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Flt Sgt Norman Russell MODELAND (R/162554) of the RCAF


Awards for Flt Sgt Norman Russell MODELAND (R/162554), RCAF

DateAwardRankName (Number)UnitRibbon
1944-09-01DFMFlt SgtNorman Russell MODELAND (R/162554)90 Sqdn
Can/R.162554 Flight Sergeant Norman Russell MODELAND, R.C.A.F. 90 Sqn. R.A.F.V.R. In July, 1944, this airman was captain and pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack a target near Robert Caen. It was his first operational mission. Whilst over the target area the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained damage. The elevator trimmer controls were severed, causing the aircraft to go into a steep dive. With great difficulty, Flight Sergeant Modeland regained a measure of control and went on to bomb the target. On the return flight the strain of keeping the aircraft in level flight became so great that two members of the crew had to assist by pulling Lawrence the ends of a rope which had been lashed to the control column. Base was finally reached and spite of difficulties and safe landing was effected. Flight Sergeant Modeland set an excellent example of skill, determination and devotion to duty in most difficult circumstances. London Gazette No. 36682, Dated 1944-09-01

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