Gardner, Robert Exton

    Date of birth:
    July 24th, 1914
    Date of death:
    1998
    Nationality:
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

    Promotions:
    May 1939: Leading Airman;
    September 1939: Sub-Lieutenant.

    Career:
    ?: Yardley Cosmetics;
    May 1939: Fleet Air Arm;
    April 1940: No. 760 Squadron, HMS Raven;
    June 1940: No. 7 Operational Training Unit, RAF Haywarden;
    July 1940: No. 242 Squadron;
    December 1940 - April 1941: No. 252 Squadron, Coastal Command;
    April 1941: No. 807 Squadron, HMS Ark Royal;
    November 1941: No. 807 Squadron, HMS Argos;
    April 1942: Instructor No. 760 Squadron, Fleet Fighter School, HMS Heron;
    July 1942: Commanding Officer No. 899 Squadorn, HMS Greve;
    May 1943: Commanding Officer No. 736 Squadron, School of Air Combat;
    September 1943: Commanding Officer No. 736 Squadron, HMS Vulture;
    1943 - Match 1946: Chief Fighter Instructor School of Naval Warfare;
    1946 - 1969: Charman Yardley Cosmetics.

    Victories:
    July 10th, 1940: Heinkel He 111;
    August 21st, 1940: Dornier Do 17 (shared);
    September 7th, 1940: Dornier Do 17;
    September 18th, 1940: Dornier Do 17;
    September 18th, 1940: Dornier Do 17;
    September 18th, 1940: Dornier Do 17 (probably);
    May 8th, 1941: Savoia Machetti SM79 (shared);
    May 8th, 1941: Junkers Ju 87;
    May 8th, 1941: Junkers Ju 87.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Sub-Lieutenant (Sub-lieutenant)
    Awarded on:
    April 1940
    Pilot Wing (Fleet Air Arm)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    July 1941
    Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Acting Temporary Commander
    Awarded on:
    June 14th, 1945
    Details:
    LG 37119/2940.
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

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