Nowell is a pilot who should never be forgotten, as one of the outstanding pilots of the Battle of France he was awarded a DFM, the citation stated that he had shot down four at least, and possibly seven, whilst the citation for the Bar to his DFM stated he had scored 12 victories in one week - one of the very few pilots to achieve such success. After several days of virtually constant action and very little sleep, he was flown back to England. He was then posted to 32 Squadron on 20 May, but three days later he shot down a Bf 109, but was then attacked by several others and was wounded in the right arm and ankle, baling out of his blazing Hurricane over France, suffering severe burns. Evacuated back to England he lingered in hospital, close to death, but after a long recovery he finally resumed service late in 1941 being posted to Biggin Hill in a fighter control role. He had a long battle to obtain a full flying category, but he did manage some non-operational flying with 124 Squadron to which he was attached, and then in a similar capacity with 72 Squadron. He attended a refresher course before being posted as an instructor, and in November 1942 he was pronounced fit for home defence operations and attended 61 OTU at Rednal, before rejoining 124 Squadron, where he claimed two further victories.
Flight Lieutenant Gareth Leofric Nowell DFM* AE
Hand signed 5in x 7in photograph - numbered and certified on reverse.
Accompanied by matching biography card giving RAF career details.