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DINSDALE John Swire
NZ 2146, Acting Wing Commander, RAF & RNZAF

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 30 June 1944
This officer has completed his third tour of operational duty and since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross has rendered valuable and outstanding service as Squadron Commander. Most of his missions have been attacks on enemy shipping. They have invariably been completed with exceptional courage in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire and fighter opposition. Through his experience and example the morale and efficiency of the squadron have reached a high standard under Acting Wing Commander Dinsdale's leadership

Distinguished Flying Cross
Gazetted 18 June 1942
On 17th May 1942 this officer led a formation of Beaufort aircraft on an attack on the Prinz Eugen.  Despite heavy fire from the cruiser and the accompanying destroyers,  a most determined attack was carried out.  Squadron Leader Dinsdale has completed many operational sorties, including an attack on the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in the English Channel.  His leadership and skill are of a high order.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 11 June 1942
For distinguished service with 42 Squadron, RAF (Beaufort)

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Flying Cross
1939-45 Star
Atlantic Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
       Mention in Despatches
New Zealand War Service Medal

NOTES
Born 24 April 1913, Christchurch, New Zealand
Died 2 January 1962 New Zealand