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    Default Sqn Ldr C W B Kelly DSO DFC RAF 75 (NZ) & 156(Pathfinder)Sqns

    My Dad,
    Have his log book on Cd.Also his recollections of dates,times,people,and equipment on a disk.
    This disk has 16 mp3 files and is 8 hours long (on a DVD) if anyone is interested in a copy.
    Was originally on tape but has been digitally remastered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevek View Post
    My Dad,
    Have his log book on Cd.Also his recollections of dates,times,people,and equipment on a disk.
    This disk has 16 mp3 files and is 8 hours long (on a DVD) if anyone is interested in a copy.
    Was originally on tape but has been digitally remastered.
    "Steve,

    The followiong may be of interest to you, also from Colin Hanson's book:

    KELLY, Squadron Leader Charles Wynne Brunsdon, DSO, DFC, mid, (pff). NZ403562 & 72818; Born Christchurch, 11 Jun 1920; RNZAF 29 Sep 1940 to 27 Jan 1947 & 3 Jan 1949 to 3 Oct 1962; Navigator/Bomb Aimer.
    Hon Aide-de-Camp to HE the Governor-General 1 Sep 1960 to 31 Aug 1961.
    Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (7 Jan 1943): [75(NZ)Sqn RAF (Stirling)] During his operational tour, this officer has displayed courage and devotion to duty of a very high order. He has participated in sorties against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany, ensuring success by his highly developed navigational skill. His keenness and cool efficiency have proved an inspiration to his comrades.
    Citation Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (30 Nov 1943): [156(PFF)Sqn RAF (Lancaster)] Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has completed a large number of sorties, involving attacks on such targets as Berlin, Hamburg, Milan and important centres in the Ruhr. He is an exceptionally skilful navigator whose efforts throughout have been featured by great persistence and determination to achieve success. Flight Lieutenant Kelly has also displayed great keenness in the training of other members of the squadron.
    Citation Mention in Despatches (1 Jan 1945): In recognition of distinguished service and devotion to duty with 92 (Bomber OTU) Group RAF. Sqn Ldr Kelly served two tours totalling 54 sorties. He also served as an instructor on his ‘rest’ tours, during Oct 1942-May 1943 and Jan 1944-Jan 1945. See also ‘New Zealanders in the Air War’ by Alan W Mitchell (1945 by Harrap) for a detailed story of the aircraft ‘Thomas Frederick Duck’, the close-knit crew of which was Charles Kelly, Sqn Ldr J L Wright, DSO, DFC (qv); Flt Lt A S Drew, DFC, AFC (qv); Flt Lt M A Carter, DFC (qv); Fg Off R C Reynolds, DFC, (qv); Fg Off K Crankshaw, DFC, DFM (qv) - all RNZAF - and F/S H Hammond, DFM, RAFVR.
    Died Christchurch, 22 Nov 1995.

    Errol

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    Just a small point, but S/L C W B Kelly was a member of the RNZAF, not the RAF as shown in the heading for this thread. I knew Charlie slightly when he was serving as a guide at the RNZAF Museum in the early 1990s, and he was a very knowledgeable and friendly fellow, and a great asset to the Museum. He and his ilk are sadly missed.
    David D

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    Default David D

    Thanks for correcting me - appreciated.
    stevek

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