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SQUADRON LEADER GEORGE F POWELL SHEDDEN DECORATED
London Gazette, December 1941: Distinguished Flying Cross
“This officer has been engaged on operations almost since the war began. He served with a fighter squadron in the Middle East theatre of war until June, 1940, when he returned to this country and took part in the Battle of Britain. In July, 1941, Squadron Leader Powell Shedden was posted to Malta where he formed the night flying unit which has since performed sterling work in the night defence of Malta. By his great and energetic organising ability, together with his courage and initiative in the air, Squadron Leader Powell Shedden has contributed materially to the successes obtained. He has destroyed at least 5 enemy aircraft 3 of which were during the Battle of Britain.”
Squadron Leader Powell Shedden is to be promoted to Acting Wing Commander with effect from 4 December 1941.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 3 DECEMBER TO DAWN 4 DECEMBER 1941
2110 hrs Air raid alarm. One unidentified enemy aircraft, probably Italian piloted German aircraft off its course crossed the coast near Delimara. No engagement took place as it was thought the aircraft might try and land but it receded north.
OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 3 DECEMBER 1941
ROYAL NAVY Olympus sailed for Gibraltar with stores and passengers. Upholder returned from patrol off Colonne, having unsuccessfully attacked returning cruisers and Mantovani.
HAL FAR: No enemy air activity – conditions bad.
LUQA: All operations cancelled (owing to bad weather).
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB Dealt with (12 x Thermos).
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