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Surname CLELAND   Initials W J   First Name WILLIAM JOHN  
Decorations DSO DFC  
Rank Flight Leutenant   Unit RAF   Service No. 174404  
Age   Deceased   Previous Squadron 12  
Grave Location  
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War Graves Link   Grave Photo NO Cemetery Photo NO
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  15/09/1944  Pilot Officer William John CLELAND (174404). R.A.F.V.R., No. 156 Sqn.

CLELAND, William John, F/L, DFC (174404, Royal Air Force) - No.156 Squadron - Distinguished Service Order - awarded as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945.

Born 1923 in Glasgow;
educated at St. Joseph’s College, Beulah Hill and Colne Grammar School.
Home in Kettering, Northamptonshire.
In ATC before joining RAF in 1941.
Trained in Canada;
commissioned 1944.
Awarded DFC, 19 September 1944 for services with No.156 Squadron.
No citation to DSO in Gazette;
following text from Air Ministry Bulletin 19245 and Flight, 9 August 1945.

This officer has always displayed a fine fighting spirit and a great zeal for operations. He has a fine record of operational sorties and has always shown outstanding courage and determination, even in the face of the heaviest opposition. Many of his missions have entailed the fulfilment of difficult and dangerous duties. He has invariably performed them with great gallantry and efficiency. Flight Lieutenant Cleland has always set a high standard of tenacity and devotion to duty.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday. 
DSO  13/07/1945  Acting Flight Lieutenant William John CLELAND, D.F.C. (174404), R.A.F.V.R., 156 Sqn.
Source Date Comments
ORB  9/03/1944  F/Sgt W.J. Cleland and crew posted from 12 Squadron. 
LG 36706  16/05/1944  1561190 William John CLELAND (174404). 1st Mar. 1944.appt P/O 
LG 36706  15/09/1944  DFC Notification 
ORB  20/09/1944  F/L W.J. CLELAND, awarded D.F.C. 
ORB  2/03/1945  COLOGNE - S/L P.F. Clayton, DSO DFC was Master Bombr and F/L W.J. Cleland DFC was Deputy. 
ORB  24/03/1945  Harpenweg. F/L T.S. Harris was Master Bomber and F/L W.J. Cleland DFC was Deputy. S/L P.F.Clayton, DSO DFC carried out long stop duties for the raid 
ORB  25/03/1945  Munster. F/L W.J. Cleland DFC was Master Bomber and F/L I. Deramore-Denver was Deputy. 
LG 37182  13/07/1945  DSO Notification