Distinguished Flying Cross to Flight Lieutenant Horace 'Ossie' Osborne, RAF. Holds record for number of raids over Berlin. With case & log books
Copy from Birmingham Sunday Mercury 1978:
A former RAF pilot believes he is the holder of a record- the number of raids over Berlin.
Former Flight Lieutenant Horace 'Ossie' Osborne flew 20 missions over the German capital in his Mosquito during 1944-45.
'I have been told by Air Commodore John Searby, who is researching a book on the Battle of Berlin that I definitely hold the record,' said Mr. Osborne. He returned from the war to establish a chain of furniture stores in the West Midlands.
In all, Ossie flew 82 missions, clocking up more than 1500 flying hours.
He began flying in 1911 but after a crash was posted to a gunnery school for two years. He returned to operational flying with 571 Squadron from Oakington, in Cambridgeshire, as a back-up force for the Pathfinders who marked targets for the main wave of bombers.
'We were known as the Light Night Stike Force and our job was to weave about and confuse the enemy defenses before the main attacking force arrived,' said Ossie.
'Raids over Berlin at this point in the war were nightly affairs, so you soon pilled up the missions provided you survived.'
On one flight his aircraft had to limp back with a single engine, and on another his navigator, from Coventry, was blinded.
Ossie has not flown since the war except on holiday flights.
Mr Osborne holds the Distinguisdhed Flying Cross, and was mentioned in despatches after he pulled an airman from a burning aircraft.