DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDAL to a Halifax Air Gunner




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DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDAL. Aircrew Europe, (F&G) Air Gunner.158 Squadron (HALIFAX) 1590748. Sgt.(Air Gunner) William KNOX. R.A.F.(VR)

An exciting Halifax “combat” award won from the Mid-Upper Gun turret on the night of 12/13th August 1944.
The target was BRAUNSCHWEIG (Brunswick) and the aircraft MZ373, NP-K, left RAF Lissett at 21:25. The aircraft was attacked by a JU88 night fighter at 17,500ft on the way to the target.ju88
This was a particularly nasty raid during which 158 Squadron lost two aircraft. The night’s total losses were 27 aircraft. Knox’s Halifax was also seriously hit by cannon shell and riddled with machine gun fire from the enemy aircraft and holed in the fuel tanks, the starboard elevator and in the tail end of the fuselage. Tail Gunner warned the pilot to initiate an avoiding corkcrew and Mid Upper Gunner (Sgt W Knox) then sighted the enemy aircraft and opened fire at 350yds range. He fired 350 rounds which hit the enemy causing him to break off the attack. (* the enemy aircraft was seen damaged and was probably lost). Sgt W.Baxter (Flight Engineer) made a quick calculation that the fuel and damage situation was such as to allow the aircraft to continue on its mission, which it did, also making a safe return to base. Sgt W.Baxter as also awarded a DFM for this action in the same Gazette as Sgt W. Knox (20th Feb 1945).
DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDALknox dfmAir Crew Europe, (F&G) Air Gunner.158 Squadron (HALIFAX) The group comes with an extensive file of research on Knox and his fellow crew members with detials of their awards and service. Copy combat reports and a full file of Sgt Knox’s sorties copied from the squadron ops’ books.
The original squadron recommendation /citation form at first stated that this was an “Immediate” award, but was later altered (probably erroneously) to read “none-immediate” in two out of three places….however, and from long experience in RAF matters we feel that this was indeed an Immediate award in line with most such awards which were made for an individual occurance and ‘one off’ combat such as this. It could maybe be confirmed by looking at Sgt W.Baxter’s papers which probably confirm they were both “immediate” awards!knox recommendation

This DFM was regularly and proudly worn by William Knox and has sustained some edge bumps to the rim and to parts of the naming. ALL the naming is however fully clear and fully readable with no erasure whatever of any characters. The ends of the ribbon bar were superbly and professionally reinforced in silver during the recipients lifetime. It’s actually quite nice to see a medal that has shared a proud life with its most worthy winner.
DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDAL. Aircrew Europe, (F&G) Air Gunner.158 Squadron (HALIFAX) The group comes with a set of RAF sleeve badges, an Air Gunner’s
Brevet “AG” Wing and a brass RAF WWII cap badge .knox bits and pieces
DFMs …Getting scarcer all the time…..A medal with a great story from WW2.
Sgt Knox bombed Chateaudun on D-Day (6th June 1944) and carried out a total of 39 sorties during 170.36 hrs of operational flying.
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DFC group to Flying Officer W J Lewis

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An exciting medal group awarded to Flying Officer William John Lewis (184716) RAF VR.
The group is as follows:
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) dated 1945,
India General Service GV clasp Burma 1930-32 (named: 6283192 Pte W.J. LEWIS. THE BUFFS.),
1939-45 Star,
Air Crew Europe Star with France and Germany Bar,
Defence Medal
War Medal

The group comes with some research as well as the Buckingham Palace certificate of issue, named to Flying Officer W J Lewis as well as a newspaper clipping of the award, with the strap line “Caterham Officer Awarded The D.F.C.”
Although difficult to research and at first glance, it would appear odd that this Air Gunner in the RAF should have the IGS and was enlisted in the ‘Buffs’ at that time as a Private. Many ex soldiers re-mustered to the RAF once the war started and due to aircrew losses in Bomber Command, many of the aircrew were much older than you would think. A quick look at the CWG website will reveal aircrew in the mid to late thirties. It is thought that this is the case with William that he joined the army at a young age and then re-mustered for aircrew duties. He joined the RAF in 1943 and was Commissioned in August 1944. He joined as an air gunner, and after training was posted to 10 Squadron who were flying the Handley Page Halifax. He was operational a few months prior to D-Day so was eligible for the Air Crew Europe star, and as he saw service with the squadron after D-Day was also entitled to the France and Germany bar.
He completed 38 sorties with the Squadron as a rear gunner, his first sortie was on the 19th May 1944 to Boulogne. He was involved in a number of sorties to help soften up targets on the coast, including gun batteries and communications sites, prior to D-Day. Squadron operational record entries for June are also included and detail his sorties. The ORB records are available for the Squadron at the National archives and further research can be carried out online.

