F/Lt. Jack Churchill D.F.C. D.S.O. 357 Squadron RAF SEAC




A transcript of the article which appeared in April 15, 1945 issue of "Sunday Pictorial"

This article gives the story of Jack Churchill's early life, and it is story which illustrates how one man achieved greatness, overcoming what was a difficult upbringing and early working life.
The article mentions that few details describing his exploits were available: those relating to 357 Squadron can now be found by reviewing the transcripts of the Squadron on the "357 Squadron" Page.
Churchill originally flew with 1576 SD Flight; records of this unit have not yet been transcribed.


From the "London Gazette"

His promotions:

London Gazette, 23 November, 1943

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, General Duties
As Plt. Offs on prob. (emergency):

Flt. Sgts.
1375523 Jack Churchill ( 159031) 6th July 1943

London Gazette, 3 March, 1944

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, General Duties
Plt. Offs. (prob.) confmd. in appts and to be Flg. Offs. (war subs.):

J. Churchill (159031) 6th Jan. 1944

London Gazette, 27 July, 1944

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, General Duties

Flg. Off. to Flt. Lt. (war subs):

6th July 1945
J. Churchill, D.S.O., D.F.C. (159031)


His awards

London Gazette, 1 February, 1944

Distinguished Flying Cross

Pilot Officer Jack Churchill (159031), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

This officer has completed many sorties, involving long distance flights over difficult terrain, often in adverse weather. He has at all times displayed outstanding devotion to duty and his example of courage, skill and fortitude has been highly commendable.

London Gazette, 30 March, 1945

Distinguished Service Order

Flying Officer Jack Churchill, D.F.C. (159031), R.A.F.V.R., 357 Sqn.

This officer has completed a large number of sorties, involving long flights over areas in Burma, He has consistently displayed the highest standard of devotion to duty and his example has been most impressive. In January, 1945, Flying Officer Churchill was the pilot and captain in an aircraft detailed for a sortie. The operation called for a high degree of skill and resolution. That success was achieved on a flight covering some thousands of miles in all is a fine tribute to this officer's superb airmanship, great captaincy and iron determination.


The copies of records and newspaper article used to produce this page were provided by Dee Boneham, whose generosity is much appreciated.

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