RAF and Commonwealth Air Forces Awards
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RAF and Commonwealth Air Forces Awards

This is a database of all commonwealth airforces Awards in the Second World War. Database developed with help of Malcolm Barrass and Jagan Pillarisetti. DSO listing provided by Hugh Halliday. Citations sourced from the London Gazette Website. Medal Ribbons from Wikipedia.

In this context we recommend reference books that include Honour the Air Forces by Michael Maton, The Distinguished Flying Cross and How It Was Won 1918-1945 by Nick Carter and Carol Carter, The Distinguished Flying Medal: A record of courage, 1918-1982 by I. T Tavender

There are a total of 65495 Award records in this database. Your query returns 6484 records

Award Name Number Date/Year/Month Unit Force
VC : 30 GC : 20 EGM(M) : 8 DSO : 1222 DFC : 20927 MC : 85 AFC : 2481 CGM(F) : 107 DFM : 6484 MM : 131 AFM : 292 MiD : 33708
DateAwardRankName (Number)UnitRibbon
1939-11-03DFMSgtWilliam Edward WILLITS (527769)269 Sqdn
Sergeant WILLITS was the second pilot and navigator of an aircraft engaged in combat with an enemy flying boat in September, 1939. When, during an attack, the pilot had been shot through the head and had collapsed over the control column, this airman, in spite of the pilot's inertness and the extremely low altitude, succeeded in obtaining control of the aircraft. After the dead pilot had been moved entirely clear of the controls Sergeant WILLITS piloted and navigated the aircraft back to the base, a distance of about 140 miles. The airman's skill and presence of mind undoubtedly saved the aircraft and the Jives of the other members of the crew. London Gazette No. 34724, Dated 1939-11-03
1940-01-02DFMCplAlexander BICKERSTAFF (563040)99 Sqdn
During operations over enemy territory in December, 1939, this airman, as tail gunner, maintained a steady and accurate fire at all enemy aircraft that came within range. He himself shot down one Messerschmidt. This aircraft engaged the leader's aircraft at extremely close range. Corporal Bickerstaff quickly brought his guns to bear and directed a cool and accurate fire, his tracer being seen to pass directly through the pilot's position before the enemy aircraft burst into flames and crashed into the sea. London Gazette No. 34765, Dated 1940-01-02
1940-01-02DFMCplCedric Charles PETTIT (562595)99 Sqdn
During operations over enemy territory in December, 1939, this airman, when acting as tail gunner in the leading aircraft of the second section, engaged all enemy aircraft that came within range. He brought a welldirected cross fire to bear on aircraft attacking the leading formation, in addition to engaging the enemy during their attacks on another section. He remained absolutely steady throughout the action, his standard of fire discipline being of the highest order London Gazette No. 34765, Dated 1940-01-02
1940-01-02DFMLACJohn James COPLEY (521256)38 Sqdn
Leading Aircraftman Copley was the tail air gunner in an aircraft taking part in a raid over enemy territory during December, 1939. When his aircraft became isolated from the formation and was attacked by an enemy fighter aircraft from astern he opened' fire at a range of approximately 150-200 yards, subsequently getting in at least two bursts of 20 rounds each at point blank range, causing the aircraft to pull, into a climbing turn, stall and dive out of control. During this engagement Leading Aircraftman Copley's aircraft was hit in numerous vital places by enemy bullets, and yet despite the fact that he himself was injured by the gunfire from the attacking aircraft, he maintained control of his fire and manipulation of the gun turret, setting a very high standard for other air gunners. London Gazette No. 34765, Dated 1940-01-02
1940-01-16DFMAC1Leonard James BRITTON (519168)206 Sqdn
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Pilot Officer Cedric Alan Sykes GREENHILL. (40906)-. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. 519168 Aircraftman, ist Class, Leonard James BRITTON. Pilot Officer Greenhill and Aircraftman Britton were respectively pilot and rear gunner of an Anson aircraft which, whilst on reconnaissance duty oyer the North Sea during November, 1939, was attacked by a. Heinkel seaplane. Pilot Officer Greenhill returned the attack and, by using the manoeuvrability of his aircraft to the full,, gradually took the initiative,. Aircraftman Britton showing his ability by firijig whenever possible. The enemy aircraft was finally shot down by Pilot Officer Greenhill in delivering a short burst, from his. front gun. London Gazette No. 34773, Dated 1940-01-16
