George Medal recipient does not come up in a lot of listings

Discussion in 'Postwar' started by Martin Pritchard, Feb 28, 2020.

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    Denis Oliver is the person who saved a colleague of mine from the crashed aircraft , sadly Dave died last month. There is no listings of Denis receiving the George Medal on a lot of web sites, but it appears in the London gazette. I was trying to find more about the accident but failed to come up with any information. Any opinions why he is not listed on many sites? Dave always warned me not to show the photos that he gave me of the crashed aircraft whilst he was alive as he said he was still under the official secrets act, would this be the case? Any suggestions would be appreciated
     
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  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    1. Any opinions why he is not listed on many sites?

    Perhaps it’s just a gap in the knowledge of the persons who’ve compiled the lists.

    The official LG record is the most important one.

    2. Dave always warned me not to show the photos that he gave me of the crashed aircraft whilst he was alive as he said he was still under the official secrets act, would this be the case?

    Without having sight of the photos it’s difficult to give an opinion. DON’T POST ANY HERE!

    If they are official RAF Images that were not published (newspaper etc) at the time of the crash then in addition to possible ongoing Official Secrets Act issues there are likely copyright implications if it they are shared without official approval.

    One might consider any OSA implications are no longer relevant some 60+ years after the event so if I was you I’d submit a FOI request to MID for details of the crash and see what disclosures that leads to.

    I’m assuming you’ve trawled local and national newspapers of the time - around the dates of the crash, GM LG announcement and probable later investiture date at Buckingham Palace.

    Good Luck

    Steve
     
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  3. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

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    As a civilian working at Llanbedr he would have been required to sign the OSA. As it doesn't expire as such, this is presumably what he meant.

    I see that later on he was appointed to a commission as a Flying Officer. In a book about Llanbedr written by Wendy Mills, there is mention of a 'Rocky' Oliver. Do you know if this is one and the same? Having worked there myself, I'm always interested to read about the place.

    EDIT: Just found a piece about the Firefly crash in the book, so it is one and the same.
     
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  4. Thanks guys
    They are not official RAF photos, i would classify them more of a snap shot photos, but it does show the aircraft still smoldering.
    I have traced the local press at the time and found some good description of the incident.I will carry on with contacting the MOD to see what i can find
     

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