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Abbott, Ernest Ronald

Date of birth:
May 1st, 1913 (Devonport, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
May 3rd, 1992
Service number:
563034 / 44877
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

1st November 1940: Pilot Officer on probation
25 October 1941: Flying Officer (WS)
25 October 1942: Flight Lt. (WS)
1st January 1952: Squadron Leader

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
No. 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
August 31st, 1940
Mentioned in Dispatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
No. 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
October 22nd, 1940
"Sergeant Abbott has completed 33 successful operational flights over enemy territory since the beginning of the war, a total flying time of 207.35 hours. In spite of the severest weather and against the fiercest opposition, this pilot is consistently showing exceptional courage and determination in seeking and successfully bombing his objective. On the night of 26/27th August, 1940, Sergeant Abbott carried out a most successful attack from an altitude of 2,000 feet, his aircraft sustaining considerable damage from anti-aircraft fire. He brought his crew safely home, the latter part of the trip on one engine."

Remarks by Station Commander 27th August 1941:

"Strongly recommended. This pilot has a habit of going in low, thereby making sure of himself and lighting up the target for others.
Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Flight Lieutenant
Unit:
No. 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
October 24th, 1941
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
"This officer joined the unit for his second tour of operational flying in February, 1941, and since then has completed 21 sorties, involving 126 hours flying. On ten of these missions Flight Lieutenant Abbott acted as navigator and, on the remainder, as captain of aircraft. His value to the unit has been inestimable. His qualities of leadership and his morale are of the highest order and he sets a magnificent example to all.

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