|Birth: ||Feb. 20, 1912, New Zealand|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 2006, New Zealand|
Military Figure. He was considered one of New Zealand's top fighter pilots during World War II, participating in over 400 combat engagements. He was credited with shooting down 14 enemy planes, including four probable kills and seriously damaging 11 other enemy aircraft. He was a member of the Royal Air Force's 611th Squadron and New Zealand's 485th Squadron. He joined the New Zealand Air Force in October 1940 and was posted to Britain following training in June 1941. He was shot down on two occasions, once over the English Channel and a second time over German occupied France. He was treated for serious burns and wounds following the second shoot down and was hidden by the French resistance for several weeks before being smuggled back to Britain in a small fishing boat with 11 other British servicemen. Following his return to England he was appointed Wing Commander of three British Spitfire Squadrons, which he led in the D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944. He was the recipient of the "Distinguished Flying Cross," the "Distinguished Service Order," a "U.S. Silver Star" and the "Polish Cross of Valor." He died in Christchurch from undisclosed causes at the age of 94. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.)
Created by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
Record added: Apr 28, 2006
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