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    Hello Hugh,

    Thanks very much indeed. I bought his MBE/RAF Long Service Medal group in Spink's auction last week (couldnt afford the 100,000 for Oxby's DSO/DFC/DFM* group... ;-) ). From Roberts' original service number, 332986, I gather he joined the RAF around March 1919. The medal group also comprised a 39/45 star, Africa star, Defence and War medals, but unless he was in North Africa before being posted to Pollsmoor (Capetown) I'm not convinced of the entitlement to the Africa star, or possibly even the 39/45 star. Unfortunately I assume none of his service records will be available so difficult to confirm WW2 medal entitlement one way or another?

    Many thanks again,

    Peter

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    Hello Hugh,

    May I request the recommendation for GC Percy Henry Gibbings, OBE. Thank you very much.

    Jeff

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    GIBBINGS, Percy Henry, G/C (34068, Royal Air Force) - No.88 Group Headquarters, Fighter Command - Officer, Order of the British Empire. - awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 June 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9668, courtesy of Tom Thorne, has citation.

    Group Captain Gibbings holds the appointment of Staff Officer in charge od Administration at this Headquarters. He was posted to 13 Group Plans in December 1943 and was employed in planning the operation APOSTLE for the initial entry into Norway in which capacity his unsparing efforts, perseverance and devotion to duty played an important part in the smooth functioning of both the entry and withdrawal in Normandy of No.88 Group. In April 1944 Group Captain Gibbings was placed in command of RAF Station Peterhead, in which role his remarkable drive did much to improve the operational efficiency and the amenities of the Station. During this time he was still employed on all the conferences at Headquarters, Scottish Command, in connection with the Operation APOSTLE. Owing to the lack of Wing Commanders with the necessary planning experience, he was posted back to No.13 Group Plan in December 1944 with which he continued to serve until the entry into Norway in May 1945. Since August 1945, Group Captain Gibbings has carried out the duties of Staff Officer in charge Administration, No.88 Group, Norway.

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    Thank you Hugh, very much appreciated.

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    Do you have a citation for Sergeant Harry Jones BEM. He was listed on 13th June 1946. The national Archive say they have lost the RAF file relating to my father's medal.

    Appreciate any help
    Marylynn

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    JONES, Harry, Sergeant (646516, Royal Air Force) - No.81 Signals Wing, Bomber 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.

    "Sergeant Jones is a wireless operator mechanic at the Air Ministry Wireless Telegraph Station, Winstone. He has rendered outstanding service and by his personal efforts achieved results far in access of those anticipated when he was engaged on a special assignment involved in the jamming of enemy wireless transmissions. This Non-Commissioned Officer displayed outstanding zeal and initiative whilst engaged on this work and by his devotion to duty, has achieved creditable results in radio counter-measure activities."

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    Dear Hugh
    Thank you so much for your quick response! I am really pleased to know at last why Dad received his medal.

    Best wishes
    Marylynn

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    Hugh
    Would it be possible for you to provide the citations for the awards shown below;
    BURROW, Edgar Whittaker, Warrant Officer - MBE - 298 Squadron RAF
    JEVONS, Philip William, FL - MBE - 1 Parachute Training School RAFVR

    PRESCOTT, Annie Nicol, Acting Senior Sister - ARRC - Down Amphey Hospital PMRAFNS

    EDWARD, Douglas, Flight Sergeant - BEM - Netheravon RAFVR
    FLINT, Joseph Leslie, Corporal - BEM - 575 Squadron, Transport Command RAFVR
    HODGSON, Harry, Sergeant - BEM - 271 Squadron RAF
    MAY, George William, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 298 Squadron RAFVR
    WALSH, James, Flight Sergeant - BEM - 3 Parachute Training School - RAFVR

    Thanks in anticipation
    Regards
    Andy

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    BURROW, Edgar Whittaker, Warrant Officer (505255, Royal Air Force) - No.298 Squadron, Transport Command - Member, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 June 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9668, courtesy of Tom Thorne, has citation.

    This Non-Commissioned Officer has held the post of First Class Fitter since March 1944 and has, from the firrst, contributed much to the efficiency of the unit. He contributed much to the efficiency of the unit. He contributed largely to its ability to produce a maximum number of serviceable aircraft for such glider-towing operations as D Day, Arnhem and the Rhine crossing. He has also made numerous flights in aircraft under test. Warrant Officer Burrow has invariably been chosen to proceed on mass glider flights and, in recent months, he was chosen a Squadron Airborne Halifax for Transport Command duties, a task which he accomplished successfully. He has at all times set a fine example to those working with and under him.

    EDWARD, Douglas, Flight Sergeant (5911529, RAFVR*) - Station Netheravon, Transport 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.

    Flight Sergeant Edward is a Clerk, General Duties, who has been Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the Station Headquarters Orderly Room for two years. He has proved himself exceptionally capable and keen in his work. He is willing, efficient and cooperative and his devotion to duty has set an unparalleled example to all ranks. This station has had eight Commanding Officers and has been transferred between three different Commands in the past two years. Throughout this difficult transition period Flight Sergeant Edward has maintained a very high standard of efficiency. On many occasions he has deputized as Assistant Adjutant and proved himself to be extremely capable in this capacity. In spite of great difficulties, caused by constantly changing staff on account of releases, Flight Sergeant Edward by his forceful personality has kept the Orderly Room running smoothly. He has worked far in excess of normal hours to ensure continuity and efficiency. His energy and determination reflect great credit both to himself and to the Service.

