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Surname NEAL   Initials W G   First Name WILLIAM GEORGE  
Decorations DSO DFC MID  
Rank Flight Leutenant   Unit RAF   Service No. 141863  
Age Unknown  Deceased   Previous Squadron  
Comments NEAL, William George, F/L, DFC (141863, RAFVR*) - No.156 Squadron - Public Record Office Air 2/9645 has recommendation for a French Croix de Guerre. Probably awarded but date and gazetting authority not known to this transcriber as of 9 July 2002.

This officer is captain of aircraft and has maintained a high standard of crew discipline throughOTU his attacks. Frequently he has made more than one run over the target in order to identify his aiming point rather than risk damage and casualties to the French population and their property.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday.  
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Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
MID  1/06/1944  NEAL, William George, F/O (141863, RAFVR*) - No.15 Operational Training Unit
Mentioned in Despatches - awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944.
Citation in Public Record Office Air 2/9004 (courtesy of Steve Brew) drafted when he had flown 1,003 non-operational hours (224 in previous six months);
originally intended as an Air Force Cross for Birthday Honours List of June 1944.

This officer was posted to the Operational Training Unit in July 1942 and has shown himself to be a hard-working and efficient instructor who has always turned out excellent crews. In addition he has regularly volunteered for tests of doubtful pupils.

He has been a most useful officer and pilot to his Flight Commander and he has set a fine example to both instructors and pupils alike.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday 
DFC  5/12/1944  Acting Flight Lieutenant William George NEAL (141863), R.A.F.V.R., 156 Sqn.  156 
DSO  18/09/1945  Flight Lieutenant William George NEAL. D.F.C. (141863), R.A.F.V.R,,156 Sqn.

NEAL, William George, F/L, DFC (141863, Royal Air Force) - No.156 Squadron -
Distinguished Service Order - awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945.

Born 1912 at Edmonton, England.
Educated at Middlesex County Secondary School, Edmonton;
home at Enfield, Middlesex;
enlisted July 1940;
commissioned February 1943.
Mentioned in despatches, June 1944;
awarded DFC, 8 December 1944 (Flight Lieutenant, No.156 Squadron).
No citation in Gazette;
following text from Air Ministry Bulletin 19736 and Flight, 18 October 1945.

This officer is a fine captain of aircraft who has a very good operational record. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has taken part in a large number of sorties, often in a most responsible role, and the success achieved in many of these missions has been largely due to his skill and courage.

Flight Lieutenant Neal has always pressed home his attacks with resolute determination. His skilful airmanship and coolness in hazardous situations have been of great value to his squadron.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday. 
Source Date Comments
ORB  14/05/1944  F.O W.G. Neal and crew ex 11 Base posted to Squadron 
LG 36831  5/12/1944  DFC Notification 
ORB  31/12/1944  The following awards to members of the Squadron were awarded during the month:F/L W.G. Neal, awarded the DFC. 
LG 37277  18/09/1945  DSO Notification 
ORB  30/09/1945  DSO Notification