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    Default Sergeant James J Reardon CGM

    Hi to all,

    In an old thread a nice list of CGM recipients was outlined

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-RAF-personnel

    For WW2Awards.com I am trying to get all the recipients in our database.
    http://en.ww2awards.com/award/2585

    Only two recipients were foreign. One was Sgt Jozef Pialucha
    But i am struggling with laying my hand on the details of the other one: American airman, Sergeant J.J Reardon

    I would highly appreciate it if someone could provide me with some information. A citation would be most welcome.


    Best regards,
    Jelle

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    Jelle

    Reardon's award is llisted in the book 'Bravery Awards for Aerial Combat - Stories Behind the Award of the CGM (Flying)' by Alan W Cooper, page 179-180.

    He was bombardier on a Marauder of the 558th Bomb Squadron, 387th BG, on June 12th 1944, and was wounded on a low level mission over Normandy when a flak shell hit the front of the aircraft. Despite severe loss of blood, and withput telling the rest of his crew about his injuries, he stayed in his position and dropped his bombs. The Marauder was again hit, this time in the port engine and when the Marauder was back over the Channel he informaed the crew of his injuries, and they removed him from the nose of the aircraft and administered first aid. The pilot nursed the aircraft back to the UK, and Reardon was rushed to hospital, where he eventually recovered. He was recommended for the CGM on July 16th 1944, and the award was not gazetted, but was submitted to the King for approval in January 1945 and awarded soon after.

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT - Reardon came from Hartford, Connecticut, and had already received a Purple Heart.
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 6th July 2016 at 10:38. Reason: typo

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    Many thanks for your help and giving the details from Cooper's book Simon.
    I had a slight hope that the citation would have submerged here too (Alas no sign of Hugh Haliday)

    Simon, would you also be willing to tell me the total CGM's per nationality from Cooper's book please? That will help me track down all and get my files complete

    Best regards
    Jelle

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    Jelle

    There's no lists showing the awards by nationality, but Appendix D shows the breakdown by Air Force/Regiment:

    R.A.F. - 82
    R.A.A.F. - 10
    R.C.A.F. - 12
    R.N.Z.A.F. - 4
    Polish Air Force - 1
    U.S.A.A.F - 1
    Glider Pilot Regt - 1
    R.A.A.F. (Post War) - 1

    Regards

    Simon

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    Many thanks again Simon. This is very helpful too

    Jelle

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    Hi Jelle,

    If you are after a photo of the last surviving WWII Aussie CGM winner, contact me off board on harleyDOT158ATbigpondDOTcom replace the DOT & AT with the usual.

    Regards,

    John.

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    Hi Jelle,

    Tried to send you the email but it bounced back.

    Regards,

    John.

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