156 Squadron Log
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFM  9/11/1943  1301824 Flight Sergeant Gordon George FORBES,Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.

As air gunner, Flight Sergeant Forbes has taken part in a large number of sorties and has displayed great determination and devotion to duty throughout.

On one occasion, en route to Munster, Flight Sergeant Forbes was wounded in an encounter with an enemy fighter. Nevertheless, he fought with great resolution and refused to leave his post until the target had been bombed. His keenness and fine fighting spirit have been highly commendable.

LG 09/11/1943***36245***4969***

Full citation below from Tavender's DFM Register.

L.G. 12/10/1943. Sorties 35, Flying hours 212. Air Gunner. Air2/5011.

On the night of 11th/12th June, 1943, this airman flew as mid-upper gunner in an aircraft detailed to attack Munster. On the outward journey, his aircraft was engaged by an enemy night fighter with cannon and machine gun fire. Glight Sergeant Forbes was wounded by a machine gun bullet which pierced his left hand and he was blown out of his turret into the fuselage by a cannon shell..

Despite his wound and the disconcerting experience ha has undergone, he promptly returned to his station to engage the enemy and remained there until the target has been successfully bombed.

Since returning from hospital, Flight Sergeant Forbes has completed many more operations on major enemy targets making a total of 35 sorties.This N.C.O. has always displayed a fine spirit of courage and enthusiasm to engage the enemy and it is considered that his outstanding devotion to duty makes him very worthy of the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

18th October, 1943.