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Thread: 185494 Kenneth Watson MARSHALL, D.F.C, 578 Sqn - award details?

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    Default 185494 Kenneth Watson MARSHALL, D.F.C, 578 Sqn - award details?

    Hello everyone

    Can anyone help with details for the D.F.C. awarded to Flight Engineer Kenneth Watson Marshall, gazetted on February 20th 1945.

    On the same page of the Gazette are two other awards to members of his crew - a D.F.C. to Air Gunner 184726 Eion John Edmond TREVALLION and a D.F.M. W/Op 1519854 James Douglas QUAGGIN. Their pilot, F/L G. E. Sanders, also received a D.F.C., but the LG isn't being too helpful with the date for his award!

    Marshall featured in an article in the Shields Daily News of May 3rd 1957, which reported that 'the award was made for his work during a raid on Russelheim [sic].'

    I'm wondering if this is an award for a specific Op, as reported in the newspaper article, or for completing a number of missions.

    Many thanks,

    Regards

    Simon.

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    Hello again.

    Partly in answer to my own questions, the Birmingham Daily Gazette of October 6th 1944 reported the folowing:

    Acting Flight Lieut. Geoffrey E. Sanders (Shirley, Birmingham): Has completed very many sorties, and has displayed greatest determination to achieve success. One night in August he piloted a plane detailed to attack an industrial plant at Russelsheim. More than 100 miles from the target, starboard engine became useless, but Sanders went on, and attacked with his usual determination. Some height was lost, but he flew safely to base.

    This is lifted from the citation in the LG of October 6th 1944 for 171014 Flight Lieut. Geoffrey Ernest Sanders. From the 578 Sqn ORB, he was piloting Halifax III LK809 LK-H on that Op.

    Also, the Chelmsford Chronicle of March 2nd 1945 reported this:

    D.F.M. for Germany Raider
    Flight Sergeant James Douglas Quaggin, R.A.F., who last October married Miss Sheila Vince, of 30, The Causeway, Maldon, has been awarded the D.F.M. A native of Douglas, Isle of Man, he joined the R.A.F. in 1941 and is a wireless operator. He has just completed 39 operational flights in a four engined bomber. He was over Normandy the night before D-Day, and has raided many places in Germany.


    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello,just found this post whilst googling away!If you join 578 Squadron RAF Burn Association on facebook,theres lots of info. hope this helps.

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    Thanks for the link - not a great fan of FB unfortunately, but I've managed to find the following:

    578 Sqn ORB Form 541:

    August 12th 1944
    Bombing - Russelsheim

    Halifax III LK809 LK-H

    Up: 21.23

    Down: 03.44
    Special equipment Monica 3.
    Bomb load 1 x 2000 lb HC, 1170 x 4lb INC.

    Bomb cluster of mixed red and green markers at 00.20 hours from 12,500 feet. Some smoke in target area. Bombing scattered. Starboard inner engine unserviceable. Aircraft returned to Base.

    F/L Sanders G E – Pilot
    F/O Munn J (Can) – Nav
    F/O Elliott R – Bomb aimer
    F/S Quaggin J D - WOp

    Sgt Marshal [sic] K W – Flight Engineer
    Sgt Trevallion E J - AG
    Sgt Heard G J – AG


    And from the London Gazette, October 6th 1944:
    Acting Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Ernest SANDERS (171014), R.A.F.V.R., 578 Sqn.

    This officer has completed very many sorties and has displayed the greatest determination to achieve success. One night in August, 1944, he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack a war industrial plant at Russelsheim. When more than 100 miles from the target the starboard engine became useless. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Sanders went on to the target which he attacked with his usual determination. Some height was lost but he flew the aircraft safely to base. He has displayed devotion to duty of a high order.

    Regards

    Simon

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