NEW ZEALAND AIRMEN
(Rec. 11 a.m.) LONDON, May .26. The D.F.C. has been awarded to Squadron Leader George Gatonby Stead", a New Zealander serving with the R.A.F.
The citation states that he has completed over 6000 hours of flying, of which 800 hours have been hi operational ■'flying; - He is the most brilliant'and reliable pilot and navigator pi "his" squadron, and as a result of his qualifications, he has always been given the' hardest tasks casing for special skill. Hq has. cajried gut day and night operations in the Shetlands, in leeland, in the Mediterranean, and in West Africa
Squadron Leader Ste^d, whose home is now in London, was bpyn at Hastings in 1911, and "educated, at Chr-ist's College, Christehurch, He received a commissipo in 1930, was transferred to tiie reserve in 1934, called up for service in 1940, and promoted squadron leader in September, 1941, and aetingwing commander in March, 1942.
The B-F-M. has been awarded to Flight Sergeant (now Pilot Offteer) James Fraser Barrpn and Sergeant George Henry Dow, of the R.N.?.A.P.
The citation in respect of Flight Sergeant Barron says that he completed many operational §jghts as captain of aircraft, including attacks against Berlin, Frankfurt, Bremen, and. Brest. He proved most reliable, efficient, and courageous in pressing home attacks regardless of opposition. He was born in Dunedin in 1921, and his home is h Palmersion South. He was a clerk before he enlisted in 1940 fop training as a pilot under the Commonwealth training plan,
Sergeant/Dow attained a high standard as a navigator and bomb-aimer. His operations, including a daj'light attack against Brest, were often carried out in adverse weather. He was born at Gravesend in' 1910, and his home is in Wellington. He was an accounting clerk before his enlistment in 1940 for training as an observer under the Commonwealth training plan.
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LATEST HONOURS, Evening Post, Volume CXXXIII, Issue 123, 27 May 1942
LATEST HONOURS Evening Post, Volume CXXXIII, Issue 123, 27 May 1942
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