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    76879 Captain Middlemost WAWN D.F.C., R.A., attd. 652 (A.O.P.) Sqn, D.F.C. gazetted LG November 8th 1945.

    From the Sunderland Echo, February 2nd 1946:

    Sunderland Manís D.F.C.
    Capt. Middlemost Wawn, R.A., who for the past three years has been an aerial observation pilot, has been award the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was mentioned in despatches in March last year.
    Capt. Wawn, only son of Mrs. E. A. Wawn, of 10 Thornhill Terrace, Sunderland, was educated at Oundle, was given a commission in the Sunderland artillery unit of the Territorial Army in 1938 when he was 18 and was a student at Cambridge University when called to the colours the following year on the outbreak of war.
    After three years on anti-aircraft duty he became an aerial observation pilot for the Royal Artillery. He landed on the Normandy beaches on D-Day plus 3 and served right through the campaign with the First Canadian Army until the surrender in Germany. He was acting operational adjutant of his squadron.
    Now Capt. Wawn is serving with a squadron in the Far East.

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    Thanks Simon..

    Based on your clue i found three DFCs in that issue
    73899 ARMY ARMY Major Peter GREENHALGH 1945-11-08
    143849 ARMY ARMY Capt Harry Charles SALTER 1945-11-08
    76879 ARMY ARMY Capt Middlemost WAWN 1945-11-08

    This gives me an idea to attempt another search for all Army related issues... will give it a shot


    in the meantime MC awards for WW2 added
    Military Cross 85
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    Army DFCs Now loaded into the DB ~39

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...submit1=Search
    Last edited by Jagan; 12th March 2020 at 03:48.

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    Military Medal 131

    RAF Military Medals added

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    Default Re: RAF Awards Database (16 Mar 2020: AFC, AFM, EGM)

    Hello,

    Pse see: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/1134

    CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD. St. James's Palace, S.W.1, 26th February, 1946. The KING has been graciously pleased -to approve the award of the (British Empire Medal (Military Division) in recognition of distinguished service while a prisoner of war, to: — 7537I5 Leading Aircraftman John Oswald WESTON, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

    Can we have LAC Weston (Met Assistant, PoW Crete) included in this? This singular announcement (see above) is very unusual!

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    Peter Davies
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Default Re: RAF Awards Database (16 Mar 2020: AFC, AFM, EGM)

    Jagan, I would like to ask if you will be willing to include also awards to Czechoslovak airmen which were not gazetted?
    I do not have full details for all but at least I will be able to provide you some basic list like name - date - award - unit.

    Pavel
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    Default Re: RAF Awards Database (16 Mar 2020: AFC, AFM, EGM)

    Hi Pavel.

    Yes I think it should be added to the database. Along with other missing east european countries. (Polish awards anyone?)


    the following fields are what I am tracking in the database. if you can have something ready, i can import it..

    TYPE NUMBER Branch FORCE Rank FIRST NAME SURNAME Effective Date Posthumous Award date UNIT citation reference Image
    BEM(M) 370776 RAF LAC Alfred GORRING Y/N 1940-01-16 citation gazette number if available image file name if available

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    Default Re: RAF Awards Database (16 Mar 2020: AFC, AFM, EGM)

    Jagan, I can later convert my own table into your format in XLS.
    The only question - UNIT it is unit where he served when the act for which he was decorated happened?

    Pavel
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    I am a frequent user of the RAF Awards Database on the RAFCommands website. I was reading up about Squadron Leader Harry Coldbeck, a Maltese Spitfire Reconnaissance pilot. Apparently, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and went on the RAFCommands database to find no entry! However, I have located then-Flight Lieutenant Coldbeck's DFC citation. Could someone with the correct technical privileges upload his DFC citation and his entry into the database?

    All the best,

    RAFCommands Database: http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?qaward=DSO

    Henry Gift Coldbeck's DFC Citation (Page 1 on the Gazette): https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../5031/data.pdf

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    Thanks for pointing it out - I got to admit I was worried how that award was missed and if it was, how many more did we miss?

    Turns out it was a typo during entry. He was entered as GOLDBECK!.. fixed it now.. http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...qname=COLDBECK

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