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    Hi.
    Perhaps a silly question, but what are the first names of W/Cdr P.R. "Johnnie" Walker ?

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    Peter Russell Walker DSO DFC (37435)

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    Thanks a lot!

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    Hi,

    I read that W/Co Peter Russell 'Johnny" Walker flew with n°341 squadron on 6 june 1944 as Red 3 during a Beachhead cover.

    He signed the Operation book with DSO, DFC AND Croix de Guerre Française.

    Does anybody knowo why he had this award and what is the text ?

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    Seems that the Netherlands recognized him as well:
    Air Ministry, 31st October, 1947.
    The KING has granted unrestricted permission for the acceptance and wearing of the undermentioned decorations conferred upon the personnel indicated in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the war: —
    CONFERRED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN OF THE NETHERLANDS.
    Order of Orange Nassau.
    Grand Officer.
    Wing Commanders.
    Peter Russell WALKER, D.S.O., D.F.C. (37435), Royal Air Force.
    Regards, Terry

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    Terry

    I think that Walker had the Croix de guerre for “valuable services rendered in connection with the war” but note that he had the Croix de Guerre in 1943 not after war !

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    Hi,

    I found in archives why W/Co Walker had the " Croix de Guerre avec palme de Bronze" before the end of the WWII.

    "Wing leader de valeur exceptionnelle, aprés avoir pris part aux opérations de la campagne de France** d'une façon particulièrement brillante, a conduit 29 fois à l'ennemi le groupe de chasse Ile de France au cours de la campagne d'été 1942, déployant des qualités de combattant et de tacticien hors pair. "(1)

    General Valin, London 15/2/43

    On the same day, Wing/Co Hugo, Wing/Co THomas and Group Captain Appleton were also had the Croix de guerre with palme de bronze.

    Bertrand

    ** : certainly when he was with n°1 sqdn as Flight Lieutenant in 1940.

    (1) sum up : Wing leader of exceptional value, after taking part in operations of the campaign in France as a particularly brilliant, led 29 times the enemy fighter group "Ile de France" during the summer campaign 1942 , displaying the fighting qualities and outstanding tactician.

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