DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS, GEORGE VI ISSUE, REVERSE DATED ‘1945’, 1939-45 STAR, AIR CREW EUROPE STAR CLASP ‘FRANCE AND GERMANY’, DEFENCE MEDAL, WAR MEDAL UNNAMED, AS ISSUED, GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL GVI CLASP MALAYA ‘ACT. FLT. LT. R.B. LEIGHTON R.A.F.’
Leighton’s Distinguished Flying Cross was announced in the London Gazette dated 17th April 1945. The recommendation had been submitted at the end of the previous January and was endorsed by Air Vice Marshal Bennett himself:
“This officer in completing so far 41 operational sorties has operated on 27 occasions on this Squadron. 15 of these sorties have been as a member of a Marker Crew who have on occasion acted in the capacity of Deputy Master Bomber. Flying Officer Leighton has always displayed sustained courage and unusual initiative and in the face of strong opposition has always shown coolness and courage which is highly commendable. In a calm and quiet manner he has a fine offensive spirit in action and his calm handling of his guns has contributed in no small measure to the confidence with which the crew of which he is a member has always operated.”
With copy of original recommendation for the D.F.C. from AIR2-9060 which lists all his operations and large number of extracts from Operational Record Books of 158 and 7 Squadrons on CD.
Condition GVF, unmounted, ‘France and Germany’ clasp not fitted and Malaya correctly engraved for RAF. When originally sold, the DFC was in a box of issue and additional had part of his uniform with AG wings and medal ribbons attached (pics on CD).