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    Default P/O RG Brock, DFC, 50 Sqn raid to Munich

    Can anyone add any information to this RCAF DFC entry below (Hugh, it looks like you've updated this one already) but can anyone else point me to information on the Munich raid where he was lost on 25 Apr 1944. I have the CWGC info. This crew was apparently lead by another DFC, P/O L. Durham (RAF) who is listed in one source (a bad one) as an F/O.

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    BROCK, P/O Robert George (J85520) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 23 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 1932. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 21 November 1942), and No.1 AOS (graduated 13 January 1943). Killed in action, 24/25 April 1944 (Lancaster ED876); wife in Toronto. Award presented to next-of-kin, 2 December 1946.

    This officer has completed as air bomber many successful operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

    Public Records Officer Air 2/8780 has recommendation for a DFM (he was still a Flight Sergeant; promoted to Warrant Officer 3 March 1944 with effect from 31 December 1943), dated 15 March 1944 when he had flown 20 sorties (140 hours ten minutes).

    9 Oct 43 Hanover 14 Jan 44 Brunswick
    18 Oct 43 Hanover 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg
    20 Oct 43 Leipzig 27 Jan 44 Berlin
    22 Oct 43 Kassel 28 Jan 44 Berlin
    10 Nov 43 Modane 30 Jan 44 Berlin
    18 Nov 43 Berlin 15 Feb 44 Berlin
    20 Dec 43 Frankfurt 19 Feb 44 Leipzig
    1 Jan 44 Berlin 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart
    2 Jan 44 Berlin 25 Feb 44 Augsburg
    5 Jan 44 Stettin 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart

    Flight Sergeant Brock is the bombardier in the crew captained by Pilot Officer Durham; he has now completed 20 successful operational sorties. During his tour he has obtained many photographs of target conditions and has invariably pressed home his attacks with great determination and coolness. His initiative in the air is well illustrated in an action when he found that due to an electrical failure the light in the Collimator tube would not work. By shining his torch down the Collimator tube he was able to provide the necessary light and reproduce the graticule on the reflector glass; thus he was able to use his sight accurately and make a successful attack. Flight Sergeant Brock has always been anxious and enthusiastic to carry out operational flying, and for his bravery, skill and devotion to duty he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
    David

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    David,
    Not quite sure how a Flight Sergeant came to be recommended for a DFC. As an NCO the award would have been the DFM.
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    I'm not the expert, but there's a promotion in between that probably explains the difference here.
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    "Not quite sure how a Flight Sergeant came to be recommended for a DFC. As an NCO the award would have been the DFM."

    Precisely. As a Flight Sergeant he was recommended for a DFM, but his promotion to Warrant Officer (before the award was approved) would have resulted in this being changed to a DFC. This sort of thing happened many times.

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