The list of awards gazetted January 1950 (the subject of an earlier post) included nearly 50 awards for the Berlin Air Lift. However, thanks to Chris Osborne, I have also acquired some earlier awards for that operation (see below). Unfortunately the awards that may have been made in June 1949 appear to be unavailable, at least via Kew.

BEACHAM, John Desmond, Flying Officer (193258, Royal Air Force) - No.53 Squadron - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 1,125 hours, 266 on current duties, 266 in past six months.

BENNETT, William Rhys, Engineer II (960996, Royal Air Force) - No.201 Squadron - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 1,360 hours, 123 on current duties, 123 in past six months.


FAIRWEATHER, Philip Felix, Engineer I (577611, Royal Air Force) - No.206 Squadron - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 1,950 hours, 235 on current duties, 235 in past six months.

FROST, Ingolf Petet, Signaller IIA (578452, Royal Air Force) - No.40 Squadron, No.47 Group - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 2,180 hours, 330 on present duties, 330 in past six months.

GUTHRIE, John Craig, Flight Lieutenant, DFC (132780, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve - No.242 Squadron - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 1,801 hours, 196 on current duties, 196 in past six months.

HALLETT, Austin Wilfred, Flight Lieutenant, DFC (175747), Royal Air Force - No.240 Operational Conversion Unit - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 1,678 hours, 339 on current duties, 339 in past six months.

HANSON, Donald Frank, F/L (181972) - No.18 Squadron - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 1,840 hours, 350 on current duties, 350 in past six months.

HARKNESS, Alexander Ellis, Flight Lieutenant (129755, Royal Air Force) - No.230 Squadron - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 1,665 hours, 120 on current duties, 120 in past six months.

HOBBS, Clifford William, Pilot I (1415768, Royal Air Force) - No.27 Squadron - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 2,472 hours, 232 on present duties, 232 in past six months.

HUTT, Stanley Lionel, F/L, DFC (143680) - Station North Luffenham, attached to Lubeck - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 2,380 hours, 258 on current duties, 168 in past six months.

LAURENT, Trevor Malcolm, Signaller II (1865956, Royal Air Force) - No.242 Squadron - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1949. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 1,200 hours, 190 on current duties, 190 in past six months.

LOVIE, Robert, Signaller II (1823133, Royal Air Force) - No.62 Squadron - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 972 hours, 261 on current duties, 261 in past six months.

MARSHALL, Royston William, Signaller II (577917, Royal Air Force) - No.206 Squadron - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 2,857 hours, 232 on current duties, 232 in past six months.

MAULE, John Denouette F/L (150610), Royal Air Force.- No.51 Squadron - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 2,060 hours, 270 on current duties, 270 in past six months.

MILES, Kenneth Harry, Flight Lieutenant (163156*, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.53 Squadron, attached Fassberg - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted 7 October 1948.

MILTON, Ronald George, F/L (129755) No.230 Squadron Air Force Cross awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1949. Recommended when he had flown 2,590 hours, 310 on current duties, 194 in past six months.

MORTLEY, Ronald Sidney, Flight Lieutenant (151292, Royal Air Force) - No.238 Squadron - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 1,951 hours, 350 on current duties, 350 in past six months.

PEARCE, Eric John, Navigator II (185655, Royal Air Force) - No.238 Squadron - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 1,350 hours, 350 on current duties, 220 in past six months.

RICHARDS, Kenneth George Edward, Pilot I (1337656, Royal Air Force) - Netheravon, attached Lubeck - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 2,590 hours, 310 in current duties, 194 in past six months.

RYDER, John James Bowker, Flight Lieutenant, DFC (179272, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.59 Squadron, No.47 Group - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 2,579 hours 20 minutes, 235 hours 45 minutes on present duties, 235 hours 45 minutes in past six months.

SOWERSBY, Jack Neville, Navigator I (591655, Royal Air Force) - No.30 Squadron, No.46 Group - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 2,400 hours, 300 on current duties, 350 in past six months.

WINDUST, Joseph Alfred, Pilot II (1800374, Royal Air Force) - No.240 Operational Training Unit, instructor, attached Station Lubeck, No.38 Group - Air Force Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1948. Recommendation found by Chris Osborne in Air 9986 (Berlin Airlift awards), drafted when he had flown 1,172 hours, 256 on current duties, 256 in past six months.