ROYAL AIR FORCE BOMBER COMMAND, 1939-1941.
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The damaged port-side fuselage of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V, P5005 'DY-N', of No. 102 Squadron RAF, after returning from a bombing raid to the Ruhr on the night of 12/13 November 1940. While trying to locate Cologne marshalling yards, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, detonating a flare which, in turn, blew open a 15-foot section of the fuselage. Despite this damage, the pilot, Flying Officer G L Cheshire, managed to fly the aircraft and crew safely back to base at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire. for which he was awarded the DSO.
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