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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 131 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
1940-05-10MMSgtErnest Frederick William RUSSELL (565278)
This airman pilot displayed much courage and devotion to duty during operations in Norway. Much of his work was on rearming the squadron aircraft and was performed whilst subject to enemy bombing and machine gun fire. London Gazette No. 34847, Dated 1940-05-10
1940-11-05MMAC2Cyril Geoffrey FAULKNER (900203)
351192 Corporal George William JONES. 900203 Aircraftman 2nd Class Cyril Geoffrey FAULKNER. During a heavy attack on an aerodrome a burning British fighter aircraft landed. Despite heavy bombs which were falling and enemy machine gunning, Corporal Jones and Aircraftman 2nd Class Faulkner took their ambulance across to the burning aircraft, assisted the pilot from it, extinguished his burning clothing and rendered first aid treatment. Both airmen displayed calm courage and devotion to duty. London Gazette No. 34986, Dated 1940-11-05
1940-11-05MMCplGeorge William JONES (351192)
351192 Corporal George William JONES. 900203 Aircraftman 2nd Class Cyril Geoffrey FAULKNER. During a heavy attack on an aerodrome a burning British fighter aircraft landed. Despite heavy bombs which were falling and enemy machine gunning, Corporal Jones and Aircraftman 2nd Class Faulkner took their ambulance across to the burning aircraft, assisted the pilot from it, extinguished his burning clothing and rendered first aid treatment. Both airmen displayed calm courage and devotion to duty. London Gazette No. 34986, Dated 1940-11-05
1940-11-05MMSgtJoan Eugene MORTIMER (881151)
881151 Sergeant Joan Eugene MORTIMER, Women's Auxiliary Air Force. 882988 Sergeant Helen Emily TURNER, , Women's Auxiliary Air Force. 889552 Corporal (now Acting Assistant Section Officer) Elspeth CandHsh HENDERSON, Women's Auxiliary Air Force. During an intensive enemy air raid on an aerodrome, Sergeants Mortimer and Turner and Corporal Henderson remained at their posts and calmly carried out their duties. They displayed courage and example of a high order London Gazette No. 34986, Dated 1940-11-05
1940-11-05MMCplElspeth Candlish HENDERSON (889552)
881151 Sergeant Joan Eugene MORTIMER, Women's Auxiliary Air Force. 882988 Sergeant Helen Emily TURNER, , Women's Auxiliary Air Force. 889552 Corporal (now Acting Assistant Section Officer) Elspeth CandHsh HENDERSON, Women's Auxiliary Air Force. During an intensive enemy air raid on an aerodrome, Sergeants Mortimer and Turner and Corporal Henderson remained at their posts and calmly carried out their duties. They displayed courage and example of a high order London Gazette No. 34986, Dated 1940-11-05
1940-11-05MMSgtHelen Emily TURNER (882988)
881151 Sergeant Joan Eugene MORTIMER, Women's Auxiliary Air Force. 882988 Sergeant Helen Emily TURNER, , Women's Auxiliary Air Force. 889552 Corporal (now Acting Assistant Section Officer) Elspeth CandHsh HENDERSON, Women's Auxiliary Air Force. During an intensive enemy air raid on an aerodrome, Sergeants Mortimer and Turner and Corporal Henderson remained at their posts and calmly carried out their duties. They displayed courage and example of a high order London Gazette No. 34986, Dated 1940-11-05
1940-11-05MMAC2David Glyndwr ROBERTS (914844)
During an air raid on an aerodrome, Aircraftman 2nd Class Roberts was in charge of a unit of the ground defences and, although under heavy fire, succeeded in destroying one enemy aircraft and causing damage to another. London Gazette No. 34986, Dated 1940-11-05
1940-12-20MMCplBruce JACKMAN (88187)
When a severe bombing attack developed at an aerodrome, Corporal Jackman ran to a gun post which he knew was manned by a less experienced crew. He retained one airman and ordered the others to take cover. He then operated the twin Lewis guns with great courage and determination until the gun post was demolished and he was severely wounded. Corporal Jackman's magnificent courage in the face of extreme danger merit?. the highest praise: London Gazette No. 35019, Dated 1940-12-20
1940-12-20MMCplJosephine Maude Gwynne ROBINS (882135)
Corporal Robins was in a dug-out which received a direct hit during an intense enemy bombing raid. A number of men were killed and two seriously injured. Though dust and fumes filled the shelter, Corporal Robins immediately went to the assistance of the wounded and rendered first aid. While they were being removed from the demolished dug-out, she fetched a stretcher and stayed with the wounded until they were evacuated. She displayed courage and coolness of a very high order in a position of extreme danger London Gazette No. 35019, Dated 1940-12-20
1940-12-20MMAC2Anthony Douglas ROWE (917343)
During a dive bombing attack on a station, this airman manned one of two Hispano cannons with great skill and coolness, and thus shared in the destruction of at least two enemy aircraft. He remained at his selfappointed post during the whole of the action, without any cover and undeterred by bombs which were exploding some thirty yards away. He was deliberately machinegunned from the air, but continued to handle his gun until the raid was over. Aircraftman (Rowe showed courage, initiative and skill of a very high order London Gazette No. 35019, Dated 1940-12-20
