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    Default Awards gazetted january 1950.

    Thanks to Pavel Vancata diligently photographing documents in Air 2/10307 (Recommendations, 1950 New Year Honours List, gazetted 2 January 1950) I can now offer texts for the following January 1950 awards.

    BAR TO AIR FORCE CROSS

    JAMES, Hugh Glanffrw1d, FL, AFC, DFM - 24 Squadron, Waterbeach - RAF
    MEHARG, Bryce Gilmore, SL, AFC - 40 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF

    AIR FORCE CROSS

    BEDDOW, James Henry, FL - RAE Farnborough - RAF
    BICKNELL, Denis Walter, FL - Habbaniyia, Middle East - RAF
    BLYTH, Colin Ian, FL - 6 Flying Training School - RAF
    CAMPBELL, John, SL - Brize Norton, Transport Command - RAF
    CONDON, Thomas, Lieutenant - Lubeck, Berlin Airlift - SAAF
    DAVIS, John Frank, SL, DFC - BLEU Martlesham Heath - RAF
    DUNCOMBE, Jack Joseph, FO - 297 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    ELLIS, Walter Thomas, SL - Empire Flying School - RAF
    FIELD, Percy, FL - Central Signals Establishment, - RAF
    FLOOD, Donovan John, FL, DFC - Station Lynham - RAF
    FLYNN, Frederick Ronald, SL - 230 Operational Conversion Unit - RAF
    GRAY, Donald, FL - 241 Operational Conversion Unit - RAF
    GROCOTT, Frederick Harvey, FL - 24 Squadron, Waterbeach - RAF
    HALL, Alan Edward, FL - Central Flying School - RAF
    HARBEN, Richard Michael, FL - 297 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    HATFIELD, Percy Robert, W/C, DFC - 209 Squadron - RAF
    HITCHING, John Temperley, FL - 18 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    HOUSBY, Reginald Roland, FL - 18 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    JAMIESON, Peter Westwood, SL - Honington - RAF
    JOHNSON, Arthur, FL - 47 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    JOHNSTONE, Andrew McCallum, SL, OBE - 30 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    MOULES, Philip Stewart, FL - 59 Sqn, Berlin Airlift - RAF
    PARSONS, Basil William, FL - 235 Operational Conversion Unit - RAF
    SALTER, Ivor Kenneth, FL - Aircraft Torpedo Development Unit - RAF
    SCANDRETT, Basil James, FL - FCITS Sqn, Tangmere - RAF
    SMITH, Roy Stevenson, FL - 511 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    STARK, Laurence William Fraser, FL, DFC - AAEE - RAF
    STEEDMAN, Alexander, FL - 201 Advanced Flying School - RAF
    TAPP, F/O Lorne Arthur, DFC - 99 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    TEAGER, John Ernest William, FL - 230 Operational Conversion Unit - RAF
    THOMAS, Robert, FL - 206 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    WALLACE, Andrew Finlay, FL - 240 Operational Conversion Unit - RAF
    WILLIAMSON, Frank Wyatt, FL - Buckeburg, BAFO - RAF
    WINDLE, Robert Edward, FL - 245/266 Squadron, Horsham St. Faith - RAF
    WOOTTEN, Ernest Waite, SL, DFC - 245/266 Squadron, Horsham St. Faith - RAF

    AIR FORCE MEDAL

    AITKEN, John Earle, Navigator II - 46 Sqn Berlin Airflift - RAF
    BEARDON, John Henry Gilbert, Signaller II - 51 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    BOTSFORD, Frank Albert, Navigator II - 18 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    BUCKLE, Ronald Henry Frederick, Navigator II - 53 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    BULL, Bruce Sidney, Pilot II - CFS, Little Rissington - RAF
    CAIRNCROSS, John, Navigator II - 47 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    CLARKE, Russell Henry, Signaller II - 59 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    COLLINS, Alan Bruce, Pilot I - 230 Operational Conversion Unit - RAF
    COWLEY, Albert Edward, Engineer II - 511 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    KITCHENER, Arthur William, Signaller II - Central Signals Establishment - RAF
    LE FEAVER, Royston Joseph, Signaller I - 240 Operational Conversion Unit - RAF
    McWICKER, Jack Stearn, Pilot II - 242 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    OATES, William Oswald, Navigator II - 240 Operational Conversion Unit - RAF
    STOKES, Duncan, Pilot II - 30 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    WATTS, Geoffrey Ernest, Engineer I - 242 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF

    ASSOCIATE, ROYAL RED CROSS

    CHINNERY, Gladys Elsie, Acting Matron - Padgate, Technical Training Cmd - PMRAFNS

    BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL

    AGER, Maurice John, Sergeant - Schleswigland, Berlin Airlift - RAF
    BERWICK, James Richard, Flight Sergeant - West Raysham - RAF
    BISS, John David Dyer, Sergeant - St. Athan - RAF
    BOYCE, Joseph, Flight Sergeant - Seletar - RAF
    BRADLEY, Ronald William, Flight Sergeant - Finnigley - RAF
    BUTLER, James William, Flight Sergeant - Netheravon - RAF
    CHILCOTT, Clifford John Mills, Flight Sergeant - Gutersloh - RAF
    CHURCH, Jack Joseph, Sergeant - Gatow, Berlin Airlift - RAF
    CLIFT, Frank Jonathan, Flight Sergeant - Fassberg, Berlin Airlift - RAF
    DANIELS, Leslie, Flight Sergeant - Dishforth - RAF
    DRAPER, Freda, Corporal - 46 Group - WRAF
    EDNEY, Thomas Arthur, Flight Sergeant - Boscombe Down - RAF
    GARDNER, Joseph Henry, Flight Sergeant - Nicosis - RAF
    HALE, Leslie Rodwell, Flight Sergeant - Lutenbury - RAF
    HARRIS, Cyril, Corporal - Scampton - RAF
    HENSMAN, Henry William, Flight Sergeant - Great Ashfield - RAF
    HEWSON, William Frederick, Flight Sergeant - RAF Occupation - RAF
    HODSDON, Bertram, Sergeant - 1 Base Repair and Salvage Depot - RAF
    HOOK, Douglas William, Flight Sergeant - Llandwrog - RAF
    HORNE, Alfred Thomas, Corporal - Missing Research Enquiry Section - RAF
    IRVING, John Dennis, Sergeant - Odiham - RAF
    JOHNSON, Stanley, Corporal - Lubeck, Berlin Airlift - RAF
    KING, John Gerrard, Corporal - Woodvale - RAF
    MANAGE, Robert Harry, Flight Sergeant - Watton - RAF
    MORGAN, Joan, Sergeant - St. Athan - WRAF
    MORRIS, James, Flight Sergeant - Air Headquarters, Malta – British - RAF
    MURPHY, James Harold French, Flight Sergeantt - Aldergrove - RAF
    PALMER, John Victor, Flight Sergeant - Changi, Hong Kpng - RAF
    PRANCE, Rita Jean, Sergeant - British Air Forces of Occupation - WRAF
    SCOTT, Thomas Roy, Flight Sergeant - Wunstorf, Berlin Airlift - RAF
    SIDDONS, Donald Ernest, Flight Sergeant - Kinloss Mountain Rescue - RAF
    SLORANCE, Arthur, Flight Sergeant - Hemswell - RAF
    SMALE, Harold Edward, Sergeant - Honington - RAF
    STOUT, George Blackburn, Sergeant - Abingdon - RAF
    WARING, Harry, Corporal - Stamner Point, Aden - RAF
    WILSON, May Iris, Sergeant - Yatesbury - WRAF

    KING’S COMMENDATION FOR VALUABLE SERVICES IN THE AIR

    ADDERLEY, Michael Charles, SL, AFC - RAE Farnborough - RAF
    ATCHISON, George Lyall, Pilot II - 209 Squadron Hong Kong - RAF
    BANCE, Reginald John, FO - 209 Squadron Hong Kong - RAF
    BARRACLOUGH, Ian Gurth, FL - 19 Maintenance Unit, St. Athan - RAF
    BARTON, Wilfred James, Pilot I - 22 Flying Training School - RAF
    BAYLIS, Francis Joseph, Navigator I, AFM. - 540 Squadron Benson - RAF
    BLAIR, Herbert, Pilot II - 3 Air Navigation School,, Thornhill - RAF
    CLAXTON, Edwin, FL - 6 SFTS - RAF
    COLE, Robert Bruce, Acting Squadron Leader - Cranwell - RAF
    COX, John Ralph, FL - 57/104B Squadron - RAF
    DOLEZAL, Jaroslav Frantisek, FO - 540 Squadron - RAF
    EVERITT, John Walter, FL - 230 Operational Conversion Unit - RAF
    FELL, Eric Edward, Pilot I - 21 Elementary Flying Training School, - RAF
    GOLDSTONE, Harry, FlL - Watton - RAF
    HAYES, Norman Charles, Pilot I - CFS Little Rissington - RAF
    JOHNSON, William Henry, Pilot II - Central Bomber Establishment - RAF
    KEIGHLEY, James, Aircraftman 2nd Class - 58 Squadron - RAF
    LEASK, John Raymond, FO - 8 Squadron Khormaksar - RAF
    LONG, Michael Geoffrey, Engineer II - 297 Squadron - RAF
    MARLOW, Dennis Earle Gladstone, FO - 540 Squadron, Benson - RAF
    McNAMARA, Patrick Joseph, Master Gunner - Bucksburg - RAF
    NEWBOULT, John Trevor, FL - CFS Little Rissington - RAF
    OWEN, John Scotter, SL - Cranewell Royal Air Force College - RAF
    SHARMAN, Alan James, FL - KCVSA - 201 Advanced Flying School, - RAF
    SHELFOON, Allen Joseph, WC, AFC - Air Ministry - RAF
    STRAKER, William John Peter, FL - RAF Flying College, Manby - RAF
    TUPPER, Dennis George, Pilot I (Master Gunner) - 57/104(B) Squadron - RAF
    WHITWORTH-JONES, Michael Edward, Master Pilot - 540 Squadron Benson - RAF


