SQUADRON-LEADER AT 22 ♦ J AUCKLANDER'S FINE RECORD The unusual distinction of being promoted to the rank of squadron-leader at the age of 22 has been gained by Flight-Lieutenant H. N. Sweetman, D.F.C., of Auckland. Squadron-Leader Sweetman is a very experienced fighter pilot who belongs to the New Zealand Tempest Squadron. He has made many operational flights as a night fighter pilot, and more recently has been mentioned as one of the most successful New Zealand airmen to be used for shooting down flying bombs.
Squadron - Leader Sweetman is a former pupil of the Matamata District High School, where he was captain of the first cricket eleven and school swimming champion. He left New Zealand in 1940 as a sergeant-pilot and since then has received rapid promotion. The young squadron-leader's first operational service was with the New Zealand Spitfire squadron. He later transferred to the New Zealand Hurricane night-fighter squadron, for which he shot down its first enemy aircraft, and more recently he has been flying Tempests. One of his operational flights took him into the attack against the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in the Channel battle. He was awarded the D.F.C. in June of last year, being described in the citation as having an excellent operational record, while his fine leadership had helped greatly the efficiency of the squadron.
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BRILLIANT AIRMAN, New Zealand Herald, Volume 81, Issue 25009, 27 September 1944
BRILLIANT AIRMAN New Zealand Herald, Volume 81, Issue 25009, 27 September 1944
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