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    Default 628829 A.C.2 R.H. Francis. DFM 149 Sqn

    Hi Folks, As I have not got a clue about researching awards/medals could I ask if anyone can help with this one?
    628829 A.C.2 R.H. Francis. was awarded the DFM and it was mentioned in the Sqn ORBs on the 21st Feb 1940. Unfortunately it gives no details. I think it may have been in conection with a double shoot down claim made on 18/12/39 whilst this Air Gunner was flying with the 149Sqn CO, Wing Commander R Kellett.
    Can anyone help or educate me in the best method of finding his citation?

    Many thanks

    Alan Fraser

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    Alan,

    Your man's DFM was announced in the London Gazette of 20 Feb 1940 - Robert Harvey Francis, Air Gunner. Ian Tavender's book on the DFM for WW2 contains 99+% of the recommendations, but the entry for Francis states "There is no trace of the recommendation for this airman's award". I suspect that you may never unearth the errant document.

    Jim

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    Default 628829 A.C.2 R.H. Francis. DFM 149 Sqn

    Many thanks, Jim,

    It looks like Tavender's book has to go on the 'Wish' list for next Christmas :)
    I Think this must have been amongst the first few DFMs for AC2's !

    Thanks again

    Alan

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