Pilot gets D.F.C. and gunner D.F.M.

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Pilot gets D.F.C. and gunner D.F.M.

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Details of awards of Distinguished Flying Crosses and Distinguished Flying Medals to aircrew.

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IBCC Digital Archive

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David Bloomfield

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NBeltonSLS151120-04

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R.A.F. BOMBER
Pilot Gets D.F.C. And Gunner D.F.M.
Exploits by British airmen – one a New Zealander – over Wilhelmshaven and the Ruhr are among stories behind the awards of three D.F.C.s and five D.F.M.s which the Air Ministry announced to-day.
The D.F.C. awards are: -
Flying-Officer Neville Williams, Royal New Zealand Air Force; Pilot-Officer Angus Robson; and Pilot-Officer William Frank Tudhope.
The D.F.M. is awarded to:
Sgt. Wallace Stockport; Sgt. Lewis Smith Belton; Sgt. Sydney Ben Fuller; Sgt. Albert Corusch Goulder, and Sgt. Lewis Alan White.
ATTACKED BY THREE PLANES
Flying-Officer Williams was captain of an aircraft which was attacked by three enemy planes while returning from the Ruhr in July.
One and possibly two of the enemy were shot down and the third driven off.
Although his plane was riddled with bullets, Flying-Officer Williams successfully brought it to its base.
In the same raid, Sergeant White “showed a high degree of skill, clear thinking, and quick judgment” as rear gunner of an aircraft attacked by three Nazi over the aerodrome at Wessel in July.
Two of the enemy were sent down out of control and the third flew away.
BOMB ATTACKS ON WARSHIPS
Pilot-Officer Robson, in a bomb raid on Wilhelmshaven, in July, swept down, undeterred by gunfire, to 20 feet above harbour buildings, pressing his attack on a warship.
Sergeant Fuller, whose home is at Sheerness, and Sergeant Goulder were captain and wireless operator of an aircraft in the Wilhelmshaven raid.
Pilot-Officer Tudhope, captain of an aircraft in the Wilhelmshaven raid, made a second attack although his aircraft was badly damaged by a high explosive shell.
Sergeant Belton was navigator and bomb-aimer in Pilot-Officer Tudhope’s plane.
ONCE A FARM WORKER
Sergeant Belton, whose father lives at Southend, was formerly a farm worker.
Sergeant Stockport, a Durham man, was a blacksmith.
Pilot officer Robson, born in New South Wales, was educated at Ontario Canada, and the Isle of Wight, and his home is at Montreal.

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“Pilot gets D.F.C. and gunner D.F.M.,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 21, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/809.

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