Sqdn Ldr J E Blair DFC CFM

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Reference WMO260365


Royal British Legion

Main Street

Egremont, Cumbria


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Composite
  • Paper Paper
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Framed Photograph with his DFC & DFM Citations; also his medals in a glazed wooden frame. See under Names tab.
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“RECOMMENDATION FOR THE AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDAL TO 984600 SERGEANT J.E. BLAIR OF NO 103 SQUADRON This NCO has at all times shown the highest possible courage and devotion to duty, and has succeeded in achieving an operational record of which the squadron can be proud. Although he has completed a large number of raids, Sergeant Blair has only on one occasion been engaged in actual combat. This occurred during the daylight raid on Brest on the 24th July 1941, when Sergeant Blair was Rear Gunner in the leading aircraft of a section of three which was attacked by an enemy aircraft over the target area. This aircraft was destroyed by the combined efforts of the gunners of the formation. Sergeant Blair’s Captain, Squadron Leader Lane, gives him an excellent report and I personally consider his work, both in the air and on the ground, merit’s the award for which he is recommended. His quiet manner and determined spirit are a valuable asset in the air and have earned the complete confidence of the remainder of the crew, and the squadron as a whole”. “RECOMMENDATION FOR THE AWARD FOR THE AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS TO FLIGHT LIEUTENANT J.E. BLAIR D.F.M. OF NO 97 SQUADRON This officer has flown on a large number of operational sorties. In September 1943, when attacking Munich, his aircraft was intercepted by an enemy fighter. Flight Lieutenant Blair’s excellent directions to his Captain enabled the attacker to be frustrated. An excellent Air Gunner, he has always displayed the greatest keenness to fly on operations and contributed largely to the high standards of gunnery in the unit

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