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    Hi all

    I've rejoined the forum after an absence of several years, it's great to be catching up with posts.

    Flt Lt Thomas Ashworth was awarded a DFC in Aug 1945 whilst with 249 Sqn. Could anybody provide any further information on him or his award?

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    Dave

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    ASHWORTH, Thomas Holmes Evelyn Batterby, F/L (127886, RAFVR) - No.249 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 August 1945. Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 19461.

    "This officer has completed numerous sorties in the most adverse weather, often in the worst winter months. In September 1944, Flight Lieutenant Ashworth made an attack on an enemy airfield. Despite heavy anti-aircraft fire, he shared in the destruction of two enemy aircraft. On another occasion, in January 1945, he participatedin an attacks against the heavily defended harbour of Pola, contributing to the destruction of two small vessels and the damaging of another; quayside buildings and oil tanks were also set on fire. On yet another occasion during an attack on targets in Yugoslavia in March 1945, Flight Lieutenant Ashworth shared in destroying or severely damaging two enemy aircraft, the control tower and a hangar, as well as a number of locomotives and railway wagons. This officer has displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty."

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    Hugh

    Thanks very much for that information, fascinating reading. Do you think I would find any more info in AIR 2 at the National Archives?

    Thanks again

    Dave

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    There is a fair chance that the original recommendation may be found at Kew (AIR 2/9119). Otherwise, the squadron diary (AIR 27 records) will almost certainly prove a gold mine.

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    Thanks again Hugh

    Dave

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