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    Default Awards, September 1943 to January 1944

    On the old board I posted a list of DFC awards for which I had citations that had not been published in the London Gazette. On the present board I have posted lists of awards gazetted 1 January 1943, 2 June 1943 and 14 June 1945 which had no published citations but for which I am able to provide texts. With further help from others, notably Steve Brew, I can now provide texts for some 434 additional awards gazetted between 17 September 1943 to 14 January 1944. These include citations to awards of the AFC (124), AFM (13), BEM (78), CB (1), Commendations (31), George Medal (11 although these were largely reported with citations), MBE (89), Mentions in Despatches (32) and OBEs (31). I do not pretend that these are complete (the Mentions in Despatches are a woefully small sample of many more numerous awards), but an incomplete listing is surely better than none at all.

    Some awards are listed with a fraction (BEM 1/2) which indicates that the citation was copied from a mutilated document and is missing words.

    Anyone seeking a citation to any of these may contact me; my e-mail address is available in the "Membes List" profile.


    ABBS, William Henry, Corporal - BEM - 440101 - 12 (P) AFU - RAFVR
    ACKERMANN, Eric George, HFL - GM- 440114 - * special duties - RAFVR
    ADAMS, Hugh, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 502 Sqn - Aux AF
    ALLEN, Colin Ernest Lower, Captain - GM- 440114 - * crash rescue - SAAF
    ALWARD, Herbert Andrew, PO - MBE- 430917 - 381 Wireless Unit, NAAF - RAFVR
    AMES, Stanley Charles Michael, Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - * St. Eval - RAFVR
    ANDREWS, Leslie Charles, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 109 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    April 13, 2008THOMPSON, Joseph Vernon, Warrant Officer - MBE- 440101 - 13 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    ARGLES, JG, GC - CBE - 440101 - * Coastal Cmd HQ - RAF
    ARMSTRONG, Ernest, Acting Warrant Officer - MBE- 440101 - 3 Radio School - RAF
    ATKINS, Hilton James Valentine, FO - Comm- 440101 - 9 (O) AFU - RNZAF
    AUSTIN, Graham Walker Beech, SL - AFC- 440101 - * MSFU - RAF
    AYRE, Henry Woolgar, FL - AFC- 440101 - 1 Aircraft Delivery Unit - RAFVR
    AYRES, Ernest Alfred, FO - AFC- 440101 - 24 Sqn - RAFVR
    BAKER, George Wilson Wood, Warrant Officer - MBE- 440101 - * Port Ellen, Coastal Cmd - RAF
    BAKER, Mervyn Garth, FL - AFC- 440101 - 511 Sqn - RAAF
    BALLAUFF, Tony, FL - AFC- 440101 - 1651 CU - RAFVR
    BANKS, Claude, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 271 Sqn - RAF
    BARBER, Robert Hugh, SL - AFC- 440101 - * Martlesham Heath - RAF
    BARBER, Eric, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 456 Sqn RAAF - RAAF
    BARKER, George Charles Raymond, SL - AFC- 440101 - 43 Air School S Africa - RAF
    BARKER, Clifford Cockcroft, WC, MB, Ch.B. - Comm- 440101 - 45 Group - RAF
    BARLAS, Richard Douglas, WC - OBE- 440101 - * NW Africa AF - RAFVR
    BARLING, Frank Wittwe, Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 4 School of Techl Training - RAFVR
    BARLOW, Alfred James, Warrant Officer - MBE- 440101 - * Western Desert AHQ - RAFVR
    BARR, Hugh, Corporal - BEM - 440101 - 40 Sqn - RAF
    BARRETTO, Felix William Parker, SL - AFC- 440101 - 24 Group South Africa - RAF
    BEACH, William, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 608 Sqn - Aux AF
    BEAUMONT, Henry David, Warrant Officer - MBE- 440101 - * Halton - RAF
    BEER, Ernest Trevor, WC - OBE- 440101 - * Balloon Command - RAFVR
    BENSON, John Donald, FL - AFC- 440101 - 1613 AA Flight - RAF
    BENSTEAD, William Thomas, FO - Comm- 440101 - 7 EFTS - RAFVR
    BEVERIDGE, Charles, WO - AFM- 440101 - 511 Sqn - RAF
    BILLINGTON, William, FL - MBE- 440101 - 9 EFTS - RAFVR
    BLACKMORE, Frank Cuendet, FL - AFC- 440101 - * Coastal Cmd DU - RAFVR
    BLOOM, Alfred William, Cpl - BEM - 440114 - * crash rescue - RAFVR
    BOAG, Alexander James, AC1 - Comm- 440101 - 111 OTU - RAFVR
    BOOLE, George Dudley Stewart, FL - AFC- 440101 - 9 (O) AFU - RAFVR
    BOUGHTON, Wilfred, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 110 Sqn India - RAF
    BOYCE, Clayton Descue Clement, AC - MiD- 440114 - 8 Group HQ - RAF
    BOYD, John, Corporal - MM - 430921 - * Tunisia - RAF
    BOYD, William Patterson, FL - AFC- 440101 - 4 (C) OTU - RAF
    BREAKEY, John Dennis, AC - CB- 440101 - * Air Ministry - RAF
    BRITTAIN, Harold George, FL - AFC- 440101 - 13 OTU - RAFVR
    BROCKWAY, Stephen Frederick, Fligh Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 143 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    BROOK, William Arthur Darville, AC - CBE - 440101 - 4 Grp HQ - RAF
    BROOME, Cyril Robin, FL - AFC- 440101 - 1 (A) Air Amb Unit - RAAF
    BROWN, Robert William, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440114 - * crash rescue - RAAF
    BROWN, Charles Francis, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 92 Sqn - RAF
    BROWN, Robert Whitworth, FL - Comm- 440101 - 33 FIS, Rhodesia - RAF
    BUBB, ER, FS - Comm- 440101 - 3 (O) AFU - RAFVR
    BUCKINGHAM, Percy Thomas, FO - AFC- 440101 - 22 Air School S Africa - RAFVR
    BUDD, Pauline Mary, Leading Aircraftwoman - BEM - 440101 - 11 Group HQ - WAAF
