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    Hello everyone

    Just going through my lists of D.F.C. awards to N.E. airmen, and have the following two Kitchings:

    F/O Thomas Shield Kitching, D.F.C., 43069, gazetted September 26th 1941, 217 Squadron. Born April 15th 1915, Sedgefield, County Durham, died 2006, Poole, Dorset.

    F/O Thomas Kitching, D.F.C., 154394, gazetted September 25th 1945, 153 Squadron. Born May 31st 1923, Heaton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, died 2002, Newtonmore, Scotland.

    I'm struggling to find any information about their awards, and wondered if anyone could help with any details?

    Many thanks,

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    Simon

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    Hi,

    Thomas Shield KITCHING

    Enlisted RAF 30/10/1931 Nco 590566 apprentice clerk

    Pilot training 10 FTS 1936-37 Sgt

    217 Sqn 22/4/1937

    DFC Recommendation 650 operational hours. Since 1.4.1941 he has carried out 35 operational sorties, including 8 night bombing raids and 7 mine laying raids

    9.6.1941 Pilot of Beaufort on offensive patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Approaching La Pallice in spite of a minimum of cloud cover , base 8,000 ft he dived on the docks and observed a motor vessel of over 450 ft laying alongside the outer mole. Diving to below 100 ft he carried out an attack on this ship, releasing a stick of six 250lb GP bombs and obtaining an estimated hit on the stern of this ship.

    This vessel was proved to be an Altmark tanker.

    Date 12-7-1941

    PO 1.4.1940
    SL 1.8.1947
    WC 1.1.1955 Retired 30.4.1959

    Mark

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    Thanks Mark, that's really helpful - much appreciated indeed.

    Simon

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