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    Default 299 Squadron Arnhem

    Hi,

    I have been told a pilot of 299 Squadron was awarded a Military Medal at Arnhem for fending off a number of German troops. I am having trouble tracking details or the citation down.

    Can anyone help please.

    Chaz

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    Hello,

    Possibly, 114982 W/C Reginald Thomas Frederick TURNER DFC - 299 Sqn.

    Military Cross - LG:13/07/1945 No Citation.

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/3622

    See also:

    https://www.pegasusarchive.org/arnhem/award_mc.htm

    and ...

    https://www.pegasusarchive.org/arnhem/award_mm.htm

    For Sgt W. T. SIMPTON, read: 1890776 F/Sgt Walter 'Wally' Thomas SIMPSON RAFVR (MM: LG: 27/03/45 - 299 Sqn.): https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/1658

    For Cpl Sproston, See: LG: 05/04/45 - Military Medal T/186616 Corporal Clement Burton SPROSTON RASC (Northwich) - https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/1810

    Cpl C. Burton looks like a duplication of Clement Sproston's entry.

    F/Lt Turner's 299 Sqn Stirling LK545:5G-T, was brought down by flak near Nijmegen on 21/09/1944. Turner's actions at Arnhem were described as such by Mr Edmund Townshend* of the Daily Telegraph:

    "F/Lt R. Turner, a Londoner, had gone ahead of us to the road south between Uden and Veghel and had run into a road blocked by German tanks and had fought his own private battle on the ground for 28 hours to get back out of the trap. He took command of 30 men, four of them his own crew and the others Bofors gunners. They destroyed a Tiger tank and an Armed Car and held on with the loss of four killed and eight wounded until British tanks relieved them".

    * War Correspondent Townshend had been shot down himself in a No.190 Sqn Stirling (EF260), on 20/09/1944

    See:
    "Green On": A Detailed Survey of the British Parachute Re-supply Sorties during Operation 'Market Garden' - 18 - 25 September 1944.
    Van Hees,Arie-Jan.
    Eijsden:Author,2004.
    pp.106-7 & 198-200 (200).

    Col.
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    Default Re: 299 Squadron Arnhem

    Hi Chaz,

    In Alan Cooper's "Air Battle for Arnhem" he mentions Military Medals being awarded to the following with a connection to No. 299 Squadron.

    Sgt WT Simpton; Cpl. C Burton RASC and Cpl CB Proston. Proston is shown as an RASC despatcher for No. 299 Squadron.

    Regards,

    Dave

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