Sergeant Victor LEE, . (1218488) – No. 90 Squadron – Distinguished Flying Medal – awarded as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 as a DFC; corrected to DFM., London Gazette, 14 October, 1949. Information from Spink catalogue of 9 May 2002. Transcribed by Huguette Mondor Oates. The recommendation states:

‘This Flight Engineer has nearly completed his second tour of operations. The skill with which he has applied his expert knowledge of his aircraft and equipment have been a most valuable asset to his crew. He has at all times shown the utmost keenness and efficiency and has worked and cooperated with his Captain with most effective results. His determination and devotion to duty have always been of a very high standard at all times and I consider he should be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal’.

Sergeant Victor Lee, DFM., was serving with No. 90 Squadron at the time of the above recommendation being written in mid-April 1945. He had earlier been commissioned as a Pilot Officer but this appointment was officially terminated in May 1944, presumably at his own request (London Gazette 11.5.1944). This amendment appears, however, to have escaped the relevant authorities, for in September 1945, Lee’s decoration was announced as a D.F.C. (London Gazette 25.9.1945). It would not be until October 1949 that a suitable correction was finally published in the London Gazette.

Lee, a Flight Engineer, completed his first tour of operations with No. 419 Squadron between January and June 1943, when he flew 27 sorties and amassed over 200 hours operational flying time. With the exception of one or two outings to France, his targets were all of the heavily defended German kind, Essen being visited on four occasions and Berlin on a further three. His second tour with No. 90 Squadron between December 1944 and April 1945, comprised 15 daylight raids on Germany and culminated with a night sortie to Kiel on 13.4.1945.