Arthur Hollis' award of the Distinguished Flying Cross



Arthur Hollis' award of the Distinguished Flying Cross


Two newspaper cuttings of same date. First (from The Times) lists RAF Awards for Gallantry in air operations. Includes Distinguished Flying Cross for F/L A N Hollis. Second (from The Daily Telegraph) gives account of Hollis citation stating attack on Essen in July 1943, accurate anti aircraft fire, damage to aircraft and subsequent attack by night fighter. Aircraft brought safely home.



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Two newspaper cuttings


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The King has approved the following awards in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations:-
Wg. Cdr. W. McF. Russell, D.F.C., R.A.F.O., 50 Sq.; S/L A. J. Heyworth, D.F.C., R.A.F.V.R., 12 sq.; S/L R. E. S. Smith, D.F.C., R.A.F.V.R., 57 Sq,; F/L H.W. Southgate, D.F.C., R.A.F.V.R., 50 Sq,; F/L W.C. Langstaff, D.F.C., R.C.A.F., 103 Sq.
[Underlined] DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS [/Underlined]
Wg. Cdr. E.F. Nind, R.A.F., 97, Sq; S/L F. J. Austin, R.A.F.O. 623 Sq.; S/L L. H. Eno R.A.F. O., 61 Sq.; S/L M, Crocker , R.A.F. V.R., 57, Sq.; S/L R.E. Fawcett, R.A.F., 156 Sq,; S/L M.H. Hankins, R.A.F., 199 Sq.; S/L F. J. Hartnell-Beavis, R.A.F.V.R., 10 Sq.; S/L L.G. Johnson, R.A.F.V.R., 83,Sq.,S/L J. Joll, D.F.M., R.N.Z.A.F., 75 (N.Z.) Sq,; S/L W.J. Lewis, R.A.F.V.R., 467 (R.A.A.F.) Sq.; S/L D.L. Pitt, A.F.C., R.A.F.V.R., 138 Sq.; S/L B.R. Quinlan, R.N.Z.A.F., 158 Sq.; S/L H.L. Saunders ,R.C.A.F. 218 Sq.; S/L J. D. Snider, R.C.A.F., 419 (R.C.A.F) Sq.; S/L D.C. Wellburn, R.A.F.O, 61 Sq. (Since Deceased); S/L R.E. Young , R.A.F., 156 Sq.
F/L J. A. Breckell, R.A.F.V.R., 9 Sq.; F/L L.V. Harcourt, R.A.F., 7 Sq.; F/L G. Hipkin, R.A.F.V.R., 50 Sq.; F/L G. F. Robertson, R.A.F.V.R., 9 Sq.; F/L W. A. Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, R.A.F., 101 Sq.; F/L A.F. Wallace, R.A.F., 620 Sq.; F/L J. R. Wood, R.A.F., 10 Sq.; Capt. D. J. Maree, S.A.A.F., 60 Sq.; F/L J.W. Armitage, R.A.F.V.R., 35 Sq.; F/L K.T. Balding, R.A.A.F., 218 Sq.; F/L R. G. Becker, R.A.F.V.R., 76,; F/L W.C.T. Bray, R.A.F.V.R., 207 Sq.; F/L R. H. Brookbanks, R.N.Z.A.F., 10 Sq.; F/L W.T. Brown, R.N.Z.A.F., 158 Sq.; F/L O.L. Browne, R.A.F.V.R., 158 Sq.; F/L L. H. Butler, R.N.Z.A.F., 149 Sq.; F/L D. M. Carey, R.C.A.F., 103 Sq.; F/L E.B. Chandler, R.A.F.V.R., 49 Sq.; F/L W.H. Cheek, R.A.F., 90 Sq.; F/L M.E. Chivers, R.A.F.V.R ., 61 Sq,; F/L P. F. Clayton, R.A.F.V.R., 