Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: P/O Victor Ernest Woolnough 48586 DFM

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Chippenham, Wiltshire
    Posts
    65
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default P/O Victor Ernest Woolnough 48586 DFM

    I have been unable to find the citation for the award of the DFM to the above officer on the LG website. Would anybody be able to provide it from another source.

    Any other information relating to this officer would also be welcome. He was lost when HP Hampden 1 P2116 14 OTU was shot down on 31/05/1942

    TIA

    Nick

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    429
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Default

    Nick, From the LG:
    Air Ministry,
    21st November, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Distinguished Flying Medal.
    635793 Sergeant Victor Ernest WOOLNOUGH, No. 144 Squadron.
    The above awards are for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.

    Air Ministry,
    12th May, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Tempy. Flt. Sgt.
    635793 Victor Ernest WOOLNOUGH, D.F.M. (48586). 14th Apr. 1942.

    Killed 31 May 42
    Buried: Diepenveen General Cemetery
    CWGC
    Regards, Terry

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    1,645
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    From Tavender's DFM Register:

    As Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Sergeant Woolnough's work has been of a very high standard. At times, Sergeant Woolnough has been called upon to work his set under the most severe icing and electrical conditions and on many occassions it has been due to his skill that the safe navigation of his aircraft has been accomplished. This NCO carried out a daylight attack on Brest as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner during July, 1941. The operation had to be undertaken in the face of large fighter and AA opposition. Although the aircraft was repeatedly hit by AA and the formation almost continuously engaged by fighter aircraft, this NCO continued to operate his guns with skill and determination.

    A

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Chippenham, Wiltshire
    Posts
    65
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Thanks for the replies Terry and Amrit.

    Am I correct in thinking that an airman's service number changes when he is commissioned?

    Nick

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    1,957
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts

    Default

    Nick,

    Correct, hence the two numbers quoted in Terry's LG item - 48586 being his new, officer, number.

    Errol

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Chippenham, Wiltshire
    Posts
    65
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Thanks Errol.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    East Sussex
    Posts
    529
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Dear Nick

    You may already have this:
    The Hampden File by Harry Moyle lists on p110

    P2116 14OTU 30-31/5/42 Shot down my night fighter 3km N of Deventer, Netherlands. PO TEP Ramsay (Prisoner), PO WH Gordon, PO VE Woolnough DFM, Sgt FH Falk (all buried Diepenveen, Netherlands. Bombing Cologne.

    p155
    "....taking part in the first 'Thousand-Bomber' attack on Cologne....P2116 had been almost shot to pieces by a night fighter over Holland and the pilot, PO TEP Ramsay, had been the only one to survive the onslaught; he baled out of his wrecked and blazing Hampden, and became a prisoner of war."

    Hope this helps

    James

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Chippenham, Wiltshire
    Posts
    65
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Thank you James.

    I had the crew names etc but the quote from P155 is new information and adds more detail.

    Nick

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •