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    Default Squadron Leader citations needed please

    Gents,

    Looking for the citation for the AFC awarded to Squadron Leader Ernest Frank Sly DFC AFC, also the DFC citation for Squadron Leader A J Samson DFC.

    Thank you in advance.

    Steve
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    SAMSON, Arthur James, A/S/L (78850, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.218 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943. Born 1915 in St.John’s, Newfoundland; home at Barrow-in-Furness. Described on Commonwealth War Grave website as “Son of Israel James Samson and Constance Samson; husband of Amy M. Samson, of Cheadle, Cheshire.” Enlisted in RAF Reserve in 1936; commissioned 1940; attained rank of Squadron Leader in August 1942. Killed 8 September 1945 as a Wing Commander in No.117 Squadron; name on Singapore Memorial. Following text from Air Ministry Bulletin 8877.

    For the last three months Squadron Leader Samson has been employed as a flight commander. One night in July 1942, he attacked Saarbrucken, despite intense anti-aircraft fire, and on another occasion in August he flew a very badly damaged aircraft safely back to base. One night in September 1942, when approaching Munich, his aircraft was caught in a cone of searchlights and subjected to very heavy fire from the ground defences. Nevertheless, Squadron Leader Samson proceeded and attacked his objective. On the return journey he was again heavily attacked by anti-aircraft fire and the second pilot and flight engineer were wounded. Despite great difficulties, this officer flew his aircraft home and effected a forced lading without damage. Squadron Leader Samson has proved to be a cool, courageous captain with a fine sense of leadership.


    SLY, Frank Ernest, Sergeant (566485, Royal Air Force) - unit ? - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 October 1940. Medals sold at auction on 11 June 1996 for £ 2,150. Information from website of Dix-Noonan-Webb (medal dealers). Later commissioned and awarded DFC, 14 May 1943, for services with No.218 Squadron. With respect to his AFM, the website credits the following to “a contemporary newscutting.” See also Air Ministry Bulletin 2214.

    A twenty-three year old Royal Air Force flying instructor, who when his plane was damaged in a collision with a pupil’s aircraft, landed in a field with one wing off and the other damaged, and with his undercarriage retracted, has been awarded the Air Force Medal. He is Sergeant. Frank Sly, a flying instructor in the advanced training squadron of a flying training school. His award is for “exceptional valour, courage and devotion to duty whilst flying, though not in active operations against the enemy.” Sergeant. Sly was carrying out formation flying practise in a twin-engined training aircraft with a pupil in another aircraft of the same type.

    On reaching 900 feet his passenger noticed that the pupil’s aircraft was approaching from practically dead astern, and was just about to cause a collision. Sergeant. Sly immediately banked his aircraft to the left, but was unable to prevent the other aircraft coming into a collision with his starboard wing and severing it just beyond the engine. By using full left aileron and full starboard engine - his right aileron having dropped off complete with the torn off wing - Sergeant. Sly succeeded in regaining control of his aircraft. He flew straight for two miles. Meanwhile the starboard wing continued to break up. But at last the Sergeant got his damaged aircraft down and landed.

    SLY, Ernest Frank, A/S/L, AFM (46091, Royal Air Force) - No.218 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/8949 has citation drafted when he had flown 20 sorties (115 hours).

    In November 1942, while on operations against Stuttgart, one engine of this officer’s aircraft became unserviceable while over the target area. Despite this, he pressed home his attack in a daring manner, and returned safely to base. On another occasion, while minelaying in the Baltic, Squadron Leader Sly was forced to bring his aircraft down to 300 feet owing to damage sustained in combat with an enemy fighter. By superb airmanship and determination a safe return was made. Squadron Leader Sly has, at all times, displayed high courage and devotion to duty.

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    Hugh,

    Once again my sincere thanks, and sorry for the confussion AFC & AFM !!!!

    Kind regards

    Steve
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