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Distinguished Flying Medal group, awarded to 567989 Sergeant Stephen Edward Gould, RAF, comprising: DFM, War Star, Africa Medal, Defence Medal and War Medal, with medal card.
London Gazette 28th July 1942. Sergeant Gould was first Fitter/Air Gunner in Sunderland L2166 during the evacuation from Greece. L.2166 carried out 58.10 operational flying hours and carried 138 passengers during the evacuation operation between 17th April and 2nd May, 1941. He has voluntarily, of his own keenness, worked both day and night, often for 24 hours at a stretch, and has never failed to answer any demands. His devotion to duty and continual cheerfulness under adverse conditions have been a continued inspiration to the officers and men of the aircraft. Sergeant Gould has carried out 82 operational sorties with a total of 571.5 operational hours flying since the outbreak of war with Italy. His devotion to his duties, both as senior fitter and as an Air Gunner has been a high example to his crew and to the remainder of the aircrews in his squadron. Often after a long flight of up to 13 hours duration during which he has manned his gun for many hours and attended to the fitter's instrument for the remainder, he has had to set to on maintenance and inspection of his engines. He has been in five enemy actions. In recognition of his outstanding keenness, willingness and excellent co-operation and also for the inspiring example he has set, I strongly recommend him for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.
Sergeant Stephen Edward Gould died on 1st August 1941 and is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial. His Sunderland flying boat was brought down in action with on patrol and only four of the twelve crew survived, all taken by the Italian as Prisoners of War. Given his short length of service by rights he would not be entitled to the Defence Medal however his condolence slip is clearly marked in the same style as the other awards.
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Auction: The Collectors' Auction, 23rd Sep, 2021
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