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Old 7th November 2010, 04:35
Alex Smart Alex Smart is offline
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LtCdr. Bert DeW. Morris jr USNR

Hello,

Very little it seems is known of this Hellcat pilots wartime history.
His claims , 7 air plus 5 ships.
His awards were the DFC with three gold stars and the Air Medal with two gold stars.
bert flew 57 missions and wrote off at least 3 Hellcats that on return from ops were ditched over the ships side .
His first confirmed claim was a 4 engined Mavis Flying Boat on 11th June 1944.

Can anyone inform me as to what were his other claims and which were the ships claimed ?

I would also like to hear of this airman's wartime record with regard to the DFC's and AM's, what warented such rewards ?

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Alex
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Old 8th November 2010, 18:42
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Re: LtCdr. Bert DeW. Morris jr USNR

He recieved 3 DFCs and 2 AMs.
1944:
in addition to the Mavis:
June 20 probably Zeke
June 23 Zeke
Sept 9 Topsy
Sept 13 Zeke
Oct 10 Tony
Oct 24 Zeke x 2

Ref: Frank Olynyk's Stars & Bars, an indepensable book BTW
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Old 9th November 2010, 00:13
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Re: LtCdr. Bert DeW. Morris jr USNR

Thank you John,

Just the ticket.

Alex
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Old 21st June 2011, 04:44
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Re: LtCdr. Bert DeW. Morris jr USNR

Morris remained in the Naval Reserve and commanded an F6F squadron in SoCal; don't recall just where. One of his ensigns said that on his last day "at work" he led the squadron in a tailchase reeeeal low over Warner Studios (IIRC), landed, got in his car and drove off the air station. BTDT!
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