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Crumpton, Rex Arthur

    Date of birth:
    (Old Hill/Staffordshire, Great Britain)
    Service number:
    525122 (NCO)/48426 (Officer)
    Nationality:
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

    Before the war Rex Crumpton was a van driver for his father's grocery business at Romsley, Birmingham. He joined the RAF in 1935.
    Little else is know regarding this man who received on of the earliest awarded DFM's of WW2.

    Bevorderingen:
    ? Sergeant
    2 January, 1942: Pilot Officer on Probation (emergency)
    1 October, 1942: Flying Officer on Probation (war sub)
    2 January, 1944: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Leading Aircraftman
    Unit:
    No. 220 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    January 19th, 1940
    Action:
    Citation:
    "Pilot Officer Carey and Leading Aircraftman Crumpton were respectively pilot and air gunner of one of three aircraft carrying out a patrol over the North Sea in January, 1940, when two enemy aircraft were encountered.Pilot Officer Carey opened fire at very close range, and was successful in driving the first enemy machine, in flames, into the sea. He then engaged the second enemy aircraft until he had exhausted his front gun ammunition, and by his skilful manoeuvring enabled Leading Aircraftman Crumpton to bring his gun into action at point blank range, inflicting considerable damage.
    The skill and coolness displayed-by Leading Aircraftman Crumpton in the manipulation of his guns played a large part in bringing the combat to a successful conclusion."
    Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)

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