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    Hi all I am trying to locate citation for my relative? I have his record of death & where he is buried but nothing else.
    I tried Gazette but was not in there as not all were recorded I think? Any other information for any of his time served would be most appreciated?

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    Hello, and welcome to the Forum.

    He was the Air Bomber on the crew of Bill Reid, aboard Lancaster LM360 of 61 Squadron on November 3rd 1943, on the mission for which Reid won the Victoria Cross:

    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?p=236015

    More here:

    http://www.no-50-and-no-61-squadrons...l-reid-vc-pow/

    https://www.spink.com/lot-description.aspx?id=90331

    With regards to his D.F.C., this is from the Liverpool Daily Post of June 2nd 1944:

    UNCONSCIOUS PILOT
    Plane Brought Back Home
    Although their plane was heavily damaged, the navigator killed, and the wireless operator fatally wounded, a bomber crew crew went on to bomb Dusseldorf recently. When the plane ell into a dive, Pilot Officer Leslie George Rolton went forward and found the pilot slumped in his seat. He helped the wounded flight engineer to regain control and, as all the compasses and charts had been lost, reset course by the Pole Star. The plane reached England and crash-landed in a field.
    Pilot Officer Rolton, who was born at West Ham and lives in Romford, Essex, is among 134 officers to whom the award of the D.F.C. is announced today.


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    Thank you very much for your help. Much appreciated.

    Quote Originally Posted by wwrsimon View Post
    Hello, and welcome to the Forum.

    He was the Air Bomber on the crew of Bill Reid, aboard Lancaster LM360 of 61 Squadron on November 3rd 1943, on the mission for which Reid won the Victoria Cross:

    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?p=236015

    More here:

    http://www.no-50-and-no-61-squadrons...l-reid-vc-pow/

    https://www.spink.com/lot-description.aspx?id=90331

    With regards to his D.F.C., this is from the Liverpool Daily Post of June 2nd 1944:

    UNCONSCIOUS PILOT
    Plane Brought Back Home
    Although their plane was heavily damaged, the navigator killed, and the wireless operator fatally wounded, a bomber crew crew went on to bomb Dusseldorf recently. When the plane ell into a dive, Pilot Officer Leslie George Rolton went forward and found the pilot slumped in his seat. He helped the wounded flight engineer to regain control and, as all the compasses and charts had been lost, reset course by the Pole Star. The plane reached England and crash-landed in a field.
    Pilot Officer Rolton, who was born at West Ham and lives in Romford, Essex, is among 134 officers to whom the award of the D.F.C. is announced today.


    Regards

    Simon

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    ROLTON, Leslie George, P/O (171066, RAFVR*) - No.61 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944. Born 1922 in West Ham; home in Romford, Essex. Educated at Leyton Technical College. Commissioned from the ranks in 1944. Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 14170.

    Pilot Officer Rolton has taken part in a large number of attacks against important and highly defended German targets. He has consistently displayed exceptional courage and devotion to duty, while his initiative and resourcefulness were amply demonstrated in November 1943 during a sortie to Dusseldorf. While en route to the target his aircraft was attacked and heavily damaged, the navigator being killed and the wireless operator fatally wounded. The captain and flight engineer were also wounded. Nevertheless, the target was successfully bombed. Afterwards the aircraft fell into a dive. Leaving his position, Pilot Officer Rolton went to the pilot’s cabin, where he found the navigator dead and the pilot slumped in his seat. He gave the flight engineer assistance in regaining control of the aircraft, and as all compasses and navigation charts were lost, reset course by the Pole star. Eventually, by the untiring efforts of Pilot Officer Rolton, with the assistance of the wounded flight engineer, the aircraft reached England and crash landed in a field.

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    Hi Hugh
    Thank you very much for your assistance.
    I am going to pay my respects where he was buried in November.

    Quote Originally Posted by HughAHalliday View Post
    ROLTON, Leslie George, P/O (171066, RAFVR*) - No.61 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944. Born 1922 in West Ham; home in Romford, Essex. Educated at Leyton Technical College. Commissioned from the ranks in 1944. Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 14170.

    Pilot Officer Rolton has taken part in a large number of attacks against important and highly defended German targets. He has consistently displayed exceptional courage and devotion to duty, while his initiative and resourcefulness were amply demonstrated in November 1943 during a sortie to Dusseldorf. While en route to the target his aircraft was attacked and heavily damaged, the navigator being killed and the wireless operator fatally wounded. The captain and flight engineer were also wounded. Nevertheless, the target was successfully bombed. Afterwards the aircraft fell into a dive. Leaving his position, Pilot Officer Rolton went to the pilotís cabin, where he found the navigator dead and the pilot slumped in his seat. He gave the flight engineer assistance in regaining control of the aircraft, and as all compasses and navigation charts were lost, reset course by the Pole star. Eventually, by the untiring efforts of Pilot Officer Rolton, with the assistance of the wounded flight engineer, the aircraft reached England and crash landed in a field.

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