1213124 Flight Sergeant Thomas CABLE, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.
CABLE, Thomas, Flight Sergeant (1213124, RAFVR*) -No.156 Squadron
Distinguished Flying Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944.
Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 12623.
During a large number of operational sorties against some of the enemyís most heavily defended targets, this airman has proved to be a very efficient flight engineer and a most valuable member of his crew.
In July 1943, during an attack on Hamburg, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and the head of one of the bombs, with the fuse attached, was blown back into the bomb aimerís compartment. With great coolness, regardless of the danger, Flight Sergeant Cable cut away the fuselage with his axe, released the fused portion of the bomb and threw it out of the aircraft.
Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday.
Full citation from Tavenders DFM Register.
L.G. 18/11/1944. Sorties 37, Flying hours 233. Flight Engineer. Air2/9153.
On the night of the 24th/25th July 1943, Flight Sergeant Cable, as Flight Engineer, was a member of a crew of an aircraft detailed to carry out an attack on Hamburg. When about to release its bombs over this heavily defended target, the aircraft was hit by flak and the head of one of the bombs, with fuse attached, was blown back into the Bomb Aimer's compartment.
With great coolness and disregard for danger, Sergeant Cable cut away the fuselage with his axe and managed to remove the fused portion from the bomb and threw it immediately out of the aircraft.
This incident is an example of the conduct of this Flight Engineer, who has completed 37 operational sorties against targets in Germany and enemy occupied territories.
He has proved himself to be an extremely efficient Fight Engineer and his devotion to duty has set a fine example to the other Flight Engineers of this squadron. I recommend him for the non-immediate award of the D.F.M.
17th November 1943