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Surname PETRIDES   Initials B O   First Name BASIL OLIVER  
Decorations DFM  
Rank Flight Leutenant   Unit RAF   Service No. 115353  
Age 22  Deceased 21/02/1944  Previous Squadron 101  
Comments 26/12/43 - F/Lt D. K. MACKAY with crew Posted from 101 Squadron

Kyrenia - Cyprus. From 1878 to 1960, Cyprus - which was unified at the time - was under British control. The sacrifices its citizens made are recalled at St Andrews Anglican Church, where a poignant wall plate reads: "In loving memory of Flight Lieutenant Basilo Petrides, Bomber Command Pathfinder RAF killed in action 21-2-44."  
Address East Dean, Sussex  
Cemetery RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERYKamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany  
Grave Location 8. C. 5.  
Additional Info Son of Basil Cecil and Olive Petrides; husband of Anne Merriel Petrides, of East Dean, Sussex  
War Graves Link 2032416  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFM  10/02/1942  914545 Sergeant Basil Oliver PETRIDES, No. 50 Squadron

PETRIDES, Basil Oliver. 914545 Sergeant, No. 50 Sqn.

L.G. 13/2/1942. Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner. Press Release.

This airman has displayed outstanding ability as a Wireless Operator/AirGunner throughout the many sorties in which he has participated.

One night in September, 1941, Sergeant Petrides machine-gunned trucks and wagons in a railway siding and set two of them on fire.

On another occasion in November, 1941, he used his guns with such good effect that he extinguished six searchlights.

This airman has not had a wireless failure in any operation on which he has been engaged.

He has shown great keenness and set a fine example. 
Source Date Comments
LG 35454  10/02/1942  DFM Notification 
LG 35476  3/03/1942  21st Jan. 1942. 914545 Basil Oliver PETRIDES (115353). Appt P/O