How do you go about finding the citation for the award of a DFC?
My father was a recipient but he never told any of the family the reason for it’s award.
Given he served as an Sgt AG with 100 Sqn (slowly doing a bit of research into all of his Op flights) during the war completing a tour of ops l assumed that it was for this but Archimedes post above indicates that it was only awarded to officers.
He was commissioned (not sure when)post war and served in the Malayan anti terrorist campaign but again I believe as an air gunner would this have been normal?
Clues/tips as to where and how to start to find out would be most appreciated.
Not impossible for an AG to receive a gallantry award; Wallace Macintosh ended up with a DFC & Bar and and DFM.
Unfortunately, since access to the JSCSC library is a little tricky at the moment, I don't have access to the Boy's Bumper Book of DFC awards which resides there, although not all of the citations are listed. The file category WO373 at the National Archives contains some of the recommendations for RAF awards between 1935 and 1990, but these are often for AOP pilots awarded the DFC and coming under RAF control while being Army officers.
Did he fly on ops in Malaya? There are a fair few awards and if you know the squadron he was on, this can help - my guess, assuming that he didn't remuster and become a Nav or similar, would be that he'd have had to have served on Lincolns, and you can then start looking into squadron histories. Although the RAAF did get the bulk of the publicity for the Lincoln ops (1 Sqn RAAF), the RAF did send them out there as well as to Kenya.
If you want to put his first names and initial of his surname here, I'll cast around the sources I have to hand, but can't promise to find a citation. There were a fair few DFCs awarded for Malayan ops, probably rather more than people might assume.