Squadron Leader John Sauvage was decorated three times as a pilot in Bomber Command. He joined the RAF in September 1939 and by the end of 1940 was flying Handley Page Hampden bombers with 44 Squadron, attacking targets in Germany and France. On one sortie to Cologne in July 1941 his aircraft was held in searchlights and engaged by an enemy night-fighter. His Hampden was severely damaged, but he managed to return to base to make an emergency landing. In September he attacked Berlin, a target at extreme range for the Hampden.