138 Squadron John Stuart Matthews DFM

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  1. noggin1969

    noggin1969 Active Member

    Try to find more out on this man and his flights if anyone can help with the 138 sqn ORB's. He did a tour of 30 operational flights.
    John Stuart Matthews D.F.M Born 1921 , from 73 Appletongate Newark , studied at Magnus Grammar School Newark , became a postman , on call up :
    29/4/41 No 2 School of Recruits Training RAF Cardington Bedford ,
    30/6/41 No 1 Aircrew Reception Centre Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset ,
    27/9/41 No 12 Initial Training Wing, St. Andrews Scotland ,
    13/11/41 No 1 Elementary Air Observer School, Eastbourne ,
    14/3/42 No 32 Air Navigation School, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Canada ,
    17/7/42 No 31 Personnel Despatch Centre Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada ,
    8/8/42 No 3 Personnel Reception Centre Somerset House, Bath Road, Bournemouth ,
    9/42 No 30 Observer Advanced Flying Unit ,
    15/9/42 No. 26 Operational Training Unit RAF Wing Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire ,
    11/2/43 1651 Conversion Unit RAF Waterbeach Cambridgeshire ( Handley Page Halifax ) ,
    25/3/43 No. 138 (Special Duties) Squadron RAF Tempsford Sandy, Bedfordshire ,
    3/4/43 Parachute Training School RAF Ringway Cheshire ,
    11/4/43 No. 138 (Special Duties) Squadron RAF Tempsford Sandy, Bedfordshire
    3/8/43 Discharged 1427799 Flight Sergeant,
    4/8/43 Temporary Commission 155552 Pilot Officer No. 138 (Special Duties) Squadron RAF Tempsford Sandy, Bedfordshire
    4/8/43 awarded Distinguished Flying Medal , Gazzetted citation read " Throughout , he has displayed an exceptionally high standard of navigation and his efforts have been attended by much sucess "
    15/10/43 ,
    4/2/44 Promoted Flying Officer
    15/10/43 presented with gold cufflinks from Post Office staff for " in appreciation of the honour he had brought on the Post Office by being the first member of staff to win a distinction in the War "
    4/2/44 RAF career did 30 operational flights. Relinquished commission on the grounds of ill health retained rank.
    28/5/45 Died Southfield Nursing Home Nottingham from Tuberculosis. Buried Newark CWGC plot Newark Cemetery London Road Newark.
     

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