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THE DAMBUSTER RAID DOUBLE GALLANTRY D.F.C./IMMEDIATE D.F.M. GROUP TO FLT. SGT. G.A. "JOCK" CHALMERS, WIRELESS OP. ABOARD BILL TOWNSEND'S FAMOUS "O FOR ORANGE" LANCASTER, 617 SQN.

** PRICE ON REQUEST ** The legendary Dambusters Immediate D.F.M. "O For Orange" double gallantry group, consisting: Distinguished Flying Cross George VI with reverse dated 1944; Distinguished Flying Medal George VI to 552201 F/Sgt. G.A Chalmers, R.A.F.; 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star with France & Germany clasp; WWII Defence Medal; WWII War Medal with M.I.D. Oak Leaf. Two Observer's and Air Gunner's Flying Log Books, bound together, covering complete service from 26 June 1939 to 19 Sep 1953, including the famous raid on 16.5.1943: 'Low level attack on Dams in Ruhr - Moehne-Ader-Sorpe-Ennepe (underlined twice) - Successful. Later flying with Bill Towsend, Joseph Charles McCarthy and Leonard Cheshire, taking in numerous raids of 617 Sqn. Accompanied by Dambusters prints signed by Chalmers and crew, photographs and copy of "Dambusters In Their Own Words" by Max Arthur, foreword by Stephen Fry, in which Chalmers has 28 entries in the index.
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Immediate D.F.M. Gazetted 28 May 1943: "Flight Sergeant Chalmers has flown on operations since Spetember 1939. At all times he has displayed a great sense of duty and courage in making a successful attack on the Ennerpe Dam. As one of the most experienced Wireless Operators in No. 617 Squadron, Sergeant Chalmers has set a magnificent example to the other Wireless Operators. I strongly recommend that his good work be recognised by the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal."

George Alexander Chalmers was born on 12 Feb 1921 at Peterhead in Scotland. He was educated at Aberdeen Academy before working briefly at a local Crosse & Blackwell factory and joining the R.A.F. as a boy entrant. After boy's service and qualifying as a wireless operator and air-gunner, Chalmers was posted to No. 10 Sqn., a two-engine Whitley bomber squadron at Dishforth, Yorkshire, from where he took part in leaflet-dropping operations over Germany after the outbreak of war. In August 1940 Chalmers transferred to 7 Sqn., the RAF's first four-engine Stirling bomber squadron which was operating from Leeming. There followed a spell with 35 Sqn., a four-engine Halifax bomber squadron, with which Chalmers was fortunate to survive an attack on the battle cruiser Scharnhorst at La Rochelle - his captain managed to make base despite being severely wounded and piloting a badly-damaged aircraft. After 'resting' in a couple of non-operational postings, Chalmers returned to operations after joining 617 Sqn in April 1943. After undergoing the famously rigorous low-level flying training at RAF Scampton, Chalmers climbed aboard "O for Orange" just after midnight for the legendary Dambusters raid.

Read Chalmers' account of his participation in the famous Dambusters' raid. He is pictured on the extreme right of all of the group shots.

Continuing with 617 Squadron after the raid, Chalmers was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in June, then promoted Flying Officer in December. Chalmers flew first with the new squadron C.O., Leonard Cheshire, but then transferred to the crew of Plt. Off. Bernard “Bunny” Clayton; an experienced pilot who had been posted from 51 Squadron to 617 Squadron in July 1943 with a C.G.M. and D.F.C. to his name. He also flew with American pilot, Joseph Charles "Big Joe" McCarthy, and completed numerous further Special Ops armed with Tallboy bombs. In 1944, after completing 66 operations, Chalmers was awarded the D.F.C., Gazetted 13 Oct 1944. After paying tribute to his "skill and endurance", the citation concludes: "Throughout his long and arduous operational career, this officer has displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty."

In 1946 Chalmers was granted an extended service commission, completing “Operation Guzzle” to dispose of the Dambusters’ Bombs into the Atlantic. He served in 617 and 12 Squadrons until 1950, when he was posted to 38 Sqn., a Lancaster squadron in the Middle East. He was released as a Flight Lieutenant in 1954, and served in the Reserve until 1961. Meanwhile, he had joined the civil service at Harrogate, where he worked for the Ministry of Defence dealing with the R.A.F.'s technical requirements. In this period his advice was much valued in the sphere of flight refuelling. On his retirement from the M.O.D. in 1984, the company Flight Refuelling hosted a farewell party for him at which he was hailed as an 'expert in specialised spares procurement', especially in relation to a refuelling system of outstanding value used by the R.A.F. in the Falklands conflict.

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