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WWII D.S.O. GROUP OF 7 MEDALS TO WG. CDR. C.G. CLEGG, R.A.F. (NIGHT FIGHTER WITH 4 DESTROYED, 1 PROBABLE)

*** RESERVED *** The marvellous WWII Night Fighter pilot D.S.O. group, who 'cut a swathe through enemy bombers over Cairo' and resulted in him destroying 4 Ju88s and claiming a probable on a Heinkel. Consisting: Distinguished Service Order George VI with reverse dated 1944; 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; Africa Star with North Africa 1942-43 clasp; Burma Star; WWII Defence Medal; WWII War Medal. Accompanied by an archive of original material including 4 Pilot's Flying Log Books covering complete service from 4 June 1935 to 10 Oct 1945 and signed off by John Braham and Guy Gibson amongst others, Air Ministry Flying Licence booklet, Aviator's Certificate booklet, R.A.F. Service & Release Book, Meteorology for Aviators book, D.S.O. Bestowal Document, badges, patches and original letters and documents including Restricted Top Secret notes of R.A.F. Staff College Overseas War Course No.14, photographs, maps and detailed career summary written by Clegg himself.
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D.S.O. Gazetted 22 Aug 1944: "Sqn. Ldr. Clegg is an outstanding operational pilot who has been employed on operations without a break since May 1941. In the United Kingdom and the Middle East theatres of war he participated in numerous night fighter and intruder patrols and, during that period, destroyed at least four enemy aircraft. Since joining this squadron as flight commander, he has completed his duties in a most able and skilful manner. He has completed a number of successful night bomber sorties over Burma and has twice flown his aircraft and crew safely to base on three engines after sustaining damage in combats with enemy fighters." Charles Gordon Clegg was born on 24 Dec 1915 at Tarporley, Cheshire and educated at Uppingham School. He learnt to fly privately and worked briefly at the Bristol Aircraft Company. Provisionally accepted for a commission in the R.A.F.O. in Sep 1937, commencing training at 3 Civil Reserve Flying School, Hamble. He was commissioned in Nov 1937 and was posted to 115 Sqn, going onto the Reserve after his year of service. Recalled on 23 Sep 1939, he was promoted to F/O. in Mar 1940 and joined 29 Sqn., promoted Flt. Lt. Whilst on Patrol, Clegg was attacked in error by friendly fire from another Beaufighter and his radar operator was badly wounded, subsequently having a leg amputated. Posted to the Middle East, he joined 46 Sqn. in May 1942 as Sqn. Ldr., claiming four Ju88 victories; the first of the Squadron's successes on 16 June, a further on 4 July and two on 6 July. The latter flight attracted considerable press interest at the time with a Manchester Evening News headline of "Manchester Man's Brilliance: Night Fighter Guards Cairo." A further probable of an He111 was claimed on 29 June. Posted to 89 Sqn. on 10 Nov 194, Clegg led a detachment from this unit to India, piloting bombers with 159 Sqn. at Digri and flying Liberators against the Japanese in Burma . Wing Commander Gordon Clegg retired from service in 1946 and died on 18 Sep 2013, aged 98.

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