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Flying Officer P. Winter, 414615, RAAF, Pilot, DFC - RTA (38 sorties)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards and Decorations   

 

Squadron and Movements  

466 Squadron RAAF

Personal History 

Researching and to be added

Douglas Percival Winter 414617 RAAF was a Flying Officer / pilot who flew Halifax III bomber aircraft.

The citation for Winter's immediate DFC reads: 

On the night of 15th February 1944, F/O Winter took off for an attack on Berlin. When 90 miles from the target at 20,000 feet, the starboard inner engine cut, and all corrective measures having failed was feathered. Realising fully the hazards attached to continuing the attack on such a particularly heavily defended target, this Officer carried on to the target and bombed at 17,000 feet, thereby demonstrating great courage and determination in attacking the enemy. Shortly after leaving the target area the unserviceability of an engine speed indicator and an air speed indicator necessitated skillfully piloting and good captaincy on the part of this Officer. Throughout this sortie F/O Winter displayed the highest courage and determination and is therefore strongly recommended for an immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

LEFT: The aircraft that P/O Winter earned his DFC. The aircraft's name is "Walzing Matilda".

 

 

Crew Information (during the sortie the DFC was earned)

Captain:                        F/O Winter D. P. (DFC)

Bombardier:                  F/Sgt. Patch R. B.

Navigator:                     F/Sgt. Gordon D. C.

Wireless/Air Gunner:      F/Sgt. Penny A. L.

Rear Gunner:                 F/Sgt. Lofthouse T.

Mid Upper Gunner:         Sgt. Golden B. W.

Flight Engineers:            Sgt's. Wild T. E., MacDonald A., Green W. C., HumeW. J., Rimmer G. A & Beecher C.   

Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Of interest is the award of an immediate DFC, which refers to a specific event or events that led to being awarded an immediate DFC, instead of being given the award generally for a difficult tour.  In some ways, the award of an immediate DFC is more highly valued because of its relation to a specific act/acts of bravery and valour. 

No doubt Winter and some of the crew would have received a DFC anyway for completing such a difficult tour which included several bombing missions to Berlin, and the Nuremberg raid (30th mar 1944) in which Bomber Command suffered its greatest losses; 795 aircraft involved in the attack with 97 failing to return – no aircraft lost from 466 Squadron.

Flight Operations (two dates ie: 7-8/1/44 indicates nights)


DATE

SORTIE

20-21st Dec 1943 

Frankfurt

20-21st Jan 1944

Berlin

21-22st Jan 1944

Madgeburg 

15-16th Feb 1944

Berlin

19-20th Feb 1944

Leipzig 

20-21st Feb 1944

Stuttgart 

25-26th Feb 1944

Augsbeurg 

1-2nd Mar 1944

Stuttgart

6-7th Mar 1944

Trappes 

7-8th Mar 1944 

Le Mans 

24-25th Mar 1944 

Essen 

30-31st Mar 1944

Nuremberg 

9-10th Apr 1944

Villeneuve St Georges

10-11th Apr 1944

Tergnier 

18-19th Apr 1944

Tergnier 

22-23rd Apr 1944

Dusseldorf 

24-25th Apr 1944

Karlsruhe 

27-28th Apr 1944

Aulnoye 

30-1st May 1944

Acheres

9-10th May 1944

Morsalines 

11-12th May 1944 

Collines Beaumont

12-13th May 1944

Hasselt 

19-20th May 1944

Boulogne 

27-28th May 1944

Camp Bourg Leopold

2-3rd Jun 1944 

Trappes 

5-6th Jun 1944

Maisy 

6-7th Jun 1944 

Chateaudun 

7-8th Jun 1944

Juvisy Railway Junction

9-10th Jun 1944

Laval 

16-17th Jun 1944

Sterkrade

22nd Jun 1944 

Siracourt 

27th Jun 1944 

Marquise-Mimoyecques 

1st Jul 1944

Oisemont Neuville-au-Bois

14-15th Jul 1944

Les Landes Vielles et Neuves 

18th Jul 1944 

Caen

20-21st Jul 1944 

Ardouval 

23-24th Jul 1944

Les Catelliers 

28th Jul 1944

Foret de Nippe

466 Squadron Linneage

466 Squadron was unusual in that it was a RAAF Squadron formed in 1942 as part of 4 Group Bomber Command (RAF).  The squadron was based at Driffield and Leconfield airfield, England and was comprised entirely of RAF personnel.  A policy was implemented in October 1942 to replace all non-Australian personnel with Australian personnel.  Initially, the Squadron had 14 complete air crews with aircraft captains from Britain, New Zealand, Canada and Malaya, however, by 1943 over half the Squadron’s air crews and all aircraft captains were Australian.  Aircraft flown were Wellington III and X class bombers which in 1943 were replaced with Halifax III bomber aircraft. 

 

 

LEFT:    Halifax bomber aircraft similar to that piloted by Flying Officer Winter. 

 

           

NOTE - MORE TO COME ON THIS OFFICER SOON (AWAITING RECORDS)

 

 

 

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