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    Has anybody got any details of his career ? He was OC 74 sqn circa 1945.
    I have done some googling but not really found out much about him !

    Presumably A J Reeves.

    A friend of mine was asking about him in relation to a book inscription !

    rgds baz

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    Anthony John Reeves (60099).

    With 261 Squadron in May 1941, then 185 from August and 74 from December 1941. Commander from December 1944 - May 1945.

    John Engelsted

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    Thanks John - do you have any details about him as regards rough D.O.B etc ?

    rgds baz

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    baz, Hi,
    Probably Q1 1920
    Surname First name(s) Mother District Vol Page
    Reeves Anthony J Calvert Cuckfield 2b 306
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Thanks Peter - much appreciated !

    rgds baz

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    REEVES, Anthony John, F/L (60009, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.74 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1945. Born 1920 at Haywood Heath [?]. Enlisted 1939; commissioned 1941. Public Record Office Air 2/9043 has citation drafted when he had flown 250 sorties (280 operational hours).

    Flight Lieutenant Reeves has a long record of operational flying. He served in Malta during the intensive period of fighting between 1941-1942 and later in the Middle East theatre of war. More recently he has flown on operations over France and Belgium. At all times he has led his flight with coolness, courage and devotion to duty. This officer has invariably displayed a fine fighting spirit and has destroyed or damaged much of the enemy's mechanical transport and many heavily defended positions.

    REEVES, Anthony John, A/S/L, DFC (60099, RAFVR) - No.74 Squadron - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 October 1945. Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 19829.

    Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Reeves has taken part in numerous bombing and low level attacks, armed reconnaissances, patrol and escort duties and has inflicted considerable damage on the enemy’s rail communications. His bombing missions have been varied and have included close support of the army, and attacks against enemy headquarters, strong points and bridges. Many of his close support sorties were flown during the period which preceded the crossing of the River Rhine. A courageous fighter pilot and an excellent leader, this officer has never let either adverse weather of enemy opposition deter him from completing his mission.

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    Thanks very much Hugh - very kind of you !
    Possibly Haywards Heath since Peter mentioned Cuckfield !

    Much appreciated
    rgds baz

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