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Surname PENROSE   Initials G W   First Name GEORGE WILLIAM  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Flying Officer   Unit RAF   Service No. 80423  
Age 30  Deceased 14/01/1944  Previous Squadron  
Address Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia.  
Cemetery BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERYNoord-Brabant, Netherlands  
Grave Location Coll. grave 29. B. 2  
Additional Info Son of H. S. Penrose, and of Lilian Penrose, of Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia.  
War Graves Link 2034178  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
Pilot Officer George William PENROSE (80423), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 12 Squadron.
Pilot Officer Donald Joseph WHEELER (Aus.404663), Royal Australian Air Force, No. 12 Squadron.

As rear gunner and wireless operator/air gunner respectively Pilot Officers Penrose and Wheeler have participated in numerous bombing sorties.

In August, 1942, during a sortie against Kassel, both displayed high devotion to duty in difficult circumstances. The following night, they were members of the crew of an aircraft which attacked Saarbrucken. On the return flight, the aircraft was intercepted by an enemy fighter. In a series of 15 attacks, the bomber sustained severe damage.

A shell which burst in the rear turret exploded some ammunition and eventually rendered the turret unserviceable. In spite of this, Pilot Officer Penrose used his guns effectively and his fire eventually set one of the attacker's engines alight, causing it to break off the combat. Meanwhile, Pilot Officer Wheeler who had been wounded in both hands by shrapnel, continued his duties of fire control without mentioning his injuries. He afterwards rendered first aid to a wounded comrade.

In the face of most trying circumstances both Pilot Officers Penrose and Wheeler displayed great courage and devotion to duty 
Source Date Comments
LG 35768  30/10/1942  DFC Commendation