    BURCHETT, Arthur Robert, FO - AFC- 440101 - 51 Sqn - RAF
    BURKE, Gerald, FL - MBE- 430917 - 157 Maintenance Unit, ME - RAF
    BURLEIGH, Bertie George Starr, FL - MBE- 440101 - 213 Maintenance Unit - RAFVR
    BURLEY, George William, Corporal - MiD- 440111 - 1 SFTS India - RAFVR
    BURTON, Philip Henry, FL - MBE- 440101 - 499 Sqn ATC - RAFVR
    BURTON, Charles Valentine, Corporal - BEM - 440114 - * crash rescue - RAFVR
    BUSSEY, William Thomas, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 161 Sqn - RAF
    CAFFREY, Charles Edward Greenfield, Corporal - Comm- 440101 - 45 Air School S Africa - RAFVR
    CALDOW, William Fleming, FO - AFC- 440101 - 1656 CU - RAFVR
    CARTER, Ronald Douglas Christopher, LAC - BEM - 440114 - 227 Sqn - RAFVR
    CAUDLE, Joseph Montague, FL - MBE- 440101 - 27 OTU - RAF
    CHAPMAN, Arthur Henry, FL - MBE- 440101 - 104 Sqn ATC - RAFVR
    CLARK, Amos Samuel, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 70 Sqn - RAF
    CLENNETT, Alfred Gascoyne, FL - MBE- 430917 - 600 Sqn - RAF
    CLIFT, George Albert Stanley, FL - AFC- 440101 - * Empire CFS - RAFVR
    COLE, Robert Arthur Alexander, GC - CBE - 440101 - 21 OTU - RAF
    COLEMAN, Russell Arthur, FL - MBE- 430917 - 231 Wing ME Command - RAF
    COLES, William Edward, WC, DFC - AFC- 440101 - 117 Sqn - RAF
    COLWELL, FE, FO - Comm- 440101 - 4 AGS - RAFVR
    COOK, Harry Frederick, WC - OBE- 440101 - 30 OTU - RAF
    COOPER, William George, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - * Air Ministry, AMSO - RAF
    CORFE, A B , SL - Comm- 440101 - 4 Air School S Africa - RAF
    CORY, Guy Webster, SL - AFC- 440101 - 2 FIS - RAF
    COSTELLO-BOWDEN, Edgar A, SL - AFC- 440101 - 1655 Mosquito TU - RAF
    COTTAM, James Birchley, WC - OBE- 440101 - 329 Wing, N Africa - RAFVR
    COTTRELL, Reginald Cecil Frank, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 4 Sqn RIAF - RAF
    COULSTON, Roland Walter, Sgt - BEM - 431112 - 142 Sqn - RAF
    COX, Reginald William, WC - AFC- 440101 - 1657 CU - RAF
    CRADDOCK-WATSON, Geof* G, SL - OBE- 440101 - 216 Group - RAFVR
    CRICKMORE, W, FO - Comm- 440101 - 7 EFTS - RAFVR
    CRIMMIN, Charles Wilfred, FL - MBE- 440101 - 40 Sqn - RAF
    CRYER, Irene Rose, Flight Officer - MBE- 440101 - 210 Maintenance Unit - WAAF
    CUNLIFFE, Eric Vincent, FL and ASL - MBE- 440101 - * AHQ West Africa - RAFVR
    CUNNINGHAM, George Calder, WC - OBE- 440101 - 45 Group - RAFVR
    DANIELL, Rex Donald, SL - AFC- 440101 - 117 Sqn - RAF
    DAVEY, John Henry James, Corporal - BEM - 440114 - * crash rescue - RAFVR
    DAVIE, Wm Douglas Bow S, SL - AFC- 440101 - * RAE - RAF
    DAVIES, Frank, Corporal - BEM - 440101 - * AAEE - RAFVR
    DAVIES, Graham, Sgt - AFM- 440101 - 61 Air School S Africa - RAF
    DAVIES, Gildus, Sgt - GM- 431112 - 202 Sqn - RAF
    DAVIS, Eric Benjamin, FL - AFC- 440101 - 289 Sqn - RAFVR
    DEAN, Walter William, GC - CBE - 440101 - * Ferry Command HQ - RAF
    DEVAS, William George, WC - AFC- 440101 - 22 Air School S Africa - RAF
    DEVERILL, Ernest Alfred, FL, DFC (deceased) - AFC- 440101 - * AFDU, Wittering - RAF
    DHENIN, Geoffrey Howard, F/O, MB, Ch.B., MRCS, LRCP - GM- 440114 - * crash rescue - RAFVR
    DICKEN, Harold Edward, WC - OBE- 440101 - * Rhodesian AT Group - RAF
    DICKENS, Eric Harvey, FL - MBE- 440101 - * Russia - RAFVR
    DINES, Donald James, FO - MBE- 440114 - * ditching incident - RAFVR
    DIXON, Sydney, LAC - AFM- 440101 - 7 AGS - RAFVR
    DIXON, Leslie Jack, WC - Comm- 440101 - 23 EFTS, Rhodesia - RAFVR
    DRUMMOND, Peter, FO - AFC- 440101 - 27 EFTS Rhodesia - RAFVR
    DRUMMOND, Henry Howard, SL - AFC- 440101 - 1658 CU - RAFVR
    DUFF-MITCHELL, Peter Owen Murray, SL - AFC- 440101 - 132 OTU - RAF
    DUFFIN, George, Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 934 Balloon Sqn - RAF
    DUGGIE, John Main, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - * India AHQ - RAF
    DUN, Thomas, FO - MC - 430921 - 2788 Sqn RAF Regt - RAFVR
    DUNCAN, Patrick James, FL - AFC- 440101 - 24 Air School S Africa - RAFVR
    DUNHILL, Alfred, FO - AFC- 440101 - 278 Sqn (ASR) - RAF
    DUNJEY, William Alan Martin, FO - AFC- 440101 - 1 Aircraft Delivery Unit - RAF
    DUNLOP, Robert, F/O, MB, B.Ch (with Burton). - MBE- 440114 - * crash rescue - RAFVR
    DUNN, Arthur Clarke, FL - MBE- 440101 - 74 OTU - rafvr
    DURRANT, Ernest Trevor Corin, FO - MBE- 440101 - 165 Wing - RAFVR
    EARL, John Grimwood, SL - MBE- 440101 - * Sealand, 43 Group - RAF
    EDWARDES-JONES, John Humphrey, GC - CBE - 430917 - * Mediterranean - RAF
    EDWARDS, Morgan Brownson, GC - OBE- 431224 - * * - RAF
    EDWARDS, Harold William Frank, SL - AFC- 440101 - 131 OTU - RAFVR
    EDWARDS, John Navarino Fellowes, FS - DSM - 440114 - * ASR launch - RAF
    ELLERY, Dudley Jack, FL - MBE- 440101 - 22 Sqn - RAF
    ELLIOTT, Charles Lawrence, SL - AFC- 440101 - 3 GTS - RAFVR
    ELLIS, Lilian Sarah, LAW - BEM - 431224 - * * - WAAF
    EMUS, Dennis Frank Ritchie, FL - AFC- 440101 - 281 Sqn ASR - RAFVR
    ETHELSTONE, Frank Thomas, FS - BEM - 440101 - 4 MSU - RAF
    EVANS, Leslie Frank, FL - AFC- 440101 - * BAT Flight - RAFVR
    EVANS, Thomas Archie, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 1 AGS - RAF
    FAIRBROTHER, Ronald Percy William, Corporal - BEM - 440101 - * Russia, Archangel - RAFVR