97 Sq.; F/L C.W.Cole, R.A.F.V.R., 405 (R.C.A.F.) Sq.; F/L L. C. Dilworth, R.C.A.F., 429 Sq.; F/L A.C. Dowden, R.A.F.V.R., 78 Sq.; F/L K. Eggleston, R.A.F.V.R., 115 Sq,; F/L R. Ellis-Brown, R.A.F.V.R., 214 Sq.; F/L S.G. Falconer, D.F.M., R.A.F.V.R., 214Sq.; F/L D. W. Finlay, R.A. F.V.R., 103 Sq.; F/L R. A. Fletcher, D.F.M., R.A.F.V.R., 97 Sq., F/L W.A.G. Gallienne, R.A.F.V.R., 83 Sq.; F/L R. E. Gardiner, R.A.F.V.R., 12 Sq.; F/L T. W. Harris, R.A.F.V.R., 408 (R.C.A.F.) Sq.; [Underlined]F/L A. N. Hollis. [/Underlined] R.A.F.V.R., 50 Sq.; F/L W.E. Hull, R.A.F.V.R., 101 Sq.; F/L H. L. Hulme, R.A.F.V.R, 35 Sq,; F/L W.N. Keddie, R.C.A.F., 419 (R.C.A.F.) Sq.; F/L L. Kerr, R.A.F.V.R., 158 Sq.; F/L W.J. Klufas, R.C.A.F., 15 Sq.; F/L E.F. Lewin, R.A.F.V.R., 7 Sq.; F/L H.B Locke, R.A.A.F., 467 (R.A.A.F.) Sq.; F/L D.H Luck, R.A.F., 83 Sq.; F.L. A.L. McGrath, R.N.Z.A.F., 156 Sq.; F/L L.L. McLeod, R.A.A.F., 408 (R.C.A.F.) Sq.;F/L A.R. Middleton, R.A.F.V.C., 102 Sq.; F/L S.M. G. Peryer, R.N.Z.A.F., 90 Sq.; F/L H.E.T. Prager, R.A.F.V.R., 115 Sq.; F/L B.F. Rawson, R.C.A.F., 429 Sq.; F/L J.E.R. Rawstorne, R.A.F.V.R., 103 Sq.; F/L K.H Reynolds, R.A.F.,158 Sq.; F/L H.G.M. Robinson, R.A.A.F., 76 Sq,; F/L H.W. Sandgren, R.C.A.F., 158 Sq.; F/L F.E. Sheppard, R.A.F.V.R., 90 Sq,; F/L F. Stanyard, R.A.F.V.R., 158 Sq.; F/L D. L. C. Thomas, R.A.F.V.R., 61 Sq.; F/L C.H.T. Tubman, R.A.F.V.R., 427 (R.C.A.F.) Sq.; F/L G.R. Whitten, R.A.F.V.R., 35 Sq.; F/L R.E. Wilkinson, R.A.F.V.R., 138 Sq.
F/O. M.R. Ashman, R.A.F.V.R., 77 Sq.; A.G. Badman, R.A.F.V.R., 101 Sq.; F/O. W. A.C. Bowen, R.A.F.V.R., 115 Sq.; F/O. J. Cafferty, R.A.F.V.R., 78 Sq.; F/O. E. T. Cappi, R.A.A.F., 460 (R.A.A.F.) Sq.; F/O. M.W.P. Carreck, R.A.F.V.R., 192 Sq.; F/O. R. H. Chadwick, R.A.F.V.R. 460 (R.A.A.F.) Sq.; F/O. R.J. Clark, R.C.A.F., 61 Sq.; F/O. W.R. Clow, R.C.A.F., 51 Sq.; F/O. T. B. Cooper, R.A.F.V.R., 101 Sq.; F/O. W. Dobson, R.A.F.V.R., 158 Sq.; F/O. A.S. Drew, R.N.Z.A.F., 156 Sq.; F/O. G.B. Ellwood, R.C.A.F., 405 (R.C.A.F.) Sq.; F/O. G.W. Fairweather, R.A.F.V.R., 106 Sq.; F/O H.L. Forrest, R.C.A.F., 196 Sq.; F/O. W.S. Gaunt, R.A.F.V.R., 466 (R.A.A.F) Sq.; F/O. T.W. Girdleston, R.A.F.V.R., 12 Sq.; F/O. C. W. Gray, R.A.F.V.R., 50 Sq.; F/O. K. G. Gray, R.C.A.F., 207 Sq.: F/O. E. G. Hardingham, R.A.F.V.R., 12 Sq.; F/O. F. S. Hair, R.A.F.V.R., 419 (R.C.A.F.) Sq.; F/O. G. G. Hurst, R.A.F.V.R., 218 Sq.; F/O. D.H. Jones, R.A.A.F., 102 Sq,: F/O. A.A. Macfarlane, R.N.Z.A.F., 466 (R.A.A.F.) Sq.; F/O. I. Maclean, R.A.F.V.R., 138 Sq.; F/O. F.A. Margetts, R.A.F.V.R., 10 Sq.; F/O. A. M. McDonald, D.F.M., R.A.A.F., 102 Sq.; F/O. M. McIver, R.C.A.F., 106 Sq.; F/O. A. G. Miles, R.A.F.V.R., 61 Sq.; F/O. J.E.H. Morris, R.A.A.F., 76 Sq.; F/O. T.E. Osborn, R.A.A.F., 460 (R.A.A.F.) Sq.; F/O. R.W. Palmer, R.C.A.F., 50 Sq.; F/O. J.J. Pattinson, R.A.F.V.R., 90 Sq.; F/O. E.H. Rafferty, R.A.A.F., 10 Sq.; F.O. P. Robins, R.A.F.V.R., 57 Sq.; F/O. H.J. Rogers,, R.A.F.V.R., 35 Sq.; F/O. N.D. Samuel, R.A.F.V.R. 166 Sq.; F/O. M. Sattler R.C.A.F., 405 (R.C.A.F.) Sq.; F/O. H. J. Shield, R.N.Z.A.F., 149 Sq.; F/O. D.S. Smart, R.C.A.F., 77 Sq.; F/O. B.H. Stanley, R.A.F.V.R., 35 Sq.; F/O. P.A. Stevens, R.A.A.F., 156 Sq.; F.O. M.H. Stewart, R.A.F.V.R., 12 Sq.; F/O. A.G.Taylor, R.A.F.V.R., 10 Sq.; F/O. J.D. Vaizey, R.A.F.V.R, 466 (R.A.A.F.) Sq.; F/O. W. Weiser, R.C.A.F., 405 (R.C.A.F.) Sq.; F/O. F. J. Wright, R.A.F.V.R., 12 Sq.; F/O. J. H. Wright, R.A.F., 156 Sq.; F/O. W. A. Yendell, R.A. F.V.R., 10Sq.; P/O. R.H. Davies, R.A.F.V.R., 24 (S.A.A.F.) Sq.
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The greatly increased tempo of our bombing offensive against German targets in recent months is reflected in one of the longest lists of awards ever issued by the Air Ministry, published to-day. It covers five bars to the D.F.C., 123 D.F.C.s, one bar to the D.F.M. and 54 D.F.M.s.
Here are some of the outstanding incidents referred to in the citations:
[symbol] Actg [Underlined] Flt. Lt. A.N. Hollis, [/Underlined] of No. 50 Squadron, gets the D.F.C: In July, when attacking Essen, his aircraft was caught in a cone of searchlights and subjected to accurate A.A. fire. Much damage was caused to the machine, the “inter-com.” was rendered unserviceable, both tyres burst, and many holes were made in the fuselage. [symbol]
In addition, the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter and the rear turret was considerably damaged. Flt. Lt. Hollis not only shook off his assailant, but by skilful pilotage, brought his charge safely home.
Flt. Lt. J.R. Wood, 27, No. 10 Squadron, a Gateshead man living at Dunston-on-Tyne, Durham, also gets the D.F.C. In one raid his aircraft survived two attacks by A.A. fire, once over the target, when two petrol tanks were pierced and much petrol lost, and later when crossing the French coast on the return journey from gunfire, both from the ground and from flak ships.
On reaching England only two engines were working, and Flt. Lt. Wood had to make a crash landing. On many other occasions he has flown badly damaged aircraft safely to base.
