THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
HARKNESS, Donald Ernest
PI 37707, Group, Royal Naval Air Service

CITATION
Distinguished Service Cross
In recognition of their services on the morning of the 9th August, 1916, when they dropped bombs on the airship sheds at Evere and Berchem St. Agathe. Flight Sub-Lieut. Collett dropped all his bombs on the shed at Evere from a height of between 300 and 500 feet, under very heavy rifle, machine-gun and shrapnel fire from all directions. Flight Sub-Lieut. Harkness could not descend so low owing to the very heavy antiaircraft fire which had by this time been opened on the machines, but he dropped some of his bombs on the shed, and then proceeded to Berchem St. Agathe, which he also bombed.

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Cross
British War Medal
Victory Medal

NOTES
Born 27 August 1894 New Zealand
Died 12 December 1929 Milford Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
Buried Purewa Cemetery, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand (Block E Row 38 Plot 082A)