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NETTLETON, JOHN DERING

Rank:
Wing Commander
Service No:
41452
Date of Death:
13/07/1943
Age:
26
Regiment/Service:
Royal Air Force
 
44 Sqdn.
Awards:
V C
Panel Reference:
Panel 118.
Memorial:
RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of John Hennah Nettleton and Ethel Nettleton; husband of Betty Isobel Nettleton, of Paignton, Devon.

Citation

The London Gazette for 24th April, 1942, contains the following particulars: Squadron-Leader Nettleton was the leader of a bomber formation detailed to attack, in daylight on 17th April, 1942, the Diesel engine factory at Augsburg in Germany, a target of high military importance. To reach it and return meant a flight of one thousand miles over hostile territory. German fighters attacked, and only the leading bomber and one other remained to fly to the still distant target. Squadron-Leader Nettleton, with great spirit and almost defenceless, brought these two remaining aircraft, mostly at only fifty metres above the ground, to Augsburg, where they encountered intense anti-aircraft fire. Through fire from point-blank range, bombs were dropped on the target. The second aircraft was hit, burst into flames, and crash-landed. The leading aircraft, though riddled with holes, flew safely back to base, the only one of six to return. Squadron-Leader Nettleton, who has successfully undertaken many other hazardous operations, displayed unflinching determination as well as leadership and valour of the highest order.

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RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

Country:
United Kingdom
Locality:
Surrey

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