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Preston, Robert Edwin

Service number:
179273
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Promotions:
? Warant Officer
June 29th, 1944: Pilot Officer (probation/emergency)
December 29th, 1944: Flying Officer (war sub)
? Flight Lieutenant
March 14th, 1959: retaining rank as Flight Lieutenant

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Pilot Officer
Unit:
No. 515 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
December 1st, 1944
Group citation:
"One night in October, 1944, these officers and airmen took part in an operation involving a mine-laying mission. Their task, which necessitated a high degree of skill and perfect co-ordination, was to detract the concentrated fire of the defences. Gun positions and search light defences were relentlessly attacked and a number of them put out of action.
The results obtained reflect the greatest credit on the ability and resolution displayed by these officers and airmen, whose efforts contributed materially to the success of a hazardous mission.

Awarded simultaneously to:
Flight Lieutenant Reginald Arthur Adams
Flying Officer John Roy Lake
Pilot Officer Terrence Alfred Kenneth Groves
Pilot Officer Frederick Henry Ruffle
Flight Sergeant Robert Bell Dockeray
Flight Sergeant Fred Verity
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Sources

  • - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36674 published on the 25 August 1944
    - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36820 published on the 28 November 1944
    - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36909 published on the 23 January 1945
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 41704 published on the 8 May 1959
    - Morton and Eden

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