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    The LG of 30 Jul 40 published the name of 580371 Sgt Robert Asher Reece, RAF as being awarded the DFM. There is, however, no accompanying citation there. Would someone with access to the Tavender DFM volumes please be able to advise if there is a citation and/or recommendation recorded therein.

    Many thanks in advance for any assistance offered.

    Errol

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    Reece Rober Asher, 580371 Sergeant No 82 Sqdn
    LG 30/7/1940 Aor Observer

    On 13th June, 1940, Sergeant Reece was Air Observer of the leading aircraft of a formation which was attacked by fighters just before bombing its objective. Sergeant Reece dropped his bombs with accuracy and then manned his guns. He was wounded by a bullet which exploded in the aircraft. Despite his wounds, he remained perfectly calm and navigated his aircraft back to its base through cloud. He has carried out 20 operational flights since the outbreak of the war and has at all times shown great courage and resolution in the face of the enemy. His cheerfulness at all times has had a very benefitial effect on the other members of his squadron. 28th June 1940

    From Tavender's The DFM Register

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    Many thanks Amrit, much appreciated.

    Errol

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    This citation does give a reasonable idea of the duties of an Air Observer, that is he undertook the duties of Air Bomber, Navigator, and Air Gunner. Later Air Observers were also given charge of the aircraft camera, before most of these duties were split up into separate trades in mid-1942 (although the new air navigator trade retained the camera, and also remained a trained air gunner).
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