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Surname OVERTON   Initials L W   First Name LEONARD WILLIAM  
Decorations DFC +  
Rank Flight Leutenant   Unit RAF   Service No. 52569  
Age Unknown  Deceased   Previous Squadron 100  
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DFC  15/10/1943  Pilot Officer Leonard William OVERTON (52569), Royal Air Force, No. 156 Squadron.

OVERTON, Leonard William, P/O (52569, Royal Air Force) - No.156 Squadron -
Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943.

Born 1920.
Home in Lincolnshire.
Enlisted as fitter, 1937;
trained as aircrew;
commissioned 1943.
Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 11721.

As pilot and captain of aircrew, this officer has shown powers of leadership which have set an outstanding example to the rest of the squadron. He has displayed efficiency in his duties and determination in pressing home his attacks on many targets. Despite frequent enemy opposition his missions have all been successful.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday. 
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Bar to DFC  18/04/1944  Acting Flight Lieutenant Leonard William OVERTON,D.F.C. (52569), Royal Air Force, No. 156 Squadron.

OVERTON, Leonard William, A/F/L, DFC (52569, Royal Air Force) - No.156 Squadron -
Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944.
Following text from Flight, 22 June 1944 and Air Ministry Bulletin 13588.

A distinguished pilot and efficient captain of aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Overton has attacked the majority of the most heavily defended targets in Germany, including seven sorties to Berlin. In spite of intense opposition he has consistently pressed home his attacks, displaying outstanding courage and a high sense of duty.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday. 
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Source Date Comments
ORB  5/04/1943  Sgt OVERTON and crew from 100 Squadron reported for duty. 
LG 36135  13/08/1943  571046 Leonard William OVERTON (52569). 27th May 1943. (promoted to P/O) 
LG 36215  15/10/1943  DFC Notification 
LG36480  18/04/1944  Bar to DFC Notification 
LG 36670  22/08/1944  L. W. OVERTON, D.F.C.(52569). 27th Nov.1943 (confirm P/O)