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    Default Awards, 2 June 1943

    The following is a list of some 320 citations which did not appear in the London Gazette but were associated with the Birthday Honours List of 2 June 1943. They include 54 AFC awards, three Bars to the AFC, 12 AFMs, nine ARRCs, 54 BEMs, six CBEs, 17 Commendations, 64 MBEs, 64 Mentions in Despatches, 41 OBEs and two awards of the RRC.

    While far from complete (the CBE and MiD awards are fragmentary) these may interest some readers who may get the texts from me at hughhall@allstream.net.

    My public thanks to Steve Brew and Erroll Martyn who have contributed greatly to this lcompilation.

    ABBOTT, Harry Percy, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - 3 Sqn - RAF
    ADAMS, Harold, SL - OBE - 430602 - Bomber Command HQ - RAFVR
    AFFLECK, John Robert Clark, FS - AFM - 430602 - 24 OTU - RAF
    AGUTTER, James Francis, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 8 AGS - RAF
    ANNAN, Stewart Hutchinson, SL - MiD - 430602 - 20 OTU - RAFVR
    APPLETON, James Ronald, SL - AFC - 430602 - TFU Defford - RAF Can
    ARCHER, Ernest Leonard, SL - AFC - 430602 - 1526 BAT Flight - RAF
    ARMSTRONG, Rodney Irvine, FL - MiD - 430602 - 1482 Flight - RAF
    BADCOCK, Edgar Clifford Graham, SL - OBE - 430602 - 211 Group, Mid East - RAFVR
    BAKER, Francis George, Flight Sergeant - Comm - 430602 - 3 (O) AFU - RAFVR
    BAKER, Raymond Alfred, FS - AFM - 430602 - 15 OTU - RAF
    BAKER, George Robert Charles, WC - OBE - 430602 - Air Ministry - RAF
    BALLETT, Wm Alfred, FL - MBE - 430602 - Stn Swanton M - RAF
    BANNON, Patrick Mathew, Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 3201 Servicing Echelon - RAFAux
    BARTLETT, Geoffrey Cecil Clements, WC - AFC - 430602 - 59 Sqn - RAF
    BATTY, Reginald Henry, GC - MiD - 430602 - Middle East Met - RAF
    BAX, Alfred Victor, WC, AFM - Comm - 430602 - AOS - RAF
    BENNETT, Alan Wilfred, FL - MBE - 430602 - 1 Overseas Aircraft DU - RAFVR
    BIRCH, Francis Leslie, FL - MBE - 430602 - Staff Pilots Training Unit - RAFVR
    BIRD, Dennis, Corporal - BEM - 430602 - 106 Sqn - RAF
    BISHOP, Herbert Frank, SL, AFC - OBE - 430602 - 2 EFTS India - RAF
    BLACKBURN, Joseph Carlyle, AC2 - BEM - 430602 - Luqa - RAF
    BLAKE, Gilbert Lawrence, SL - Comm - 430602 - Western Zoyland - RAF
    BLENNERHASSETT, Richard Markby, FL, AFC - Comm - 430602 - 24 Sqn - RAF
    BONNAR, Norman John, FO - AFC - 430602 - Benson - RAFVR
    BOTTOMS, Francis, FL - MBE - 430602 - Sea Rescue Mid-East - RAF
    BOYER, James, FL - MBE - 430602 - Bodorgan, Stn - RAF
    BRADSHAW, Norman William, FL - MiD - 430602 - 101 Met Unit - RAFVR
    BREACH, Frank Harold, FO - MBE - 430602 - 272 Sqn - RAF
    BRECKON, Ivan Oswald, FL - MiD - 430602 - 23 OTU - RNZAF
    BRERETON, William, SL, MBE - AFC - 430602 - Air Landing School India - RAF
    BROWNE, Jessie Katharine Annie, Acting Senior Sister - ARRC - 430602 - Henlow Hospital - RAF
    BROWNE, Stanley Frank, FL - MBE - 430602 - 13 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    BROWNING, Norman Edgar, FL - MBE - 430602 - Air Training Corps - RAFVR
    BUCKINGHAM, CW, FL - MBE - 430602 - 103 Sqn - RAF
    BUCKLEY, Ethel Maude, Acting Matron - ARRC - 430602 - Locking Hospital - RAF
    BURDON, George Robert, Flight Sergeant - AFM - 430602 - 24 Sqn - RAF
    BURGESS, George, WC - OBE - 430602 - 44 Group Ferry Cmd - RAF
    CAMPLING, Eric Frank Knowles, SL, DFC - MiD - 430602 - 1656 CU - RAF
    CARTER, Frederick Albert James, Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 1651 CU - RAFVR
    CARTLEDGE, Louisa Barham, Acting Matron - ARRC - 430602 - Kirkham Hospital - RAF
    CASE, Albert Avion, WC - OBE - 430602 - 202 Sqn - RAF
    CASEY, Harry, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 249 Sqn - RAF
    CAVE, Winifred Marianne, Acting Senior Sister - ARRC - 430602 - Wick - RAF
    CELESTE, Florence, Sgt - BEM - 430602 - 5 (P) AFU - WAAF
    CHALKER, B, LAC - MiD - 430602 - 4089 AA Flt - RAF Rgt
    CHARLESWORTH, Mary Beresford, Acting Matron - ARRC - 430602 - Matlock Hospital - RAF
    CHEERS, Harry, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 88 Sqn - RAF
    CHRISTIAN, John Douglas, Warrant Officer - MiD - 430602 - TFU Defford - RAFVR
    CLEATOR, Margaret, Section Officer - MBE - 430602 - 3 Radio School - WAAF
    CLEGG, John, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - Port Ellen - RAF
    CLOUGH, Catherine Elizabeth, Flight Officer - MBE - 430602 - Flying Training Cmd HQ - WAAF
    COOMBS, William Thomas, Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 29 Sqn - RAF
    COX, Reginald William, WC - MiD - 430602 - 1651 CU - RAF
    CREEK, Frederick Norman Smith, FL - MBE - 430602 - Air Training Corps - RAFVR
    CROSS, Arthur George, LAC - MiD - 430602 - 10 OTU - RAFVR
