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    Regrettably, I do not have citations for this man.

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    Hugh
    Would it please be possible to have the citations of the below named (if they are available)

    , Frank William, A/S/L (42581, Royal Air Force) - No.575 Squadron – KCVSA
    ATKINSON, Norman Thomas, F/L (141471, RAFVR*) - No.21 Heavy Glider Conversion Unit – AFC
    BODDY, Herbert Henry, F/L (144287, RAFVR*) - No.3 Glider Training School – KCVSA
    HOWIE, Joseph Lambert, F/L (126861, RAFVR*) - No.3 Glider Training School – AFC
    JONES, Sidney William Arthur, Warrant Officer (1386477, RAFVR*) - No.1 Glider Training School, Croughton – KCVSA
    PATTEN, Charles Louis James, F/L (122403, RAFVR*) - No.3 Glider Training School – KCVSA
    PERRY, Albert Walton Ronald, S/L (40845, Royal Air Force) - No.575 Squadron- AFC
    PRATT, Edward Ernest, A/S/L (116486, RAFVR*) - No.21 Heavy Glider Conversion Unit – AFC

    Thanks in anticipation
    Regards
    Andy

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    ALDER, Frank William, A/S/L (42581, Royal Air Force) - No.575 Squadron - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946. The following is from Public Record Office Air 2/9144. At the time of being recommended he had flown 2,031 hours (1,310 in current non-operational duties, 294 hours in previous six months).

    Squadron Leader Alder is a flight commander and a most experienced transport pilot who has flown in India, the Middle East and Europe, on transport duties for over three years. Both as a pilot and as a flight commander he has always set the highest example, and his enthusiasm has contributed largely to the squadron morale. His keenness and ability resulted in him being selected to act as personal pilot to the General Officer Commanding, Eighth Army, from November 1941 to August 1942, during which period he carried passengers of the highest importance.

    ALDER, Frank William, A/S/L (42581, Royal Air Force) - No.575 Squadron - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 June 1946. Citation in Public Record Office, Air 2/9670, courtesy of Tom Thorne, drafted when he had flown 2,130 hours, 1,.420 on current duties, 210 in previous six months.

    This officer who is a flight commander has been employed on transport flying since 1941. He has flown in India, the Middle East and Europe and was personal pilot to the General Officer Commanding, Eighth Army for nearly a year. During this period he carried passengers of the highest importance to all parts of the North African theatre of war operations. Both as a pilot and flight commander, Squadron Leader Alder has always set a fine example which has materially contributed to squadron morale.

    ATKINSON, Norman Thomas, F/L (141471, RAFVR*) - No.21 Heavy Glider Conversion Unit - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9144, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation drafted when he had flown 1,9082, hours, 802 on current duties, 210 in previous six months.

    This officer has been employed on glider training since this unit was opened more than three years ago. He has to his credit some 370 tugging hours, of which 176 have been completed during the last six months. As a Glider Flight Commander, Tug Flight Commander and, during the last six months as Group Commander, he has proved to be a most capable officer and an efficient organiser. In spite of the fact that he has always wished to return to operational work, Flight Lieutenant Atkinson has never allowed his personal desires to interfere with his work. He has infected others with his own enthusiasm. His vast knowledge of glider training, both from the tugging and gliding aspect, has contributed greatly to the Unit completion of commitments on time, especially during the period between the Arnhem and the Rhine airborne operations.

    BODDY, Herbert Henry, F/L (144287, RAFVR*) - No.3 Glider Training School - King’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air - Public Record Office Air 2/9144, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation for an AFC drafted for the New Year 1946 Honours List, at which time he had flown 1,200 hours, 1,000 on current duties, 65 in previous six months.

    This officer has given meritorious service as instructor and night flight commander at this school from March 1943 until May 1945. He has also done invaluable work in instructing at the glider schools at Thame and Croughton. His work in connection with the planning and organisation of night flying at Stoke Orchard, his present station, has been particularly invaluable. He has maintained an accident-free record of instruction throughout.

    HOWIE, Joseph Lambert, F/L (126861, RAFVR*) - No.3 Glider Training School - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9144, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation drafted when he had flown 1,100 hours, 900 on current duties and 65 in previous six months.

    From July 1942 until the present time this officer in his capacity as Glider Instructor and Flight Commander, has done invaluable work. He has shown the greatest keenness and has completed over 500 hours gliding instruction both by day and night. Before this, at No.10 Elementary Flying Training School, Flight Lieutenant Howie had 400 hours instructional flying to his credit. During the period October 1944 to May 1945, this officer was responsible for the re-organisation of successive glider flights at Zeals, Culmhead, and Exeter. Much hard work and close supervision, under constantly changing conditions, was involved.

    JONES, Sidney William Arthur, Warrant Officer (1386477, RAFVR*) - No.1 Glider Training School, Croughton - King’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9144, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation drafted when he had flown 955 hours, 755 on current duties (tugging hours), 179 in previous six months (tugging hours).

