S/LMINCHINTON, Cyril George, F/L (84895, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.10 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943. Commissioned 23 August 1940. See website, Air Accidents in Yorkshire for incidents on 21 January 1943 (Halifax DT667) and 1 May 1943 (Halifax DT789). Retired 23 August 1962. Public Record Office Air 2/8964 has citation drafted when he had flown 24 sorties (143 hours).
This officer has a long and distinguished record of operational work. He was posted to this squadron in July 1941 and has accomplished the duties of Squadron Bombing Leader in a most efficient manner. Much of the success attained by his unit can be traced to his painstaking ability as an instructor. On operations his determination and coolness have enabled him to achieve outstanding results. He has taken part in many operational sorties against such targets as Berlin and Essen, invariably completing his duties as bomb aimer with courage and tenacity.
MINCHINTON, Cyril George, Flight Lieutenant, DFC (84895) – General Duties Branch – Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Missing Research Enquiry Section - Member, Order of the British Empire – awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1950. Found in Public Record Office Air 2/10307, courtesy of Pavel Vancata.
Squadron Leader Minchinton joined the Missing Research and Enquiry Service in 1945 and has commanded Search Sections in several of the most difficult countries in which this Service has been called upon to operate, notably in Hungary, Yugoslavia and Greece. His work in Greece alone called for considerable tact and tenacity of purpose when he succeeded in penetrating into parts of the country at that time in the hands of the bandits, arranged for an escort of guerilla troops to lead his party through the mine fields, and returned with the bodies of 36 British aircrew, who, having identified, he had buried in the British Cemetery in Athens. In Yugoslavia, he so far enlisted the sympathy of Marshal Tito with our mission that the Marshal ordered his staff to give every facility in our Search Party in the execution of their duties. This enabled Squadron Leader Minchinton to trace over 500 missing aircrew in that country. This officer has been most outstanding in his zeal and devotion to duty.