Frederick Alan Aikman

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Frederick Alan Aikman
Nickname(s) Butch
Born (1919-03-05)March 5, 1919
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died March 21, 1991(1991-03-21) (aged 72)
St. Catharines, Ontario
Allegiance British Empire
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1940-1945
Unit No. 134, No. 154 Squadron RAF
Battles/wars World War II
Awards DFC & Bar

Frederick Alan "Butch" Aikman DFC and Bar (5 March 1919 – 21 March 1991) was a Canadian World War II flying ace, credited with 9.5 victories.

Aikman was a clerk and ledger keeper and served as a sergeant in The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada before enlisting 6 November 1940. After graduating from flight training on 13 September 1941, Aikman was posted overseas. He joined No. 154 Squadron RAF on 6 January 1942. The squadron moved to North Africa in January 1943, where Aikman achieved his victories before being hospitalized for malaria on 27 July. After recuperation in Canada, Aikman was retrained to fly Dakotas and reposted overseas on 27 September 1944. Flying with No. 436 Squadron RCAF from 14 November 1944 to 23 September 1945, Aikman was returned to Canada 23 November 1945, and released from service 14 December 1945.[1]

Aikman died in St. Catharines, Ontario, on 21 March 1991 at the age of 72.[2]


Victories[edit]

Date # Type Location Aircraft flown Unit assigned Notes
12 November 1942 one Ju.88 destroyed
13 November 1942 one Ju.88 destroyed
16 November 1942 two Savoia half-share in each
22 November 1942 one Ju.88 probably destroyed
28 November 1942 two Do.217 1 destroyed 1 damaged
13 January 1943 one FW.190 destroyed
5 April 1943 one Ju.87 destroyed
5 April 1943 one Bf.109G damaged
10 April 1943 one Bf.109G destroyed
13 April 1943 one Bf.109G damaged
25 April 1943 one Bf.109G destroyed
17 July 1943 one Macchi destroyed (fighter)

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