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DFM – 1354394 Flt Sgt. J.F. EdwardsR.A.F.
War Medal / AIR CREW EUROPE STAR AND 39/45 STAR (Un-worn/UM) with ribbons.
Remembered with honour Chievres Communal Cemetary (Grave 13) – Age 23
RAF61 Squadron (Lancasters) W4317 QR R Operation Plzen.
Bomber Command loss 16th April 1943.
t/o 21.13 hours Syerston in the Parish of Flintham, near Newark.
Shot down by a night-fighter the Pilot was Hauptman Rudolf Altendorf, I/NJG4. The Lancaster crashed at 04.30 hrs to the South of Givry (Hainault) 10 km SE of Mons, Belgium.
All crew were buried on 18th April in Chievres Communal Cemetary. Their average age wqas 22.
Unusually for an RAF squadron, their flight Engineer was an Australian.
Flight Sergeant Edwards DFM was Gazetted on 14 May 1943.
D.F.M. award – rec. 2 April 1943 – Exemplary devotion to duty – 52 Sorties / 46 successful/ as Wireless Operator and Air Gunner.
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