    CURTIS, Christopher Benjamin Richard John Been, FL - MBE - 430602 - Air Ministry AMSO - RAFVR
    CUTHBERT, Basil James Rollo, Sergeant - MiD - 430602 - 22 OTU - RAFVR
    DARKER, Reginald, SL - MBE - 430602 - 120 Sqn - RAF
    DAVIES, James Francis, Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 7 Sqn - RAF
    DICKSON, Kenneth John Douglas, SL - AFC - 430602 - 24 Sqn - RAF
    DODD, Frederick John Ritson, PO - MBE - 430602 - 2788 Sqn - RAF Regt
    DORTE, Philip Houghton, WC - MiD - 430602 - 60 Group HQ - RAFVR
    DOUCH, Alfred John, SL - MiD - 430602 - 1 Aircraft Delivery Unit - RAFVR
    DOWLING, William Ewart, FL - MiD - 430602 - 2 ME Ferry Control - RAFVR
    DRAYCOTT, Walter Elliott, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - 3202 Servicing Commando - RAF
    DREWE, Basil, WC, MC - OBE - 430602 - Fighter Command HQ - RAFVR
    DROWLEY, Thomas Edward, AC - CBE - 430602 - Washington - RAF
    DRUMMOND, John Arthur, FL - Comm - 430602 - 27 EFTS, Rhodesia - RAFVR
    DUNCAN, John, FL - MBE - 430602 - Mildinhall - RAF
    DUNLOP, William Robert, FL - MBE - 430602 - 7 FIS, Montrose - RAF
    DUNLOP, William Robert, FL - MBE - 430602 - 7 FTS - RAF
    EADE, Arthur William, WO - AFC - 430602 - 58 OTU - RAFVR
    EAGER, Richard Wilson, FO - AFC - 430602 - Sea Rescue Flight, ME - RAFVR
    EASTERBROOK, George Herbert Laurence, WC - OBE - 430602 - 29 Group HQ - RAFVR
    EASTWOOD, William Hives, WC - OBE - 430602 - RhodAF Grp HQ - RAF
    EDWARDS, John Navarino Fellows, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - ASR Unit, Ramsgate - RAF
    ELLIS, Douglas, Flight Sergeant - Comm - 430602 - 24 Sqn - RAF
    ELSOM, Ronald Arthur, FS - AFM - 430602 - 1520 BAT Flight - RAF
    ELTHERINGTON, Herbert, WC - MiD - 430602 - Luqa - RAFVR
    EMERTON, Reginald Arthur, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 607 Sqn - RAF
    FAHEY, Francis Felix, WO - AFM - 430602 - 1656 CU - RAAF
    FARNES, William Reginald, WC - OBE - 430602 - 8 Sector Operations Room - RAF
    FIELD, Charles Frederick, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - Minneriya, India - RAF
    FLETCHER, Alexander Spurgeon, WC - OBE - 430602 - Washington - RAFVR
    FLETCHER, Percy, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - Air Ministry, Dental Labs - RAF
    FLINT, Frederick Walter, LAC - BEM - 430602 - 31 Sqn - RAF
    FLOWER, Leslie Ralph, PO - MBE - 430602 - Corswell Station - RAF
    FORBES, John Douglas Richard, SL - MiD - 430602 - 20 OTU - RAF
    FOREMAN, Edward Charles, WC - AFC - 430602 - GPEU - RAF
    FOSS, George Henry, WC - OBE - 430602 - Air Ministry - RAF
    FOSTER, Michael Geoffrey Lisle, WC - MiD - 430602 - 3 (C) OTU - RAFVR
    FOX, Robert, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 31 WAAF Recruit Depot - RAF
    FRASER, Hugh, Corporal - BEM - 430602 - 3201 Servicing Commando - RAF
    FREESTONE, Claude Alfred, FL - MBE - 430602 - Air Training Corps - RAFVR
    FULLER Gordon Francis, Warrant Officer - Comm Brave - 430602 - 25 Bomb Disposal Sqn - RAF
    GARDNER, William Steven, WC, DFC - AFC - 430602 - 14 OTU - RAF
    GARNHAM, Herbert Alfred, LAC - BEM - 430602 - 111 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    GEORGE, Rowland David, SL - OBE - 430602 - 59 Embarkation Unit - RAFVR
    GIBBS, Donald Edward, FL - MiD - 430602 - 10 OTU - RAF
    GIBNEY, Frederick John, FL - MBE - 430602 - Hal Far - RAFVR
    GILES, Leonard Edgar, WC, DFC - MiD - 430602 - 19 OTU - RAF
    GOLOVINE, Michael, FL - MBE - 430602 - Air Ministry, Dept of CAS - RAFVR
    GOMEZ, Paul Slocombe, WC - MiD - 430602 - Gibraltar - RAF
    GOODWIN, Philp Robert, FL - MiD - 430602 - 23 OTU - RAFVR
    GRACE, William James, SL - OBE - 430602 - 2744 Sqn RAF Regt - RAFVR
    GRAHAM, George Desmond, FL - MBE - 430602 - 9 (O) AFU - RAFVR
    GRAHAM, Gordon Donald, FL - MiD - 430602 - 1656 CU - RAAF
    GRANTHAM, William Ivor, WC - OBE - 430602 - JAG - RAF
    GREEN, Patrick, SL - AFC - 430602 - 7 (C) OTU - RAF
    GREEN, George Douglas, WC - OBE - 430602 - 5 (P) AFU - RAF
    GRICE, Douglas Hamilton, SL, DFC - MiD - 430602 - North Weald - RAF
    GRIFFIN, Ellen Kate, Senior Sister - ARRC - 430602 - Church Village Hospital - RAF
    GRIFFITHS, Frank Cromwell, SL - AFC - 430602 - TFU Defford - RAF
    GUNN, Thorfinn James, WC - AFC - 430602 - 10 OTU - RAF
    GUTTERIDGE, James Lorimer, Corporal - BEM - 430602 - RAF in China - RAF
    HAIGH, Michael Lister, SL - MBE - 430602 - Fighter Cmd HQ - RAFVR
    HALE, Arthur, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 103 Sqn - RAF
    HALSE, Clive, FL - AFC - 430602 - Fighter Command HQ - RAFVR
    HAMBLETON, Harry Rudolph, FL - MBE - 430602 - 148 Sqn - RAFVR
    HARBER, Harry Alfred James, Sgt - BEM - 430602 - 1 (O) AFU - RAF
    HARDING, Frederick Stanley, Sgt - BEM - 430602 - 6 (P) AFU - RAF
    HARDY, Gordon, Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 70 Sqn - RAF