    FALCONER, Donald Buchan, WC - AFC- 440101 - 14 OTU - RAFVR
    FALK, Roland John, WC - AFC- 440101 - * RAE - RAFVR
    FARQUHARSON, Roderick Ayscough Fraser, FL - AFC- 440101 - 46 Maintenance U - RAFVR
    FAWDRY, Thomas, AC - MiD- 440114 - * Bomber Cmd HQ - RAF
    FENTON, Eric Leonard, FL - MBE- 440101 - 942/3 Sqn, Balloon Cmd - RAFVR
    FIDLER, John Douglas Bowerbank, LAC - BEM - 431224 - * * - RAFVR
    FISHER, DR, Sgt - MiD- 440114 - 267 Sqn - RAFVR
    FITZPATRICK, Daniel, Cpl - BEM - 431224 - 262 Sqn - RAF
    FLANNERY, Bert, FL - MBE- 440101 - * Gibraltar - RAF
    FLEMMING, Cecil Wood, WC - OBE- 440101 - 1 Gen Hospital - RAFVR
    FORSTER, Joseph Lee, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 60 RSU, India - RAF
    FOSTER, Michael Geoffrey Lisle, WC - AFC- 440101 - 3 (C) OTU - RAF
    FOULSHAM, James, SL - AFC- 440101 - * CNS - RAF
    FOY, Peter Sydney, FL - AFC- 440101 - * A&AEE - RAF
    FRANCE, Ethel Francis Alberta, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 1 Balloon Training Unit - WAAF
    FRASER, Ian Douglas, FS - BEM - 440101 - 14 (P) AFU - RAF
    FRAZER, Raymond, AC2 - BEM - 431224 - * Singapore - RAF
    FREEMAN, Edward William, FO - MBE- 440101 - 153 Sqn - RAFVR
    FRIEND, William James, Corporal - BEM - 440101 - 4 (Coastal) OTU - RAFVR
    FROST, Richard Aylmer, FL - MBE- 440101 - * Stn Middle Wallop - RAFVR
    FRY, Algy Vincent, FO, DFC - MiD- 440111 - 16 OTU - RAFVR
    GARDINER, Walter George, WC - AFC- 440101 - 1660 CU - RAF
    GARLAND, Gerald Ashby W, WC - AFC- 440101 - * A&AEE - RAF Aux
    GATES, Richard Thomas Fairfax, WC - AFC- 440101 - 6 (C) OTU - RAF
    GAVIN, David, Sgt - AFM- 440101 - * Parachute Training School - RAF
    GERMAN, Thomas John, Warrant Officer - MiD- 440111 - 12 OTU - RAFVR
    GIBBS, Donald Edward, SL - MBE- 440101 - 10 OTU - RAF
    GIBSON, Charles Frederick, FO - MBE- 440101 - * Scampton - RAFVR
    GILBERT, William Orice, Warrant Officer - MBE- 440101 - 119 Maintenance Unit, ME - RAF
    GINN, Robert James, FL - MBE- 430917 - 104 Sqn - RAFVR
    GLEN, Colin Russell, SL - AFC- 440101 - 117 Sqn - RAF
    GOLDING, Cecil John Edward, FS - BEM - 440101 - 7 Sqn SAAF - SAAF
    GOODING, Charles Robert, FL - MBE- 440101 - * London Command, ATC - RAFVR
    GOODMAN, Alan Page, FO - AFC- 440101 - 12 OTU - RAFVR
    GOODRIDGE, Charles Henry, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 40 Sqn - RAF
    GOULD, John Hinchcliffe, FL - MBE- 440101 - 328 Wing - RAFVR
    GOULDIN, Norman, Corporal, BEM - GM- 440114 - * minefield rescue - RAFVR
    GRAHAM, William Charles, FL - MBE- 440101 - 9 (O) AFU - RAFVR
    GRANT, George Anderton, FL - MBE- 440101 - 267 Sqn - RAAF
    GRANT-DALTON, Hugh Harold, SL - MiD- 440111 - 30 OTU - RAFVR
    GRAY, John, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 485 Sqn RNZAF - RAF
    GREGORY, William George, FS - AFM- 440101 - 1 Aircraft Delivery Unit - RAFVR
    GUNNS, Peter William, Sgt - Comm- 440101 - 2 Radio School - RAFVR
    HAINES, Cecil Venn, FL - AFC- 440101 - 46 Maintenance U - RAF
    HALE, Ernest James, FO - AFC- 440101 - 12 (P) AFU - RAF
    HALL, Harry Ernest, FS - BEM - 431112 - 214 Sqn - RAFVR
    HALL, Surtees Gibbs, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 107 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    HANAFIN, Desmond Patrick, WC - AFC- 440101 - 9 (P) AFU - RAF
    HARCOURT, Gerald Christopher, Cpl - BEM - 440114 - 33 Sqn - RAFVR
    HARTLEY, Christopher Harold, SL - AFC- 440101 - * FIU - RAFVR
    HARVEY, Brinley, FL - Comm- 440101 - 42 Air School S Africa - RAF
    HAWLEY, Joseph William, LAC - BEM - 440101 - 1 Air Armament School - RAFVR
    HAYWARD, Ernest William, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - * Freetown, West Africa - RAFVR
    HEAD, Edwin Leonard, FL - AFC- 440101 - 3 (O) AFU - RAFVR
    HEAPHY, Walter Desmond, SL - AFC- 440101 - 1402 Met Flight - RAF
    HELLER, Henry Keith, Warrant Officer - MBE- 440101 - 460 Sqn RAAF - RAAF
    HELLYER, RO, SL - Comm- 440101 - 28 EFTS - RAFVR
    HEWITT, Gordon, Cpl - Comm- 440101 - 9 (O) AFU - RAFVR
    HICKMAN, Leslie John, FL - MBE- 440101 - * Heston Park - RAFVR
    HICKMAN, Albert Arthur Frederick, WC - OBE- 440101 - 36 SFTS Canada - RAF
    HILL, Cecil McKenzie, SL - MiD- 440111 - 29 OTU - RAF
    HILLMAN, Peter John, FO - AFC- 440101 - * Gt. Malvern, TRU - RAFVR
    HOBHOUSE, John Spencer, SL - AFC- 440101 - * AFDU Wittering - RAFVR
    HOBLER, John Forde, GC - MiD- 440114 - 20 OTU - RAF
    HOLDERNESS, Harold Hardwicke C, SL - AFC- 440101 - * Empire CFS - RAFVR
    HOOK, Graham Tucker, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 604 Sqn - Aux AF
    HOOPER, Maxwell Hugh, FL - AFC- 440101 - 1 Radio School - RAFVR
    HUGHES, Henry William, FL - MBE- 440101 - 65 Air School, South Africa - RAF
    HUGHES, Douglas, FL - MBE- 440101 - * AHQ West Africa - RAFVR
    HUGHES, Patrick Joseph, FS - AFM- 440101 - 1 Aircraft Delivery Unit - RAF
    HUINS, James Proctor, WC - AFC- 440101 - * Bomber Cmd HQ - RAF
    HUMPHREYS, Frederick Keith, SL - AFC- 440101 - 3 School of GR - RAFVR
    HUNTLEY, Kenneth Oliver George, WC - OBE- 440101 - * NW Africa AF - RAFVR
    INMAN, George Edgar, FS - AFM- 440101 - 7 EFTS - RAFVR
    JACKSON, Oliver Arthur Gildart, SL - OBE- 440101 - * NW Africa AF - RAFVR
    JACKSON, Derek Ainslie, WC, DFC - AFC- 440101 - * Fighter Command HQ - RAFVR
