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    Default LAC Robert James UTTERIDGE, DFM - No.150 Squadron - citation and bio notes

    UTTERIDGE, Robert James, Leading Aircraftman (536916) – No. 150 Squadron – Distinguished Flying Medal – awarded as per London Gazette dated 16 August 1940. Information from Spink auction catalogue of 20 July 2006. The recommendation states:

    ‘Whilst acting as Air Gunner on a bombing raid on 13th June, 1940, with Flt. Lt. Hewson as pilot, he shot down one Me. 109, one Me.110 and disabled a second Me.109. But for this airman’s skill and courage, it is probable that the aircraft would have been shot down before being able to reach the cover of the clouds. Throughout his service with the squadron, this airman has maintained a very high standard of efficiency, both in air gunnery and as W/T operator.

    536916 Warrant Officer Robert James Utteridge, D.F.M., born 5.4.1912; enlisted Royal Air Force, 15.12.1936; flew operational sorties with 150 Squadron (Fairey Battles), Stradishall, Suffolk and subsequent move to Newton, Nottinghamshire; M.I.9. Debrief states that he was wounded (scar on left temple) and captured at Poitiers, 14.10.1940; he was made a prisoner of war and was imprisoned in the following camps: Stalag Luft II (Barth), 2.2.1941 – 20.4.1942; Stalag Luft III (Sagan), 22.4.1942 – June 1943; Stalag Luft VI (Heydekrug), June 1943-July 1944, during which time Utteridge lectured in the camp P.O.W. School, ‘So my French class is finished. From what they tell me I think they have all passed in French; one or two very near to the border though. I am now waging total war on maths and electricity, with Greek as a relief. I have got a very good maths book and I think I have learnt more about the subject in the past 9 months than I ever learnt at school, of course I am not Einstein but it is much safer to bet on me being right than it was formerly’! (‘P.O.W. Letter’ to recipient’s sister, dated 8.9.1943, refers); Stalag 357 ((Thorn), July 1944-August 1944; Stalag 357 (Fallingbostal), August 1944 – April 1945; on return to England, Utteridge was discharged 29.9.1946 and went on to seek further employment in education, whilst his sister went on to serve as Probation Officer for thirty-two years for the Guisborough District.

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    Default Re: LAC Robert James UTTERIDGE, DFM - No.150 Squadron - citation and bio notes

    Hugh

    He died in 2001, his death being registered at Redcar, Cleveland.

    There is some more information about him here: https://www.rootschat.com/forum/inde...topic=713717.0

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

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