The above is a list of his operational sorties as a tail gunnerlewsi dfc sorties don
The group also comes with a copy of the DFC medal citation, which states:-
“He has taken part in numerous operational sorties against such heavily defended targets at Stuttgart, Keil and Bittrop, as well as numerous others in enemy occupied territory. He has consistently proved himself to be an outstanding air gunner whose courage, skill and enthusiasm has won him the complete confidence of his crew. In June 1944, shortly after leaving the target at Juvisy, his aircraft was attacked by an Me 109. this officer coolly and accurately advised his captain as to evasive action, brought his guns to bear upon the attacker and opened fire. The enemy fighter burst into flames and crashed to the ground. His Vigilance and coolness on this occasion have been typical of that displayed throughout his tour.”

Letter from Buckingham Palace confirming the award of the DFClewsi buck pal note
A very nice group, worthy of further research.

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Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal and Mons Star Trio Group Royal Artillery

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Edgar Burlingham CHILD DCM, MM

 

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Distinguished Conduct Medal 37731 B.S.MJR E. B. CHILD R.A.
Military Medal 37731 SJT E.B. CHILD ‘U’ BY R.H.A
1914 Mons Star 37731 BMBR: E.B. CHILD R.H.A.
British War Medal 37731 W.O. CL 2. E.B. CHILD R.A.
Victory Medal 37731 W.O. CL 2. E.B. CHILD R.A.

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Military Service of:

B S M 1043978 Edgar Burlingham CHILD DCM, MM

His Medal Index Card and DCM Cardchild micchild dcm card

26/05/1905 Enlisted into The Royal Horse Artillery on a Short Service Attestation
24/08/1905 Posted to Q Battery
05/12/1914 Posted to 2nd Cavalry Brigade AC
01/04/1915 Posted to 1st IC Dvr AC
17/11/1916 Posted to 1st Army School of Instruction
30/03/1918 Posted to 10th Reserve Brigade
18/07/1918 Posted to A/16th Brigade
19/05/1919 Posted to 1st Brigade
03/03/19200 Posted to Y/8th Brigade
13/03/1922 Posted to 59th (HC) Brigade
16/03/1922 Discharged

Service with the Colours 26th May 1905 to 16th March 1922
Overseas Service:
21/11/1913 – 09/10/1914 India
11/11/1914 – 10/12/1917 France
09/06/1918 – 12/05/1919 France
11/12/1919 – 21/12/1919 On board ship
22/12/1919 – 03/04/1920 Egypt
04/04/1920 – 29/04/1920 On board ship
30/04/1920 – 13/10/1921 Mesopotamia

Gallantry Award Notices
Distinguished Conduct Medal London Gazette 01/01/1919child citachild 2 cita
Military Medal London Gazette 07/12/1916

Full set of miniatures, though the Victory Medal is attached by a safety pin.minis
Additional badges:
1) R A Shield 1908 – 9 . Winners – ‘Q’Battery. Driver E CHILD???????????????????????????????
2) Winners Shield of General Kavanagh’s Cup 1910 -11, in original presentation box. Hallmarked???????????????????????????????
3) Leeds & Dist H H League – 2nd COMPT 1911 – 12. EBC. Hallmarked.???????????????????????????????
4) Leeds Amateur Cup – 1912 Br E B CHILD. Hallmarked, in original presentation box, by Dance & Duerden, Morley.???????????????????????????????
5) W/O Badge with backing plate.DSC03672

 

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Medals, Photos, Letters and Ephemera to a World War 2 Air Gunner

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Royal Canadian Air Force

431 Squadron431 Squadron R C A F Croft 1944

World War 2 Halifax Bomber Air Gunner.