    JAMES, Arthur Gladish Trevener, WC - OBE- 440101 - 221 Group HQ India - RAF
    JAMES, Silvan Emrlyn St. Aubin, FL - MBE- 430917 - 40 Sqn - RAF
    JEFFERSON, Thomas George, SL - AFC- 440101 - 1501 BAT Flight - RAF
    JONES, Arthur Percival, FL - MiD- 440111 - 15 OTU - RAFVR
    JONES, Gwyn, FL - AFC- 440101 - 26 EFTS, Rhodesia - RAFVR
    JONES, Ernest Raymond, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 202 Sqn - RAF
    KARRAN, John Arthur Christian, WC - AFC- 440101 - 26 Air School S Africa - RAF
    KEENE, Oliver, Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 1435 Sqn - RAF
    KELLY, Peter Leslie, Flight Sergeant, now PO - BEM - 440101 - 165 Wing HQ India - RAF'
    KELLY, William, FL - AFC- 440101 - 31 Sqn India - RAF
    KENNEDY, George, FL - Comm- 440101 - 22 Air School S Africa - RAF
    KERMODE, Alfred Cotterill, WC - OBE- 440101 - * Empire CFS - RAFVR
    KEYTER, Daniel, FS - BEM - 440101 - 7 Sqn SAAF - SAAF
    KILBURN, George Frederick, FL - AFC- 440101 - 4 EFTS - RAFVR
    KILKENNY, John Callistus, SL - OBE- 440101 - * Parachute Training School - RAFVR
    KINDER, Maurice Craig, SL - AFC- 440101 - 1530 BAT Flight - RAF
    KING, Wallace Russel, FO - Comm- 440101 - 3 (O) AFU - RNZAF
    KING, William Henry, WC - OBE- 440101 - 19 OTU - RAF
    KING, John Alwyne Richard, FL - AFC- 440101 - 216 Sqn - RAFVR
    KING, Terence Henry, Cpl - BEM - 431224 - 75 Sqn - RAF
    KINGTON, Cecil Newton, F/L - MBE- 430917 - * Krendi Station, Mid East - RAFVR
    KNIPE, AL, SL - MiD- 440114 - * Stn Felixstowe - RAFVR
    KOPPERUD, Arne T , FL - Comm- 440101 - 26 Air School S Africa - RAFVR
    LAMBERT, George Henry, FL - MBE- 440101 - 99 Sqn - RAF
    LAMEY, Percival, FL - MBE- 440101 - 68 Sqn - RAF
    LANCASTER, John Henry, SL - AFC- 440101 - * TAF, NW Africa - RAF
    LANDON, Lawrence George, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 72 Sqn - RAF
    LANG, James Fulton, FL - DSC - 440114 - * ASR launch - RAFVR
    LANGHAM, Arthur Cuthbert, FL - MC - 430921 - 4337 Anti-Aircraft Flight - RAFVR
    LANGTON, Arthur Wellesley, WC - AFC- 440101 - 3 Air School, S Africa - RAF
    LEAVER, Walter, Leading Aircraftman - BEM - 440101 - 165 Wing India - RAFVR
    LEE, James, SL - MiD- 440114 - * Bircham Newton - RAF
    LEE-WARNER, Henry Philip, FO - AFC- 440101 - 5 AOS - RAFVR
    LEECH, Raymond, Sgt - AFM- 440101 - 3 (O) AFU - RAFVR
    LEGG, Edward Ernest, FL - MBE- 430917 - * Sea Rescue Org, Marine - RAFVR
    LESLIE, Roy John Alexander, SL - AFC- 440101 - 311 FTU - RAF
    LUCAS, George, LAC - BEM - 440101 - 15 S & T Column - RAF
    LUSH, William John, Corporal (with Dhenin) - BEM - 440114 - * crash rescue - RAF
    LYDALL, Douglas Wykeham, SL - MiD- 440114 - 6 (C) OTU - RAF
    LYSTER, George Denis, WC - AFC- 440101 - 17 OTU - RAF
    MACKIE, James McCracken, Warrant Officer - MBE- 440101 - * Marine AEE - RAF
    MACLEOD-SELKIRK, Ian, SL - Comm- 440101 - 25 Air School S Africa - RAF
    MANSBRIDGE, Donald William, FL - AFC- 440101 - 19 OTU - RAF
    MAXWELL, Albert Edward, WO - AFC- 440101 - * Parachute Training S - RAFVR
    MAYNARD, Vincent Leonard, Corporal - BEM - 440101 - * Oakington - RAFVR
    McCOMB, Terence Wilson Tyrell, WC - OBE- 440101 - 233 Sqn - RAF
    McDONALD, Harry Alexander, FS - BEM - 431112 - 150 Sqn - RAAF
    McKEE, Andrew, AC - CBE - 440101 - * Mildenhall - RAF
    McLEAN, William John, SL - AFC- 440101 - 117 Sqn - RAAF
    McPHEE, James, WO - AFC- 440101 - 27 Air School S Africa - RAFVR
    MEADE, Patrick John, WC - OBE- 440101 - * NW Africa AF - RAFVR
    MEHIGAN, James Francis, SL - OBE- 440101 - * Bomber Cmd HQ - RAF
    MILBURN, Matthew Ridley, Warrant Officer - MBE- 430917 - * Malta Wireless - RAF
    MILLER, Haydon Hugh James, SL, DFC - MiD- 440111 - 22 OTU - RAF
    MILLER, Ninian Stuart, SL - AFC- 440101 - * Bombing Dev U - RAFVR
    MILLS, Edward, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - * Russia, Archangel - RAFVR
    MITCHELL, Arthur Dennis, SL - AFC- 440101 - 320 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    MOFFETT, John, FL - MBE- 430917 - 15 S and T Column - RAFVR
    MOIR, James Francis, WC - AFC* - 440101 - 10 FIS (E) - RAF
    MOLESWORTH, John Henry Nassau, SL, DFC - MiD- 440111 - 19 OTU - RAFVR
    MORGAN, Albert Claude Bradish, SG, DFC - MiD- 440111 - 26 OTU - RAFVR
    MORRIS, Gerald Alan, SL - OBE- 440101 - * Bomber Cmd HQ - RAFVR
    MORRISON, Cyril, Flight Sergeant - MiD- 430917 - 93 Sqn - RAF
    MORTON, Arthur Samuel, PO - AFC- 440101 - 1 (O) AFU - RAF
    MUGGRIDGE, AJR - Comm- 440101 - 1 (O) AFU - RAF
    MUNRO, George Petrie Hay, FO - MiD- 440114 - 21 OTU - RAFVR
    MURPHY, William Philip, SL - AFC- 440101 - * Ramat David - RAF
    NASH, Albert Ridley, Flight Sergeant, now PO - BEM - 440101 - * AAEE - RAF
    NEILSON, William John, FS - BEM - 431112 - 150 Sqn - RAAF
    NELSON, James Christian, SL - AFC- 440101 - 124 Sqn - RAFVR
    NEWMAN, Ralph Edwin, FO - MBE- 440101 - 30 ASR/Marine Craft Unit - RAFVR
    NEWTON, David Wilson, FO - AFC- 440101 - 512 Sqn - RAFVR
    NICHOLAS, William Edward, SL - OBE- 440101 - 220 Sqn - RAF
    NICKLIN, Jesse, Corporal - BEM - 430917 - 40 Sqn - RAF
    NOON, Alex* Mortimer Thomas, SL - AFC- 440101 - 267 Sqn - RAFVR
    NORTH, Frank Robert, Corporal - GM- 440114 - * minefield rescue - RAFVR
    NORTON, Raymond Cyril, Warrant Officer - MBE- 430917 - 72 Sqn - RAF
