Sergeant 1109064 Sergeant Hilton Alonzo CARNES No. 156 Squadron.
One night in July, 1942, Sergeant Carnes was the wireless operator of an aircraft which attacked Hamburg. On the return journey, the bomber was hit and badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire. The captain, front gunner and Sergeant Carnes were all injured. Although suffering intense pain, which occasionally caused him to faint, he insisted on remaining at his post and working at his wrfeless set.
His skill enabled the aircraft to be plotted along its course with such accuracy that the rescue service was immediately able to pick up a wounded member of the crew who had fallen into the sea when it was necessary to abandon the aircraft by parachute.
Sergeant Carnes showed great fortitude and skill.
Full Citation from Tavenders DFM Register.
L.G. 21/8/1942. Sorties 21, Flying hours 117. Wireless Operator. Air2/4891.
On the night of 28th/29th July 1942, when returning from a successful raid on Hamburg, the aircraft of which Sergeant Carnes was Wireless Operator was hit by heavy flak. The aircraft was seriously damaged and the Captain, fron gunner and he were injured.
Despite the pain which he was suffering and which caused him to faint from time to time, Sergeant Carnes insisted on staying and working at his set, thus enabling his aircraft to be plotted along it route with such accuracy that the rescue service was immediately able to pick up one wounded member of the crew who had fallen into the sea when the captain eventually ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft by parachute.
1st August, 1942.
Remarks by Station Commander.
I endorse the remarks of the Squadron Commander. Sergeant Carnes' determination to work his wireless in spite of the pain from his wounds was undoubtedly largely responsible for the safe navigation of the aircraft to this country and the effective rescue of the crew. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.