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    Default Cockburn, William Hugh, 54764 - DFM award?

    Hello everyone

    Can anyone tell me the reason for the award of this DFM? I see from elsewhere on the Forum that Cockburn was awarded his DFM on 26th September 1941 while with No.233 Sqn, but can anyone add any further information?

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    I've got his number as 546306.

    London Gazette 26 Sep 41

    This NCO has a long record of devotion to duty whilst flying on operations against the enemy. He has done 730 hours operational flying in 141 sorties and fought 15 actions against the enemy.

    The LG goes on to list the actions between 10 Nov 39 and 1 Dec 40.

    This info is from Tavender but he records the date of the DFM as 1943.

    141 sorties in less than 13 months is not bad going by any account!

    Colin Cummings

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    Thanks for the reply Colin. That's quite a record there - a sortie once every two or three days is very impressive!

    I got the service number from the entry of the CWGC site, but I'm not sure why there'd be a discrepancy.

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    His DFM was awarded while he was a Sgt, hence at the time of award, his NCO service number was 546306

    Upon the award of his commision as an officer he got the number 54764

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36581/supplements/3029

    Air Ministry, - 27th June, 1944.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES-BRANCH. ' -
    Appointment' to commission.
    As Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Wt. Offs.
    546306 William Hugh COCKBURN (54764). 31st Mar. 1944.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks for clarifying that Dennis.

    Simon

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