Original Gallantry Award Citations
Research has located copies of the original citations for the 6 gallantry medals awarded to personnel of 21 Base Defence Sector. In each instance the award has been “Recommended” by Group Captain Moseby, CO of 21 BDS.
These Recommendations were then further “Recommended” by Air Vice Marshall Steele, Air Officer Commanding No. 85 (Base) Group and sent to Air Chief Marshall Trafford Leigh-Mallory, (Air-Commander-in-Chief, Allied Expeditionary Air Force), for his Recommendation. before being sent to the King.
Five of the 6 Nominations for the awards were signed off as “Recommended” by the Air Chief Marshall and The 6th Award to the Padre, Squadron Leader Harding, was “Strongly Recommended” by Air Chief Marshall T. Leigh-Mallory.