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    Default Lt (A) William Dickson ORWIN D.S.C.

    Hello everyone

    Apologies for veering slightly off-topic asking about the F.A.A., but I'm looking for some information about the above Observer, who was awarded the D.S.C. in January 1943.

    I've managed to dig out some small crumbs of information about him. I know he was born in 1921 in Low Fell, County Durham, died in 1993 in Beaconsfield, and played a few minor counties cricket matches for Durham in 1946.

    I discovered that he travelled to Trinidad as an Acting Sub-Lieutenant in January 1941, presumably for training at the Observer School (750 Naval Air Squadron). He returned to Liverpool from Port of Spain in August the same year, now classified as an Observer. I found a set of Admiralty Orders from January 1943 on an Australian website which includes the notification of his award of the D.S.C. for "for gallantry and skill in flying operations in the Middle East", which apparently appeared in the LG on January 12th 1943.

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    There are four names mentioned mentioned in the Admiralty Orders, including Orwins:

    For gallantry and skill in flying operations in the Middle East:
    The Distinguished Service Cross
    Temporary Sub-Lieutenant (A) Frederick Brian Cooper, R.N.V.R.
    Temporary Sub-Lieutenant (A) Oswald Samuel Ernest Lloyd, R.N.V.R.
    Temporary Sub-Lieutenant (A) William Dickson Orwin, R.N.V.R.
    Temporary Sub-Lieutenant (A) Leonard Wilkins, R.N.V.R.


    However, I can't find his Unit or service number. Can anyone point me in the right direction? There's a Bill Orwin of 3 Squadron who was shot down and became a PoW, but he's C W Orwin.

    Many thanks,

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 15th July 2014 at 18:07. Reason: Added the other DSC recipients

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    Navy List is your friend for this.

    Unlike RAF and Army lists it always gives a were serving


    eg HMS Deadalus
    http://digital.nls.uk/british-milita...fm?id=93162938

    You will not find a service number/personal number for war time RN Officers as they were not used.

    Use my Navy List finder with year and surname to track postings
    http://www.rafaircraftaccidents.com/...nderindex.html

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    Thanks for that Ross, that's a very useful website!

    He was with 826 Squadron throughout 1942.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello,

    l can tell you that Lt (A) William Dickson ORWIN DSC, RNVR, was aboard the Aircraft Carrier HMS Implacable when it berthed at Station Pier, Port Melbourne (Port Phillip Bay), on 23rd January 1946. Implacable was accompanied by the Carriers HMS Indefatigable and HMS Glory (+ escort vessels).

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22223955

    No.801 Sqn (Seafires), were aboard HMS Implacable at the time. Whether Orwin was a member of that unit, l don't know.

    Col.
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    Thanks for that Col.

    I'd come across the newspaper article whilst searching for him, but didn't pick up on the HMS Indefatigable and HMS Implacable bits under the relevant captains' names.

    The Naval List for October 1945 shows him on HMS Indefatigable, so maybe he was on that one in January 1946 - it appears both visited Australia?

    Regards

    Simon
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    Hello,

    The illustrations in the article are a bit tricky, some personalities have their vessel named, others don't! Most on the right hand side appear to be Members of "Implacable". Implacable, Indefatigable & Glory, all berthed at Port Melbourne at the same time (23rd January, 1946).

    If the Navy List says "Indefatigable" (No.887 & 894 Sqns., both with Seafires), l would run with that.

    l have checked the following publications:

    They Gave Me A Seafire.
    Crosley,R.M. 'Mike', DSC & Bar, RN.
    N.p.,:Wrens Park Pub.,2001

    and...

    The Seafire.
    Brown,David.
    London:Ian Allan,1973.

    Can't find a mention of Orwin.

    Col.
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    Thanks for doubling-checking with the books Col.

    Regards

    Simon

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