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    Warrant Officer Cyril Armstrong Dean (RCAF) served in No.76 Squadron as an Air Gunner, 3 May to 24 October 1943. He was then posted to No.82 OTU where he died 14 November 1943 (diphtheria.) During his tour he flew the sorties listed below. I wish to identify the other members of his crew, one of whom I believe to have been F/O Arthur Schrivener. Any and all help would be appreciated.

    23 May 1943 - Dortmund (7.05)
    25 May 1943 - Dusseldorf (5.15)
    27 May 1943 - Essen (5.45)
    29 May 1943 - Wuppertal (6.40)
    11 June 1943 - Dusseldorf (5.45)
    12 June 1943 - Bochum (5.45)
    21 June 1943 - Krefeld (4.25)
    22 June 1943 - Mulheim (4.30)
    25 June 1943 - Wuppertal (4.55)
    26 June 1943 - Gelsenkirchen (4.35)
    28 June 1943 - Cologne (4.50)
    3 July 1943 - Cologne (5.25)
    9 July 1943 - Gelsenkirchen (6.05)
    13 July 1943 - Aachen (5.05)
    15 July 1943 - Montbeliard (7.55)
    29 July 1943 - Hamburg (5.40)
    30 July 1943 - Remsheid (5.40)
    2 August 1943 - Hamburg (5.20)
    9 August 1943 - Mannheim (6.40)
    22 August 1943 - Leverkusen (5.15)
    23 August 1943 - Berlin (8.55)
    5 September 1943 - Mannheim (7.35)
    6 September 1943 - Munich (8.35)
    15 September 1943 - Mont Lucon (6.35)
    16 September 1943 - Modane (7.05, target not attacked)
    27 September 1943 - Hanover (5.45)

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    Hello,

    The following is probably your - "F/O Arthur Schrivener":-

    1272147/(135114) F/O Arthur SCRIVENER DFC RAFVR -

    http:www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36374/pages/739

    No mention of Dean, nor Scrivener, in Bill Chorley's No.76 Squadron History - To See the Dawn Breaking -76 Squadron Operations. No citation for Scrivener in - DFC: Carter/II/M-Z/1490.

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    P/O G.C. Dunn
    Sgt G.F. Bryant.
    F/O R.G. McCadden.
    Sgt A.D. Todd.
    P/O A. Scrivener.
    Sgt F.A. Newton.
    F/Sgt C.A. Dean.

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    Hello,

    Thanks Alan.

    Dunn and his crew are featured in this thread:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?11124-Sgts-George-Dunn-Ferris-Newton-Bale-out-over-Scotland

    and...

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?14494-Wellington-accident-January-10-1943.....-Pilot-P-C-Anscombe-tail-gunner-dec-d

    See also: Max Hasting's Bomber Command (l'm using the first H/B ed.,1980 - check Dunn in your index), pp.212-13.

    For 149315 George Charles DUNN DFC RAFVR, see:

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36280/supplements/5380

    And for 1018088 Ferris Arthur NEWTON DFM RAFVR:

    NEWTON, Ferris Arthur. 1018088 Sergeant, No.76 Sqn.
    L.G. 15/2/1944. Sorties 27, Flying Hours 177. Flight Engineer. AIR2/8983.

    This N.C.O. has carried out 29 sorties as Flight Engineer and flown a total of 177 operational hours. He has carried out attacks against many of the heaviest defended of targets including Berlin, two to Hamburg, two to Cologne and many to the Ruhr. The resourcefulness and cheerfulness, coupled with the outstanding ability with which he has carried out his duties has inspired confidence in his crew. His unconquerable spirit of determination to achieve his objective has always been of the highest order. It is considered that his tenacity of purpose, endurance and fine offensive spirit merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

    15th December, 1943.

    Remarks by Station Commander.

    This N.C.O. in the face of heavy odds has shown courage and coolness of a very high order. The completion of a successful operational tour by his crew is in a large measure due to his co-operation and devotion to duty. Recommended for the award of the D.F.M.

    See:
    The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War with Official Recommendation Details. Volume II. K-Z.
    Tavender,Ian.
    Forest Hill:Savannah,2000.
    p.346.

    l'll leave the MiD of C. A. Dean RCAF, to Hugh !

    Col.
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    My query was raised because I had been unable to find a citation to Dean's Mention in Despatches (as we know, these are hard to find). I was lucky to find the sortie list in his file. However, his file also yielded an intriguing bit of information (or misinformation). There was a statement that in 1944 a squadron comrade named Schrivener (obviously F/O Arthur Schrivener) had written to Dean's father, stating that all the members of the crew had been decorated, except Dean himself - and that because he had died before the recommendations had been drafted. The fact that he had been Mentioned in Despatches gave this some plausibility, but from the crew lists now provided it is evident that no more than three of the crew received DFMs or DFCs.

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    Hello,

    For completeness, here are the details of 129577 Reginald George McCADDEN's and 157749 Andrew Duff TODD's DFC's:

    129577 Reginald George McCADDEN DFC RAFVR

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36276/supplements/5339

    CARTER - II/M-Z/1093 (no citation).

    and...


    157749 Andrew Duff TODD DFC RAFVR

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36380/supplements/793

    CARTER - II/M-Z/1681 (no citation)

    To summarize:

    G F Bryant - nil
    C A Dean RCAF - MiD (R108725 - W/O - New Year's Honour List - LG: 1/1/1945 - p.102)
    G C Dunn - DFC
    R G McCadden - DFC
    F A Newton - DFM
    A Scrivener - DFC
    A D Todd - DFC

    Col.
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    The fact that a recommendation for the DFM to Newton was located in Air 2/8983 suggests that relevant DFC recommendations to others in the crew might be found in the same document.

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