Dredge Alan Sydney, Wing Commander (DSO, DFC)

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Squadron Leader Alan Dredge

Born: 4 February 1918

Died: 18 May 1945

Alan Sydney Dredge

Alan Dredge was born 4th February, 1918 at Foleshill. Son of Sydney and Ada Dredge, of Holbrooks.

Career Details

Alan Dredge enlisted 8 August 1938. He served with 253 Sqn during 1940, posted in April 1941 to Malta where he joined 261 Sqn. On 6 May he was shot down by Bf109Es, crash-landed on the airfield in flames, suffering severe burns. In mid July he was evacuated to UK.

On recovery he flew Typhoons with 183 Sqn during 1943. In October he was posted to command 3 Sqn, converting from Typhoons to Tempests during February 1944. He remained with 3 Sqn until August, when his tour ended. He was promoted Wing Commander late 1944.

Alan Dredge was killed in a flying accident in a Mosquito on 18 May 1945.

 

Awards

DFC:

In May, 1941, this officer was pilot of one of a formation of six aircraft which were engaged by eighteen Messerschmitts. Fighting his way out, the officers attacked the enemy bombers which the Messerschmitts 109's were escorting. In the ensuing combat his aircraft was set on fire. It spun down from 22,000 feet to 14,000 feet at which point the officer skillfully regained control and executed a successful crash landing, although he had been badly burned. During the time he has been with 183 Squadron, this officer has displayed outstanding courage and enthusiasm.

DSO:

This officer has led the squadron on a very large number of sorties, involving attacks on a wide range of enemy targets. Shipping, airfields, locomotives and various other targets have been most effectively attacked. Throughout these operations, Squadron Leader Dredge has displayed inspiring leadership, great courage, and determination, qualities which have contributed materially to the success obtained.

 

Dredge's victories in Tempest

Date of Claim

Type Claimed

Aircraft Serial No.

Location of Claim

Unit

23 June 1944

V-1

3 Sqn

25 June 1944

V-1

2 m ESE Hawkhurst

3 Sqn

6 July 1944

V-1

(JN812) 

Faversham/Sittingbourne 

3 Sqn 

12 July 1944

V-1

3 Sqn

22 July 1944

V-1

(JN812)  

1 m SE Biddenden 

3 Sqn

 

Dredge's previous victories

Date of Claim

Type Claimed

Aircraft Flown

Location of Claim

Unit

30 August 1940

2 Bf 109E

Hurricane Mk. I

Tenterden

253 Sqn

4 Sept 1940

Bf 110

Hurricane Mk. I

Brooklands area

253 Sqn

14 Sept1940

Bf109E

Hurricane Mk. I

Isle of Sheppey

253 Sqn

 

 

Sources:
Aces High Vol 2 by Christopher Shores