    OFFICER, ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

    HARKNESS, George Augustus, WC, AFC - 2 (India) Group Headquarters - RAF
    SAMSON, Bryan, WC - Ministry of Supply - RAF

    MEMBER, ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

    BORLASE, Eileen Joyce, Acting Squadron Officer - Staff Training, Air Ministry - WRAF
    BURFORD, Ernest Frederick, Warrant Officer - West Malling - RAF
    COOKSON, Walter Morton, ASL - 5357 Airfield Construction Wing - RAF
    GILLESPIE, John, FL - 22 Flying Training School - RAF
    GREENSLADE, William James, ASL - 1169 Squadron, Air Training Corps - RAF
    HADLEY, Charles Frank, Warrant Officer - Middle East Air Force HQ - RAF
    HANDLEY, Sidney, Warrant Officer - Binbrook - RAF
    HARPER, Alfred William, Warrant Officer - Martlesham Heath - RAF
    HEARD, John Frederick Leonard, ASL - Kent Wing, Air Training Corps - RAF
    HOPKINS, Hugh Philip, ASL, AFC - Wunstorf - RAF
    HORNETT, Ernest William, Warrant Officer - SIB, South Kensington - RAF
    JACOBS, Percy Masters, Warrant Officer - 93 MU, Wickenby - RAF
    JARRETT, George Harold, FL - Seletar - RAF
    JONES, Arthur Bertie, SL, AFC - AAEE - RAF
    JONES, Harold Francis, Warrant Officer - RAF Hospital, Wroughton - RAF
    KITCHIN, Henry Norman, AFL - 46 Group Headquarters - RAF
    LOUNDS, Kenneth Charles, FL - RAF Western Europe HQ - RAF
    MacGRIGOR, Edith May, Flight Officer - Air Ministry Unit - WAAF
    MARKER, Hughie Jonathan, Warrant Officer - AAEE - RAF
    MASSE, Henry Peter, FL - Missing Research Enquiry Section - RAF
    MINCHINTON, Cyril George, FL, DFC - Missing Research Enquiry Section - RAF
    NEAL, George Rowland, Warrant Officer - Fighter Command HQ - RAF
    OATES, Lionel Harley, ASL - Northern Signals Area - RAF
    PHILLIPS, Cyril Thomas, ASL, DFC - Wunstorf - RAF
    RANDLE, George Henry, Warrant Officer - 3 Air Navigation School - RAF
    ROGERS, William Graham, FL, DFC - Flying Training Command HQ - RAF
    STEWART, Alastair Ronald, Warrant Officer - Coastal Command HQ - RAF
    THOMAS, Geoffrey Herbert, SL - 7 Squadron - RAF
    WATSON, Sidney, Warrant Officer - Mildenhall - RAF
    WALLER, Sidney William, SL - Air Ministry - RAF
    THORP, Richard Carroll, Warrant Officer - Lyneham - RAF
    TOWERS, Alan Ridgard, SL - 47 Group Headquarters - RAF
    WRIGHT, John Frederick Mayo, AFL - 600 (City of London) Squadron - RAF

    ROYAL RED CROSS

    TILBROOK, Edna Mabel, Acting Matron, ARRC - Changi, Far East Air Force - PMRAFNS

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    Hugh
    I would be grateful for the citations for the following if possible please:

    AFC
    DUNCOMBE, Jack Joseph, FO - 297 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF
    HARBEN, Richard Michael, FL - 297 Sqn Berlin Airlift - RAF

    BEM
    BUTLER, James William, Flight Sergeant - Netheravon - RAF
    DRAPER, Freda, Corporal - 46 Group - WRAF

    KCVSA
    LONG, Michael Geoffrey, Engineer II - 297 Squadron - RAF

    MBE
    KITCHIN, Henry Norman, AFL - 46 Group Headquarters - RAF

    Thanks in anticipation
    Regards
    Andy

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    DUNCOMBE, Jack Joseph, F/O (201647) - No.297 Squadron, Schleswigland - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1950. Public Record Office Air 2/10307 has citation drafted when he had flown 1,646 hours, 498 on current duties, 422 in previous six months.

