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WWII D.F.C. GROUP OF 6 MEDALS TO SQN. LDR. G.W. BUCKLAND, R.A.F.

*** RESERVED *** The outstanding WWII Burmese 'down the chimney' operations D.F.C. group of six awarded to Squadron Leader G. W. Buckland, Royal Air Force, late Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, a Navigator who completed 330 operations in Dakotas of No. 31 Squadron in the period July 1943 to June 1945. Consists: Distinguished Flying Cross George VI, the reversed officially dated 1945 in Royal Mint case if issue; 1939-45 Star; Burma Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; General Service Medal with Malaya clasp to Sqn. Ldr. G. W. Buckland, R.A.F. the recipient's original S.A.A.F. 'Observer's or Air Gunner's Log Book', covering the period August 1942 to May 1947 and his R.A.F. Navigator's, Air Bomber's, Air Gunner's and Flight Engineer's Flying Log Book, covering the period June 1947 to February 1962 recipient's Buckingham Palace D.F.C. forwarding letter in the name of 'Flight Lieutenant Godfrey W. Buckland, D.F.C.', his R.A.F. Navigation Warrant and original photographs.
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D.F.C. London Gazette 6 November 1945: "A Navigator of outstanding merit who throughout his two tours on the Squadron - without rest - has shown that his heart and soul was in flying in the particular job of work in hand and it was with the greatest reluctance that he left active flying duties on being posted to a Staging Post for briefing duties. As one of the Squadron's oldest Navigators he took part in some of the most historic operations of this war, including the first Chindit operation, the siege of Imphal, and also the supply of the Army along the Tiddim Road. I have no hesitation in strongly recommending him for an award." Godfrey Walter Buckland enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve at Lord's cricket ground, London in September 1941 and was embarked for training in South Africa in the following year. On qualifying as a Navigator in March 1943, he was embarked for India, where he joined No. 31 Squadron, a Dakota unit, in July. Buckland obtained a regular commission in the R.A.F. at the war's end, initially with an extended appointment in No. 24 Squadron. It was in this capacity that his crew flew Field Marshal Montgomery from Northolt to Belgium in September 1947.

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