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    Hugh,

    A fantastic help, thank you very much.

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    Default SMITH, Francis Wilfred, Warrant Officer - MBE- 430917 - 112 Sqn - RAF

    Hi
    Any information you would be able to supply me with information about my grandfather SMITH, Francis Wilfred, Warrant Officer - MBE- 430917 - 112 Sqn - RAF would be greatly appreciated.
    I am current family member of my grandfathers war medals, letter from George the Sixth in regards of his appointed order and records of his service history during his time in the RAF. Any information would be greatly apprechiated or advise on how we could possibly find out information eg from newspaper articles etc as we feel it will be of gret importance for when my eldest son inherits the above items from me.
    Many thanks for any help yu can offer us and your time
    Emma Maddison

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    I leave it to others to advise on the range of sources you may consult for the broader strokes of his career. My own contribution shall be:

    SMITH, Francis Wilfred, Warrant Officer (510609, Royal Air Force) - No.112 Squadron, Middle East Command - Member, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per London Gazette dated 17 September 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/8959, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation.

    "This Warrant Officer has been employed as armament warrant officer. After conducting numerous experiments he produced suitable modifications, whereby two 250-pound bombs could be safety carried underneath the fuselage of a Kittyhawk III aircraft, ensuring at the same time that the long range tank could still be easily fitted when the occasion demanded. The initiative and untiring efforts of Warrant Officer Smith in producing these modifications which have achieved excellent results, have been most commendable."

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    Hugh
    Would it be possible please to have the following citations for the below named

    BANKS, Claude, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 440101 - 271 Sqn – RAF
    FROST, Richard Aylmer, FL - MBE- 440101 - * Stn Middle Wallop – RAFVR
    GAVIN, David, Sgt - AFM- 440101 - * Parachute Training School – RAF
    KILKENNY, John Callistus, SL - OBE- 440101 - * Parachute Training School – RAFVR
    McCOMB, Terence Wilson Tyrell, WC - OBE- 440101 - 233 Sqn – RAF
    MURPHY, William Philip, SL - AFC- 440101 - * Ramat David – RAF
    NEWTON, David Wilson, FO - AFC- 440101 - 512 Sqn – RAFVR
    PESTELL, William Lloyd Edward, FS - AFM- 440101 - * Parachute Training School – RAF
    RYDING, John Richard, LAC - MiD- 440111 - 297 Sqn – RAFVR
    SOUTHGATE, George Trevor, SL - AFC- 440101 - 24 Sqn and 512 Sqn – RAF
    TOPHAM, George Clifford, Sergeant - Comm- 440101 - 271 Sqn – RAFVR
    TURNER, John Alfred, SL - AFC- 440101 - * AFEE – RAF
    YEXLEY, William Robert, Corporal - Comm- 440101 - * Air Landing School India – RAFVR

    Thanks very much in anticipation
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    BANKS, Claude, Flight Sergeant (525200, Royal Air Force) - No.271 Squadron - British Empire Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/8959, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation.

    This airman is employed as a Fitter and rendered fine service during the complete stripping and overhaul of the Harrow aircraft in the unit. Had it not been for his untiring efforts and drive whilst this extremely arduous task was being undertaken, the squadron would never have reached its present high service rate and would, therefore, not have attained its present operational efficiency. Flight Sergeant Banks has, on several occasions, suggested and carried out minor modifications to the Harrow aircraft with complete success. He has shown outstanding leadership and initiative.

    FROST, Richard Aylmer, F/L (79459, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - Station Middle Wallop - Member, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Officer Air 2/8959 has citation.

    This officer is the Intelligence Officer at the station. He has worked tirelessly, not only at his own job, but on all things concerned with the welfare of air crews. He has succeeded in getting the best out of a diversity of air crews and a large share of the credit for the many successful "Ranger" operations which have been undertaken from the station within the past few months is due to him.

    GAVIN, David, Acting Sergeant (537531, RAFVR*) - Parachute Training School, Ringway - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/8959 (provided courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation

    This airman has been a parachuting instructor since October 1941 and has made more than 100 descents by day and by night and often in bad weather. He has volunteered on several occasions to make parachute descents for experimental purposes. His powers of leadership have done much to contribute to the morale of the school.

    KILKENNY, John Callistus, A/S/L (77000, RAFVR*) - Parachute Training School - Officer, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy of Steve Brew) has submission for an OBE intended for the Birthday Honours List of 2 June 1943 and transcribed below; the two are probably related.

    This officer was appointed chief parachuting instructor in May 1942. He has personally carried out a very thorough study of parachuting methods in which his exceptional knowledge and experience gained as a physical fitness teacher were invaluable. He has set a fine example to more than 100 parachuting instructors who serve under him and has performed valuable work in the training of Army paratroops.

    McCOMB, Terence Wilson Tyrell, A/W/C (39290, Royal Air Force) - No.233 Squadron - Officer, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Officer Air 2/8959 has citation.

    This officer commands the squadron and has set a very high standard of devotion to duty. It is due to his efforts that the squadron has set a fine record in the face of the enemy, having carried out 3,768 flying hours without an unavoidable accident during the quarter ending 31st December 1942. Wing Commander McComb has shown untiring energy which, coupled with his exceptional powers of leadership, have raised the operational efficiency of the squadron to a very high level.

    MURPHY, William Philip, A/S/L (number ?) - Station Ramat David - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/8959 has citation.

