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Supplement to London Gazette Dated 19Dec41 detailing the award of the DFM to Sergeant Pilot Ronald Boswell Birtles DFM - 118 Sqn WWII pilot.   Sadly he had been killed three days before on 16Dec41.
Reads as follows:
748413 Sergeant Ronald Boswell BIRTLES, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 118 Squadron.
This airman, has participated in a large number of sweeps and reconaissances; he has also taken part in 3 attacks on enemy shipping and 4 on land targets when trains, factories and other objectives have been attacked.   In November, 1941, during a Squadron sortie, Sergeant Birtles silenced a light anti-aircraft gun which was firing on his leader.   Some days later he participated in an attack on a railway station in France.
On the return journey, one of his fellow pilots was shot down into the sea.   Sergeant Birtles, with great initiative, flew down to almost sea level and while operating his aircraft controls with the right hand only, detached his own dinghy and so skilfully manoeuvred his aircraft that he succeeded in dropping the dinghy within a few feet of his comrade who was then swimming in the sea.   Sergeant Birtles then flew on to his base which he reached with only very little petrol in the tanks.
(Thanks to Cymon Birtles.)
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