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Surname SLADE   Initials H F   First Name HERBERT FRANK  
Decorations DSO DFC BS  
Rank Squadron Leader   Unit RAAF   Service No. Aus.412725  
Age Unknown  Deceased   Previous Squadron 101  
Comments 8/7/43 F/Sgt H F SLADE and crew appeared on Station  
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DFC  11/02/1944  Acting Flight Lieutenant Herbert Frank SLADE (Aus.412725), Royal Australian Air Force, No. 156 Squadron.

One night in December, 1943, this officer captained an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin. When nearing the target his aircraft was hit by antiaircraft fire but, although his aircraft sustained much damage, Flight Lieutenant Slade completed his attack and bombed the target with great accuracy.

His effort was typical of the determination he has always displayed. He has completed very many sorties and has achieved much success. 
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DSO  22/09/1944  Acting Squadron Leader Herbert Frank SLADE, D.F.C. (Aus.412725), R.A.A.F., 156 Sqn.

SLADE, Herbert Frank, S/L, DFC (Aus 412725, Royal Australian Air Force) - No.156 Squadron
Distinguished Service Order - awarded as per London Gazette dated 22 September 1944.

Born 19 June 1913 at Penarth, South Wales;
enlisted in Sydney, 21 June 1941;
trained under Joint Air Training Plan;
commissioned 1943;
awarded DFC 11 February 1944 (No.156 Squadron);
released 29 January 1947
(final posting has been Eastern Area Headquarters, Bradfield Park).

One night in July 1944, this officer was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Hamburg. During the bombing run the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, part of the port aileron and the port wing were shot away, rendering the aircraft difficult to control. Nevertheless, Squadron Leader Slade regained a measure of control, completed his bombing run, and set course for home. When crossing the enemy coast the aircraft was again heavily engaged by anti-aircraft fire. Squadron Leader Slade dived sightly to evade the enemy fire. This caused a section of the wing which was projecting vertically to break off and the aircraft became more controllable. Finally an airfield was reached and Squadron Leader Slade effected a crash landing.

This officer has completed a large number of sorties against many heavily defended targets in Germany. He has set a fine example to all.

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9159 has recommendation drafted 1 August 1944 when he had flown 58 sorties (328 hours 25 minutes) including 31 sorties (153 hours 25 minutes) flown since his previous award. It included a sortie sheet as follows; all sorties except the first (a Nickel raid) were bombing operations:

26 February 1943 Rouen
2 August 1943 Hamburg
7 August 1943 Turin and Genoa
10 August 1943 Nuremburg
12 August 1943 Milan
15 August 1943 Milan
17 August 1943 Peenemunde
22 August 1943 Levenkusen
2 September 1943 50 degrees 9 minutes North, 5 degrees 41 minutes East
3 September 1943 Berlin
5 September 1943 Mannheim
6 September 1943 Munich
16 September 1943 Modane
27 September 1943 Hannover
2 October 1943 Munich
3 October 1943 Kassel
18 October 1943 Hannover
20 October 1943 Leipzig
22 October 1943 Frankfurt
3 November 1943 Cologne
10 November 1943 Modane
2 December 1943 Berlin
3 December 1943 Leipzig
16 December 1943 Berlin
20 December 1943 Ludwigshafen
23 December 1943 Berlin
21 January 1944 Magdeburg
19 February 1944 Leipzig
24 February 1944 Schweinfurt
25 February 1944 Augsburg
1 March 1944 Stuttgart
18 March 1944 Frankfurt
30 March 1944 Nuremburg
18 April 1944 Rouen
20 April 1944 Cologne
24 April 1944 Karlsruhe
27 April 1944 Friedrichshafen
1 May 1944 St.Ghislain
19 May 1944 Boulogne
21 May 1944 Duisberg
27 May 1944 Rennes
28 May 1944 Mardick
5 June 1944 Longues
7 June 1944 Foret de Cerisy
8 June 1944 Fougeres
9 June 1944 Le Mans
11 June 1944 Tours
14 June 1944 St.Pol
7 July 1944 Vaires
10 July 1944 Nucourt
12 July 1944 Tours
14 July 1944 Revigny
18 July 1944 Cagny
18 July 1944 Wesseling
20 July 1944 Foret de Croc
23 July 1944 Donges
25 July 1944 Coquereux
25 July 1944 Stuttgart
28 July 1944 Hamburg On the night of 28th/29th July 1944, Squadron Leader Slade and crew were detailed as a Primary Blind Marker crew to attack Hamburg in Lancaster PB114.