    Warrant Officer Jones has been engaged on glider tugging duties since July 1942. For medical reasons he had to discontinue flying, from February 1943 to April 1944, but since this period has been continuously employed as a tug pilot. Throughout he has unceasingly devoted his whole effort to his job, and his loyalty and great enthusiasm have been an asset to the unit.

    PATTEN, Charles Louis James, F/L (122403, RAFVR*) - No.3 Glider Training School - King’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9144, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation for an AFC drafted for the New Year 1946 Honours List, at which time he had flown 1,420 hours, 1,040 on current duties,90 in previous six months.

    From September 1943 onwards, this officer has given devoted service both as glider instructor and later as glider flight commander. His leadership has been of a high standard and his work throughout has been excellent. Before joining this unit, Squadron Leader Patten helped to pioneer glider instruction at the Thame and Croughton schools. To his credit he has 1,040 instructional hours on all types.

    PERRY, Albert Walton Ronald, S/L (40845, Royal Air Force) - No.575 Squadron- Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9144, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation drafted when he had flown 2,070 hours, 1,461 on current duties, 257 previous six months.

    Squadron Leader Perry has served with this squadron for nine months. He has at all times shown great keenness to undertake the most difficult Transport Support work and has flown in all types of weather with and without fighter protection. During the period before and after the end of the German war this officer commanded the squadron for two months. This he did with marked success, despite the complication of detachments operating from both Brussels and Oslo. Squadron Leader Perry has set a magnificent example to all crews and has personally tested many pilots.

    PRATT, Edward Ernest, A/S/L (116486, RAFVR*) - No.21 Heavy Glider Conversion Unit - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9144, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation drafted when he had flown 1,000 hours, 502 on current duties (150 tugging hours) and 81 in previous six months (31 tugging hours).

    This officer has been employed on glider instruction for three years. As a flight commander, group commander and, for the last seven months as assistant chief instructor, Squadron Leader Pratt has proved himself a most efficient officer and a very capable pilot and instructor. He is an outstanding leader whose organizing ability has contributed greatly to the success of the unit.

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    Hugh
    Many thanks for those, they are much appreciated
    Regards
    Andy

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    Eltringham,Alfred (Tubby).

    Do you by any chance have any more details on my Uncle above. I can't seem to find any other records about his service.

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

    Scott Eltringham

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    ELTRINGHAM, Alfred, F/L (121077, RAFVR*) - No.1330 Conversion Unit - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9144, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation drafted when he had flown 1,430 hours, 890 on current duties, 180 in previous six months.

    This officer has served at this unit as an instructor since June 1943. He has displayed a high degree of skill and, throughout a long period of instructional duty, has consistently shown the greatest keenness. From August to November 1944, Flight Lieutenant Eltingham commanded the Liberator detachment at Cairo West with conspicuous success, despite setbacks due to shortage of spares, etc. During this period 35 pilots were trained as captains of Liberator aircraft. In December 1944, Flight Lieutenant Eltingham was transferred to the Transport (Captain’s Training Flight), of which he is now second in command.

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    Hugh,

    Another brief snippet for your records. This one concerns 1512002 LAC Leonard Imeson BEM RAFVR, whose NYH '46 citation is one of those missing from Air 2/9130:

    The Harrogate Herald of the 10th of April 1946 carried the following article:

    “Mr Leonard Imeson of Bankhead, Knaresboro’, a well known member of Knaresborough Golf Club, has been awarded the B.E.M. (Military Division). He was demobbed last October after serving five years in the R.A.F.V.R. Mr Imeson, who was a Leading Aircraftman, spent four years of his service at Dover where he was with the Air-Sea Rescue Service. The citation of the award states that it was granted for “conspicuous gallantry and persistent courage under enemy shell fire.”
    Mr Imeson is the son of Mr and Mrs N. Imeson, of 47 Mornington Crescent, Harrogate, and since leaving active service has rejoined the staff of Grace and Hardy, Montpellier Parade, Harrogate, by whom he was employed for 12 years before the war. Previously he was in the manager’s office at the Royal Baths.”

    Rgds

    Jonny
    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughahalliday View Post
    eltringham, alfred, f/l (121077, rafvr*) - no.1330 conversion unit - air force cross - awarded as per london gazette dated 1 january 1946. Public record office air 2/9144, courtesy of steve brew, has citation drafted when he had flown 1,430 hours, 890 on current duties, 180 in previous six months.

    This officer has served at this unit as an instructor since june 1943. He has displayed a high degree of skill and, throughout a long period of instructional duty, has consistently shown the greatest keenness. From august to november 1944, flight lieutenant eltingham commanded the liberator detachment at cairo west with conspicuous success, despite setbacks due to shortage of spares, etc. During this period 35 pilots were trained as captains of liberator aircraft. In december 1944, flight lieutenant eltingham was transferred to the transport (captain’s training flight), of which he is now second in command.

    thank you very much

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