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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if would be possible to identify Sgt Martin, who was acting as an Gunnery Instruction (so I suppose he was an AG) at No. 4 AOS West Freugh in spring 1941.
    He is believed to be there after completing a tour of duty with the Bomber Command being awarded by the DFM before April 1941 and he was presented the DFM by the King.
    Any ideas? I have tried the LG but as Martin is very common surname no success yet.

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Hello,

    Using your criteria "DFM before April 1941", one who fits the bill is:

    MARTIN, Hugh Williamson 621136* Sergeant, No.78 Sqn.
    L.G. 7/3/1941. Wireless Operator. Air2/8889.

    Sergeant Martin has taken part in 42 operational sorties during which he has proved himself a most reliable Wireless Operator and has shown great keenness in the maintenance of his equipment. He has rendered considerable service to his squadron in the training of new Wireless Operators and has always shown the greatest desire to engage in war operations.

    The DFM Register/Tavender/II/K-Z/231.

    * later 49787 P/O on prob w.e.f. 13/7/1942.

    The only other "Martin" prior to the above, is:

    COOPER, Clifford 610233 Leading Aircraftman, No.150 Sqn.
    MARTIN, Ernest Desmond. 626908 Sergeant No.150 Sqn.
    L.G. 5/11/1940.

    Leading Aircraftman Cooper (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) and Sergeant Martin (Air Observer) are the regular flying crew of Flying Officer W. M. Blom, D.F.C., recently decorated for his part in an attack on an enemy column in the Echtenarch area on 10th May, 1940. Since that date they have completed on [sic] day and eight night sorties on missions against the enemy, carrying out their tasks with the greatest efficiency and always contributing valuable and concise information during subsequent interrogation. I consider the excellent work of both to be deserving of recognition

    The DFM Register/Tavender/I/A-J/407.

    Col.
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    Thanks a lot as always Colin!
    So your search covers all Sgt Martins awarded the DFM from the WWII start till April 1941?
    The only things which makes me doubtful is why he would be an AG instructor and not WOp instructor after reading the citation?


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    I have forgot to mentioned one information which might help to identify if this is the right person - my Sgt Martin DFM should be of Scottish descent.

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    Colin it seems to me your Sgt Martin might be really the correct person:

    http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/s...ket=p&uidh=000

    I will check if this face would appear on any of group photos I have available form this period.

    Pavel
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    Dear All,
    I have registered with this site because I came across this question on a Google search. My father was Ernest Desmond Martin. In the spring of 1941 he was a Flight Sergeant and was awarded the DFM in 1940 and was presented with it at Buckingham Palace in early 1941. I don't know if he was at West Freugh. He returned to the UK from France with 150 squadron in mid 1940 and then I believe he spent some time at the RAF Polish depot in Blackpool and then he was at nearby Silloth, near Carlisle at about this time. He was Irish (from Dublin) - not Scottish. He retired from the RAF in 1970 as a Squadron Leader. He died in 1988, aged 71. If you think this is the person you are looking for then I will happily supply as much information as possible.
    Brian.

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    Hi Brian,
    welcome aboard and thank you for your post.
    Please check your mailbox.

    Pavel
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    Hello Brian,

    I too am very interested in your father's wartime service, especially 1939-1940. I will send you an email shortly.

    Regards,

    Martin Gleeson.

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