    O'GRADY, Standish Conn, SL - AFC- 440101 - 45 Air School S Africa - RAF
    OGILVIE, Alfred John, WC - AFC- 440101 - 10 OTU - RAF
    OLIVER, William, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 104 Sqn - RAF
    ORME, Harry, FS - AFM- 440101 - 295 Sqn - RAFVR
    OTTEWILL, Peter Guy, SL - GM- 431112 - * rescue - RAF
    OWEN, Daniel, AC1 - GM- 431112 - * bomb dump - RAFVR
    OWEN, Cyril Wilfred, Flight Sergeant - MiD- 430917 - 109 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    PALMER, Robert Anthony Maurice, FL - MiD- 440111 - 20 OTU - RAFVR
    PARRY, John Ivor, FS - AFM- 440101 - 1 Aircraft Delivery Unit - RAF
    PARRY, Hugh Lewis, Warrant Officer - MBE- 440101 - 14 (P) AFU - RAF
    PATERSON, Alastair Murray, FL - MBE- 430917 - 462 Sqn - RAF
    PAYNE, Reginald Nelson, FL - MBE- 440101 - * Kaldadarnes - RAF
    PAYZE, Arthur, FL - Comm- 440101 - * MAProduction - RAFVR
    PEACH, Lewis John, Warrant Officer - MBE- 440101 - * Middle East Command - RAF
    PEARCE, Archibald Harry Leslie, SL - MBE- 440101 - * Rhodesia Air Training Grp - RAF
    PEATFIELD, Jack Evans, FL - AFC- 440101 - 82 OTU - RAFVR
    PENNY, Kenneth James, Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 320 Maintenance Unit India - RAF
    PESTELL, William Lloyd Edward, FS - AFM- 440101 - * Parachute Training School - RAF
    PEWTRESS, Herbert Leslie, FO - AFC- 440101 - 1623 AAC Flight - RAFVR
    PICKUP, William, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 1 (Observer) AFU - RAF
    PLAYTER, Harold William, WO - AFC- 440101 - 1654 CU - RNZAF
    POLLARD, Michael Evelyn, WC - AFC- 440101 - 13 OTU - RAF Can
    POPE-HENNESSY, John Wyndham, FL - MBE- 440101 - * CAS, DDI.3 - RAF
    PRESTON, Ewart, FS - AFM- 440101 - 29 OTU - RAFVR
    PRITCHARD, Ronald Cedric, FS - MiD- 440114 - 267 Sqn - RAAF
    QUIGLEY, Robert, AC1 - MM - 430921 - * Tunisia - RAF Regt
    RAMSAY, David William Crichton, FL - AFC- 440101 - * Gt. Malvern, TRE - RAFVR
    RAMSDEN, Edward, Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 380 Wireless Unit - RAFVR
    RAW, Anthony William, FL - AFC- 440101 - 30 OTU - RAFVR
    READ, John Victor, WC, MBE - OBE- 440101 - 13 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    REES, Edward Gibson, Warrant Officer - MBE- 440101 - * RAF Staff College - RAF
    REILLY, Alexander, Cpl - BEM - 431224 - * * - RAFVR
    REYNOLDS, John Cresens, WC - AFC- 440101 - 33 FIS Rhodesia - RAF
    RHODA, Harold John, Sgt - BEM - 431112 - * * - RAFVR
    RICKS, George Nigel, WC - OBE- 440101 - 16 OTU - RAF
    RIDD, George Edwin, FL - MBE- 440101 - 2 Indian Observer Corps - RAF
    RIDD, Bruce Charles, FO - Comm- 440101 - 62 Air School S Africa - RAF
    RITCHIE, William Watson Tod, WC - AFC- 440101 - 1 GRU - RAF
    RITCHIE, Alan Patrick, AC - CBE - 440101 - 93 Group HQ - RAF
    RITCHINGS, WT, WC - MiD- 440114 - * Reykjavik - RAF
    ROBINSON, Stanley, FO - AFC- 440101 - 28 EFTS - RAFVR
    ROBINSON, Norman Stuart, Acting Warrant Officer - MBE- 440101 - * Tech Training Cmd HQ - RAF
    ROBINSON, Marcus, WC - AFC* - 440101 - 15 (P) AFU - RAFVR
    RODGERS, Victor, FL - MBE- 440101 - 7 FIS - RAFVR
    ROGERS, Frederick Lawrence, F/O - MBE- 430917 - 33 Sqn - RAF
    ROGERS, Alan Vernon, WC - AFC- 440101 - 3 (P) AFU - RAF
    ROGERS, Alfred Douglas, GC - CBE - 440101 - * Sollum Voe - RAF
    RONALD, James Douglas, WC - AFC- 440101 - * AAEE - RAF
    ROSS, William Leonard, FL - MBE- 430917 - 70 Sqn - RAF
    ROSSITER Rowland Leslie, FL - MBE- 440101 - * NE Command, ATC - RAFVR
    ROWLANDS, Morris, FS - AFM- 440101 - 9 (O) AFU - RAF
    RUNDLE, Audrey Louie, Flight Officer - MBE- 440101 - * CAS, D of Radar - WAAF
    RUSSELL, LC, FS - Comm (B) - 440101 - * Equip TS - RAFVR
    RYDING, John Richard, LAC - MiD- 440111 - 297 Sqn - RAFVR
    SATTERLY, Harold Vivian, AC - CBE - 440101 - 5 Group HQ - RAF
    SAYERS, Frederick Leonard, WC - AFC- 440101 - 19 (P) AFU - RAF
    SAYERS, John Bertram, FL - AFC- 440101 - 27 OTU - RAFVR
    SCHOFIELD, James Baguley, WC - OBE- 440101 - * AMSO - RAFVR
    SCHOFIELD, Charles Lovis, FS - MM - 431217 - 74 Sqn - RAF
    SCOTT, Leslie Donald, FL - MBE- 430917 - 242 Group NAAF - RAFVR
    SCOTT, Douglas Sykes M, FO - AFC- 440101 - 267 Sqn - RAF
    SETCHELL, Donald William, LAC - GM- 431224 - * * - RAFVR
    SEVASTOPULO, Andrew Alex D, WC - OBE- 440101 - * Med Air Cmd HQ - RAFVR
    SHEPHERD, Cecil Raymond, FL - MBE- 440101 - 13 Sqn - RAF
    SHEPHERD, Nancy Mary, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - * Leighton Buzzard - WAAF
    SHERRATT, Thomas Walter, FL - MBE- 440101 - * RAF Records Office - RAFVR
    SHINN, David Ernest, Corporal - Comm- 440101 - 45 Air School S Africa - RAFVR
    SHORE, John Talbot Lovell, SL, MC - AFC- 440101 - * RAE - RAF
    SIMONS, George Albert, GC - AFC- 440101 - 24 Group S Africa - RAF
    SIMPSON, Reginald Morris Fitzallen, FS - BEM - 431224 - 104 Sqn - RNZAF
    SLATER, David Herbert, FO - MBE- 440101 - 109 Sqn - RAFVR
    SMALLMAN, Bertie Strong, SL - Comm- 440101 - 43 Air School S Africa - RAF
    SMART, RC, FS - MiD- 440114 - 267 Sqn - RAFVR
    SMITH, Bertie Charles, Corporal - MiD- 430917 - 106 Sqn - RAFVR
    SMITH, Francis Wilfred, Warrant Officer - MBE- 430917 - 112 Sqn - RAF
    SMITH, Albert Edward, Sergeant - MiD- 430917 - 4 S and T Column - RAFVR
    SMITH, Hugh Patrick Ruffell, WC - AFC- 440101 - * Cmd HQ - RAF
