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    hello, whilst serving as wireless operator with 1680 (Transport) Flight my father was awarded the Atlantic Star and I know from his notes that some of the pilots from 1680 were awarded the Air Force Cross. Can anyone advise if records/lists are held somewhere to obtain the names of other members of 1680 Flight that also received the Star or AFC?
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    Fred

    Just the one result comes up in the Awards Database if you enter '1680' in the unit search box:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...submit1=Search

    See also: https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-m...h/record/91011

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    Simon, thanks for the link but surprised only one person listed. My father flew on many occasions with Appleby but immediately comes to mind Sqdn/Ldr J. Hankins who my father flew mainly with plus in his notes are others. Will carry on searching.
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    Is that John Annesley HANKINS? He's is in the database too, but not associated with 1680 Flight:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...submit1=Search

    His A.F.C. was reported in the Orkney Herald of January 20th 1943:

    Air Force Cross - Squadron Leader John Annesley Hankins, R.A.F., has been awarded the Air Force Cross. Before the war Captain Hankins, as he was then known, was one of the most popular and capable pilots of Scottish Airways, Ltd. For a considerable time he was stationed at Kirkwall, and his many friends throughout Orkney and air-line travellers will learn with pleasure of this new honour.

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    APPLEBY, Alexander Agnew, F/O (NZ 41852, Royal New Zealand Air Force) - No.1680 (Transport) Flight - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945. Public Record Office Air 2/8771 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 1,725 hours (395 in previous six months).

    Flying Officer Appleby is a transport pilot. He has completed 1,438 hours in this Command on various flying duties since January 1943. He has displayed outstanding ability and enthusiasm and has spared no effort to extend his knowledge to all aspects of flying. Since February 1944 he has flown 622 hours on daily scheduled services around the Western Isles, the Orkneys and the Shetlands where the highest standard of flying and navigational skill is required owing to the notoriously bad weather. On 31st January 1945, at midnight, in response to an urgent appeal from the Medical Officer, Tiree, Flying Officer Appleby took off from Prestwick in an aircraft not fitted with anti-icing aids and with uncertain wireless communication. Despite the doubtful weather he succeeded in flying a patient to the mainland for an immediate operation. His gallantry and ability were most praiseworthy.

    CRAWLEY, Frederick Ernest, Warrant Officer (630692, RAFVR) - No.1680 (Transport) Flight - 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 1,820 hours, 156 in previous six months.

    This Warrant Officer is a Wireless Operator who has completed over 1,700 flying hours in transport communication flights to the Western Isles, the Orkneys and the Shetlands. On this service weather conditions are notoriously bad throughout the year and the successful conclusion of such flights depends to a large extent on radio communication. Warrant Officer Crawley has always displayed considerable skill and efficiency in this sphere.

    HAWKINS, John Annesley, S/L, AFC (29011, Royal Air Force) - No.1680 (T) Flight, Prestwick - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 September 1944. Public Record Officer Air 2/9019 (material provided courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation for an AFC (downgraded) which was raised when he had flown 1,751 hours (223 in previous six months).

    This officer has at all times displayed outstanding keenness and devotion to duty and his personal effort in maintaining the regularity of the Western Isle Flights in all weathers has been most commendable. On 3rd July 1944, he completed an air/sea rescue sortie in trying circumstances. Following a report that a Hanson [sic, Hudson ?] aircraft with its three occupants had come down on to the sea one and one-half miles off Rhinns Point he took off in a Walrus and, 35 minutes later, was successful in rescuing two of the personnel who were adrift. Search was continued for a further 20 minutes in the hope of locating the third member but this operation was in vain. Owing to the state of the sea, Squadron Leader Hawkins was unable to take off again with the rescued personnel. Nevertheless he taxied ten miles through fog to reach Knock Angle Point off the end of the Port Ellen runways, where the duty crew of Port Ellen waded out and took off the rescued personnel. Squadron Leader Hawkins then taxied a further ten miles to Port Charlotte but was unable to moor there so proceeded to the next point, Bowmore, where he was able to moor. The following morning he undertook a further search in good visibility in the hope of rescuing the other member of the crew but again without success. He has often flown in bad weather conditions himself rather than let less experienced pilots take the risk.

    Note: There may be an error in this entry as I have been unable to find an AFC to this man. Perhaps confusion with S/L John Anthony HANKINS, (22011) - No.71 Wing - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943.