    HARLEY, Guy Henry, SL - OBE - 430602 - Marham - RAFVR
    HARRIS, David Norman, FL - MBE - 430602 - Pocklington - RAF
    HARTLAND, Harry John, FL, DFC - Comm - 430602 - 22 SFTS, Rhodesia - RAF
    HAYES, Robert Henry, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 1652 CU - RAFVR
    HEAD, Arthur Ronald, FL - AFC - 430602 - 15 OTU - RAFVR
    HEAL, Basil John Langmaid, FL - MiD - 430602 - 26 Grp HQ - RAF
    HEATH, Thomas Arthur, SL - Bar to AFC - 430602 - ECFS Handling Section - RAF
    HERRING, Wilfred Stanley, SL, DSO, DFM - MiD - 430602 - 1654 CU - RAF
    HERRINGTON, Charles, SL - MBE - 430602 - 21 SFTS Rhodesia - RAF
    HEWAT, Harry Aitken, AC - CBE - 430602 - Training Cmd HQ - RAF
    HILLS, Harold Edmund, WC - OBE - 430602 - 3 Group HQ - RAF
    HISCOX, Ralph, WC - OBE - 430602 - Fighter Command HQ - RAF Aux
    HOLLINGDALE, Ronald, Sergeant - MiD - 430602 - Malta AHQ - RAF
    HORE, William, FL - MBE - 430602 - 70 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    HUINS, James Proctor, W/C, OBE, MRCS, LRCP - MiD - 430602 - Bomber Command HQ - RAFVR
    HULBERT, Frank Horace Raymond, FL - AFC - 430602 - 59 OTU - RAFVR
    HUTCHINS, John Graham Balfour, WC - OBE - 430602 - 4 Group HQ - RAFVR
    IRVING, John, Corporal - MiD - 430602 - 111 Movements Unit - RAF
    IVELAW-CHAPMAN, Ronald, AC - CBE - 430602 - CAS Office - RAF
    JACKSON, Lionel Arthur, WC - OBE - 430602 - Western Desert - RAF
    JACKSON, Peter Malcolm, Corporal - MiD - 430602 - 37 Sqn - RAFVR
    JARVIS, Anthony Stuart Linney, SL - OBE - 430602 - 10 Group HQ - RAF
    JEFFREYS, Richard Douglas, FL - MiD - 430602 - Wyton - RAF
    JOHNSON, Frederick Albert, Flight Sergeant - Comm - 430602 - 3 (O) AFU - RAFVR
    KEARON, Norman Walter, SL - OBE - 430602 - 20 Air Stores Park - RAF
    KELLAWAY, Sidney Edward, SL - MiD - 430602 - 19 OTU - RAF
    KENNEDY, Duncan Colin, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - 4 Supply/Transport Col - RAF
    KERR, Norman Patterson, FL - AFC - 430602 - 20 OTU - RAFVR
    KIBBLER, Arthur Kenneth,, FL - MBE - 430602 - Air Training Corps - RAFVR
    KIDD, William, WC - OBE - 430602 - 9 Radio School - RAFVR
    KING, William Henry, WC - MiD - 430602 - 10 OTU - RAF
    KNIGHT, Harold Alban Searancke, Warrant Officer - MiD - 430602 - - RAF
    KRONFELD, Robert, FL - AFC - 430602 - AFEE - RAF
    KYLE, John William, Sgt, DFM - AFM - 430602 - 1473 Flight - RAF
    LAMASON, Philip John, SL, DFC - MiD - 430602 - 1657 CU - RNZAF
    LAMB, Rupert William, PO - MBE - 430602 - Shallufa - RAF
    LANDON, Richard Francis Palmer, SL - MiD - 430602 - Church Fenton - RAFVR
    LANKESTER, Addison Godfrey, FL - MBE - 430602 - Air Ministry, AMT - RAFVR
    LASHBROOKE, Wallace Ivor, SL, DFM - MiD - 430602 - 1652 CU - RAF
    LEE, Asher, WC - OBE - 430602 - CAS Intelligence - RAFVR
    LEE, Albert William, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 8 AA Coop Unit - RAF
    LEGGETT, William Joseph, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - 46 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    LESLIE, Roy John, SL - MiD - 430602 - 21 OTU - RAF
    LEYSHOM, Mervyn, FL - MiD - 430602 - 21 OTU - RAFVR
    LINNEY, Anthony Stuart, SL - OBE - 430602 - 277 Sqn ASR - RAF
    LISTER, Edward, SL - MBE - 430602 - Rhodesian AT Group - RAFVR
    LITTLEJOHN, Norman Barry, WC - OBE - 430602 - 31 OTU Canada - RAF
    LIVINGSTONE, Nathan, FL - MBE - 430602 - 1 Airmans Convalescent D - RAFVR
    LOCK, Wilfred Gordon, Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 122 Mobile Met Unit - RAF
    LORIMER, Crystal, WC - OBE - 430602 - Maintenance Commd HQ - RAF
    LOWE, Geoffrey, WC - AFC - 430602 - 16 OTU - RAF
    LUSCOMBE, Edward Rupert, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - 112 Sqn - RAF
    MacDONALD, Duncan Charles Ruthven, WC - AFC - 430602 - 72 OTU - RAF
    MACKINTOSH, Ian, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - Glider Pilots Exercise U - RAF
    MacLACHLAN, James Robert, WC - MiD - 430602 - Fighter Command HQ - RAF
    MacNICOL, Angus, SL - MiD - 430602 - Wyton - RAFVR
    MARSHALL, Joseph Finlay, FL - AFC - 430602 - 1520 BAT Flight - RAF
    MASSEY, Derek Fitzgerald, WC - OBE - 430602 - Army Coop Cmd HQ - RAFVR
    MAXWELL, Alfred Edward, Acting Warrant Officer - Comm - 430602 - Parachute Training School - RAFVR
    MAYES, William James Alderman, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - Coltishall - RAF
    McINTYRE, Murdock, FL - MiD - 430602 - 233 Wing - RAF
    McLOUGHLIN, Gordon Allan, Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - - RAF
    McMILLAN, Brian Watson, FL - AFC - 430602 - AHQ India Comm Unit - RAF
    McNAMA, Morgan George, FL - MiD - 430602 - 2 ME Ferry Control - RAF
    MEREDITH, George Valentine, FO - MBE - 430602 - 166 Wing India - RAF
    MERKEL, Henry Walter, SL - MiD - 430602 - 81 Group HQ - RAFVR