    SMITH, Gerald Seabrook, FL - AFC- 440101 - 24 Air School S Africa - RAF
    SMYTH, John Cavendich, SL - AFC- 440101 - 41 Group - RAFVR
    SNAPE, Leslie James, FL - MBE- 440101 - * SW Cmd, ATC - RAFVR
    SOLOMON, David Arnold, FL - MBE- 440101 - * Air Ministry, AMSO - RAFVR
    SOMERVILLE, Keith James, SL - AFC- 440101 - 109 Sqn - RAF
    SOREL-CAMERON, Robert, WC - AFC- 440101 - 20 (P) AFU - RAF
    SOUTHGATE, George Trevor, SL - AFC- 440101 - 24 Sqn and 512 Sqn - RAF
    SPARKS, Herbert George, FL - MBE- 440101 - 29 Sqn - RAF
    SPEIGHT, Edwin Henry, FS - BEM - 431224 - * * - RAF
    STEARN, Frederick John Elliott, FL - AFC- 440101 - 25 EFTS - RAFVR
    STEDDY, Edwin Seymour, WC - OBE- 440101 - * Cranwell SFTS - RAF
    STEVENS, Arthur Lawrence, FL - MiD- 440111 - 81 OTU - RAFVR
    STEWART, Charles Leopold Walker, SL - AFC- 440101 - 54 OTU - RAF
    STRANGE, Denis James, Warrant Officer - MBE- 430917 - * Advanced Salvage Unit - RAF
    STREET, Edwin Jack, FL - AFC- 440101 - 7 AGS - RAF
    SUNNUCKS, Stephen Reginald, SL - AFC- 440101 - 1510 Flight, Coastal Cmd - RAFVR
    SWANWICK, Graham Russell, FL and ASL - MBE- 440101 - * Police HQ Burnham - RAFVR
    TAIT, Norman Alexander, WC - OBE- 440101 - 20 Maintenance Unit - RAF
    TALLOWIN, Robert Dudley King, FL - MBE- 440101 - 33 SOR Regt Mid East - RAFVR
    TAME, FH, FO - Comm- 440101 - 3 (O) AFU - RAFVR
    TAYLOR, Horace, FO - MBE- 431224 - * * - RAFVR
    THEAKE, William Edward, AC - CBE - 440101 - * Bomber Cmd HQ - RAF
    THOMAS, George William Joseph, SL, MBE - MiD- 440111 - 15 (P) AFU - RAF
    THOMPSON, Frederick William, WC - AFC- 440101 - 1658 CU - RAF
    THOMPSON, Robert Alexander Maber, Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 4 School of Tech Training - RAF
    THOMPSON, Charles William Halliwell, FL - Comm- 440101 - 45 Group - RAF
    THOMPSON, John, Sergeant - MiD- 440111 - 12 Sqn - RAFVR
    THOMPSON, Francis, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 242 AMES - RAFVR
    THOMPSON, William Arthur, WC - OBE- 440101 - * Tech Training Cmd HQ - RAF
    THOMSON, Samuel Leonard, SL - GM- 431224 - * * - RAF
    TODD, Frederick William, WC - OBE- 440101 - 11 Grp HQ - RAF
    TOOGOOD, Wilfred George, Sgt - BEM - 440101 - 209 Sqn - RAF
    TOPHAM, George Clifford, Sergeant - Comm- 440101 - 271 Sqn - RAFVR
    TRAILL, Blair Alexander, Corporal - BEM - 440101 - 1 Air Armament School - RAFVR
    TRICHARDT, Louis Gustave, Captain - MBE- 430917 - 8 Wing SAAF - SAAF
    TURNER, Robert Woodward, WC - AFC- 440101 - 30 OTU - RAF
    TURNER, Cyril Randall, FO - AFC- 440101 - 519 Sqn - RAFVR
    TURNER, William Henry, FO - MBE- 430917 - 380 Wireless Unit NAAF - RAFVR
    TURNER, John Alfred, SL - AFC- 440101 - * AFEE - RAF
    VAN BLERK, Alan William, Cpl - BEM - 440114 - 7 Sqn SAAF - SAAF
    VARE, Kenneth Frederick, WC - AFC- 440101 - 111 OTU - RAF
    WAKEHAM, William Thomas, FL - MBE- 440101 - * Air Ministry, AMSO - RAF
    WALKER, Jesse Holland, SL, DFM - AFC- 440101 - 11 OTU - RAFVR
    WALWIN, William Rex, SL - AFC- 440101 - 26 EFTS - RAF
    WARREN, Albert Arthur, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 159 Sqn - RAF
    WEATHERLEY, ES, Cpl - BEM - 440100 - * * - RAFVR
    WEBB, Leslie Cameron, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 153 Sqn - RAF
    WEEKS, NGH, SL - MiD- 440114 - * Stn Holmsley S - RAF
    WHEELDON, George Reginald, PO - AFC- 440101 - 1518 BAT Flight - RAF
    WHERRY, Margaret Evelyn Kirkham, Flight Officer - MBE- 440101 - * Bomber Command HQ - WAAF
    WHINNETT, Jack, WO, Jack - MBE- 440101 - 10 Grp HQ - RAF
    WHITE, HM, GC - MiD- 440114 - 30 OTU - RAF
    WHITTLE, William, SL - OBE- 440101 - 52 OTU - RAFVR
    WHOWALL, Charles Wrothwell Edward, FL - MBE- 430917 - 14 Sqn - RAAF
    WILLIAMS, Eric, Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 210 Group - RAFVR
    WILLIAMS, JA, SqnOff - MiD- 440114 - * Leighton Buzzard - WAAF
    WILLIAMS, Ronald Charles Lewis, Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - * Waterloo, West Africa - RAFVR
    WILLIAMS, Cyril Ernest, WO - AFC- 440101 - 5 AOS - RAFVR
    WILSDON, Ronald George, FL - MBE- 440101 - * Blackpool - RAFVR
    WILSON, Walker Caradine, GC - CBE - 440101 - 54 Group HQ - RAF
    WILSON, John Jamieson, Sergeant - Comm- 440101 - 320 MU - RAAF
    WINTER, Simon Theodore, FL - MBE- 431224 - 7 Sqn - RAFVR
    WINTON, Kenneth Charles, SL - AFC- 440101 - 25 Air School S Africa - RAF
    WINYARD, William Henry, FO - Comm- 440101 - 41 Air School S Africa - RAF
    WITHERS, Frederick Alfred, LAC - GM- 440114 - * minefield rescue - RAFVR
    WOOD, Joseph, WO - MBE- 440101 - 59 OTU - RAF
    WOOD, Sinclair Charles, WC - OBE- 440101 - * AMSO - RAFVR
    WOOLCOCK, Frank Bennetts, Sgt - BEM - 440114 - * boat rescue - RAF
    WORKMAN, Norman Andrew, Sgt - BEM - 431112 - 209 Sqn - RAF
    WORLEY, Frederick William, FL - MBE- 440101 - * Aldergrove - RAF
    WRAY, Cyril Vincent, FL - AFC- 440101 - 15 EFTS - RAFVR
    WRIGHT, George Henry, FL - Comm- 440101 - 1 Air School S Africa - RAFVR
    WRIGHT, Donald Albert, FO - AFC- 440101 - 519 Sqn - RAFVR
    WRIGHT, Ian Macer, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 104 Sqn - RAF
    WRIGHTSON, William, FL - MBE- 440101 - 29 Group HQ - RAFVR
    YEXLEY, William Robert, Corporal - Comm- 440101 - * Air Landing School India - RAFVR

