Lloyd Vernon ChadburnDSO(2) DFC CdeG was born in Montreal, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.C. Chadburn. In 1940, he enlisted in the RCAF at Toronto, Ontario (ON). On October 2nd 1940 he graduated, as a pilot, from No. 2 Service Flying Training School at Ottawa (Uplands) ON.
After arriving overseas in November, he joined No. 2 (later 402) Squadron RCAF which was converting from Lysander aircraft to Hurricanes. On April 15 1941 Chadburn participated in the first offensive sweep by an RCAF squadron over enemy territory.
In June he was transferred to the RCAF at Digby, where he flew reconnaissance patrols equipped with spitfire aircraft. Later, he transferred to 19 Squadron RAF at Coltishall, where he was made a Flight Commander. On November 20th 1941 he scored his first victory by sinking a German E Boat. In February 1942, Chadburn was given command of 416 Squadron RCAF, flying shipping strikes and fighter sweeps over enemy occupied countries.
On August 19 1942 during the disastrous Dieppe Raid, he shot down one Junkers 88 and damaged another.His Squadron destroyed three enemy aircraft, probably destroyed a fourth and damaged seven others with no loss to themselves. For this feat, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). Next, his squadron was engaged in escorting American bombers on daylight raids in France and Belgium. In January 1943, Chadburn ended his first tour of operations. Then shortly afterward, he was given command of the Digby Wing which consisted of his own squadron and 416.
In August 1943 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). His citation referred to Chadburn's leadership of his wing during which 16 enemy aircraft were destroyed with six of them by Chadburn himself. In November 1943 when his second tour ended he was awarded a second DSO. His citation referred to his wing's score of 23 enemy aircraft destroyed and many others damaged.
He was sent back to Canada for a Victory Bond tour and then was posted back to England in 1944, where he took over the Kenley Wing made up of 403 and 421 Squadrons. His unit was one of three Canadian Spitfire Wings that helped cover D-Day landings. Ironically he was killed on June 13 1944 in a collision with another Spitfire pilot taking off from a landing strip in Normandy.
The government of France awarded him theCroix de Guerre with Palm and made him a Knight of the Légion d' Honneur. He was buried at Benouville, about five miles from Caen, France.