Griffiths, John Francis

Date of death:
May 9th, 1945
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Hotton
Plot: III. Row: C. Grave: 5.
Service number:
24037
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Promotions:
December 3th, 1926: Pilot Officer (probation)
June 3th, 1927: vaste aanstellling
June 3th, 1928: Flying Officer
November 5th, 1930: Flight Lieutenant
April 1st, 1937: Squadron Leader
March 12th, 1940: Wing Commander
June 1st, 1942: Temporary Group Captain

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Wing Commander
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1940
Action:
Citation:
"During December, 1939, in spite of adverse weather and strong enemy opposition by anti-aircraft guns and enemy fighters, this officer led his squadron of 12 aircraft, and parried out a successful reconnaissance over strong naval enemy forces. The determination with which he pressed home this reconnaissance enabled him to bring back information of vital importance. In the course of this operation his formation . accounted for no less than 5 enemy aircraft.
By his personal example and thoroughness, he has been largely instrumental in maintaining his unit's high standard of efficiency."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Wing Commander
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1941
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Wing Commander
Awarded on:
January 10th, 1941
Ceskoslovenský válecný kríž 1939

Sources

  • Photo 2: Mia van den Berg
  • Photo: STIWOT
  • - The London Gazette Issue 33229 published on the 14 December 1926
    - The London Gazette Issue 33291 published on the 5 July 1927
    - The London Gazette Issue 33408 published on the 31 July 1928
    - The London Gazette Issue 33658 published on the 4 November 1930
    - The London Gazette Issue 34385 published on the 2 April 1937
    - The London Gazette Issue 34765 published on the 2 January 1940
    - The London Gazette Issue 34810 published on the 12 March 1940
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35029 published on the 31 December 1940
    - The London Gazette Issue 35039 published on the 10 January 1941
    - The London Gazette Issue 35618 published on the 3 July 1942
    - Commonwealt War Graves Commission

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