    MICKLETHWAITE, John Raymond, FL - AFC - 430602 - 26 EFTS, Rhodesia - RAF
    MIDDLETON, Arthur Robert, FO - MiD - 430602 - 15 OTU - RAFVR
    MILBURN, Hadley, Warrant Officer - MiD - 430602 - Malta - RAF
    MILES, Jack, FO - MBE - 430602 - Takali - RAF
    MILNE, James Keay, FL - MBE - 430602 - Hereford Station - RAFVR
    MOON, Wallace Brooker, SL - MiD - 430602 - Kirkwall - RAFVR
    MOREHEN, Stanley, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - Blackpool - RAFVR
    MORGAN, Albert Ernest, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 249 Sqn - RAF
    MORISON, Richard Trevor, FL - MiD - 430602 - 236 Wing - RAFVR
    MORTIMER, Alistair Lodge, WC - MiD - 430602 - Fighter Command HQ - RAF
    MORTON, William Henry, FO - AFC - 430602 - 7 (C) OTU - RAFVR
    MURLEY, Arthur Frederick, PO - MBE - 430602 - AHQ India - RAFVR
    NAPIER, John, FS - AFM - 430602 - 19 OTU - RAF
    NAVIN, William Patrick, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - 112 Sqn - RAF
    NEWINGTON, John Arthur, FL - AFC - 430602 - 21 SFTS, Rhodesia - RAF
    NICKSON, Harry, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - 5 (P) AFU - RAF
    NORMAN, Sir HN St V, GC - CBE - 430602 - 38 Wing - RAFVR
    NORTHROP, Joe, FL - AFC - 430602 - 1473 Flight - RAF
    O'DEA, Clyde Gladstone, SL - OBE - 430602 - 211 Group - RAAF
    O'DOIRE, Edward Frederick James, SL, DFC - AFC - 430602 - 21 OTU - RAF
    O'LEARY, Lawrence Michael, SL - AFC - 430602 - 1 METS - RAF
    OAKES, Gerald, Sgt - AFM - 430602 - Air Landing School India - RAF
    OGILVIE, Alfred John, SL - MiD - 430602 - 19 OTU - RAF
    OLLEY, Michael George, FL - AFC - 430602 - 605 Sqn - RAFVR
    OSWALD, Reavley, FO - MiD - 430602 - 2771 Sqn - RAF Regt
    PALMER, Charles Dudley Scott, SL - MiD - 430602 - Fighter Command HQ - RAF
    PALMER, Robert Lester, SL - AFC - 430602 - 15 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    PARNABY, George Sydney Arthur, WC - OBE - 430602 - Rhodesian Air Train Grp - RAF
    PATTISON, Clifford, FL - MiD - 430602 - 13 OTU - RAF
    PEARCE, Anthony Richard, SL - MBE - 430602 - 14 School of Technical Train - RAF
    PEARCE, Michael Hawken, SL - AFC - 430602 - Comm Sqn, Rhodesia - Rhodesian AF
    PEARSE, Richard John Bennett, SL - AFC - 430602 - 17 OTU - RAF
    PHILLIPS, Stanley Charles, FS - AFM - 430602 - 1434 Flight - RAF
    PHILLIPS, Paul Leaf, PO - MiD - 430602 - Rednall - RAFVR
    PINKERTON, George Cannon, WC, Acting G/C, DFC - OBE - 430602 - Merchant Ship FU - RAFVR
    PITT, David Lawrence, SL - AFC - 430602 - 10 OTU - RAF
    POLLARD, George Percy Scott, WC - OBE - 430602 - Middle East HQ - RAFVR
    POWELL, Henry Proctor, SL - AFC - 430602 - AAEE - RAF
    PRICE, Hugh William, Sgt - AFM - 430602 - Lyneham - RAF
    PRINGLE, John Simm, Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 2771 Sqn - RAF Regt
    PRITCHARD, Alfred Llewellyn, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - 539 Sqn - RAF
    PURVIS, Harry Alexander, GC, DFC - Bar to AFC - 430602 - AAEE - RAF
    RAEBEL, Robert William, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 485 Sqn RAAF - RAAF
    RATCLIFFE, Leonard Fitch, SL, DFC - AFC - 430602 - 24 OTU - RAF
    REECE, Arthur, FL, DFC - AFC - 430602 - 1473 Flight - RAF
    RICE, Gordon William Sydney, SL - OBE - 430602 - 124 Air Ammunition Park - RAFVR
    RICKABY, Frederick Arthur, FO - AFC - 430602 - 1406 Met Flight - RAFVR
    RILEY, Derek Newton, FO - MiD - 430602 - 1501 BAT Flight - RAFVR
    RING, Albert, LAC - MiD - 430602 - 1 Signals Depot - RAFVR
    ROBERTS, Thomas Richard Patrick, Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 502 Sqn - RAFAux
    ROSIER, Frederick Ernest, WC, DSO - OBE - 430602 - 211 Group - RAF
    RUTTER, Cyril Roger C, FS - BEM - 430602 - A&AEE - RAF
    SAGAR, Clifford Allan, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 6 AA Coop Unit - RAF
    SALMON, Julien, SL - OBE - 430602 - Tech Training Cmd HQ - RAFVR
    SAMSON, Ernest Henry Merton, FL - MBE - 430602 - 13 Maintenance Unit - RAFVR
    SANDERS, Arthur Avarne James, FL, DFC - AFC - 430602 - 511 Sqn - RAF
    SAUNDERS, Eric Mayer, FL - MiD - 430602 - 236 Wing Mid East - RAFVR
    SAYLE, Albert Edward, Sergeant - MiD - 430602 - 80 Sqn - RAF
    SCOTT, Ivor, Flight Sergeant - MiD - 430602 - 272 Sqn - RAF
    SCOTT, Noel Thomas Henry, FO - AFC - 430602 - 22 OTU - RAFVR
    SEAMAN, Wilfred, PO - AFC - 430602 - 31 Repair and Salvage Unit - RAFVR
    SELLS, Ronald, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 224 Group - RAF
    SHARDLOW, Percival AmbroseA, FS - AFM - 430602 - 2 Air Gunners School - RAF
    SHARP, James Leonard, FL - AFC - 430602 - 12 OTU - RAF
    SMITH, John Henry, Corporal - BEM - 430602 - Hereford - RAFVR
    SMITH, Edward Stanley, WC - AFC - 430602 - AFDU - RAFVR
    SMITH, Ralph Arnold, WC - MiD - 430602 - 5 Group HQ - RAFVR
