- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Flight Sergeant
- No. 83 Squadron, Royal Air Force
- Awarded on:
- December 29th, 1942
Recommendation (drawn up 30 October, 1942 when he had flown 35 sorties, 175,10 flying hours):
"In July 1942, Flight Sergeant Allen took part as Bomb aimer in a daylight attack on the port of Danzig. Despite the most unfavourable weather conditions, this attack was succesfully carried out at low level and it was largely due to the most excellent map-reading and bomb aiming which he displayed that this mission was successfully completed in the face of the most difficult conditions.
Again, in the same month, he took part in a daylight attack on the heavily defended town of Essen. Despite the fact that cloud cover completely failed on the enemy coast, this attack was pressed home to the target and by his skilful map-reading and subsequent accurate bombing, the target was attcked successfully. This was accomplished despite the most intense engagement by flak during the whole period spent in the Ruhr. Severe damage was inflicted to the aircraft which subsequently returned on two engines. Despite the hazardous conditions and the damage inflicted before bombing, Flight Sergeant Allen never flinched in his duty of guiding the aircraft to the aiming point and carried out his bombing calmly and efficiently. Again, on the return to this country, the aircraft was engaged by fighters and again damaged and the rear gunner seriously wounded. The engagement by fighters lasted some 35 minutes and most violent evasive action was taken by the pilot. Despite all these harassing conditions, Flight Sergeant Allen kept a careful check of position and subsequently aided the Navigator and set a course for base when the attacks were over. Conditions of very low cloud and rain were met on returning to this country and again the aircraft was flying with difficulty on two engines. Flight Sergeant Allen's excellent map-reading in extremely poor conditions of bad visibility and rain enabled the aircraft to return to base with the minimum delay. The crew of which this Bomb Aimer is a member has been consistendly successful in finding and bombing targets and bringing back excellent photographs. It is undoubtedly due to the skill and determination of Flight Sergeant Allen that these sorties have been so successful and his captain cannot speak too highly of his Bomb Aimer's skill and courage.
Flight Sergeant Allen has now completed 35 sorties, many being the most heavily defended targets in Germany. His operational record is most excellent and he is undoubtedly a Bomb Aimer of the highest quality and skill and has contributed in no small way to many successful attacks, both before and during his present duties with the P.F.F.
Remarks by Commander, Path Finder Force:
"This N.C.O's record of consistent excellence in operations under all conditions is exceptional. I strongly recommend him for the non-immediate award of the D.F.M."