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    Hello,

    Pilot Officer Keith D’Alroy TAUTÉ (40764), a Blenheim pilot with No. 107 Squadron, was awarded the D.F.C. published in the London Gazette of 30th July 1940, but without a citation.

    On the 5th of June, during a bombing mission over northern France, his aircraft was hit by Flak and he was wounded, as was his wireless operator air gunner, Sgt J.R. WATERHOUSE (544953). The Squadron O.R.B. states that P/O TAUTÉ landed at Hawkinge, to enable Sgt WATERHOUSE (his air gunner) to be admitted to hospital, but although wounded himself, returned to Wattisham.

    I think that this action, together with the missions he flew with the Squadron at that time, may have been put forward for the recommendation of the D.F.C.

    Can someone with the Carter book check if there’s a citation, or know about the draft of the recommendation in AIR 2 ? (I have "Honour the Air Force, in order to save anybody's time who would check, strangely it mentions his unit at No. 464 Squadron, while he was a member of No. 107 Squadron, and No. 464 Squadron was only formed in August 1942).

    By the way, if anybody knew the first names of Sgt WATERHOUSE, that’d be the “cherry on the cake”.

    Thanks in advance

    Joss

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    Joss.

    Taute L.G. 30/7/40 DFC 107 Sqd P Officer
    Taute L.G. 29/12/44 DFC 464 Sqd S/Leader

    No citation in Carters book sadly

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    Hello Colin

    Thanks for checking in Carter's.

    I think that Hugh may have the recommandation amongst his thousands, according to http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=459&forum=DCForumID7


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    TAUTE, Keith D'Alroy, F/O (40764, Royal Air Force) - No.107 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 30 July 1940. New Zealander. Public Record Office Air 2/6085 has citation.

    "Flying Officer Tauté, while carrying out bombing attacks at dusk in the Peronne area on 5th June 1940, encountered intense anti-aircraft fire and persistent attacks by enemy fighters. He was shot through the leg in two places, and his air gunner was severely wounded. In spite of this he displayed great flying skill in eluding the enemy fighters. On the return journey he landed at Manston in order that his wounded air gunner should receive surgical attention. He then returned to his base where he landed in the dark and walked to the Operations Room to make his report before having his own wounds dressed. Flying Officer Tauté displayed outstanding courage and a deep devotion to duty."

    TAUTE, Keith D'Alroy, S/L, DFC (40764, Royal Air Force) - No.464 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944. Text from Flight dated 25 January 1945.

    "This officer has been a flight commander throughout his tour with this squadron, achieving some important successes through his courage and determination. In June 1944 he completed an outstanding attack on a troop train. In August 1944 he delivered an effective attack on railway installations, where he bombed a goods train and destroyed two locomotives. Later in the same month, Squadron Leader Taute hit and set on fire many vehicles while attacking a very large concentration of mechanical transport. He is a fine pilot, whose skill and gallantry have inspired his flight and caused great damage to the enemy."

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    Hello,

    A great thank you Hugh for these two citations. The first confirms my thoughts. Indeed, the other eleven crews landed back at Wattisham from 23:02 to 23:30 hrs, but there's no landing time against his own entry. Take-off was a 19:57 hrs.

    Regards from France

    Joss

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