THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
HECTOR Cyril John
NZ391354, Flying Officer, Royal New Zealand Air Force

CITATION
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Gazetted 1 January 1946, p47
As Officer-in-Charge of daily servicing, (armament section, RAF Waddington), Flying Officer HECTOR has displayed great tenacity of purpose and resolution.  During an enemy attack on the 3rd March 1945, in which the incendiary bomb dump was set on fire, it was chiefly due to his courage and cool organisation of fire fighting efforts that a major catastrophe was averted and the fire was prevented from spreading to the main bomb dump.  On two other occasions, Flying Officer HECTOR rendered safe bombs carrying long delay pistols, thus avoiding injuries to personnel and damage to equipment.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 14 January 1945
For distinguished service as an armament NCO and Officer whilst serving with the Royal Air Force in England.

AWARDS
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Defence Medal
War Service Medal
Mention in Despatches
New Zealand War Service Medal

NOTES
Born 28 August 1918, Tinwald, Ashburton, New Zealand
Died 18 September 1979 Pororari, West Coast, New Zealand