156 Squadron Log
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFM  19/10/1943  1234969 Acting Flight Sergeant David Mark Claude SILVERMAN, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.

As air gunner, Flight Sergeant Silverman has participated in very many sorties over enemy territory.

He has displayed keenness, while his vigilance and skill have made him a valuable member of aircraft crew.

On one occasion, during an attack on Hamburg in July, 1943, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The turret was badly damaged and the inter-communication system rendered unserviceable. In spite of this, Flight Sergeant Silvennan resourcefully maintained contact with his pilot by means of signals and thus assisted in driving off an enemy fighter which attempted to attack.

His example has been worthy of high praise.

Full Citation details from Tavender's DFM Register.

L.G. 22/10/1943. Sorties 35, Fling hours 220. Air Gunner. Air2/5011.

As an Air Gunner, Flight Sergeant Silverman has displayed outstanding keenness and determination at all times.
On the night of 27th/28th July , 1943, whilst over Hamburg, the aircraft was hit by flak and his turret badly damaged. Although his intercommunication was completely severed, he carried on his job by means os signals under very difficult conditions and contributed in no small way towards successfully beating off an attack by an enemy fighter and this bringing the aircraft safely home..

Flight Sergeant Silverman has taken part in 35 operations against the enemy including many against the best defended targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory. By his great keenness and cheerfulness, he has set a very fine example to the rest of the squadron and I can strongly recommend him for the immediate award of the D.F.M.