Acting Flight Lieutenant Henry Dixie CHURCHILL, D.F.C. (124782), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,No. 156 Squadron.
Joint Commendation with 1094376 Flight Sergeant George MEER.
This officer and airman were pilot and flight engineer respectively of an aircraft which attacked Karlsruhe one night in April, 1944.
Soon after the bombs had been released, the aircraft sustained damage to both wings, the flaps and one of the petrol tanks from which a considerable amount of the contents was lost and a fire started close to the rear turret. Flight Lieutenant Churchill had great difficulty in maintaining control of the aircraft. Nevertheless, he continued to give directions for fighting the fire, a task which Flight Sergeant Meer gallantly attempted. The flames increased in intensity but, although distressed by petrol, fumes and deprived of the full use of oxygen, Flight Sergeant Meer worked unremittingly and finally succeeded in putting out the fire.
After a hazardous flight, Flight Lieutenant Churchill eventually landed the badly damaged bomber at an airfield in England. He displayed skill, determination and devotion to duty beyond praise.
Flight Sergeant Meer also proved himself to be a most dependable member of aircraft crew. His coolness and bravery in a trying situation set a fine example.