Transcribed while clearing paper. Although the citation to the Bar to his DFC was published in the London Gazette, it is interesting to compare the original recommendation to the final gazetted text:


DOBSON, Arthur Desmond, F/L (108026, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.1663 Conversion Unit - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943. No citation in that publication; the following text is from Flight, 1 July 1943; relevant Air Ministry Bulletin may have more.

This officer has completed 35 sorties over enemy territory, both in Europe and the Middle East, and has invariably shown himself to be possessed of courage and determination of a high order.

DOBSON, Arthur Desmond, A/F/L (108026, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.76 Squadron - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 3 October 1944.

This officer has an excellent operational record. He is a navigator of high merit and has participated in a large number of sorties against the most heavily defended objectives. The success of many of these sorties have been largely due to Flight Lieutenant Dobson's undoubted skill and accuracy. He has also been responsible for the organising of a flight navigation section and the training of all new crews, a task which he has executed brilliantly. His devotion to duty has been unfailing.

Reference Public Record Office Air 2/9159. This began as a recommendation for a DSO dated 9 August 1944 when he had flown 50 sorties (280 hours 40 minutes), of which 15 sorties (82 hours 50 minutes) had been flown since his last award/

This officer has completed a total of 15 sorties and 82.50 hours flying against the enemy in this, his second tour of operations. In all these sorties this officer has not only shown a magnificent fighting spirit, but his navigational skill under the most difficult conditions has been worthy of the highest praise.

On the night of March 15th, F/L Dobson was the Navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack the target of Stuttgart. On route to the target an enemy fighter was encountered and the ensuing combat necessitated considerable evasive tactics to avoid enemy fire before the fighter was finally shot down. During the whole of this sortie F/L Dobson with a complete disregard for his own personal safety continued his navigation keeping an accurate check on the aircraft position and finally by exceptional skill and cooperation navigated the aircraft to the target which was successfully attacked.

As Squadron Navigation Officer F/L Dobson has been responsible for the organizing of the navigation section of a three flight Heavy Bomber Squadron and the training of all new crews, a task requiring not only professional skill but considerable powers of leadership, a task which he has handled in a manner which can only be described as brilliant.

It is strongly recommended that this officer’s brilliant record which is in keeping with the highest traditions of the service fully merits the immediate award of the DSO.

This was supported on 10 August 1944 by the Group Captain commanding Station Holme-on-Spalding, Yorkshire, as follows:

This officer has an excellent record of operations to his credit, a large number against the most heavily defended German objectives. His skill as a Navigator and his fighting qualities have been of the highest order.

This was amended at the level of No.4 Group Headquarters (18 August 1944) where the Air Officer Commanding wrote:

This Navigator has a fine operational record which is well worthy of recognition. I consider the appropriate award to be an immediate Bar to the DFC, and I strongly recommend him for this award.

The sortie list for both tours was as follows:

2 September 1941 - Frankfurt (9.05)
6 September 1941 - Haltern (6.30)
8 September 1941 - Kassel (9.55)
12 September 1941 - Frankfurt (9.00)
12 October 1941 - Nuremburg (10.40)
16 October 1941 - Duisburg (5.50)
20 October 1941 - Wilhelmshaven (7.05)
22 October 1941 - Mannheim (9.00)
22 May 1942 - St. Nazaire (6.30)
30 May 1942 - Cologne (5.35)
1 June 1942 - Essen (5.10)
6 June 1942 - Emden (4.30)
16 June 1942 - Bonn (8.15)
19 June 1942 - Le Mans (5.50)
20 June 1942 - Emden (4.50)
25 June 1942 - Bremen (5.40)
27 June 1942 - Bremen (5.10)
29 June 1942 - Bremen (4.50)
12 July 1942 - Fayid (11.15)
21 July 1942 - Tobruk (2.00, incomplete)
26 July 1942 - Tobruk (7.35)
2 August 1942 - Tobruk (5.15)
10 August 1942 - Tobruk (6.40)
12 August 1942 - Fayid (6.00)
18 August 1942 - Tobruk (7.15)
8 September 1942 - Tobruk (1.10, incomplete)
10 September 1942 - Tobruk (6.55)
10 September 1942 - Tobruk (7.300
13 September 1942 - Tobruk (7.20)
17 September 1942 - Tobruk (7.00)
25 November 1943 - Frankfurt (7.50)
3 December 1943 - Leipzig (8.30)
20 December 1943 - Frankfurt (6.50)
20 January 1944 - Berlin (7.25)
24 February 1944 - Schweinfurt (7.40)
15 March 1944 - Stuttgart (8.05)
26 March 1944 - Essen (4.20)
22 May 1944 - Orleans (5.10)
5 June 1944 - Mont Fleury (4.15)
7 June 1944 - Juvisy (4.15)
14 June 1944 - Douai (3.50)
24 June 1944 - Noyelle-en-Chaussee (3.45)
25 June 1944 - Montorguial (3.40)
18 July 1944 - Manneville (3.20)
30 July 1944 - Villers Bocage (3.55)