Second World War night fighter’s – and Battle of Britain veteran’s – D.S.O., D.F.C. and Bar group to Flight Lieutenant , RAFVR In one of the most successful partnerships of the war, as Observer/Navigatorto Wing Commander J. G. ‘Johnny’ Topham, D.S.O., D.F.C., scored 13 confirmed victories, in Beaufighters of No. 219 Squadron and Mosquitos of No. 125 Squadron
D.S.O. (GV), and Second Bar award, M.C., (GV), 1914-15 Star (2. Lieut. 2/Lond. R.), B.W.M., Victory Medal (Lt. Col.) Lieut. Col. 2/London Regt. Served with the battalion from it’s arrival in France as a junior 2. Lieutenant rising to permanent command the battalion in 1917 and continued to serve with the battalion until some three weeks from the war’s end less some five months following serious wounds
August 1914 D.S.M. (GV) MID group of five awarded to Stoker Petty Officer, for gallantry at the Battle of Heliogoland on 28 August 1914, when he ‘behaved with conspicuous coolness and resource’ when a shell exploded in the boiler room of H.M.S. Laertes, the most serious of four shell strikes that day
immediate and superb D.F.M. and Logbook group awarded in June 1940, though wounded, displayed great courage in an epic return journey from the Ruhr in a badly shot up Whitley which had to be ditched in the sea. once more involved in a post-sortie ditching that September, and even though the most strenuous efforts were made by air sea rescue services over three days in stormy conditions, he was among those lost on the third day.