The Unique Great War M.C. and bar, Second World War D.F.C. group of nine to Acting Squadron Leader W.S.F.Johnson, Royal Air Force, late Leicestershire Yeomanry, together with his son's medals these being a Second World War D.F.C. group of five to Flight Lieutenant H.H.Fielding-Johnson, Royal Air Force,

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The Unique Great War M.C. and bar, Second World War D.F.C. group of nine to Acting Squadron Leader W.S.F.Johnson, Royal Air Force, late Leicestershire Yeomanry, together with his son's medals these being a Second World War D.F.C. group of five to Flight Lieutenant H.H.Fielding-Johnson, Royal Air Force,

Sold for £ 14,400 (US$ 18,191) inc. premium
The Unique Great War M.C. and bar, Second World War D.F.C. group of nine to Acting Squadron Leader W.S.F.Johnson, Royal Air Force, late Leicestershire Yeomanry, together with his son's medals these being a Second World War D.F.C. group of five to Flight Lieutenant H.H.Fielding-Johnson, Royal Air Force,
Military Cross, G.V.R. with bar; Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R. dated 1942; 1914-15 Star (Lieut.W.S.Fielding-Johnson. Leic. Yeo.); British War and Victory Medal (Captn.W.S.F.Johnson. R.A.F.); 1939-1945 Star; Air Crew Europe Star with France and Germany bar; Defence Medal; War Medal. Court mounted as worn. Together with the Second World War D.F.C. group of five to Flight Lieutenant F/Lt Hugh H Fielding-Johnson, Royal Air Force, Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R., dated 1944 and additionally engraved (F/Lt Hugh H Fielding Johnson); 1939-1945 Star; Air Crew Europe Star with France and Germany bar; Defence Medal; War Medal. Court mounted as worn. Very fine or better. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • M.C. London Gazette 3.7.1915.

    For conspicuous gallantry near Ypres on 13th May 1915. Was with Major Martin, and continued the action until the squadron was reduced to thirteen men. Afterwards displayed great coolness in withdrawing to a flank and joining a cavalry brigade.

    Bar to the M.C. London Gazette 13.5.1918.

    For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Whilst escorting machines of another squadron which were engaged in bombing work with one other officer he attacked ten enemy scouts. He destroyed two of them and forced another to land. On another occasion, when leading a patrol of six machines, he attacked ten enemy scouts. He destroyed one, and his patrol accounted for three others. A few minutes later, in conjunction with another officer, he destroyed an enemy two-seater machine of a new type. As a flight commander he showed great skill and by his daring and good leadership set a splendid example to the officers of his flight.

    D.F.C. London Gazette 22.9.1942.

    Squadron Leader Fielding-Johnson has flown against the enemy since June 1940 and has seized every possible opportunity of himself manning the guns of aircraft employed on operations. From September 1940 to March 1942, he was employed on staff duties and was consequently unable to take part in active operations during that period.

    This Officer, while a Gunnery Leader in No.214 Squadron, inspired all gunners in the Squadron with his enthusiasm and now, as Officer Commanding No.1483 T.T. & G.Flight, he is again fostering the same spirit in all gunners who pass through his flight. When the first Thousand Plan gave training units an opportunity of operating against the enemy, Squadron Leader Fielding-Johnson was primarily instrumental in collecting and training crews so that his Unit might play its part and he himself flew on each operation.

    This Officer's singleness of purpose, determination, enthusiasm and courage are an outstanding example to all with whom he comes in contact and I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his undaunted spirit and the influence for good which it has had on all Air Gunners.



    Covering Remarks of Air Officer Commanding:

    I concur in the remarks of the Station Commander and most strongly support this recommendation. The outstanding keenness and courage of this officer led to his selection as the first Gunnery Staff Officer to be appointed to Command Staff somewhat early in his first operational tour.

    Since returning to this Group in command of 1483 Flight, he has taken part in all the operational sorties in which his Unit has been allowed to co-operate. He at all times sets an excellent example to the remaining Air Gunners of this Group.


