Military Service Recognition Book

83 ONTARIO COMMAND CUSHMAN, Ross Donald Ross was born on May 2, 1921 in Turnerville, Ontario. As a 21-year-old Cadet on the Chatham Police Force, he was granted leave of absence in July 1942 to join the RCAF where he spent 37 months, including 18 months with 419 Moose Squadron. Flight Officer Cushman flew 17 operational missions in Lancaster bombers and made three trips to bomb Hamburg, as well as ‘Ops’ to Leipzig, Dresden, Kiel and Wageroose. His plane was badly shot up over Hagan in the Ruhr Valley of Germany but Ross managed to get it back to base and land without incident. He married Catherine Smith of Chatham, Ontario on February 5, 1944 and was discharged in September 1945. Between September 15, 1945 and his retirement in 1985, he served with the Chatham Police Force, was Chief of Police in Wallaceburg, Ontario and Sheriff of Kent County. Ross and Catherine had three children and he was a member of Wallaceburg Legion Branch 18 until he passed away on April 2, 1993 at the age of 71. CZARTOWSKI, Mieczyslaw Mieczyslaw was born in Czerkowno, Poland on February 28, 1924. At the outbreak of World War II, he was taken to Siberia with his family. When General Andrus formed the Polish Army in the Soviet Union, Mieczyslaw joined the 2nd Polish Corps in January 1943 and served at Monte Cassino as an ambulance driver with #29 Ambulance Transport Company. After serving in England, Italy, Iraq and Persia, he came to England in 1946 and received his discharge papers in August 1947. In February 1952, he immigrated to Canada where he worked as an auto mechanic until 1989. Mieczyslaw has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Polish Veterans Branch 418 in St. Catharines, Ontario for sixty-one years. CUSSON, Marcel R. Marcel was born on July 3, 1919 in North Bay, Ontario. He enlisted in 1936 and was well-trained when World War II began. He served with the Royal Canadian Engineers in Canada, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe and his trade was bridge building. Sergeant Cusson received the 1939-45 Star, the France and Germany Star, the 1939-45 War Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp and the “For Efficient Service” Medal. After his discharge in 1945, Marcel was hired as a policeman in Sturgeon Falls and then was a conservation officer in Kapuskasing, a job he kept until he retired. Marcel was a member of Kapuskasing Legion Branch 85 for more than fifty years before he passed away on September 19, 1999.