1940-12-20MMAC1Frederick WILSON (610976)
Aircraftman Wilson was a member of the crew of a high speed launch which rescued some 14 injured men from three Ships of a convoy which were burning furiously. Later, when attempting the rescue of personnel from two planes, which had fallen into the sea, the launch was attacked by nine enemy single engine biplanes. The enemy raked the launch with machine gun fire and three fires were started by incendiary bullets. The wireless operator was killed, the man at the wheel had two bullets through his clothing and the master was knocked unconscious. Aircraftman Wilson seized the wheel and kept control of the launch in the heat of the action, until the master returned. During the-action a line fell overboard and fouled the propellers. As they could not be cleared, Aircraftman Wilson, in spite of the rough sea, went over the side with a bowline and endeavoured to clear them. This Aircraftman behaved in a most praiseworthy manner under the most difficult conditions. London Gazette No. 35019, Dated 1940-12-20
1940-12-20MMCplJoseph CROSSFIELD (336779)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35020, Dated 1940-12-20
1941-01-01MMCplLeslie Ralph FLOWER (517225)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35029, Dated 1941-01-01
1941-01-01MMFlt SgtStanley John BLACK (348929)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35029, Dated 1941-01-01
1941-01-01MMLACKenneth George LEGG (539691)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35029, Dated 1941-01-01
1941-01-01MMLACJohn PAUL (336931)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35029, Dated 1941-01-01
1941-01-01MMLACJames POLLARD (760225)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35029, Dated 1941-01-01
1941-01-01MMWOWilliam James POND (349798)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35029, Dated 1941-01-01
1941-01-10MMActg CplAvis Joan HEARN (880847)
In August, 1940, during an enemy air attack, bombs were dropped on buildings of the unit doing very considerable damage. Several heavy bombs fell alongside a block where Corporal Hearn-Avis was working alone controlling telephones. Every window was blown in and one of the main walls of two rooms was badly cracked. Throughout the attack Corporal Hearn-Avis remained at her post in a building which threatened to collapse about her, doing her • work as far as the terrific noise would permit. This airwoman displayed courage and devotion to duty of the highest order London Gazette No. 35039, Dated 1941-01-10
1941-01-10MMAC2Oliver Henry HEWITT (952466)
Immediately after a heavy bombing raid on a Royal Air Force station this airman volunteered to control a fire which threatened an ammunition store. Without hesitation, he drove the station crane from its partially demolished garage, though the petrol tank of the crane was punctured and petrol was pouring towards the fire. His calmness and courage, in spite of continued enemy air activity, undoubtedly saved the ammunition store London Gazette No. 35039, Dated 1941-01-10
1941-01-10MMLACSydney LEDWARD (901114)
In August, 1940, during an air raid on an aerodrome, this airman rendered first aid to twenty-five casualties and removed five others to safety whilst bombing was actually proceeding. Later in the month he remained cool and collected during another air raid and again rendered first aid when and where required. He has also acquitted himself in a praiseworthy manner when aircraft have crashed and burst into flames London Gazette No. 35039, Dated 1941-01-10
1941-01-10MMSgtJean Mary YOULE (881906)
In August, 1940, Sergeant Youle was on duty in a Station telephone exchange when the Station was attacked and bombed by five enemy aircraft. Part of the building containing the telephone exchange suffered a direct hit and other bombs fell in very close proximity. The telephone staff were subjected to a heavy rain of debris and splinters and to the noise of the concussion of exploding bombs. It was solely due to the cool bravery of, and suoerb example set by Sergeant Youle, that the telephone operators carried on with their task with calmness and complete efficiency at a most dangerous time for them. She has at all times set an excellent example of coolness and efficiency to all. London Gazette No. 35039, Dated 1941-01-10
1941-03-07MMAC2Cecil Frederick Mason BRIGHT (1351111)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35097, Dated 1941-03-07
1941-03-07MMSgtDonald Leslie PHILLIPS (545177)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35097, Dated 1941-03-07
1941-03-07MMSgtEric WATSON (967923)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35097, Dated 1941-03-07
1941-03-17MMSgtRobert CUNNINGHAM (352703)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35107, Dated 1941-03-17
1941-03-17MMLACWilliam Alex HARRIS (169804)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35107, Dated 1941-03-17
1941-08-19MMCplGeorge Eric BANFIELD (550781)
