Distinguished Service Medal, (GV). (Ch. Po. Mech. 3Cl. R.N.A.S. No. 2. Wing. Apl. 1916.); 1914-15 Star ( P. O. M. R.N.A.S.); British War and Victory Medals ( C. P. O. 2 R.N.A.S.),
D.S.M. London Gazette 22 June 1916.
Frank Sydney Thatcher served with No. 2 Wing, Royal Naval Air Service in the Aegean Sea. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for the raid on Constantinople and Adrianople on 14 April 1916, flying from Mudros under the command of Flight-Commander Joseph Smyth-Pigott. Three BE2c’s targeted the Zeitunlik Powder Mills and the Demirkhan Gun Factory as well as the Adrianople Train Station. The operation took a round trip of 300 miles and drew great attention at the time for it was the longest round trip for a bombing raid; sold together with London Gazette entries and extracts from The Distinguished Service Medal 1914-1920.
All in the same gazette Smyth-Pigott commanding the raid received a despatches, his observer, Willoughby Dickinson was awarded a DSO as did Stevens Savory, the two P.O. Mechs. Thatcher and Shipperbottom were awarded the D.S.M. The other pilot , Isaac Woolf Barnato was made to make do with a Despatches. (He the son of Joel Woolf Barnato, financier and main stockholder & Chairman of Bentley in the 1920’s. Barnato did not survive the war and is buried in Willesden Jewish Cemetery)