John "Judy" Garland was born in Carleton Place, Ontario, home in Richmond, Ontario.

He enlisted in Ottawa on 17 December 1940. Trained at No. 3 ITS, No. 14 EFTS and No. 9 SFTS. Garland arrived overseas on 31 March 1942 and was posted to to Middle East Command, later to No. 243 Wing on 1 July and to No. 244 Wing on 26 July. On  6 January 1943 he was posted to No. 80 Sqn and on 11 August to No. 127 Sqn.

On 19 August 1943 he returned to No. 80 Sqn where he remained until 22 January 1945 when he was posted to No. 3 Sqn. On 8 February 1945 he was reported missing (shot down by flak), but is reported safe back in UK on 26 April. 

He repatriated to Canada on 22 July 1945 and was released on 3 October 1945 having flown two tours. He rejoined the RCAF in 1950 as a Flying Officer. He obtained Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at USAF University, June 1963.



 Garland's victories in Tempest

Date of Claim

Type Claimed

Aircraft Serial No.

Location of Claim


3 Dec 1944

Me 262

W2-  (EJ722)

4 m S Rheine

80 Sqn

27 Dec  1944


W2-D (EJ667)

5 m NW Rheine

80 Sqn

1 Jan 1945 

2 Fw 190

W2-B (EJ774) 

15 m N M√ľnster 

80 Sqn



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