 

WW2 AIR CREW EUROPE MEDAL GROUP TO AN AIR GUNNER COMPLETE WITH LOGBOOK TO 2209731 FLIGHT OFFICER WILLIAM GEORGE RAVENSCROFT DAVIES

FROM WHITCHURCH, SALOP, SHROPSHIRE, ENGLAND.

THIS LOT CONSISTS OF 39 STAR, ORIGINAL AIR CREW EUROPE MEDAL WITH FRANCE AND GERMANY BAR, WAR MEDAL.

ALSO PRESENT IS HIS LOGBOOK FROM JULY 1943-13/11/1944.

Copy (3) of 002

 

HE WAS AN AIR GUNNER IN HALIFAX BOMBERS. OPERATIONAL SORTIES 1943 FRANKFURT, MINE LANE, BERLIN. 1944 BERLIN, LE MANS, AMIENS, LILLE, GHENT, PARIS, SOMAIN, ST VALERIE, ST PIERRE, BOULOUGNE, LOUAIN, TROUVILLE, LECIPON, ARRAS, NEUVILLE, BONNETOT, GORNEFLOW, WIZERNS, BIENNAIS, BREMONT, CAEN (GUN POSITIONS DAYLIGHT), PARIS RAIL YEARS, ANDERBELK, STUTTGART.

HE THEN WENT ON TO BE AN INSTRUCTOR FOR THE REST OF THE WAR.

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TOTAL FLYING HOURS WITH 431 SQUADRON 171.5 DAY AND 201.36 NIGHT.

Halifax N6 SE E  6 Group RCAF 431 Sqdn

Contents

Medals – in box of issue, with ribbons and compliment slip.

1939 45 Star

Air Crew Europe Star (France and Germany Bar)

War Medal

Ribbon Bar with Rosette.

Log Book.

Service and Relief Book

Many Photographs, Documents and Letters.

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This is a superb package and is on sale at the Militaria Market in Arundel, West Sussex. It has to be seen and looked at to appreciate the sheer quantity of history here.

If you wish to purchase and cannot come to Arundel to view, please contact us through this site.

 

This is a very moving letter which indicates that his friend, Harry, is missing in action. It just illustrates the terrible time endured by all involved at that time. Servicemen, families and friends are all touched in this letter.

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Bomber Command No.431 Squadron RCAF

No. 431 Squadron RCAF

Motto: “The hatilen ronteriios” (“Warriors of the air”).

Badge: An Iroquois Indian’s head. The Iroquois Indian’s head represents the squadron’s nickname. The motto is in Iroquois.

No. 431 (Iroquois) Squadron was formed at Burn, near Selby, on 11th November 1942, as a bomber unit of No. 4 Group. In mid-July 1943, it was transferred to No. 6 (RCAF) Group and Tholthorpe and early in December that year moved to Croft, its last home in the UK. The squadron was first equipped with Wellington Xs, converting to Halifax Vs coincident with its move to Tholthorpe. It used the latter type until early April 1944, after which it operated with Halifax IIIs until the end of October 1944. Through the final months of its wartime career it flew Lancaster Xs.

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We have 3 to list. 2 appear below and the 3rd has its own dedicated blog.

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First World War Medal Trio to:

98332 Driver Alfred M Clare RFA

Medal Index Card confirms that Alfred M Clare served in the Royal Field Artillery. He entered France 29th June 1915 and he is entitled to the medal trio.

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The medals are in mint condition as issued. They are still in the boxes of issue, though the ribblons are missing.

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The boxes are addressed to:

Mr A M Clare

1 Brook Street,

Daventry,

Northants.

 

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There is also a photograph of Alfred Clare, in uniform.

 

 

 

2) World War One Memorial Plaque:

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ERNEST FEASEY

This is a unique plaque for this name for World War One.

10924 Private ERNEST FEASEY,  8th Bn. East Surrey Regiment

Date of Death:  12th  October  1917

Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL  Panel 79 to 80 and 163A.

 

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Recent Medal additions.

