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    Default 156 Squadron's ND345/GT-C on 20/02/1944

    Returning from Stuttgart it was hit by flak. The pilot was thrown clear and became a POW and the remainder of the crew were buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    The crew were:
    F/Lt D.K. MacKay, DFC, RCAF - Pilot
    Sgt J.C.L Reed, RAFVR - Flight Engineer
    P/O R Halperin, DFC, RAFVR - Navigator
    Sgt G.P Roche, RAFVR - Navigator/Bomb Aimer
    F/Lt B.O Petrides, DFM, RAFVR - Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
    S/Ldr A Muir, DFC, RAFVR - Air Gunner
    F/O J Moffat, DFC, RAFVR - Air Gunner

    S/Ldr Muir was the Squadron Gunnery Leader and with four DFCs and a DFM they were a particularly highly decorated crew.

    Does anyone know of others with a greater number of decorated members and, in particular, of that in Number One position?

    Regards,
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    hello,

    I can suggest S/L W.C. RICHES' crew, No. 635 Squadron, lost during the night 5/6 July 1944.
    S/L RICHES had a DFC and bar, flight engineer HARMAN had a DFM as did the air bomber, navigator WATTS and air gunner LOWE had each a DFC, wireless operator REDFERN had a MiD. That makes 4 DFCs, 2 DFMs, 1 MiD.

    But I'm sure there must be other crew highly decorated, especially in the Pathfinder force, where most were often flying their second tour.

    Joss

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    Default 156 Squadron's ND345/GT-C on 20/02/1944

    Hello Joss,

    Thanks for putting forward S/L W.C. Riches' crew

    In arriving at 4 DFCs you are correctly counting him as 2 with Watts and Lowe. I must admit I was thinking of recognised crew members (in this case 3) plus Harman and the A/B with DFMs and Redfern with an MID making 6 out of the 7

    For the sake of good order, please can you name the A/B?

    I agree that there must be others, particularly in the PFF, but your suggested crew is top of the list until we know differently

    Since making the posting I've realised that it would probably be more accurate to give a
    percentage rating - in case someone comes up with a highly decorated Liberator crew!

    Regards,
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    Aubrey,

    There was also 7 Sqn Lancaster III ED595 ND845 MG/C lost on the le Mans raid of 17 May 44:

    Wg Cdr J F Barron, DSO & bar, DFC, DFM
    Sqn Ldr J Baker, DSO, RNZAF
    Flt Sgt D W Wood
    Sqn Ldr P R Coldwell, DSO, DFM
    Plt Off A Price
    Fg Off J W Walters, DFC, RNZAF
    Fg Off R L Weatherall, DFM

    All killed

    4DSO, 2DFC, 3 DFM

    Errol

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    Here is another. 156 Sqn Lancaster ND409 lost on Friedrichshafen raid.

    G/C E C Eaton DFC
    F/O P Wadsworth
    S/L L H Glasspool DFC
    F/O K G Franklin DFC RNZAF
    S/L J R Dodds DFC RAAF
    F/L C A Kidd
    F/O R G Sharland DFC

    Shot down by Gruppenkommander III/NJG 5 Paul Zorner. All the Lancaster KIA.

    Regards,

    John.

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    Default 156 Squadron's ND345/GT-C ON 20/02/1944

    Thank you, Errol and John, for your valued contributions

    At the moment it would appear that S/L Riches has the greatest number of decorated members (6 out of 7) whilst W/C Barron has the greatest number of decorations per crew

    I wonder if there was a crew to surpass S/L Riches with 7 out of 7?

    Regards,
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    hello Aubrey,

    The crew was :
    S/L RICHES, pilot DFC & bar
    F/S HARMAN, flight engineer, DFM
    F/L WATTS, navigator, DFC
    P/O PACK, air bomber, DFM (only survivor, evader)
    W/O REDFERN, wop-ag, MiD
    W/O LOWE, air gunner, DFC
    P/O EVANS, air gunner (no award, buried in Longuenesse, while the other 5 are buried in Millam. Probably survived the crash, taken to the hospital in St Omer where he died of his wounds, hence buried in Longuenesse (St Omer) souvenir cemetery.

    Initials and service numbers are in CWGC.

    I was thinking of W/C BARRON as well, but didn't have the time to check the Squadron ORB and "By such deeds" and "Chorley volume 5".

    Joss

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    Hello,
    This eight man crew,lost on 5/6 June 1944 attacking a coastal battery at St-Pierre-du-Mont,had seven decorated members;
    Lancaster III ND379 OF-Z 97 Sqn.
    W/C E J Carter DFC.
    P/O G E Dunning DFM.
    F/L R J Conley DFC RAAF.
    F/L H W Reiger RCAF.
    F/O H W E Jeffery DFM.
    F/L A Chambers DFC and Bar.
    W/O F R Watson DFM.
    S/L M Bryan-Smith DFC and Bar,MID.
    F/O Jeffery was the second air bomber.Aircraft lost without trace.
    Regards,Mark.

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    Hello,
    this crew of 83 Squadron lost on Givors raid 26/27 July 1944:

    S/L R K Eggins DFC
    Sgt W H Maltman
    W/C G F Georgeson DSO DFC
    F/L J Gilmour DFM
    F/O J W Patterson DFC
    P/O G F Pursey DFC RAAF
    F/O F A Marden DFC

    Alain.

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    One more,

    139 Sqn Mosquito KB329 on bomber support.

    F/L W W Boylson DFC & Bar +
    S/L G H Wilson DSO, DFC +

    Shot down 24/25 June 1944 by Lt Ewald-Werner Hittler of 3./NJG 1

    Both are on the Runnymeade Memorial.

    Cheers,

    John.

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