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Surname GRIFFIN   Initials R F   First Name REGINALD FRANK  
Decorations DSO DFC  
Rank Squadron Leader   Unit RAF   Service No. 47170  
Age   Deceased   Previous Squadron 103  
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Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  1/02/1944  Flying Officer Reginald Frank GRIFFIN (47170), Royal Air Force, No. 103 Squadron.

One night in December, 1943, this officer was the captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin. At the outset of the sortie the wireless apparatus became unserviceable and a little later the port generator failed, the mid-upper turret being put out of action. Nevertheless, Flying Officer Griffin continued his mission. Before reaching the target area, the rear turret also became unserviceable.
In spite of these defects, Flying Officer Griffin displayed great determination and went on to execute a successful attack against this well defended target. Soon after leaving the area, some other equipment became useless. In the face of much difficulty the return flight was safely accomplished and a safe landing was made.
Flying Officer Griffin displayed great skill and outstanding determination to complete his mission successfully.
This officer has taken part in a very large number of sorties and has rendered valuable service. 
DSO  24/11/1944  GRIFFIN, Reginald Frank, S/L, DFC (47170, Royal Air Force) - No.156 Squadron.
Distinguished Service Order - awarded as per London Gazette dated 28 November 1944.
Born 1920 at Torquay, Devon; home there.
Educated at Homelands Central School and South Devon Technical College.
Enlisted 1939; commissioned 1941.
Awarded DFC, 4 February 1944 (Flying Officer, No.103 Squadron)..

This officer has displayed the highest standard of skill, courage and devotion to duty in air operations. As observer he completed a very large number of sorties before joining his present squadron. Since then, Squadron Leader Griffin has completed many more sorties in the capacity of pilot and captain and has attacked a variety of targets with success. A fearless and determined captain of aircraft, Squadron Leader Griffin has set an example of the highest order.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday. 
Source Date Comments
LG 36362  1/02/1944  DFC Commendation 
ORB  15/03/1944  F/LT R.F. Griffin and crew posted from 103 Squadron. 
ORB  27/07/1944  F/L R.F. Griffin DFC promoted A/S/L/ 
ORB  22/10/1944  S/L R.F. GRIFFIN DFC (Pilot) awarded immediate D.S.O. 
ORB  22/10/1944  S/L Griffin DFC awarded immediate DSO 
LG 36816  24/11/1944  DSO Commendation