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    Default AOP DFC winner

    This could be a difficult quest but thought I'd seek the advice from the wise people on this forum.

    I recently acquired a jacket with a DFC ribbon awarded to a Royal Artillery Captain rank Air Observation Post pilot. Sadly, there is no reference to a name and I am trying to track down the original owner. I did locate a list but it only listed casualty DFC winners up to 1946. The AOP wings it has dates from 1948-1957, so he did survive the war and went onto retire as Captain.

    Is there an AOP air award recipient list I could trawl through?

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    Default Re: AOP DFC winner

    Does this help?

    DFCs to Army officers
    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...submit1=Search

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    Default Re: AOP DFC winner

    If it is any help, I can supply citations for some Air Observation Post awards. By way of explanation, gazetted dates of awards are by abbreviated figures - i.e. 440427 is 27 April 1944, 440803 is 3 August 1944, etc.

    DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

    BERNSTEIN, Ronald Harold, Captain - DFC - 440427 - 654 Sqn AOP
    McNINCH, William, Captain - DFC - 440427 - 651 Sqn AOP
    GORDON, William Gordon, Capt - DFC - 440615 - 655 Sqn AOP
    FORTNUM, Ronald Arthur, Captain - DFC - 440803 - 655 Sqn AOP
    LLOYD, Roland Aylmer, Captain - DFC - 440803 - 655 Sqn AOP
    SIMMS, Harry William, Captain - DFC - 441019 - 657 Sqn AOP
    TANNER, Frederick Stephen, Capt - DFC - 450104 - 657 Sqn AOP
    LOVERIDGE, Michael Arthur, Capt - DFC - 450329 - 652 Sqn AOP
    MACKENZIE, Andrew, Capt - DFC - 450329 - 659 Sqn AOP
    MOLISON, William Strachan, Capt - DFC - 450329 - 662 Sqn AOP
    MURRAY, Nathaniel John, Capt - DFC - 450329 - 658 Sqn AOP
    PIDDOCK, Geoffrey Horace, Capt - DFC - 450329 - 660 Sqn AOP
    YOUNG, Aubrey Cuthert, Captain - DFC - 450521 - 657 Sqn AOP
    BALLYN, Claude Cecil, Captain - DFC - 450531 - 658 Sqn AOP
    KNIGHT, Kenneth Antony Heunsfield, Capt - DFC - 450531 - 658 Sqn AOP
    LYALL, Andrew, Major - DFC - 450531 - 658 Sqn AOP
    HUGHES, John Edward, LAC - French - 450608 - 659 Sqn AOP - RAFVR
    HUSH, John, LAC - French - 450608 - 653 Sqn AOP - RAFVR
    McMATH, Francis Edward, Temporary Captain - DFC - 450621 - 656 Sqn AOP
    COLES, Raymond George, Temporary Captain - DFC - 450816 - 659 Sqn AOP
    BARROW, Stanley Winlow, Captain - DFC - 450920 - 651 Sqn AOP
    BUCHANAN, William Harvie, Captain - DFC - 450920 - 654 Sqn AOP
    FORBES, Ronald, Captain - DFC - 450920 - 654 Sqn AOP
    GANDER, Aubrey Stanley Colin, Captain - DFC - 450920 - 654 Sqn AOP
    KENDAL, Ian Noel, Captain - DFC - 450920 - 651 Sqn AOP
    WHEELER, Lionel John, Captain - DFC - 450920 - 655 Sqn AOP
    WYLIE, David, Captain - DFC - 450920 - 654 Sqn AOP
    DICKINSON, Sidney Herbert, Cap - DFC - 451018 - 657 Sqn AOP
    KELLY, Arthur Ray* Maxwell, Capt - DFC - 451018 - 660 Sqn AOP
    LANE, Francis Norman, Major - DFC - 451018 - 660 Sqn AOP
    LEE, Ronald Alfred, Capt - DFC - 451018 - 660 Sqn AOP
    PURSALL, Basil Edward, Capt - DFC - 451018 - 660 Sqn AOP
    WALKER, Peter Robert T, Capt - DFC - 451018 - 657 Sqn AOP
    BOYD, William, Temporary Captain - DFC - 451115 - 656 Sqn AOP
    HARRISON, Stewart Norman, Captain - DFC - 451115 - 656 Sqn AOP
    McLINDEN, Patrick Joseph, Temporary Captain - DFC - 451115 - 656 Sqn AOP
    DALLAS, Ian Mackenzie, Capt - DFC - 460523 - 651 Sqn AOP
    BEATON, William George Benjamin, Major - DFC - 470214 - 659 Sqn AOP
    BOWEN-DAVIES, David William, Temporary Captain - DFC - 470214 - 659 Sqn AOP
    COX, Reginald George Pendry, Temporary Captain - DFC - 470214 - 659 Sqn AOP
    ADDINGTON, Leslie Richard Bagnall, Captain - DFC - 520401 - 1903 AOP Flt Korea
    HUTCHINGS, James William, Sgt - DFM - 520401 - 1903 AOP Flt Korea - Army
    CAMPBELL, John Ferguson, Lt - DFC - 521031 - 656 Sqn AOP Malaya
    LACEY, Thomas Norman Warner, Capt - DFC - 521031 - 656 Sqn AOP Malaya
    YOUNG, David Tod, Lt - DFC - 521031 - 656 Sqn AOP Malaya - Army
    CRAWSHAW, John Arthur, Capt - DFC - 530424 - 1903 AOP Flt Korea
    JOYCE, Gerald William, Capt - DFC - 530424 - 1903 AOP Flt Korea

    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER

    BAZELEY, Henry Charles, Major, Royal Artillery - 440923 - 651 Sqn AOP
    HILL, George Alec, Major, Royal Artillery - 450322 - 662 Sqn AOP
    HAILES, John Martin Hunter, Major, RA - 530424 - 1903 Ind AOP Flight Korea

    DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDAL

    GIBBS, John Douglas, Lance-Bombardier - DFM - 450201 - 651 Sqn AOP

    BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL

    THORNHILL, Arthur Kenneth, Corporal - BEM - 450614 - 658 AOP Sqn - RAFVR
    RICKARDS, Peter Ronald, Corporal - BEM - 530306 - * AOP Flt Malaya - RAF

    MILITARY MEDAL

    FONES, Cyril James, Leading Aircraftman - MM - 460308 - 662 AOP Sqn - RAFVR

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    Default Re: AOP DFC winner

    Thank you, Jagan and Hugh! You really did save the day again. I will start eliminating some of the names from that list tomorrow.

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