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    Default AFCs to American, Belgians, Poles

    The following awards, through recommended, would not have been reported in the London Gazette, as each involved foreign nationals. I seek confirmation that the awards were finally approved by their own authorities, and if possible the relevant document reporting such approval (i.e. USAAF Order, Belgian or Polish gazettes). It is possible that one or both of the Poles may have seen postwar service with the RAF, in which case RAF official lists should show their names and awards:

    ALLEN, Charles, Major (O-789857, United States Army Air Force) - Central Gunnery School
    - Air Force Cross ? - Public Record Office Air 2/9117 (courtesy of Steve Brew) has recommendation drafted at the time September 1945 lists were being prepared; he was noted as having flown 2,250 hours, 135 in previous six months.

    "This American officer is in command of the Air Firing and Bombing Flight of the Fighter Wing at the Central Gunnery School He has been at the school since the beginning of the year. He is indefatigable in his endeavours to improve the standard of training and has shown an outstanding personal example. His flying ability is of the highest order and there is no doubt that the school owes much to his organising and instructional ability. He has always displayed an outstanding and infectious keenness for his work."

    CRETEUR, Gabriel Eugene Joseph Christian F/O (147165, Belgian Air Force) - No.216 Squadron - Air Force Cross ? - Public Record Office Air 2/9117 (courtesy of Steve Brew) has recommendation drafted at the time September 1945 lists were being prepared; he was noted as having flown 9,535 hours, 1,000 on current, 324 in previous six months. It is not clear if or when this was approved.

    "This officer is a pilot and captain of aircraft operating on routes in the Middle East and Mediterranean area. He is an exceptional pilot who has set an example to other pilots and has been invaluable in assisting in the unraveling of difficult problems concerned with flying. He has overcome the risk of boredom on long routine journeys, has never complained, and has worked to the utmost of his strength."

    CARLIER, Jacques Antoine Joseph Marie Ghislan, A/S/L (B.87701, Belgian Air Force) - No.24 Squadron, Transport Command. Air Force Cross ? Public Record Office Air 2/9117, courtesy of Steve Brew, has a recommendation for an Air Force Cross which would normally have been gazetted 7 September 1945. Drafted when he had flown 1,915 hours, 1,026 on current duties, 328 in previous six months.

    "This officer is a pilot who has been employed in the Communication Squadron on special flights, including the carriage of passengers and freights to Iceland, India and the Middle East. He has also been employed on the evacuation of casualties from North West Europe and on the conveyance of very important personages on continental tours. He is also Belgian Liaison officer to the Command Headquarters."

    MICHALAK, Stefan, Warrant Officer (794747, Polish Air Force) - No.5 Ferry Unit- Air Force Cross ? - Public Record Office Air 2/9117, courtesy of Steve Brew, has a recommendation for an Air Force Cross which would normally have been gazetted 7 September 1945. Drafted when he had flown 3,965 hours, 1,167 on current duties, 148 in previous six months.

    "This Polish Warrant Officer is a convoy leading pilot employed on ferrying duties. He has been flying for almost 20 years. He is a most efficient and reliable convoy leader, having ferried aircraft along the West African, North African, Southern Arabian and Indian routes. He is held in deep respect by younger pilots who have a high regard for his flying knowledge."

    ENGEL, Bogdan, Warrant Officer, DFM (P.782330, Polish Air Force) - No.595 Squadron - Air Force Cross ? - Public Record Office Air 2/9117, courtesy of Steve Brew, has a recommendation for an Air Force Cross which would normally have been gazetted 7 September 1945. Drafted when he had flown 1,543 hours, 481 of current duties, 133 in previous six months.

    "This Polish Warrant Officer is employed as a squadron pilot on anti-aircraft cooperation duties. He is an outstanding pilot who has done extremely valuable work which has earned the praise by the instructors of gunnery on many occasions. He has carried out his duties with skill, courage and considerable initiative."
    Last edited by HughAHalliday; 10th August 2008 at 14:04. Reason: puncuation

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