DFC's for Coates and Ford: Gazette Issue 37054 published on the 24 April 1945.
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Flight- , Lieutenant Bernard FORD (-144787), - R.A.F.V.R.V 192 Sqh.J •'•'• Flying Officer Donald" Joseph COATES (169608), R.A.F,V.R., 192 Sqn.' 'These officers were pilot -and wireless operator .respectively • in an aircraft 'detailed to attack Dessau.'
During the operation the aircraft was badly hit when attacked by an enemy fighter. The nose of the bomber was severely damaged. The ,port inner engine was put oiit • of action. ' The inter-communication and the oxygen systems were Tendered unserviceable- and some important equipment was- destroyed.- Flying Officer Coates was wounded in both 'legs and about the face; the navigator also was wounded. The aircraft dived out of control. .Coolly and skilfully, Flight Lieutenant Ford succeeded in levelling -out and . headed . for allied territory.' Although deprived of the services of the navigator, .he flew the badly damaged aircraft to an airfield and effected .a safe landing. This officer displayed exceptional skill, coolness and courage in most trying circumstances. Flying Officer Coates also proved himself to be a courageous and resourceful crew .member. In spite of much physical distress he remained at his post to co-operate splendidly with his pilot throughout the return flight. His example was worthy of high praise. Excuse the quality of text above, don't have time to edit the scanned OCR text, check the link above.