Ernie Twells' recommendation for D.F.C.

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Title

Ernie Twells' recommendation for D.F.C.

Description

A document recommending the award of a Distinguished Flying Cross to Ernie Twells.

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1944-07-12

Contributor

Anne-Marie Watson

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One typewritten sheet from a scrapbook

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Transcription

AIR2 9025 X/N 07353

[Underlined] CONFIDENTIAL [/underlined]

[Underlined] RECOMMENTATION FOR NON-IMMEDIATE HONOURS AND AWARDS [/underlined]

Christian Names Ernest Surname TWELLS

Rank Pilot Officer Official Number 171180

Command or Group 5 Group, Bomber Command

Unit No 617 Squadron

Total Hours flown on Operations 284 hrs 55 mins

Number of sorties 47

Number of hours flown on operations since receipt of previous award N/A

Number of Sorties since receipt of previous award N/A

Recognition for which recommended D.F.C.

Appointment held Operational Flight Engineer

[Underlined] PARTICULARS OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE FOR WHICH THE RECOMMENDATION IS MADE [/underlined]

Pilot Officer Twells has completed a total of forty-seven sorties as a Flight Engineer. He has taken part in attacks against the majority of the most heavily defended targets in Germany including eight against Berlin, three against Hamburg, and attacks against Essen, Dusseldorf, and Frankfurt. Since taking part in these attacks he has completed twenty-four sorties with a Special Duties Squadron, the last seven of which have been in daylight against targets of vital importance to the enemy. Pilot Officer Twells has had to face time and again the most intense opposition from the enemy defences. He has frequently suffered severe damage to his aircraft but never once has he allowed himself to be distracted from his duties or his enthusiasm to be damped. His coolness and devotion to duty in the face of heavy odds have been an inspiration to his captain and to the rest of his crew and have resulted in the successful completion of attacks and great damage to the enemy.

This officer has always displayed superb airmanship and courage in the most adverse circumstances and I therefore recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Signed by Commanding Officer

Rank – Group Captain

Date 12th July, 1944

Citation

Great Britain. Royal Air Force, “Ernie Twells' recommendation for D.F.C.,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed August 3, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/7824.

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