Homer Lawson DFC Newspaper Cutting

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Homer Lawson DFC Newspaper Cutting

Description

Two newspaper cuttings from a photo album.
Item 1 is a cutting that describes the award of a DFC to Homer Lawson.
Item 2 is a cutting that describes the shooting down of a Ju-88 by Homer Lawson's Halifax.

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IBCC Digital Archive

Contributor

Claire Monk

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Two newspaper cuttings on an album page

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PLawsonHA16010020

Transcription

D.F.C. FOR BROUGHTON OFFICER

“Gallantry and Devotion to Duty in Air Operations”

TAKEN PART IN FORTY OPERATIONAL FLIGHTS

The Distinguished Flying Cross has been awarded to Pilot Officer Harol Arthur Lawson of the Royal Air Force, for “gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of at operations” He is the son of Mr. and Mrs A. W, Lawson, who reside in Earl Street, Broughton.

The citation states: Throughout an exacting tour of duty, this officer has displayed exceptional ability as a navigator and cool courage in the face of the enemy. On four occasions his aircraft has be engaged by enemy fighters, and in the ensuing air combats three hostile aircraft have been destroyed. Pilot Officer Lawson’s technical skill has played no part in the success attained by his crew, and has enabled his captain to secure many excellent photographs of the aiming point.”

Pilot Officer Lawson, who is twenty-three years of age, joined the Royal Air Force in March 1942. He won his navigator’s “wing” on 1943, and was granted a commission this year. He has taken part in forty operational flights.

Educated at Greclan Street Boys School, Broughton and the Salford Grammar School, he attended the Church of the Ascension, Broughton. In civil life he was employed by Messer. Acme Welders, Ltd,. Manchester.

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The two gunners in a Halifax shared in the destruction of a Junkers 88. They both opened fire when the enemy was sighted at 600 yards range, and they kept their fingers on the gun-buttons while the fighter closed in to 450 yards. Then the Junkers burst into flames and was seen to hit the ground. It had not been able to fire a shot.

Citation

“Homer Lawson DFC Newspaper Cutting,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 23, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/22857.

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