Drimmie Creek

Drimmie Creek
             in the Upper Arrow Lakes draw down zone,
             British Columbia, Canada


Drimmie Creek was named in 1950, as follows:
"Named to remember
Royal Canadian Air Force
Flying Officer Gordon Robert Drimmie, DFC,
service number J16306 from Revelstoke, British Columbia
serving with 405 Sqn when he was killed 14 January 1944, age 21.
Buried at Hanover Cemetery, Germany, grave 11.H.2.
Survived by parents Martin and Margaret Drimmie, Vancouver."
Details are from enlistment & service papers
held in the Personnel & Records Division,
National Archives of Canada,
supplemented by info published by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Our thanks for this information go to the Provincial Toponymist,
Base Mapping & Geomatic Services Branch, Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management,
Prov Govt Victoria British Columbia, Canada.

Martin Charles Drimmie married Margaret Ringe in 1921
in Revelstoke, some 15 klm south of Drimmie Creek.
He was born in Ireland 1891 to Robert Drimmie and Elizabeth Philips
Robert Drimmie's parents moved to Ireland in 1850
from Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire Scotland.
I also have note of a civil court case heard in Revelstoke 1928.
Martin Drimmie was plaintiff, defendent was Willis J Armstrong.
British Columbia County Court Revelstoke
I am currently trying to obtain information on this court case
and will post any further details as they come to hand.

DRIMMIE, F/O Gordon Robert (J16306) Distinguished Flying Cross No.405 Squadron
Award effective 5 February 1944
as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944
and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.
Born 1922 at Revelstoke; home in Vancouver; enlisted Calgary 17 February 1941.
Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 25 April 1941),
No.19 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941)
and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).
Commissioned 1942.
Killed in action 14 January 1944 (Lancaster ND423); buried in Germany.
Medal sent to next-of-kin, 8 March 1946 via Governor General.
No citation other than
"...completed ...many successful operations against the enemy
in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."
Public Records Office Air 2/8782
has recommendation dated 22 December 1943
when he had flown 31 sorties (180 hours 16 minutes) as follows:
1 Nov 42 St.Omer (1.50) 15 Sep 43 Montlucon (5.57)
6 Dec 42 Eindoven (2.30) 22 Sep 43 Hanover (5.41)
15 Jan 43 Cherbourg (1.30) 23 Sep 43 Mannheim (6.01)
22 Jan 43 St.Omer (2.15) 4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (5.46)
26 Jan 43 St.Omer (2.40) 8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.18)
13 Feb 43 St.Malo (4.55) 18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.57)
15 Feb 43 Dunkirk (1.50) 20 Oct 43 Leipzig (6.53)
30 Jul 43 Remscheld (6.10) 22 Oct 43 Kassel (4.50)
2 Aug 43 Hamburg (6.25) 3 Nov 43 Cologne (4.31)
9 Aug 43 Mannheim (8.14) 10 Nov 43 Modane (7.10)
10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.55) 22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.21)
12 Aug 43 Milan (9.45) 23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.02)
17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.35) 26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.06)
22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (6.45) 3 Dec 43 Leipzig (6.32)
23 Aug 43 Berlin (8.10) 16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.11)
27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.45)
This pilot has displayed coolness and devotion to duty
of a very high order during the many operational sorties
he has carried out with this squadron.
He has set a high example to his crew and to the rest of the squadron.
He has participated in attacks on most of
the enemy's heavily defended targets
including Leipzig, Frankfurt, Mannheim and Berlin.
This officer is strongly recommended
for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.


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