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    Good evening>Who are the 6 WAAF MM recipients? Please and thanks

    Have a record that Dorita Blundell (nee Ainsworth) received a MM whilst serving at Andover. I can neither find her service record or the award of any military decoration. Any assistance much appreciated.

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    Hello Pam

    Welcome to the forum.

    Three of the W.A.A.F.s are pictured here:

    https://www.rafbf.org/news-and-blogs...ritain-bravery

    Sergeant Joan Eugene Mortimer
    Flight Officer Elspeth Green (Henderson)
    Sergeant Helen Turner

    Cpl. Jospehine Maude Gwynne Robins' M.M. was reported in the Evening Despatch of December 17th 1940.

    Acting Sgt. Jean Mary Youle and Acting Cpl. Joan Hearn-Avis had their M.M. awards reported in the Scotsman on January 11th 1941. Cpl. Hearn-Avis has been mentioned on here before:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-Avis-Hearn-MM

    That makes six, so where does Dorita Blundell/Ainsworth fit in...?

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    Hello Pam/Simon,

    Where does Dorita Blundell/Ainsworth fit in...?

    She doesn't:

    Air Ministry - 1st July, 1941

    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the undermentioned personnel in the London Gazette as having been commended for brave conduct:-

    Aircraftwoman 1st Class 885150 D. R. Blundell (KCBC)

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/3753

    The King's Commendation For Brave Conduct.

    The Commendation for Brave Conduct was instituted by King George VI for bravery by civilians and members of the armed forces during non-warlike circumstances or peacetime not warranting any of the bravery awards which were available at the time.

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    Hello All,
    Dorita Ainsworth married Albert A Blundell (Reg Andover 2c 1217).
    Her 1st child (Dorothea D Blundell) b. Q2 1941 (Reg Andover 2c 618). She would have been “great with child” during early 1941, and probably not in the WAAF?
    There are several Blundells in the LG with the second (or third) Forename “A” – could be a connected military family?
    She has two more Blundell children (1966 and 1970).
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    Hi,

    D.R./D.P Blundell///D.R./D.P. Blondell?

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../2473/data.pdf

    AIR 78: D. P. Ainsworth 885150 p. 222/1765

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    Aha, thanks Col. Aircraftwoman D. R. Blundell's commendation for bravery was reported (briefly) in the Daily Record of July 1st 1941.

    Dorita Blundell has a family tree on ancestry.co.uk, which has the following information:

    She was born Dorita Ainsworth on the Isle of Man on October 13th 1916. Married Albert Charles Blundell, registered Andover, September 1940. Their daughter Dorothea was born in June 1941 in Andover, and died just three weeks later, also Andover.

    There is a photo of Albert Blundell in as Australian Army Lieutenant's uniform - he was born in Sydney on November 15th 1915.

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    Simon,

    Could be your Albert Charles Blundell:

    http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.as...teranId=789528

    Col.

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    Many thanks COL BRUGGY. Much appreciated ... the enquiry was made on behalf of Dorita and Albert's adopted son. He is most pleased to know the truth.

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    Hi COL BRUGGY and Simon.
    Yes that's Dorita's husband ... a friend's adoptive parents. He only found out a year ago that he was adopted.

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    Hi Simon.
    Thanks for your for your detailed response. I made the enquiry on behalf of Dorita and Albert's adopted son (they have no living issue). We have most of the family history however Dorita is a bit of a mystery .... there are several different dates of birth for her on official documents, however the ManxBDM or Ancestry have no corresponding record of any birth of that name (or variation). Now that we know her service number perhaps her service record will shed more light. Once again .... sincere thanks.

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