156 Squadron Log
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFM  10/09/1943  JOINT COMMENDATION
1234504 Acting Flight Sergeant Trevor George STEPHENS, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.
1528127 Sergeant Arthur Campbell CLEGG, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.
1028166 Sergeant Thomas STOCKS, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.

One night in August, 1943, Sergeants Clegg and Stocks were navigator and wireless operator respectively of an aircraft piloted by Flight Sergeant Stephens detailed for an operation against Berlin.

When approaching the target the aircraft was illuminated by the searchlights but Flight Sergeant Stephens held to his course to execute a successful bombing run. Shortly afterwards the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire which damaged 1 of the wings, rendered the inter communication unserviceable and set 1 engine on fire, while Sergeant Clegg and the mid-upper gunner were wounded.

The bomber was then attacked by an enemy fighter but Flight Sergeant Stephens skilfully evaded it. A few minutes later, a second engine caught fire and had to be feathered. Flight Sergeant Stephens battled on, however, and meanwhile Sergeant Stocks rendered first aid to his comrades.

Some time later, Sergeant Clegg recovered sufficiently to plot the position of the aircraft and, from then on, displayed great fortitude to execute his navigational duties. Sergeant Stocks accomplished much brilliant work during the return flight and proved of a great assistance to his pilot who, displaying outstanding determination, succeeded in reaching an airfield in this country.

These airmen displayed great skill, courage, and tenacity in exceedingly trying circumstances.

Full details of citation form Tavenders DFM Registry.

L.G. 14/9/1943. Sorties 4, Flying hours 29. Navigator. Air2/4995.

On the night of 23rd/24th August 1943, this N.C.O. was Navigator of a Lancaster aircraft detailed to attack Berlin. The aircraft was badly hit by flak whilst over the target and Sergeant Clegg was badly wounded. He was bandaged by the Wireless Operator and, one and a half hours later, was sufficiently recovered to plot the position of the aircraft from the information providedby the Wireless Operator.
For the next four and a half hours, he plotted fixes provided by the Wireless Operator and gave courses to the Captain which eventually enabled the pilot to land safely at Attlebridge aerodrome.
Sergeant Clegg showed remarkabe qualities of courage and fortitude and these qualities, coupled with his devotion to duty, have thoroughly earned the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal. 
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