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    Default 547790 Flt Sgt GREEN, REGINALD WILLIAM JOHN, W.Op./Air Gnr, 226 Sqn, KIA 4 Jul 41

    Hello All,

    The airman at Header Enlisted Oct 39 aged 19. He gets KIA 4 Jul 41 as a Flt Sgt with 226 Sqn. CWGC has him with a DFM. Can't make that DFM come up on the LG. Anybody know anything about it?

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    Hello,
    Distinguished Flying medal.
    GREEN, William Reginald John. 547790 Leading Aircraftman, No.226 Sqn.
    (Immediate)
    L.G. 26/6/1940. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. Air2/4097.
    This airman is the Air Gunner of Pilot Officer D.A. Crookes'[sic] crew. He has shown exceptional devotion to duty as Air Gunner and Wireless Operator and completed the team spirit of this crew without which none of the difficult missions carried out could have been successfully completed. He has displayed considerable gallantry in attacking ground targets from a low altitude with his rear gun.
    8th June, 1940.

    The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War with Official Recommendation Details.
    Tavender,Ian.
    Forest Hill:Savannah Publications,2000.
    p.765

    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    CROOKS, David Alexander Cummings. PO. (40678). RAF. 226 Sqn.
    London Gazette:25/6/1940:3863.
    Joint Citation with:
    Sgt 580453 T.C.DAVIES, Awarded the DFM
    LAC 547790 W.R.J.GREEN, Awarded the DFM.

    During a day in May, 1940, Pilot Officer Crooks carried out an extensive reconnaissance of the Amiens-Albert road with great determination and gallantry. At a low altitude, and under heavy fire from the ground, he bombed a large convoy of enemy armoured vehicles, obtaining direct hits with his bombs. Although his aircraft was hit by heavy pom-pom fire he succeeded in reaching base. Sgt Davies, an Air Observer, has been a member of pilot officer Crook's crew on all missions, and has used his gun most effectively during low bombing attacks on convoys. He has also shown exceptional navigational ability under difficult conditions by day and night. As wireless operator, air gunner in Pilot Officer Crook's aircraft, leading Aircraftman Green has displayed considerable gallantry in attacking ground targets from a low altitude with his rear gun. Pilot Officer Crooks and his crew have shown initiative and exceptional devotion to duty in many missions undertaken by night and under adverse weather conditions. They have pressed home their attacks, invariably from low altitudes, in spite of enemy opposition from the ground and from the air.

    The Distinguished Flying Cross and How it Was Won 1918-1995.
    Carter,Nick & Carol.
    Vol. I, A-L.
    Forest Hill:Savannah Publications,1998.
    pp.387-8.

    Col.
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    Col,

    VMT for that. Precisely what I was looking for! Brilliant. AC-Plonk to Flt Sgt (with a gong on the way) and KIA in 2 years! It was clearly "Fast & Furious" in them days!!

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    David Crooks DFC (CAN/RAF), fared no better than Davies and Green. He was shot down off the Lizard on 1-4-1941, in No.263 Sqn Whirlwind I P6989, by the rear gunner of a Do215.

    Col.
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