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    Default LAC Conolly - 9 Squadron

    I'm trying to find out the identity of LAC Connolly who David Masters mentioned in his book 'So Few'. He was the observer in the crew of Wellington serial number N2983 which was one of 5 (of 9 Squadron's) Wellingtons lost on 18 December 1939. This was the incident in which AC1 Charles Driver was awarded an immediate DFM (the first one of the War) and LAC Lilley died.

    Masters refers to him as J. Conolly. Lost Bombers refers to him as D. Conolly. According to Gordon Thorburn, who refers to him only as LAC Conolly, in his book 'Bombers First & Last' states that he was mentioned in despatches. However, a search on both the London Gazette and Flight Websites has proved fruitless.

    Who was he and did he surveive the War?

    Many thanks, in anticipation,

    Wee Gerry

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    Gerry,

    London Times 21 February 1940.

    RAF Awards-Mentions in Despatches includes Leading Aircraftman D.J. CONNOLLY.

    I do not find an RAF fatality with that surname and initials at CWGC.
    Last edited by Ken MacLean; 2nd July 2008 at 03:46. Reason: add info

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    Default Connolly MID

    That name is listed in 1940 Flight as getting an MID.


    You need to search for "D. J. Connolly"
    that exact phrase with capital letters and spaces etc.

    This link may work
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1940/1940%20-%200604.html

    If not do the search above, its only the name listed in anycase, no citation or anything like that. But you may find the other airmens names in the same issue. (Well actually i don;t see Driver on the DFM section.

    Cheers Dennis
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Drivers DFM was LG'd January 1940:

    http://beta.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=34773&geotype=London&gpn=301&type =ArchivedIssuePage&all=&exact=&atleast=&similar=

    Connolly's MiD in Feb 1940 (as mentioned above):

    531023 Leading Aircraftman D. J. CONNOLLY

    http://beta.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=34795&geotype=London&gpn=1056&typ e=ArchivedSupplementPage&all=&exact=Despatches&atl east=&similar=

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