World War 1 Territorial War Medal Group of 4, Glamorgan Yeomanry

DSC06101Extremely Rare group of medals

First World War Medal Group of 4 medals to Glamorgan Yeomanryyeo mic

British War Medal and Victory Medal to:DSC06102


Territorial Force War Medal to:DSC06104


Territorial Efficiency Medal (George V) to: DSC06106

320585 PTE – L. CPL T. R. THOMAS. 24 – WELCH R.DSC06107DSC06108

Medal Index Card confirms that this is his full entitlement

Thomas Rees Thomas served in the 1st Battalion Glamorgan Yeomanry then in the 24th WELCH R (T. F.)yeo tf roll


There is a good research story here. There is only a few medal groups with this combination to this unit, it could be unique.


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This super medal group is on sale at in-meridiem-trading on Ebay. It will soon be moved to our website at

Medals to a Fisherman of The Brixham Fishing Fleet Disaster 1910

The Brixham Fishing Fleet Disaster 1910tidmarsh mounted group

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We are pleased and proud to announce the most important recent addition to our stock.


This is a 5 medal group to a Brixham, South Devon, fisherman consisting of Gallantry Medals for Saving Life at Sea and his First World War entitlement.




The medals from left to right are:


Sea Gallantry Medal with the naming


JOHN HENRY TIDMARSH “FRIENDSHIP” 17TH DECEMBER 1910tidmarsh sea gallantry obvtidmarsh sea gallantry rev


First World War British War Medal with the naming


16966 D.A. J.H. TIDMARSH.  2 HD.  R.N.R.


First World War Victory Medal with the naming


  16966 D.A. J.H. TIDMARSH.  2 HD.  R.N.R.


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Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society Medal named to



tidmarsh mariners revtidmarsh mariners obvThis medal has this superb Dolphin suspender.tidmarsh dolphins - Copy


We have also kindly been sent the Citation from the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society was founded in 1839. For 175 years we have provided financial help to merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependants who are in need. We pay an immediate grant to the widow of a serving seafarer who dies, whether death occurs at sea or ashore. Regular grants are paid to former seafarers, their widows and partners, whose circumstances justify on-going support. Special grants are made to meet particular needs in crisis situations. Practical assistance is given to seafarers of any nationality shipwrecked on the coast of the British Isles. Since 1851 the Society has presented annual awards for skill and gallantry at sea. Further details about are history and work will be found at

Information as supplied is as follows:

Committee of Management 30th December 1910

An account was read in the ‘Western Guardian’ of the saving of two lives from the Brixham trawler ‘Friendship’ by Captain A Gempton and Henry Tidmarsh (3rd Hand) of the Brixham trawler ‘Gratitude’ in the Bristol Channel on the 16th, and the Secretary was directed to obtain authentic verification of the facts stated through Miss Browne (Honorary Agent at Brixham) if possible, with a view of the case being considered as a fitting one for life-saving awards.

 Committee of Management            Friday 6th January, 1911

 In the Chair

Commander WF Caborne CB RNR (Deputy Chairman)

Commander the Honourable Cecil Cadogan RN

Admiral P de Kautzow

Vice Admiral RG Kinaham

Admiral Sir G Digby Morant KCB

Mr DO Monle

Sir Fredrick G Heygate Bart

Captain Robert Pitman CMG RN

Captain EB Pusey RN

Fleet Paymaster EM Rae RN 

Referring to last Minutes, further particulars respecting the rescue of 2 men from the ‘Friendship’ by the ‘Gratitude’, which had been supplied by the HA at Brixham, were read, and it was unanimously decided to award the Society’s Silver Lifesaving Medal and £3 to the Skipper of the latter vessel, Albert S Gempton, and the Medal and £2 to Henry Tidmarsh (3rd Hand) who accompanied him in the boat, it being noted that on May 8 1891, the same Skipper had been awarded a barometer by the Society in recognition of gallant services. 

From the Society’s Quarterly Statement

 At their meeting on January 6 the Committee made the following special awards for gallant saving of life: To Albert S Gempton, Skipper of the Brixham trawler Gratitude, the Society’s Silver Medal and a purse of £3 and to Henry Tidmarsh (3rd Hand) the Medal and £2.  When in the Bristol Channel on December 17 1910, in a heavy gale and high sea, the Friendship, and another Brixham boat, was seen in a helpless condition, with but little canvas left, and having on board only two lads, as the Skipper and Mate had been washed overboard.  By a sad coincidence, Cowling, 2nd Hand of the Gratitude, discovered that he had thereby sustained the loss of his brother-in-law.  Gempton at once determined to rescue the survivors, and Tidmarsh having volunteered to accompany him, the Skipper embraced his son, aged 14, who was with him on his first trip, and leaving the Gratitude, under the charge of the 2nd Hand and the cook, he and Tidmarsh, taking lifebuoys, ropes, etc, rowed in the smack’s small boat through the tempestuous sea to the Friendship, which was boarded with great difficulty. The lads, worn out with pumping, had gone down to the cabin, despairing of help and awaiting death, but were brought up on deck, placed in the boat and safely transferred to the Gratitude, which eventually reached Brixham on December 20, with the Friendship in tow.  It is noteworthy that the Society had previously rewarded Captain Gempton for courage in life saving, having in May 1891, awarded him a barometer in recognition of his rescue of the crew of the Crusader in a blizzard, also in the Bristol Channel.