1940-01-16DFMAC1Charles Ronald DRIVER (626742)9 Sqdn
Aircraftman Driver was the front gunner in an aircraft engaged in operations over an enemy naval base in December, 1939. Although the aircraft was subjected to very heavy fire he remained at his post until both the front guns were put out of action and the flooring shot away or in flames, which he extinguished with his hands. As by this time the petrol system had been severely damaged, he proceeded to the hand petrol pump, and continued manual pumping until shortage of petrol caused the aircraft to land in the sea. Despite these exertions, Aircraftman Driver subsequently succeeded in launching the dinghy and assisted in saving the remainder of the crew, some of whom were wounded. It is undoubtedly largely due to his alertness that the members of the crew of this aircraft were brought to safety. London Gazette No. 34773, Dated 1940-01-16
1940-01-16DFMAC1James John MULLINEAUX (547644)149 Sqdn
This aircraftman was rear gunner in an aircraft of a formation which carried out operations over an enemy naval base in December, 1939. In spite of heavy enemy anti-aircraft fire and repeated attacks he displayed great courage and coolness, bringing down, by his well-controlled and accurate marksmanship, one enemy fighter in flames and, in conjunction with his under turret gunner, destroying a second aircraft. London Gazette No. 34773, Dated 1940-01-16
1940-01-19DFMLACRex Arthur CRUMPTON (525122)220 Sqdn
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Pilot Officer Garth Wells Fuller CAREY (36169). Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. 525122 Leading Aircraftman Rex Arthur CRUMPTON. Pilot Officer Carey and Leading Aircraftman Crumpton were respectively pilot and air gunner of one of three aircraft carrying out a patrol over the North Sea in January, 1940, when two enemy aircraft were encountered. Pilot Officer Carey opened fire at very close range, and was successful in driving the first enemy machine, in flames, into the sea. He then engaged the second enemy aircraft until he had exhausted his front gun ammunition, and by his skilful manoeuvring enabled Leading Aircraftman Crumpton to bring his gun into action at point blank range, inflicting considerable damage. The skill and coolness displayed-by Leading Aircraftman Crumpton in the manipulation of his guns played a large part in bringing the combat to a successful conclusion. London Gazette No. 34776, Dated 1940-01-19
1940-01-30DFMLACJohn TIPPETT (538806)110 Sqdn
This airman was the gunner of one of a formation of bomber aircraft which was attacked by enemy fighters over the North Sea in January, 1940. As the aircraft held a vulnerable position in the formation, Leading Aircraftman Tippett's task was one of great danger and responsibility, and yet he showed great skill and coolness in handling his gun and greatly assisted in repelling the enemy attacks throughout the engagement London Gazette No. 34782, Dated 1940-01-30
1940-02-20DFMAC1Ernest William GIMSON (541685)107 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMAC1Alexander MURCAR (532866)150 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMLACWalter GREIG (532679)149 Sqdn
Notification Only (since reported missing—believed killed). London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMSgtWilliam John BARRETT (580566)107 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMSgtArthur Sydenham T CARGILL (562663)224 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMSgtAlfred Charles CULVER (580001)220 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMSgtJohn Llewellyn HAWKEN (564188)233 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMSgtArthur Stanley JOHNSON (580263)10 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMSgtJohn Richardson RAMSHAW (562599)9 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMSgtKenneth Frederick SCOTNEY (580072)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMSgtGeorge Arthur STAMP (580074)228 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMSgtLionel WOOD (564805)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMAC1Edgar WHITE (551581)109 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMAC2Robert Harvey FRANCIS (628829)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-02-20DFMCplColin Beresford Graham KNIGHT (NZ37122)99 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34795, Dated 1940-02-20
