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    Pilot Officer G R Herbert


    Can anyone assist? I am trying to establish if and when George Racine Herbert (142149) was awarded a DFM

    The London Gazette gives me that he was Mentioned in despatches (issue 36544 page 2624 8/6/44) and shows him as deceased.

    His last mission was as a pilot with 35 squadron on 11-12/6/1943

    The gazette seems to be way out of sync with events, but does show his service number.

    I have seen him shown as DFM but cannot substantiate this, hence the query.

    My grateful thanks.

    Paul H

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    My thanks Col. I thought it would be gazetted but the new search facility confounds me!!

    I now have him receiving DFM at 76 squadron(from LG DFM award) and being posted from 77sqn to 35 sqn (35 sqn orb).

    Paul H

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    George Racine Herbert

    Born 1922
    Air 78 records show he was allocated service number 1176946 on enlisting. This is in the series for enlistments in April 1940 at RAF Cardington.

    London gazette 27 April 1943 page 1908 shows promotion from flight sergeant to pilot officer with effect from 16 February 1943. And the issue of a new service number. From 1176946 to 142149

    30/11/1941 sergeant pilot of Halifax L9604 with 76 squadron
    (Airborne 1718 30Nov41 from Middleton St.George. Over-ran the runway and crashed 2335 attempting to land at Linton-on-Ouse. No crew injuries.)

    Thus a sergeant at 30/11/1941 a flight sergeant February 1943 and a pilot officer from 16/2/1943.

    Award of DFM (London gazette 26/5/1942) shows serving with 76 squadron
    The citation covers awards for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations
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    35 squadron orb shows posting from 77 squadron to 35 squadron 7/5/43

    12.06.1943
    Pilot of Halifax II JB785 (code TL-Q) take off from RAF Graveley 23.29 hours target Munster. Shot down by night fighter and killed. Buried at – Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cemetery
    Take off 23.29 ‘this aircraft did not return nothing being heard from it after taking off.’


    I’m looking for anything on his service with 76 and 77 squadrons, i.e. promotion to sergeant and flight sergeant. And any missions he flew on.

    Paul H.

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    Hi Paul,

    George Racine Herbert is part of the crew for which we ( Giessenlanden Airmen Memorial Foundation) are erecting a memorial on May 2nd 2015. Halifax JB785 was one of the six allied planes which crashed in the municipality of Giessenlanden. We recently started a survey of the probable location where the plane went down. You can find more info on our website. Are you related to George Racine Herbert? We are still looking for relatives of him.

    http://stichting-vliegeniersmonument...essenburg.html

    Best regards
    Peter

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