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    Default Another AFC Lookup please Hugh: P/O John L. Leigh Pemberton

    I would be interested to see the AFC citation for P/O John L. Leigh Pemberton. Dad served with him whilst at No. 18 E.F.T.S. Fairoaks. Dad recalled his artistic talents in his audio memoirs. Dad said he did illustrations of Gremlins, which evidently caught the attention of Walt Disney (according to dad).

    Other notable individuals with whom dad served at Fairoaks were F/O T.G.V. "Terry" Roden, (a mischievous individual, full of pranks and I believe became a medical officer with the RAF) P/O R.E. "Milli" Millichap who had the distinction of flying the first crossing of the Atlantic in a Jet Airliner, F/Lt. A.E. Marshall, a fighter ace, killed in a flying accident November 27, 1944 when the wings of his Mosquito Mk XXX (MT.472) broke off. Another notable individual was F/Lt H.H. "Hugh" Percy, who was later killed when serving with 610 Squadron.
    http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Percy.htm

    Dad said he used to “dogfight” with Percy and Marshall and of course they demonstrated he really wasn’t up to their level and they suggested to him he really wasn’t fighter pilot material.

    Edit: I had Millichap's nickname as Chappy. Evidently it was Milli, as marked on dad's photo of him.

    Jim
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    Default Re: Another AFC Lookup please Hugh: P/O John L. Leigh Pemberton

    Two for the price of one:

    LEIGH-PEMBERTON, John, F/L (111782, RAFVR) - No.18 Elementary Flying Training School - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9144, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation drafted when he had flown 2,161 hours, 1,727 on current duties, 80 in previous six months.

    This officer is a very efficient and successful flying instructor who has been employed continuously in these duties since July 1941. Keen and conscientious, Flight Lieutenant Pemberton has set a fine example of discipline both in the air and on the ground. A most capable flight commander, this officer has always set a high standard to his subordinates.

    MARSHALL, Alfred Ernest, A/F/L, DFM (47124, Royal Air Force) - No.250 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 6 October 1942. Following text from Flight, 12 November 1942; relevant Air Ministry Bulletin may have more.

    This officer, who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal in May 1941, took part in the fighting in France and subsequently in the Battle of Britain. In the Western Desert he has led his flight, and often the squadron, with great gallantry and success. Flight Lieutenant Marshall has participated in the majority of the recent spectacular operations of his wing, and has destroyed 15 enemy aircraft.

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    Default Re: Another AFC Lookup please Hugh: P/O John L. Leigh Pemberton

    Thanks Hugh!

    Jim

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