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    Default F/O Gordon Webster McCash Neill, DSO, VR968997/113334.

    Hello again,
    Its good to see the forum is going well.
    Could anyone please help with this Scottish pilot. He joined 603 sqn from 57 OTU on 7-1-41. He was WIA on 4-9-41 with wounds to his left shoulder, thigh and foot, with shrapnel in his spine. He was treated at Manston Hospital and returned to 603 6 weeks later. He stayed with 603 sqn until 9-12-41, but at some point transferred to Bomber Command owing to his injuries.
    I cannot find anything until 13-4-45 when he was awarded the DSO while with 10 sqn on Halifax III at Melbourne.
    Could anyone please fill the gap between Dec, 41 to April, 45.
    Thank you, Roy

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    He was commissioned on 29 Nov 41 and became a war substantive F/O on 1 Oct 42. He was an instructor at a Gliding School (don't know which one) and promoted WS F/L on 29 Nov 43. he went to 10 Sqn and flew a tour during 1944. He was also awarded the French C de G with both silver gilt and silver stars. he left the RAF in Feb 46 and returned to civilian life. he died on 17 Mar 2011 aged 91.

    Colin Cummings

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    Hello Colin,
    I saw the reference in his obituary of him instructing army soldiers to fly troop carrying gliders. At this time several Spitfire pilot's were instructing at 4 GTS, Kidlington on Hotspur gliders and Master II tugs. Maybe this was his posting?
    Thanks for his posting to 10 sqn in 1944 at Melbourne on Halifax II & III.
    Of interest is that while in retirement he was a glider instructor at Arbroath for many years.
    He died on 7-3-11 age 91, he had carried shrapnel in his spine since 1941.
    Many thanks,
    Roy

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