Distinguished Flying Cross.
Pilot Officer Willmot Bernard DALGLEISH (Can/J.S5337)/ R.C.A.F, 156 Sqn.
Distinguished Flying Medal.
1577300 Sergeant Lawrence Allan BRIDGES, R.A.F.V.R., 156 Sqn. ;
1321795 Sergeant Edgar James KILMINSTER, R.A.F.V.R., 156 Sqn.
As navigator, wireless operator and flight engineer respectively this officer and airmen have participated in a large number of attacks on well defended targets. They have at all times displayed a high standard of efficiency, zeal and resolution and have proved themselves to be valiant members of aircraft crew.
On one occasion they took part in an air attack on an enemy railway junction. During the operation the aircraftr was attacked by fighters and sustained extensive damage. A fire broke out near the bomb bay and Sergeant Bridges fought strenuously to quell the flames with extinguishers.
Meanwhile, as the bomb release gear had been rendered inoperative, Pilot Officer Dalgleish worked unremittingly to drop the bombs manually, in spite of the proximity of the flames which were finally extinguished. Afterwards, Sergeant Kilminster rendered valuable assistance to his captain in his endeavours to reach this country.
These airmen set a fine example of coolness and courage in harassing circumstances
Full commendation from Tavenders DFM Register:
L.G. 19/9/1944. Sorties 40, Flying hours 229.20. Wireless Operator Air2/9159
On the night of 11th May 1944, during an attack on a marshalling yard near Hasselt, Sergeant Bridge's aircraft was heavily engagedby enemy fighters. Fires were started inside the aircraft and whilst combat was still in progress, Sergeant Bridges amd gallant attempts with the fire extinguishers to quell the flames. He was howvever unsuccessful and the aircraft was put into a dive to extinguish the fires.
This N.C.O. then gave valuable assistance to the Air Bomber to manually release the bombs. The last one was released when the aircraft was near the English coast. Whilst the fire was burning in the bomb bay, and a full bomb load on board, the two gunners bailed out over enemy occupied territory
Sergeant Bridges showed great courage and determination in carrying out the tasks allotted to him in the burning aircraft and showed a fine example of devotion to duty.
Sergeant Bridges has completed 40 operational sorties, 17 of which have been with the Path Finder Force. Of the heavily defended targets attacked, 12 have been on the German capital.
This N.C.O. is a member of one of the best visual marker crews in the squadron and he has always shown great zeal and efficiency in carrying out his duties both in the air and on the ground..
I strongly recommend him for the immediate award of the D.F.M.