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    Default R. Marsden dfm

    Hi guys

    The above was awarded DFM in 1943.

    I wish to see a copy of his citation if possible. Can't get into LG.

    Hope someone can help please

    Brian

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    Brian

    From Ian Tavender’s book “The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War" (published by Savannah) : -

    Robert Marsden 631485 Sergeant No. 462 RAAF Squadron W.Op/ AG. London Gazette 15/10/43.

    This NCO is an extremely efficient and very experienced Wireless Operator / Air Gunner. He commenced his tour of operations in Anson aircraft giving cover to the Dunkirk evacuations. Since then he has completed altogether 115 operational sorties including 44 in Ansons on convoy escort and protection duties in the North Sea and English Channel in the latter half of 1940. He then carried out a successful tour of 55 sorties in Marylands from Malta on reconnaissance duties over such targets as docks, railways, airfields in Sicily, Tunisia, Greece and Crete. Since January 1943, he has done 16 operations at night as Wireless Operator in Halifax aircraft against such targets as Palermo, Messina, Reggio di Calabria, Catania and battle objectives in Tunisia. His courage and morale are of the highest possible standard and this, added to his cheerfulness in the face of difficulties or danger make him an absolutely invaluable member of aircrew. His high standard of efficiency coupled with his long and varied experience has been of enormous assistance to the less experienced Wireless Operators of this squadron. His keenness to attack the enemy at any and every opportunity is so marked as to greatly assist in the general morale.

    I hope this is of use.

    Douglas

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    Default Robert Marsden

    Many thanks Douglas

    Just what I was after.

    Cheers
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    Bob was my uncle and, having stumbled upon your correspondence, I wonder whether I might be able to tell you any more about him, although I only knew him as an uncle, of course. If you were colleagues of Bob, maybe you could tell me more about his RAF exploits.
    Malcolm McLean

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