97 Squadron, History, World War 2

Bomb Aimer Brevet

I am able to post a picture of Tom’s Bomb Aimer Brevet this he would have got after April 1942 and would have replaced the “O” observer brevet he is pictured wearing in the photo on Jennie Grey’s web page RAF PATHFINDERS the picture however is later than 1942 as he is wearing the DFC and looks like 1939/45 France German Star which he got in February 1944 and his temporary award of the PFF badge. Any help would be great on the ribbons in the photo, I really must get plans together to visit the Thorpe camp museum as it has lots on 97 Squadron.



Looking for information on Thomas Leak

I am looking for information for my friend about his uncle DFC LEAK, Thomas William Leslie PO 172951 RAFVR LG 17.10.44

He was a bomb aimer on lancasters in 97 squadron part of the Path Finder Force. Most of the information so far comes from the squadron web page http://www.97squadronassociation.co.uk/ so please check them out.

I will upload what I find here please feel free to contact me with any info you might have.


The DFC Medal was awarded to RAF Airmen for the below
“an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy”



The Medal and Ribbon

From the notes above it appears Thomas was awarded his on 17/10/1944 I will check the ops book to see if I can find what mission it was for. If anyone can help please comment.