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Surname MCCARTHY   Initials T V   First Name THOMAS VYNER  
Decorations DFC +  
Rank Flight Leutenant   Unit RAAF   Service No. (Aus.412816),  
Age Unknown  Deceased   Previous Squadron 103  
Comments 2/03/43 - SGT LAY and crew reported for duty from 103 Squadron.
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Although in his thirties, and considerably older than the aircrew average, 412816 Flight Lieutenant Thomas Vyner McCarthy, RAAF, completed forty-five operations as a bomb aimer with 156 (Pathfinder) Squadron, RAF, in Europe during World War Two. A product of the Empire Air Training Sceme, he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in July 1943, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in December of the same year. A Bar to the award followed in June 1944. McCarthy was a member of the specially selected crew, all highly experienced and decorated airmen, who flew the Australian War Memorial's Lancaster W4783 'G for George' to Australia in October 1944 for the 3rd Victory Loan tour. The citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross reads as follows: 'Pilot Officer McCarthy has participated in many operations against heavily defended targets in enemy territory. On one occasion in September 1943, he was Bomb Aimer in an aircraft detailed for an attack on Mannheim. He reached the target early and, despite heavy anti-aircraft fire and illumination by searchlights, he guided the pilot in and around the defences until he was able to complete his mission successfully. At all times Pilot Officer McCarthy has set a splendid example by his courage and determination to complete his allotted task.' The citation for the award of a Bar to the DFC reads as follows: 'Flight Lieutenant McCarthy has displayed great coolness and determination as a Bomb Aimer. This officer has operated in this capacity over most of the heavily defended objectives in enemy territory. Under very trying circumstances and in the face of heavy opposition, he has invariably displayed courage of a high order and unfailing accuracy.'  
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Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  7/12/1943  Pilot Officer Thomas Vyner MCCARTHY (Aus.412816), Royal Australian Air Force, No. 156 Squadron.
ORB 20/12/43 
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Bar to DFC  2/06/1944  Acting Flight Lieutenant Thomas Vyner MCCARTHY, D.F.C. (Aus.412816), No. 156 Squadron.

McCARTHY, Thomas Vyner, A/F/L, DFC (Aus 41816, Royal Australian Air Force) - No.156 Squadron - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 6 Jun 1944. Following from Flight, 10 August 1944; relevant Air Ministry Bulletin may have more.

Flight Lieutenant McCarthy has displayed great coolness and determination as a bomb aimer. He has operated in this capacity over most of the heavily defended objectives in enemy territory. Under very trying circumstances and in the face of heavy opposition he has invariably displayed courage of a high order and unfailing accuracy.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday. 
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Source Date Comments
LG 36280  7/12/1943  DFC Notification 
LG 36550  2/06/1944  Bar to DFC Notification