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KOREAN WAR FLYING BOAT D.F.C. GROUP OF 9 MEDALS TO M.E. L.G. LEDINGHAM, R.A.F.

*** RESERVED *** The rare Korea Flying Boat Operations D.F.C. group, logs and ephemera, consisiting of: Distinguished Flying Cross reverse dated 1951; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; WWII Defence Medal; WWII War Medal with M.I.D. Oak Leaf; General Service Medal with Malaya clasp to M. Eng. L.G. Ledingham (520776), R.A.F.; Korea Medal to M.E. L.G. Ledingham (520776), R.A.F. Accompanied by the recipient’s two original R.A.F. Flying Log Books, privately bound as one volume, the first covering the period June 1939 to October 1951, and the second the period June 1952 to May 1956; his M.I.D. certificate and Buckingham Palace investiture letter, together with several congratulatory letters and messages on the award of his D.F.C., among them examples from Air Marshal Sir Francis Fogarty, K.B.E., C.B., D.F.C., A.F.C., and Lord Forbes of Castle Forbes at Keig.
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D.F.C. London Gazette 31 August 1951: "Master Engineer Ledingham has flown 20 sorties involving 213 flying hours in the Korean campaign and has at all times show enthusiasm and efficiency of the highest order. His skill, cheerfulness and high morale has greatly contributed to the high operational efficiency of his crew."
 
Loggie George Ledingham, a native of Keig, Aberdeenshire, was a Blacksmith before enlisting in the R.A.F. in the late 1930s, and commencing training as an Air Gunner in Sunderlands of No. 228 Squadron in the Middle East in June 1939. Returning to the U.K. with the Squadron later in the year, he flew his first operational sortie out of Pembroke in November. Ordered back to the Middle East in September 1940, Ledingham flew further sorties off Malta and over the Ionian Sea, prior to 228’s return to the U.K. at the year’s end. Once more ordered to the Middle East in May 1941, he flew a number of reconnaissances in the Eastern Mediterranean, prior to 228’s move to West Africa in July, and thence back home to Stranraer. And from January to 1942 until April 1943, he raised his operational flying time to 880 hours, around 150 of them at night. Having then been rested at an O.T.U., he commenced his second operational tour with No. 204 Squadron in West Africa, a tour completed in May 1945. He was mentioned in despatches 1 Jan 1946. Post-war, Ledingham’s first appointment was in No. 201 Squadron at Calshot, followed by a stint at another O.T.U. at Kinloss from June 1947 until November 1948. Then in January 1949 he was ordered to the Far East, where he served in No. 209 Squadron at Seletar until November 1951 - here, then, the period of his D.F.C.-winning exploits, namely 20 plus anti-bandit “Firedog” operations in the unit’s Sunderlands. Returning to an appointment at Kinloss at the end of 1951, he received his D.F.C. at a Buckingham Palace investiture in March 1952, and afterwards served in No. 88 Squadron 1953-54 and No. 205/209 Squadron 1954-56, including further “Firedog” operations in Malaya.
 
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