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    I have a copy of Ian Tavender's The Distinguished Flying Medal , A Record Of Courage , 1918-1982 published by Hayward in 1990 . Am I right in thinking that this book was revised and re-published possibly by Savannah along similar lines to the DFC book by Nick and Carol Carter ? If so , does it contain more information than the first edition , at what price was it published and is it also a two volume set ? Thank you .

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    Tavender's first book, published in 1990, listed all DFM recipients from 1918 to 1982 and had citations when these had appeared in the London Gazette.

    The reworked publication, the two-volume "The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War" (Savannah, 1990) dealt only with Second World War awards. Moreover, it dealt with those DFMs which had originally been gazetted without citations; he went to primary documents and extracted the recommendations (which are almost always more detailed than even published citations). As such, the book is a treasure. I do not recall what I paid for it - but it was worth it.

    The Carter books on the DFC list DFC recipients from 1918 onwards and reproduce citations if the London Gazette had one. In the absence of a London Gazette text, the Carter books provide only the bare-bones of name, rank, service number, unit, Gazette date and page reference. Other sources provide some of the unpublished citations or recommendations; see Air Force Association of Canada website (RCAF awards) and "By Such Deeds" by Colin Hanson (RNZAF awards). I have several hundred other unpublished DFC citations which I listed at one time on the old board. See http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=459&forum=DCForumID7 &archive=yes. However, the old thread also has my old (and now superceded) e-mail address; for current address consult my Forum profile.
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    Both the DFC and DFM sets were originally sold for £150 each by Savannah. However, both sets are out of print and so are only available from third parties or second hand. Last time i looked, the only DFC set available on the net was going for over £250.

    About 18 months ago I did chat with Diane at Savannah, and she mentioned that there was a possibility that they may republish both sets in the future, but nothing definate was mentioned. I haven't heard anything more since then.

    I think I got lucky in purchasing the DFM set from her just before they ran out.

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    I paid 200 for my copy of carter.. And thought I was lucky. The book seller at the time did not know that they were hens teeth territory. He also had a copy of Tavener as well

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    Thanks Hugh , Amrit and Paul for those details , much appreciated . I was lucky enough to buy a copy of the DFC volumes when they were published and I have been equally lucky enough to meet many of the recipients listed and have them sign their name alongside their entry . I would take them , and the original Tavender volume , to various squadron reunions in the hope of gaining a sigature wherever possible and the gentlemen I asked were always pleased to do so and in many cases surprised that anyone should take an interest in them and that indeed their gallantry had even been recorded - in many case their families too . At times words failed me , they were all wonderful unassuming people .
    I thought the DFM book had been revised and will now make an effort to try and buy a copy and yes , I can imagine Paul , they fetch a hefty price now too . But if anyone knows of a set for sale.................

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    Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting four holders of the DFC at the same time, one was a Battle of Britain pilot, one was one of the first Indian pilots to join the RAF in 1942, another one was an Army pilot who got his in the 1950s, and the last one was a helicopter pilot who won his recently in Afghanistan.

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    I have inherited my Grandpas DFM, wo T Purdy. I have a few paper cutouts from his home town gazette but find it hard to find out more about him. I know were he is buried but apart from that i am stuck, could anyone tell me what book or sites that may help. Thanks D Purdy

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    D. Purdy, I suspect this is the London Gazette entry for your Grandpa's DFM:
    Air Ministry,
    24th December, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following appointments and awards: —
    Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.
    564392 Sergeant Thomas PURDY, No. 9 Squadron.
    The above awards are for gallantry and devotion .to duty in the execution of air operations.
    Hopefully other who contribute to the forum will be able to provide you with more information. Regards, Terry

    Additional info: WO T. Purdy, by now a pilot on 57 Sqn, was killed on 28 Dec 41 and is buried in Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery. You will probably get more responses if you post your message on the main forum as well.
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    D. Purdy,

    The following may be of interest, from my trilogy 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume One: Fates 1915-1942)':

    Sat 27/Sun 28 Dec 1941
    Bomber Command
    Raid on Düsseldorf, Germany (by 132 aircraft - 8 lost)
    . . .57 Squadron, RAF (Feltwell, Norfolk - 3 Group)
    Wellington IC Z1097 - took off at 1700 captained by Wt Off T Purdy, DFM, RAF, on same raid as the above and shot down over the Netherlands by a night-fighter at 2030, crashing near Someren, 30km west of Venlo. An RAF Sgt survived to be captured, but his five comrades died and were buried at Venlo, later being reinterred at Eindhoven.
    2nd Pilot: NZ404996 Sgt Maxwell Joseph CRONIN, RNZAF - Age 21. 243hrs. 6th op.

    And from Vol Three (Biographies & Appendices):

    CRONIN, Sergeant Maxwell Joseph.
    NZ404996; b Napier 29 Nov 20; Auckland Grammar; clerk - Bond & Bond Ltd, Auckland. NZ Army/TF 18 mths; RNZAF Levin/GTS as Airman Pilot u/t 1 Dec 40, 4EFTS 20 Jan 41, emb for Canada 27 Mar 41, att RCAF 17 Apr 41, 6SFTS 21 Apr 41, Pilots Badge & Sgt 3 Jul 41, 1 M Depôt 9 Jul 41, att RAF & emb for UK 21 Jul 41, 3PRC 16 Aug 41, 20OTU (Wellington) 23 Aug 41, 57 Sqn (Wellington - 6 ops) 12 Nov 41, kao 27 Dec 41. Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery - JJ. coll. grave 42, North Brabant, Netherlands. Son of Edward Denis Joseph & Mary Florence Cronin (née Garland), Remuera, Auckland. [phot. TWN 21.1.42].

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    Re Sergeant Thomas Purdy, the following from Tavender. Recommendation in Air 2/9327.

    "Sergeant Purdy has taken part as Captain of aircraft in most of the important operations undertaken by the squadron since 4th September 1939 and has at all times shown conspicuous gallantry and determination in pressing home his attacks in the face of severe enemy opposition and in adverse weather conditions. On 18th December 1939, in operations near Heligoland he was responsible for the destruction of three enemy aircraft. His success as a captain of aircraft is no less marked than his skill and determination as a pilot and he has imbued his crew with a team spirit to a marked extent. By his courage, persistent determination, skill and power of leadership, this N.C.O. has at all times set an example deserving of the highest praise."

    Remarks by Station Commander:

    "This pilot has only three months rest from operational flying since th declaration of war. Amongst the successful results of his bombing attacks are included damage to railways at Osnabruck on 7th July 1940 and Ham on 4th August 1940. In addition to hits on barges at Calais on 21st September 1940, and the dock at Kiel on 19th August 1940, these attacks were pressed home in the face of severe anti-aircraft fire."

    Remarks by Air Officer Commanding:

    "Although on one occasion during his first tour of duty his aircraft was extensively damaged during an attack on Wilhelmshaven with necessitated a forced landing without his undercarriage at a strange aerodrome and with a wounded crew, his determination was in no way shaken and he completed his normal tour of duty in an operational unit. After three months employment on the O.T.U. he returned to his original unit as full of vigour and determination as ever and has at all times been an ouutstanding member of his squadron and sets the very best example to all junior Captains."

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