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Ravrick
1st August 2009, 18:52
Hi, I am trying to research 1612744 Cpl Peter george Lungley RAFVR who was awarded a MID 14 Jun 1945 and the BEM 1st Jan 1946, can anybody help me with the recommendations/citations? Cheers, Rick

Terry
2nd August 2009, 01:23
Rick,
The m.i.d. is proving elusive. Do you have a unit? The BEM is much easier, here is the entry:
CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD.
St. James's Palace, S.W.I.
1st January, 1946.
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award1 of the British Empire Medal (Military Division) to the undermentioned:
1612744 Corporal Peter George LUNGLEY, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Regards,
Terry

Ravrick
2nd August 2009, 07:50
Terry, many thanks, the MID was actually 14 Jun 1945 (not 1915 as i previously typed - now corrected), any ideas where i can find the recommendation? Cheers, Rick

HughAHalliday
2nd August 2009, 22:44
Files for Mention in Despatches recommendations appear to have been destroyed. A few, dealing with No.6 Group, survived by virtue of being shipped to Canada in 1945. Some citations for MiDs have been found in files dealing with "escapes and evasions" or "ground gallantry". A few recommendations have been found in documents relating to other awards (such as AFM or BEM) where the higher award was downgraded to an MiD. Frankly, I do not offer much hope for your finding a recommendation to his MiD.

The BEM is another matter. There are two files at your National Archives, Kew which deal at length with BEM recommendations (among others). AIR 2/9130 is your best bet, although AIR 2/9139 has many recommendations for services rendered in the Far East.

I have, with the assistance of UK contacts, been able to transcribe and supply several recommendations or citations not otherwise published (I am currently, and slowly, transcribing a block of awards gazetted in June 1946), but alas, I have not yet requested or been supplied with copies of AIR 2/9130 or Air 2/9139. Doubtless I shall impose upon my "spies" in the foreseeable future, but for your purposes the most expeditious means of getting this particular BEM text would be a visit to Kew.

Terry
3rd August 2009, 01:28
Rick, I suspect you may have this:
Air Ministry, 14th June, 1945.
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:
Corporals.
1612744 P. G. LUNGLEY, R.A.F.V.R.
No idea where the recommendations are.
Regards, Terry

Ravrick
3rd August 2009, 09:28
Hi Guys, thanks for the information and advice, Rick