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    Gents,

    Looking for details on the award of the AFM to S/Ldr Sly. Any details welcome.

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    Steve

    PS : Terry thanks again for the information on this officer.
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    SLY, Frank Ernest, Sergeant (566485, Royal Air Force) - unit ? - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 October 1940. Medals sold at auction on 11 June 1996 for 2,150. Information from website of Dix-Noonan-Webb (medal dealers). Later commissioned and awarded DFC, 14 May 1943, for services with No.218 Squadron. With respect to his AFM, the website credits the following to "a contemporary newscutting." See also Air Ministry Bulletin 2214.

    "A twenty-three year old Royal Air Force flying instructor, who when his plane was damaged in a collision with a pupil's aircraft, landed in a field with one wing off and the other damaged, and with his undercarriage retracted, has been awarded the Air Force Medal. He is Sergeant. Frank Sly, a flying instructor in the advanced training squadron of a flying training school. His award is for "exceptional valour, courage and devotion to duty whilst flying, though not in active operations against the enemy." Sergeant. Sly was carrying out formation flying practise in a twin-engined training aircraft with a pupil in another aircraft of the same type.

    "On reaching 900 feet his passenger noticed that the pupil's aircraft was approaching from practically dead astern, and was just about to cause a collision. Sergeant. Sly immediately banked his aircraft to the left, but was unable to prevent the other aircraft coming into a collision with his starboard wing and severing it just beyond the engine. By using full left aileron and full starboard engine - his right aileron having dropped off complete with the torn off wing - Sergeant. Sly succeeded in regaining control of his aircraft. He flew straight for two miles. Meanwhile the starboard wing continued to break up. But at last the Sergeant got his damaged aircraft down and landed."

    SLY, Ernest Frank, A/S/L, DFM (46091, Royal Air Force) - No.218 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/8949 has citation drafted when he had flown 20 sorties (115 hours). There appears to be some question as to whether he was called "Frank Ernest" or "Ernest Frank".

    "In November 1942, while on operations against Stuttgart, one engine of this officer's aircraft became unserviceable while over the target area. Despite this, he pressed home his attack in a daring manner, and returned safely to base. On another occasion, while minelaying in the Baltic, Squadron Leader Sly was forced to bring his aircraft down to 300 feet owing to damage sustained in combat with an enemy fighter. By superb airmanship and determination a safe return was made. Squadron Leader Sly has, at all times, displayed high courage and devotion to duty."

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    Hugh,

    Thank you for your detailed reply. Does anyone know when / where this incident happened.

    Happy Easter to you all.

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    Hello,

    "Does anyone know when/where this incident happened?"

    l think it was one of the following:

    1/ 9/7/1940

    Oxford P1890 - 15 SFTS - Collided with (Oxford) N6326 near Charlbury, Oxon.

    Oxford N6326 - 15 SFTS - Collided with (Oxford) and crashed at Fawler, Oxon.

    2/ 3/8/1940

    Oxford P1821 - 3 SFTS - Collided with (Oxford) P1955 and crashed near South Cerney.

    Oxford P1955 - 3 SFTS - Collided with (Oxford) P1821 and crash-landed.

    3/ 20/8/1940

    Oxford P1834 - 14 SFTS - Collided with (Oxford) P8827 and crashed near Cranfield.

    Oxford P8827 - 2 SFTS (?) - Apparently, landed safely as further history.

    Find the crews, and you might have an answer!

    Oh yes! There is also this:

    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchi...0-%203310.html

    See also the preceding page (437), for first part of story - Instructor awarded AFM.


    Col.
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    Whilst Hugh tells us that Sqn Ldr Sly's medals sold for 2,150 in June 1996, members may be interested to know that John Hayward had them in his June 1972 catalogue (Lot 341) for 200. I couldn't afford them then - and I doubt if I could afford them now. Air Ministry Bulletin 2214 had on its reverse an official photo of the damaged aircraft - it should still be there.

    Jim

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