    This officer was sent to the Middle East to start No.4 Middle East Training School and but for his persistent devotion to duty and initiative the Unit would not now exist. He has been responsible for the parachute training and has set an extremely high standard by his own example. He has done considerable experimental research work, making his first jumps from the DC-3 and C-47. In all he has completed over 60 parachute descents.

    NEWTON, David Wilson, F/O (130730, RAFVR*) - No.512 Squadron - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/8959 (provided courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation drafted when he had flown 704 hours.

    As navigator to Squadron Leader Southgate, this officer has completed 17 flights from the United Kingdom to Gibralter and 23 flights to Malta, having flown 326 hours by night. He has applied his marked navigational ability to all his tasks with outstanding keenness and by his efficiency has contributed much to the success of his crew.

    PESTELL, William Lloyd Edward, Flight Sergeant (525712, RAFVR*) - Parachute Training School, Ringway - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/8959 (provided courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation

    This airman has served as a Parachuting Instructor since October 1941 and has made more than 175 descents. He has shown a readiness to jump at any time and his skilful manner with pupils has been of outstanding merit in developing and maintaining morale and confidence.

    RYDING, John Richard, Leading Aircraftman (1544967, RAFVR*) - No.297 Squadron - Mention in Despatches - awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 January 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy Steve Brew) has recommendation for a BEM that would have been gazetted in Birthday Honours List of 2 June 1943 but not approved. Probably his actions then had some bearing on the Mention in Despatches of six months late. BEM submission read:

    During recent operations, Leading Aircraftman Ryding has discharged his duties as motor cyclist dispatch rider with conspicuous devotion to duty, cheerfulness, perseverance and complete success. On 3rd November 1942 he carried dispatches throughout the night between Hurn and Bournemouth in pitch darkness and fierce rain. Two days later he led a highly important convoy from Bournemouth to Hurn under similar conditions and to a carefully times schedule. Later still in the month this airman led a small convoy at night over a most difficult route in fog and mist with a temperature below freezing point, the journey of 200 miles being covered in ten hours without a stop. This success was entirely due to Leading Aircraftman Ryding’s untiring efforts and ability.

    SOUTHGATE, George Trevor, A/S/L (40953, Royal Air Force) - No.24 Squadron and No.512 Squadron - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/8959 (provided courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation drafted when he had flown 645 hours.

    This officer has completed 19 flights to Malta on the United Kingdom-Gibralter-Malta service. Squadron Leader Southgate is an efficient and capable pilot and has for some time been flight commander of “C” Flight which operates the overseas service. Its flights have always been performed with great consistency. Throughout the period of the Battle of Malta this officer rendered outstanding service and displayed marked devotion to duty.

    TOPHAM, George Clifford, Sergeant (951770, RAFVR*) - No.271 Squadron - Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/8959 (provided courtesy of Steve Brew) has recommendation for an Air Force Medal, subsequently reduced to Commendation; citation drafted when he had flown 640 hours.

    This airman is a highly efficient wireless operator who has shown fine devotion to duty and enthusiasm. He has done one trip to Iceland with passengers and mail and in spite of the very great difficulties encountered has at all times been able to render all the necessary assistance for the same completion of his trips.

    TURNER, John Alfred, A/S/L (40865, Royal Air Force) - Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/8959 (provided courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation drafted when he had flown a total of 4,000 hours.

    Squadron Leader Turner has been Flight Commander of the Tug Flight and since March 1942 he has flown a total of 300 hours, most of which have been on arduous and exacting experimental work requiring a high degree of skill. A keen and conscientious test pilot, the successful trials of many tug/glider combinations have been due to his ability and devotion to duty.

    YEXLEY, William Robert, Corporal (1465418, RAFVR*) - Air Landing School, Chaklala, India - Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/8959 (provided courtesy of Steve Brew) has recommendation for an Air Force Medal, subsequently reduced to Commendation.

    This airman is a parachute jumping instructor who has made a total of 23 descents. In addition he has flown as a dispatcher on several operations of a special nature. His cheerfulness, courage and devotion to duty are an inspiration to his comrades and his work as an instructor has been excellent.

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    Hugh
    Once again my grateful thanks for those, they are most appreciated

    Regards
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    Hello , I know this is an old thread but any help would be greatly appreciated, would it be possible please to see the citation for FO 440101 Charles Frederick Gibson MBE rafvr scampton ??
    thankyou Nick.

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    GIBSON, Charles Frederick, F/O (133291, RAFVR) - Scampton - Member, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/8959, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation, drafted when he was a Pilot Officer. "This officer is the Anti-Gas and Fire Officer at Scampton and has shown exceptional keenness in his work. On the 28th July 1943, a Lancaster returning from operations stalled coming in to land with the result that it bounced, both legs of the undercarriage collapsed, and the starboard outer engine caught fire. The fire tender, with Pilot Officer Gibson in charge, arrived at the crash within a few seconds and quickly extinguished the fire, thereby saving the aircraft. On the night of 3rd August 1943, a Lancaster with a 4,000-pound bomb and approximately 8,500 pounds of incendiaries on board, swung badly on taking off and both legs of the undercarriage collapsed. The incendiaries were thrown out of their containers and ignited near the aircraft and alongside the 4,000-pound bomb. Pilot Officer Gibson led his men and personally helped to remove a number of 30-pound incendiaries from the bomb bay. When the incendiaries had been extinguished he assisted the Armament staff in making the 4,000-pound bomb safe. His actions on this occasion and during the whole time he has been on the station have been exemplary."

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