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    Default Sgt William Critch's DFM

    Hello,

    On 10 June 1940 103 Sqn attacked bridges near Vernon. Sgt William Critch, the gunner of F/O Kelly crew got DFM for this action. I'm looking for any information about this sortie, particullary memories of anybody from F/O Kelly crew and information why Critch got DFM.

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    Greg

    According to Tavender Crich was a pilot and his DFM recommendation is a award for general service dated 1/6/40. According to 'Black Swan' Crich is also a pilot and his a/c was damaged by flak whilst pressing home his attack. Kelly was attacked by a Hurricane according to the same source. Franks in 'Valiant Wings' has Critch. Wonder if the date in Tavernder is a typo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Larder View Post
    Greg

    According to Tavender Crich was a pilot and his DFM recommendation is a award for general service dated 1/6/40. According to 'Black Swan' Crich is also a pilot and his a/c was damaged by flak whilst pressing home his attack. Kelly was attacked by a Hurricane according to the same source. Franks in 'Valiant Wings' has Critch. Wonder if the date in Tavernder is a typo?
    John,

    My source was 'Valiant Wings' and I made a mistake writing Critch was a gunner.
    So I think the name of this pilot was Crich (two sources state this).
    Do you have any information about Hurricane attack (relation, memories)? ORB of 103 Sqn said nothing more.
    Is it possible this attack made French units? I think GC 1/145 could attack Battle. CO of this unit wrote they attacked British aircraft.

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    Kelly attacked by Cauldron 714s of GC/145 (Battle of France - Then and Now Peter Cornwell)

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    Default F/O Dermot Daly Aloysius Kelly

    Quote Originally Posted by John Larder View Post
    Greg

    Kelly attacked by Cauldron 714s of GC/145 (Battle of France - Then and Now Peter Cornwell)
    Search for relatives of four airman killed in Belgium.

    F/O Dermot Daly Aloysius Kelly
    We are trying to trace relatives of four crew members of bomber Wellington N2849 from 103 RAF squadron, shot down during the Second World War.

    Squadron Leader (Pilot) Dermot Daly Aloysius, Kelly; son of Brigadier Denis Patrick Joseph Kelly and May Agnes Kelly of Barnes, Surrey.
    Sergeant (Pilot) John Douglas, MacVicar; son of John E. MacVicar and Alice M. MacVicar of Ayer’s Cliff, Province of Quebec, Canada.
    Sergeant William Connell; Son of Joseph and Helen Connell, of Glasgow.
    Sergeant George Houghton, son of George and Aurora Houghton of Torquay, Devon.

    It was a six man crew aboard a Wellington on June 16, 1941, when it crash-landed in the city of Hamont-Achel (Belgium).
    All six men died and their bodies were laid to rest in the local cemetery.
    At that time, only five crew members were positively identified by the German authorities.
    The local Belgian people paid tribute to the airmen's sacrifices, flowers were laid on their graves and crosses erected.


    After the war all six of the bodies were identified, and they are now at the Commonwealth War Cemetery of Heverlee, Belgium.

    On June 20, 2009, the “Oorlogsherdenkingen RAF Memorial group” will unveil a memorial plaque in Hamont-Achel.
    René Winters, committee member of the group, is keen to hear from relatives of the crew.
    He said: "We hope to trace any family members because we would like to invite them to attend our dedication service on June 20.
    "The service marks our work with this long overdue, but never forgotten, historical project."
    The Wellington took off on the night of June 16/17, 1941, from RAF base Newton, Nottinghamshire, to bomb harbour installations at the Rhine in Duisburg.
    René added: "In the target area the visibility varied from good to moderate. A thin ground fog hampered the accurate aiming for the bombing load.
    Because bomb-aiming was not yet accurate in 1941, not one Wellington could drop its bombs right on the target.
    As a result of this, civilian targets in the city of Duisburg were also hit and there were civilian casualties.
    The Wellingtons were caught in search lights and they encountered heavy flak. Beside that, they were attacked by several German night fighters.
    The Wellington went out of control and crashed at 2.25am. It is highly probable that the plane broke apart."

    Anyone with information about the crew should email René at rene.winters@virusfree.be

    For more details see website Grevenbroekmuseum: http://www.grevenbroekmuseum.be/UK/toespraken_wellington_UK.shtml
    Last edited by Noel; 21st May 2009 at 17:28. Reason: wrong e-mailaddress

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Larder View Post
    Greg

    Kelly attacked by Cauldron 714s of GC/145 (Battle of France - Then and Now Peter Cornwell)
    John,

    Err, I rather think you intended to say Caudron, rather than Cauldron.

    Errol

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