Award of Distinguished Flying Cross



Award of Distinguished Flying Cross


Album page including letter from Air Vice Marshal E A B Rice, 1 Group, congratulating Warrant Officer E W Smith on the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. Caption on page '2nd Tour of Ops 12-626 Sqn, Wickenby, Lincs June - Nov 1943'.

Also on page is a newspaper cutting announcing the award and a crew photograph.



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Album page including one typewritten letter, newspaper cutting and one b/w photograph.


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[underlined] 2nd Tour of [missing word] [/underlined]
12 & 626 SQDs.
June – N [missing letters]

From: Air Vice-Marshal E.A.B. Rice, C.B.E., M.C.
Headquarters, No. 1 Group,
Royal Air Force,
Bawtry Hall,
1G/EABR/DO. 16th November 1943.

Dear Smith

I heartily congratulate you on the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
I am glad your splendid achievements have received due recognition.
Yours Sincerely

Warrant Officer E.W. Smith, D.F.C.
No. 626 Squadron,
R.A.F. Station,
[underlined] Wickenby. [/underlined]

[page break]

[underlined] 2nd Tour of Ops:
12 & 626 SQDs. Wickenby. Lincs.
June – Nov: 1943.
[inserted newspaper cutting] D.F.C./Pilot. – The award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to W.O. Pilot Ernest W. Smith, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs J. W. Smith, of 317, Luton-rd., Chatham, has been announced. He has completed 50 operational flights over Germany, including the big raids over Berlin and Hamburg. Twenty-eight years of age, he was educated at Ordnance-street School. Afterwards entering the Dockyard he joined the R.A.F. (V.R.) in January, 1939, and was called up at the outbreak of war. [/inserted newspaper cutting]


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