Illawarra AFC DFC & DFM Awards in WW2

Air Force Cross –  ‘for Air Force officers for exceptional valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying though not in active operations against the enemy’. (Source)

Distinguished Flying Cross “for Air Force officers for ‘for exceptional valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy’.”

  • Flight Lieutenant Philip Adams
  • Wing Commander Clive Robertson Caldwell  – with Bar
  • Flying Officer D J Dobinson
  • Flight Lieutenant W T Eddy
  • Flight Lieutenant Alexander Herbert Gould – RAF – PW – Media & Stories – 1, 2, 3, 4,
  • Flying Officer William Dudley Hemmings
  • Pilot Officer Francis James Kelly
  • Acting Squadron Leader Ivor Henry Meggitt DFC, Austinmer – 40633 – A Sunderland of No. 210 Squadron while on Patrol – RAF – was a Temporary Squadron Leader – killed in a flying accident in Scotland, and only one of the crew survived – is on Commemorative Roll (not AWM Roll of Honour) – buried Oban (Pennyfuir) Cemetery, Oban, Scotland, United Kingdom – FindaGrave – Scottish War Grave Project –  media stories & resources – 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 , 11, 12, 11  .    Ivor Henry Meggitt
    • His plane crashed in a night landing, at 21:17 hrs, off Maiden Island, Oban Bay. The Sunderland landed safely but hit an underwater object which ripped open the hull and flipped the aircraft onto its back. The underwater object was thought to be a horse box from the SS Breda, sunk in Ardmucknish Bay on 23/12/40.”
    • In 1937 he was selected in the first batch of twelve applicants from the whole of Australia for training m England with the Royal Air Force. He commenced his training at Ayr, in Scotjand, early in 1938, and mads his first solo flight after seven hours’ dual instruction in the air.He continued his studies in all types of aircraft and was stationed in iurn at Tern Hill, Eastchurch, Calsho’, Pembroke Dock, and finally at Oban, in Scotland. He became Pilot Officer in 1939, following in due course with promotions to Flying Officer and Acting Flight Lieutenant. Shortly before the war commenced he was drafted to the Sunderland Fly ing Boat Service of the Coastal Command. He attained the captaincy cf one of these squadrons before he was transferred to the Bombers’ Squadrons. Later, just prior to his death, he was also associated with the fighter squadrons which won world’s fame during the height of the German Blitz”.
  • Flying Officer Alan Monaghan
  • Flight Lieutenant J N Ollivier – 402390 – 80 Squadron RAAF – Wollongong – Gazette – photographs below are from AWM top & lower (position unknown in group photo of 80 Squadron)Ollivier JN OG1545 P10029.022 80 Squadron Ollivier– Media Stories – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Post War was Secretary of  the South Coast Aero Club, before moving to northern NSW to take up a bank manager role.
  • Flight Officer Graham Paton – Media Stories – 1,
  • Flying Officer Maxwell Aubrey Phillips – Media Stories – 1,
  • Flying Officer Francis Archibald Randall
  • Pilot Officer Stanley John Ricketts – Media Stories – 1, 2,
  • Flight Lieutenant Ron Thomson (Thompson) -may have served with Lancasters in Great Britain – served with RAAF in Canada where he received his Commission in 1943 – Possibly relevant Media & Stories – 1, 2, 3,  – 115327 / 432380 /422980 ?

Distinguished Flying Medal – for non-commissioned officers and men of the Air Force for exceptional valour, courage or devotion to duty whist flying in active operations against the enemy”