    FLINT, Joseph Leslie, Corporal (1440073, RAFVR*) - No.575 Squadron, Transport 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.

    Corporal Flint is a Fitter II (Engine) who has served with his present squadron since its formation. His outstanding keenness has been a fine example to other airmen. His willingness to work long hours under trying conditions has on many occasions been instrumental in enabling aircraft to take off on operations when they would otherwise have been unserviceable. When the squadron was detached to Antwerp, Corporal Flint’s courage in the face of almost continuous flying bomb and rock attacks was most marked and greatly helped in the maintenance of morale of the ground crews. His cheerful courage and willingness to accept hard work and responsibility have been of the greatest assistance in the squadron.

    HODGSON, Harry, Sergeant (533292, Royal Air Force) - No.271 Squadron, Transport 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.

    Sergeant Hodgson is Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the servicing of a flight of No.271 Squadron. He is consistently efficient both as a tradesman and Non-Commissioned Officer. He joined his present unit in August 1940 and since then has been responsible for maintaining three detached flights at Blakehill Farm, Northolt and Croydon. These detachments have been administered most efficiently, Sergeant Hodgson has shown unremitting keenness and has consistently worked long hours to ensure that the maximum number of aircraft may be available for service at the time. His enthusiasm, loyalty and willingness to do more than his duty have set a high example and had a beneficial effect upon the spirit and morale of his subordinates, especially through the Arnhem and Rhine operations.

    JEVONS, Philip William, A/F/L (105243, RAFVR*) - No.1 Parachute Training School, Ringway, Transport Command - Member, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 June 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9668, courtesy of Tom Thorne, has citation.

    This officer is employed as a parachute instructor, a post he has held since March 1942. He has made 206 parachute descents, and has flown on three operational sorties with the S.A.S. Many of his descents were of an experimental nature, involving more than the normal hazards of parachuting, and contributing in no small degree to the successful development of the “X” type parachute and airborne equipment. Flight Lieutenant Jevons has supervised all the training films made at No.1 Parachute Training School and has carried out the additional work of compiling a history of parachuting and technical publications on the same subject. His work has been of immense value and benefit to all the schools.

    MAY, George William, Flight Sergeant (364137, RAFVR*) - No.298 Squadron, Transport 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 Non-Commissioned Officer is a Fitter IIA who has served in his present squadron for the past six months. During the recent move of the squadron by air from Raipur to Digri considerable extra work was thrown on the section which this Non-Commissioned Officer controls, but by his untiring efforts Flight Sergeant May successfully completed every task in the minimum time. This involved working continuously for 20 hours per day. This Non-Commissioned Officer’s technical ability is outstanding and his flair for improvisation has been most noteworthy in the servicing of Halifax aircraft without the necessary equipment and spares. It is largely due to Flight Sergeant May’s efforts that the squadron has been able to operate with success. His keenness, initiative and determination have been a fine example and an inspiration to all ranks.

    PRESCOTT, Annie Nicol, Acting Senior Sister (5073, Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service) - Royal Air Force Station Down Amphey, (C.A.E.C.), Transport Command - Associate Royal Red Cross (Second Class) - awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 June 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9668, courtesy of Tom Thorne, has citation.

    During the period January 1945 to October 1945, during which over 30,000 casualties were evacuated from the Continent, Senior Sister Prescott was in charge of the nursing sisters and she was very largely responsible for the smooth functioning of the nursing arrangements as well as of the welfare and comfort of the patients. This Senior Sister has worked hard and never spared herself during the periods of intense activity, which have occurred during te more violent battles on the Continent. She has attained outstanding success in obtaining the cooperation of all members of the staff, by whom she is held in great affection.

    WALSH, James, Flight Sergeant (942934, RAFVR*) - No.3 Parachute Training School, Air Command South-East Asia - British Empire Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 June 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9668, courtesy of Tom Thorne, has citation.

    Flight Sergeant Walsh is a Parachute Instructor who was one of the original instructors employed in India. The quality of his instruction throughout has been an example and inspiration to his fellow instructors. His patience, tireless energy and devotion to duty have contributed in large measure to establish the fine reputation of No.3 Parachute Training School. This Non-Commissioned Officer has completed nearly 100 parachute descents. He has also acted as despatcher on several operational flights. He was employed as a parachute and jumpmaster instructor on operation DRACULA and assisted in training American crew chiefs and Canadian jumpmasters to despatch Gurkha paratroops. In the short time available and with inadequate training facilities, his untiring efforts in a large measure succeeded in producing most efficient despatchers who gained the complete confidence of the troops. He himself acted as a jumpmaster on both lifts of this highly successful operation.

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    Hugh
    Thank you very much for those, they are much appreciated
    Regards
    Andy

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