Looking for any information of a sargent in 15sdrn

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Looking for any information of a sargent in 15sdrn

Post by Air gunner 44 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:39 pm

Hi am looking for as much information of a sargent William Walter Collar His number 1800707 he was told he was in the Pathfinder force 15 and 7 sqn
He received a DFM BAR and would like to know why he got them and also which Lancasters he flew in.
Any information would be very grateful .
Also you can email me if you would like shaun_moncreaff@hotmail.com

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Re: Looking for any information of a sargent in 15sdrn

Post by Stirling Project » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:10 pm

Can't help with specifics but the London Gazette shows the date of the award

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/iss ... lement/933

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Re: Looking for any information of a sargent in 15sdrn

Post by Theletterwriter » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:29 pm

Shaun

The DFM citation as recorded in The Distinguished Flying Medal Register by Ian Tavender is :

Collar William Walter 18000707 Flight Sergeant : No. 7 Sqn
L.G. 16/2/1945 : Sorties 45, Flying Hours 218.15 Flight Engineer Air2/8829

Flight Sergeant Collar is the Flight Engineer of an outstanding crew. Of a total of 45 sorties completed, 34 have been in the Pathfinder Force and 27 of these have been completed in a marker crew. This N.C.O. by his unflinching devotion to duty under the most hazardous conditions has helped considerably in a great number of highly successful operational sorties carried out by the fine crew of which he is a member. He has always given cheerful co-operation and has, by dogged determination, always carried out anything asked of him. His strong sense of duty is very highly commendable.

20th. November 1944

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You indicated F/Sgt. Collar was DFM Bar. I could not see evidence of a second DFM award.

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Re: Looking for any information of a sargent in 15sdrn

Post by AlanW » Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:12 am

Douglas,
The award of the 2nd DFM is seen in John's link to the LG notice, in the previous reply.
There is no paralell in warfare, to such courage and determination in the face of danger, over so long a period. Such devotion, should never be forgotten.

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Re: Looking for any information of a sargent in 15sdrn

Post by Theletterwriter » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:03 pm

Alan

I can only see F/Sgt. Collar's citation as the award of the DFM and not as a Bar. If it was a Bar, would the LG not have recorded him a being DFM in the first place?

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Post by Air gunner 44 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:01 pm

Thank you for all your information

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Re: Looking for any information of a sargent in 15sdrn

Post by AlanW » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:55 pm

Douglas, you are indeed correct, and i need to go to specsavers i believe :lol:
There is no paralell in warfare, to such courage and determination in the face of danger, over so long a period. Such devotion, should never be forgotten.

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