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MELBOURNE, Thursday.

Two Australian air-gunners serving in RAF squadrons in Great Britain have been awarded the Distinguished Flying. Medal for gallantry in air operations.

Announcing this today, the Minister for Air (Mr Drakeford) said that the recipients were Sgt John Henry Lovell (25, unmarried, of Smithton (T), and Sgt Norman Francis Williams (28), unmarried, of Leeton (NSW).

No citation has been received for the award  to Williams, but that dealing with the exploit for which Lovell gained his award stated that he was the wireless air-gunner of a bomber which set out to bomb Le CrŽusot on October 17. Soon after taking off engine trouble developed and the pilot was obliged to turn back. Three enemy float planes attacked, and the pilot displayed great airmanship which, supported by accurate fire from the gunners, resulted in two of the enemy planes being shot down and the other breaking off the engagement. The bomber landed safely in England. The other members of the crew were not Australians. All were awarded a similar decorŠtion.

Recipient Missing

Three days after Mr and Mrs E. C. Lovell, of Mella, had received word that their son, Sgt J. Lovell, was missing after air operations on November 7 they received a further communication from the Dept. of Air that he had been awarded the DFM.

The Mercury 20 November 1942

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