Flt. Sgt. George Bruce GILLIE AFM. R.A.F.
(Retired a Sqdn. Ldr.)
Battle of Britain 1940 AFM Set. (Trainer)
335007 F/Sgt. G.B. Gillie R.A.F.
1939/45 War & Victory Medals.
Long Service & Good Conduct F/Sgt. G.B. Gillie R.A.F.
Joined RAF at Halton ‘brat’ at age 16 on 13th August 1919.
Gained a trade and upon his 18th birthday left Halton in March 1923.
Posted to RAF Grantham, where he joined 39 Squadron.
He saw service in Iraq with 6 Squadron 23-25 and then Egypt.
At 23 years old, he applied for his flying course in August 1926.
Qualified as a Pilot with rank of leading Aircraftman, and in June 1927 was posted to 45 (Bomber ) Squadron at Heliopolis, Egypt.
Reference to a ‘crash’ in one of the Squadrons DG9A aircraft in August 1927.
(Records Gillie as the pilot with rank of Acting Sergeant. 1 Crew member died. Gillie himself received serious injuries.)
Despite the accident, he was identified as a pilot with qualities in instructing ability.
In 1929 he was selected for a Central Flying Schoolc Instructors Course. The became his future with the newly constructed RAF.
In 1937, he was seconded to the Royal Iraqui Air Force as an Instructor.
He served in Iraq between April 1937 and December 1938.
His role as an Instructor continued upon his return, where he served in a great many flying schools.
During the Battle of Britain on 25th July 1940, he was recommended for the award of the AIR FORCE MEDAL. With the rank of Flight Sergeant, the recommendation records a total of 2,700 flying hours,where he had trained a Great number of pilots & Instructors.
F/Sgt. Gillie was one of only 259 AFM’s awarded during the Second World War.. only 15 in 1940.
Gillie added the Defense Medal, War Medal and RAF Long Service Good Conduct Medal to the AFM Award of 1940.
He Retired from the RAF in 1957 and died in 1983/4.
Although GILLIE was not directly involved in Combat during the Battle of Britain, he was in fact the trainer of many of the young men fought and as such played a key role in the Air Defense of the Country, hence his recognition of the AFM in 1940.
He also trained a number of ‘Female Pilots’ who were used for ‘ferrying” duties.
Extensive copy paperwork, extract of Award letter / Gazette entry and 2 Log books.. covering the War period.
Price / tba.