44 Sidney Stevens Lancaster Pilot WW2 history
Flt Lt Sidney Stevens was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) during WWII raids bombing industrial Germany in 1943.
"This thing was bumping up and down and sometimes you could lose 600 feet and you'd just drop vertically ...
"I came out of the clouds and the German fighter was there waiting for me ...
Pilot Officer Sidney George STEVENS (149614),
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 57 Squadron.
This officer has displayed great skill and determination throughout his tour of operations. One night in October, 1943, he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Leipzig. On the outward flight violent electrical storms were encountered. Although the air speed indicator became useless and other equipment was rendered temporarily unserviceable, Pilot Officer Stevens went on to complete his mission. His persistence in the face of trying circumstances was most praiseworthy.
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