Lloyd’s Medal for Saving Life at Sea



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The Lifesaving medals were awarded following the incident described below:






From the Devonian Year Book 1912:


During the fearful gale of December 16th 1910, in the Bristol Channel, four Brixham smacks – Eva, Speedwell, Marjorie and Vigilance – were totally lost with all hands, and two hands were swept overboard from the smack Friendship and drowned. The total loss of life was thus eighteen, of whom ten men were married, leaving to mourn their loss ten widows and thirty children under fourteen years of age. There were many casualties in other boats belonging to the fleet, the total loss of property being estimated at about £6000.


The Friendship and her two apprentices were saved by the heroic efforts of Captain A. S. Gempton and the third hand, Tidmarsh, of the Brixham trawler Gratitude, who have both been awarded the silver medal for gallantry*.


The Friendship was on the port tack off Lundy about 3 p.m. when the sea swept Captain Richard Foster and his mate Charles Stokes to a watery grave. Two apprentices, Keatings and Cheadle, managed to hold on, and hour after hour they laboured at the pumps in fear that the smack would founder. At 3 a.m. Captain Gempton observed the Friendship with only a piece of the mizzen sail standing, and he manoeuvred his craft close to the derelict. Above the turmoil was heard the cry of the apprentices:


“We are sinking – can you save us?”


The pleading was immediately answered by Captain Gempton:


“I’ll try my best, with God’s help!”


The third hand, Tidmarsh, volunteered with that alacrity which characterised his skipper. The boat was launched, and each took a lifebuoy. Before entering the boat, Captain Gempton kissed his son Samuel (who was on his first fishing voyage) and said:


“Good-bye, you may not see your dad again;  I am going to try to save two lives.”


The Gratitude was manoeuvred into a windward berth, and the boat dropped down to the Friendship, the sea being mountains high at the time. Once the boat was washed right on to the derelict’s rail and twice she was nearly filled with water.


But the rescuers found no response to their labours. The lads, prostrated through pumping had abandoned all hope. The stentorian call “Come on, my sonnies, we are come to save you!” aroused them. They replied “Thank God for that!”


They were soon in the boat, and were thankful when they reached the Gratitude. With the aid of the Varuna’s crew, the Friendship was then boarded, and pumps set to work and preparations made to tow her to Brixham which proved to be a lengthy and difficult task.


This was the third occasion on which Skipper Gempton rendered similar service. During the famous blizzard of March 1891, he saved nine sailors from the perils of the sea, and two or three years ago, he gallantly snatched a French trader from drifting ashore in Bigbury Bay and towed her safe to Brixham harbour.


Albert Stooks Gempton was born in Brixham in the December Quarter of 1859. He married Susan Ann Tucker in the June Quarter of 1889 and two sons have been traced so far – Albert, born in 1894 and Samuel, born in 1896. Susan died in 1909 at the age of 43 and in 1914, Albert married again – his second wife was Mary Dart of Galmpton.


On  4 January 1918, 8 miles SE by E from Berry Head, the Gratitude was captured by a U-boat and, sunk by bombs. It is believed the crew were able eventually to reach safety but were questioned by the Germans for some time.


Albert Gempton and John Tidmarsh were awarded the Board of Trade Sea Gallantry Medal for their bravery on the night of 16th/17th December 1910.


(Acknowledgement to DEVON HERITAGE,  Richard and Muriel Brine)






(Officially The Board of Trade Medal for Saving Life at Sea)




Apart from early occasional awards to civilians, the first official medal for gallantry displayed at sea by civilians was the Board of Trade Medal for Saving Life at Sea (SGM) in silver and bronze awarded to British subjects, or to foreigners serving in British ships. Foreigners who have displayed gallantry in foreign ships in saving the lives of British subjects are eligible for Board of Trade Gold and Silver Medals ‘for Foreign Services’. In all cases these awards are made by the Sovereign on the recommendation of the President of the Board of Trade, or successor. They carry no pecuniary grant: there is as yet no published list of persons who have received them, although awards to British subjects are now notified in The London Gazette. The ribbon and medal are worn on the left breast, and holders are entitled to append the letters SGM after their names. These letters stand for Sea Gallantry Medal.


