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WWII D.F.C./D.F.M. GROUP OF 7 MEDALS TO WELLINGTON PILOT F.O. W.K. DUNN, R.A.F.

*** RESERVED *** The hair-raising Wellington bomber pilot's double gallantry group, awarded the D.F.M. for engaging with an Me.110 and the D.F.C. for a daylight attack to aid Yugoslavian partisans. Consisting of: Distinguished Flying Cross with reverse dated 1944 in case of issue; Distinguished Flying Medal George VI to 1062621 Sgt. W.K. Dunn, R.A.F.; 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; Italy Star; WWII Defence Medal; WWII War Medal; 2 Pilot's Flying Log Books covering complete service from 22 Dec 1940 to 26 Jan 1946. Accompanied by original material including silk maps, original photograph album, letters and newspaper articles relating to Dunn’s awards of both the D.F.C. and D.F.M., charting his life and career.
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D.F.M. Gazetted 22 Sep 1942: "Sergeant Dunn was Captain of Wellington aircraft X.3464 which was detailed to attack Bremen on the night of 29th/30th June 1942. On the return flight, having successfully bombed his objective, Sergeant Dunn's aircraft was attacked by a Me.110 in the vicinity of Groningen. At the time, the aircraft was flying at 11,000 feet in conditions of clear sky and bright moon. No fewer than seven separate attacks were delivered with cannon and machine gun fire, the first of which rendered both front and rear turrets unserviceable. By clear reasoned thinking, Sergeant Dunn took suitable evasive action which not only detracted from the effectiveness of the attack but also presented his front and rear gunners with a target they could engage by using their turrets under manual operation. The engagement was finally broken of at 1500 feet over the North Sea. Sergeant Dunn then took stock of the position and found the majority of the instruments had ceased to function, the hydraulic system was u/s, the undercarriage and bomb doors hanging down and the starboard petrol tanks holed and it was necessary to pump a gallon of oil to the starboard engine every half hour in order to maintain the oil pressure. The flight to Base was successfully accomplished and, having locked his undercarriage by means of the emergency system, Sergeant Dunn came in to make a perfect landing with airspeed indicator not working. This is but one example of the high standard which Sergeant Dunn has set himself. Throughout his operational tour, his handling of his crew has been exemplary and his dogged determination and courage has not only produced a crew of outstanding merit but has set a standard within with squadron that few have equalled."

D.F.C. Gazetted 25 Aug 1944: "He has proved himself an outstanding captain of aircraft and one who has completed all his allotted tasks with extreme thoroughness. On one occasion he undertook a daylight attack to aid the Yugoslav partisan forces. This attack was very successful, and Flying Officer Dunn took some excellent photographs. He also took part in an effective operation against an enemy aircraft factory at Reggio Emilio. On both these tours of operational duty he displayed outstanding skill and courage against heavily defended targets."

William Kenneth Dunn was born in 1917 in Birkenhead with an older brother and sister he attended Birkenhead Park School. Joining the R.A.F. in 1940, Dunn trained in a Miles Magister from 22 Dec 1940, converted to Oxfords on 25 Apr 1941 and Wellington bombers on 6 August 1941, Dunn was posted to 115 Squadron and made Pilot Officer on 6 Nov 1942 before joining 40 Squadron at Ondna on 22 Nov 1943, moving with the Squadron to Cerignola on 15 Dec 43 and to Foggia on 31 Dec 1943.

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