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    I'm trying to find out what happened to this aircraft. My father was F/Lt G J O'Neill. He was awarded the DFM 1940 I beleive but have no information as to why
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    Hi Kate, accordig to RAF serials by Air Britain:

    JD151 - 78 Sq - Ran out of fuel on return fron Nurberg and crashed 1,5 m NNW of Wressle, Yorkshire, 11.8.43

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    So it mena his earlier DFM he got for something else..

    I searched the London Gazette but no luck with his DFM award, I found only info about his later career as an officer.

    Maybe someone else will be more lucky - or at least if you know his NCO service number it will help.

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    Pavel
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    Bill Chorley's 1943 volume of Bomber Command Losses relates, p.263, that the aircraft 'ran low on petrol and while on approach for a priority landing crashed 0619 short of the runway and between the villages of Wressell and Breighton, some 6 miles ENE of Selby, Yorkshire'. Two crew were killed and all the other injured, one dying subsequently of his injuries. Chorley notes that F/Lt O'Neill was the Squadron's Signals Leader.

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    Hello,

    O'NEILL Gerald John LAC 550757 (no unit mentioned) DFM 31-5-1940.
    (See also: Flight. June 13, 1940. p.537)

    and ...

    Air Ministry. February 10, 1942.
    Royal Air Force - General Duties branch.

    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):-

    Flt Sgts.

    550757 Gerald John O'NEILL, D.F.M. (47705)

    LG Issue 35451. February 10, 1942. p.664

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    In 2000 a farmer near Wressle found some aircraft wreckage which was identified by a local aviation enthusiast as being from a Halifax and he further identified it as being from JD151 . On 20 August 2000 a memorial was dedicated in memory of those killed in the accident . Subsequently however , more thorough research has revealed this to be the crash site of another Halifax and not JD151 !
    In early June 78 Squadron held their annual reunion at Breighton , Exercise Halifax Shadow . They appear to be a very active squadron association and may be able to help further ?

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    Many thanks to you all for taking the time to pass on so much information. I now have the London Gazette information for his DFM and General Duties Branch info. Also "Flight! page. Going to try and contact 78 Squadron for any info they might have.

    Has there been another investigation into where JD151 did crash or is still where the memorial is?

    Thank you again

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    Kate, From the London Gazette and the London Times:
    Air Ministry,
    31st May, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the undermentioned awards:
    Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.
    550757 Leading Aircraftman Gerald O'NEILL.
    The above awards are for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.

    The London Times dated 1 Jun 40 also carried the list of awards noting in the case of the DFM that, "Pilots, observers, navigators, wireless operators, and air gunners are among those mentioned above".
    Regards, Terry

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    Kate, Here are the LG entries I could find which, when added to the DFM entry give an idea of his career, which includes a Mention In Despatches:
    Air Ministry.
    10th February, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Flt. Sgts.
    550757 Gerald John O'NEILL, D.F.M. (47705). 30th Dec. 1941.

    Air Ministry, 13th November, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Plt. Offs. (prob.) to be Flg. Offs. on prob. (war subs.), 1st Oct. 1942:
    G. J. O'NEILL, D.F.M. (47705).

    Air Ministry, 2nd June, 1943.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following personnel who have been mentioned in despatches by Air Officers Commanding-in-Chief:
    Flight Lieutenants.
    G. J. O'NEILL, D.F.M. (47705) (Acting).

    Air Ministry, 31st December, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Flg. Offs. to be Flt. Lts. (war subs.):
    30th Dec. 1943.
    G. J. O'NEILL, D.F.M. (47705).

    Air Ministry, 25th November, 1947.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    (Emergency Commission Section.)
    TRAINING BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Pilot Officers:
    22nd Sept. 1947.
    Gerald John O'NEILL, D.F.M. (47705).

    Air Ministry. 27th February, 1951.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    TRAINING BRANCH.
    Promotion.
    Pilot Officer to Flying Officer:
    22nd Sept. 1947.
    G. J. O'NEILL (47705).

    I couldn't dig out any entries post 1951.
    Regards, Terry

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    Kate

    as you can see from my title I am interested in 78 Sqn, I'm writing a book on the subject and I am also in touch with the current Sqn historian and organiser of Exercise Halifax Shadow. Sadly I am in Afghanistan at the moment but I will look through the stuff I have with me on my laptop and come back to you with a bit more info.

    Regards

    Daz

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