Other awards with the squadron numbers in parentheses, are as follows:
Bar to D.F.C. – Act. Wing Cmdr. W. McF. Russell, 35, Darlington (50); Actg. Sqdn Ldrs. A.J. Heyworth, 21, Grasmere (12); and R.E.S. Smith, 28, Kirtlington (57); Flt. Lt. H.W. Southgate, 29, Colchester (50); Actg. Flt. Lt. W.C. Langstaff, R.C.A.F., 29, Toronto (103).
D.F.C. – Actg. Wing Cmdr. E.F. Nind, 32, Rushden (97); Sqdn-Ldrs. F. J. Austin, 29, London (623); and L. H. Eno, 24, Buckhurst Hill (51); Actg. Sqdn-Ldrs. M. Crocker, 26, Washington, United States (57): R.E. Fawcett, 25, Stoke by Chartley ([indecipherable digit]56); M. H. Hankins, 29, Rowland’s Castle (199); F. J. Hartnell-Beavis, 30, Virginia Water (10); L. G. Johnson, 33, Gerrards Cross (83) J. [indecipherable name], 23, R.N.Z.A.F, New Plymouth, New Zealand (75) [Indecipherable words]
D. L. Pitt, 28, Bournemouth (138): B.R. Quinlan. 23. R.N.Z.A.F. Birmingham (158); H. L. Saunders, 23, R.C.A.F., Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan (218); J.D. Snider, 27, R.C.A.F., Grimsby, Ontario (419. R.C.A.F.); D.C. Wellburn, 27, Vancouver (61), since deceased; and R E. Young, 28, Edinburgh (156):
Flt. Lts. J. A. Breekell, 33, Liverpool (9); L.V. Harcourt, 32, Oxford (7); G. Hipkin, 35, North Hykeham (50); G. F. Robertson, 25, Saffron Walden (9); W. A. Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, 24, Holmes Chapel (101); and A. F. Wallace, 23, Dartmouth (620):
Capt D.J. Maree. S.A.A.F. (60).
Actg. Flt. Lts. J. W. Armitage, Chorley (33); K.T. Balding, R.A.A.F., 27, Victoria, (218); R.G. Becker, 25, Darlington (76); W.C.T. Bray, 23, Hatfield (207); R.H. Brookbanks, 24, R.N.Z.A.F., Auckland (10); W. T. Brown, 32, R.N.Z.A.F., Timaru, New Zealand (158); O.L. Browne, 23, Sidcup (158); L.H. Butler, R.N.Z.A.F., 27, Dunedin (149); D.M. Carey, R.C.A.F., Brandon, Manitoba (103); E.B. Chandler, 22, Croydon, (49); W.H. Cheek, 31. Winchmore Hill (90); M. E Chivers, 23, Broxbourne (61); P.F. Clayton, 21, Richmond, Surrey, (97); C.W. Cole, 23, Romford (405, R.C.A.F.); L.C. Dilworth, R.C.A.F., 29, Kelowna, British Columbia (429); A. C. Dowden, 30, Bournemouth (78); K. Eggleston, 22, Wysall (115); R. Ellis-Brown, 29, Wing (214); S.G. Falconer, 22, South Shields (214); D.W. Finley, 21, Kew, (103); R.A. Fletcher, 29, Burton-on-Trent, (97); W.A.G Gallienne, 34, Norbury, (83); R. E. Gardiner, 22, Canterbury (12): T.W. Harris, 22, London (408. R.C.A.F.).
W.E. Hull, 21, East Lothian (101); H.L. Hulme, 33, Northampton (35); W.N. Keddle, R.C.A.F., 24, Leamington Spa (419); L. Kerr, 26, Newcastle (158); W.J. Klufas, R.C.A.F, 28, Radway, Alberta (15); E.F. Lewin, 23, Derby (7); H.B. Locke, R.A.A.F., Geelong, Victoria (467); D.H. Luck, Eastbourne, (83); A L. McGrath, R.N.Z.A.F., 30, Christchurch, New Zealand (156); L.L. Mcleod, R.A.A.F., 30, Victoria (408 R.C.A.F); A.R. Middleton, 26, Streatham, (102); S.M.G. Peryer, R.N.Z.A.F., 26, Christchurch, New Zealand, (90); H.E.T. Prager, 22, Bishop Auckland (115); B.F. Rawson, R.C.A.F., 21, Hamilton, Ontario (429).
