BLUNDELL, John Stanley Francis, Flight Lieutenant (153641) – No. 7 Squadron – Distinguished Flying Cross – awarded as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945. No published citation. Information from Spink catalogue of 24 July 1990, transcribed by Huguette Mondor Oates. The recommendation states:

‘This officer has carried out 38 operational sorties, of which 24 have been in the Pathfinder Force, and seven as a member of a marker crew. Flying Officer Blundell, by his quiet confidence, dogged determination and high skill, has proved himself a valuable member of a very successful crew that has always displayed the utmost determination to press home their attack against the enemy. He always gives his mind to the task in hand, and his courage and unselfishness, devotion to duty is highly laudable’

Flight Lieutenant John Stanley Francis Blundell, D.F.C., served as Visual Bomber with No. 7 Squadron (Lancasters), one of the original five Squadrons which had formed the nucleus of the Pathfinder Force, 1942; Blundell’s thirty-eight sorties, May 1944-March 1945, included both bombing and Pathfinder Force (No.8) operations to targets including Bordeaux, Bremen, Eindhoven, Le Havre Boulogne, Essen, Cologne, Munich and Wuppertal (Extensive copied operation reports sold with the group give further details).