DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDAL, G.VI.R. ‘1399608 F/SGT. S. LOSEBY. R.A.F.’.
D.F.M. London Gazette 12 December 1944:
‘Flight Sergeant Loseby has completed a long tour of operations as a rear gunner, having voluntarily continued beyond the first tour limit. Many of his operations have been against heavily defended targets. He has carried out his duty in the air with cheerfulness and in good spirits. He is recommended for a non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.
Remarks by Station Commander:
This N.C.O. has completed many sorties over some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and Occupied Territory. He has displayed courage of the highest order, and is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.’
Sydney Loseby served as a Flight Sergeant and Air Gunner with the Royal Air Force during the Second War. He flew in 16 operational sorties, 23 May 1943 - 2 February 1944, prior to joining 582 Squadron.
He is noted as having served with 514 Squadron until 15th March 1944 and very briefly to 7 Squadron (no sorties). 514 Squadron (Lancasters) was formed at Foulsham on 1 September 1943, and flew its first operation with No.3 Group on 3 November 1943. Given the date 514 became operational and Loseby’s missions starting several months before, he clearly served in another squadron prior to 514.
Loseby was posted for operational flying with 582 Squadron (Lancasters), Little Staughton, upon it’s formation 1 April 1944. The Squadron was formed from personnel mainly drawn from 7 and 156 Squadrons, and served as part of the Pathfinder Force, No. 8 Group. Loseby flew in at least 33 operational sorties with the Squadron, including:
His London Gazette entry for 12th December 1944 notes he is had been promoted Warrant Office.
Medal sold with photocopy of original recommendation with full list of above sorties giving dates of each. Needs further research, squadron operational logs can be downloaded or viewed at the National archives. It is unknown if he took part in further operational sorties after 29th August 1944, which is his last noted on his DFM recommendation which was dated 21st September 1944.
Condition GVF, small marks to edge before and at lower part of first numbers. Looks like done at Mint prior to naming. Very minor (see pic).