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    Default 42945 P/O Francis Joseph Watson, DFC citation 1940.

    Hello all,

    Could someone please look up the DFC citation for this officer ? It was gazetted on 13 September 1940. I believe he was from 83 Squadron, but would like to know if the citation mentions he was an Air Gunner or Squadron Gunnery Officer.

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    Martin Gleeson.

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    Martin

    Just came across a newspaper article referring to P/O Watson in the Penrith Observer, October 22nd 1940:

    Awarded the D.F.C. only a few weeks ago, Pilot Officer F. Joseph Watson, a former pupil of Alston Samuel King’s School, is now officially reported missing. Pilot Officer Watson, who is 28 years of age, was a pupil at the school from 1924 to 1928, when he entered the R.A.F. as an aircraft apprentice, subsequently becoming a sergeant-observer. He received his commission in January. Attached to a bomber squadron, Pilot Officer Watson has taken part in several raids over Germany, including some on Berlin. Returning from one such flight, he was a member of the crew of a bomber which was forced down in the North Sea. They were rescued from their rubber dinghy after being adrift for several hours.

    This aircraft may possibly have been Hampden I X2897 of 83 Sqn, ditched August 28/29 1940, returning from Berlin?

    Watson was killed in Hampden I L4049, also 83 Sqn, shot down by flak on September 24th 1940.

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    Simon

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    Martin,

    Francis Joseph Watson crashed in Hampden L4049 on a field in the small village Bethen near Cloppenburg. I found the crash site for about some years.

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    Volker Urbansky

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    Volker,

    thanks for the extra detail.

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    Martin Gleeson.

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