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    Default Lt Eric Elmyr Boyd ( Nick) Patterson, DFC, 542371V

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    Lt Eric Elmyr Boyd ( Nick) Patterson, DFC, 542371V, 34 Sqd SAAF, Observer

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    Can't help with the citation, but here is the LG entry: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/2673
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    PATTERSON, Eric Elmyr Boyd, Lieutenant (542371V, South African Air Force) - No.34 Squadron, South African Air Force - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 4 June 1946. Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin.

    This officer joined his present squadron in May 1943. Prior to that date he had been engaged in coastal reconnaissance duties in Natal. He has taken part in attacks on the enemy’s oil refineries and railway sidings in the Balkans and Northern Italy and enemy airfields in Greece and Austria. In addition, he has participated in mine laying operations in the Danube and supply dropping missions to the partisan forces in Yugoslavia. On one occasion Lieutenant Patterson was the navigator in an aircraft detailed for an attack on the Hermann Goering Works at St. Valentine. His aircraft was followed by enemy night fighters for about an hour and several attacks were made. Despite the necessary intensive evasive action which had been taken, this officer’s accurate navigation enabled his captain to reach the target on time and complete the mission successfully. Throughout a long period of operational flying, Lieutenant Patterson ‘s courage, efficiency and devotion to duty have been of the highest order.

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    Terry & Hugh many thanks, now for the ultimate cheek Hugh and you can blame Terry for this as his LG listing gave me another 2 names

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    A l b e r t E s c o u r t SISSING, D . F . C . ( P . 102571 V ) , (S.A.A.F.) Sqn.
    Distinguished Flying Cross.

    Lieutenant
    Dennis GUNN (IO2556V), 34 (S.A.A.F.)

    Have you a citation for these two as well

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    GUNN, Dennis, Lieutenant (102556V, South African Air Force) - No.34 Squadron, South African Air Force - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 4 June 1946. Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin.

    Lieutenant Gunn commenced operational flying in June 1942, when he flew on a large number of coastal reconnaissances in East Africa. He was posted to his present squadron in June 1944, and since then he has set an inspiring example by his cheerful courage, determination and efficiency. He has participated in attacks on the enemy’s oil refineries and railway sidings in the Balkans and Northern Italy and airfields in Greece and Austria. In addition, this officer took part in mine laying operations on the Danube and an attack on the very heavily enemy night fighter airfield at Szombathely Lieutenant Gunn’s fine leadership and skillful airmanship materially contributed to the successful completion of these missions. For his third tour of operational duty, this officer served as a deputy flight commander and, over several sorties, acted as flight commander. In this capacity his untiring efforts and efficiency were of great assistance in the operation of our troop repatriation shuttle service from Italy.

    SISSING, Albert Escourt, Lieutenant (P.102571, South African Air Force) - No.34 Squadron, South African Air Force - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943. Following text from Air Ministry Bulletin 9511.

    Lieutenant Sissing has taken part in a large number of operational sorties and has led the squadron on several successful raids. His fine example of determination and devotion to duty, both in the air and on the ground, has been an inspiration to others.

    SISSING, Albert Encourt, Captain, DFC (P.102571V, South African Air Force) - No.34 Squadron, South African Air Force - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 4 June 1946. Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin.

    This officer has a long and distinguished record of service. He has participated in three tours of operational duty and has served in both the European and Middle East theatres of war operations. After the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Captain Sissing was employed on various duties connected with air navigation and training, resuming operational flying in August 1944 when he was posted to his present squadron as squadron navigation officer. At a time when conditions were extremely difficult, he accomplished his exacting duties with high skill, courage and inspiring cheerfulness. During this period he flew on many sorties over various enemy targets in Europe including Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia and Northern Italy. Both in the air on the ground, Captain Sissing has set a splendid example by his gallantry and devotion to duty.

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    Default Re: SISSING, Albert Escourt, Lieutenant (P.102571, South African Air Force)

    Thanks Hugh

    Another piece of info re Sissing

    Many on this forum may well be aware of the Comet disasters of 1954, as I was; however I wasn't consciously aware that the second crash in April '54 was actually a South African Airways flight

    G-ALYY lost on 8 April 1954 was actually a South African Airways charter (dry lease?) Flight SA201 with an ALL South African crew including Sissing as the Navigator

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