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    Default Sqn Ldr Frank G. Woolley, DFC 105174

    A Bar to his DFC was announced on 24 July 1945 to Sqn Ldr F.G. Woolley, DFC
    I'm seeking the citation of it. Can someone help me with this?


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    Hi Serge

    This might help: http://www.ww2awards.com/person/41065

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    http://www.british-medals.co.uk/brit...1r-afc-log-boo

    D.F.C. (GV1) reverse officially dated '1941' and and reverse engraved 'F.G. Woolley', Second Award Bar, reverse officially dated '1945' Air Force Cross, (E11R), reverse officially dated '1956', 1939/1945 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, War Medal.With
    Recipient's four Flying Log Books, covering whole period of service 1940-1959
    The recipient's King's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air Certificate, dated 1/1/1949
    Royal Air Force Certificate of Good Service, dated 1/7/1946
    Named Buckingham Palace enclosure for the D.F.C.
    Empire Central Flying School graduation certificate
    Plus, newspaper cuttings and photographs of the recipient


    And some good photos and biography on the above page, including citations

    D.F.C. L.G. 15/7/1941, Immediate awardPilot Officer Frank Geoffrey Woolley, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 244 Squadron.
    'In May, 1941, one of our aircraft crashed during an attack on an armoured train in enemy territory. In spite of difficult ground, Pilot Officer Woolley landed his aircraft beside the wreckage and picked up the injured pilot and airman. Enemy forces, who had detrained, came towards his aircraft but Pilot Officer Woolley took off over the bad ground with the injured crew and flew safely back to his base. By his prompt and gallant action, Pilot Officer Woolley undoubtedly prevented these airmen from falling into the hands of the enemy and enabled the pilot to receive the medical attention he so urgently needed.'
    D.F.C. Second Award Bar London Gazette 24/7/1945 Squadron Leader Frank Geoffrey Woolley, D.F.C. R.A.F.V.R., 130 Sqn.

    The recommendation states: 'Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, this Officer has completed a large number of operational sorties including dive-bombing operations, fighter sweeps, escorts and armed reconnaissances, and has destroyed four enemy aircraft and damaged a further two in air combat. On ground attack sorties he has destroyed or damaged 77 assorted pieces of enemy transport often in spite of heavy opposition from enemy ground defences. Squadron Leader Woolley's courageous leadership and cheerful devotion to duty have contributed in no small way to the outstanding success of his Squadron.'

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    Interesting to hear about Woolley as some years ago I was asked by a close relative for information about him - he also held an AFC.

    He was killed in the crash of Aries IV on 28 Nov 59 (Canberra WH699) after the crew was forced to eject following misting of the screens and then a balance weight failure caused a serious handling problem.

    Colin Cummings

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    Thank you a lot for this additional information.

    Kind regards,


    Serge

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