J E.R. Rawstorne, 33, Lourenco Margues (103); K. H. Reynolds, 26, Ringwood, (158); H.G.M. Robinson, R.A.A.F., 24, Sydney, (76); H.W. Sandgren, R.C.A.F. (158); F.E. Sheppard, 22, Plaistow (90); F. Stanyard, 29, Twickenham (158); D.L.C. Thomas, Dumfriesshire (61); C.H.T Tubman, 24, York (427, R.C.A.F): G.R. Whitten, 23, Orpington (35); and R.E. Wilkinson, 30, Barkingside, (138):
Flg. Off. M.R. Ashman, Carshalton (77): A.G. Badman, 25, Hereford (101), W.A.C. Bowen, 33, Newport, Mon. (115): J. Cafferty, 24, Buchlyvie (78): E.T. Cappi, R.A.A.F., 26, Armadale, Victoria (460): M.W.P. Carreck, 23, Sidcup (192); R.H. Chadwick, 21, Chorley (460 R.A.A.F.): R.J. Clark, R.C.A.F. 25, Edmonton, Alberta, (61); W.R. Clow, R.C.A.F., 23, Hamilton, Ontario (51); T.B. Cooper, 33, Thirsk, (101); W. Dobson, 29, Duncan, British Columbia, (158); A.S. Drew, R.N.Z.A.F., 29, Auckland, (156); G.B. Ellwood, R.C.A.F., 25, Manitoba (405):
G.W. Fairweather, 22, Belize, British Honduras (106); H.L. Forrest, R.C.A.F., 25, Beverley (196); W.S. Gaunt, 25, Scarborough (466. R.A.A.F.); T.W. Girdlestone, 23, Cape Province (12); C.W. Gray, 31, Bridlington (50): K.G. Gray, R.C.A.F., 24, Stoughton, Saskatchewan (207); E.G. Hardingham, 21, Southern Rhodesia (12):
F.S. Hair, 35, Birmingham (419 R.C.A.F.): G.G. Hurst, 34, Liverpool (218); D.H. Jones, R.A.A.F. 29, Melbourne (102), A.A. Macfarlane, R.N.Z.A.F., 33, Rotherham, New Zealand (466, R.A.A.F); I. Maclean, 35, Shrewsbury (138); F.A. Margetts, 27, Bradford, (10); A.M. McDonald, R.A.A.F., 31, Hawthorn, Victoria (102); M. McIver, R.C.A.F., 23, Toronto (106); A.G. Miles, 29, Neath (61): J.E.H. Morris, R.A.A.F., 33, Cairns, Australia (76): T.E Osborn, R.A.A.F., 23, New South Wales, (460): R.W. Palmer, R.C.A.F., 34, British Columbia (50): J.J. Pattinson, Cumberland (90): E.H. Rafferty, R.A.A.F., 30, Ararat, Victoria (10).
P. Robins, 22, Sidcup (57): H.J Rogers, 27, Kingsbridge (55); N.D. Samuel, 29, [Indecipherable] (166); M. Sattler, R.C.A.F., 21, Regina, Canada (405); H.J. Shield, R.N.Z.A.F., 27, Patea (142): D.S. Smart, R.C.A.F., 23, London (77): B.H. Stanley, 21, London, (35), P.A. Stevens, R.A.A.F., 24, Western Australia (4156); M.H. Stewart, 32, London (12); A.G. Taylor, 26, London, (10); J. D. Vaizey, 32, London, (466, R.A.A.F.): W. Weiser, R.C.A.F., 24, Newark, New Jersey (405); F.J. Wright, 23, Crewe (12); J.H. Wright, 22, Truro (156); W.A. Yendell, 27, Woking (10); and Pilot Off. R.H. Davies, 22, Llandudno (24, S.A.A.F.)
[inserted] October 12th 1943. [/inserted]



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