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    Helloe veryone

    I've come across an article in the Yorkshire Post of May 25th 1944, in which it reports that during an investiture at Buckingham Palace, Squadron Leader James Walker of Coastal Command was presented with the D.F.C.

    I'm struggling to find a James Walker to match. I did find a D.F.C. award citation to a Flt Lt J. A. Walker of 86 Sqn in Flight Magazine, August 19th 1943, page 211:

    Flt Lt. J. A. WALKER, No. 86 Sqn Flt Lt Walker has flown on a large number of operational sorties, and has made seven attacks on U-Boats. On one occasion the front turret of his aircraft was shot away, but with grim determination he continued to press home his attack. He has also undertaken two successful air/sea rescue missions, and twice has fought off attacks from Ju-88s in the Bay of Biscay. In addition this officer was largely responsible for the rescue of 147 survivors of a torpedoed merchant vessel.

    The same (?) J A Walker in a Whitley of 502 Sqn attacked the U-93 in February 1941.

    Are these the same chap?

    Many thanks

    Simon

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    Hi Simon,
    LG: James Auld WALKER (42286)

    The Glasgow Herald - Jul 9, 1943:
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...,3721699&hl=cs

    Flight Lieutenant James Auld Walker, born and educated at Coatbridge, whose home is now at Londonderry,...

    Regards
    Mojmir

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    Many thanks indeed for the replies and especially the links Mojmir, much appreciated. The Yorkshire Post article in May 1944 records him as being from Cochrane Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

    Regards

    Simon

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