Category: Awards

The George Cross of Wing Commander Leonard Harrison

To be Sold on: 24 February 2016 – Dix Noonan and Webb ‘Wing Commander Leonard Harrison, G.C., who died on July 17 [1989] at the age of 83, was one of Britain’s outstanding bomb disposal experts, who probably defused more unexploded…

Wing Commander Frank Geoffrey Woolley, D.F.C., A.F.C (105174)

Wing Commander Frank Geoffrey Woolley, D.F.C., A.F.C., was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, 1922, the son of the then Flying Officer Frank Woolley. Upon the outbreak of the Second World War he wrote to his father, who by then was on Tedder’s…

Mention-in-Despatches

by Hugh Halliday Attempts to link an award of a “Mentions in Despatches” to a specific despatch will not likely yield any significant results. Historically (19th Century and some of the interwar “colonial frontier” wars) Despatches filed by Field Commanders…

A gripping story behind an adventurous citation

by Hugh A Halliday Behind even the most adventurous citation there may be an even more gripping story. JOHNSTONE, David Malcolm, F/O (86904, Royal Air Force) – No.224 Squadron – Distinguished Service Order – awarded as per London Gazette dated…

The travails of a DFC

by Hugh A Halliday The travails of a DFC to F/O Robert Edward Joseph Fitzgerald, RCAF (No.408 Squadron), demonstrates procedure and disagreements. It began as a recommendation by W/C E.R. McLernon drafted 13 September 1944 when he had flown 63…