Hero of 21 RAF raids gets DFC

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Hero of 21 RAF raids gets DFC

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Distinguished Flying Crosses and Distinguished Flying Medals issued to aircrew, with details on the operations.

From: The People, 4 August 1940, p. 6.

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IBCC Digital Archive
The People

Date

1940-08-04

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David Bloomfield

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One newspaper cutting

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NBeltonSLS151120-07

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THE PEOPLE, SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 1940 – Page 7
HERO OF 21 R.A.F. RAIDS GETS D.F.C.
BRITISH AIRMEN WHO, LAST MONTH, BOMBED THE RUHR AND ENEMY WARSHIPS AT WILHELMSHAVEN NAVY BASE ARE IN THE [number of missing words] FOR GALLANTRY.
Flying Officer Neville Williams, of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, had dropped his bombs on Ruhr industrial plant, and was returning home when three enemy fighters attacked him.

One and possibly two of the enemy planes were shot down and the third driven off.
Flying-Officer Williams’s plane was riddled with bullets, says the official award yesterday. He brought it safely home.
In all he had taken part in 21 raids on enemy territory this year. He receives the D.F.C. for his “coolness, courage and real leadership.”
Pilot-Officer Angus Robson, an Australian, gets the D.F.C. for conspicuous courage in a Wilhelmshaven raid.
Undeterred by terrific gunfire, he swept down to 20 ft. above the buildings, crossed the harbour, and pressed home his attack on an enemy warship.
TYNESIDE GUNNER
Sgt. Wallace Stockport, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, the wireless operator – air gunner in Pilot-Officer Robson’s aircraft, wins the D.F.M.
Another Wilhelmshaven raider, Pilot-Officer W. F. Tudhope, a South African, is also awarded the D.F.C. Though his plane was badly hit by a high explosive shell, he attempted a second attack on the enemy warships.
His engine was severely damaged, but he brought his craft safely home. Navigator and bomb aimer in the plane was Sergt. L. S. Belton, of Chelmsford. For his cool and courageous work after his cabin had been punctured with holes he gets the D.F.M.
Sergt. S. B. Fuller, of Chiswick, and Sergt. A. C. Goulder, of Southport, were captain and wireless operator of a third plane in the Wilhelmshaven raid.
Their attack was delivered from a few feet above the docks. Both win the D.F.M. for “conspicuous courage.”
Yet another D.F.M. goes to Sergt. L.A. White, of Derby. He showed a high degree of skill, clear thinking and quick judgement as rear gunner of a plane attacked by three enemy aircraft over Wessel aerodrome.
Two of the enemy were sent down out of control.

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“Hero of 21 RAF raids gets DFC,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 21, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/812.

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