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    Sorry to announce that Avis Hearn has died.
    Avis won the Military Medal during th Battle of Britain after she refused to leave her post at Poling radar station whilst it was being attacked by dive bombers. This scene was replicated in the film 'The Battle of Britain'.
    She was a modest and remarkable lady.
    Gerry

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    Gerry - has an Obituary been published to Avis as I would be interested in reading it ?
    Chris

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    Hi Chris,
    I have sent what I know to the Telegraph today, I doubt whether they will cover it though.
    I don't know anything about her life after the war.
    I just didn't want her death to pass without a mention.
    Gerry

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    I assume this is the lady, although the London Gazette entry puts a different spin on her name. I shall add the news of her passing (and anything else that may come to light through this thread) to the data base entry:


    HEARN-AVIS, Joan, Acting Corporal (880847, Womens Auxiliary Air Force) - unit ? - Military Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 January 1941.

    "In August 1940, during an enemy air attack, bombs were dropped on buildings of the unit, doing very considerable damage. Several heavy bombs fell alongside a block where Corporal Hearn-Avis was working alone controlling telephones. Every window was blown in and one of the main walls of one the rooms was badly cracked. Throughout the attack Corporal Hearn-Avis remained at her post in a building which threatened to collapse about her, doing her work as far as the terrible noise would permit. This airwoman displayed courage and devotion to duty of the highest order."

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    Hi Hugh,
    Yes indeed, the London Gazette mistakingly had her listed as WAAF Cpl Joan Hearn.
    I have a copy of the letter sent to her in 1960 stating that they accept this was an error and that they had rectified it and listed her correctly as Avis J. Hearn.
    Gerry

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    Sad news indeed. May she RIP.

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