COPLEY [DFM], Erle Melville

Flight-Lt Erie Melville Copley,' RAAF, was presented with the Distinguished Flying Medal by the Lieutenant-Governor (Sir James Mitchell) at Government House.The citation to his award reads: "Through his operational-career Flight-Lt Copley has displayed a highly commendable devotion to duty. In August, 1942, during an attack on Kassell he acted as flre controller while being attacked by an enemy aircraft. His efficient orders enabled the rear-gunner to hit the enemy aircraft and his captain to take effective evasive action. His high degree of technical skill and devotion to duty have been responsible in a large measure for the success achieved by the crew."

Last Name
COPLEY [DFM]
Given Names
Erle Melville
Service Number
406434
Distinguished Flying Medal
YES
Course Details
WAGS Course 9, 1 W.A.G.S Gallantry Citations
Intake Date
09/01/1941
Finish Date
30/06/1941
To
1 BAGS
Kill or Discharge Date
27/04/1945 (Discharged)
Discharge Unit
7 COM
Rank
Flight Lieutenant
Notes

Flight-Lt Erie Melville Copley,' RAAF, was presented with the Distinguished Flying Medal by the Lieutenant-Governor (Sir James Mitchell) at Government House.The citation to his award reads: "Through his operational-career Flight-Lt Copley has displayed a highly commendable devotion to duty. In August, 1942, during an attack on Kassell he acted as flre controller while being attacked by an enemy aircraft. His efficient orders enabled the rear-gunner to hit the enemy aircraft and his captain to take effective evasive action. His high degree of technical skill and devotion to duty have been responsible in a large measure for the success achieved by the crew."

NAA Status
OPEN

Acknowledgements

National Archives of AustraliaUBC Web DesignCity of BallaratDepartment of Veterans+39 AffairsAustralian War MemorialRSL Virtual War Memorial