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Ness David E., Flying Officer (DFC)



Flying Officer David E. Ness was born in Westmount, Quebec, Canada, on 2 December 1917. He was formerly in the Royal Canadian Artillery and enlisted Royal Canadian Airforce in October 1941. He trained at No. ITS, No.14 EFTS and No. 2 SFTS, and commissioned in 1944.

In April 1944 he was posted to No. 56 Squadron flying Tempests. He was awarded a DFC on 13 February 1945, with effect from 6 January 1945.

He was to remain with the squadron until the end of April, he returned to UK from the European mainland on 1 May 1945. He was sent back to Canada on 4 September, where he was released from the service two months later.









Ness' victories in Tempest


Date of Claim

Type Claimed

Aircraft Serial No.

Location of Claim


12 July 1944



S England

56 Sqn

28 July 1944

1/2 V-1


S England

56 Sqn

30 July 1944



S England

56 Sqn

29 Sept 1944

2 Fw190

US-E (EJ533)

Emmerich area

56 Sqn

14 Dec 1944


US-A (EJ522) 

S Rheine 

56 Sqn

1 Jan 1945 

1/2 Bf109 

US-B (EJ536) 

Helmond area 

56 Sqn

4 Jan 1945 


US-J (EJ544) 

5 m S Osnabrück 

56 Sqn

12 April 1945

Fw 190

US-C (NV963)

5 m E Fassberg

56 Sqn



The Typhoon & Tempest Story (Chris Thomas & Christopher Shores)
Typhoon and tempest - The Canadian Story (Hugh A. Halliday)
Aces High (Christopher Shores)