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    Default 121076 Flt Lt Albert John (John) WATTON DFC

    Does anyone have any information on this pilot to fill my gaps in his service, please?

    WATTON, ALBERT JOHN ‘John’, 964827/121076, RAFVR
    b Birm, 10 Apr 1917
    joined RAFVR, 27 Apr 40

    > 4 EFTS, Brough, date 1940?
    > 5 SFTS, Ternhill, date 1940?
    > Sgt Plt, date 1941?

    53 OTU, 11 Apr-27 May 41
    122 Sqn, 27 May-27 Aug 41

    > Flt Sgt, date?

    41 Sqn, 28 Aug 41-13 Jun 42
    com Prob Plt Off (121076), 28 Apr 42

    > postings sought Jun 42-Oct 43

    Actg Flt Lt, 2 Sep 42
    Prob Fg Off (WS), 28 Oct 42
    74 Sqn, Cyprus, ca 14 Oct 43-ca 10 Dec 44 (tour expired)
    Flt Lt (WS), 28 Apr 44

    > postings sought, Dec 44-Apr 72

    DFC, 3 Apr 45
    com Plt Off in Trng Branch, 12 Aug 47
    Flt Lt, GDB, 6 Jul 49
    app to perm com as Fg Off, GDB, 25 Oct 49 (sen 6 Jul 49)
    app to perm com as Flt Lt, GDB, 27 Apr 53
    QCVSA, 1 Jan 58
    ret 10 Apr 72
    d Manby, Lincs, 24 Aug 04

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    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    After 41 Sq. he was with 123 Sq. (no dates, sorry).

    After 74 Sq he was posted to 53 OTU on January 4th 1945.

    John Engelsted

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    WATTON, Albert John, F/L (121076, RAFVR*) - No.74 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945. Born 1917 in Birmingham. Educated at King Edward Grammar School, Birmingham. Enlisted April 1940; trained in United Kingdom. Commissioned April 1942. Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 18150.

    "Flight Lieutenant Watton has an outstanding record of operational duty. In 1941-1942 he took part in many fighter patrols from Great Britain. During this period he destroyed one enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of another. Later, in the Middle East, he completed convoy patrol missions. Since May 1944 he has been operating over the United Kingdom, France and Belgium and has destroyed ten mechanized transport vehicles and assisted in the destruction of many gun positions and other targets, often flying through very concentrated anti-aircraft fire. At all times, Flight Lieutenant Watton has led his section and, on occasion, his squadron with outstanding ability. "

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    Thanks John and Hugh

    That's a great help.

    Regards
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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