    Flying Officer Duncombe has completed a total of 179 sorties as a Navigator on the Berlin Air Lift. At all times his standard of navigation has been exceptional and his use of radar landings aids has been invaluable. This officer has shown a keenness and cheerfulness in his work that has set a good example to all and has helped to make the air lift such a success.

    HARBEN, Richard Michael, F/L (150710)- No.297 Squadron, Schleswigland - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1950. Public Record Office Air 2/10307 has citation drafted when he had flown 2,789 hours, 458 on current duties, 388 in previous six months.

    Flight Lieutenant Harben has shown exceptional keenness whilst flying as a Pilot on the Berlin Air Lift. He has completed a total of 187 sorties and has at all times shown a spirit of devotion to duty that has been an example to his fellow officers. This officer has made a praiseworthy contribution to the successful completion of the operation.

    BUTLER, James William, Flight Sergeant (508708) – Royal Air Force Station Netheravon – British Empire Medal – awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1950. Found in Public Record Office Air 2/10307, courtesy of Pavel Vancata.

    Flight Sergeant Butler has been in charge of Glider Repair at R.A.F. Station, Netheraven for approximately 4 years. He has shown outstanding ability in the maintenance and repair duties involved, being personally responsible for the introduction and adoption of many modifications which have largely contributed to the extending or the glider’s flying life to 200 hours. These outstanding successes are due to his extreme keenness in his trade, his pride in his rank and his ability to place duty and loyalty first. His power of organization and administration are of an outstanding nature, and his devotion to duty is exceptional.

    DRAPER, Freda, Corporal (2158837) – Women’s Royal Air Force, No.46 Group – British Empire Medal – awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1950. Found in Public Record Office Air 2/10307, courtesy of Pavel Vancata.

    Corporal Draper, W.R.A.F., was personal shorthand typist to the A.O.C. at H.Q. No. 46 Group, in the United Kingdom. She joined the advanced Operational Headquarters within two weeks of its transfer to Germany in September 1948, and continued in that capacity until her return to Transport Command in August 1949. Throughout the ten months of her service in Germany, she displayed an exceptional devotion to duty and a high skill. During the very intensive period of the buildup of the operations from October to March, she worked continuously for twelve hours and more, seven days of the week, with a most remarkable loyalty. On a number of occasions, she had to be ordered to take a rest. She continued to work with the same zest up to the date of her posting to the United Kingdom. Very few individuals engaged on the Berlin Air Lift have applied themselves as wholeheartedly to their task with as much cheerful enthusiasm as she did and with no thought for her own welfare or convenience. Her services have been most outstanding.

    LONG, Michael Geoffrey, Engineer II (1896659) – No. 297 Squadron (attached to Royal Air Force, Schleswigland – King’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air – awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1950. Found in Public Record Office Air 2/10307 by Pavel Vancata.

    On May 1, 1949, Engineer II Long was Engineer of a Hastings aircraft engaged on the Berlin Air Lift. The tail-wheel fouled the undercarriage doors and jammed in the retracted position. Working in a very cramped position and in turbulent weather conditions, this non-commissioned officer, by exercising considerable ingenuity in the use of available equipment, succeeded in lowering the tail-wheel. By his devotion to duty, he saved the aircraft from considerable damage.

    KITCHIN, Henry Norman, Acting Flight Lieutenant (45566) – Technical Branch – Royal Air Force, No.46 Group Headquarters - Member, Order of the British Empire – awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1950. Found in Public Record Office Air 2/10307, courtesy of Pavel Vancata.

    Squadron Leader Kitchin, as Group Signals Officer, was responsible for organizing the Signals requirements for the Berlin Air Lift. This entailed the use of Radio Beacons and landing aids in addition to the normal communication between the Group Headquarters and the six stations. Communications, beacons and landing aids had to be available and working continuously month after month, and any failures would have caused the loss of valuable sorties or may even have endangered aircraft and crews. A big strain was placed on the signals staff owing to the continual reinforcing of the Command, resulting in changes in Headquarters and Group locations. Squadron Leader Kitchin was also responsible for the co-ordination with the United States Air Force for “common user” equipment. There is no doubt that without an efficient Signals organization, the success of the Berlin Air Lift would not have been achieved. This officer, by his devotion to duty in working excessive hours and in no way sparing himself, was very largely responsible for this success. Technically, his work has been highly effective, and his zeal has been an inspiration and a potent example to his colleagues.

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    Hugh
    My grateful thanks for the citations, they are most appreciated
    Kind Regards
    Andy

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