Houlston, Jack Edward

Date of death:
December 20th, 1942
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Reichswald Forest
Plot: 14. Row: G. Grave: 14.
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Squadron Leader
Unit:
No. 139 (Jamaica) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
January 8th, 1943
Awarded for:
Operation Oyster
Action:
Citation:
"On the 6th December, 1942, a force of bombers was detailed to make an attack in daylight on the Philips Factory at Eindhoven. The operation, which was executed faultlessly, demanded a high degree of skill and accurate timing. Bombs were released at varying heights, down to roof top level. Many hits were obtained, some in the center of the target area. Two gun posts were silenced. Intense and heavy opposition was encountered and both of the outward and return flights attacks were made by enemy fighters. The great success achieved reflects the greatest credit on the following personnel who participated in various capacities as leaders and members of aircraft crews."
Details:
Posthumously awarded
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

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