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Gosling, Leonard Eric

    Date of birth:
    August 8th, 1921 (Coventry)
    Date of death:
    April 22nd, 1972 (Rome, Italy)
    Service number:
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)


    RAF June 1940, radar operator; observer February 1942, 619 Squadron 1943, 82 Squadron 1944; 617 Squadron 10.7.1944-June 1945 navigator; Transport Command June 1945. Skyways Ltd November 1946-October 1948; Lancaster Aircraft Corporation, British European Airways 1952.

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    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Warrant Officer
    No. 617 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    October 18th, 1945
    "Warrant Officer Gosling has operated continuously since December 1943. He volunteered for two consecutive tours of duty and also to continue on operations after these tours had been completed. His record of attacks is outstanding. It has included missions against many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. These attacks called for a high standard of navigation, which Warrant Officer Gosling has never failed to display. During the three attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz, in which he took part, he demonstrated his skill despite the long and arduous flights which were involved. The flight to the Russian base, from which the first attack was delivered, took place in appalling weather and, though his navigational aids were almost all unserviceable, he succeeded in directing his captain safely to base. Warrant Officer Gosling's coolness and methodical and accurate work in the face of severe opposition have frequently enabled his captain to complete his sortie successfully."
    Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM)