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Cullen Jimmy, Squadron Leader (DFC*)

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Jimmy Cullen from Waihi, New Zealand, joined No. 486 Squadron in December 1942. He was awarded a DFC on 17 November 1944, and following a rest from operations he was posted in February 1945 to command No. 183 Squadron on Typhoons.

On 4 May his Typhoon was hit by Flak obliging him to force land on Fehman Island, where he was captured. He was freed a few days later when hostilites ceased, returning to his squadron until October. A Bar to his DFC was gazetted on 26 June 1945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cullen's victories in Tempest

Date of Claim Type Claimed Aircraft Serial No. Location of Claim Unit
18 June 1944 V-1 SA-Y (JN758)   Rye 486 Sqn
23 June 1944 1/2 x V-1 SA-V (JN770)  Beachy Head 486 Sqn
25 June 1944 V-1 SA-V (JN770) SW Redhill 486 Sqn
25 June 1944 V-1 SA-V (JN770) SW Headcorn 486 Sqn
29 June 1944 V-1 SA-P (JN810) off Shoreham 486 Sqn
3 July 1944 V-1 SA-R (JN863) Hastings 486 Sqn
4 July 1944 V-1 SA-V (JN770) 4-6m N Hastings 486 Sqn
7 July 1944 V-1 SA-Q (EJ527) SE Beachy Head 486 Sqn
8 July 1944 V-1 SA-V (JN770) Dungeness Point 486 Sqn
9 July 1944 V-1 SA-W (JN873) S Lloyd 486 Sqn
9 July 1944 V-1 SA-W (JN873) S Bexhill 486 Sqn
14 July 1944 V-1 SA-V (JN770) N Hastings 486 Sqn
18 July 1944 1/2 x V-1 SA-V (JN770) W Tenterden 486 Sqn
18 July 1944 1/2 x V-1 SA-V (JN770) 10m N Rye 486 Sqn
22 July 1944 V-1 SA-S (EJ537) nr Sevenoaks 486 Sqn
22 July 1944 V-1 SA-X (EJ523) N Rye 486 Sqn
26 July 1944 1/4 x V-1 SA-V (JN770) 8m N Pevensey 486 Sqn
27 August 1944 V-1 SA-V (JN770) Tenterden 486 Sqn

 

Sources:
Aces High Vol. 2 by Christopher Shores