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    Default W/C Gillan No. 26010 CO 49 Sq

    Hi all,

    I would be glad for dates between which he was commanding the 49 Sq.
    Any other details about his career much appreciated.

    TIA

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    Pavel

    According to John Ward’s “Beware of the Dog at War – An operational diary of 49 Squadron”, W/Cdr. JW Gillan DFC AFC was C/O between 1 April – 21 December 1940.

    According to Nick and Carol Carter’s “The Distinguished Flying Cross and how it was won”, The London Gazette recorded the AFC for WC John Woodburn Gillan 26010 as 30/7/1940 : 4675.

    His DFC citation is as follows : -

    Gillan, John Woodburn DFC AFC W/Cdr. (26010) RAF 615 Squadron
    London Gazette 9/9/41 : 5217 (missing)

    This officer has lead the wing on nineteen occasions since July 1941 and his fine leadership and cool courage have been an inspiration to his fellow pilots throughout all operations. On three recent escort missions, Wing Commander Gillan has displayed especial skill and determination. He has destroyed one and damaged another enemy aircraft.

    The CWGC site records his death as 29/8/1941 at the age of 34 and his decorations as DFC and bar, AFC. He is buried in Dunkirk Town Cemetery and was the son of Revd. David Gillan and Helen Gillan (nee Drummond) of Edinburgh.

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    Douglas

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    Many thanks Douglas!

    Pavel
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