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    Default FS Bernard WRIGHT - DFM (No.108 Sqn) - MiD (No.15 OTU, evader)

    EVANS, Bernard, Flight Sergeant (755262, Royal Air Force) - No.108 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 7 April 1942. Commissioned 19 January 1943 (142015). Retired 10 February 1952. The following text transcribed from Royal Air Force Quarterly, September 1942.

    As an air gunner this airman has taken part in 48 operational sorties against the enemy. Flight Sergeant Evans carried out six of these sorties during daylight against advanced enemy positions in France in the face of fighter opposition. He has participated in the operations in Greece and, in Iraq, has carried out low level daylight attacks on enemy ground personnel with great success.

    Since resuming operations in Libya, this airman has carried out many attacks on Beghazi in the face of intense enemy fire. In September 1941, when making low level attacks on enemy roads in the Benhazi area, Flight Sergeant Evans set on fire a large number of enemy transport vehicles. His qualities of leadership have been an inspiration both in the air and on the ground.

    Original recommendation found by Ian Tavender in Air 2/4782, drafted 28 February 1942 when he had flown 48 sorties (402 hours).

    This NCO commenced operations as an Air Gunner on 15th May 1940, with his squadron in France on Lysander aircraft. He carried out six daylight raids on advanced enemy positions, during which time his aircraft was subjected to many attacks by fighter aircraft. In all these sorties he displayed determination and courage of a high order. On the evacuation of his squadron frm France, he was posted overseas and recommenced operations on a Wellington squadron. In this Command, on 8th January 1941, he saw service with this squadron in Greece, and on return to this Command, proceeded with the squadron to Iraq where he was instrumental in creating great havoc among ground personnel in the face of opposition during low level daylight attacks. His squadron returned to the Command after detachment in Iraq and resumed operations, the majority of which were carried out over Benghazi in the face of the usual heavy enemy opposition. Flight Sergeant Evans was posted to this unit in August 1941, and since then he has carried out a large number of raids on low flying attacks against the enemy. His success as an Air Gunner has always been outstanding. An example of this, on the nights of 19th, 22nd and 25th September 1941, when the aircraft were ground-strafing the Benghazi-Tocra-Btacia roads, he, as rear gunner, set fire to and seriously damaged a large number of enemy transport and silenced enemy opposition. He has to date completed 48 operations with a total of 402 operational hours. During his time with the squadron, he has carried out the duties of Assistant Gunnery Leader and by his leadership in this capacity, both in the air and on the ground, he has set an example to all Air Gunners with whom he has come in contact,

    EVANS, Bernard, Flight Sergeant (755262), DFM - No. 15 OTU - Mentioned in Despatches - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943. Reference Air 2/5684. Transcribed by Huguette Mondor Oates.

    This airman was a member of a crew of a aircraft which was shot down on 31st May, 1942, when returning from a raid on Cologne. On bailing out, he landed in the middle of an inhabited area but, evading the enemy, he commenced his journey southwards only to be compelled to go into hiding to escape an intensive search. Although completely surrounded, he avoided capture and finally succeeded in crossing into France. After many further adventures, he reached Spain from whence he was repatriated on 18th August, 1942.

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    Default Re: FS Bernard WRIGHT - DFM (No.108 Sqn) - MiD (No.15 OTU, evader)

    Hi Hugh

    I think that the name in the title needs changing?

    Regards

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

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    Default Re: FS Bernard WRIGHT - DFM (No.108 Sqn) - MiD (No.15 OTU, evader)

    It does - I am reposting. Apologies to all.

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