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Homer, Michael Giles

    Date of birth:
    1919 (Dorset, Great Britain)
    Date of death:
    September 27th, 1940 (Bluetown-Milstead Sittingbourne/Kent, Great Britain)
    Buried on:
    Commonwealth War Graves Godlingston Cemetery
    Plot: A. Grave: 792.
    Service number:
    33409
    Nationality:
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

    Promotions:
    January 1937: Flight Cadet;
    ?: Pilot Officer;
    June 17th, 1940: Flying Officer.

    Career:
    1933 - 1936: Wellington College;
    January 1927: RAF College, Cranwell;
    December 17th, 1938: No. 106 Squadron, Thornaby;
    1940: No. 44 squadron;
    September 1940: No. 1 Squadron, Northolt;
    September 21st, 1940: No. 242 Squadron, Coltishall.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Pilot Officer
    Awarded on:
    April 26th, 1940
    Citation:
    "In April, 1940, this officer was pilot of an aircraft carrying out a high-level bombing attack on two enemy cruisers anchored in Christiansand Bay. In the face of intense anti-aircraft fire and attacks by enemy fighters, he successfully pressed home his bombing attack and his air gunner shot down an enemy fighter which burst into flames and crashed into the sea. Although his aircraft had been damaged he skilfully piloted it back to his base, which necessitated a sea crossing of more than 400 miles."

    LG 34838/2473-2474.
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

    Sources

    • Photo 1: Tom MacNeill
    • - The London Gazette of 26th April 1940, Issue 34838
      - The London Gazette of 13th September 1940, Issue 34945
      - Battle of Britain London Monument

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