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    My late uncle was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during WW2 for his actions on the night of July 27th 1943 while on a bombing raid over Hamburg.

    Unfortunately, my uncle has now passed away and although my late father always kept a copy of his brothers citation it has become virtually unreadable.

    I wonder if anyone knows where or how I would go about obtaining a copy of his original citation !

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    You might get copy of the text from the London GAzette newspaper.

    http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/AdvancedSearch.aspx?GeoType=London

    it might be printed in name only and not have a citiation but if you pop along his name and service number if he is "John Smith" we can track it down easy enough for you.

    As regards an actual certificate then perhaps the RAF Air Historical Branch might be a first port of call?

    www.raf.mod.uk/ahb

    Dennis
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks Dennis I will try RAF Air Historical Branch although I don't have his service number

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    hello Syke,

    At least his full ID might help us to help you ! Sometimes one can get some results from the London Gazette online without a service number, if a name is not common, or sometimes a first name.

    Joss

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    Thank you for that Joss. I did manage to find the following in our local newspaper from 1945, however, as my uncle and his wife have passed away and as my father also recently passed away, I don't want my uncles heroism to fade into history, if I can obtain a copy of his original citation I could at least mount for generations to view with and honour.

    "Distinguished Flying Cross Citation of Vernon Royle.

    Burnley Express 1st December 1945


    A young Burnley RAF officer who has just been demobilised was present along with wife this week at an investiture at Buckingham Palace where he received from the King the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross). He is Flight Lieutenant Veron Royle, the eldest son of Mr & Mrs J Royle of 191 Barden Lane Burnley.

    The brave deed which earned him this decoration is graphically described in the official citation: On the night of July 27th 1943, P O Royle (as he then was) was detailed as flight engineer of a Halifax bomber for a raid over Hamburg. When crossing the enemy coast his aircraft was attacked by 5 JU88’s and was shot up, the rear gunner being killed and the port outer engine set on fire. The fire was extinguished and the plane carried on.

    Within 60 miles of the target the bomber flew into heavy AA fire and received a direct hit causing the wing to catch fire. Another direct hit ripped away the front part of the plane killing the bomb-aimer, navigator and wireless operator and severely wounding the pilot. P O Royle pulled the pilot from his seat and although the aircraft was by now practically out of control at 2500 feet high with only two engines serviceable he would not bail out.

    By some unknown miraculous feat the citation goes on ‘this gallant officer regained control of the crippled bomber and headed it towards the target a few miles away shouting, according to the words of the mid-upper-gunner who had now come forward to help’, “I’ll prang that target or die in the attempt”.

    The bombing run was made at 1500 feet P O Royle then headed the plane for the coast flying at tree top height all the way, when about half way across the north sea the crippled plane was spotted by another homebound bomber which promptly proceeded to act as escort and sent out an SOS.

    They managed to reach base but P O Royle and a gunner were told it would be suicidal to try and land in their condition. They steadfastly refused to leave the plane however and it crash landed on a runway. P O Royle and his gunner escaped unhurt"
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    His DFC was Gazetted on 16 November 1943 but no Citation was published. Nor does the Citation appear in Flight Global. He was with 10 Sqn

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    Eddie

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    Syke, From the London Gazette:
    Air Ministry, 15th June. 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Sgts.
    5th Apr. 1943.
    979241 Vernon ROYLE (144883).

    Air Ministry, 8th October, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Plt. Offs. (prob.) to be Flg. Offs. on prob. (war subs.)
    5th Oct. 1943.
    V. ROYLE (144883).

    Air Ministry, 16th November, 1943.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Pilot Officer Vernon ROYLE (144883), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 10 Squadron.
    The above awards are for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.

    Air Ministry, 27th April, 1945.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Promotion
    Flg. Off. to Flt. Lt. (war subs):
    5th Apr. 1945.
    V. ROYLE, D.F.C. (144883).
    Regards, Terry

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    Thank you everyone. I've today recieved a letter back from Air Historical Branch (RAF) saying that they do not hold any copies of Vernons citation. However, they do go on to say that many citations on the award of medals are in the AIR 1/1030-1033 series held at the National Archives (TNA).


    I will try there.


    Again thanks

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    Syke

    The AHB should be the people who know about these things but I think they are wrong with that advice. I believe that AIR 1 covers only the Air Ministry files from the WWI period I think you need to look in AIR 2 for award citations for WW2.

    Steve

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    Try Air 2/5020 for recommendation.

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