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    Default Info wanted on Mentions in Despatches & AFM

    I am researching a local chap from our village for the coming Remembrance Day:-

    Pilot Officer David Henry Davis
    44271 59 Sqdn RAF
    Died 1/8/40

    The records show he was twice mentioned in Despatches and also received the AFM

    Given that he died early in the war in 1940 he must have worked hard to get them!

    Can anyone help provide info on what he did to obtain these awards?

    I am doing a presentation at local school for Remembrance Day!

    Many thanks

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    His awards appear to be pre-war, from his actions in the North West Frontier. This site has some info:

    His A.F.M. award was reported in several newspapers on January 2nd 1939.



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    DAVIS, David Henry, Leading Aircraftman and Acting Corporal (562061) - Mention in Despatches - awarded as per London Gazette dated 18 February 1938; reported in Aeroplane of 23 February 1938 as "brought to notice" by General Sir Robert Cassells, Commander-in-Chief, India, in connection with air operations in Waziristan, January 17 to September 15, 1937. Entered RAF, 1924, trained as Air Gunner and posted to No.60 (Bomber) Squadron, Kohat, serving four years with that unit and this award for services with that squadron). On return to England he was commissioned Pilot Officer (May 1940) and posted to No.59 Squadron (Blenheims). Participated in many photographic and bombing sorties prior to fall of France, recommended for a decoration which did not go through. Squadron transferred to Coastal Command, July 1940, operating against enemy ports. He was killed inaction, 1 August 1940 (attack on Cherbourg). In 2000 his medals were offered for sale by Spink (estimated value 800 to 1,000); these were AFM, India General Service Medal 1908-1935 with Clasp Northwest Frontier 1935, India General Service Medal 1936-1939 with Clasp Northwest Frontier 1936-37, Oakleaf for Mention in Despatches, 1939-1945 Star, Atlantic Star, War Medal 1939-1945. Spink catalogue source of biographical notes and AFM citation.

    DAVIS, David Henry, Corporal (562061) - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1939; reported in Aeroplane of 11 January 1939. Recommendation read as follows:

    This Corporal Air Gunner has been largely responsible for the high efficiency maintained by his Flight. He is an exceptionally good Bomb-Aimer and has proved himself to be a very good Navigator. He has twice been employed as an Air Gunner on Singapore Reinforcement Flights. He has completed 1,255 hours of excellent and most conscientious flying as an Air Gunner. In addition this Airman took a prominent part in blockage operations and spent long hours of work in the air over inhospitable country where a forced landing would have had disastrous results, and under hostile rifle fire. As Leading Air Gunner in his Flight, he has also been largely responsible for the accuracy of attacks during punitive bombing.

    DAVIS, David Henry, Corporal, AFM (562061) - Mention in Despatches - awarded as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1939. Reported in Flight, 16 November 1939. "For valuable services rendered in connection with the operations in Waziristan during the period 16th December 1937 to 31st December 1938."

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