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    Default 748335 Reginald Eric Griffin DFM 10 Squadron - looking for info

    Hi,
    I have been asked by a friend to look into the history of his grandfather who flew bombers with 10 Sqn during WW2, he was awarded the DFM Lg 23 Sept 1941, AEA in March 1947 and was a member of the caterpillar club. can anybody help with the DFM recommendation or when he qualified for the Caterpillar club? Any info on Ops etc would be greatly appreciated,

    Cheers, Rick

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    Hello,

    Friday-Saturday 20-21 December 1940
    10 Squadron
    Whitley V P4961:ZA-
    Op:Berlin

    T/o 1716 Leeming briefed to attack an aircraft components factory in Berlin. On return the Whitley's starboard engine failed and the crew bailed out, from 5.000 feet, in the vicinity of Honington airfield .

    P/O A Bridson (New Zealand) - Safe
    Sgt R E Griffin - Safe
    Sgt H W G Burton - Safe
    Sgt V G Marshall - Safe
    Sgt O R Lucas - Safe

    See: BCL1(Rev.ed)/Chorley/2013/p.258.

    Distinguished Flying Medal.

    GRIFFIN, Reginald Eric, 748335 Sergeant, No.10 Sqn.
    LG: 23/9/1941. Sorties 30, Flying hours 210, Pilot. Air2/8900.

    This N.C.O. has become a steady and reliable Captain. He is invariably cheerful and willing and can be relied upon to attack his primary target in any reasonable weather. On one occasion when he was second pilot, his crew was forced to abandon their aircraft by parachute but this incident in no way affected his keenness and efficiency. I strongly recommend that his good work be recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

    21st July, 1941.

    Remarks by Station Commander.

    This Sergeant Pilot, altough young in years, is old in experience and, as Captain of aircraft, has proved himself to be capable and reliant and has displayed a high standard of airmanship. I have no hesitation in strongly recommending the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

    See:The DFM Register/Tavender/Savannah/2000/Vol.1/A-J/p.773.

    Air Efficiency Award.

    Surname: GRIFFIN.
    Initials: R E
    Rank: F/L.
    Status -
    Date: 06/03/1947
    Source: N187 1947
    Service No. 130690
    Force: RAFVR
    Notes: DFM

    See: The Air Efficiency Award 1942-2005/Brooks/2006/pp.162-3

    Col.
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    Hi Col,
    that's just what I was after, very many thanks, the family will be chuffed to bits,
    Rick

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