1940-03-01DFMSgtFrank Reginald CAREY (561516)43 Sqdn
During January, 1940, with his section leader, this airman engaged an enemy aircraft over the North Sea whilst it was attacking shipping. Again, in February, 1940, while leading a section of two aircraft, he engaged an enemy aircraft over the North Sea and shot it down. Low cloud was present during these engagements but Sergeant Carey's initiative, determination and skill prevented the enemy from' taking cover in it and brought the engagements to a successful conclusion. London Gazette No. 34803, Dated 1940-03-01
1940-03-08DFMAC1Frederick John ALLAM (540542)110 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34807, Dated 1940-03-08
1940-03-08DFMAC1Henry Arthur George FERRE (551244)53 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34807, Dated 1940-03-08
1940-03-08DFMLACSidney CULVER (537273)57 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34807, Dated 1940-03-08
1940-03-08DFMLACGeorge HAWKINS (510166)18 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34807, Dated 1940-03-08
1940-03-08DFMSgtWilliam Joseph CRONIN (365686)53 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34807, Dated 1940-03-08
1940-03-08DFMSgtFrank MILLER (364705)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34807, Dated 1940-03-08
1940-03-08DFMSgtDavid PENNINGTON (511772)110 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34807, Dated 1940-03-08
1940-03-08DFMSgtAlexander Cameron THOMAS (562997)57 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34807, Dated 1940-03-08
1940-03-26DFMSgtJohn Laurence FLETCHER (564192)Citation
564192 Sergeant John Laurence FLETCHER. Sergeant Fletcher was the captain of one of the aircraft which attacked the seaplane base at Sylt on the night of 19-20th March 1940. He set the highest example of gallantry by successfully attacking the hangars and slipway at a height which brought him, and his crew, up against the full force of the antiaircraft fire of this heavily defended base. London Gazette No. 34817, Dated 1940-03-26
1940-04-02DFMSgtRichard Samuel GUNNING (580132)107 Sqdn
580132 Sergeant Richard Samuel GUNNING. During March, 1940, this airman was the pilot of an aircraft engaged on a reconnaissance flight over a strongly defended area of the Heligoland Bight. When coming through the clouds at 2,500 feet a submarine was sighted on the surface. Sergeant Gunning at once dived and attacked giving the submarine no chance to submerge. Four bombs were dropped the submarine being hit between the stern and conning tower. London Gazette No. 34822, Dated 1940-04-02
1940-04-05DFMAC1Richard FIELD (545751)206 Sqdn
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the following awards for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations London Gazette No. 34824, Dated 1940-04-05
1940-04-12DFMCplWilliam Gray LILLIE (538981)204 Sqdn
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Flight Lieutenant Frank PHILLIPS (37827). Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. 538981 Corporal William Gray LILLIE. Flight Lieutenant Phillips and Corporal Lillie were respectively captain and rear gunner of an aircraft which was attacked by six Junkers 88 aircraft when on convoy escort patrol in April, 1940. By his skilful handling of the aircraft Flight Lieutenant Phillips avoided the first attack by machine gun fire from two enemy aircraft and so manoeuvred that Corporal Lillie, by well directed fire which in the face of oncoming attacks he withheld until the enemy were within 100 yards, was able to bring down one of the enemy aircraft into the sea in flames. This determined attack terminated the action, the remaining enemy aircraft retiring at speed. London Gazette No. 34829, Dated 1940-04-12
1940-04-16DFMFlt SgtBernard Maurice BANNISTER (561981)201 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34831, Dated 1940-04-16
1940-04-16DFMSgtArthur Terence MAUDSLEY (565116)233 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34831, Dated 1940-04-16
