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Surname DRAKE   Initials D J   First Name DOUGLAS JOHN  
Decorations DFC DFM  
Rank Flying Officer   Unit RAF   Service No. 47872  
Age Unknown  Deceased   Previous Squadron 144  
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DFM  21/10/1941  617855 Sergeant Douglas John DRAKE, No. 144 Squadron.  144 
DFC  6/07/1943  Flying Officer Douglas John DRAKE, D.F.M. (47872), No. 156 Squadron.

DRAKE, Douglas John, F/O, DFM (47872, Royal Air Force) - No.156 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/8964 has citation drafted when he had flown 58 sorties (25 since previous award) and 364 hours (165 since previous award). Bomb Aimer.

This officer has taken part in a large number of sorties against targets in enemy territory, many of them very strongly defended. While serving with this squadron he has completed his allotted tasks with courage, keenness and determination and has invariably displayed efficiency and skill. In the course of two outstanding tours of duty, Flying Officer Drake has bombed most of the important enemy targets including Berlin, Bremen, Cologne and Spezia, exhibiting outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty throughout.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday. 
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Source Date Comments
LG 35322  21/10/1941  DFM Notification 
LG 35483  10/03/1942  617855 Douglas John DRAKE (47872). 9th Jan.1942. appt P/O 
ORB  5/12/1942  F/O DRAKE reported for duty. 
ORB  12/06/1943  F/O DRAKE DFM attached to P.F.F.N.T.U. UPWOOD. 
ORB  25/06/1943  F/O DRAKE, DFM posted to 13 I.T.W. for Pilot training. 
LG 36084  6/07/1943  DFC Notification 
ORB  9/07/1943  S/L MOIR, F/O DRAKE, and F/O HAYES (missing) awarded the D.F.C.