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Flight Lieutenant J. Gillies DFM MC

[Transcript of Announcement of Award in the London Gazette]

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R.A.F. 79 Squadron

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Rank and Name

Flight Lieutenant James Gillies DFM

On the night of 27th March, 1944, Flight Lieutenant Gillies, with a small patrol, penetrated into an enemy ammunition dump at Indaw, Burma. After he had rejoined the main force he was ordered to proceed to the R.A.F. working in support and explain the lay-out of the dump area.  He also arranged to indicate the target for the bombers.

On the 4th April, 1944, Flight Lieutenant Gillies flew as passenger in a light aircraft, and placed smoke bombs around the target area from a height of fifty feet, enabling the bombers to attack the target with great precision. The raid was highly successful.

Throughout the whole campaign Flight Lieutenant Gillies' enthusiastic devotion to duty, and his ingenious ideas were of the utmost value.

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

(London Gazette 13 Feb 1945)