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    Default W/O George Charles 'Titch' Heighington DFC, VR1291766.

    Hello there,
    Sgt 'Titch' Heighington trained with 59 OTU until 28-4-42 when he was posted to 111 sqn at Debden on Spitfire Vb. He stayed with 'Treble One' when they moved to North Africa and on 17-11-42 in Spitfire Vc, EP875 out of Bone claimed 1 Ju88 des & 1-Ju88 dam. He was suffering from pleurisy and while landing 'blacked out', sustaining injuries. I assume he was hospitalised and on 17-2-43 was posted back to the UK.
    I can find nothing else until 14-2-47 when he was awarded the DFC for gallantry and devotion to duty.
    Could anyone please fill in the gaps from 17-2-42 to 14-2-47. Was his award for 1942 forgotten and back dated 5 years later.
    Thank you,
    Roy

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    Can anyone find the Gazette reference and link to this citation/notification? I am unable to locate an LG reference.

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    W/O George Charles Heighington 1291766
    Awarded DFC, general citation, Gazette 14 Feb 1947 page 759
    Source: Maton Honour The Air Forces p271

    Cheers, Jagan!

    Don Clark
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    Hi,

    I was fortunate to meet and interview George in his home in France in September 2015 - he was a really nice fellow. After his return to England and recovery in 1943, he served at Redhill on non-operational flying duties, and later at Gatwick and Thorney Island. In August 1944 he had a medical examination, and was eventually found to have tuberculosis. He left the RAF in 1945. The DFC was a real surprise to George, and was a result of his experiences in 1942. The source for this information is his memoirs, A Good Time To Be Born.

    Cheers,
    Andrew A.

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