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Lot 28
Distinguished Flying Cross,
Sold for £2,040 (US$ 3,169) inc. premium

Lot Details
Distinguished Flying Cross,
G.VI.R., dated 1941. In Royal Mint case of issue. Extremely fine. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • D.F.C. London Gazette 12.9.1941.

    Attributed to Flying Officer H.J.Madden, R.A.F.V.R., 114 Squadron.

    Group Citation: On the morning of 12th August 1941, Blenheim bombers carried out simultaneous attacks on the great power stations near Cologne. A strong force attacked the station at Knapsack, whilst a smaller force attacked two stations at Quadrath. These missions involved a flight of some 250 miles over enemy territory which was carried out at an altitude of 100 feet. At Knapsack the target was accurately bombed and machine gunned from between 200 and 800 feet and at Quadrath both power stations were hit from the height of the chimneys the turbine house at one of the two stations was left a mass of flames and smoke. The success of this combined daylight attack and the co-ordination of the many formations of aircraft depended largely on accurate timing throughout the flight. That complete success was achieved, despite powerful opposition from enemy ground air forces, is a high tribute to the calm courage and resolute determination displayed by the following officers and airmen, who participated in various capacities as leaders and members of the aircraft crews.

    Sold with a photograph of him in uniform and photocopied newspaper cuttings.

    Flying Officer Herbert Joseph Madden was killed in action on the 19th August 1941, aged 32. son of Mr and Mrs J.P.Madden, husband of Anne Madden, of Bloomsbury, London.
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