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Surname BOND   Initials G P R   First Name GERALD PETER ROBERT  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Pilot Oficer   Unit RAF   Service No. 149966  
Age 22  Deceased 2/01/1944  Previous Squadron 101  
Comments Gerald Peter Robert Bond DFC RAFVR was born on 18th December 1921. The son of Gerald Robert and Florence Bond of 74 Seabourne Road, BournmOTUh, he was educated at Boscombe Junior School before taking a job in an Estate Agents in BournmOTUh. He volunteered for the RAF in 1941, but unfortunately lacked the necessary mathematics qualifications and was advised to study at thelocal college's evening classes for another six months. After much hard
work, he was accepted for pilot training. I am not aware where he started
his training but he and his crew were posted in from 101 Sqn (Ludford Magna)
wef 14 Oct 43  
Address Bournemouth, Hampshire.  
Cemetery CHIEVRES COMMUNAL CEMETERYChievres, Hainaut, Belgium  
Grave Location Coll. grave 27-29.  
Additional Info Son of Gerald Robert and Florence Bond; grandson of Alice Bond, of Bournemouth, Hampshire.  
War Graves Link 2254315  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo NO
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron

Distinguished Flying Cross.
Pilot Officer Gerald Peter Robert BOND (149966), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.
Pilot Officer Saville Hercules MOON (N.Z.412348), Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 156 Squadron.

Distinguished Flying Medal.
1432425 Flight Sergeant Ronald UNDERWOOD, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron

One night in December, 1943, Pilot Officers Bond and Moon and Flight Sergeant Underwood were pilot, mid-upper and rear gunners respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Frankfurt.

Shortly after successfully bombing the target, the aircraft was attacked by a fighter but excellent co-operation between Pilot Officer Bond and his gunners enabled him to evade the enemy aircraft.

About half an hour later, the bomber was attacked by a Junkers 88 and was repeatedly hit by the enemy's bullets. One engine was set on fire and a petrol tank was pierced; other damage was also sustained. Early in the fight. Pilot Officer Moon was badly wounded. A bullet penetrated his back and emerged through the chest, causing paralysis in the left arm and in the side. Nevertheless, displaying a fine spirit, he refrained from reporting his injury and remained for a time in his turret and tried as best he could to bring his guns into action.

Meanwhile, Flight Sergeant Underwood fought with great resolution. Although two of his guns became unserviceable he succeeded in driving off the attacker. Shortly afterwards another fighter was encountered but Pilot Officer Bond skilfully evaded it and afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to base. In most hazardous circumstances this pilot displayed skill, courage and determination of a high order and his effort's were well supported by his gallant gunners, whose fine fighting spirit deserved much praise. 
Source Date Comments
ORB  1/01/1944  4 did not return (S/L FAWCETT, P/O BOND, S/L STEWART DFC AND F/O DOCHERTY AND CREWS). 
LG 36319  4/01/1944  DFC Joint Commendation