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RAF Officers awarded the Military Cross


This section does not include those awards made to officers whilst serving in the RFC.


Captain Cliff Meaburn Fry, The Royal West Kent Regiment and 2nd Battalion Iraq Levies.

Flying Officer Gerald Augustus Elliot, No. 6 Armoured Car Company, Royal Air Force.

Observer Officer Lorenzo Thomas Kerry, No. 6 Armoured Car Company, Royal Air Force.

"in recognition of valuable and distinguished service rendered in connection with operations in Kurdistan, in May, 1924."

(London  Gazette - 20 October, 1925)


Flight Lieutenant Leslie Vincent Bennett, No. 2 Armoured Car Company, Royal Air Force.

Flight Lieutenant Arthur Harold Owen, No. 2 Armoured Car Company, Royal Air Force.

Flying Officer Robert Gordon Yaxley, No. 2  Armoured Car Company, Royal Air Force.

"for gallant and distinguished services rendered in connection with the emergency operations in Palestine during the period 15th April to 14th September, 1936."

(London Gazette - 6 November 1936)


Pilot Officer William Foulsham, No. 2 Armoured Car Company, Royal Air Force.

"for gallant and distinguished services rendered in connection with operations in Palestine, 1936."

(London  Gazette - 18 December, 1936)


Flying Officer Courtney Beresford Ingor WILLEY (78656).

Flying Officer Willey was buried in the debris of a building which received a direct hit during an intensive air raid on an aerodrome.  In spite of slight injuries and shock, this medical officer extricated himself and immediately rendered first aid to other injured personnel. He displayed a fine example of calm behaviour and efficiency.

(London  Gazette - 5 November 1940)


Flying Officer Dougan Arthur Robert ELLIOTT (40812).

One morning in August, 1940, this officer was on duty as navigation officer in the operations room of an aerodrome during an intense enemy bombing raid. The roof of this building was demolished, and a number of casualties occurred. Flying Officer Elliott, though slightly wounded and badly shaken, went to the assistance of the wounded, removing the rubble with his hands and directing the rescue party. Being the only officer left of the operations room staff, he organised a party to recover as many maps and documents as possible and set up a skeleton organisation in the signals office.  Going without food or rest he acted as controller until late at night when he was relieved. He showed great initiative and an exemplary sense of discipline and leadership.

(London  Gazette - 20 December 1940)


Acting Squadron Leader Whitney Wellard STRAIGHT (90680), Auxiliary Air Force

Flight Lieutenant Kevin Gormack DONOVAN, M.B., B.S., M.R.C.O.G. (75058), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Acting Flight Lieutenant Henry Roger DB WILDE, D.F.C. (72818), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

(These awards were announced in the London Gazette - 1 January 1941, but the citations were not published)


Flying Officer Ronald HAWKINS (70802). Reserve of Air Force Officers.

(The award was announced in the London Gazette - 17 March 1941, but the citation was not published)


Flying Officer Arthur George CORK (43119).

In April, 1941, this officer was second in command of the squadron's outparty which embarked at Alexandria for Greece.  During the voyage he was in charge of 4 Lewis gun positions manned by personnel of the squadron. On the outward journey the convoy, and his ship in particular, were attacked 3 times from the air before reaching Suda Bay and once again while in the bay.  When returning to Alexandria, in convoy, a further 4 attacks were made. Throughout all these attacks, which were made either by dive bombing or torpedoes, Flying Officer Cork controlled and used his guns continuously, manning individual gun positions in turn himself, although in an exposed position on the upper deck. His splendid leadership inspired the gun crew to resist the ! enemy with vigour and accuracy.

(London  Gazette - 22 July 1941)


Flight Lieutenant John Talbot Lovell SHORE (39177) Reserve of Air Force Officers.

Flying Officer Basil John Allan RENNIE (87414), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,

(These awards were announced in the London Gazette - 13 March 1942, but the citations were not published)


Flight Lieutenant Alan Graham DOUGLAS (41387).

(The award was announced in the London Gazette - 11 June 1942, but the citation was not published)


Flying Officer Norman Lee BAUGH (43524)

(The award was announced in the London Gazette - 18 August 1942, but the citation was not published)


Flight Lieutenant Rae WALTON (43117)

(The award was announced in the London Gazette - 1 December 1942, but the citation was not published)


Flight Lieutenant Reginald Arthur LENTON (42315)

(The award was announced in the London Gazette - 18 December 1942, but the citation was not published)


Flying Officer John Still MILLAR (137840), No. 2781 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment.

One day in April, 1945, a troop of reconnaissance cars commanded toy Flying Officer Millar was ordered to .patrol round the perimeter of 'the airfield at Osnabruck, where a working party was on the air strip and three flights of a squadron of the Royal Air Force Regiment were ordered to neutralise enemy fire which might be directed at them from beyond the Ems Weser Canal. Two flights reached the canal 'bank when spandaus and snipers fired at one flight, killing an officer and an airman and seriously  wounding 4 others and pining the flight down. Flying Officer Millar went to the scene with his troop and took charge. In spite of  he proximity of the enemy, he succeeded in removing the dead and wounded in the recon- naissance cars and gave sufficient covering fire to the remainder of the flight to enable them to withdraw.  All this time his troop was under concentrated fire from the enemy at a range of under 100 yards. This officer displayed coolness, courage and initiative whilst organising this withdrawal and without his aid this flight would undoubtedly have suffered considerably more casualties.

(London  Gazette - 5 June 1941)


Flight Lieutenant Robert Gordon JOHNSON (Can/J.7810), Royal Canadian Air Force, No. 28 Squadron.

(The award was announced in the London Gazette - 5 June 1945, but the citation was not published)


Acting Squadron Leader Norman Fraser McMICHAEL (101224), R.A.F.V.R., R.A.F. Regiment.

(The award was announced in the London Gazette - 12 June 1945, but the citation was not published)


Flight Lieutenant Harry Arthur NOCK (125420), R.A.F.V.R., 51 Squadron.

(The award was announced in the London Gazette - 12 June 1945, but the citation was not published)


Acting Wing Commander Reginald Thomas Frederick TURNER, D.F.C. (114982), R.A.F.V.R., 190 Sqn.

(The award was announced in the London Gazette - 13 July 1945, but the citation was not published)


Flying Officer Robert Anthony CARSON (144937), R.A.F.V.R., 222 Sqn

(The award was announced in the London Gazette - 13 July 1945, but the citation was not published)


Flight  Lieutenant John Thurlow TAYLOR (130134), R.A.F.V.R.

Flight Lieutenant Taylor was officer in charge V.C.P. attached to 4/8 Battalion Gurkha Rifles at Nyaungkashe on the West bank of the Sittang River from 23rd June to 6th July, 1945.  During the last five days of the period the enemy made a determined effort to capture Nyaungkashe using a large force around the perimeter and by heavy and intensive shelling.  This Officer gave invaluable assistance to the Battalion by his accurate control of air support which was so vital.  His skilful direction of low level bombing attacks on enemy targets was beyond all praise.  Flight  Lieutenant Taylor displayed great courage and a complete disregard for his own safety in face of intense and accurate enemy shell-fire, his inspiring confidence and cheerfulness throughout  a most difficult and prolonged operation were an inspiration to all ranks.

(London Gazette - 2 October 1945)


Acting Flight Lieutenant Hugh Wallace THOMPSON, D.F.C. (175967), R.A.F.V.R. No. 7 Sqn

(The award was announced in the London Gazette - 2 October 1945, but the citation was not published)


Other recipients, details of which have not yet been found

Acting Squadron Leader D T. LEES, R.A.F.

 
 

 

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