Flying Officer Kenneth Gregson Jones

No 2816 Rifle Squadron RAF Regiment commanded by Sqn Ldr Edward Park landed in France on 24 Aug 1944. The Squadron’s main task was working in forward areas identified as V1 and V2 rocket sites. By mid-Sept 1944 the Force known as Bow Force part of No 1313 Wing RAF Regiment had moved in to Belgium east of Bruges.

Flying Officer Kenneth Gregson-Jones
Flying Officer Kenneth Gregson-Jones, recipient of the Belgian Croix de Guerre.

While the Squadron was attached to the Air Technical Intelligence in the advance through Belgium, Flying Officer Jones commanded a Rifle Flight with conspicuous dash and gallantry throughout the advance and, when his Flight was in action against the enemy on the Leopold Canal at Moerkerke and Damme. In support of units of the 1st Canadian Army, from 25 September to 7 October 1944 he displayed leadership of a high order in breaking up a German counter attack at night and in dealing with enemy patrols which were extremely active in the area. Flying Officer Jones was awarded the Belgian Croix De Guerre.

The Belgian Croix de Guerre
The Belgian Croix de Guerre.

Squadron Leader Edward Park and Sergeant Marsden Watts of 2816 Squadron were also awarded the Belgian Croix De Guerre during the same period.