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    Does anyone have any information on the service career of 987559 Harold Rhoden (60795), who was KIA with 78 Squadron on 23/24th October 1942?

    This is outside my normal "35 Squadron" project, but just trying to help someone out with this one. Any information on his postings, sorties etc and the citation for his DFC would be much appreciated

    I have established that he was posted in to 78 Squadron in September 1942 (but no details on where from)

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    Pete
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    Pete

    His D.F.C. was reported in the Manchester Evening News of July 30th 1943, which included the following:

    D.F.C. Awarded Ten Months After Death
    Killed in October last year when is aircraft crashed after bombing Genoa in one of the first R.A.F. raids on Italy, a 22-year-old Bury airman has been awarded the D.F.C. posthumously.
    He is Flight-Lieut. Harold Rhoden, only son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Rhoden, of Longsight Road, Bury. The award, which has been made ten months after his death, dates from October 16 last year, a week before the Genoa raid.
    "He was a courageous and determined captain of aircraft who set an excellent example to his fellow pilots," says the citation.
    A clerk in the District Bank head office staff, Manchester, before volunteering for the R.A.F. in July, 1940, Flight Lieut. Rhoden should have been married last November. He is buried in a village cemetery in France.


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    Hi,

    The Air Ministry Bulletin for his D.F.C mentions he was on his second tour of operations.

    Mark

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    Thanks for the responses

    Is there a complete wording for the citation in the Air Ministry Bulletin?

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete,

    AMB 27/7/1943

    Acting Flight Lieutenant Harold RHODEN RAFVR
    78 Sqdn (Deceased)
    F/L Rhoden participated in many operational sorties and was serving on his second tour of operational duty. He was a courageous and determined captain of aircraft who set an excellent example to his fellow pilots.

    Mark

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    Hi Pete

    Chorley (BCL '42, of course) says F/L Rhoden was pilot of 78 Sqn's Halifax II, W1018, EY--, which took off from Linton-on-Ouse at 17:51 on 23/10/1942 for an op to Genoa. It crashed at Montcony, 10 km NNE of Louhans (Saone et Loire region) in France, killing the crew of 8. They are all buried in the churchyard there.

    Ian

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    Thanks again for the feedback; I have passed the information on to the original enquirer

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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