    Further recommendation:

    From June to September 1940, this officer participated in 19 sorties involving attacks on the enemy's marshalling yards, refineries and other important targets. Thence onwards until March, 1942, he was employed on staff duties and was consequently unable to take part in active operations during that period. On 30th May to the 1st June, 1942, he participated in the "thousand plan" raids on Cologne and Essen, while on the 25th June he participated in the stong attack on Bremen. The outstanding keenness and courage of this officer led to his selection as the first gunnery station officer to be appointed to command a station somewhat early in his first operational tour.

    M.I.D. London Gazette 1.1.1916.


    His WW2 operational flying starts on 18th June 1940 with an attack on the Powder and Gas plant at Leverkusen; 21st June with an attack on the aero engine factory in Gottingen; 27th June a bombing attack on Wesel; 29th June an attack on the Marshalling Yards at Koln; 11th July an attack on the mineral oil plant at Mannheim; 19th July an attack on the Marshalling Yards at Essen; 21st July an attack on the aerodrome at Gottingen; 25th July Bombing Attack-Nickels on the Rhur and again on the 29th July; 5th August an attack on the factory and plant at the docks at Hamburg; 8th August an attack on the Marshalling Yards at Hamm; 11th August Bombing and Razzling at Ickern; 19th August an attack on the Gneisinau (sic) at Kiel; 24th August attack on the aerodrome at Hertogenbosch; 30th August a bombing attack on Siemenstadt; 2nd September 1940 an incendaries attack at Strassburg; 10th September bombing attack at Ostend; 14th September bombing attack at Antwerp; 22nd September an attack on barges at Boulogne. A break follows and he begins again on the 30th May 1942 with a "Thousand Plan" to Cologne followed by a second one on the 1st June to Essen and on the 25th a "Millenium Two" to Bremen.



    Flight Lieutenant H.H.Fielding-Johnson.

    D.F.C. London Gazette 5.12.1944.

    This officer has completed very many sorties, including attacks on such targets as enemy airfields, railway sidings, locomotives and road transport. He has displayed commendable skill and courage and has invariably pressed home his attacks with great determination. On one occasion he took part in an attack on a German military barracks. During the operation his aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire. One engine was put out of action but he flew his aircraft safely to base.

    Particulars of meritorious service for which recommended:-

    This officer has completed 50 operational sorties in his first tour of operations, in addition to 15 patrols flying Mustang aircraft before he joined this Squadron.

    These sorties include five high level daylight operations, seven flower operations against enemy aerodromes at night, two low level daylight sorties and thirty seven night sorties against rail and road transport in France in support of our armies since D day.

    The low level sorties include a comparatively deep penetration to Bonneil Matours on July 14th. when a German Barracks was attacked at dusk. On 4th July whilst on a night patrol to La Rochelle one engine was hit by flak. Despite the fact that he was at 1,000 feet only 250 miles from base F/O. Fielding Johnson succeeded in bringing his aircraft back and landing safely at his own aerodrome, showing great skill and perseverance.

    Since D day he has damaged eight trains and has attacked numerous transport and three convoys on the roads.

    On the night of the 28th August he discovered many trucks in the marshalling yards at Charleville and successfully attacked them. Upon returning to base he then took off again to attack the same target, showing the great enthusiasm and determination which has marked his whole operational tour.

    This pilot's skill and enthusiasm could not be excelled and I have no hesitation in recommending him for the D.F.C.


    Remarks by Airfield Commander.

    A very fine pilot and a gallant Officer, F/Lt Fielding-Johnson has filled his 65 operations with action damaging to the enemy. He is undettered by opposition, and I very strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    Remarks by Air Officer H.Q. No.2 Group.

    I strongly endorse this recommendation. I cannot speak too highly of this officer's courage and devotion to duty. He possesses great determination and fearless courage. He has achieved very great success in his operations and I recommend him very strongly indeed for the award of the D.F.C.
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