Dambusters Exhibition Programme

Military Decorations of former pupils of St Edward’s in the First and Second World Wars serving in the RFC and RAF St Edward’s former pupils have a proud and distinguished history with the RAF, not least whilst serving in the two World Wars. Sixty-one OSE served during the Great War and two hundred and eighty-five in the Second World War, with some serving in both conflicts. Among these, honours were bestowed on seventy-two and seventeen were mentioned-in-despatches. Some of these honours are detailed below.

Geoffrey de Havilland DSO, CBE Louis Strange DSO, MC, DFC and Bar, Mentioned in Despatches, Legion of Merit (USA) Michael Nethersole DSO, Croix de Guerre (Fr) Cyril Gardner MC, AFC, Croix de Guerre (Fr) John Quested MC, DFC, Croix de Guerre (Fr) Guy Gibson VC, DSO and Bar, DFC and Bar, Commander of the Legion of Merit (USA) Adrian Warburton DSO and Bar, DFC and 2 Bars, DFC (USA) Douglas Bader DSO and Bar, DFC and Bar, Croix de Guerre, Legion d’Honneur, Mentioned in Despatches, CBE

Arthur Banks George Cross (Posthumous), Mentioned in Despatches Alec Cranswick DSO, DFC James Leathart DSO, Mentioned in Despatches Antony Carlisle DFC and Bar Donald Paton DFC and Bar Alexander Heyworth DFC and Bar, Mentioned in Despatches Ronald Baxter DFC, Mentioned in Despatches Paul Carlyon DFC, Mentioned in Despatches

DSO – Distinguished Service Order, MC – Military Cross,

DFC – Distinguished Flying Cross, AFC – Air Force Cross


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