During the intensive bombardment prior to and during the enemy invasion of Crete, when telephone communication had been destroyed, Corporal Banfield maintained contact by wireless telegraphy between the station and operations room at Heraklion. For over three days he continued to pass vital information, whilst working in a tent without protection from machine gun fire and bombing. Later, when the unit of some 50 Royal Air Force personnel, mainly untrained in fighting, were cut off from the defended area at Heraklion and it became • necessary to fight a way through German forces, Corporal Banfield displayed conspicuous bravery and was always the first to volunteer for any difficult or dangerous task. On two occasions he led small parties in outflanking enemy posts which were keeping the main body under fire, destroying their posts and capturing prisoners. When the main body Were unable to enter our own lines, as our troops failed to recognise them, Corporal Banfield was the first to volunteer for a small party which succeeded in getting through and warning our troops of the approach of the main body. Corporal Banfield, by his courageous efforts, contributed materially to the^ability of the unit to fight its way through a numerically superior enemy force. London Gazette No. 35251, Dated 1941-08-19
1941-08-19MMSgtVictor Clement CORDERY (532737)
532737 Sergeant Victor Clement CORDERY. 747865 Sergeant George Cyril STARKEY,. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (missing). In April, 1941, Sergeants Cordery and Starkey were members of the crew of an aircraft which, whilst at its moorings, was attacked by a formation of seven Junkers 87's flying in line astern. When the leading pilot dived to make a front gun attack; Sergeants Cordery and Starkey coolly withheld their fire until the enemy was in close range and continued these tactics against the remainder; who attacked at short intervals. During the action, the aircraft was repeatedly hit about the wings, midship section and free gunner's position, and on the third attack the.inner tanks caught fire and the aircraft rapidly became a mass of flames. Nevertheless Sergeants Cordery and Starkey remained at their posts and kept up their fire during the seven attacks, and destroyed one of the enemy aircraft and hit others. It was not until further action was impossible that Sergeants Cordery and' Starkey left their posts. They were last to leave and the aircraft sank five minutes later. Both airmen displayed great courage and devotion to duty throughout London Gazette No. 35251, Dated 1941-08-19
1941-08-19MMSgtGeorge Cyril STARKEY (747865)
532737 Sergeant Victor Clement CORDERY. 747865 Sergeant George Cyril STARKEY,. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (missing). In April, 1941, Sergeants Cordery and Starkey were members of the crew of an aircraft which, whilst at its moorings, was attacked by a formation of seven Junkers 87's flying in line astern. When the leading pilot dived to make a front gun attack; Sergeants Cordery and Starkey coolly withheld their fire until the enemy was in close range and continued these tactics against the remainder; who attacked at short intervals. During the action, the aircraft was repeatedly hit about the wings, midship section and free gunner's position, and on the third attack the.inner tanks caught fire and the aircraft rapidly became a mass of flames. Nevertheless Sergeants Cordery and Starkey remained at their posts and kept up their fire during the seven attacks, and destroyed one of the enemy aircraft and hit others. It was not until further action was impossible that Sergeants Cordery and' Starkey left their posts. They were last to leave and the aircraft sank five minutes later. Both airmen displayed great courage and devotion to duty throughout London Gazette No. 35251, Dated 1941-08-19
1941-08-19MMSgtWilliam Allan THYNNE (939506)
939506 Sergeant William Allan THYNNE. 520175 Sergeant Edgar William Henry ZIETHING. In May, 1941, Sergeants Thynne and Ziething were, respectively, air gunner and observer in an aircraft which carried out an attack on a fort at Rutbah. After the attack Sergeant Thynne drew the attention of his pilot to an aircraft burning on the ground. A figure waving was seen to be beside the aircraft. The pilot landed alongside and -Sergeant Ziething, who jumped out before the aircraft had completely stopped, went to rescue the survivor. Meanwhile, Sergeant Thynne went to the burning, wreckage, where Sergeant Ziething shortly joined him and, in the face of enemy fire from armoured cars and despite ammunition exploding in all directions, both airmen searched the wreckage in an attempt to discover the remainder of the crew. Unable to find any traces of them, Sergeants Thynne and Ziething returned to their own aircraft which flew off with the rescued officer on board. Both these airmen displayed great courage and complete disregard for their own safety London Gazette No. 35251, Dated 1941-08-19
1941-08-19MMSgtEdgar William Henry ZEITHING (520175)
