Urwin-Mann, John Ronald "Jack"
- Date of birth:
- July 29th, 1920 (Victoria/British Columbia, Canada)
- Service number:
- Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)
June 24th, 1939: Acting PIlot Officer;
December 27th, 1939: Pilot Officer on probation;
June 6th, 1940: Pilot Officer;
December 27th, 1940: Flying Officer (war subs.);
December 27th, 1941: Flight Lieutenant (war subs.);
March 6th, 1943: Acting Squadron Leader;
September 1st, 1945: Flight Lieutenant;
March 15th, 1959: Squadron Leader.
March 1939: Operational Training Unit;
December 28th, 1939: No. 11 Group Pool, St. Athan;
January 25th, 1940: No. 253 Squadron;
May 12th, 1940: No. 238 Squadron;
May 1941: Flight Commander No. 238 Squadron;
January 14th, 1942: Commanding Officer No. 80 Squadron;
April 1942: HQ Middle East;
October 1942: Commanding Officer No. 126 Squadron;
1944: Tactics and Training Branch, HQ Fighter Command;
March 15th, 1959: Retirement.
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- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Pilot Officer
- No. 238 Squadron, Royal Air Force
- Awarded on:
- November 26th, 1940
"This officer has displayed initiative and dash in his many engagements against the enemy. He has led his section in an excellent manner and has destroyed at least eight enemy aircraft."
Air Ministry Bulletin 6598:
"In November 1941 this officer led a formation of aircraft in combat against a superior force of Messerschmitt 109s. Although he was wounded in the back and later his aircraft was badly damaged, Flight Lieutenant Urwin-Mann flew it safely back to base. Next day this officer was again leading his flight. He has been engaged on operational flying almost continuously since June 1940, both in England and the Middle East. He has led his flight, squadron or wing on some 40 sorties, often in adverse weather conditions. Many successes have been achieved in which Flight Lieutenant Urwin-Mann played a prominent part. He has destroyed at least eight enemy aircraft."
Public Records Office Air 2/4782 recommendation :
"On 23 November 1941, Flight Lieutenant Urwin-Mann was leading a formation of four fighters which was engaged by a much superior force of Messerschmitt 109s. During the combat, he was wounded in the back and later had his aircraft badly damaged. Nevertheless, he managed to bring his aircraft over 60 miles across the desert to his base, and was leading his flight again the following day. This officer has been engaged on operations with his squadron almost continuously since June 1940, both in England and the Middle East, and has destroyed eight enemy aircraft, and probably destroyed or damaged four more. During the present campaign he has led his flight, squadron [and] wing on more than 40 operational sorties, sometimes in extremely bad weather and it is due to his unflagging keenness that formations led by him have successfully engaged and destroyed numerous enemy aircraft."
Second DFC awarded in the form of a bar to be worn on the ribbon of the first DFC.
Air Ministry Bulletin 10199:
"Within the past six months whilst operating from Malta, this officer has completed a large number of sorties, involving attacks on factories, warehouses, port installations, power stations and airfields in Sicily and nearby enemy islands. On one occasion he led a formation which attacked an airfield and destroyed many aircraft on the ground. Squadron-Leader Urwin-Mann also obtained a hit on a petrol installation, causing a violent explosion and a large fire. Another of his successes was the destruction of a portion of the main railway line during a sortie at Gela in January 1943. During the same operations Squadron Leader Urwin-Mann engaged a Messerschmitt 210, shooting away its starboard engine. By his great skill and inspiring leadership this officer has raised his squadron to a high pitch of fighting efficiency."