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    Default Flying Officer JOHN DERMOT ALLEN, 55975

    Flying Officer JOHN DERMOT ALLEN, 55975

    I have been asked by Dermot Allen, John's son to post the following here, after the sad passing of his father this last week.

    John Dermot Allen DFC (flight Engineer, Sgt 573838 then F/O 55975) who flew all his missions bar one with the late pilot F/O Bill Rabbit in a Halifax Mk III, ‘N’ Naughty Nighties, LW142 from Pocklington.

    From Dermot:
    His only wish in his will is to be cremated and have his ashes scattered at what was RAF Pocklington where he flew forty seven missions with 102 squadron between May 1944 and April 1945, receiving the DFC for one of these. He very recently gave me his log log book and he is keen to find out which trip his father was awarded the DFC for? One mission has only the entry ‘Secret’, this probably involved dropping off SOE Operatives or it may have been linked to Operation Market Garden. Five other operations were obviously dropping petrol in Belgium for Mkt Garden.

    Our deepest condolences go to Dermot, his family and also to Harry Brabin and Sandy Concannon who are still alive and who sadly lost touch with John after the war, they too were a part of Bill's crew.

    Good night John and thank you, another 102 Ceylon Squadron hero lost but not forgotten.

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    His DFC award was published in the LG on the 13th April 1945, no citation though, there are two other 102 Sqn officers on the same page.
    Alan Clark

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    The chances are that his was a "periodic" or "non-immediate" award, for long-term service rather than one specific act or sortie. Without offering a guarantee, I believe you may find the recommendation for the award at the National Archives (Kew), most likely in either AIR 2/9059 or AIR 2/9060.

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    Hello,

    The following might be of interest:

    28-7-1944
    No.102 Sqn
    Halifax III LW142:DY-N
    Op: Foret de Nieppe

    Damaged, landed at Great Ashfield, Suffolk.

    AUS417235 F/L (Pilot) William Forsyth RABBITT RAAF (Later DFC LG 23/3/45 p.1598)
    AUS426177 F/Sgt (Nav.) Basil Gordon SPILLER RAAF - Wounded (Later P/O DFC LG 27/3/45 p.1656)
    AUS425193 F/Sgt (Bomb Aimer) Donald Bernard McLEAN RAAF (Later P/O DFC LG 27/3/45 p.1656)
    AUS422113 F/Sgt ( -?-) Harold William BRABIN RAAF
    1608820 Sgt ( -?- ) C HOOD RAFVR
    AUS417338 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) Alex John CONCANNON RAAF (Later P/O DFC LG 27/3/45 p.1656)
    573838 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) John Dermot ALLEN RAFVR (Later DFC)

    Ref: It's Suicide But Its Fun/Goss. p.199 (See also pp.129,131,142 & 210).

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 19th May 2012 at 11:38.

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