*** RESERVED *** The rare and most complete Malayan D.F.M. & Commendation of the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Meritorious Service group, consisting of: Distinguished Flying Medal EIIR to 1817982 Sgt. R.F. Brooks, R.A.F.; 1939-45 Star; Italy Star; WWII Defence Medal; WWII War Medal; General Service Medal with Malaya clasp to 1817982 Sgt. R.F. Brooks, R.A.F.; Campaign Service Medal with Borneo and Malay Peninsula clasps to M. Sig. R.F. Brooks (1817982) R.A.F.; Royal Air Force Long Service & Good Conduct Medal EIIR to M. Sig. R.F. Brooks (S1817982) R.A.F. Accompanied by a complete archive of all Brooks' service-related material, including 3 Aircrew Flying Log Books covering Brooks' full flying career, a multitude of original certificates, letters of congratulations, scrap books and photograph albums, groups shots and personal photos, action shots and personal ephemera, dog tags etc.; too plentiful to display in one image.

D.F.M. Gazetted 6 Dec 1957: "In recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya." Air Marshal the Earl of Bandon letter to Brooks: "Supply dropping is an arduous and hazardous task and it is vital to the successful prosecution of operations in Malaya. Your contribution to this task has been exceptional and your example outstanding. Your award is well deserved."

Commendation of the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Meritorious Service: "Flt. Lt. Brooks has served with No. 115 Sqn. as an Air Electronics Officer since January 1977, flying both Argosy and Andover aircraft in the flight checking role. As well as being an extremely experienced, reliable and conscientious aircrew member, he has for the last 2 years given outstanding service as the Squadron Air Electronics Section Leader. This supervisory task includes responsibility for the instruction and examination of all No. 115 Squadron Air Electronics Officers. In this capacity he has proved himself a man of exceptional skill, with not only the patience and understanding to help trainees, but also the foresight, knowledge and ability to achieve optimum results. A severe manning shortage within his section during teh very busy summer of 1980 posed many problems but Flt. Lt. Brooks' personal example in operating long and arduous hours both in the air and on the ground, coupled with the superb organisation of his resources, were instrumental in meeting all targets. In recognition of his outstanding performance and devotion to duty, Flt. Lt. Brooks is awarded the Commendation of the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief."

Ronald Francis Brooks was born on 1 Feb 1925 in Loughborough, Leicestershire and enlisted with the R.A.F. on 15 Dec 1942, serving with 150 Sqn. and 104 Sqn. in Italy and then posted to No.4 Parachute Training School. Posted to No.48 Squadron at Changi, receiving the D.F.M. at the Investiture of 21 Mar 1958. Appointed to a permanent commission as a Flying Officer from the rank of Master Air Electronics Operator on 27 Oct 1967 and promoted to Flight Lieutenant on 27 Oct 1970. He was designated Speicalist Aircrew on 27 Oct 1978 after 35 years of service, retiring on 1 Feb 1983 after 40 years service.

One of just 42 D.F.M.s awarded for the Malayan Emergency.


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