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Sgt D C O’Sullivan DSM RAF
Daniel O'Sullivan, an Air Gunner with 576 Sqn in 1945, is one of only 23 RAF recipients of the DSM (Distinguished Service Medal).
This medal is awarded to other ranks for bravery and resourcefulness on active service at sea. He also received the Atlantic Star with a France and Germany Clasp. Born in Bridgend, Glamorgan, Sergeant Daniel O’ Sullivan was as balloon operator in the Thames Area, Nore Command. He received his DSM in the Queens Birthday Honours 2nd June 1943. It is believed he was part of number 30 Balloon Barrage Group based at No 12 Balloon Centre Titchfield. There is no citation in the London Gazette. This award therefore appears to be in respect of service with a Barrage Balloon Unit on board ship. Sergeant O'Sullivan was the only one of the 23 RAF recipients of the DSM to be subsequently killed in action.
He was Air Gunner in the crew of F/O C T Dalziel RAFVR which completed 16 operations with 576 Sqn from late Dec 1944. They were lost on the 7th March 45 in an attack on Dessau. The Pilot and Air Bomber survived. Sergeant O'Sullivan was killed and is buried at the Rheinberg War Cemetery. David Fell.
Sgt Harold John Allen RAFVR
Sgt H J Allen (Pictured above) came from Birmingham. He was posted to 576 Sq at Fiskerton towards the end of the war and was rear gunner in the crew of F/S D U Hogg. He died on the 5th April 1945 in a raid on Lutzkendorf. His Lancaster ME671 was hit by a bomb which tore away one of the port engines. The aircraft became uncontrollable and the pilot gave the order to bale out. Harold was the first to leave.
Immediately afterwards the pilot regained some control and rescinded the order. They were able to continue flying a short while before crash landing. The 6 other members of the crew all survived and were taken prisoner.
Harold was killed and his body not found until 1950. He was buried in a cemetery at Eckendorf. His remains were later exhumed and buried to the Commonwealth War Graves 39/45 War Cemetery at Berlin.
It is suggested by some sources that Sgt Allen had suffered a severe head injury prior to baling out. This is not thought to be the case as another member of the crew relates that all crew members reported to the pilot that they were OK after the impact of the bomb. On being given the order to bale out Sgt Allen confirmed to his pilot that he was leaving the aircraft. David Fell
Wing Commander Basil Templeman-Rooke DSO DFC and bar AFC
Basil ( or TR as he was sometimes known ) served with 576 Sqdn at Elsham Wolds in April 1944. He had already flown a tour with 100 Squadron at Grimsby in 1943 with Stan Slater and they both teamed up again with 576. Basil was promoted Sqn Ldr and appointed A Flight Commander in June 44.
576 Sqdn relocated to Fiskerton in Autumn 44 and in Feb 45 Basil was promoted Wing Commander and appointed OC 170 Squadron at Hemswell.
After the war Basil became OC 210 Squadron of Coastal Command flying Lancasters from St Eval Cornwall. In 1951 he was awarded a well earned Air Force Cross. After tours of duty in Malta, he commanded No 205 Squadron, flying Shackletons from RAF Changi, Singapore. He retired from the RAF in 1971 and joined the Singapore Air Defence Command (SADC) with the rank of Major.
The above is a good photo featuring Basil Templeman-Rooke on the extreme right. It was taken at 81 OTU Whitchurch. The others are - L to R Doug Finlay former 103 Sqn and POW, Horace England former 103 Sqn and Flight Commander and Florent Van Rolleghem former Flight Commander and 3 tour pilot with 103 Sqn. David Fell
Basil pictured at Elsham Wolds
More info and pics about Basil here on the RAF Fiskerton website.
F/L Farnham Hill OBE DFC.
F/L Hill was a Gunnery Leader at 576 Sq in the early days and was killed with P/O R R Reed DSO and crew in May 1944. He was greatly respected and much liked by all at 576 and Elsham Wolds. He flew several ops with Stan Slater and P/O Reed and I told there may have been more which were not recorded in the ORB
The night he was lost F/S Joe Duns was supposed to fly with Reed’s crew but Farnham Hill took his place as Joe Duns wanted to go for a drink with his previous skipper who had just finished his tour. That was confirmed by Joe Duns’ last letter to his parents. Joe was killed 6/7th June 44 with a 103 Sqn crew
Farnham Hill’s OBE ( there is some suggestion it may have been a BEM ) was awarded for an incident whilst he was attached to 101 Sqn flying from Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in Feb 1943.
"One night in February, 1943, a bomber aircraft crashed in a field on return from an operational night during which damage had been sustained to the elevator controls. The aircraft broke in two at the rear of the mid upper turret, and the whole wreckage caught fire. Five members of the crew were able to step out through the gap where the fracture took place, whilst the pilot escaped through his window. Squadron Leader Fisher and Pilot Officer Hill, who had both landed in another aircraft just before the crash, having been on a sortie of 5½ hours duration, were in the immediate vicinity and rushed to the aircraft. Aircraftman Fletcher, who was on duty with the airfield controller, and Leading
Aircraftsman Miles, who was engaged at a dispersal point some 100 yards away, also hurried to the scene.
Aircraftman Fletcher was the first to arrive and he entered the fuselage, thinking that all members of the crew had been trapped therein. He was joined by Squadron Leader Fisher and Leading Aircraftman Miles, but owing to the intense heat, all were forced to retire.
The flight engineer was then found hanging from the pilot's window and unable to move owing to a broken thigh. Aircraftman Fletcher climbed along the port wing in order to render assistance to him. Squadron Leader Fisher, Pilot Officer Hill and Leading Aircraftman Miles all helped, the work being directed by Squadron Leader Fisher. Despite the intense heat and the danger from exploding petrol tanks and ammunition they succeeded in extricating the flight engineer, who had been trapped in the pilot's cockpit. The initiative and heroic efforts displayed by these officers and airmen undoubtedly saved their comrade's life."
Acting Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wilson O'Neill Fisher, D.F.C., Royal Air Force was also awarded the OBE (Mil Division) and Leading Aircraftman Arthur George Miles. Royal Air Force and Aircraftman 2nd Class Herbert Fletcher, Royal Air Force were awarded the BEM for their part in this action. David Fell.