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    Good afternoon all

    Some help please . I run the local Air Cadets in Galashiels and part of part of our 70th Anniversary history project is to reserach local peole who were in the wartime RAF . The above is listed on the Selkirk War Memorial, the 101 Ops record book indicates he was promoted to PO on 27/9/43 he was an Air Gunner and awarded the DFM for an action on on 27-28/09/43. All of his crew received awards that night as Crew of LM 364 on mission to Hanover on 27/9/1943.

    On that mission he is listed as a Sgt Can anyone explain the reason for an officer being awarded a DFM and not a DFC and why would he be lsited as a Sgt when he had been promoted to Pilot Officer some months earlier? Is there any indication from anyones records that he was in the wartime Air Cadets in Selkirk or Galashiels? Im making contact with the local archives through the library service and plan many hours of digging through old newspapers. Thansk is anticipation - all help very welcome,
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    Hi Frank

    I think you've answered your own question, the raid was on 27/28 Sep which is the same date as his commission and his award so I suspect he was a Sgt on the raid, hence why the DFM but was promoted on his return in addition to his award.

    Malcolm (ex 298 Sqn ATC)

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    Default Selkirk War Memorial PO R Stott DFM RAFVR

    Thanks Malcolm - you are spot on!
    I misread the date and thought it was March 43 for a promotion. Further research shows the promotion was wef 3/11/43 so he was an SNCO at the time the award was earned

    I'm suffering from a severe dose of fatigue from a hard weekend and going to bed on sunday morning at 0400 only to be woken at 0500 after a dining in night at RAF Leuchars

    Ex 298 Sq Crivvens - Im ex 297 Musselburgh no 2180 !

    Frank

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    Frank

    Just a little bit more information for you regarding Sgt. Stottís DFM citation. This has been taken from Ian Tavenderís book the Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War : -

    Stott, Robert. 1066653 Sergeant, No. 101 Sqn. (Immediate)
    LG 19/11/43. Sorties 15, Flying hours 103.50. Air Gunner. Air2/5020

    During the attack on Hanover on the night of 27th/28th. September 1943, the aircraft in which Sergeant Stott was the mid-upper gunner was severely damaged by heavy flak and an enemy fighter. Sergeant Stottís turret mechanism was hit by cannon shells and fire broke out all around him in the fuselage. With complete disregard for his own personal danger and although blinded by searchlights, he endeavoured to see the enemy fighter and drove it off. When descending from his turret in order to put out the fires, he discovered the rear gunner had been overcome by fumes and with great presence of mind, he dragged him forward with the assistance of the Flight Engineer and then he went aft and found the Flight Engineer overcome by fumes and, although suffering from lack of oxygen himself, he managed with fine endurance to drag the engineer forward and pull him round. Throughout this dangerous situation, Sergeant Stott displayed great presence of mind and gave heroic assistance to the other members of the crew so that the fires were eventually extinguished and the aircraft completed its flight without further damage. His cool courage and great endurance are worthy of high praise and he is strongly recommended for an immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.
    16th. October 1943

    Remarks by Station Commander

    Sergeant Stott on the occasion quoted, displayed exceptional courage, determination and offensive tenacity in a perilous situation by remaining at his post and continuing to fire at the enemy fighter in spite of the order to prepare to abandon aircraft. Thereafter, seeing the Flight Engineer was almost incapacitated by fumes and fire, Sergeant Stott showed complete disregard for his personal safety by promptly descending from his turret and, despite oxygen lack, rendering all possible aid to his comrades in subduing the flames. Sergeant Stott has proved himself a man of skill, courage and determination throughout his operational tour and I recommend that this indomitable resolve and fearlessness in the face of danger on the night in question should be recognised by the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

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    Douglas

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    Douglas

    Many thanks

    Regards

    Frank

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