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    MCKENNA, Francis Peter, Acting Squadron Leader (189121), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve – British Air Forces of Occupation Police Unit - Officer, Order of the British Empire – awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1948. (Special recommendations in respect of personnel engaged on enquiries relating to trial of Stalag Luft III criminals). Found in Public Office Air 2/9816 by Pavel Vancata.

    This officer is Assistant Provost Marshal. He was a member of the Blackpool Police Force in civilian life and joined the Royal Air Force as a Flight Engineer. In February, 1945, he transferred to the Provost Branch and in September, 1945, was sent to Germany to initiate the investigation into the murder of 50 officers in the Stalag Luft III. When Squadron Leader McKenna arrived in Germany, there was little information concerning this case and it is largely due to his ability and keenness that the case has been developed and that the war criminals have been brought to trial. The amount of work and lone travel which has been necessary to develop this investigation has been tremendous; some idea of the extent of this can be gauged from the fact that in one zone over 1,500 separate enquiries had to be made before the required evidence was forthcoming. Squadron Leader McKenna has worked night and day, often with poor rations and on occasions without any rations for a period of two or three days in order to seek out the information he required. The effort and privation to which he subjected himself in the course of this investigation affected his physical condition. Squadron Leader McKenna was personally responsible for the arrest of the War Criminals Erich Schulz, Criminal Sekretar, Gestapo Saarbrucken. Squadron Leader McKenna subordinated all other interests to those of the investigation even to the extent of adversely affecting his health. (Strongly supported by the Provost Marshal).

    DANIEL, Reginald Mark, Flight Sergeant (950543) - British Air Forces of Occupation Police Unit - British Empire Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1948. Recommendation in Air 2/9816, courtesy of Pavel Vancata. Special submission in connection with trial of Stalag Luft III criminals.

    This NCO has been employed on Special Investigation Branch duties on the Stalag Luft III case since the inquiry first opened. During his period of employment on this case he showed exceptional keenness and ability, working through long hours under adverse conditions. He has also cleared up many important inquiries on his own imitative and, as a result, has located the whereabouts of a number of “wanted” persons. During these investigations Flight Sergeant Daniel had to make inquiries which involved travel from one end of the continent to the other, in all kinds of weather, usually in an open jeep. The work of this NCO is of a very high standard at all times and he has consistently shown initiative and devotion to duty under difficult conditions.

    In addition, the following unsuccessful recommendation was found:

    FOX, Frank William James, Sergeant (1220753) - British Air Forces of Occupation Police Unit - recommended for BEM in 1948 New Year Honours List. Recommendation in Air 2/9816, courtesy of Pavel Vancata. Special submission in connection with trial of Stalag Luft III criminals. Not approved but transcribed for the historical record.

    This NCO has been employed on Special Investigation Branch on the enquiry into the Stalag Luft III case from the beginning. When the case started there was little or no information on which to work except the fact that 50 RAF officers had been murdered. Sergeant Fox had to make long journeys on his own under all sorts of conditions and over long periods far beyond the normal working hours, involving travel in the British, French, American and Russian zones. A number of “wanted” persons in connection with this case were apprehended as a result of his efforts. Sergeant Fox’s energy, keenness and devotion to duty have been exceptional and far in excess of that normally expected.

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    Default Re: Awards respecting Stalag Luft III trials - McKenna, Daniel and Fox

    Hugh,

    Would you have the citations for the following members involved in the investigation of the slaying of the Sagan 50?

    43664 Wing Commander Wilfred BOWES OBE (Military Division) - KBHL 1948.
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...8311/page/3373

    and ...

    1792652 Flight Sergeant Stuart Benjamin GREET BEM (Military Division) - NYHL 1948.
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../supplement/34

    Thanks,

    Col.
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    Default Re: Awards respecting Stalag Luft III trials - McKenna, Daniel and Fox

    I do not have a text for Bowes, but that for Greet reads:

    GREET, Stuart Benjamin, Flight Sergeant (1702652, RAFVR) - British Air Forces of Occupation - British Empire Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1948. Recommendation found by Pavel Vancata, Air 2/9816.

    This NCO was employed on Special Investigation Unit duties. He began inquiries into the Stalag Luft III shootings some two months after the case had been opened and displayed exceptional keenness and ability, working very long hours under adverse conditions on this case. Since that time he has carried out many important inquiries on his own initiative and has located the whereabouts of a number of “wanted persons.” Flight Sergeant Greet has been responsible for carrying out many difficult and protracted investigations. One of the most recent was a case involving an LAC at RAF Station Sylt which resulted on the recovery, amongst other things, of two trailers, 20 W.D. tyres, a lady’s fur coat, an aero engine, 8,405 Danish kroner and many thousands of Reichmarks. Evidence was also obtained that the sum of over 500 pounds has been placed to the airman’s account in the United Kingdom as a result of the larceny and sale of Service equipment. Flight Sergeant Greet deferred his release for one month in order to complete this investigation, although he was eager to get back to his business in civil life. On two occasions since his release he has been recalled to give evidence in this case in Germany and Denmark. On the last occasion he was required to remain four weeks. Flight Sergeant Greet has rendered meritorious service.

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    Default Re: Awards respecting Stalag Luft III trials - McKenna, Daniel and Fox

    Hugh,

    Thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Col.

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