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Pendrill, George Edward Alfred

Date of death:
December 18th, 1941
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves City of London Cemetery
Plot: 292. Grave: 105568.
Service number:
745807
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

George Pendrill died on 18th December 1941, returning back from a raid on shipping in Brest, France. The damaged Avro Manchester aircraft was put down at RAF Conningsby but overran the runway and stalled. The aircraft crashed, killing all crewmembers.

Flight Sgt. Pendrill is buried in a family grave.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Flight Sergeant
Unit:
No. 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
December 2nd, 1941
Citation:
"One night in November, 1941, this airman was the captain of an aircraft which carried out a mine-laying operation in heavily defended waters. By sheer determination and devotion to duty, the flight of over 500 miles was made in the face of adverse flying conditions and, despite intense anti-aircraft opposition, the task was successfully accomplished.
Two days later, he attacked a target in the Rhineland and, on the return journey, his aircraft was intercepted by an enemy fighter. Displaying great coolness, Flight Sergeant Pendrill instructed his rear gunner to withhold his fire until the enemy flew into close range when it was shot down and .observed to crash and burst into flames. This airman has always shown the greatest courage in attacking his targets."
Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)

Sources

  • Photo 1: Dave Pendrill
  • - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35364 published on the 28 November 1941
    - Family Research

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