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    My uncle, Albert M Morley, served with 10 Squadron during WW2 and was awarded a DFM in Sep 1944. Could anyone tell me where I might be able to find the citation please. There is no information in the Gazette posting.
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    Hello, and welcome to the Forum.

    The Citation is available on Fold3.com and reads as follows:

    MORLEY, Albert Millen

    800604 Flight Sergeant,

    No.10 Sqn.

    London Gazette 15/9/1944.

    Sorties 32, Flying hours 181.
    Flight Engineer.
    Air 2/9276.
    Flight Sergeant Morley was posted to No.10 Squadron in September, 1943, and after completing 32 sorties comprising 181 operational hours has been screened and posted for instructional duty.

    This N .C.O. has proved himself to be a superior engineer in the air and on the ground where he showed marked instructional ability. Flight Sergeant Morley was the Flight Engineer of a Halifax detailed to attack Mannheim on 27th September, 1943. Whilst over the target, his aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters, one of which was shot down and claimed as destroyed and another claimed as damaged. During sorties on Dusseldorf and Hanover, the port outer engine in each instance failed. Flight Sergeant Morley handled the serviceable engines with great skill on the return flight and enabled his Captain to reach Base without further trouble, where safe landings were made. He has completed a very successful tour and has shown himself to possess coolness and exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger. It is strongly recommended that Flight Sergeant Morley's consistently good work, high standard of morale and devotion to duty be recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

    16th June, 1944.
    Remarks by Station Commander.
    This N.C.O. is an outstanding Flight Engineer who has contributed materially to the many successes achieved by his crew. He has consistently operated with keenness and enthusiasm and has set a high standard to the Flight Engineers of the squadron. I recommend his good work be recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

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    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Gnee, welcome aboard.
    Service Number 800604 indicates a member of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. Their block of numbers is 800000-879999 starting in 1925. So 800604 is very neaar the beginning. He must have been at least 18 to join RAuxAF in 1925. I cannot find an entry in the E&W FREEBMD Births which might be him. In other words, some of the numbers don't fit together very well!! Can you tell us where/when he was born, etc.
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    Peter

    From ancestry.co.uk I see he was born in 1920 in Holborn, London. Not sure how that fits with his Service Number...?

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    Simon,
    Precisely!!
    The only one I could find on FREEBMD was:-

    Births Q3 1912, Morley, Albert M, MMS Morley, Reg Tadcaster 9c 1948.

    That would make him 13 in 1925! The problem raised in yr second sentence! Did the RAuxAF take Apprentices, or Boy Entrants? But this one is at:-

    Albert Millen Morley TNA AIR 78/113/6 Image 203 R1C2(with no other indications on the page).

    Interesting one! Would like to get it solved!

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    Not sure if this is of any interest - from the 158 sqn association website...

    https://www.158squadron.co.uk/personnel/detail/1600

    Surname MORLEY
    Forename(s) ALBERT MILLEN
    Service Number 188197
    Rank Pilot Officer
    Service Royal Auxiliary Air Force
    Trade Flight Engineer
    Fate Not known
    Awards with 158 Squadron
    Awards with another Squadron DFM
    Posted In 1945-03-15
    From Squadron 578 Sqn

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    Commissioning entry in LG is quite clear - i.e no 'spots', or 'glitches' to fool the OCR:-

    800604 Albert Millen MORLEY (188197).

    So we must now assume that the Service Number of 800604 is correct? If so, then just who was the chap wearing it?
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    Many thanks for such a quick and detailed reply, much appreciated.
    Unfortunately the National Archive records for 10 Squadron only show one Morley who is a Flight Engineer and his initial is consistently shown as J. That J Morley did fly on 27th Sept 1943 but for a raid on Hanover rather than Mannheim. Is it possible that the citation is inaccurate.
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    QUOTE=wwrsimon;166112]Hello, and welcome to the Forum.

    The Citation is available on Fold3.com and reads as follows:

    MORLEY, Albert Millen

    800604 Flight Sergeant,

    No.10 Sqn.

    London Gazette 15/9/1944.

    Sorties 32, Flying hours 181.
    Flight Engineer.
    Air 2/9276.
    Flight Sergeant Morley was posted to No.10 Squadron in September, 1943, and after completing 32 sorties comprising 181 operational hours has been screened and posted for instructional duty.

    This N .C.O. has proved himself to be a superior engineer in the air and on the ground where he showed marked instructional ability. Flight Sergeant Morley was the Flight Engineer of a Halifax detailed to attack Mannheim on 27th September, 1943. Whilst over the target, his aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters, one of which was shot down and claimed as destroyed and another claimed as damaged. During sorties on Dusseldorf and Hanover, the port outer engine in each instance failed. Flight Sergeant Morley handled the serviceable engines with great skill on the return flight and enabled his Captain to reach Base without further trouble, where safe landings were made. He has completed a very successful tour and has shown himself to possess coolness and exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger. It is strongly recommended that Flight Sergeant Morley's consistently good work, high standard of morale and devotion to duty be recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

    16th June, 1944.
    Remarks by Station Commander.
    This N.C.O. is an outstanding Flight Engineer who has contributed materially to the many successes achieved by his crew. He has consistently operated with keenness and enthusiasm and has set a high standard to the Flight Engineers of the squadron. I recommend his good work be recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

    Regards

    Simon[/QUOTE]

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    Thanks everybody. My Uncle Bert was born in 1920 in Holborn and passed away in 1963 - like so many he didnít talk much about his wartime experiences. His daughter is still alive and his grandson is a pilot.

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    Gnee,
    Tks for that. But we still need to find out how/why he had that Service Number!
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