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    Morning (again!)

    F/Sgt JJ Townsend was a 141/410 Sqns air gunner who seems to have been awarded the GM in 1942. Does anyone know his full identity and sn?

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    Phil

    Could it possibly be a B.E.M., rather than a George Medal?

    937269 Flight Sergeant John James Townsend:

    http://www.rafweb.org/Awards/BEM_Holders2.htm

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    He does not appear in the wikipedia list:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ge_Medal#1940s

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    Maton says BEM for brave conduct 8/6/1942 LG 2472

    Checked Henderson "Dragons Can Be Defeated" and no GM entry.

    Colin Cummings

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    In the Wikipedia link referenced above is the award of the BEM to Sgt Jack Purcell. I have Jack's medals and a copy of the recommendation from the National Archives. He was recommended for the George Medal but higher authority downgraded it. He earned his medal on his very first operational sortie when they were shot down in the Channel and were adrift for three days. Returning to operations his aircraft again ditched - and this only his third trip. He was more of a sailor than an airman. Again after a break he continued to complete a full tour which included two of the three 1000 bomber raids. One would have expected an end of tour DFM but alas nothing. After a tour on instructing he returned for a further operational tour and had completed some 14 more trips when war came to an end. Again, no UK flying award. In 1946 he was gazetted for an American DFC. The history and mystery of RAF gallantry awards intrigues me - little makes sense. A check on Townsend's recommendation will clarify which medal he was recommended for. My money is on a George Medal.

    Jim
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