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    Default Squadron Leader N.A. SHOVE 67050

    (Title should read 'N.L.Shove not N.A.)
    I am researching navigator Sqn Ldr Nathaniel Leslie SHOVE 67050. Appointed 76 Sqn "C" Flight Commander 1 April 1944. Killed in Action 13 May 1944 aged 29 flying Halifax MZ575 while on operations over Hasselt. His post of flight commander was taken over by Sqn Ldr J.A. Harrison RNZAF.

    Anything, no matter how small will be gratefully received. Thank you

    Norman
    Last edited by namrondooh; 4th September 2009 at 17:20. Reason: correcting initials in title

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    From the LG:
    Air Ministry,
    20th June, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE RESERVE.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities:
    As Pilot Officers on probation.
    Leading Aircraftmen.
    6th Apr. 1941.
    959283 Nathaniel Leslie SHOVE (67050).

    Air Ministry.
    2nd June, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Plt. Offs. (prob.) confmd. in appts. and to be Flg. Offs. on prob. (war subs.):
    6th Apr. 1942.
    N. L. SHOVE (67050).

    Air Ministry, 20th April, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Acting Flight Lieutenant Nathaniel Leslie SHOVE (67050), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 102 Squadron.
    The above awards are for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.

    Air Ministry, 2nd July, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Flg. Offs. to be Flt. Lts. (war subs.)-
    N. L. SHOVE (67050). 6th Apr. 1943.
    Regards, Terry

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    SHOVE, Nathaniel Leslie, A/F/L (67050, RAFVR*) - No.102 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943. Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 9917. Described as Navigator.

    "Flight Lieutenant Shove is a capable and determined squadron navigator who has taken part in attacks on the majority of the enemy's most heavily defended targets in Germany and Italy. He also participated in the "1,000" raids. This officer has set a fine example by his ability to take his crew to the target and home regardless alike of enemy opposition or weather. On all occasions Flight Lieutenant Shove's whole-hearted devotion to duty has been worthy of the highest praise."

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    Thank you Terry for the London Gazette results, most appreciated. As usual, I am ashamed of my skills and knowledge when using the LG site. I entered all combinations but came up zero.

    Thank you Hugh, Reference the term 'navigator', I must admit at the time of posting I did wonder if I had made a transcription error somewhere as I did not realise bomber command navigators were appointed flight commanders during W.W.II.

    Norman
    Last edited by namrondooh; 4th September 2009 at 14:51.

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