Personnel Index - Detail

First Names
Alexander Menzies
Service Number
Crew Position
Air Gunner
Posting In
Posted in 10/42 and out 5/43


Flew 25 operations with 49Sqn.

Awarded the DFM.

49Sqn Association

This photograph of S/Ldr Cracknell (extreme right) and crew was taken at Fiskerton on 24-3-43 at the end of their tour.

Included (from right to left) are:

S/Ldr D.A. Cracknell (Pilot)
F/Lt M.D. Deloford (Nav)
Sgt W.J. Beesley (F/Eng)
Sgt W.C. White (B/A)
Sgt A.M. MacDiarmid (A/G)
Sgt H. Frost (A/G)
F/Sgt F.C. Ball (W/Op)

Plus two 'A' Flt ground crew members.



Information from Ian Tavender.......
The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War.

This NCO has now completed 25 sorties totalling 166.40 hours flying on operations as mid-upper gunner in Lancaster aircraft. His crew have operated with regularity and success against a high proportion of the more heavily defended German targets. Their sorties have at all times been remarkable for the lack of unpleasant incidents and when attacked by a German night fighter over Holland, the correct anti-fighter tactics carried out under the direction of Sergeant MacDiarmid resulted in the safe return of the aircraft to this country. There is no doubt that the efficiency and determination of this NCO and the confidence he has inspired in his crew have largely contributed to their success and I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal

'Posted out'.......February 1994.

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