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    Default Flying Officer M. M. Cole, DFM

    I have been searching the LG website for the DFM citation for the above officer but have been unable to find one. I believe he may have been awarded the DFM for the following action:

    30/31 July 1943 50 Sqn Lancaster III DV197 VN-T Op: Remscheid



    F/S M M Cole
    Sgt H Rushton
    Sgt F W Dock
    Sgt D E Westerman
    Sgt R Stanwix
    Sgt R S Shellie
    Sgt D T Jee


    T/o 2158 Skellingthorpe, Hit by flak and later crash landed 0300 at King's Cliffe 10 NE of Corby, Northamptonshire. Sgt Jee, who was mortally wounded by shell splinter, is buried in Wittering (All Saints) Churchyard.

    (BCL 1943 W R Chorley)

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Nick

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    Distinguished Flying Medal.
    657775 Fight Sergeant Morall MacKenzie COLE, Royal
    Air Force, No. 50 Squadron.
    One night in July, 1943, this airman piloted an aircraft engaged on an operation against Remscheid.
    Shortly after bombing the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire whilst illuminated
    by the searchlights. Severe damage was sustained.
    The undercarriage dropped to the down position and the aircraft turned on its back, while all the petrol in one of the starboard tanks was lost. Flight Sergeant Cole regained control of the (bomber but, almost immediately, one of the starboard engines caught fire and was put out of action. The aircraft became difficult to control and petrol was running low but by superb airmanship, Flight Sergeant Cole succeeded in reaching an airfield in this country. His coolness and courage in the face of a perilous situation were worthy of the highest praise.

    His citation is spelled with mackenzie but his later commishioning is spelled

    20th Oct. 1943.
    657775 Moroll McKenzie COLE (161310).

    One coudl find his serial number by extending the search period in the LG beyond the 1948 WW2 limit, some men stayed in after the war. This gives his serial number from about 1953, then a bit of trial and error using Mackenzie, Mckenzie and also usingthe Flight Global archives, for Mck. Cole, eventually finds it.
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    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Dennis,

    Many thanks.

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    Nick,

    Noticed this at :-

    http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-2RAF-c3.html

    Flying Officer M. M. Cole, DFM; born Carterton (New Zealand ?), 29 Oct 1914; joined RAF Jun 1941.

    His NCO number 657775 means he was in the British Army and transferred to the RAF in 1941 !

    Mark

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    Mark

    Thank you for the additional info.

    I wonder which regiment he was with before joining the RAF.

    Nick

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    Nick,

    For what it is worth:

    Cole was admitted to the Lyall Bay School in Wellington, New Zealand on 21 Sep 25 (as McKenzie Morell Cole)
    then (just 9 days later!) to Muritai Eastbourne School, Wellington, New Zealand on 30 Sep 25 (as Morell Cole)

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    Errol

    Thank you.

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    Nick

    I do not have a citation but I do have the complete story written by one of the crew if it is of interest.




    Quote Originally Posted by nicks View Post
    I have been searching the LG website for the DFM citation for the above officer but have been unable to find one. I believe he may have been awarded the DFM for the following action:

    30/31 July 1943 50 Sqn Lancaster III DV197 VN-T Op: Remscheid



    F/S M M Cole
    Sgt H Rushton
    Sgt F W Dock
    Sgt D E Westerman
    Sgt R Stanwix
    Sgt R S Shellie
    Sgt D T Jee


    T/o 2158 Skellingthorpe, Hit by flak and later crash landed 0300 at King's Cliffe 10 NE of Corby, Northamptonshire. Sgt Jee, who was mortally wounded by shell splinter, is buried in Wittering (All Saints) Churchyard.

    (BCL 1943 W R Chorley)

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Nick

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