939506 Sergeant William Allan THYNNE. 520175 Sergeant Edgar William Henry ZIETHING. In May, 1941, Sergeants Thynne and Ziething were, respectively, air gunner and observer in an aircraft which carried out an attack on a fort at Rutbah. After the attack Sergeant Thynne drew the attention of his pilot to an aircraft burning on the ground. A figure waving was seen to be beside the aircraft. The pilot landed alongside and -Sergeant Ziething, who jumped out before the aircraft had completely stopped, went to rescue the survivor. Meanwhile, Sergeant Thynne went to the burning, wreckage, where Sergeant Ziething shortly joined him and, in the face of enemy fire from armoured cars and despite ammunition exploding in all directions, both airmen searched the wreckage in an attempt to discover the remainder of the crew. Unable to find any traces of them, Sergeants Thynne and Ziething returned to their own aircraft which flew off with the rescued officer on board. Both these airmen displayed great courage and complete disregard for their own safety London Gazette No. 35251, Dated 1941-08-19
1941-10-17MMAC1Marcel Gerard COMEAU (625329)
In the course of a heavy bombing and machine gun attack on an aerodrome, a bomb exploded on a trench causing 2 soldiers, both Greeks, to be buried in the debris. Aircraftman Comeau, displaying great bravery, left the shelter of his trench and, although the station was under continuous fire, managed to dig them out with his hands. One of them however subsequently died. Later on, in the face of enemy fire, Aircraftman Comeau secured from another position a gun which greatly improved the defence of his own position London Gazette No. 35312, Dated 1941-10-17
1941-11-21MMLACNorman John DARCH (542821)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35353, Dated 1941-11-21
1942-03-13MMAC1George HIBBERT (538174)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35486, Dated 1942-03-13
1942-03-13MMSgtRobert William LONSDALE (755548)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35486, Dated 1942-03-13
1942-03-13MMLACHarold Arthur MOREMENT (541877)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35486, Dated 1942-03-13
1942-03-13MMSgtGeorge ROSKELL (613552)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35486, Dated 1942-03-13
1942-03-31MMCplGordon Benjamin TAYLOR (933744)
This airman displayed great courage during a very heavy air raid on the desert landing ground at Gorabub. Lying in a completely exposed position and unprotected by any breast-work, Corporal Taylor continued firing his Lewis gun at low-flying aircraft. Although bombs were dropping near and shrapnel and bullets were flying around, he steadfastly remained at his post until he was eventually blown from his position by the blast from a bursting bomb some 15 yards away. Corporal Taylor's conduct throughout a trying period set an inspiring example to all. It was confirmed later that a Messerschmitt no was brought down by gunfire from the ground. London Gazette No. 35507, Dated 1942-03-31
1942-04-07MMAC1George Alfred COTTRELL (654123)
In February,1942 this airman was a member of a machine gun crew on board a transport which was subjected to a series of operations. dive-bombing attacks covering a period of 4 hours. He used his gun with great skill, and his courageous and determined example inspired his fellow gunners so that, after the first attack, the enemy aircraft kept at a respectful distance a fact which undoubtedly assisted in the eventual safety of the ship. During the attack, Aircraftman Cottrill shot down an enemy aircraft. London Gazette No. 35514, Dated 1942-04-07
1942-04-21MMSgtJames Sidney DEWHURST (1100752)
Sergeant Dewhurst has on many occasions displayed great bravery and indifference to danger during enemy bombing raids. While in charge of the fire fighting party, he has been responsible for saving many aircraft from destruction during continuous bombing. On one occasion in March, 1942, he saved the crew of a burning aircraft. Some days later, he extinguished the flames of burning aircraft in circumstances of considerable danger. Sergeant Dewhurst has always displayed outstanding devotion to duty. London Gazette No. 35531, Dated 1942-04-21
1942-05-15MMFlt SgtCharles William Hall COX (955754)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35558, Dated 1942-05-15
1942-05-22MMFlt SgtHarold Theakston GIBBS (506149)83 Sqdn
Flight Sergeant Gibbs has invariably displayed courage and determination in the defence of his aerodrome during enemy air attacks. He has been constantly on duty in manning a machine-gun post, which he erected himself, and has destroyed i enemy aircraft and probably destroyed 7 more. He has always been willing to give any assistance necessary after raids. This airman's fearlessness has set a fine example to all. London Gazette No. 35569, Dated 1942-05-22
1942-05-26MMSgtWallace DYER (1381730)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35574, Dated 1942-05-26
1942-05-26MMSgtVictor George HALEY (1251661)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35574, Dated 1942-05-26
1942-05-26MMSgtOliver Barton JAMES (745340)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35574, Dated 1942-05-26
1942-05-26MMSgtWilliam John Quirke MAGRATH (581464)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35574, Dated 1942-05-26
1942-08-18MMFlt SgtJames Atterby McCAIRNS (754718)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35671, Dated 1942-08-18
1942-08-18MMSgtVictor Thomas McFARLANE (565019)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35671, Dated 1942-08-18
1942-08-18MMFlt SgtLionel Richard WILLIS (742172)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35671, Dated 1942-08-18

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