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A Good Distinguished Flying Medal Group – 49 Squadron.


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A Good Distinguished Flying Medal Group – 49 Squadron.

Distinguished Flying Medal, 1370296. Sgt. A.M. MacDiarmid. R.A.F.; 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star, France and Germany clasp(loose); 1939-45 War Medal.; Named box of issue and issue slip.

Alexander Menzies MacDiarmid

D.F.M. London Gazette 13th July 1943:

Citation: “This NCO has now completed 25 sorties totalling 166.40 hours flying on operations as mid-upper gunner in Lancaster aircraft.  His crew have operated with regularity and success against a high proportion of the more heavily defended German target.  Their sorties have at all times been remarkable for the lack of unpleasant incidents and when attacked by a German night fighter over Holland, the correct anti-fighter tactics carried out under the direction of Sergeant MacDiarmid resulted in the safe return of the aircraft to this country.  There is no doubt that the efficiency and determination of this NCO and the confidence he has inspired in his crew has largely contributed to their success and I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

24th May 1943.”

Squadron records of 49 Squadron show that MacDiarmid took part in the following operations:

22-10-42 – Genoa

24-10-42 – Milan (Daylight raid) returned early with engine failure

6-11-42 – Osnabruck raid on city centre

7-11-42 – Genoa

9-11-42 – Hamburg raid on city centre

15-11-42 – Genoa

20-11-42 – Turin, Fiat works

22-11-42 – Stuttgart raid on city centre

8-12-42 – Turin raid on city centre

9-12-42 – Turin raid on city centre

20-12-42 – Duisburg

21-12-42 – Munich

16-01-43 – Berlin

17-01-43 – Berlin

20-01-43 – Essen

23-01-43 – Dusseldorf

30-01-43 – Hamburg

2-02-43 – Cologne

4-02-43 – Turin

18-02-43 – Wilhelmshaven

21-02-43 – Bremen

25-02-43 – Nurnburg

1-03-43 – Berlin

3-03-43 – Hamburg

22-03-43 – St Nazaire

MacDiarmid was then posted to 17 O.T.U. (based at RAF Upwood, moving to RAF Silverstone in April 1943) we have no information on his service once he left 49 Squadron.

With copied group photographs, including a named group which include MacDiarmid.

Condition – NEF, DFM in its original pin.