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    Many thanks for useful list Hugh.

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    I was wondering how I could find information on how the awards were presented and by whom. By the base commander, the king, at the base, at Buckingham Palace etc. In particular I am curious about my father's awards which were both gazetted. My father is F/L Elmer John Trotter, with 101, 156 and 582 Squadrons. Dad was awarded the DFM in January 1944 for his actions of December 2, 1943 while returning from ops to Berlin. His DFC was awarded in 1944 after he had been captured and imprisoned at Stalag Luft III.

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    For most awards the procedure was as follows. It began with a recommendation for an award, drafted by the person's superior. In the case of flying personnel this was commonly the squadron Commanding Officer. In some instances it might be a person of slightly lower status (for example, an AFC recommendation from a school might commence with the CFI before being cleared by thye CO; recommendation for a BEM to an airframe mechanic might start with the Maintenance Chief suggesting an award and the unit Commanding Officer passing it on).

    In any case, the recommendation proceeded upwards through unit CO to Wing or Group Co and ultimately to formation AOC (for example, Fighter Command, Transport Command, Technical Training Command). The process differed a bit according to circumstances (awards to RCAF personnel based in Canada differed from awards to RCAF personnel overseas - but you are most interested in the process in the UK).

    At any point in the process of going up the line, the recommendation might be edited or changed. It was not uncommon for a suggested award to be downgraded (say from a BEM to a Mention in Despatches; it was not uncommon for a DFM recommendation to be changed to one for a DFC because the inteded recipient had been promoted to Warrant Officer or commissioned).