Here, shown below, are recent additions to the stock on  www.medals4heroes.co.uk

 

Operational Service Medal 2000 (Sierra Leone Ribbon) (Medal Book No. 198A) and LSGC Pair to:

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21167888 Cpl Trilochan Gurung RGR     and

21167888 Sgt Trilochan Gurung RGR     respectively.

He is gazetted numerous times and was MID in Afghanistan in 2006.

London Gazette History:

a)      12th August 2003, page 10046. Award of the LSGC

b)      15th December 2006, page 17358. Mention in Despatches for services in Afghanistan between 1st April 2006 and 30th September 2006.

c)       29th October 2007, page 15670, Regular Commission to Lieutenant (QGO) 2nd April 2007.

d)      17th June 2008, page  9060. Captain (QGO) to be Captain 1st October 2007.

e)      26th July 2013, page 14795. Appointment to the Royal Victorian Order. M.V.O., to be a member. Captain (Queen’s Gurkha Officer) TRILOCHAN GURNG, The Royal Gurkha Rifles.

 

Next we have: 

 

Iraq Medal,   Operation Telic, 19 MAR to 28 APR 2003 clasp.

 

 

 

Named to:

 

CAPT P M A FORSYTH QARANC

 

Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

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Thirdly we have:

British Empire Medal, Military 1937 ribbon, named to:

 

STO. PO. LESLIE A BAKER P/KX 92971

 

In original box

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, and

 

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, no ribbon, named to:

 

K 55695 L. A.  BAKER  S.P.O.  H.M.S. FURIOUS

 

 

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Gazetted for (military) BEM 8th June 1944 page 2594, as Stoker Petty Officer Leslie Alfred Baker P/KX 92971 (Porchester)

 

The Long Service and Good Conduct Roll confirms Leslie Alfred Baker, HMS FURIOUS, K55695, dated February 1931.

He was a Portsmouth man.

 

 

 

Lastly we have:

Queen’s South Africa Medal

Natal, Orange Free State, Transvaal and South Africa 02 Clasps.

 

Name:  Wale, E

 

Rank:     Private

 

Soldier number:               3763

 

Unit:      1 Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment

 

Missing – Released on 30 Oct 1899 at Nicholson’s Nek (Official casualty roll location: Ladysmith )

 

Source:                 Natal Field Force. JB Hayward & Sons

 

Gazetteer:           a pass through hills in Natal Colony (Klip River district; KwaZulu-Natal) ten kilometres north of Ladysmith. Variant used by Wessels p.301 Nicholsonsnek. This was the objective of a column commanded by Lt-Col F.R.C. Carleton, The Royal Irish Fusiliers, three kilometres north of the hill Cayinguba (Caimguba*) where it was forced to surrender to Cmdt L.P. Steenkamp on 30 October 1899 in the action usually referred to as that of Nicholson’s Nek.

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Les Grandes Vertus Francaises de Lucien Jonas

 

 

Les Grandes Vertus Francaises de Lucien Jonas

This is a unique opportunity to purchase a complete set of 24 Lucien Jonas plates of this great work. Please contact us through this site and we are assessing offers.

Here is the list of plates, in order, with a brief condition report.

 

Premier Theme. Patriotisme:

Planche No 1. Le Rampart de Verdun: L’artiste a voulu, par la conception du dessin de cette planche, immortaliser la resistance heroique des Francais pendant l’attaque de Verdun par les Allemands, commencee le 21 fevrier 1916Condition: Foxed, darkened edges.

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Premier Theme. Patriotisme: Planche No 2. Debout les Morts!: Dans cette planche, la genie de l’artiste s’est inspire du mot historique lance en pleine bataille par un de nos heros. Les morts, se reveillant de leur eternel sommeil, presentent les armes (leurs croix) a ceux qui, comme eux, sont morts pour la PatrieCondition: Foxed, darkened edges.

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Premier Theme. Patriotisme: Planche No 3. Je ne dirai rien!: Malgre les souffrances de la guerre, l’amour du soldat francais pour le sol sacre de la Patrie lui fait mepriser et braver la Mort en face. Prisonnier de huerre, il se refusera toujours a trahir son pays, sans se soucier des menaces et de l’insolence de ses ennemis.Condition: Slight foxing and darkened edges.