    SMITH, Charles George, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 150 Sqn - RAF
    SMITH, Hubert Maurice, WO - MBE - 430602 - 106 Sqn - RAF
    SMITH, Robert Christopher, FL - MiD - 430602 - 28 OTU - RAFVR
    SMULIAN, Philip Keith, FL - AFC - 430602 - Heavy Glider CU - RAFVR
    SMYTH, John Cavendish, FL - Comm - 430602 - 51 Maintenance Unit - RAFVR
    SNOW, Arthur Courtenay, SL - OBE - 430602 - Middle East Cmd HQ - RAF
    SOUTHEY, Ernest Albert, FL - AFC - 430602 - 59 OTU - RAFVR
    SPRINGATE, Walter, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 53 Sqn - RAF
    STANTON, Eric John Harrison, FO - MBE - 430602 - Luqa, Malta - RAFVR
    STAPLES, George Frederick, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - Odiham - RAF
    STEPHENSON, Arthur, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 91 Sqn - RAF
    STEWART, James Satchell Watson, PO - MBE - 430602 - 175 Wing India - RAFVR
    STOKES, Ralph Thomas, FO - Comm - 430602 - 24 Sqn - RAFVR
    STONE, Stanley Ernest, Corporal - BEM - 430602 - Malta Equipment Depot - RAF
    SUNDERLAND, Kenneth, LAC - BEM - 430602 - Luqa, Malta - raf
    SUTTON, Arthur George, WC - OBE - 430602 - Malta AHQ - RAF
    TAYLOR, Frederick John, WC - MiD - 430602 - 201 Group - RAF
    TAYLOR, Lilla Eliza, Matron Miss - RRC - 430602 - Church Village Hospital - RAF
    THOMAS, Samuel Richard, SL, DFC - AFC - 430602 - 515 Sqn - RAF
    THOMPSON, Frederick William, WC - MiD - 430602 - 1658 CU - RAFVR
    THOMPSON, John Eric Peter, FL - AFC - 430602 - 51 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    THOMPSON, Thomas Edward, LAC - BEM - 430602 - 301 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    THORBURN, Margaret Turner, Acting Senior Sister - ARRC - 430602 - Hereford Hospital - RAF
    THORNETT, Hubert Walter, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - Luqa, Malta - RAF
    TIMPERLEY, Thomas, Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 7 (C) OTU - RAF
    TRACEY, William Charles George, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - Southend - RAFVR
    TRINER, Richard Hulme Guy, LAC - BEM - 430602 - Luqa, Malta - RAF
    TRIPTREE, Douglas Walter, SL - AFC - 430602 - 42 OTU - RAF
    TUCKER, Raoul Alfred Gerald, FO - AFC - 430602 - 23 OTU - RAFVR
    TURNER, Joseph, LAC - BEM - 430602 - 2825 Sqn - RAF Regt
    TURNER, John Frederick, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 31 Sqn - RAF
    TURPIN, Arthur Roynon, SL - Comm - 430602 - 13 Maintenance Unit - RAFVR
    VERSTAGE, Ivan Ernest, FO - MiD - 430602 - 10 OTU - RAF
    VORSTER, Benjamin, Lieutenant - MBE - 430602 - 24 Sqn SAAF - SAAF
    WALKER, Catherine, Matron Miss - RRC - 430602 - St. Athan Hospital - RAF
    WALLINGTON, Charles Henry, FL - MBE - 430602 - 22 SFTS Rhodesia - RAF
    WALTON, Stephen Ranson, FL - MBE - 430602 - 4 PRU - RAF
    WALTON, Robert, Sergeant - Comm - 430602 - Lyneham - RAF
    WARD, David Ludgate, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 1 SFTS India - RAF
    WARD, Herbert Charles, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - Parachute TS - RAF
    WARDMAN, Reginald Bryson, WC, AFC - OBE - 430602 - 297 Sqn - RAF
    WARREN, William Robert, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - 161 Sqn - RAF
    WATSON, Arthur Edward, Sgt - BEM - 430602 - 1 Air Arm School - RAF
    WATTS, Jack Edmund, SL - AFC - 430602 - 29 OTU - RAF
    WEEDON, Colin Winterbotham, AC - CBE - 430602 - MAP - RAF
    WELLS, Leonard William, SL - OBE - 430602 - 11 Group HQ - RAFVR
    WHEADON, Basil Edward, FL - MBE - 430602 - 3201 Servicing Commando - RAF
    WHETHAM, Leonard Montstephen, FL - AFC - 430602 - 271 Sqn - RAF
    WICKLOW, Victor Albert Edward, Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - Netheravon - RAF
    WILLCOX, Freda Helena, Sister - ARRC - 430602 - Iceland - RAF
    WILLIAMS, John Albert, FL - BEM - 430602 - Defford - RAF
    WILLIAMS, Griffith Tudor, Warrant Officer - MBE - 430602 - 1 Air Gunners School - RAFVR
    WITHERS, Dudley William Thomas, SL - AFC - 430602 - AHQ India Comm Unit - RAF
    WOOBERRY, Edward George, WC - OBE - 430602 - Middle East Rear HW - RAF
    WOODCOCK, Kathleen Francis, Acting Senior Sister - ARRC - 430602 - Weston Hospital - RAF
    WOODROFFE, John, FL - Comm - 430602 - 1 SFTS India - RAF
    WRIGHT, Charles Philip, SL - Comm - 430602 - 23 SFTS Rhodesia - RAF
    WRIGHT, Alan Richard, SL - Comm - 430602 - Central Gunnery School - RAF
    WROATH, Samuel, SL - Bar to AFC - 430602 - AEEE - RAF
    WYLDE, Alfred Walter, Sgt - AFM - 430602 - 4 Glider Training School - RAFVR
    WYNNE-EYTON, Selena Francis, GC - CBE - 430602 - Technical Cmd HQ - WAAF
    YOUNG, Charles William Badger, LAC - BEM - 430602 - 323 Wing - RAF
    YOUNG, John Kenneth, FL - MBE - 430602 - 211 Group - RAFVR
    YOUNG, S, Sergeant - MiD - 430602 - 11 Group HQ - WAAF

