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    I have obtained copies of the orb for 582 Sqn. and now understand why my grandfather was only credited for 45 ops. This is because the operations he did with Ted Swales are still credited to his engineer Powell who was at this time injured, and my grandfather was used as a fill in as his own pilot was also out of action due to injuries.

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    The only official citation appears to be the uninformative line in the London Gazette. Original recommendations are almost always more detailed than what eventually ends up in print. Tavender has printed the recommendation. What he has NOT reproduced in his books (because of length) are the sortie lists that usually accompanied the recommendations. This you will find at British National Archives (Kew) in AIR 2/9060.

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    Can anyone provide me with a copy of the DFM citation for Flt Sgt J E Regan RAFVR 1604771 of 571 Sqn? It was gazetted on 27th March 45 but i can't find the citation. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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    F/Sgt. Regan has taken part in 38 bombing sorties against targets in Germany. He has displayed great keeness and high standards of skill as a Navigator & Bomb Aimer and determination in the face of difficukty and dfanger. (22/12/1944)

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    Can I add one?

    F/Sgt Jack Avery PALIN R.A.F.V.R., 1582874, 467 Sqn RAAF. His DFM was Gazetted on January 19th 1945, LG page 471, but there's no citation. It was reported in the Morpeth Herald and Reporter as being awarded for 'gallantry and devotion to duty'. Is there anything further in Tavender?

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    Sorties 28 Hours 170.35
    On the night of 1/2nd. May 1944, during an attack on Toulouse, the aircraft was badly hit by flak. The Air B was mortally wounded and F/Sgt. ^Palin severely wounded in the thigh..... F/Sgt. palin lifted the wounded Air B. from his compartment up to the Navigator's positio where he did everything possible to make him comfortable.... After landing F/Sgt. Palin collapsed through loss of blood and had to spend 2 months in hospital to recover. 11/10/1944

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    Thank you for that John, that's very helpful indeed.

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    Just a belated query on John's post #16 - I can't find anything in the 467 Sqn ORB on the NAA website about this incident of May 1/2 1944 (mind you it's been uploaded back to front date-wise, which confused me a fair bit), nor in Chorley's BCL 1944 for the mortally wounded A/B. Can anyone confirm the date?

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    Simon,

    You won't find anything on F/Sgt J.A. PALIN, in the 467 Sqn RAAF ORB prior to 2 August, 1944, he was posted in on that date from No.61 Sqn (see: ORB p.431 of 1238). Knowing that, indicates that the mortally wounded Air Bomber on 1/2 May, 1944, was most likely: 1321993 F/Sgt (Air Bomber) Edwin Jack HODGES RAFVR + - http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2709136/ Need the 61 Sqn ORB to confirm. Alan Wells should be able to help.

    Col.

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    Thanks for that Col.

    I had a suspicion he might have won it at another Squadron, but as the LG entry gives 467 Sqn, I thought the date may not have been correct and had thrown me a curved ball (maybe bowled me a googly is a better metaphor for an Australian unit...).

    The 467 Sqn ORB reports his award on January 25th 1945, but does not give any details.

    Bill Chorley does not have an entry for him in the BCL 1944 volume for May 1/2, but does in the BCL Roll of Honour volume. Nothing in the 61 Sqn ORB for May 1944 either - no Palin, no Hodges. Hodges' death was registered at Chichester, and so, did he die of his wounds some time after the event?

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    Simon

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