D.F.M. (GV1) , 1939/45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal , War Medal
Flight Sergeant Sidney John Radford,
With named DFM box of issue (a little crushed), addressed box and slips for the WW2 awards (Marsh Hill London E.9). With air navigators notebook (n.b the Notebook is NOT a Flying Log Book), Original photo in uniform taken in Saskatchewan whilst training
A Mosquito, Night Fighter, Navigators Distinguished Flying Medal group of 5 awarded to Flight Sergeant Sidney John Radford, “A” Flight 157 Squadron, who as an Airborne Interception Operator assisted his Pilot W/O Taylor in shooting down Two German Night fighters on attacks to The Ruhr and Hanu; claiming destroyed one Me110 and 1 JUSS, comprising
The Distinguished Flying Medal – Flight Sergeants 1319188Sidney John Radford, R.A.F.V.R., 157 Sqn.
Radford Sidney John 1319188 Flight Sergeant No 157 Sqn.
Flight Sergeant Radford has completed 29 long-range bomber support sorties during which he has, as Navigator/Radio to Warrant Officer Taylor, assisted in the destruction of two enemy aircraft. This N.C.O. has always displayed the greatest enthusiasm for operational flying. The success obtained can be attributed to his intelligent use of A.I. and his close cooperation with his pilot in planning of flights and his serious study of this type of operation had been a great example to other N.C.O.s. I consider that Flight Sergeant Radford fully merits the award of the D.F.M. – Dated 13th of May 1945
Remarks by Station Commander
This NCO has taken great pains to perfect his technique . This was amply repaid on 18th. march 1944, when he managed to hold and bring to firing range a target that was jinking violently.
W/O Taylor, F/Sgt Radford
Intruder Personal Combat Report
Night 17th/18th December 1944
“A” Flight No.157 Squadron
5114N 0635E approx.
Layers of filmy stratus from 22,000 down to 20,000 and then a further layer at tops 13,000
1 Me110 Destroyed
One Mosquito XIx, of no 157 Squadron, Pilot W/O Taylor, Navigator F/Sgt Radford, was airborne Swannington
04.00 Hrs. on the 184 December 1944 on High Level Support Patrol W. Ruhr. Patrol was reached at 05.49 Hrs. at
06.50 Hrs., 13,000 ft. 5 miles west of Duisburg a contact was obtained 8 miles away and 30 degrees above crossing port to starboard. Target was chased for 5 minutes on 230(M) when a visual was obtained at 1,500ft. It was identified as a ME110 with long range tanks and a blue “RESIN” light on the starboard. Pilot distinguished small twin fins and rudder and square-out wing tips which was confirmed by the navigator using night glasses at a range of 600ft. Pilot closed to 300ft. astern and slightly to port and gave a 2-second burst. The fuselage blew up at the port wing root; flames came back over the tail and debris and oil covered the Mosquito’s windscreen. The enemy aircraft went down in a dive slightly to port and a few seconds later, viz, 07.00hrs, a bright flash was reflected on low scattered cloud covering the ground approximately position 5114N 0635E (N.W. Neuss).
18/19 March 1945 As contained in the recommendation and resulted in one JU.88 destroyed (Hannau)
‘He went straight down, and somewhere on the way down, broke into two pieces and crashed in position 5014/0905 and burnt quite nicely for a long time.’
Lovely Mosquito group