Military Service Recognition Book

147 ONTARIO COMMAND HOWARD, Leighton Francis Leighton was born in Toronto, Ontario on September 20, 1924. He enlisted on January 11, 1943 at the age of 18 with the Highlander Light Infantry and served in Canada, England, France, Italy and Germany until his discharge on February 7, 1946. He married in England and worked for Toronto Hydro upon his return to Canada. Leighton was a member of East Toronto Legion Branch 11 for twenty-three years. He also served as Branch President, Zone Commander, District Commander, Treasurer and Padre before he passed away on September 30, 1987. HUCUKIAK, Don Don was born in St. Lambert, Quebec on September 24, 1946. He joined the RCAF on December 8, 1963 and after training as a military policeman, was posted to Val d’Or, Quebec, North Bay, Ontario, and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. He moved to Borden in 1975 as an instructor with the Canadian Forces School of Intelligence and Security and during this duty, was detached to Egypt and Israel as 2ic of the patrol section. Promoted to Warrant Officer, Don served in Lahr, Germany until 1984 then returned to Kingston. Again promoted in 1988, Don returned to Lahr as the Military Police Section Operations MWO. While there, Don was detached to Qatar during the 1st Gulf War in charge of the MP section. Returning to Canada, Don was posted to Kingston Special Investigation Unit as Section Commander. He returned to civilian life on April 22, 1995 and now lives in Williamstown, Ontario. HOWSE, John W. John was born on May 31, 1921 in Glovertown, Newfoundland. In January 1940 at the age of 19, he enlisted in the RAF West 202 Squadron then went to 270 Squadron, Coastal Command, as a wireless operator/air gunner flying Catalina’s. He was deployed on anti-shipping strikes and antisubmarine patrols, completing 30 missions. John signed on for another tour of operations with Bomber Command as a tail gunner. John’s Lancaster was hit by a night fighter over the North Sea Channel on their 27th mission and he was the sole survivor of the entire crew. He was discharged in October 1945 after having served in Canada, England, Gibraltar, West Africa and in the Mediterranean. John joined the ministry in 1956 and was the padre of Harry Brown VC Legion Branch 497 for over thirty years and a member for thirty-seven years until he passed away on June 8, 1999.