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    Default Re: 1 January 1946 awards (1)

    S/Ldr WS Close DFC KCVSA
    As Sgt Observer, William Stanley Close served on Blenheim I ops with 211 Squadron in the Middle East from April 1940, 113 Squadron from January 1941 and later with 70 Squadron on Wellingtons from Dec 1941.
    By Aug 1942 with 63 ops in the log he was accounted "tour expired" and posted Home.

    After the usual post-tour "rest" (10 OTU in his case) he joined 467 Squadron RAAF in April 1943 on ops to The Big City, Happy Valley and the rest, which he survived.
    Awarded the DFC in Aug 1943, by Sep 1943 and now F/O, Close had 84 ops and over 750 flying hours in the Log and was screened again, for a deserved staff stint at 5 Group
    He returned to flying duty in Nov, this time with 512 (Transport) Squadron where the tempo was pretty brisk, incl air support for Arnhem in Sep 1944.

    Service with 46 Squadron (in the transport role) followed from Feb 1945, resulting in the KCVSA as noted for the 1946 New Year Honours.
    Post war, Close went on to serve with the Empire Air Navigation School, Empire Air Armament School and later the RAF Flying College.
    Made S/Ldr in 1952, his long and lustrous career as a Navigator ended with Staff posts to 54 Group HQ and 41 Group HQ.

    He retired in February 1956, coincidentally the same month that my father brought his young family to Adelaide in South Australia.
    As Sgt Observers of 211 Squadron in 1940, the two would have known each other.

    William Stanley Close died in 1991. As his Flying Log Book is one of those in the RAF Museum collection I was able to request a copy.
    From that and other records I was able to compile a rather fuller biography for him,
    which can be seen on my website for the Squadron at http://www.211squadron.org/ws_close.html
    and from which I've now drafted this summary, either of which may be of some interest.
    Last edited by Don Clark; 4th December 2020 at 08:15.
    Toujours propos

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    Default Re: 1 January 1946 awards (1)

    Hugh/Don
    Thank you very much for that information, most appreciated

    Kind Regards
    Andy

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