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    Sergeant Alfred Sudden, 913307, from No 148 Squadron, was awarded the DFM, gazetted on 7 April 1942. Does anyone have the citation for this award or is otherwise able to advise on the circumstances of this award? On the off-chance, does anyone have any additional information about this airman and his service career?

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    Ian

    From Fold3.com:

    SUDDEN, Alfred. 913307 Sergeant, No.148 Sqn.
    L. G. 7/4/1942. Sorties 50, Flying hours 467. Air Observer. Air2/4782.
    This N.C.O. commenced operational flying in February, 1941, with No.214 Squadron and carried out 5 raids over Germany and German occupied territory. He then flew out to Malta and, after a few operations against Tripoli, was posted to No.148 Squadron in Egypt. Since that date, he has been operating at very high pressure against targets in Libya and the Mediterranean and has now completed 50 sorties with a total of 467 operational hours flying, almost all of which has been at night. He has carried out no fewer than 19 attacks against the Benghazi area alone and, in addition, has participated successfully in the recent "Bull's Eye" operation in the Balkans and in the attacks against the Corinth Canal. His work throughout has been consistently good and he has shown great keenness and enthusiasm for operational flying. Successive Captains have placed the greatest confidence in his ability, both as a Bomb Aimer and Navigator. He would never consent to release his bombs unless he had made a perfect run-up over the target and carried out dummy runs indefinitely until he had achieved this. His enthusiasm and his real efficiency have been at all times an example to the Observers of the Unit.
    23rd February , 1942

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    Simon,

    Thanks for this, which was just what I was hoping for. Much appreciated.

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    Hello,

    For the record:

    6-7 July 1944
    No.614 Sqn
    Halifax II JP287 'R'
    Op: Feuersbrunn

    Took off 2115, Stonara, to attack fighter airfield Feuersbrunn, Austria. Shot down by a nightfighter and at 0130 crashed near Innerhalback, 5km S of Kleinzell. All are buried in Klagenfurt War Cemetery, Austria.

    F/O M G Harrison +
    F/O G D Rees +
    S/Ldr A Sudden DFM +
    Sgt P C Dolman +
    F/Sgt W R Vokes RAAF +
    Sgt N H Hodson +
    W/O A W Pryor RAAF +

    See: BLME2/Gunby & Temple/A-B/p.140.

    MRES-CMF Report on loss of No.614 Sqn Halifax II JP287, can be read here:

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=1073208 - see: pp.11-13 of 54.

    Col.
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    Col,

    Thanks very much for this. I did find him on CWGC website, but as an Acting S/L wasn't sure if it was the same man, but indeed it is: his commission was gazetted on 19 December 1941. Thanks again for this extremely helpful information.

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    Aces High Volume 2 indicates that with a service number of 913307, Alfred Sudden would have enlisted at Uxbridge between September 1939 and June 1940. Is it possible to narrow this date down?

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    Ian,
    I have 913307 in Block 900000-934899 (Highest Issue 934899. Total 34900) RAFVR Uxbridge 04-Jan-40 to 30-Apr-40 (both dates imputed*).
    This would put 913307 mathematically around 17 Feb 40.
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    900000 934899 934899 34900 RAFVR Uxbridge 04-Jan-40 30-Apr-40
    1250001 1299800 1299800 49800 RAFVR Uxbridge 01-May-40 31-Oct-40
    1330001 1340000 1340000 10000 RAFVR Uxbridge 01-Nov-40 03-Dec-40
    Jonny may have an analogue date which may be more accurate?
    Best I can do. HTH
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    I think he flew 6 ops with 214 Sqn, and it looks like he may then have been posted out to Malta with his pilot P/O Ian Lawson who later became Commandant of Cranwell and retired as an AVM.

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