World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

 RAF Stories

Never in the field of human conflict, was so much owed by so many to so few.

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and Commonwealth lasts a thousand years, men will still say, this was their finest hour.

Sir Winston Churchill

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The Distinguished Flying Cross  is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force and other services, and formerly to officers of other Commonwealth countries, for "an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy".

The award was established on 3 June 1918, shortly after the formation of the RAF. It was originally awarded to air force commissioned officers and to Warrant Officers. During the Second World War it was also awarded to Royal Artillery officers from the British Army serving on attachment to the RAF as pilots-cum-artillery directors. Since the Second World War, the award has been open to army and naval aviation officers, and since 1993 to other ranks as well; the Distinguished Flying Medal, previously awarded to other ranks, has been discontinued. Recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "DFC". A bar is added to the ribbon for holders of the DFC who received a second award.

During the Great War, a total of approximately 1,100 DFCs were awarded, with 70 first bars and 3 second bars. During the Second World War, 20,354 DFCs were awarded (the most of any award), with approximately 1,550 first bars and 45 second bars. Honorary awards were made on 964 occasions to aircrew from other non-commonwealth countries.

In 2008, Flight Lieutenant Michelle Goodman became the first woman to receive the DFC.

 

Remember those not here today,

Those unwell and far away,

Those who never lived to see,

The end of war and victory,

And every friend who passed our way,

Remembered as of yesterday,

It's absent friends we miss the most,

To all, let's dringk a loving toast. 

                                           William Walker, Battle of Britain Spitfire Pilot (Aged 97 in 2010)

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A Midsummer's Night Dip In The Baltic 

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A Wireless Operator's Tale 

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An Air Gunner's Story 

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Just Another Story 

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Life In The RAF by Ted Gordon

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My Wartime Years by Arnold Stone 

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The George Adams Interview 

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Travels With A Spitfire by Lewis Abbott

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