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    Can anyone help with the citation for the DFC awarded to K Tattersall 161 Sqdn?
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    Bob, No individual citation but following from LG:
    Air Ministry, 17th October, 1944.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards.
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Pilot Officers.
    Kenneth Richard TATTERSALL (174938), R.A.F.V.R., 161 Sqn.
    The above awards are in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.
    Regards, Terry

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    I am reasonably certain that you will find a recommendation at Kew in AIR 2/9026.

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    Default P/O Tattersall, DFC

    Any particular reason for the interest in Ken Tattersall? There are several references to his 161 Sqn tour in Freddie Clark's compendious 'Agents by Moonlight'. Freddie and Sgt Tattersall arrived at Tempsford at the same time, so he knew him pretty well.

    P/O Tattersall did 39 ops in his tour, and the DFC appears to have been awarded at its completion rather than for any single action. This was not uncommon in the SD squadrons.

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    The following pertains to another man in No.161 Squadron. It is illustrative of the type of information you will and WILL NOT find in a recommendation:

    GALBRAITH, F/O John Alexander (J26644) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.161 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 28 October 1922 in Montreal, Quebec. Enlisted Montreal, 29 June 1942 and posted to No.4 Manning Depot. To No.8 SFTS (guard), 14 August 1942. To No.5 ITS, 10 October 1942; graduated and promoted LAC, 19 December 1942 but not posted to No.1 AOS until 9 January 1943; graduated and commissioned, 28 May 1943. To Y Depot, 11 June 1943; to RAF overseas, 27 June 1943. Promoted Flying Officer, 28 November 1943. Repatriated 28 October 1944. To No.10 AOS, 2 December 1944. To Y Depot, 6 April 1945; to RAF overseas, 1 May 1945. Repatriated 13 August 1945. Retired 29 September 1945. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 23 September 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (209 hours 40 minutes), 7 May to 31 August 1944. The sortie list does not give specific objectives - only countries. All trips are described as "Special Operation".

    7 May 1944 -France (6.25)
    9 May 1944 - ditto - (6.45)
    10 May 1944 - ditto - (6.55)
    28 May 1944 - ditto - (6.00)
    1 June 1944 - ditto - (5.45)
    2 June 1944 - ditto - (5.50)
    4 June 1944 - ditto - (6.00)
    6 June 1944 - ditto - (4.45)
    14 June 1944 - ditto - (5.25)
    16 June 1944 - ditto - (5.25)
    17 June 1944 - ditto - (6.10)
    21 June 1944 - ditto - (6.20)
    22 June 1944 - ditto - (6.10)
    27 June 1944 - ditto - (5.40)
    29 June 1944 - ditto - (5.35)
    3 July 1944 - ditto - (6.15)
    5 July 1944 - ditto - (5.40)
    7 July 1944 - ditto - (7.15)
    9 July 1944 - ditto - (5.10)
    11 July 1944 - ditto - (5.30)
    24 July 1944 - ditto - (7.30)
    25 July 1944 - ditto - (7.05)
    30 July 1944 - ditto - (7.20)
    4 August 1944 -Denmark (7.05)
    6 August 1944 -France (5.50)
    8 August 1944 - ditto - (5.15)
    10 August 1944 - ditto - (8.20)
    13 August 1944 - ditto - (7.30)
    14 August 1944 - ditto - (6.50)
    25 August 1944 - ditto - (8.40)
    27 August 1944 - ditto - (8.10)
    28 August 1944 -Holland (3.55)
    31 August 1944 -France (7.10)

    Flying Officer Galbraith has completed 33 sorties as navigator over enemy territory, sometimes under very poor weather conditions and in the face of difficulties. His ability and determination have contributed very largely to the success of his crew and his personal example has been worthy of the highest praise.

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    Terry - thanks for the information.

    Deadrock - I have known Ken for a number of years and, sadly, he died last week. I thought it might be possible to include the reason for his DFC in the eulogy. Back in 2008 I put together copies of all the ORB entries fro his Ops + all the debriefing reports and it was presented to him at Tempsford, see http://www.tempsford-squadrons.info/Newsletter%20files/Summer%2008v2.pdf

    Hugh - Thanks for for piece on Jack Galbraith. I talk to Jack once a fornight and always look forward to our next chat.

    Again thanks to all for responding
    Bob

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