BEAUCHAMP Donald Stanley
NZ412188, Flight Lieutenant, Royal New Zealand Air Force
Distinguished Flying Cross 11 Apr 1944: 6 Sqn RNZAF (Catalina). By his skill and courage in landing a heavily-laden flying-boat in rough water in the open sea, this officer rescued five United States servicemen on 4th February, 1944. The men, who had been adrift for six days, were transferred to the aircraft, and in spite of rough water and a heavy swell, a take-off was made and the aircraft flown back to base. Flying Officer Beauchamp was captain of the New Zealand Catalina flying-boat concerned in the rescue. On sighting the rafts adrift in the Pacific he was unable to contact base for instructions, so he decided on his own initiative to attempt the rescue, well-knowing that should he fail, there would be little prospect of rescue for himself and his crew. Although the aircraft was slightly damaged in the open water landing and the subsequent take-off was crosswind, Flying Officer Beauchamp displayed a high degree of skill and determination, and succeeded in a difficult and hazardous enterprise.
Distinguished Flying Cross
NZ War Service Medal
Born: 23 October 1910, Masterton, NZ
Died: 27 March 1987 Waikanae, NZ
Cremated, ashes in RSA Ashes Wall, Waikanae Cemetery