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    Hello everyone

    I've got three local airmen who were awarded the DFC or DFM, all reported in the Morpeth Herald at the time, but I'm having problems tracking down some details:

    F/O George CROWE of 106 Sqn, D.F.C. (awarded in 1943) - can anyone tell me his Service Number?

    P/O J. CUNNINGHAM D.F.M. (awarded March 1943?) - I need his Squadron, first name and Service Number

    Sgt Ralph HARRISON D.F.M. (awarded March 1943?) - again, I'm after his Squadron and Service Number.

    If anyone could help, I'd be most grateful.

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    Simon

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    Simon, Hi

    Cunningham is only a "possible maybe", but the other two look pretty 'kosher'?

    HTH
    Peter Davies


    Flying Officer George CROWE (120251), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 106 Squadron.

    Ldg. Acm.
    18th Feb. 1942.
    1063264 John CUNNINGHAM (117206). (Seny. 1st Dec. 1941.)

    Distinguished Flying Medal.
    1077187 Sergeant Ralph HARRISON, Royal Air Force
    Volunteer Reserve,' No. 150 Squadron.
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    Many thanks Peter, much appreciated.

    The newspaper article about Cunningham is as follows, if it's any help:

    "At a recent investiture at Buckingham Palace, Pilot Officer J. Cunningham, 1 Marlborough Terrace, Choppington, received the D.F.M., for gallantry over Kiel, when, although almost blinded by searchlights and attacked by a Me. 110, he directed his guns with such good effect that the enemy aircraft broke away in flames. Pilot Officer Cunningham had participated in 52 raids over enemy country, including as targets Berlin, Hamberg [sic], Cologne to mention only a few.
    Pilot Officer Cunningham...joined the RAF(VR) in 1940. He received his commission in 1942."


    It appeared in the Friday 26th March issue of the Morpeth Herald and Reporter.

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    Simon, Hi,

    If so then that Cunningham Commissioning (date fits) should have listed him as “. . DFM . “. So that Gazetting is either the wrong Cunningham – or it’s a LG typo! I have learned not to cuss the LG (at least, not too loudly!) – it pays me back by not co-operating!!
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    Another posible Cunningham is John Robert (1062522) DFM 27/10/1942 15 Sq. Commissioned 1/9/1942. At the time of his award he had done 37 sorties and the entry in Tavernder's DFM book mentions during an attack on Kiel his aircraft was coned and attacked by a Me110 'Although almost blinded by searchlights' .I have tried some family history research and there was a 13 year old John William Cunningham living in Choppington in the 1911 Cernsus.

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    That will be him John, thank you. Tavender's description matches the extract from the Morpeth Herald pretty much exactly.

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    Simon

    F/O George Crowe's service number was 120251

    There are 2 possibilities re Sgt. Harrison : -

    Sgt. Ralph Harrison Wireless Opeartor / Air Gunner 1077187, 150 Sqn. or

    F/Sgt. Ralph Joseph George Harrison Air Gunner 1318033, 619 Sqn.

    Sources : Carter & Tavender

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    Thanks for confirming Crowe's details Douglas.

    The article about Harrison in the local paper is as follows (from Friday October 1st 1943):

    While on his first air operation, Sergt. Ralph Harrison, of Netherton, was wounded in the head. He did not divulge the fact and continued to keep his log accurately until he reached base.
    This is disclosed in an Air Ministry tribute to Sergt. Harrison which announced the award to him of the D.F.M. Harrison, 22 years old, was a joiner before enlisting in the R.A.F. as a wireless operator-airgunner two years ago.

    Which Harrison does this tie in with?

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    Ralph Harrison of 150 Sqn.

    Douglas

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    Thanks for the confirmation Douglas.

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