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    Hugh,

    I am interested to see the text for Richard Markby Blennerhassett and any further information for him.

    Thank you.

    Bill Jehan

    www.BlennerhassettFamilyTree.com


    [QUOTE=HughAHalliday;5385]The following is a list of some 320 citations which did not appear in the London Gazette but were associated with the Birthday Honours List of 2 June 1943.

    While far from complete (the CBE and MiD awards are fragmentary) these may interest some readers who may get the texts from me at hughhall@allstream.net.

    BLENNERHASSETT, Richard Markby, FL, AFC - Comm - 430602 - 24 Sqn - RAF

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    BLENNERHASSETT, Richard Markby, F/L, AFC (37786, Royal Air Force) - No.24 Squadron - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. Promoted Squadron Leader, 1 September 1941. Awarded AFC, 24 September 1941. Promoted Wing Commander, 1 July 1945 with effect from 1 July 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation for a proposed Bar to AFC, drafted when he had flown 289 hours.

    Squadron Leader Blennerhassett is an able and outstanding pilot of long experience who has marked qualities of leadership and is a very efficient flight commander. He has made ten trips on the United Kingdom - Malta shuttle service and has flown 159 hours by night.

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    Hugh
    I would be interested in the text of the awards shown below, and any other information that you may have on these men:

    BRERETON, William, SL, MBE - AFC - 430602 - Air Landing School India - RAF

    FOREMAN, Edward Charles, WC - AFC - 430602 - GPEU - RAF

    KRONFELD, Robert, FL - AFC - 430602 - AFEE - RAF

    MACKINTOSH, Ian, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - Glider Pilots Exercise U - RAF

    MAXWELL, Alfred Edward, Acting Warrant Officer - Comm - 430602 - Parachute Training School - RAFVR

    NORMAN, Sir HN St V, GC - CBE - 430602 - 38 Wing - RAFVR

    OAKES, Gerald, Sgt - AFM - 430602 - Air Landing School India - RAF

    SMULIAN, Philip Keith, FL - AFC - 430602 - Heavy Glider CU - RAFVR

    WARD, Herbert Charles, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430602 - Parachute TS - RAF

    WARDMAN, Reginald Bryson, WC, AFC - OBE - 430602 - 297 Sqn - RAF

    WHETHAM, Leonard Montstephen, FL - AFC - 430602 - 271 Sqn - RAF

    WYLDE, Alfred Walter, Sgt - AFM - 430602 - 4 Glider Training School - RAFVR

    Thanks in anticipation

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    BRERETON, William, S/L, MBE (45406, Royal Air Force) - Air Landing School, India - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation.

    This officer has been chief instructor at the Air Landing School, India, since 1941 but has been actively connected with parachuting since 1923. He has made 129 voluntary parachute jumps. Squadron Leader Brereton’s technical skill and determination have enabled the school to surmount successfully many intricate problems connected with the training of paratroops. His work throughout has been worthy of the highest praise.

    FOREMAN, Edward Charles, W/C (22180, Royal Air Force) - Glider Pilot Exercise Unit - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. RAF Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy Steve Brew) has citation.

    Since March 1942 this officer has formed, and has been in command of a training flight for Royal Air Force glider pilots. He has tackled the task with energy and enthusiasm and, by his personal example and long flying hours, has inspired a fine spirit in instructors and pupils under very difficult conditions. Wing Commander Foreman gave dual instruction regularly by night and when injured in a night crash, insisted on returning to duty at the earliest possible moment, continuing to instruct with a severely bruised and lacerated led and with one hand in plaster-of-Paris. His example has contributed greatly to the morale of army glider pilots and to the confidence of the air landing troops in glider flying.

    KRONFELD, Robert, F/L (75872, RAFVR*) - Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy Steve Brew) has citation.

    This officer has been employed on glider test flying for the past two years during which time he has been the first service pilot to fly the Hotspur, Horsa and Hamilcar gliders and has been responsible for the training of other test pilots on these types. Recently Flight Lieutenant Kronfeld has done experimental work on night flying and blind flying equipment for gliders and it has been largely through his efforts that considerable progress has been made. In addition to his test work, this officer has designed and developed special equipment for use in blind flying of gliders and he also made the first Halifax-Hamilcar full load performance testing.

    MACKINTOSH, Ian, Flight Sergeant (157884, Royal Air Force) - Glider Pilots Exercise Unit - British Empire Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy Steve Brew) has citation. The GPEUs at Netheravon and Shrewton. Wiltshire qualified Army glider pilots on cross country flying and air experience flights; the glider pilots were on holding postings, until required for glider operations, and were keeping their hand in flying Tiger Moths.

    This airman has been in charge of the Servicing Flight. He has performed his duties in a manner far exceeding the normal requirements of his post and on several occasions his forethought and devotion to duty have been instrumental in saving aircraft from destruction. In May 1942, during an intense gale he took measures, entirely on his own initiative, which were successful in preventing damage to a large number of aircraft. This airman has performed similar acts on two further occasions and has invariably acted in an exemplary manner.

    MAXWELL, Albert Edward, Acting Warrant Officer (904854, RAFVR*) - Parachute Training School - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy Steve Brew) has citation, drafted for an AFC.