When running in to the target with bomb doors open, at 18,000 feet, the aircraft was heavily engaged by flak, and two-thirds of the port aileron and corresponding wing area almost up to the main spar was shot away.

The aircraft commenced to spiral and became almost out of control. The airspeed built up to 190 knots indicated before the Captain was able to regain partial control by use of the control column and rudder, and by reducing airspeed to 150 knots indicated. Bombs were dropped in the target area and course set or base.

The pilot could see from his cockpit that a large section of the upper wing was sticking up vertically and acting as an air brake, making control of the aircraft very difficult. There was very little aileron movement and all turns had to be made to starboard by throttling back the starboard engines. Crossing out over the enemy coast, the aircraft was again heavily engaged by ground defences. The only evasive action possible was a slight dive. This, luckily, caused the section of wing sticking vertically up into the airstream to break off, restoring a certain amount of aileron movement and increasing control.

When crossing the North Sea on return to this country, the undercarriage was lowered and the stalling speed was found to be 140-145 knots. The pilot requested an emergency landing at Woodbridge, made a direct approach and touched down at 140 knots indicated airspeed. The port tyre had been holed by flak, and shortly after touching down the port, then the starboard undercarriage collapsed.

Although the aircraft was completely smashed, the crew, who had taken up crash positions, got out of the aircraft with only a few cuts and bruises.

Squadron Leader Slade has now completed 58 sorties, all of which have been carried out with the Pathfinder Force without a break. He attacked many heavily defended German industrial areas during the winter of 1943-1944, with the greatest determination and success, and when his squadron suffered heavy losses during the early part of this year, his skill, courage and contempt for the heaviest of enemy opposition was a source of inspiration to all crews.

Squadron Leader Slade has contributed handsomely to the war effort and to the success of this squadron, and I have no hesitation in recommending him for the immediate award of the Distinguished Service Order.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday. 
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BS  22/03/1946  Acting Squadron Leader Herbert Frank SLADE, D.S.O., D.F.C. (Aus.412725), R.A.A.F.  156 
Source Date Comments
ORB  8/07/1943  F/S SLADE and F/S FRY reported for flying duties from 101 Squadron. 
LG 36374  8/02/1944  DFC Commendation 
ORB  23/02/1944  Awarded the D.F.C. A/F/L H. F. SLADE 
ORB  20/05/1944  A/F/L H.F. Slade DFC (Pilot) promoted Squadron Leaders 
ORB  25/07/1944  COQUEREAUX C/WORKS, S/L M.R. Attwater DFC was Master Bomber and S/L H.F Slade DFC Deputy. 
ORB  28/07/1944  S/L H.F. Slade DFC received direct hit by flak over target, and dived out of control, with the aircraft extensively damaged. He regained control and brought his crippled aircraft back and crash landed at WOODBRIDGE E.L.G. 
ORB  30/07/1944  Two of the Squadron's most experienced crews and 1 captain finished their operational tour. S/L T.W.G. Godfrey DFC (61 operations). This crew between them have completed a total of 423 operational sorties. F/L R.C. Wiseman DFC (70 operations ) with his crew have completed a record total of 496 operational sorties between them. S/L H.F. Slade DFC finished with 58 operational sorties completed in this Squadron. 
ORB  13/08/1944  S/L H.F. Slade DFC (Pilot) awarded immediate DSO. 
ORB  18/08/1944  S/L H.F. Slade DSO DFC was selected and proceeded on Junior Commanders course at CRANWELL. 
LG 36713  19/09/1944  DSO Commendation 
LG 37511  22/03/1946  USA Bronze Star Notification