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    The above offiver, DFC and bar, DSO, and Silver Star Medal (an American award) was posted from being C.O. of 625 Squadron to Filton in September 1944. Can anyone please shed any light on: -

    1 - What he did at Filton

    2 - What the award of his Silver Star medal was far?

    TIA as always,

    Greg
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    Hi Greg

    As a researcher of a 625 Sqn crew in mid '44, I too am interested in W/C Haig.
    Not sure how many ops he flew from Kelstern but his name appears regularly in crew lists in 625's ORB including 'my' crew whose normal pilot was HH Tuck.

    Awarded DFC in 1941 when with 144 Sqn.
    Awarded bar to DFC in 1944 when flying with 576 Sqn.
    Awarded DSO in 1944 when CO of 625 Sqn. (I think the citation describes an event when he was captain of Tuck's crew.)
    Permission was granted in May 1945 for the wearing of the Silver Star.
    (Also granted permission for the same award at the same time was W/C George Godfrey Petty, DSO, DFC)
    The question of why the Silver Star was awarded has so far defeated me.

    I believe Haig was the CO of 207 Sqn when they were flying Valiants.
    See: http://www.207squadron.rafinfo.org.u...iant_album.htm
    Born in 1919, he died in 1999.

    I think it was Nic Lewis (625 Sqn Association's secretary) who sent me a fascinating article from Rail News (Oct 1981)
    Titled "Why RAF picked a BR guard as their VIP", the subject is Douglas Haig, BR guard on the Southern region and decorated former bomber pilot.
    His career is outlined and includes this line;
    "Later, for secret missions he will not talk about, Doug was awarded the United States Silver Star"

    Regards

    Mike

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    Thanks Mike - it's a coincidence, but Douglas Haig ended up in the same industry that I am working in now!! It was the American Star and why he was awarded it that was of interest to me, but I guess we'll need to keep looking :-)

    Would there be any possibility of a copy of the Railnews article please Mike? Email me off-board if you like, my email address is gregATgreg-harrison.co.uk, replacing the obvious with the obvious.

    TIA,

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    Greg

    Rail News article and Gazette pages sent by email.

    The fact that Haig ended his working life as a BR guard is absolutely fascinating when considering the RAF career he had. Maybe that was the the 'press on' attitude of a proud character.
    Almost as intriguing as the mysterious Silver Star award.
    Let’s hope there’s a record somewhere.

    Regards

    Mike

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    Thanks Mike, all received - I owe you a pint or two!!

    All the best,

    Greg
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    Greg

    Hearns 'DSO 1920-2006' mentions that his medals are held by the RAF Museum.

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    Thanks John.

    I hope to make another visit to the research department sometime soon.
    One of the things I'd like to see is Harry Tuck's DFC, so I will ask to see Douglas Haig's medals as well.
    What a privilege that will be!

    Mike

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    Brilliant, many thanks John. If you weren't so far away I'd buy you a pint too!!

    Mike - it is just possible that the RAF Museum also has a citation or at least a raison d'etre for his US Silver Star. Here's hoping...

    All the best as always,

    Greg
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    Hello again

    Douglas Haig was awarded a Bar to his DFC [correct expression?] that was Gazetted on the 10th of March 1944.
    The Gazette states that "This officer has completed numerous sorties on his second tour of operations and continues to show the same determined qualities which have earned him many successes."
    It goes on to give details of the sortie he flew to Leipzig in February 1944 [must be the 19th/20th] whilst on 576 Sqn.
    Would anyone who has a copy of the 576 Sqn ORB be kind enough to share an image of the applicable page?

    Thanks and regards

    Mike

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