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    Default AFC Citation Flight Lieutenant W. GALLAGHER, M.V.O., A.F.C. ( 48955)

    I suspect this individual may have been a Radio Operator he served in 24 Sqn when he got his AFC and the MVO was due to support on the King’s trip to Africa

    Can anyone supply an AFC Citation I suspect he was involved in ferrying B-17 across Atlantic in Spring 1941 as Sgt he promoted to officer in May 1942 from Flight Sgt
    Thanks Paul

    621156 William GALLAGHER ( 48955. P/O on Probation from Flight Sgt 16 May 1942

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    Default Re: AFC Citation Flight Lieutenant W. GALLAGHER, M.V.O., A.F.C. ( 48955)

    GALLAGHER, William, F/L (48955, Royal Air Force) - Metropolitan Communication Squadron - King’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air - awarded as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945. Public Record Office Air 2/9061, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation drafted when he had flown 1,470 hours, 210 in previous six months.

    This officer is a Wireless Operator/Air employed in the York Flight of the Metropolitan Communication Squadron. He has completed 600 hours flying on aircraft carrying very high priority passengers. This work included the Prime Minister’s North African tour, his Italian tour, the Moscow Conference, and his recent visits to Athens. Flight Lieutenant Gallaghers work throughout has been of the highest standard.

    GALLAGHER, William, F/L, MVO (48955, Royal Air Force) - No.24 (Commonwealth) Squadron - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1948. Recommendation in Air 2/9816, courtesy of Pavel Vancata, drafted when he had flown 1,905 hours, 1,106 on current duties, two in previous six months (seems very low - error ?).

    Flight Lieutenant Gallagher is employed as Signals Leader in No.24 (Commonwealth) Squadron. He has flown over 1,106 hours as a VIP signaller in Transport Command. As a result of his most exceptional skill, he has been employed as radio operator on all of the most important transport flights in the last few years. He flew as radio operator to Moscow and Yalta with Mr. Churchill and his passengers have included His Majesty the King, Field Marshal Smuts, the Chief of Air Staff, the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, the President of Turkey, General Marshall and many others. On these flights, Flight Lieutenant Gallagher has invariably displayed outstanding skill and efficiency. For the past year, this officer has been engaged in the training and supervision of the VIP signallers in No.24 Squadron. The knowledge, keenness and devotion to duty which he has brought to his task is reflected in the fact that 95 percent of the signallers under his control have been classified as “Exceptional.”

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    Default Re: AFC Citation Flight Lieutenant W. GALLAGHER, M.V.O., A.F.C. ( 48955)

    Hugh thanks helps a lot yes Wireless Operator ! Looking very likely

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