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    Default F/L Desmond Annersley Peter McMullen 40002

    Hi All,

    Could anyone give me info on Desmond McMullen as he was a relative and we know very little about him....Sqd/Base/Aircraft/Service record etc.
    Much appreciated
    MAC

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    Hello Mac,
    if you google his surname and DFC or RAF etc you will get a lot of hits. He was a Battle of Britain pilot with 222 and 54 Squadrons.
    You may not be aware that he also held the DFC and bar? DFC announced in the London Gazette 1st October 1940 - Unit not given but citation reads:
    "Since the commencement of hostilities this
    officer has been continuously engaged on
    operational flights, including the Dunkirk
    operations, the protection of shipping and
    intensive air fighting over this country. He
    has destroyed seven enemy aircraft and
    shared in the destruction of others. He has
    displayed high qualities of leadership and
    determination."

    Bar to DFC announced in the London Gazette 7th March 1941. No citation but his unit was 151 Squadron.

    Sounds like an interesting chap and i'm sure the other folks on this forum will add a lot more.
    You can search for his commission and promotion dates on the London Gazette online and it will also give the dates and citation for his first DFC.

    http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/AdvancedSearch.aspx?geotype=London

    enter his service number and WW2 as the historic event and you'll get the hits.

    Hope thats a start for you!

    Tom

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    Just having another look on the google results and there is no end of stuff on him.
    Check out this link and you can read a bit of one of his combat reports:

    http://www.spitfireperformance.com/spit1vrs109e.html

    He also appears to have flown with 65 Squadron during the Dieppe raid.

    This is also worth a look to see his victory claims:

    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=q2PttCLClkQC&pg=PA108&lpg=PA108&dq=d+a+p+ mcmullen&source=web&ots=w2pjGAAJ7t&sig=BnNqCi16yAX IrgH41RXQz6-TnKY&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result# PPP1,M1

    Anyway, i think you'll have a busy night reading all the stuff on the web!

    Tom

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    Gazette Issue 34429 published on the 24 August 1937. Page 4 of 50
    Air Ministry,
    24 August, 1937
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers on probation with effect from and with seniority of 9th Aug. 1937: —
    Desmond Annesley Peter McMuLLEN.

    Gazette Issue 34537 published on the 2 August 1938. Page 21 of 64
    Air Ministry,
    2nd August, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Acting Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments
    and graded as Pilot Officers on the dates stated: —
    9th July 1938.
    Desmond Annesley Peter McMuLLEN.

    Gazette Issue 34958 published on the 1 October 1940. Page 8 of 36
    Flying Officer Desmond Annesley Peter McMuLLEN (40002).
    Since the commencement of hostilities this officer has been continuously engaged on operational flights, including the Dunkirk operations, the protection of shipping and intensive air fighting over this country. He has destroyed seven enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of others. He has displayed high qualities of leadership and determination.

    Gazette Issue 35097 published on the 7 March 1941. Page 18 of 66
    Air Ministry,
    7th March, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards: —

    Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Acting Flight Lieutenant Desmond Annesley Peter McMuixEN, D.F.C. (40002)—No. 151
    Squadron.

    Gazette Issue 37356 published on the 16 November 1945. Page 1 of 6
    Air Ministry, 20th November, 1945.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Flt. Lts. (temp. Sqn. Ldrs.): —
    31st May 1943.
    D. A. P. McMuLLEN, D.F.C. (40002).


    According to Flight Magazine 1 January 1954 he was 65 Squadron commander between 2 July 1942 and 1 Sep 1942.

    There are more entries but my computer is not co-operating at present.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/search.aspx?search=P. McMullen
    http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/SearchResults.aspx?GeoType=London&st=adv&sb=date&e xact=Desmond+Annesley&
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Default Using the London Gazette

    Using the London Gazette search for the following terms

    40002

    because his name is so long, search only for "Desmond Annesley" in the exact phrase field, and/or "Annesley Peter"

    Also search for D. A. P. McMullen and for P. Mcmullen on its own.

    Search outside of the 1939-45 period also becuase he served pre war......and maybe post war beyond 1947.

    Its a little bit of a science in its self.

    Dennis
    Dennis Burke
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    Default DAP McMullen.....

    Thankyou all of you who replied....I'm gobsmacked as the saying goes because I served on 54 Sqd for a short period in 1972 whilst on Phantoms at RAF Coningsby before starting with newly reformed 41SQD.....amazing.....and all the rest...it WILL take me days to get throught it....
    Many many thanks for the start guys
    MAC

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    Desmond McMullen was my father. When he died in 1985 I inherited his log book and some memorabilia. I also have a few photographs. If anyone is interested please let me know.

    RoddyMac

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