Distinguished Flying Medal, GVI, 1939-45 Star, Aircrew Europe Star, Defence Medal, 1939-45 War Medal, Flight Sergeant Norman Dixon, 514 Squadron, R.A.F., killed in action on 8th September 1944, only a few weeks after his DFM was announced.
D.F.M. Officially engraved: “1125643 F/Sgt. N. Dixon. R.A.F.”
With his unworn war medals, original double ribbon bar as worn for the DFM & 1939-45 Star and original Signaller half-wing, also Top half of card DFM box & stamped condolence slip sent with his medals.
Awarded in the London Gazette on 15th August 1944:
As Wireless Operator, this airman has participated in 27 attacks on targets in Germany including 7 on Berlin.
He has throughout proved himself a most efficient member of his aircraft’s crew whose aid, courage and unfailing devotion to duty has been highly commendable. On one occasion his aircraft sustained damage in an engagement with two fighters causing the aircraft to be almost out of control that height was lost at an alarming rate. Despite this, Flight Sergeant Dixon coolly worked at his wireless apparatus obtaining fixes which greatly assisted his pilot to reach base. In spite of several hazardous experiences of this nature, his keenness has remained unabated and his example throughout his tour has been most inspiring to other members of the squadron.
Remarks by Station Commander:
An outstanding Wireless Operator who has worked with unceasing vigour and enthusiasm throughout his operational tour. Undaunted by the stress of operational flying, he has responded to every emergency and calmly worked on to bring his comrades safely back to base. Recommended.
Remarks by A.O.C.
Recommended. Throughout his operational tour, Flight Sergeant Dixon has displayed unfailing devotion to duty and set an example to other members of aircrew in his squadron.
Liverpool Evening Express 16th August 1944:
Among those awarded the D.F.M. is Flight Sergeant Norman Dixon, R.A.F.V.R. (514 Squadron), wireless operator, of Liverpool, who was a clerk before enlisting in 1940. This sergeant continued to work as wireless operator after his machine had sustained severe damages.”
Liverpool Evening Express 17th August 1944 (With photograph in uniform)
Flight Sergeant Norman Dixon (22) R.A.F., Isaac-Street, Dingle, Liverpool, continued the D.F.M., for continuing to work as wireless operator after his machine had sustained severe damage. He is an old boy of Upper Park-Street Council School and before volunteering for the RAF at 18, was a clerk at Speke.”
Liverpool Echo 9th September 1944;
“ON ACTIVE SERVICE
DIXON – Sept. – Killed in action, Flt-Sergt Norman Dixon D.F.M., beloved nephew of Mr and Mrs T. Daulby, grandson of George Daulby, 83 Alderson Road.