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    Thank you very much. That’s probably the most we now know about Harry Vivian Pexton, my father never mentioned him but given that he himself had a very different war, Harry’s medal probably rubbed salt in a few wounds.

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    Hello Hugh ..
    Not sure if you can help with the citation for

    SUMMERS, Arthur, Leading Aircraftman - BEM - 43 Squadron, M and ME Cmd - RAFVR

    Kind regards

    Gary

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    SUMMERS, Arthur, Leading Aircraftman (1517464, RAFVR*) - No.43 Squadron, Mediterranean and Middle East Command - British Empire Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 June 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9668, courtesy of Tom Thorne, has citation.

    This airman is a Flight Mechanic (E) who has been with his present unit for four years. Throughout the Mediterranean campaign Leading Aircraftman Summers has worked with cheerfulness and devotion to duty, sometimes under the worst conditions and has set a fine example to his comrades. He was with a servicing party in Sicily at the commencement of the campaign and later at Salerno did sterling work. In April 1944, he volunteered to go to the Anzio beachhead with a small party. Working under the most hazardous conditions he showed great fortitude, and his efforts contributed greatly to the success of the airstrip on that beachhead. In July 1944, Leading Aircraftman Summers proceeded with a detachment of his squadron of the squadron to Corsica. This detachment was short of flight mechanics and this airman again displayed great devotion to duty, working long hours to keep the aircraft in a fully serviceable condition. Since the cessation of hostilities, this airman has been called upon to carry out duties far beyond the normal capacity of a flight mechanic, but he has again displayed his customary consciousness and efficiency and his efforts have contributed greatly to the high rate of serviceability which the unit has maintained although the manpower position has become progressively worse.

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