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    From 1942 Allied aircrews were buried by the Germans on a cemetery on the airfield off St-Trond ( St-Truiden in flemish ) Belgium. Two British airman who were buried here both were awarded the Conspicious Gallantry Medal :

    P/O Mayer Stanley 162590 Lancaster DV-285 from N 101 Sqdn
    F/S Jefferies Arthur Harrington 1313283 Lancaster LM-425 from N) 550 Sqdn

    Can someone help me with additional information on both airman ?

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    From the London Gazette:
    29 October 1943

    10402841 Flight Sergeant Stanley MAYER, Royal Air
    Force .Volunteer Reserve, No. 101 Squadron.
    This warrant officer and airman were pilot and
    flight engineer respectively of an aircraft detailed
    to attack Hanover one night in September, 1943.
    In the run-up to the target, the bomber was illuminated
    by the searchlights and subjected to heavy
    anti-aircraft fire, while immediately afterwards it
    was attacked by an enemy fighter. The aircraft
    was repeatedly hit and sustained serious damage.
    .One of its engines was set alight but, with great
    coolness, "Warrant Officer Walker went into a
    steep dive and thus evaded the fighter, whilst the
    force of the wind extinguished the flames. Meanwhile,
    a fire had started amidships. Flight Sergeant
    Mayer, displaying great gallantry and promptitude,
    made strenuous efforts to prevent the flames from
    spreading. He succeeded in getting the outbreak
    under control before he was overcome by the fumes.
    He was dragged clear, however, and the fire was
    afterwards extinguished. The situation was very
    serious but, undaunted, Warrant Officer Walker
    went on to release his bombs on the target. Displaying
    superb airmanship, this gallant and resolute
    pilot flew his crippled bomber to this country
    where he effected a safe landing in appalling
    weather. Throughout the return flight, Flight
    Sergeant Mayer rendered material assistance, while
    his examplary conduct in the face of imminent
    dangers was beyond praise.

    18 December 1945
    Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying).
    Flight Sergeant.
    1313283 Arthur Harrington. JEFFERIES, R.A.F.V.R.,
    550 Sqn., with effect from 3oth March, 1944 (since
    deceased).

    Pete

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    Hello Pete ,

    Thanks for this marvellous information.

    Greetings Alain

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    Hi Alain, have you seen this?
    http://www.contact550.theraf.co.uk/photogallery.htm

    Pete

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    Hi Pete,

    Can i find out something more about Mayer on this site ?

    Alain

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    Hi Pete ,

    Sorry i found the photo of Jefferies.

    Alain

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    JEFFERIES, Arthur Harrington, Flight Sergeant (1313283, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, deceased) - No.550 Squadron - Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) - awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945. Medals offered at auction by Spink, December 2002. Their catalogue provides the following information. Home in Grove (near Wantage); enlisted 1940; commenced operational flying with No.101 Squadron, May 1943. Soon after commencement of his tour his aircraft was damaged over Dusseldorf. This was followed by four sorties against the Ruhr and Krefeld. On 22 June 1943 his Lancaster was severely damaged by flak over Mulheim, but despite the loss of one engine, and with hydraulics, brakes and turrets out of action, he brought the airplane back safely. On 27 July 1943 (raiding Hamburg) one of his port engines caught fire over the Kiel Canal but bombed searchlights and flak positions near Rendsburg rather than abort the mission. On returning, engines gave further trouble and his turrets were again out of action. He ordered everything possible to be jettisoned, including guns and the bombsight, and made England safely. His final operation with No.101 Squadron was a raid on Nuremburg (27 August 1943). He then made one sorties with No.100 Squadron (target Berlin) before posting to No.550 Squadron (November 1943). He then participated in seven raids on Berlin and five against other industrial centres. Killed in action 31 March 1944 (Nuremburg raid - shot down by flak over Leige while outbound in Lancaster LM425 "C" - three crew survived). Recommendation drafted after a raid on Stuttgart (15 March 1944) when he had flown 25 sorties (184 operational hours). Apart from the recommendation itself, his Base Commander (Air Commodore Chapman) wrote of his "magnificent record of deliberate and consistent coolness in the face of the enemy."

    "During his tour of operations this airman has attacked may important and heavily defended objectives in Germany. Eight of these have been against Berlin in the face of intense opposition and others against centres in the Ruhr. His coolness and deliberation have been most praiseworthy and he has always displayed high courage and determination.."

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    Hugh and Pete, et al,

    Many thanks for posting the details of these two CGMs. Both are "my" men, being 1 Group chaps, and i had neither citation until you posted the above.

    As always, i am very grateful for your efforts.

    L/O

    Greg
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

    Greg Harrison
    100 Squadron and 100 Squadron Association Historian
    100 Squadron Researcher 1917 - present day
    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

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    Found this on Mayer on
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/ww2/sugar1.html

    162590/1040284/1040484 Flight Sergeant, later Pilot Officer, Stanley Mayer CGM, gazetted 1 November 1943 and Jewish Chronicle. Killed in action 26 November 1943 in Lancaster III DV285 SR-Q over Berlin, take-off 1715, shot down Liege, buried Heverlee, Leuven. Information from AJEX card.
    Pete

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    Hi Pete ,

    Thanks once more for the help.

    Alain

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