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    Can anyone tell me when S/L Ernest Alfred DEVERILL was awarded his DFM and with what unit he was flying at the time.

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    Andy Fletcher
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    Hallo Andy,

    His DFM was announced in the London Gazette of 9 July 1940 (page 4177) but no unit was given. As some of the other names on that list are familiar from the campaign in France during May and June it would be natural to believe his award stems from that period. I cannot find a mention of him anywhere else unforunately but I have a nagging feeling that I have come across a 'Deverill' recently in the August 1940 timeframe. Will look further.

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    Martin Gleeson.

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    Hi Andy and Martin,

    I have him at 206 Squadron a that time. A quick look in the ORB of 206 Sqdn doesn't give a clue as why he was awarded the DFM.

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    Hi Andy,

    http://www.ww2awards.com/person/46280

    shows the gunner, "Townend" killed during the action in question.

    CWGC shows the man as 535545 LAC Ernest Townend:

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2763700/TOWNEND,%20ERNEST

    So, No. 206 Squadron and the date of death is 3 May, 1940.

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    Dave

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    Hi Martin,

    Many thanks for the date. I searched the LG but missed that entry for some reason.

    If you could find where he was in Aug 40 it would be much appreciated.

    A have a F/S DEVERILL at St. Eval in Nov 40 (possibly 206 Sqn), the rank seems to fit as he was commissioned from F/S in Apr 41 (as per LG) but I'm not sure it is Ernest Alfred. From looking at the entries in the LG and details of his loss E.A. DEVERILL is associated with Bomber Command not Coastal.

    As an aside he was very highly decorated - DFC*, AFC, DFM.

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    Hans and Dave,

    Wow, between reading Martin's post and my response two more replies pop up. Many thanks guys, 206 Sqn it is.

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    Andy,

    He was with 206 Squadron, Coastal Command. The 206 Sqn. ORB is not very helpful in that there is no reference to any awards in the July or August 1940 F.540. However it would appear that he received his DFM for an action on 3 May 1940 when his Hudson N7319 was attacked by Bf 109s. Deverill was the observer while 41295 P/O Raymond Thomas Kean was the pilot. It is noteworthy that Kean was gazetted for the DFC on the same day. If the full citation could be found I suspect it would prove to be a joint award. Both were wounded or injured in the subsequent crash -landing. A third crew member (LAC E. Townend) was killed in action while the fourth (A.C. Mannion) apparently was unhurt but received no recognition.
    See Ross McNeill's 'RAF COASTAL COMMAND LOSSES', Vol. 1 for more details.

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    Martin.

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    Andy,

    Hans and Dave beat me to the punch !
    Deverill was back flying with 206 by early August 1940. He was involved in another accident during the night of 7th/8th August but this time all the crew survived unhurt.

    Martin.

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    Thanks for looking that up Martin. The link provided by Dave gives the citations or details behind his awards.

    Thanks again for your help.

    Andy
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    DEVERILL, Ernest Alfred, F/L, DFC, deceased (45556, Royal Air Force - Air Fighting Development Unit, Wittering - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Officer Air 2/8959, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation.

    "This officer has been almost solely responsible for teaching tactics against fighters and his energies in organizing the exercises and carrying them out in the air have been outstanding. He was responsible for forming the unit and obtaining the optimum conditions for this work. He has had remarkable achievements in the number of crews that have received instruction."

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