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    Default Squadron Leader Percy Reynolds 66577 RAFVR DFC

    Hi,

    Trying to confirm notes/letters that have come to me regarding the above officer. In amongst the material it is recorded that Percy Reynolds was badly burnt in a crash in the early part of the war ( letters say in a Wellington) and that he was one of the fortunate burns victims to be operated on by pioneering plastic surgeon, Sir Archibald McIndoe.

    Unfortunately I have not been able to confirm this, any pointers most welcome.

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    ANOTHER D.F.C. AWARD The Western Electric Co., Hales - road, Cheltenham,,
    has received information that one. of their peacetime employees,
    Sqdn. - Leader Percy Reynolds, has been awarded the D.F.C.
    Before his call-up in April, 1940, he was employed in the accounts department.
    He received severe injuries when, after one operation, he took off in his bomber, of which he was pilot,
    and the machine caught fire. He turned back England again, and crashlanded—being thrown clear before
    the petrol tank blew up. He was suffering from severe burns and shock, but on his recovery insisted upon taking flying
    again, although he had the option of staying grounded.' .

    Published: Wednesday 21 February 1945
    Newspaper: Gloucestershire Echo
    County: Gloucestershire, England
    Type: Article | Words: 291 | Page: 4 | Tags: none


    AIR GALLANTRY GAINS AWARDS FOR ESSEX MEN
    BAR TO D.F.C. Acting - Squadron - Leader Percy Reynolds, D.F.C., R.A.F.V.R.* No. 186 Squadron, born in 1921 at
    Southend. He was awarded the D.F.C. in February, 1945.

    Published: Tuesday 25 September 1945

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    Default Re: Squadron Leader Percy Reynolds 66577 RAFVR DFC

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...524#post154524

    Real confusion on date of this 988639 Maurice Sidney MYERS says 30th!

    rhttps://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/RAF_Night_Operations/-EjdCQAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=Wellington+R1088&pg=PA 222&printsec=frontcover
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    From that book

    "Our wounded front gunner, after this
    struggle of three and a half hours to get back to England, died in hospital,
    half an hour after he was taken there.’ The front gunner’s name was Pilot
    Officer David Lecky Crichton RAAF. Another member of the crew, Sergeant
    Owen Hugh Barlow, was killed. The Wellington crashed at Rampton, seven
    miles NNW of Cambridge."

    So there are I believe two separate incidents here

    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1705155

    Shows David Lecky Crichton dying Sept 1st 1941 - Lost on Wellington 101 Sqn 30 8 1941 allegedly R1088 but actually Wellington Ic Z8860

    "One of the crew killed, three severely injured and one slightly injured." - as fuel empty unlikely burns

    However (and movement card confirms this) R0188 was lost on 3rd August 1941 as FB E and SOC 13 /8/ 1941

    So the aircraft was lost on 30th August 1941 Wellington Ic Z8860 and the book info is wrong

    I assume this was the incident Reynolds was injured the later one - but story has been confused over time..


    2/3rd August 1941 R1088 crashes catches fire crew OK (Reynolds maybe slight burns) - 30 Aug/1st Sept 1941 - Plane crashes crew killed and injured Reynolds poss seriously but NOT burns.. So that is why not on Guinea Pig list

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    OK This is really confusing me

    We have Reynolds in two incidents in August 1941 in 2 separate Wellingtons - But the stories and dates seem to have been mixed up

    We have a story based on a Mission in which crew died and the story says "his is on 30th August" - But all evidence shows this to be the 3rd! and Myers not on crew! - He is also mixing up targets

    Can anyone sort out this mess ?

    All I do know is Reynolds must have been burnt in the Z8860 incident as this was the last date - the most serious of incidents and apparently was a fire and was after take off
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    Default Re: Squadron Leader Percy Reynolds 66577 RAFVR DFC

    Wellington Movement and Accident Cards confirm dates and serials and Z8860 crashing after take off and with fire - Myers story makes no sense

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    Default Re: Squadron Leader Percy Reynolds 66577 RAFVR DFC

    From F1180s

    R1088 3/8/41 - Fire on Impact, no fatality, no injury. Pilot P/O G F Bundey 60830. Brabourne

    Z8860 30/8/41 - Fire on Impact, 1 fatality 4 injured altered on 1/9 to 2 fatality and 3 injured. Pilot P/O P Reynolds.. Rampton

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    Default Re: Squadron Leader Percy Reynolds 66577 RAFVR DFC

    REYNOLDS, Percy, A/S/L, DFC (66577, RAFVR*) - No.186 Squadron - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945. Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 19736.

    Squadron Leader Reynolds has now completed his second tour of operational duty, taking part in many daylight attacks during which he has led both base and group formations. On his first tour, as a result of an aircraft crash, he was seriously injured but, despite this, he has continued to show tremendous enthusiasm for operational flying. As Flight Commander throughout his second tour, his leadership and outstanding qualities of determination and courage have proved invaluable in maintaining the highest standard of efficiency in the squadron.

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    Default Re: Squadron Leader Percy Reynolds 66577 RAFVR DFC

    Gents,

    Thanks to each of you for your excellent help.

    Kind regards

    Steve
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    Default Re: Squadron Leader Percy Reynolds 66577 RAFVR DFC

    I wish I could understand the “Myers” story it makes no sense unless it was not Myers or he is reporting something else as “his experience”

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