539504 Sergeant David Lessels WILKIE, Royal Air Force, No. 156 Squadron.
This airman has completed a large number of sorties during which important and strongly defended targets have been attacked. Sergeant Wilkie is a first class engineer whose skill has contributed materially to the many successes obtained.
His keenness has been highly commendable.
Full Citation from Tavenders's DFM Register.
L.G. 22/10/1943. Sorties 33, Flying hours 206. Flight Engineer. Air2/5011.
This N.C.O. is a first class Engineer, cool and reliable, who has played a large part in the many successes obtained by this crew.
On the night of 9th/10th April, 1943, when returning from Duisberg, a fire broke out in the electrical panel and, had it not been for the very prompt and correct action taken by Sergeant Wilkie, a very nasty situation would undoubtedly arisen.
Sergeant Wilkie has carried out 33 operational sorties against the enemy in Germany and German occupied territory. His keenness for operations is beyong reproach and is a fine example to the rest of the squadron. He is very strongly recommended for the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.
21st September, 1943.