1940-04-16DFMSgtAnthony Paul REEN (520583)269 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34831, Dated 1940-04-16
1940-04-26DFMActg CplAlbert Douglas COLDICOTT (621062)44 Sqdn
621062 Acting Corporal Albert Douglas COLDICOTT. In April, 1940, this airman was wireless operator and air gunner of an aircraft, piloted by Pilot Officer M. G. Homer, which attacked two enemy cruisers in Christiansand Bay. During the engagement with enemy fighters Corporal Coldicott shot one down which burst into flames and crashed into the sea. His own aircraft had been damaged, but by obtaining accurate bearings under difficult and harassing conditions he enabled his pilot to navigate the aircraft successfully to its home base. London Gazette No. 34838, Dated 1940-04-26
1940-04-26DFMCplJohn WALLACE (549581)50 Sqdn
549581 Corporal John WALLACE. In April, 1940, Corporal Wallace was wireless operator and air gunner of an aircraft engaged in the bombing of two enemy cruisers in Christiansand Bay, when an attack was made by nine enemy aircraft. He •displayed the greatest gallantry and coolness in the face of repeated attacks by superior numbers and shot down one Messerschmitt fighter into the sea. Under wireless instructions from the formation leader his aircraft then escorted another, which had been disabled, until the latter was forced to alight on the sea, but by Corporal Wallace's accuracy in giving its position a vessel was enabled to reach the scene. London Gazette No. 34838, Dated 1940-04-26
1940-04-26DFMFlt SgtGordon Allan POWELL (508952)115 Sqdn
508952 Flight Sergeant Gordon Allen POWELL. During April, 1940, Flight Sergeant Powell was captain of an aircraft, taking part in a low-flying attack on Stavanger aerodrome, which was pressed home with the greatest determination in the face of intense antiaircraft and machine-gun fire. His aircraft received three direct hits, the first of which wounded him in the shoulder and left side and also severely damaged the aircraft. Immediately he was hit Flight Sergeant Powell dived near to the ground and made his escape to sea. Despite his wounds and loss of blood and the difficulty of controlling his damaged aircraft he succeeded in reaching his home base, a distance of 370 miles, in extremely bad weather at night. His gallantry and devotion to duty were outstanding. London Gazette No. 34838, Dated 1940-04-26
1940-05-07DFMAC2John Richard MAYOR (643912)107 Sqdn
643912 Aircraftman, 2nd class, John Richard MAYOR. In April, 1940, this airman was air gunner in one of a formation of three aircraft attacked by Messerschmitt fighters. As a result of his accurate fire he disabled one of the engines of an enemy fighter and undoubtedly saved his aircraft from being shot down. In the course of the engagement his aircraft was struck many times and although his turret was put out of action, he succeeded in firing a further burst at the enemy. This was Aircraftman Mayor's first occasion in action but he operated his gun with very great skill and showed determination, coolness and courage of the highest order. London Gazette No. 34844, Dated 1940-05-07
1940-05-07DFMCplLeonard YEOMANS (532424)107 Sqdn
532424 Corporal Leonard YEOMANS. In April, 1940, this airman was air gunner of an aircraft engaged in bombing operations against Stavanger aerodrome. On the return flight his aircraft was attacked for sixty-five minutes by Messerschmitt fighters but by his skill in the handling of his gun and his accurate instructions to the pilot when to take avoiding action, he was to a great extent responsible for the safe return of his aircraft. Throughout the combat Corporal Yeomans showed great coolness and courage. London Gazette No. 34844, Dated 1940-05-07
1940-05-07DFMLACJohn Edward NEWBY (543303)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34844, Dated 1940-05-07
1940-05-07DFMLACArthur Henry WEBSTER (524040)224 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34844, Dated 1940-05-07
1940-05-07DFMSgtJohn Anthony Mawson REID (740945)11 Fighter Group
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34844, Dated 1940-05-07
1940-05-17DFMCplAlan Glyndwr RICHARDS (551007)82 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34852, Dated 1940-05-17
1940-05-17DFMSgtWilliam George BRINN (563041)107 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 34852, Dated 1940-05-17

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