The Board of Trade’s authority to issue such medals for gallantry at sea in British ships is derived not from Royal Warrant but from the Merchant Shipping Acts of 1854 and 1894, 677 (i) (L). They are the only medals now current that are issued under the authority of Parliament. When first struck in 1855, from the design of W. Wyon, Engraver to the Royal Mint, they were not intended to be worn, but in 1903 they were reduced in size and made wearable and since then, when awarded to British subjects in the United Kingdom, have as a rule been personally presented by the Sovereign at Investitures. The obverse of the medal gives the effigy of the reigning sovereign and the Royal Cypher with the words ‘Awarded by the Board of Trade for gallantry in saving life’. The reverse shows a man clinging to a spar and beckoning to a lifeboat; also a man supporting a rescued seaman and a woman and child on a raft. The ribbon is scarlet with two narrow white vertical stripes.


In the nine years 1914-22, apart from 194 awards of plate, the awards of Board of Trade medals, for British and foreign seamen, were: gold, 8; silver, 349; and bronze, 116. The total cost of the medals in nine years was about £250, and of the plate about £1,708, and there were monetary awards of £1,153.




As stated previously, the Sea Gallantry Medal (SGM), in silver and bronze, was the first official decoration of its kind for which British subjects, or foreigners serving in British ships, were eligible. Though awards are made in the name of the Sovereign by the President of the Board of Trade, or his successor, the basis of awards is not a Royal Warrant but a section of one of the Merchant Shipping Acts. The ribbon is scarlet with two narrow white stripes.






A.S. GEMPTON, skipper, J.H. TIDMARSH, 3rd hand, of ketch Gratitude (Fishing-ketch Friendship of Brixham). (17.12.10)








John Henry Tidmarsh later joined the Royal Navy in World War 1 and was also Mentioned in Despatches.




The London Gazette


Of  Tuesday, the 4th of June, 1918.


Number 30732 Page 6769 & 6770




Admiralty, 7th June, 1918.




The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the following honours, decorations and medals to the undermentioned


The following Officers and Men have been mentioned in despatches: —


2nd Hnd. John Henry Tidmarsh, R.N.R., O.N. 16966 D.A.

New Stock of Medals

The medals shown below will be found on

If not, please contact us at or call 07765 595662

Top of the list is a:



Military Cross Group of 6 – Dorset Regiment and Nigerian Regiment

Military Cross

1915 Star – Lieut K G F Collins.  Dorset R.

BWM & Victory Medals – CAPT K G CF COLLINS

Defence Medal

1939 1945 War Medal

Keith Gordon Floyd Collins was one of 4 brothers who served as Officers. He entered the war in West Africa 10th August 1914.



Collins MC Group




Crimean War Trio

Crimea Medal with Inkerman and Sebastapol clasps.

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

Turkish Crimea Medal, British Issue.

To – Corporal then Colour Sergeant Maddison, 1st Battalion, 1st Royal Regiment

crimea group good




Boer War, Trio and LSGC Group of 5.


QSA Medal with Tugela Heights and Relief of Ladysmith clasps.

World War One Trio

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

To – Battery Sergeant Major Wooding Royal Artillery.

He was also Mentioned in Despatches and later awarded the Silver War Badge. It looks as though the timing may coincide between his leg being broken and his M.I.D.

He also served in India for 4 years.. His LSGC was awarded 1906. He then re-enlisted for the war.

There is a lot of information about him available on the internet but obviously a lot more to uncover.

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QSA with Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek.


To – Pte Day, Dorset Regiment.

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India General Service Medal 1854 and Afghanistan Medal Pair




India General Service Medal 1854 – Jowaki 1877-8 Clasp


and Afghanistan Medal – Ali Musjid Clasp




To – Pte LOCOCK  51st Regiment




1)      Volunteer Long Service Medal – QV


To – HAYLLAR, Middlesex Artillery Volunteers 1877 – 1897

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QSA / KSA Pair




QSA with, Relief of Kimberley, Paarderberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill and Belfast Clasps


KSA wit SA 01 and 02 Clasps.


To – Pte ATTREED, Essex Regiment





India General Service Medal 1854 – SAmana 1891 & Hazara 1891 Clasps

To – Bennett K R R C












India General Service Medal 1854 – Umbeyla Clasp


To – FLEMING, 1st Battalion 7th Regiment





Khedive’s Star 1882

To – 393 Pte K J Edwards – Seaforth Highlanders.

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knox medal group
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.
This Group is for sale at

DFC group to Flying Officer W J Lewis

DFC group to Flying Officer W J Lewislewis dfc group


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.



Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal and Mons Star Trio Group Royal Artillery are pleased to add this fine group to the inventory.


Edgar Burlingham CHILD DCM, MM


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.




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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On sale now at or enquire through this site.






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

New Picture

Royal Canadian Air Force

431 Squadron431 Squadron R C A F Croft 1944

World War 2 Halifax Bomber Air Gunner.






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Halifax N6 SE E  6 Group RCAF 431 Sqdn


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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