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    Default Alfred Walter Wylde DFC AFM on 611, 66 and 263 squadrons: Sept1940 to Dec1941

    Can anyone give me any details of the operations/combats that the above airman took part in whilst with Fighter Command? The citation for his DFC says he flew 75 hours interception on 611 sqn,then 112 hours convoy escort on 66 sqn and finally 43 hours of offensive sweeps on 263 sqn.
    I believe he got the AFM at No 4 Glider School in june 1943. His DFC was for and extended tour on 166 Sqn Bomber Command in 1945.
    Any help most appreciated!
    Cheers B.

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    Hi Barnsley,

    Please see AIR 27/1547 on my website

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/laurieburley/jeff/index.html

    Sergeant Pilot Wylde was posted in to 263 Squadron at Filton on 26 May 41 from 66 Squadron. On 29 May 41 he was posted out again to 58 OTU at Grangemouth. Possibly this was for conversion training, but there is no further mention of him in the ORBs or, as far as I recall, any of the other documents I have. The ORBs appear to be reasonably complete around this period, so if Sgt. Wylde flew 30-40 Ops during this time I would expect to see his name.

    Sorry I can't be more help.

    Regards,

    Jeff

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    Hello,

    I had a look in the book "Wings of War" history of 166 sqn
    In the Appendix 6 : awards his name is not listed.
    Could it be a typo between 166 and 66 Sqn

    Best regards

    rene

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    These entries from the LG may provide some light:
    Air Ministry, 2nd June, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Air Force Medal.
    742217 Sergeant Alfred Walter WYLDE, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

    Air Ministry, 25th September, 1945.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Flying Officers.
    Alfred Walter WYLDE, A.F.M. (177939), R.A.F.V.R., 166 Sqn.
    The above awards are in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.
    Regards, Terry

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    WYLDE, Alfred Walter, Sergeant - No.4 Glider Training School - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation drafted when he had flown 442 hours as a tug pilot, 220 in previous six months.

    "This airman has been employed as tug pilot since February 1942. He was formerly with an operational squadron. His flying by day and night has been faultless and he has displayed exceptional keenness and cheerfulness in accomplishing all his allotted tasks."

    WYLDE, Alfred Walter, F/O, AFM (177939, RAFVR*) - No.166 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945. Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 19759.

    "Flying Officer Wylie has completed one tour of duty with Fighter Command and a second with Bomber Command. He has always displayed the greatest determination in pressing home his attacks against the enemy and has achieved much success, frequently in the face of severe enemy opposition and adverse weather."
    Last edited by HughAHalliday; 6th February 2012 at 10:41.

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    Dear All,thanks very much for all your help.Can I ask where or how the AIR2 reference for the medal citation at the NRA was obtained? I am trying to complete a full list for 166.
    Rene,thanks for your reply.I have 'Wings of War' but the award list is not complete.Alf Wylde certainly did fly with 166 squadron.He was unusual in that he stayed on after flying the requisite number of ops on his second tour and carried on flying sorties so he could stay with his crew while they finnished their first tour.
    cheers B.

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    Re the question about how the Air 2 reference was found:

    Go to British National Archives site - http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/default.htm

    Click on "Records".

    Click on "The Catalogue"

    Go to "Search the Catalogue"

    At "Word or Phrase" you may enter key words, divided by AND - for example, Honours AND Birthday (to find Birthday Honours files)

    At "Year Range" enter appropriate start and end years

    At "Department or Series Code" enter AIR 2.

    Proceed to Search.

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    Dear Hugh,thank you so much for the information about looking up the gallantry decorations.I have a nearly complete list for 166 squadron but that was as a result of hours of work at Kew trawling through the individual files.That was in the early 1990s before the arrival of the internet!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
    Dear All,thanks very much for all your help.Can I ask where or how the AIR2 reference for the medal citation at the NRA was obtained? I am trying to complete a full list for 166.
    Rene,thanks for your reply.I have 'Wings of War' but the award list is not complete.Alf Wylde certainly did fly with 166 squadron.He was unusual in that he stayed on after flying the requisite number of ops on his second tour and carried on flying sorties so he could stay with his crew while they finnished their first tour.
    cheers B.
    This was my Grandads 166sqn crew. My grandfather was the navigator f/o Ricketts. Alf Wylde was/is my Dads God father.

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    Hi,

    Think Jeff s quote about 263 Sqn refers to Geoffrey Higson Wylde (1450890, 186957) who was posted 263 between 26 and 28.5.41. Later with 56 and 501 on Tempest.

    No other Wyldes appear to have flown Whirlwind, so presume Alfred Walter Wylde flew Typhoon with 263 ?
    regards Peter

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