Nevill Charles Hilder Tufnell was born in 1922 and attended Eton College. In 1942 he joined Course 6 at No 5 British Flying Training School in Clewiston, Florida. While at Riddle Field, he was an outstanding cadet and the only cadet to be awarded the best ground school cadet, best flying cadet and best overall cadet. He graduated in August 1942 and, two years later, was promoted to Flight Lieutenant.
While serving with No 225 Squadron, he was awarded the DFC in July 1945. The citation from the London Gazette, 13th July 1945, reads,
"Flight Lieutenant Tufnell has displayed a high degree of skill and courage in air operations. He has completed a very large number of sorties, including many reconnaissances on which he has obtained information of great value. On one occasion this officer was detailed for a photographic reconnaissance along the strongly defended line of the Brenner Pass. Undeterred by intense enemy opposition, he secured good photographs of every bridge from Reverto, along the Adige River to the coast. Throughout two tours of operational duty, Flight Lieutenant Tufnell has shown great efficiency and keenness and his determination to make every sortie a success has won much praise."
He died in September 1995.
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