of France he has destroyed or damaged 73 enemy machines. In addition he has shot down two enemy aircraft. His fine fighting spirit, great skill and tenacity have set a fine example.

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2833 (RG.24 Volume 20632) has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 which bears comparison. As of that date he had flown 107 sorties (162 hours 40 minutes):

Throughout many sorties the skill and fine fighting spirit of Flying Officer Young has been an example and inspiration to the squadron. On August 19th, 1944, this officer destroyed or damaged eighteen enemy vehicles bringing his total score to 73 enemy vehicles destroyed or damaged since the invasion of the continent. In addition to this he has destroyed two enemy aircraft in the air. His keenness and aggressive spirit is worthy of the highest praise.


Born in Cheshire, Ohio, 28 February 1921
Home in Huntington, West Virginia.
After graduation, he got his private flying license
Enlisted in Toronto, 1 September 1941.
Trained at
No.6 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942)
No.20 EFTS (graduated 30 Aril 1942) &
No.1 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942)
to No.133 Squadron (Canada), 24 August 1942
to No.111 Squadron (Canada), 12 May 1943;
to No.14 Squadron (Canada), 10 June 1943.
Commissioned 10 December 1943.
Posted overseas,
Reporting in Britain 20 January 1944.

Shot down and taken prisoner on 4 Nov. 1944
Reported safe, 7 May 1945;
Repatriated 1 June 1945;
Released 19 September 1945.

Award presented in San Francisco, 18 March 1950.


Toronto Airman In RCAF Awards

Ottawa, Nov, 1, 1944 - (CP) - Award of the Distinguished Service Order to one member of the RCAF overseas and the Distinguished Flying Cross to six others was announced tonight by Air Force Headquarters.
The DSO went to Sqdn Ldr. R. K. Hayward of St. John's, Newfound land, credited with destroying five enemy aircraft. He had "proved himself a most courageous leader," Headquarters said.
Recipients of the DFC were: S/L J.A. Hatch of 145 Douglas Drive, Toronto; F/L H. McLachlan of Aden, Alta.; F/L F. B. Young of Vancouver; F/O C. W. Chown of Mirror, Alta.; F/O H. L. Davenport of Russellville, Arkansas; F/O H. J. L. McKinley, Nassau, Bahamas, West Indies.


Victories Include :

22 June 1944
30 June 1944
  2 Oct 1944
  7 Oct 1944
one Me109
one FW190
one Me262
two FW190s
Villers Bocage
E. of Cleve

4 / 0 / 1

All with 402 Squadron


Frosty on July 6th 2005
Frosty on July 6th 2005

We're sorry to report that frosty passed away on Sept 8, 2008 at age 87 in Grinnell, Iowa

His Obituary reads as follows :

Forrest B. Young

Frosty Young, former Chico resident, passed away September 8, 2008
in Grinnell, Iowa where he had been living for 2 years. He was born February 28, 1921 in Cheshire, Ohio and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. After graduation, he obtained his private flying license and
joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he trained and flew Spitfires
as a WWII fighter pilot. During this time, he married Norene Fallows with that marriage ending after the war. He served first in the Aleutian Islands before supporting the D-Day Invasion into France. In November
of 1944, he was shot down and spent the last six months of the war in
a POW camp in Germany. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he began working for Security Title Company in Stockton. He married Helen Gretchen in 1950. They later moved to Chico in 1962, and he began working with Mid-Valley Title & Escrow Company. During this time, he also served on the Board of Mt. Shasta Title Company. He retired as President in 1981, after 20 years. He continued serving on several Boards and was a real estate developer. He was an active member of the Elks and Masons; and was an avid golfer, enjoyed RV traveling and spending time outdoors. After Helen passed away in 2004, his health began to decline and he moved to Grinnell in 2006 to be closer to family.

A Memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 8 at 1 pm at Canyon Oaks Country Club in Chico.

He is survived by his Children, Cherril (John) Longhurst of Corona del Mar; Robert (Louise) Young of Savage, MN; Richard (Robin) Young of Grinnell, IA; and Lori (Jeff) Young of Honokaa, HI; 6 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.




Thanks to Robin Young for the photos & obituary !

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