Pritchard, Charles Arthur

Service number:
90092
Nationality:
Australian (1901-present, Federal Republic)

Biography

Charles Pritchard was shot down in his Blenheim on May 10th 1940 during an attack on Rotterdam airfield. Pritchard managed to evade capture and return to England. Pritchard took command of No 600 Squadron in November of 1940.

Promotions:
May 16th, 1936: Pilot Officer (posted to No. 600 Squadron)
November 18th, 1937: Flying Officer
September 3th, 1940: Flight Lieutenant
December 1st, 1941: Temporary Squadron Leader
August 17th, 1954: relinquishes commission as Squadron Leader, retaining the rank of Wing Commander

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Squadron Leader
Unit:
No. 600 (City of London) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
June 24th, 1941
Citation:
"This officer has displayed considerable skill as a night fighter pilot. His untiring devotion to duty, combined with great persistence and determination in his attacks against the enemy, has enabled him to destroy at least two and damage a further three of their aircraft at night. His example has been a source of encouragement to his fellow pilots."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Sources

  • - The London Gazette Issue 34297 published on the 23 June 1936
    - The London Gazette Issue 34488 published on the 1 March 1938
    - The London Gazette Issue 34515 published on the 31 May 1938
    - The London Gazette Issue 34982 published on the 29 October 1940
    - The London Gazette Issue 35199 published on the 24 June 1941
    - The London Gazette Issue 35383 published on the 16 December 1941
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 40255 published on the 13 August 1954