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    Could anyone with access to Tavender's Distinguished Flying Medal Register look up Sgt W. (or N.) Wilson DFM for me please. I believe he was a WOp/AG on Blenheims and would like to know his service number and what unit he was serving with when awarded his DFM.

    I realise Wilson is a common enough name but hopefully the initial will narrow it down.

    Best Regards

    Andy Fletcher
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    Hello Von,

    This could be your man ?

    WILSON Wm Sgt 235 sqdn S/No 553328 award date 22.10.40.

    Not taken from Tavender's, so hopefully more info from someone who has it.

    Regards,

    Ian

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    Andy, If William is your man, from the LG, but only the generic citation:
    Air Ministry,
    22nd October, 1940
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the undermentioned appointment and awards: —
    Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.
    553328 Sergeant William WILSON.
    The above awards are for gallantry and devotion to duty displayed in the execution of air operations.
    Regards, Terry

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    Hello Andy,

    This is taken from 'The Distinguished Flying Medal Register' by Tavender.


    WILSON William. 5533328 Sergeant, No.235 Squadron.
    L.G. 22/10/1940. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. Air2/9469.

    This airman has continually carried out the duties of Wireless/Operator/Air Gunner. He has at all times displayed the greatest ooolness and has taken charge of the fire control for the rear gunners of his section. It is partly owing to his coolness in withholding fire until the last second that this section has been able to compete successfully when attacked by enemy fighters.

    26th August 1940.

    There is also a Norman Trevor Hamilton Wilson – 98 Squadron Wireless Operator/Air Gunner awarded the DFM in 1941 with 98 Squadron.

    Kind regards, Malcolm.

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    Many thanks Gentlemen, for taking the time for the look up. I'd say William is my man.

    Cheers

    Andy
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    Would anyone with access to Ian Tavender's DFM reference books please look up the citation for Flt Sgt Martin Charles John Barber, He was in 463 Squadron RAAF, although he was English. This squadron flew Lancasters out of RAF Waddington.

    Kind Regards

    Kevin O'Hara

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    Kevin

    From Ian Tavender’s book : The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War : -

    BARBER, Martin Charles John. 1384607 Flight Sergeant, No. 463 (RAAF) Sqn.
    LG 15/8/1944, Sorties 26 : Flying hours 182.15 Air Bomber. Air2/9632

    Flight Sergeant Barber has operated seven times on Berlin and on many other heavily defended German and other special targets. His coolness and determination to drop his bombs accurately, even in the face of intense opposition, have been responsible for the success of many hazardous and tiring sorties. He is a most capable Air Bomber and a fearless member of his crew. He has always maintained a high degree of specialist efficiency and his skill and devotion to duty has resulted in a fine record for accurate bombing.
    16th. May 1944

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    Douglas

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    Douglas,
    Many thanks for finding the citation. His wife, my mother - in -law, will be delighted to know how he earned it. The medal was stolen in a burglary several years ago.

    Kind Regards

    Kevin

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