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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if anyone can confirm me that the RAF Station Skeabrae CO was Aussie 39474 Desmond Frederick Burt Sheen DFC & Bar around June 1943?
    I am also interested in his rank he has held at the time - I would expect A/G/Cpt but maybe he was just a A/W/Cdr?

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    TIA

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    Pavel, Hi,
    Not a lot of use to answer your question, but I find:-

    Air Ministry, 7th May, 1940. ROYAL AIR FORCE. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:—
    Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Flying Officer Desmond Frederick Burt SHEEN (39474)Flying
    3 Sep 1940 Prom Flt Lt
    Air Ministry.21st October, 1941. ROYAL AIR FORCE. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve-the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the .enemy: —
    Distinguished Service Order: Acting Squadron Leader Desmond Frederick Burt SHEEN, - D.F.C. (39474), No. 72 Squadron.
    16 Dec 1941 A/Sqn Ldr to T/Sqn Ldr.
    1 Jul 1944 Prom T/Wg Cdr
    14 Jul 1949 Cmd Flt Lt(Perm) RAF GD
    1 Jul 1950 Prom Sqn Ldr
    1 Jan 1956 Prom Wg Cdr
    1 Jan 1964 Prom Gp Capt.
    It is a bit odd because although he is awarded a DSO on 21 Oct 40, it never appears in his post-nominals in subsequent LG entries.

    It was a self-accounting Station so there must be files in TNA? They might not have been digitised?
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    Peter thank you for additional valuable info.
    Anyway my original questions still remain...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resmoroh View Post
    Pavel, Hi,
    Not a lot of use to answer your question, but I find:-

    Air Ministry, 7th May, 1940. ROYAL AIR FORCE. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:—
    Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Flying Officer Desmond Frederick Burt SHEEN (39474)Flying
    3 Sep 1940 Prom Flt Lt
    Air Ministry.21st October, 1941. ROYAL AIR FORCE. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve-the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the .enemy: —
    Distinguished Service Order: Acting Squadron Leader Desmond Frederick Burt SHEEN, - D.F.C. (39474), No. 72 Squadron.
    16 Dec 1941 A/Sqn Ldr to T/Sqn Ldr.
    1 Jul 1944 Prom T/Wg Cdr
    14 Jul 1949 Cmd Flt Lt(Perm) RAF GD
    1 Jul 1950 Prom Sqn Ldr
    1 Jan 1956 Prom Wg Cdr
    1 Jan 1964 Prom Gp Capt.
    It is a bit odd because although he is awarded a DSO on 21 Oct 40, it never appears in his post-nominals in subsequent LG entries.

    It was a self-accounting Station so there must be files in TNA? They might not have been digitised?
    HTH
    Hello,

    39474 Desmond Frederick Burt Sheen was never awarded a DSO. The LG entry on 21 October, 1941 is for the award of a Bar to his DFC!

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/6103

    Sheen retired w.e.f., 2 January, 1971.

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...supplement/675

    Col.
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    Pavel,

    Aces High/Shores & Williams/1994/pp.543-4, simply states:

    "SHEEN, Desmond Frederick Burt - Wing Commander - RAF No. 39474.

    "A year later in November 1942, he took command of RAF Manston until April 1943, subsequently commanding Skeabrae and Drem airfields in Scotland."

    Col.
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    Hi Colin, thank you very much! Some confirmation at least.

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    Pavel, to add to my last message, Skeabrae ORB states also for entry August 23 1943: "W/Cdr. D.F.B. Sheen departed from RAF station Skeabrae for Drem upon his posting there as Station Commander".

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    Hi Pavel, posting again as my last message disappeared. Skeabrae ORB entry for June 22 1943: "RESUMPTION OF COMMAND - With effect from 21st June 1943, W/Cdr D.F.B.Sheen. DFC. resumes command of RAF station Skeabrae on return from leave".

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    Dave thank you very much!

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