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    Default F/O and F/L John Craig Drummond GUTHRIE - DFC (No.50 Sqn), AFC (No.242 Sqn)

    GUTHRIE, John Craig Drummond, F/O (132780, Royal Air Force) - No.50 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944. Born at St. Pancras, London in October 1910; home in Windsor, Berkshire. Enlisted May 1941 (1391185); commissioned 19 December 1942. Awarded December 1944. To Aircraft Control Branch, 18 June 1951 with seniority from 19 December 1948. Died at Takali, Malta, 30 December 1960. No citation in Gazette; recommendation might be foumd at Kew, AIR 2/9276.

    GUTHRIE, John Craig Drummond, F/L, DFC (132780, Royal Air Force) - 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

    This officer is employed as a navigator on a York aircraft engaged in the Berlin Air Lift. He has completed 76 sorties between Wunstorf and Gatow on this operation. These flights have been undertaken in all weather conditions and have demanded an exacting standard of navigation. In addition to flying these sorties, Flight Lieutenant Guthrie has been invaluable in evolving scientific methods of crew utilization. This officer is not only keen on the accuracy of his own particular work, but is so mindful of the well being and care of his brother crews that he has spent most of his rest periods and periods of leave in thinking and working out time schedules to the best advantage. He possesses a most cheerful personality and ability to work hard at all times, a great devotion to duty, and a sincere regard for the wellbeing of all crews engaged on this operation. He has completed successfully an impressive number of sorties to Berlin, frequently in most exhausting conditions where very much the success of the flight and even the safety of the aircraft have depended on his own personal skill and performance which have never failed. His intense enthusiasm, keenness and skill at his task have inspired not only members of his own crew but those of other crews engaged in this operation.

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    This officer is employed as a navigator on a York aircraft engaged in the Berlin air lift. He has completed 76 sorties between Wunsdorf and Gatow on this operation. These flights have been undertaken in all weather conditions and have demanded an exacting standard of navigation. In addition to flying these sorties, Flight Lieutenant Guthrie has been invaluable in evolving scientific methods of crew utilisation. This officer is not only keen on the accuracy of his own particular work, but is so mindful of the well-being and care of his brother crews that he has spent most of his rest periods and periods of leave in thinking and working out time schedules to the best advantage. He possesses a most cheerful personality and ability to work hard at all times, a great devotion to duty and a sincere regard for the well-being of all crews engaged on the operation. He has completed successfully an impressive number of sorties to Berlin, frequently in most exhausting conditions where very much the success of the flight and even the safety of the aircraft have depended on his own personal skill and performance which has never failed. His intense enthusiasm, keenness and skill at his task have inspired not only members of his own crew but those of others crews engaged in this operation.

    As raised in the squadron, the original recommendation read:

    This Navigator has completed 76 complete trips between Wunsdorg and Gatow on the Berlin Air Lift. These flights have been undertaken in all weather conditions and demanded an exacting standard of Navigation. In addition to flying these sorties Flight Lieutenant Guthrie has been invaluable in working out scientific methods of crew utilization. The working out of these crew details has involved him in hours and hours of work, all of which he carried out during his rest periods and also when on leave. The work proved of great value to all the crews.

    The Officer Commanding, Station Wunsdorf, added:

    This officer is not only keen on the accuracy of his particular work, but is so mindful of the well being and care of his brother crews that he has spent most of his rest periods in thinking and working out time schedules to the best advantage. He possesses a most cheerful personality, an ability to work hard at all times, a great devotion to duty, and a sincere regard for the well being of all crews detailed for this operation.

    The Air Officer Commanding, Transport Command, concluded:

    1. I strongly endorse the recommedation by his Commanding Officer of the award of the Air Force Cross to Flight Lieutenant Guthrie.

    2. His intense enthusiasm, keenness and skill at his task as Navigator of a York squadron have not only inspired the other members of his crew, but also all the other crews of his squadron and station. He has completed successfully an impressive number of sorties to Berlin, frequently . . . [document incomplete].

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    Default Re: F/O and F/L John Craig Drummond GUTHRIE - DFC (No.50 Sqn), AFC (No.242 Sqn)

    Hello,

    Re: Flt Lt John Craig Drummond GUTHRIE DFC, AFC, RAF.

    https://veterans.mod.uk/roll-of-hono...SerialNo=R5754

    Note Date of Birth and Date of Death.

    Col.

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