SHARUN, Michael Rico


rank: F/O
status: survived
airforce: RCAF    (no: J18793 )
born: 1915-04-19 Mundare Canada

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Michael Rico SHARUN DFC

Distinguished Flying Cross – No.416 Squadron – Award effective 23 March as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945.

Born 19 April 1915 in Mundare, Alberta; home in St.Paul, Alberta (clerk). Enlisted in Edmonton. Posted to No.2 ITS, 14 October 1940; graduated and promoted LAC, 15 November 1941; posted next day to No.2 EFTS; to No.2 SFTS, 4 January 1941. Graduated and promoted Sergeant, 17 March 1941. To Embarkation Depot, 18 March 1941; to RAF overseas, 29 March 1941.

Promoted Flight Sergeant, 1 October 1941; commissioned 2 August 1943. Promoted Flying Officer, 2 February 1944. Repatriated 6 February 1945. To Station Edmonton, 14 February 1945; to Northwest Air Command, 7 June 1945; to Release Centre, 11 June 1945; retired 14 June 1945.

RCAF photo PL-2713 shows Sergeants M.R. Sharun (St. Paul, Alberta), H.V. Peterson (Calgary), L. Smitten (Edmonton) and L. Bolli (Jasper, Alberta). Photo PL-7161 shows him inspecting tail of Spitfire.

Credited with the following aerial victories:

14 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed north of Lisieux;
28 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed near Caen;
28 August 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed near Forges.

This officer has now completed his second tour of operations. During his first tour he was engaged in fighter operations from Malta, proving himself to be a gallant and courageous pilot and leader. Since June 1944 he has served with his squadron from bases in France, Belgium and Holland and during the German retreat.

In August 1944 he destroyed more than 60 transport vehicles and nine locomotives. He has also destroyed three enemy aircraft.


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RCAF 416 1942-07-01
RCAF 411 1941-06-01


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Comments / Questions:

by: Tracy Barber Memorabilia of Michael R. Sharun 2023-01-14 21:23:43

Hi, I am Michael R. Sharun's niece (by marriage). I have some memorabilia of his that you might be interested in. I have his Defence Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, along with a photo album and other items, such as some of his letters to his wife (my aunt), who was living in Yellowknife YT at the time. Please let me know if you're interested in seeing any of it.

reply: Anne Gafiuk Interested in learning more about your uncle. 2023-01-25 03:00:03

Hello Tracy,
I am presently working on a story for a potential magazine article featuring the men in a group photo (July/Aug 1942) including your uncle. Any information you have about him that you could share would be most welcome.

Anne. in Calgary, AB

reply: Rob Bilinski Michael Sharun 2023-02-09 20:10:15

Hi Tracy: I would be very interested in the wartime memorabilia of Michael Sharun. I am particularly interested in his time with 416 Squadron, R.C.A.F. You can contact me directly at Thank you. Rob.