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Denholm, George Lovell

    Date of birth:
    December 20th, 1908 (Bo'ness/West Lotian/Scotland, Great Britain)
    Date of death:
    June 15th, 1997 (Bo'ness/West Lotian/Scotland, Great Britain)
    Nationality:
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

    George Denholm studied economics at Cambridge University, serving briefly in the Territorial Army before finally deciding to join the RAAF. He served for approximately six years with 603 Squadron (City of Edenborough) before he was drafted in August 1939. At the time he was Flight Commander and saw action as early as October 16th, 1939 against German bombers over the British mainland.
    June 4th, 1940 he took command of the squadron. August 30th, he was shot down over Deal in Kent by Me 109ís but he managed to bail out. September 15th, when he had shot down a Me 109 and was firing at two Do 17ís he was hit again and forced to bail out. May 1941, he was involved in shooting down Rudolf Hess.
    In the prelude to D-Day he and his squadeon were tasked with firing upon German units in the area of Pas-de-Calais. Later on he was named commander of North Weald Air Field, the homebase of an Norwegian and a Danish Wing.
    He was discharged in 1947 and went to work for the familybusiness (J & J Denholm) and during the fifties he briefly was a member of Boíness Municipal Council.

    Promotions:
    June 27th , 1933: Pilot Officer
    December 27th, 1934: Flying officer
    January 9th, 1939: Flight Lieutenant
    September 1st, 1940: Squadron Leader (Temporary)
    March 1st, 1942: Wing Commander (temporary)
    October 30th, 1943: Wing Commander (war sub)
    ?: Group Captain

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Acting Squadron Leader
    Unit:
    No. 603 (AAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    October 22nd, 1940
    Action:
    Citation:
    "Since the commencement of hostilities, Squadron Leader Denholm has led his squadron, flight or section in innumerable operational patrols against the enemy. His magnificent leadership has contributed largely to the success of the squadron, which has destroyed fifty-four enemy aircraft in about six weeks; four of these aircraft were destroyed by Squadron Leader Denholm himself."
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Acting Group Captain
    Awarded on:
    January 1st, 1945
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Group Captain
    Awarded on:
    April 18th, 1947
    Haakon VII's frihetskors

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