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  • Name: Laurence Frank SINCLAIR
  • D.O.B: 13th June, 1908
  • D.O.A: 30th September, 1940
  • D.O.D: 14th May, 2002
  • Award: George Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Wing Commander, Royal Air Force

RAF Wattisham, Suffolk 30 September 1940

30 September 1940

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The Second World War 1939 - 40 

RAF Wattisham was south-west of Stowmarket, Suffolk. On 30 September 1940 Wing Commander L F Sinclair rescued an airman from the wreckage of a bomber that had burst into flames while taking off.

Citation

 The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the GEORGE CROSS to the undermentioned Wing Commander Laurence Frank Sinclair. D.S.O. (26066). During a night in September, 1940, an aircraft burst into flames while taking off. Wing Commander Sinclair immediately went to the scene to render assistance, but two 250 lb. bombs exploded before he reached it. Undeterred, and knowing that two more bombs were in the aircraft, he pressed on and dashing into the fire he succeeded in dragging the air gunner to a safe distance. In this act this officer displayed the most complete disregard for his own safety. Unfortunately the rescued air gunner has since died of his injuries. 

Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 17 January 1941. 21 January 1941, Numb. 35048, p. 403

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