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Surname PRICE   Initials H L   First Name HERBERT LAURENCE  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Wing Commander   Unit RAF   Service No. 705551  
Age 30  Deceased 29/07/1942  Previous Squadron  
Comments Commanding Officer 30/5/42 to 29/7/42  
Address Parway, Devon.  
Cemetery RUNNYMEDE MEMORIALSurrey, United Kingdom  
Grave Location Panel 064.  
Additional Info Son of John H. and Muriel V. Price, of Parway, Devon.  
War Graves Link 1804663  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  5/08/1941  Squadron Leader Herbert Laurence PRICE (70555), Reserve of Air Force Officers, No. 218 Squadron.

One night in July, 1941, this officer was detailed to attack Duisberg. In spite of searchlight concentration and heavy antiaircraft fire, he spent 40 minutes locating the target, which was eventually successfully bombed.

His aircraft was repeatedly hit and the rear turret put out of action. Over Holland, on the return journey, his aircraft was intercepted by an enemy aircraft which was shaken off by skilful avoiding action. The port engine failed and his aircraft began to lose height rapidly. All available articles were jettisoned but Squadron Leader Price was nevertheless compelled to fly at 600 feet. By skilful piloting, however, he landed safely at his base.

He has always shown the utmost coolness, courage and determination 
Source Date Comments
LG 35238  5/08/1941  DFC Notification 
ORB  31/05/1942  A/WCdr. H.L. PRICE D.F.C., assumed command of the Squadron. 
ORB  28/07/1942  W/Cdr PRICE's Crew - Capts 62nd operational sorties, failed to return