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As anyone ever seen any RCAF airman with a DFM and Bar
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Could not find anyone in three sources I have checked. I would think that possibly by the time a recipient of a DFM came up for another award he would be an officer and receive a DFC ?

 



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Good question! Come to think of it I can't recall ever seeing DFM and bar either...and I think your logic is correct : anyone competent enough to win a DFM would rise in rank quickly. Interested to hear what you come up with.



-- Edited by Coffey on Wednesday 8th of February 2017 06:47:56 PM

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Less than 60 DFM + Bar awarded in the war. List here:

www.rafcommands.com/archive/08804.php

Closest Canadian connection is George Beurling but he was RAF at the time.

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Yes it appears that the RAF had a number of DFM with bar recipients.And the RCAF did not seem to have any that can be found, I know from my research over the last six years on 419 Squadron the RAF was slow at commissioning airmen. On many crews that started with all Sergeants after a while many were officers while the RAF F/E left as the same rank. maybe that is the reason.

 



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"competent" that was the word I was trying to find when I wrote that question. As i say below I think RCAF were quicker at giving out commissions and as you say a competent airmen would have been soon an officer.

 



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Bernard Tuck

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Hi,

 

Canadian Dave Tribe Lancaster Bomber pilot with 12 squadron Bomber Command, Wickenby Lincs received a DFM from King George V1 in October 1943.



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