I am researching the Knowles crew of 199 Squadron who were lost on 1 December 1943. I know the circumstances of the loss and the crews names but I am interested in finding out the reason why F/Sgt. John Alfred Knowles 656356was Mentioned in Despatches. F/Sgt. Knowles joined 199 from 1665 CU wef 9/10/1943 and was on his fifth operation when he and his crew were lost on a minelaying operation.

Can anyone on the forum help?