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    I am looking for information regarding F/Lt M H Parry. He served with 106 Squadron from around July 1944. He was awarded immediate DFC for mining operation on 26/27 August 1944 at Konigsberg ( I have ORB/ORS). Later he was awarded bar to same. He had previously been awarded an Air Force Cross. He was unusual as he was an Australian who had come over to England in the mid thirties and had then joined the RAF (not RAAF). I am looking for his service number and the citations for his awards and any other information.

    He survived the war and returned to Australia with his Scottish wife and a child and founded an architectural practice which exists today. Any information greatly appreciated.

    PS - not to be confused with F/Lt Martin Hope Parry 467 Squadron killed Peenemunde 17/18 August 1943

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    Mike Mcleod

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    Hi Mike,

    Have a look at :
    https://www.awm.gov.au/advanced-sear...ry&people=true

    Best regards

    Luc

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    PARRY, Mervyn Henry, F/L (63850, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.6 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/9004 has citation drafted when he had flown 1,430 instructional hours (242 in previous six months).

    Flight Lieutenant Parry, who has now been posted to operational duties, has been a flying instructor for two and a half years. During that period he has shown outstanding keenness and energy both as an instructor and a flight commander. he has been untiring in his efforts to improve the standard of flying training.

    PARRY, Mervyn Henry, A/S/L, DFC, AFC (63850, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.106 Squadron - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945. Following text from Flight, 5 April 1945.

    Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has completed further successful missions against strongly defended enemy targets. On one occasion he pressed home a telling low-level attack on railway sidings despite appalling weather. He has been in command of a flight since October 1944, and he has worked ceaselessly and selflessly to maintain and improve the excellent operational standard of his crews. Squadron Leader Parry is an outstanding pilot and leader who by his skill and devotion to duty has set an inspiring example to all.

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    London Gazette References
    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...um=63850&cur=0
    63850 Mervyn Henry PARRY D F C A F C London Gazette supplement : 36997 , Dated 1945-03-20 , Download #36997 (Bar to DFC Announcement)
    63850 1257556 Mervyn Henry PARRY London Gazette issue : 35158 , Dated 1941-05-09 , Download #35158
    63850 M H PARRY London Gazette supplement : 36084 , Dated 1943-07-06 , Download #36084
    63850 H PARRY London Gazette issue : 35565 , Dated 1942-05-19 , Download #35565

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    Hello,

    Mervyn Henry Parry attended the prestigious Perth (W.A.) Hale School. He went to the UK in 1936 to continue his architectural studies

    Parry was studying architecture in London at the time of his marriage (to Miss Elizabeth Taylor Shaw), at St. Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, on Saturday, February 18, 1939. He enlisted in the RAFVR in April/May, 1940 (NCO No.1257556), probably in London, where he resided (in Clifton Gardens).

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...5158/page/2674 (see also p.2673).

    He stayed in Training Command, flying Oxfords, Wellingtons and Stirlings until 1943 (for which he was awarded his AFC), and later joined 106 Sqn.

    You have the details of some of his awards (Hugh did not mention the details of his DFC):

    Flight Lieutenant Mervyn Henry PARRY, A.F.C. (63850), R.A.F.V.R., 106 Sqn.

    One night in August, 1944, Flight Lieutenant Parry was detailed for a minelaying mission in a canal which was a vital link in the enemy's communications. Despite intense anti-aircraft fire from ships and batteries on land, Flight Lieutenant Parry delivered a highly successful attack from extremely low level. When leaving the target Flight Lieutenant Parry skilfully avoided a belt of trees which lay in his course. Meanwhile a searchlight was being manipulated to illuminate the aircraft but it was extinguished by a burst of fire from the rear gunner. Flight Lieutenant Parry displayed outstanding skill and gallantry on this difficult and dangerous mission. He has executed very many sorties and has displayed unbeatable determination and devotion to duty,

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/4867

    Rather ordinary photo of Parry, here:

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article44814824

    He returned to Australia after being away for 11 years, setting up the architectural firm of Parry and Parry, with his father, George Herbert Parry (+ 12/2/1951), in 1947

    One other notable achievement of Mervyn Parry, was the following:

    https://honours.pmc.gov.au/honours/awards/869640 (at the time of the award of his Order of Australia, Parry resided at 13 Goldsmith Road, Claremont, W.A.).

    It should be noted, that two members of Parry's crew were also decorated:

    DFC - 185315 P/O (A-B) Thomas William BLAND RAFVR
    LG: 27/3/1945:p.1655

    DFC - 149463 F/O (MUG) Lawrence COEN RAFVR (1 op)
    LG: 8/12/1944:p.5635
    NB. 1593726 Sgt John Edward BRUNSKELL RAFVR, primary MUG.

    S/L Mervyn Parry completed his first tour with No.106 Sqn on 26/27-11-1944.

    The youngest brother of Mervyn Parry, AUS406661 F/L (Pilot) Arthur Edward PARRY RAAF, was also a recipient of a DFC (LG: 20/7/1945.p.3784). Arthur Parry DFC, served on No.128 Sqn RAF.

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51760442

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    Hello

    Thanks to all indeed for your prompt and thorough replies. Mervyn Parry is quite unusual as being one of the few Australians serving in the RAFVR I suppose.

    The mission for which he was awarded his DFC was indeed heroic. Four aircraft from different squadrons took part in the low level raid on the Konigsberger Seekanal. Two of the aircraft were shot down at the target with only one survivor from each. The third was attacked and damaged by an ME. 109 over the target. ACM Harris had a direct hand in the planning having disc ussions with the leading pilot, S/L Ernest White DFC

    Parry went on to found the architectural practice of Parry and Rosenthal which still exists. They are assisting with a search through the family's records.

    Thanks to all again - Mike

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    Hello,

    try to contact the 106 Squadron association or the Metheringham museum, they could have Something on him, I went to some reunion of 106 in 1995 area, and seems to remember that a veteran with this name came to the reunion ...perhaps him ??

    Alain

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    Hello

    Thank you Alain - I shall get in touch with them. He would have been around eighty years old then so there is a good chance

    Best - Mike

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