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MORGAN, DOUGLAS STEWART, BEM

Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:413786
Rank:Flight Lieutenant
Date of Birth:30 June 1923
Place of Birth:Goulburn, NSW, Australia
Decorations:British Empire Medal

Timeline

25 April 1944Lancaster ME717: Aircraft was damaged by a German night-fighter during a bombing mission to München and subsequently force landed on the island of Corsica.
22 June 1944Lancaster ME795: Aircraft was damaged by a German fighter during a bombing mission to Wesseling and subsequently abandoned near Henlow, Bedfordshire, after returning to British airspace.

Citations

British Empire Medal:
One night in June, 1944, Flight Sergeant Morgan was the air bomber in an aircraft which attacked an objective in the Rhineland. Whilst over the target the bomber was attacked by an enemy fighter and serious damage was sustained. Course was set for home but the aircraft was so difficult to control that Flight Sergeant Morgan was required to assist the pilot and flight engineer to keep the aircraft on its course. When this country was reached all attempts to turn the bomber on to its course for base were unavailing and it was impossible to attempt a landing. The pilot ordered the crew to escape by parachute and, as the rear gunner's parachute had been destroyed by cannon fire from the enemy fighter, Flight Sergeant Morgan volunteered to share his own parachute with the rear gunner. Unfortunately, the rear gunner was dislodged when the parachute opened by Flight Sergeant Morgan landed safely. He displayed complete disregard of his own safety, knowing that he faced the risk of serious injury in his gallant attempt to save the life of his companion.

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll
The London Gazette - British Empire Medal Citation (3 November 1944)

Record updated on 20 March 2018.


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