Hello everyone

Flight Sgt. Frank Taylor Watson, 1149762 was awarded the D.F.M. on December 10th 1943. He later went on to serve with 105 Squadron, and was killed in Mosquito PF341 GB-K Bar on January 2nd 1945.

He is mentioned a few times in 'Mosquito Thunder - No. 105 Squadron at War' by Stuart R. Scott, and the final entry includes "The pilot [F/L G. Donald] had been taken PoW, but F/O Watson, who had on a previous mission been shot down and evaded capture, had been killed. His body was laid to rest in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery."

His D.F.M. doesn't have a citation listed in Tavender's D.F.M. register on Fold3.com.

A trawl through the 9 Sqn O.R.B. Form 541 shows him as part of the crew of Sgt. J. K. Livingstone, with whom he flew 30 Ops from May 23rd 1943 to October 10th 1943. Crew as follows:

Sgt. J. K. LIVINGSTONE
(F/O MANNING 1 Op)

(Sgt. KNIGHT 1 Op)

Sgt. F. HODSON/Sgt. F. PARSONS/Sgt. THOMAS
Sgt. F. T. WATSON
Sgt. H. C. BREWER
Sgt. J. PRENDERGAST
Sgt. R. N. BROWNE/Sgt. L. F. COLLINS/Sgt. C. J. HOUBERT
Sgt. T. C. TAYLOR

As well as Watson's D.F.M., two other members of the crew received awards at the same time, listed on the O.R.B. Form 540 in December 1943:

D.F.M.
1108579 F/Sgt John PRENDERGAST gazetted Dec. 7th 1943 - no citation

D.F.C.
155465 P/O James Keith LIVINGSTONE gazetted Dec. 10th 1943. He was murdered by the S.S. on February 1st 1945 after having been shot down whilst serving with 467 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron.

So, is the "shot down and evaded capture" for Watson possibly a red herring? Was the D.F.M. awarded for completing his 30 Ops with 9 Squadron? Or had he been shot down and evaded before he joined 9 Squadron, or afterwards while with 105 Squadron?

Regards

Simon