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    He was awarded the DFM on night of 7/8th Feb 1944 with 58 Squadron. Gazette says for 98 missions. Geoffrey Jones Book 'Night Flight' says for technical work involving an aerial during an attack on a U-Boat. Anyone with access to Tavender's DFM book who can clarify the situation. Any help much appreciated. Bill Webb

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    The DFM Citation as recorded in Ian Tavender’s book The DFM Register for the Second World War is as follows : -

    Webb, William Edgar Peter 638508 F/Sgt. No. 58 Sqn. (Immediate)
    LG 28/4/1944. Sorties 97, Flying hours 870, Wireless Operator. Air2/9220

    Flight Sergeant Webb has completed 97 operational sorties with Coastal Command of which 28 have been with No. 58 Squadron. On the night of 4th. February 1944, he was operating the radar of Halifax “P” of 58 Squadron in the Atlantic when a contact was obtained at a range of 8 ˝ miles. Webb successfully maintained this contact, keeping his Captain so well informed of its position that it was possible to carry out an accurate attack by the dim light of the moon. Immediately after the attack, Webb was ordered to the W/T set where a minor defect had occurred. This he remedied and, on being instructed to DO so by Control, he successfully homed another aircraft to the position. Flight Sergeant Webb was a member of the crew of an aircraft which attacked a U-boat in September 1941, and on four separate occasions has been in action as an Air Gunner against enemy aircraft ; in each of these encounters he acquitted himself well. For his part in the successful attack on 4th. February 1944, and for his previous good record, Flight Sergeant Webb is strongly recommended for the immediate award of the DFM.
    15th. February 1944

    Remarks by Station Commander

    This NCO’s skill and ability formed the vital link in a telling attack on the enemy and in the exemplary follow up procedure.

    Remarks by A.O.C.

    Flight Sergeant Webb has shown both courage and skill over a long period of operational flying. His operating of the radar on 4th. February 1944, resulted in a very good attack being made on a fully surfaced U-boat and his operating subsequently of the W/T set which he had repaired enabled another aircraft to be homed to the position. Recommended for the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal

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    It would appear that the award was specifically for his efforts on 4th. February 1944 but also recognised his long operational career.

    Douglas

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    Many thanks, once again you have come up trumps. Bill Webb

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