FENNELL, Frederick William, F/L (117924, RAFVR) - No.218 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943. Born 1921 in Liverpool. Private in Territorial Army. 1940; to RAF, 1941 (656844). Commissioned 28 March 1942. Mentioned in Despatched, 14 June 1945. Citation in AMB 11124.
Flight Lieutenant Fennell is a captain of aircraft who has displayed outstanding ability during sorties over many very heavily defended targets in Germany. These have included Wuppertal, Berlin, Essen and Hamburg. Throughout the whole period of his operations he has maintained a very high standard of efficiency which has had a fine effect on the morale of less experienced crews. He is unperturbed by the heaviest opposition.
RICHARDS, Leonard Thomas Christopher, P/O (144469, RAFVR) - No.218 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943. Airman 1285797, commissioned 3 April 1943. Commissioned in postwar RAF, 3 August 1948. Retired from RAF Auxiliary, 8 March 1959 as Flight Lieutenant, “retaining the rank of Squadron Leader.” Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 11179.
Shortly after this officer began his operational career he was involved in an aircraft accident and only by supreme determination did he again become fit for operational duties. Since then he has completed bombing sorties over most of the major targets in Europe including Milan, Genoa, Frankfurt, Wuppertal and Essen. Throughout all his missions, Pilot Officer Richards has displayed determination and gallantry of a high order.
Another DFC for No.218 Squadron from about this period - that for Frederick William BROWN - was posted on the Forum on 15 April 2023.