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Waddington, Frank Ogden

Date of birth:
1917
Date of death:
April 23rd, 2016
Service number:
749308 (NCO)/129211 (Officer)
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Squadron Leader Waddinton was a Pathfinder navigator with Lancaster-equipped 35 Squadron who later flew in Sunderlands and Shackletons with Coastal Command

Promotions:
? Sergeant
? Temporary Warant Officer
22 July, 1942: Pilot Officer on Probation (emergency)
22 January, 1943: Flying Officer on Probation (war sub)
22 July, 1944: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)

Prisoner of War 3398 Stalag Luft III. Listen to his personal history at IWM here.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
No. 31 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
March 4th, 1941
Citation:
"This airman was the navigator bomb aimer of an aircraft detailed to attack the aerodrome at Calathos, one night in February, 1941. Extremely difficult weather conditions were encountered; nevertheless, Sergeant Waddington successfully navigated his aircraft to the objective. In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire, the aerodrome was successfully attacked and two large fires were started. Valuable information was obtained regarding the aerodrome, and the numbers of aircraft there. This airman has participated in numerous operational missions and his outstanding skill and devotion to duty have contributed largely to the safe return of his aircraft in the most adverse weather."
Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 18th, 1946
Air Efficiency Award (AE)

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