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Premier Theme. Patriotisme: Planche No 4. Avant l’Attaque: Instants supreme que ceux precedent le signal de l’attaque. ……….Condition: Slight foxing and darkened edges.

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Premier Theme. Patriotisme: Planche No 5. Nos Soldats sous le marmitage. Ils tiennent bon!…: L’Histoire dira avec heroisme le soldat francais a tenu, sous le marmitage……………….Condition: Slight foxing at top and slight blackening to edge

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Premier Theme. Patriotisme: Planche No 6. Les Deracines!!!: Qu’ils sont nombreux tous ceux qui, contraints par la barbarie allemande………..Condition: Good

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Deuxieme Theme. Abnegation: Planche No 7. Abnegation: L’Abnegation de leur vie par ceux qui defendant la Patrie……….Condition: Good

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Deuxieme Theme. Abnegation: Planche No 8. La Grande Offensive: La grande offensive des Allies commence le 1er juillet 1916……Condition: Good

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Example of the actual signature of Lucien Jonas in blue crayon. This is present on each plate.8a

Deuxieme Theme. Abnegation: Planche No 9. Devant le Rempart de Verdun: Cette composition rappellera a nos generations futures les hecatombes d’Allemands sous Verdun……..Condition: Good

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Deuxieme Theme. Abnegation: Planche No 10. Pendant le Bombardement des Barbares: Nombreux sont ceux, helas! qui, retenus apar mille liens au foyer………Condition: Good

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Deuxieme Theme. Abnegation: Planche No 11. Un Volontaire!…: Le courage de ceux qui s’offrent cranement, et bravant la mort………..Condition: Good

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Deuxieme Theme. Abnegation: Planche No 12. L’Agent de Liaison: Tout come le volontaire, l’agent de liaison est l’abnegation meme……………Condition: Good

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Troisieme Theme. Devouement: Planche No 13. Mater Dolorosa!: Parmi tant de coeurs qui se devouent journellement………..Condition: Good

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Troisieme Theme. Devouement: Planche No 14. Antigone: Le titre de cette planche, qui reveille en nous de souvenirs filiaux de l’histoire ancienne……….Condition: Slight foxing at top and slight blackening to edge

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Troisieme Theme. Devouement: Planche No 15. La Semeuse: L’inspiration de l’artiste, dans la composition de la Semeuse, est sublime………Condition: Very slight edge damage

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Troisieme Theme. Devouement: Planche No 16. Ceux de la Somme: L’histoire future n’aura jaais assez de mots pour glorifier les heros de la Somme……..Condition: Good

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Troisieme Theme. Devouement: Planche No 17. L’Aumonier aveugle et le Soldat paralytique: Nombreux sont les cas de devouement de tous ceux qui sont au front………….Condition: Good

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Troisieme Theme. Devouement: Planche No 18. Puisque je t’aime mieux comme cela!: Beaucoup de mutiles souffrent a la seule pense que les etres aimes…..Condition: Very slight edge damage

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Quatrieme Theme. Resignation: Planche No 19. Resignation!: La resignation pleine de confiance de Francaises des territoires envahis…….Condition: Very slight edge damage

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Quatrieme Theme. Resignation: Planche No 20. ILS l’ont tue!: Ils…Ils…. Les Peuples civilises, et parmi eux la France, sauront pour l’eternite qui sont ces Ils…Condition: Very slight edge damage

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Quatrieme Theme. Resignation: Planche No 21. Le Guetteur: Les nerfs tendus, l’oeil aux aguets, l’oreille attentive aux moindres bruits….Condition: Good

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Quatrieme Theme. Resignation: Planche No 22. Les Grands Blesses: Combien nombreux sont ceux, helas! Auxquels on est oblige de donner ce nom!….Condition: Good

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Quatrieme Theme. Resignation: Planche No 23. Prisonniers de Guerre: Combien de ceux tombes aux mains des Allemands au cours d’une bataille……..Condition: Slight damage to bottom edge

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Quatrieme Theme. Resignation: Planche No 24. Le soldat des Regions envahies: Quoi qu’il fasse son devoir comme les autres………..Condition: Slight foxing and darkened edges.

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