Tattersall, Hugh Geoffrey Wynne

Date of birth:
May 1st, 1923
Date of death:
October 7th, 1988
Service number:
1392176/186609
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Promotions:
?: Sergeant;
?: Warrant Officer;
9th October 1944: Pilot Officer on probation (emergency)
9th April 1945: Pilot Officer;
9th April 1945: Flying Officer (war subs.).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
No. 178 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
August 6th, 1943
Action:
Citation:
"One night in June, 1943, this airman was the pilot of a bomber which attacked the airfield at Comiso. Whilst over the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The inter-communication system was rendered unserviceable, one engine was put out of action, while a fire broke out near the entrance hatch; other damage had been sustained and two of the crew were wounded. A little later, a second engine became defective, emitting sheets of flame at intervals. Despite this, Sergeant Tattersall set course for Malta and,- displaying
superb airmanship, succeeded in reaching an airfield on the island where he effected a masterly landing. This airman displayed great courage and determination and was largely responsible for the safe return of the aircraft and its crew."
Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)

Sources

  • Photo 1: Corinna Tattersall
  • Photo: Corinna Tattersall
  • - Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 3rd August 1943, Issue 36122, dated 6th August 1943
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 8th December 1944, Issue 36834, dated 12th December 1944
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 15th May 1945, Issue 37083, dated 18th May 1945

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