William Vernon AWMM
Also known as
Bill C-Compton AWMM
WWII 65500 AWMM
Medals and Awards
- Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) AWMM
DSO: London Gazette, 22 September 1943. Citation: "Since being awarded a bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has taken part in a large number of sorties over enemy territory. By his masterly leadership and exceptional skill and gallant example he has imbued the squadron he commands with rare efficiency ..." (Haigh & Polaschek, p311) AWMM
- Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) AWMM
DSO Bar: London Gazette, 20 January 1945. Citation: "Throughout the pre-invasion period and afterwards, Wing Commander Crawford-Compton has completed his duties with outstanding skill, determination and gallantry. Since the award of the Distinguished Service Order, he has destroyed 20 enemy transports. He is a fearless leader who inspires those under his command by his relentless determination and courage in the face of danger." (Haigh & Polaschek, p311) AWMM
- Companion of the Distinguished Service Order and bar (DSO*) AWMM
DFC: London Gazette, 10 March 1942. Citation: "This officer has participated in a large number of operational sorties. He has at all times displayed great dash and determination. He has destroyed 2 and probably destroyed another 2 enemy aircraft.” (RAF Web biography) AWMM
- Distinguished Flying Cross and bar (DFC*) AWMM
DFC Bar: London Gazette, 11 December 1942. Citation: "This officer has led his flight on many operational sorties with great skill and success. Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross he has destroyed a further 5 enemy aircraft bringing his total victories to seven.” (RAF Web biography) AWMM
- 1939-1945 Star AWMM
- Air Crew Europe Star (France and Germany clasp) AWMM
- Defence Medal AWMM
- War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
- General Service Medal 1918-62 (Palestine 1945-48 clasp) AWMM
- Coronation Medal 1953 AWMM
- Silver Star (USA) AWMM
- Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur (France) AWMM
- Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 with Palm (France) AWMM
POW liberation details
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Son of William Gilbert Crawford Compton and Ethel Marion Horne (married 1910). William Gilbert died in 1943.
William 'Bill' attended Palmerston North Boys’ High School 1929-1930, and then Hutt Valley High School in Lower Hutt from 03.02.1931 to 15.04.1932. He was registered as William Vernon Compton. Public source.
Stepfather of Duncan Goodhew, the Olympic swimmer.
20 confirmed victories.
Flight Commander with 611 (West Lancashire) Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF), August - December 1942.
Officer Commanding (OC), 64 Squadron, RAF, December 1942 - March 1943.
On 30 July 1943, appointed Wing Commander of Hornchurch Wing, RAF.
Embarked on a lecture tour of the USA, October 1943.
Wing Commander of 145 (French) Wing, 2 Tactical Air Force (TAF), 30 April 1944.
Wing Commander of Plans, HQ 11 Group, RAF, 2 January 1945.
To Mediterranean and Middle East HQ, RAF, 9 February 1946.
Air Attache, Oslo, Norway, March 1950 - May 1953.
OC of RAF Bruggen, May 1953 - November 1956.
OC of 215 Wing, RAF, November 1956 - July 1959.
HQ Near East Air Force, 1962 - 1966.
Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of 22 (Training) Group, RAF, 15 January 1966.
Crawford-Compton's birth year is given as 1916 by Haigh & Polaschek, but appears as 1915 in the RAF Web biography. We have deferred to H&P in this instance. AWMM
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William Vernon Crawford-Compton
I live in Crawford Compton Close in Hornchurch in the London Borough of Havering in the UK. This close is named in honour of William Vernon (Bill) Crawford Compton who was stationed at RAF Hornchurch and flew many missions from here during the Second World War.
It's an honour to live in a place named after this well decorated WW2 hero.
Public - Iowa - 6 October 2015
- Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
- Information kindly provided by family AWMM
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