Second World War Western Mediterranean Aircraft Carrier Operations Birthday Honours 1943 single Distinguished Service Medal, as awarded to Temporary Acing Leading Seaman T.H. Hawkins, Royal Navy, who was decorated for his services aboard the aircraft carrier Argus, his award being gazetted to him in June 1943, and presented to him at an investiture held on 20th July 1943. During the period of operations covered by this award, Argus, which had been pressed into frontline service in 1942, had participated in numerous operations in the Western Mediterranean, specifically Operation Harpoon - otherwise known as the Battle of Pantelleria in June 1942, Operation Pedestal in August 1942, the most famous of the convoys sent to relieve the beleaguered island of Malta, and then in November 1942 was part of Operation Torch when assigned to the Eastern Naval Task Force that invaded Algiers, during which she was hit by a bomb, and sent home for repair.
Distinguished Service Medal, GVI 1st type bust, version with impressed naming; (SSX.18725 T.H. HAWKINS. T/A/L.SEA.)
Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.
Thomas Henry Hawkins was serving during the Second World War as an Acting Leading Seaman (No.SSX.18725) with the Royal Navy and aboard the aircraft carrier Argus when he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in the Birthday Honours List as published in the London Gazette for 2nd June 1943, the medal being presented to him in an investiture held on 20th July 1943, most probably a belated award for services during Operation Torch in November 1942.
With the outbreak of the war, Argus was initially used as a training carrier for naval airmen to practice deck landings and also to ferry aircraft out to operational theatres, sailing to the Western Mediterranean to fly off fighters to assist in the siege of Malta, and also to Murmansk in Russia. However she was pressed into front line service in 1942, and assisted in further aircraft deliveries to Malta, participating in Operation Harpoon - otherwise known as the Battle of Pantelleria in June 1942, and in Operation Pedestal in August 1942, the most famous of the convoys sent to relieve the beleaguered island of Malta. In November 1942, Argus was assigned to the Eastern Naval Task Force that invaded Algiers in Algeria, during the Allied landings in French North Africa, known as Operation Torch, during which she was hit by a bomb, and sent back home for repair. After a refit lasting from February to May 1943, she was once again assigned to work as an escort carrier and also for deck landing training.