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Verity, Hugh Beresford

Date of birth:
April 6th, 1918 (Jamaica)
Date of death:
November 14th, 2001
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Service number 72507.

Hugh Verity was educated at Cheltenham and received a short service commission in the RAF after he had served in the University Air Squadron while studying at Queen's College, Oxford.
In September 1940, he was posted at No 608 (reconnaissance) squadron, and five months later to No 252 Squadron, a Bristol Blenheim unit, later Beaufighter, squadron, stationed in Northern Ireland. Here he gained experience in night flying.
Verity joined No. 161 "Special Duties" Squadron in November 1942 as commander of 'A' Flight (6 Lysanders).
He made 29 successful pick-ups during his time with 161 Squadron. The pick-ups he made were all executed alone by night to an agreed field or pasture somewhere in France. The only navigational instrument he had were a staff map and a Michelin road map, a few hand-held torches being his landing guide, held by two or three members of the local resistance.
Later in the war, Verity supervised clandestine air operations in South East Asia and when hostilities ceased arranged the dropping of medical staff to care for PoW's.
Hugh Verity remained in the RAF after the war in various posts and retired in 1965 and joined the Industrial Training Board. In 1978 he published a book about his wartime experiences 'We Landed by Moonlight'.

Promotions:
November 8th, 1938: Pilot Officer
May 8th, 1940: Flying Officer
May 8th, 1941: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)
June 1st, 1942: Squadron Leader (temporary)
May 14th, 1944: Squadron Leader (war sub)
September 1st, 1945: Appointment to commission as Squadron Leader
July 1st, 1951: Wing Commander
July 1st, 1958: Group Captain
June 2nd, 1965: retirement at his own request

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Squadron Leader
Unit:
No. 161 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
May 25th, 1943
Action:
Citation:
"Squadron Leader Verity has participated in 118 sorties. He is a skilful pilot whose example of determination and devotion to duty have proved inspiring. He has rendered excellent service, contributing materially to the high standard of operational efficiency of the squadron."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Squadron Leader
Unit:
No. 161 Squadron, Royal Ar Force
Awarded on:
August 31st, 1943
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Action:
Citation:
"Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Verity has undertaken numerous sorties and has displayed great skill and tenacity throughout. He is a courageous captain, whose fine qualities are worthy of great praise."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Squadron Leader
Unit:
No. 161 Squadron, Royal Ar Force
Awarded on:
January 14th, 1944
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Action:
Citation:
"Since being awarded the Distinguished Service Order, Squadron Leader Verity has completed very many sorties all of which have demanded a high degree of skill and determination. He is a most inspiring leader and his achievements have been outstanding."
Details:
Second DSO awarded as a bar for on the ribbon of the first DSO.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With Guild Palm
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)

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