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    Default LAC Harold Richardson DFM 1940 query.

    Hallo,

    Could someone please check the DFM entry in the Tavender book for 526205 LAC Harold Richardson ? His award was gazetted on 9 July 1940. I am looking for his unit and crew position. I think he may have been with 220 Squadron.

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    Martin.

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    Hello Martin,
    Tavender lists Harold Richardson as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner with 220 Squadron.File reference is Air2/9428 and the recommendation is dated 3 May 1940.
    Regards,Mark.

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    Mark,

    Thank you very much. That is just what I needed.

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    Martin.

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    A quick update, with some information.

    The Newcastle Journal of September 12th 1940 reported the following:

    Teesside Man Wins D.F.M.
    Helping to bomb military objectives on land and to sink enemy warships, besides sharing in the R.A.F.'s task of smashing Goering's air armada, has earned for Sergeant Harold Richarsdon, wireless operator-air gunner, of Acton Street, Middlesbrough, the Distinguished Flying Medal.
    In July last Sergeant Richardson's aircarft sank a 3,000 ton supply ship, and a U-boat also fell victim to the crew of his plane.
    Sergeant Richardson also took part in the evacuation of the B.E.F. from France, when his aircraft was hit several times.


    I assume that this is the same airman? The Middlesbrough Daily Gazette of September 11th reported that he was to receive his award on September 12th, and on September 16th they have a photo of him with Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick W. Bowhill, "at a North East Coastal Command Station," presumably Thornaby.

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    Simon

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    Hello,

    Was Harold Richardson a member of 39689 F/O Ronald Nicholas Selley's, 220 Squadron crew?

    Col.

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    Simon,

    Many thanks for the extra information.

    Col,

    In short, yes. Or to be more accurate he appears to have had Selley most often as his pilot (from the 220 Sqn. F.541).

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    Martin,

    Thanks. I found mention of Selley and his crew in Norman Franks' "The Air Battle of Dunkirk"(Kimber,1983.pp.106-111 & 157-165). Richardson is mentioned (p.108), along with Selley, Fletcher and Haarhoff.

    Col.
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