Distinguished Flying Cross
Acting S/L John Groves TOPHAM (41882), No. 219 Squadron.
This officer has participated in operational flying over a long period. He is a skilful and keen night fighter pilot and, although he has frequently carried out his sorties in extremely unfavourable flying conditions, he has destroyed 2 Junkers 88's. Squadron Leader Topham has at all times set a worthy example. London Gazette February 27 1942
Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Ministry, July, 1942. ROYAL AIR FORCE.
Acting S/L John Groves TOPHAM, D.F.C. (41882), No. 219 Squadron.
This officer has performed work of outstanding merit. A skilful pilot and a fine leader, Squadron Leader Topham has been tireless in his efforts to attain success. By his personal example he has been largely responsible for the high standard of morale existing in his squadron. Squadron Leader Topham has destroyed five enemy aircraft during sorties at night.
Distinguished Service Order
Acting W/C John Groves TOPHAM, D.F.C. & Bar (41882) R.A.F.O., 125 Sqn.
This officer has completed a large number of operational flying hours since being awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross. His knowledge of all aspects of night fighting tactics is profound and his example of courage and tenacity has impressed all. Fourteen enemy aircraft have fallen to his guns at night. - London Gazette August 29 1944.
Victories Include :
13 / 1 / 1
* Or Ju88
Score from Aces High [Shores & Williams]
DSO citation says 14 destroyed but its probably counting the probable
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