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    Default Flt Lt A.L. BOCKING DFC (Canadian in RAF)

    Hi guys

    Seeking citation (or at least date) of DFC, believe 1939.

    Help appreciated

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    Brian

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    Brian

    From Nick and Carol Carter’s book “ The Distinguished Flying Cross and how it was Won” –

    Bocking, Alfred Llewellyn F/Lt. (37079) RAF
    London Gazette 22/12/1939:8466

    For gallant and distinguished services rendered in connection with the operations in Palestine during the period 1st. April to 30th. July 1939.

    He was also awarded a bar to the DFC in 1941. The book does not record the text of the citation : -

    Bocking, Alfred Llewellyn DFC A/WC (37079) RAF 11 Squadron
    London Gazette 10/10/41:5859

    Douglas

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    Many thanks for that, Douglas.

    Just what I required.

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    BOCKING, F/L Alfred Llewellyn (37079) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.33 Squadron - awarded as per London Gazette dated 22 December 1939. Born in Belfast, 10 October 1915; educated in St.Boniface and Norwood, Manitoba. Appointed Acting Pilot Officer on Probation in RAF, 15 March 1935 (same time as D.K. Banks, J. Fulton and J.A. Kent) and posted to RAF Depot, Uxbridge. As of 2 April 1935 the following CAN/RAF personnel were posted as Acting Pilot Officers to No.3 Flying Training School, Grantham: D.K. Banks, A.L. Bocking, John Fulton, G.E. Hawkins. The same intake of Acting Pilot Officers had included A.D.C. Fair and John A. Kent (both posted as of 30 March 1935 to No.5 Flying Training School, Sealand. To Middle East, 1936; to Iraq, August 1939. Transferred to RCAF with rank of Wing Commander, 26 June 1944 while in Halifax; remained in postwar force and promoted to Group Captain, 15 June 1960. On staff of NORAD Headquarters during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Retired in 1965. Died in Kelowna, 24 January 2009. Obituary notice stated that he was the first Canadian to fly Mach 2, and that at retirement he had flown 64 types of aircraft. Extensive recollections, "Memories of a Canadian in the RAF", published in Roundel, February 1955 to February 1956. No citation other than "for gallant and distinguished services rendered in connection with the operations in Palestine during the period 1st April to 30th July 1939." Air Ministry Bulletin has the following:

    "This officer saw service in Palestine during the 1936 disturbances and since his return to this country [Palestine] in November 1938 he has done consistently good work, using his previous experience to the full. On many occasions his aircraft has been hit and sometimes badly damaged by enemy rifle fire. He has always shown fearlessness in attack and a complete disregard for personal safety.

    "On 12th January 1939, when flying over the village of Safferin, he observed several men who appeared to be armed; he flew lower to investigate and was met with a volley of rifle fire from a band of twelve Arabs who attempted to break out of the village. Flight Lieutenant Bocking took action, and although his aircraft was hit on almost every dive, he killed five of the band and forced the others into hiding in the dense cover surrounding the village. Together with another aircraft he kept flying low over the area still under heavy fire, attempting to locate the remainder of the band, until the land forces arrived and captured the men."

    BOCKING, W/C Alfred Llewellyn (37079) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.11 Squadron - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 October 1941. No citation other than "for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations". Air Ministry Bulletin 5260 refers. Public Records Office Air 2/4782 (Non-Immediate Awards, Middle East, 1941-1943) has following recommendation dated 16 September 1941 on transmission from RAFHQ Middle East to Air Ministry:

    "Wing Commander Bocking was sent to take over No.11 [Squadron] at the beginning of the Syrian campaign. No.11 Squadron was then in the process of reconstruction with new pilots, crews and aircraft and at the same time had to operate with anything available. By his zeal and energy Wing Commander Bocking moulded the squadron into shape and himself led them on all big raids both by day and night. The majority of his pilots had at that time had no operational flying experience but due to his leadership excellent results were obtained and the bombing in the raids led by him was often exceptionally accurate, two raids, both long and with the very difficult target of Heredere railway bridge in which the formation was being fired on by machine gun posts in the hills above them on either side being typical of the work carried out. By his enthusiasm and leadership the squadron has obtained an esprit de corps and efficiency which cannot but augur well for future operations in which it may be employed."

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