    KLISZ, Wlopzimierz, F/L (P.1991, Polish Air Force) - No.1680 Flight - Born in Ulucz, Poland, 18 March 1893. As Warrant Officer, attached to RAF Ferry Command, 13 October 1941. Departed Montreal, 30 October 1941 in PBY-5, TP536 but does not appear to have taken it further than Goose Bay. Ferry Command crew card confusing as many flights seem to be only as far Newfoundland but he certainly goes to Britain in May 1942 with Fortress FK193. To Britain again in Fortress FL451, July 1942. To Africa via Belam, Boston BZ351, January 1943. To Britain via Iceland in Boston BZ358, February-March 1943. Delivered Boston BZ239 to Britain via Iceland, April 1943. Deliver Boston BZ362 to Britain via Iceland, May 1943. Delivered Boston BZ210 to Britain via Iceland, July 1943. Delivered Liberator BZ886 to Britain, August 1943. Delivered Mitchell JX988 to Britain, December 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9670 has recommendation for an Air Force Cross. Others mention in this document were awarded the AFC on 13 June 1946, but as a Polish Air Force officer an award to him would not be gazetted, even if granted. When recommended he had flown 13,500 hours (1,370 on current duties, 240 in previous six months).

    This Polish officer is employed as a pilot on transport communications flights. During his five years service with Ferry and Transport Commands, as captain of aircraft, he made eleven Trans-Atlantic crossings in various types of aircraft. In November 1943, Flight Lieutenant Klisz took off from Greenland for Iceland. En route his aircraft caught fire but, with great skill, he succeeded in reaching Iceland where he executed a masterly forced landing. This manoeuvre was successfully accomplished but, in order to avoid hitting a woman who was in the path of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Klisz, with quick initiative, swerved and saved the woman's life. Throughout his period of service this officer has displayed devotion to duty worthy of the highest praise.



    MARTIN, Alan Richardson, Warrant Officer (1052153, RAFVR) - No.1680 (Transport) Flight, No.47 Group, Transport Command - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945. Public Record Officer Air 2/9061, courtesy Steve Brew, has recommendation drafted 10 January 1945 when he had flown 2,230 hours, 315 in previous six months.

    Since September 1942 this pilot has flown 1,368 hours on transport communications flights to the Western Isles, the Orkneys and the Shetlands in weather conditions which are notoriously bad throughout several seasons of the year. Flight light aircraft not equipped against icing conditions and over difficult country, he has always displayed outstanding flying skill and has gained the highest reputation for efficiency and reliability in these areas. He has carried approximately 1,500 passengers without the slightest accident or loss of any kind.

    This was subsequently refined for Air Ministry Committee consideration to the following:

    This Warrant Officer is a pilot employed on transport communications flights to the Western Isles, Orkneys and Shetlands, routes on which notoriously bad weather is frequently experienced throughout the year. He has always displayed outstanding flying skill and has gained a high reputation for efficiency and reliability. He has carried approximately 1,500 passengers without accident or loss.

    MONTEITH, Mary Hannah, Corporal (466920, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force) - No.1680 Transportation Flight, Transport Command - British Empire Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 June 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9668, courtesy of Tom Thorne, has citation.

    This Non-Commissioned Officer is employed as a Clerk, General Duties in the Orderly Room of her unit, which she joined 2 years ago. During the past nine months Corporal Monteith has carried out, in addition to her own duties, those of the unit Adjutant previously performed by a Warrant Officer. This has involved extra work of no small magnitude as the unit maintained a detachment at an airfield where no administrative facilities existed. In addition, the work in connection with releases from the Service was undertaken by this Non-Commissioned Officer who, with only one assistant, has successfully accomplished the whole of these duties. She has been faithful and zealous in the performance of her task and has displayed devotion to duty of the highest order.

    MORRELL, Sidney Trevor, F/L (151907, RAFVR) - No.1680 Flight - King’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air -awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 June 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9670, courtesy of Tom Thorne, has citation drafted when he had flown 800 hours, 150 in previous six months.

    Flight Lieutenant Morrell is the navigation officer in his flight, and in this capacity he has displayed outstanding knowledge and organising ability. With limited facilities at his disposal, he has at no time spared himself in an effort to ensure a high standard of navigation. Apart from normal scheduled runs, the success of numerous special Continental flights undertaken by his flight are due, in no small measure, to his enthusiasm and influence.

    MURDOCH, Hugh, Warrant Officer (645615, RAFVR) - No.1680 (Transport) Flight - 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 1,245 hours, 222 in previous six months.

    This Warrant Officer is a Wireless Operator who has completed well over 1,000 hours flying in transport communication flights to the Western Isles, the Orkneys and Shetlands. Warrant Officer Murdoch is outstanding in his skill and efficiency as applied to radio communication on which the success of these flights, conducted as they are in notoriously bad weather throughout the year, largely depends. This airman has also displayed considerable interest in all branches of the Flight’s activities.

    SKINNER, Arthur Henry, Warrant Officer (1184119, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.1680 (Transport) Flight - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - awarded as per London Gazette dated 7 September 1945. Public Record Office Air 2/9117 has citation drafted when had flown 2,077 hours (1,300 on current duties, 192 in previous six months).

