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Maltby, David John Hatfield

Date of birth:
May 10th, 1920 (Baldslow/Sussex, Great Britain)
Date of death:
September 15th, 1943
Service number:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


David Maltby joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve on March 20th, 1940. On 18 January 1941, he received his wings and flew his first operations in 106 Squadron's Hampdens, but was soon transferred to the new Avro Manchester aircraft, operated by 97 Squadron.
Maltby finished his first tour of operations in June 1942
David Maltby lies burried on Wickchambreux (St. Andrew) Churchyard.

? : Pilot Officer
January 18th, 1942: Flying Officer
January 18th, 1943: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Flying Officer
No. 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
August 11th, 1942
"As captain of aircraft F/O. Maltby has set and maintained an extremely high standard of ability. He has taken part in sorties covering a
wide variety of important enemy targets, such as Essen, Trondheim, Warnemunde, Kiel and others.
On one occasion, he was specially detailed to perform a very important mining operation in adverse weather. The conditions were such that only by his great skill and determination was he able to complete the mission successfully. He has set a very fine example."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Flight Lieutenant
No. 617 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1943
Awarded for:
Operation Chastise
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
"On the night of 16th May, 1943, a force of Lancaster bombers was detailed to attack the Moehne, Eder and Sorpe dams in Germany. The operation was one of great difficulty and hazard, demanding a high degree of skill and courage and close co-operation between the crews of the aircraft engaged. Nevertheless, a telling blow was struck at the enemy by the successful breaching of the Mohne and Eder dams. This outstanding success reflects the greatest credit on the efforts of the following personnel who participated in the operation in various capacities as members of aircraft crew."