MILLINGTON, William Henry  
 
PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Millington, William Henry
Date of birth: Unknown
Nationality:  British
BIOGRAPHY: 
Servicenumber: 42720.

Promotions:
18th September 1939: Acting Pilot Officers on
probation;
20th April 1940: Acting Pilot Officer;
24th July 1940: Pilot Officer (on probation).
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
Rank: Pilot Officer
Awarded on: October 1st, 1940
Action: Citation:
"In August, 1940, this officer was flying as a member of a section engaged on aerodrome guard patrol. Fifteen Dorniers escorted by a large number of Messerschmitts were sighted and an attack was ordered. Pilot Officer Millington succeeded in damaging a Dornier, but was in turn engaged by three Messerschmitts. He damaged one, shook off the other two and, single-handed, again engaged the bombers. During a further attack by two of the enemy fighters, he shot down one but a cannon shell burst in the engine of his aircraft causing it to burn.
Pilot Officer Millington, although suffering from a wound, chose to make a crash landing rather than abandon his aircraft and so endanger a village in front of him. He succeeded in getting clear just before the petrol tanks exploded. A few days previously, he attacked a formation of about sixty Heinkels, two of which he destroyed. He has displayed great courage in attacking superior numbers of enemy aircraft."
Details: Published in The London Gazette, dated 1st October 1940.
 
 
 
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Information source(s):   - The London Gazette, Issue 34700, dated Tuesday 3rd October 1939
- The London Gazette, Issue 34849, dated Tuesday 14th May 1940
- The London Gazette, Issue 34954, dated Friday 24th September 1940
- The London Gazette, Issue 34958, dated Tuesday 1st October 1940
   
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