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    Default Flying Officer John Lee, D.F.C. - award date and unit details?

    Hello everyone

    Looking for details of the above F/O, who received his D.F.C. at Buckingham Palace in early November 1944, as reported in the Newcastle Journal, November 8th 1944:

    "Flying Officer John Lee, R.A.F., son of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Lee, of Allendale House, Crawcrook, who was given the D.F.C. for services in North Africa, is an old boy of Lemington Secondary School."

    The only John Lee D.F.C. I could find was 133032 F/Lt. John Lee, but according to this site:

    http://610squadron.com/wwii_pilots/1944

    he was awarded his medal whilst with 610 Sqn, and received it at an investiture at the Palace on December 12th 1944.

    I'mm pretty sure my John Lee was born on April 6th 1922, and died in 1988. Apart from that, and the North Africa connection, not much, I'm afraid!

    Any help most gratefully received.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Simon,

    LEE, John, P/O (133032), RAFVR. 93 Sqn.
    London Gazette: 19/3/1943:p.1309

    This officer has completed a large number of sorties. In operations in North Africa he has displayed great skill and determination. Pilot Officer Lee, who has destroyed 3 enemy aircraft is a fine section leader.

    Carter & Carter/DFC/I/A-L/p.976.

    22-11-42 - F/Sgt J Lee - Spitfire Vb - Bf 109 damaged - Bone airfield - 1545
    26-11-42 - F/Sgt J Lee - Spitfire Vb - Fw 190
    20-12-42 - F/Sgt J Lee - Spitfire Vb - Bf 109 Damaged/Shared - Medjez el Bab area - 1550-1705
    07-05-43 -

    Eight Spitfires from 232 Squadron returned to strafe La Sebala again at 1655; however, Flt Sgt Middon was brought down by heavy Flak, force-landing near Ferryville, which had just fallen into Allied hands. Forty minutes later twelve 93 Squadron Spitfires strafed roads north of Protville where Plt Off Lee's aircraft was hit by Flak and he too force-landed. He was taken prisoner, but was released shortly afterwards when the convoy which had captured him was itself taken by US troops.

    See:
    A History of the Mediterranean Air War 1940 - 1945 Vol.3. Tunisia and the End in Africa Nov 1942 - May 1943.
    Shores,Christopher et al.
    London:Grub Street,2016.
    pp/135, 143, 211 & 578.

    and...

    Sunday, 20 August, 1944
    610 Squadron (Spitfire XIV) Friston.

    Flg Off J Lee ---------------) Half V-1 - 1550-1710
    Flg Off N MacFarlane RCAF) Half V-1

    Flg Offs Lee and MacFarlane fired at the V-1 and slowed it down before being forced to break away on reaching the gun zone. They were granted a kill since the plot was seen to fade from the radar screens.

    See:
    Diver! Diver! Diver!
    Cull,Brian with Bruce Lander.
    London:Grub Street,2008.
    pp.314 & 421

    Col.
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    So it was him after all!

    Thank you Col, much appreciated.

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT: and thanks for the extra info and references - that's very helpful indeed.
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    Here's some additional info from my "Blood, Sweat and Valour" (Fonthill, 2012):

    LEE, JOHN, 133032, RAFVR; Sgt Plt (1377974), 1942; com Prob Plt Off, (133032), 6 Oct 42; 93 Sqn (Spit Vc), 324 Wg, Souk-el-Kemis, 1942-43; DFC (93 Sqn), 19 Mar 43; Prob Fg Off (WS), 6 Apr 43; 610 (Cty of Chester) Sqn (Spit XIVe), Friston, 23 Jul 44; Flt Lt (WS), 6 Oct 44; hit by AA/FL/NI, Brussels, 9 Feb 45; 130 (Punjab) Sqn (Spit XIV), Eindhoven, 3 Mar 45; 41 Sqn, 9 May-4 Aug 45; Instr duties, SEAC Ferry Cmd, India, 5 Aug 45

    Regards
    Steve
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    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Many thanks indeed for that Steve.

    Regards

    Simon

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