    Generally speaking, once a recommendation had been approved at the Air Officer Commanding level it was home free - but there was still an Air Ministry awards committee that had the final say before sending the award to the London Gazette for publication. The Air Ministry Committee might still cancel or alter a recommendation for policy reasons (for example, awards quotas being exceeded, in which case an AFC intended for June 1945 gazetting might be set back to January 1946). Air Ministry also took a direct part in approving or changing awards in special cases (escape and evasion cases, for example).

    Having passed all hurdles and been gazetted, the recipient still had to receive his/her "gong" and the ways were numerous. Quoting from my book, "Not in the Face of the Enemy: Canadians awarded the Air Force Cross and Air Force Medal, 1918-1966":

    "RCAF personnel received their various awards in many ways, usually in a manner in which they had some choice. Some stepped forward to be decorated by King George himself, either in Buckingham Palace or at a military base, sometimes months after the award had been authorized. Warrant Officer Percy L. Buck, for example, was notified in July 1943 that he had been awarded an AFC for services as an instructor in Canada; a year later, on August 11, 1944, Flying Officer Buck received the cross itself from King George VI during the monarch's visit to Linton. Others were invested by a senior officer or (in Canada) by the Governor General or a provincial Lieutenant Governor. Hundreds chose simply to receive their honours by registered mail."

    A word about "posthumous" awards. There were only three during the Second World War - VC, GC and Mention in Despatches (foreign awards such as Croix de Guerre were another matter). However, if a recommendation dated from BEFORE a man's death, it could be processed and awarded even AFTER his death. Awards for fatal deeds perforrmed were VC/GC/MiD decorations - and many a posthumous VC recommendation ended up as a posthumous MiD award (see my "Valour Reconsidered" - a not-at-all subtle plug for another of my books.

    Hope this helps.
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    Thanks for the information Hugh. It helps me understand the process. Kind regards
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    One more question Hugh. Is there anyway I can find out where my father may have been presented with his DFM. I know he received his DFC in Canada after the war as he had been a POW when it was awarded.
    Dad recalls a garden party at Buckingham Palace however he cannot remember if that is where he received the award or when it took place. I do know he had been transferred from 101 Squadron to 156 Squadron within a month of the sortie named in the citation.
    Both were gazetted. As well he was a Canadian seconded to the RAF.
    Thanks for your help if possible.

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    I may or may not be able to supply a partial answer to the question as it relates to your father. Currently, however, my movements to the appropriate achives are restricted by (a) demands related to seasonal festivities (b) the latest snow storm and (c) a transit strike which has reduced Ottawa highways to the status of parking lots.

    Items (a) and (b) have finite, foreseeable endings but alas such is not the case with (c). In the event of a delayed response, and given that memory is the second thing to fail in old age, would you kindly remind me of this query, either on this board or via e-mail (hughhall AT allstream DOT net) after New Year ? If communicating by e-mail, feel free to offer a VERY rude reminder. Nothing gets attention like a 2 x 4 across the nose.

    Hugh Halliday
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    Thanks Hugh
    I will send a reminder and appreciate your assistance. Therefore it will not be rude, I promise. In the writing of my Dad's memoirs, which are almost ready for publishing, I have developed a great deal of patience so a little more won't hurt me.
    Thanks again
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    The question was whether the date and place could be established for his investiture (possibly at a Buckingham Palace garden party) and I thought that I might be able to resolve it. Unhappily, I have not.

    Cards exist for hundreds of RCAF personnel accorded decorations, and they often indicate how an award was presented (or simply mailed) to the recipient. I have failed to locate the relevant card for E.J. Trotter.

    There is a distant hope that another member of this Forum may come up with an answer. There was a publication known as the "Court Circular" which reported daily or weekly on the events involving the King and Queen, including ceremonies and investitures. I recall that during the First World War and between the wars, excerpts from these Court Circulars were routinely published in "Flight" and "Aeroplane", so that I sometimes found exactly when an officer may have been presented with his "gong". For example, I found that on 29 August 1917 Major Joseph Herbert Arthur Landon was prsented with his DSO at the same investiture as was attended by Captain W.A. Bishop (VC, DSO, MC), Captain Charles Campbell (DSO, MC and Bar), Captain Arthur Conningham (DSO and MC), and Major Arthur Landen (DSO).

    I do not recall such excerpts being published in "Flight" or "Aeroplane" during the Second Great Unpleasantness but I have no doubt that the "Court Circulars" continued to appear. Whether they were published or summarised elsewhere (such as in the "Times") I do not know.

    Over to anybody else who can help !

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    Hi Hugh,

    Would appreciate copies of the following citations to include in the 72 Sqn Association newsletter:

    LANDON, Lawrence George, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 430917 - 72 Sqn RAF
    NORTON, Raymond Cyril, Warrant Officer - MBE- 430917 - 72 Sqn RAF

    Hope you are able to oblige.

    Yours aye

    Tom

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