    This officer [sic] is the senior non-commissioned parachute training instructor serving with the Parachute Training School. In addition to British troops, considerable numbers of officers and men of the Allied armies have passed through this school and Warrant Officer Maxwell’s cheerful nature and friendly character have done much to foster confidence and good relations with all. He has invariably shown the greatest devotion to duty, working long hours uncomplainingly. The Warrant Officer’s absolute fearlessness and readiness to jump at any time have been a brilliant example and source of encouragement to his juniors. At all times his steady confidence and fine leadership have been worthy of the highest praise..

    MAXWELL, Albert Edward, Warrant Officer (904854, RAFVR*) - Parachute Training School, Ringway - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/8959 (provided courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation

    This Warrant Officer has been a Parachute Instructor for nearly two years. Although 39 years of age he has made nearly 50 descents including several for experimental purposes from new types of aircraft. He has never shown any hesitation in carrying out jumps and his example has been an inspiration to numbers of considerably younger men. Warrant Officer Maxwell has shown great readiness to work long hours under any circumstances and has been an able leader of a very excellent team over a long period.

    NORMAN, Sir H.N.St.V., G/C, Baronet (90147, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, deceased) - No.38 Wing - Commander, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 with effect from 18 May 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/8769 has recommendation, apparently for a French Croix de Guerre. Others recommended in the same document were Mentioned in Despatches on 1 January 1943.

    Group Captain Norman was the air officer in command of the parachute raid at Bruneval. During the period of preparation this officer displayed outstanding ability, powers of organization and determination. He personally reconnoitred the objective by night and it was largely owing to his initiative, planning and foresight that success was achieved. His conduct and efficiency throughout were beyond praise.

    OAKES, Gerald, Sergeant - Air Landing School, India - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation.

    Sergeant Oakes is now employed in the supervision of parachute packing and repairs. He volunteered for parachuting in July 1940 and acted as instructor until May 1942, when owing to the posting of non-commissioned officers who were parachute instructors by trade, he reverted to the basic trade of fabric worker. During the evacuation of Burma, Sergeant Oakes was engaged on supply dropping operations from Assam. He has made over 50 parachute jumps and has flown as dispatcher on four special operations. His courage and devotion to duty are outstanding.

    SMULIAN, Philip Keith, F/L (102533, RAFVR*) - Heavy Glider Conversion Unit - Air Force Cross - awarded as per 2 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy Steve Brew) has citation, drafted when he had flown 2,120 instructional hours (212 in previous six months).

    From the beginning this officer has been connected with heavy gliding. He is an excellent pilot and has never hesitated to make experiments involving considerable risk. His pioneer work in connection with night flying with the Horsa/Whitley combination is worthy of the highest praise. Flight Lieutenant Smulian, by his fine example, has inspired and instilled confidence in the pilots of his tug flight..

    WARD, Herbert Charles, Acting Flight Sergeant (509285, Royal Air Force) - Parachute Training School - British Empire Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy Steve Brew) has citation.

    Flight Sergeant Ward is employed as non-commissioned officer-in-charge of aircraft servicing at the Parachute Training School and the high standard of serviceability maintained is in no small measure due to his unceasing efforts. He has always performed his duties in a highly efficient manner, while his cheerful, friendly character has been a valuable asset in maintaining discipline amongst his subordinates.

    WARDMAN, Reginald Bryson, W/C (29028, Royal Air Force) - No.2 School of Army Co-Operation - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 April 1941. Public Record Office Air 2/8891 has citation.

    This officer was employed as Chief Flying Instructor when the school was formed in September 1939. During the early months of the school's existence, when innumerable difficulties were encountered, he displayed great energy and enthusiasm and managed to produce an output of pilots, observers and air gunners for the squadrons of No.70 Wing, who were engaged in strategical reconnaissance of Germany. He was appointed Commandant in September 1940, and has continued his activities with unabated zeal. He has contributed largely to the success and efficiency of the school. His total flying time amounts to about 2,300 hours, 300 hours having been performed in the school.

    The same file has recommendation raised on 21 January 1941 by G/C F.I.B. Hebbert (Station Andover) which states:

    This officer was Chief Flying Instructor from the formation of No.2 School of Army Cooperation in September 1939 and became Commandant of the School in September 1940. He has done about 2,000 hours total flying and about 300 hours at the School. He has set an example of keenness in flying and all Service matters to the officers, pupils and airmen of the School. The success and efficiency of the School is due to his energy and initiative.

    To this, Air Commodore J. Cole-Hamilton added the following on 26 January 1941:

    I consider the above to be an under-statement. Wing Commander Wardman started No.2 School of Army Co-operation from an initial issue of four Blenheims and four Ansons, no equipment, improvised training facilities and entirely insufficient personnel.

    During the first six months of the school’s existence he had endless difficulties to compete with and it was entirely due to his energy and enthusiasm that throughout that time he managed to produce an output of pilots, observers and air gunners for the squadrons of 70 Wing, which were carrying out strategical reconnaissance of Germany.

    He still continues his activities with unabated seat and sets a personal example of keenness and energy which is a tonic to all.

    To this (date uncertain) were added the following remarks by Air Marshal Barrett, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Army Co-Operation Command:

    Wing Commander Wardman has produced a vast improvement in the quality of the output of No.2 School of Army Co-Operation during the past year.

    He is full of initiative, ideas and keenness and affords an excellent example. Recommended for the Air Force Cross.

    WARDMAN, Reginald Bryson, W/C, AFC (29028, Royal Air Force) - No.297 Squadron - Officer, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation:

    This officer has commanded the squadron since April 1942, and his personal leadership has raised it to a high standard of efficiency. The squadron has an extremely good accident record. Wing Commander Wardman has also materially contributed to the training of the Airborne Division. The large number of hours flown and the high standard of airmanship shown in the squadron are largely due to Wing Commander Wardman’s fine leadership.

    WHETHAM, Leonard Montstephen, F/L (70729, RAFVR*) - No.271 Squadron, No.44 Group, Ferry Command - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation drafted when he had flown 1,028 hours).

    This officer has been in command of a flight for over two years, during which time he has flown on several long distance flights including a number to Iceland. He has always shown the greatest keenness for his work, setting a fine example of consistent devotion to duty, often in difficult circumstances. To his untiring efforts must be attributed a large share of the squadron’s success.

