Lot Archive


№ 553


27 September 1994

Hammer Price:

A Bomber Command D.F.C. group of four awarded to Flying Officer T.R.R. Wood, No. 115 Squadron, Royal Air Force, who failed to return from operations over Bremen in June 1942

DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS, G.VI.R., the reverse officially dated '1942', in its Royal Mint case of issue; 1939-45 STAR; AIR CREW EUROPE STAR; WAR MEDAL, together with named Air Council condolence slip and Air Ministry letter notifying the award of the D.F.C. to next of kin, nearly extremely fine (4)

D.F.C., London Gazette, 27 July, 1943. The following recommendation was supplied to his father by the Air Ministry in a letter sold with the group: 'Pilot Officer Thomas Reader Russell Wood (67642) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve No. 115 Squadron (deceased), awarded with effect from 3rd June 1942. This officer has completed numerous sorties on which he has acted as captain of aircraft on 24 occasions. He has attacked a wide variety of important enemy targets such as Hanover, Mannheim, Cologne, Lubeck, Rostock and Essen. Early in his operational career Pilot Officer Wood was forced to leave his aircraft by parachute. He descended safely but suffered a broken shoulder. He recommenced operational flying some 6 months later. Since then his work has been of a high order. During the period 2nd April, 1942 to 1st June, 1942, he completed numerous operations against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. For the raid on Cologne on the night of 30th May, 1942, his crew was selected for special photographic work. During the latter period of operations many successful night photographs have been taken. Pilot Officer Wood is a skilful and courageous leader.'

On 12 August 1941 P/O Wood was captain of a Wellington bomber, one of 7 aircraft that left for a raid on Essen in the Ruhr. His aircraft bombed the target and on the way back was attacked by a German fighter and shot down over Scottow, Norfolk. All the crew escaped with slight bruises except Sergeant Evans, Rear Gunner, who was killed. P/O Wood failed to return from operations over Bremen on the night of 3/4 June 1942.