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    Hallo,

    Could anyone please post the above ? I am in contact with his grandson who does not have it but would like to for an upcoming family reunion.
    Richard Field was with 206 Squadron from 1939 to 1941 and won the award during a convoy patrol, probably in February or March 1940. Notification of the award - but no citation- was published in the London Gazette on 5 April 1940.

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    Martin Gleeson.

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    From Tavender's two-volume DFM Register for WW2: -

    "When returning from convoy escort, the aircract of which A.C.1 Field was Wireless Operater encountered very bad weather conditions with very low cloud and continuous rain and failing light. The Navigator realised that the only way to get back was by the use of D/F and he instructed his Operator accordingly. A.C.1 Field therefore obtained three bearings. At this point, the wireless set became unserviceable. A.C.1 Field reported this and although there was complete darkness at the time, he stated that he would like to attempt to repair his set and endeavour to get into communication again. This was agreed to. A.C.1 Field then proceeded in the dim light of the Anson's cabin to dismantle his set and trace the fault which was finally discovered to be due to a broken lead. As this took some considerable time and as the aircraft was by then much overdue and approaching the limit of its fuel endurance, the question of abandoning the aircraft was considered. Field, however, confident that he could effect a repair was allowed to continue his work and in view of the fact that the aircraft was running short of fuel, he instructed the Air Gunner to hold the bare ends of the wire together when he had reassembled the set and finally was able to make contact with his Base and obtain bearings which bought the aircraft over the aerodrome and so enabled it to make a safe landing with only about half an hour's petrol to spare. It is considered that A.C.1 Field showed great coolness, initiative, and technical skill under most trying conditions and, by his action, saved the aircraft and possibly the lives of the crew. Further, he has added considerably to the confidence of all flying personnel in the possibility of homing by D/F in very adverse weather.

    Remarks by Station Commander:
    I concur with this recommendation and, from the point of view of the Operations Room in which place I was during the anxious two hours when this aircraft was overdue and the weather bad and deteriorating. I consider that the eventual results achieved by A.C.1 Field and the dogged perseverance shown by him in finally establishing wireless contact with his Base is deserving of the recognition recommended."

    Hope that helps Martin. The original recommendation can be found, according to the book, in Air2/4078 at the National Archives. The book shows an LG date of the 5th of May 1940, rather than your date of the 5th of April. I'm not suggesting you are wrong, merely that there is a variance in the dates :-)

    All the best,

    Greg
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    Hi Martin & Greg,

    Tavender is wrong!

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34824/pages/1987

    Col.

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    Hi, All
    He was later Cmd (51837) and Relinquished that Commission on 21 Jun 59 (his 55th Birthday?). So he would have been a fairly elderly (for aircrew?) AC1 when he did his "sparks" bit!
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    Thanks Col!! I didn't check the LG itself, as I was busy trying to control small children and type that out, which is why I suggested only the variance of dates. I've amended my copy of the book with a print of the page you linked to - cheers buddy, pop a beer on the slate!!

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    Hallo Greg, Col and Peter,

    I'm very grateful for the information you provided which I will pass on to his grandson. Notwithstanding the small date error I would love to own the Tavender books !

    Many thanks again,

    Martin.

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    Would it be thought churlish to query why the award was not of the Air Force Medal (AFM) rather than a DFM?

    The account makes no mention that the crew had engaged the enemy or were in any sort of contact with the enemy.

    I've checked the Retired List for 1982 and his name does not appear. I am making an assumption, therefore, that he died in the 23 years before than.

    Colin Cummings

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