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Surname LETFORD   Initials K H F   First Name KENNETH HAROLD FRANCIS  
Decorations DSO + DFC MID  
Rank Squadron Leader   Unit RAF   Service No. 132892  
Age Unknown  Deceased   Previous Squadron 207  
Grave Location  
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Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
MID  1/01/1943  LETFORD, Kenneth Harold Francis, Flight Sergeant (745585, RAFVR*) - No.14 Operational Training Unit
Mention in Despatches - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943.
Commissioned with effect from 10 September 1942.
Recommended for an Air Force Medal (reference Public Record Office Air 2/8871, courtesy of Steve Brew).

While serving on the instructional staff of No.14 Operational Training Unit, Flight Sergeant Letford has proved to be an exceptional non-commissioned officer. He has been called upon to perform long spells of duty, both in the air and on the ground, and has always been extremely willing and cheerful even in the most trying conditions. His example has been an inspiration to all ranks.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday 
14 OUT 
DFC  7/09/1943  Acting Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Harold Francis LETFORD (132892) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 207 Squadron.

LETFORD, Kenneth Harold Francis, A/F/L (132892, RAFVR*) - No.207 Squadron
Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943.
Following text from Air Ministry Bulletin 11391.

This officer, now on his second tour of operational duty, has attacked most of the enemy’s heavily defended targets. A first rate captain of aircraft, he has consistently shown the greatest determination to press home his attacks regardless of difficulties or enemy opposition. He has obtained some excellent photographs.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday 
DSO  23/11/1943  Acting Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Harry Francis LETFORD, D.F.C. (132892), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 207 Squadron.

One night in October, 1943, this officer was captain and pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Leipzig. During the sortie, the bomber was engaged by a fighter and was hit by a hail of bullets.

The mid-upper gunner was wounded and his gun turret rendered useless; the wireless operator was also wounded and some of his wireless equipment was destroyed. The inter-communication gear was put out of action and other damage was sustained. The situation became alarming when some incendiary bombs and the accumulators caught fire.

Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Letford coolly organised his crew to fight the flames and under his able directions they succeeded in quelling the fire. When base was reached, Flight Lieutenant Letford effected a perfect landing without the aid of flaps.

In circumstances fraught with great danger, this officer displayed inspiring leadership, great courage and determination. 
Bar to DSO  21/09/1945  Bar to Distinguished Service Order. Acting Squadron Leader. Kenneth Harold Francis LETFORD, D.S.O., D.F.C. (132892), R.A.F.V.R., 156.Sqn.

LETFORD, Kenneth Harry Francis, S/L, DSO, DFC (132892, Royal Air Force) - No.156 Squadron -
Bar to Distinguished Service Order - awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945.
No citation in Gazette; following text from Air Ministry Bulletin 19736 and Flight, 11 October 1945.

Squadron Leader Letford is now on his fourth tour of operational duty. His skilled airmanship and fine fighting spirit have earned him the confidence of his crew and of the squadron. He is a fearless captain who has shown complete disregard for any opposition when pressing home his attacks.

His courage and devotion to duty have been a splendid example to all who have served with him.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday. 
Source Date Comments
LG 36165  7/09/1943  DFC Notification 
LG 36263  23/11/1943  DSO Notification 
LG 37277  21/09/1945  Bar to DSO Notification 
ORB  30/09/1945  Bar to DSO Notification 
LG 37851  10/01/1947  Forfeiture of seniority. Flight Lieutenant K. H. F. LETFORD, D.S.O., D.F.C. (132892), takes rank and precedence (with effect from 13th Sept. 1946) as if his appt. to the substantive and war substantive ranks of Flight Lieutenant each bore date 13th Sept. 1946.