    This Warrant Officer has proved himself an outstanding wireless operator on transport communications flights. He has completed a large number of flying hours in adverse weather over the Western Isles, the Orkneys and the Shetlands. On many occasions the successful conclusion of these flights has depended largely on his skill and the efficiency of the radio communication. Warrant Officer Skinner's keenness and devotion to duty have always been of the highest order.

    VENN, Jack Vivian, F/L (88653, RAFVR) - No.1680 (Transport) Flight - 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 1,740 hours, 312 in previous six months.

    This officer is a pilot engaged on freight and passenger transport throughout the British Isles. Since April 1944 he has covered journeys to the Orkneys, Shetlands and Northern Ireland. In addition to these duties he has organised and commanded a detachment of flying and maintenance personnel and has invariably displayed and encouraged the greatest enthusiasm and efficiency in all branches of his Flight’s activities.

    WITTON, Richard, Warrant Officer (937385, RAFVR) - No.1680 Flight, Transport Command - King’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air -awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 June 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9670, courtesy of Tom Thorne, has citation drafted when he had flown 3,048 hours, 225 in previous six months.

    This Warrant Officer is a pilot engaged on transport communication flights to the Western Isles, the Orkneys and Shetlands, where the weather is notoriously bad throughout several seasons of the year. Always displaying considerable flying skill in these difficult conditions. Warrant Officer Witton has gained a high reputation for efficiency and reliability.

    WOOD, George Henry, F/L (120469, RAFVR) - No.1680 (Transport) Flight, No.47 Group, Transport Command - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945. Public Record Officer Air 2/9061, courtesy Steve Brew, has recommendation drafted 10 January 1945 when he had flown 1,450 hours, 253 in previous six months.

    Since June 1942 this pilot has been engaged on transport communication flights to the Western Isles, the Orkneys and the Shetlands. During this time he has flown 1,256 hours in aircraft not equipped against icing conditions in weather conditions which are notoriously bad throughout several seasons of the year. By his flying skill and acquired knowledge of the area gained under these difficult conditions he has earned a reputation for efficiency that is well known in these island bases.

    The Air Commodore commanding No.47 Group endorsed this on 28 January 1945, followed by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Tramsport Command, on 12 February 1945.

    The recommendation was edited for Air Ministry Committee consideration to the following:

    This officer has been a transport communication pilot who has been employed for nearly three years on flights to the Western Isles, the Orkneys and the Shetlands. He has in weather conditions which are notoriously bad in all seasons and by his flying skill and experience he has earned a great reputation for efficiency.

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    Fred,

    In short, there is no way to compile a comprehensive medal roll of the type that you are after. You may be able to confirm some of State awards given to members of the Flight, but that is pretty much it. Apart from anything, medal cards to ORs were binned many years ago by the RAF, so it would mean identifying the many individuals who served in the Flight and then submitting a request to MODMO for confirmation of medal entitlement. This means that MODMO would then need to wade through hundreds of service records (which are still held by the MOD) to get that information. Given the scale of that task, I'd expect them to say no. Then of course, there is a chance that some members of the Flight qualified for the Star before or after joining 1680 Flight.

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    Simon, yes that's him . He joined my father (then as F/Lt) in August 1941 flying Domine X7372 as a private crew for ACM Sir W.Mitchell within Station Flight RAF Abbotsinch later becoming 1680 (western Isle Com.) Flight later 1680 (Transport) Flight. According to my fathers log book he became Squadron Leader in October 1942 and returned to Scottish Airways after the war. In the other post by Hugh it shows him as Hawkins, obviously a spelling error.
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    Hugh, many thanks for some excellent information. All the pilots listed are shown in my fathers log Books as having flown with at some time, Mary who is mentioned I believe is the Mary my father mentions in his notes separate to his logs. My father by the way is 2nd on your list, W/O F.E.Crawley and I can confirm he received the Atlantic Star as I have received it from the Ministry of Defence along with other medals.
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    For the record, the Hankins AFC citation was:

    HANKINS, John Anthony, S/L (22011, Royal Air Force) - No.71 Wing - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943. Citation in Public Record Office Air 2/8871 (courtesy of Steve Brew).

    Flight Lieutenant Hankins has been employed as communications pilot in the Western Isles since October 1941 and has completed well over 600 flying hours in under ten months. He has earned the reputation of an all-weather flier, and is entirely unselfish. Scottish Airways have a regularity of 91.6 percent throughout the severe weather in the Western Isles, but Flight Lieutenant Hankins arrives on the days they fail. On many days, throughout the winter, this officer was flying in winds gusting to over 70 miles per hour, or with 100 feet cloud base and 300 yards visibility. At other times he flew in snow storms with icing conditions, at practically sea level. Flight Lieutenant Hankins has shown outstanding devotion to duty.

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    "Flight Lieutenant Hankins arrives on they days they fail." Definitely a very skilled and experienced all weather flyer!

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