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    Hallo,

    Could anyone please look up his citation for the DFM which was gazetted on 22 October 1940 ? I am looking for a Hampden reference or a connection to the August 1940 mission on which F/Lt. RAB Learoyd won the VC.

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    Martin Gleeson.

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    Hello,

    LAC Rich was Learoyd's ventral air gunner.

    Here is his DFM Recommendation:

    RICH, William Ronald. 618941 Leading Aircraftman, No.49 sqn.

    L.G. 22/10/1940. Air Gunner. Air2/9467.

    Leading Aircraftman Rich is an armourer and a member of a ground crew who volunteered for training as a part-time Air Gunner. He has shown exceptional keenness and ability in his work, both in the air and on the ground, and by his enthusiasm, skill and courage, very quickly became operationally fit as an Air Gunner. He has carried out a total of 8 operations against the enemy during the course of which he has completed 49 hours flying. He was the Air Gunner in the aircraft flown by Flt. Lt. R.A.B. Learoyd, V.C., when a low-level attack was carried out on the Dortmund-Ems Canal. In this and all other operations in which he has taken part, L.A.C. Rich has shown outstanding skill and courage in operating his guns against enemy defences. By his enthusiasm, courage and devotion to duty, he has set an outstanding example to the other airmen in his squadron.

    See:
    The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War with Official Recommendation Details. Vol.II. K-Z.
    Tavender,Ian.
    London:Savannah,2000.
    p.529.

    Col.
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    Col,

    Many thanks for that speedy and excellent reply.

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    Martin Gleeson.

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    Martin,

    Just in case you're wondering. Rich is mentioned in the LG (no citation), it is not giving up its jewels easily!

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34976/pages/6137

    Col.
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    Col,

    That entry was exactly why I posted my query ! After the 22 October 1940 any awards gazetted seem to have included the unit with which the recipient had served at the time.

    Many thanks again,

    Martin.

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