A Second World War D.F.C. group of six to Flight Lieutenant D.B.Wills, Royal Air Force,
Lot 158
A Second World War D.F.C. group of six to Flight Lieutenant D.B.Wills, Royal Air Force,
Sold for £3,360 (US$ 5,427) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Second World War D.F.C. group of six to Flight Lieutenant D.B.Wills, Royal Air Force,
Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R., dated 1945; 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star with Air Crew Europe bar; Defence Medal; War Medal with MID Oakleaf; General Service Medal 1918-62, one bar, Palestine 1945-48 (Act Sqn Ldr D.B.Wills. R.A.F.). Very fine. (6)

Footnotes

  • D.F.C. London Gazette 1.6.1945.

    The following details were extrated from Air Ministry records:

    'Flight Lieutenant David Bernard Wills, R.A.F.V.R., No.68 Squadron. This officer is now on his second tour of duty. During his first tour he met with a serious accident but, with great determination, he was able to resume flying within a year. Since then as a deputy flight commander, Flight Lieutenant Wills has displayed great organising ability, enthusiasm and devotion to duty and by his fine fighting spirit he has set an inspiring example to all. He has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft'.

    M.I.D. London Gazette 14.6.1945.

    David Bernard Wills was born on 16 April 1922 at Wirral, Cheshire, and he was educated at New Brighton Central School and Wallasey Grammar School. He enlisted in July 1940, trained in Canada and was commissioned in December 1941. He destroyed two enemy whilst flying Beaufighters, the first with 456 Squadron on 18 May 1942, when he shot down a JU88, and then a HE177 on 13 June 1943, when flying with 604 Squadron. He destroyed another JU88 on March 1945, this time flying a Mosquito of No.68 Squadron. After the War, Wills converted to jet fighters, flying numerous type including Vampire, Sabre, Javelin and Lightning. He commanded No.46 Squadron 1960-61, and No.23 Squadron 1961-62, and retired in January 1969.

    Sold with extensive research, including combat report and numerous copies from Squadron Record Books.
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