    WHETHAM, Leonard Mountstephen, A/W/C, AFC (70729, Royal Air Force) - No.35 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/9275 has citation drafted when he had flown 29 sorties (149 operational hours).

    Wing Commander Whetham is an outstanding operational pilot. Despite heavy enemy opposition he has displayed great tenacity and determination to achieve his objective. An exceptionally capable captain of aircraft, he has set a high standard to the flight he commands.

    WYLDE, Alfred Walter, Sergeant - No.4 Glider Training School - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation drafted when he had flown 442 hours as a tug pilot, 220 in previous six months.

    This airman has been employed as tug pilot since February 1942. He was formerly with an operational squadron. His flying by day and night has been faultless and he has displayed exceptional keenness and cheerfulness in accomplishing all his allotted tasks.

    And as a bonus from the RCAF awards data base:

    FINK, F/L Donald Ian MacQueen (J4257) - Air Force Cross - Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 16 March 1920; home in Hamilton, Ontario (bank official; also a Corporal in the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, 20 April 1937 to 3 June 1938); enlisted there 22 July 1940. To No.2 ITS, 16 August 1940; graduated and promoted LAC, 12 October 1940 when posted to No.12 EFTS; graduated 11 December 1940 and posted next day to No.4 SFTS; graduated 21 February 1941 and promoted Sergeant; subsequently commissioned with effect from 22 February 1941). On obtaining his wings he was posted to Central Flying School to be trained as an instructor. It appears he deliberately failed the course and was posted to No.3 BGS, but then was allowed to go overseas. To “Y” Depot, 21 May 1941; embarked 30 May 1941, arriving in Britain 29 June 1941. Flew in No.15 Squadron, 6 September 1941 to 7 February 1942 (promoted Flying Officer, 1 January 1942); with No.218 Squadron, 16 March to 20 June 1942. Reported to AFEE on 26 June 1942, serving there until 20 February 1944 (promoted Flight Lieutenant, 22 February 1943). Posted to India for service with No.1577 (Special Duties) Flight, 10 June to 20 November 1944; repatriated to Canada, 27 February 1945; released 8 May 1945. He served again in the RCAF, 23 April 1951 to 1964, then became a Parole Probation Officer. Died in Hamilton, Ontario, 25 February 1995. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9004 has recommended citation approved by "C.R.D., M.A.P." (not sure what it means but think it is "Chief of Research and Development, Ministry of Aircraft Production").

    Following a tour of operational duty this officer has been engaged on experimental flying for the past eighteen months. He has taken part in many trials of major importance and the success of the original contractors' trials on the Hamilcar glider was largely due to his outstanding ability as a tug pilot. More recently he commanded a detachment detailed to clear a combination urgently required for tactical use by airborne forces, with excellent results. Flight Lieutenant Fink has performed onerous and often hazardous duties with great devotion, setting a fine example to all.

    His story is unusual. He had deliberately failed an instructor's course to go overseas, but on operations he had unexpected difficulties. On 25 February 1942 he crashed a Stirling at Alconburg (undercarriage retracted). The cause was mechanical and no blame was attached to him. However, he proved unable to complete a tour with No.218 Squadron. On 29 July 1942 W/C P.D. Holder wrote, "This officer returned early from an operational sortie as he was unable to face the searchlights and flak. He stated on landing that he could not continue night operations as he lacked the courage to do so." He expressed willingness to fly daylight bombing operations. Instead he was posted to AFEE but also attached to Uxbridge. A medical report from Uxbridge, dated 24 September 1942 described his tour - 14 sorties (61 hours 20 minutes) which must have been terrible; on his 6th sortie (and first as captain) there were navigational problems; on the 7th trip the Stirling was badly shot up; on the 11th the aircraft iced up badly; on the 14th he returned from Essen on three engines. It was on this occasion that he confessed his inability to continue night operations

    His posting to AFEE had been immediate, and it is clear that every effort was made to give him a second chance, and that it was successful. On 24 July 1943, W/C G.D. Brice wrote, "An exceptionally good tug pilot who is very keen on work and who can be relied upon to carry out any job to the best of his ability. A very steady and conscientious type who sets a good example to those under him." On 5 April 1944, G/C J.R. Ubee wrote, "This is an above average officer who is a most keen and capable pilot. He has displayed a marked aptitude for test flying."

    A form dated 10 February 1945 indicated he had flown the following types: Stirling I, II and IV (278 hours 40 minutes), Halifax II, III and V (109 hours ten minutes); Lancaster I, II and III (74 hours 30 minutes); Wellington I, III and X (69 hours 20 minutes), Hudson III and V (31 hours 25 minutes), and other types including the Boston, Albermarle, Ventura, Whitley, Warwick, Barracuda, Liberator, C-47, C-51 and C-53 (111 hours 50 minutes). He also claimed 674 hours 55 minutes flown, of which 589 hours 55 minutes were non-operational and 85 hours were operational. This latter figure does not square with that given in 1942, nor does his sortie claim (16 on the document dated 10 February 1945).

    Fink himself wrote a narrative describing his experiences following his brief Bomber Command services:

    After a short holding period and medical I was posted to Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment at Sherburne-in-Elment in Yorkshire. This was the unit I was with until my repatriation in 1945, although the whole station moved to Beaulieu on the south coast of England in 1944. During this period of my career I flew over 36 types of aircraft and 55 counting Marks. Some days I have flown eight different aircraft and many times 4-6 types in a single day. It was for experimental work on glider combinations that I received my Air Force Cross and I also have an exceptional rating as a pilot on the above type of work.

    In 1943-44 I commanded a unit which was sent to Farnborough to carry out secret tests on the Hamilcar and Horsa gliders which I believe was responsible for the above decoration.

    In February 1944 I was sent to India by the Royal Air Force to carry out the same type of work and spent some ten months there. These tests were carried out with Lancasters, Dakota and Wellingtons towing gliders. At the end of this period I returned to England via Air Transport Command, serving as second pilot through to the Middle East, Malta and France. I first received word of my decoration, and thus I was not invested until my return to Canada in 1945.

    On arriving in England I was called to Canada House and found to my amazement they had lost track of me completely and had not even known of my India incident.

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    Hugh
    Thank you very much for those, they are much appreciated
    Regards
    Andy

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