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PLAYER John Howard
RAF 40316, Wing Commander

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 28 September 1943, p4357
During December 1943, Wing Commander PLAYER was in charge of an advanced detachment which at the time had practically no ground crews.  Although a large part of the maintenance work had to be done by the pilots themselves, under his excellent leadership the detachment succeeded in destroying sixteen enemy aircraft in fifteen days.  In March 1943, this officer was largely instrumental in organizing intruder operations over Sardinia, frequently participating in sorties personally.  Under his command the Squadron destroyed fifteen enemy aircraft and damaged many more.  He has invariably displayed the greatest gallantry and shown complete indifference to enemy opposition and adverse weather

Distinguished Flying Cross
Gazetted 12 February 1943, p812
No. 255 Squadron.  This officer has completed much operational flying including operations at night. In operations in North Africa he has displayed great keenness and has destroyed 3 enemy aircraft.  Throughout his operational career, Squadron Leader Player has displayed great devotion to duty and set a fine example.

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Flying Cross
1939-45 Star
Air Crew Europe Star
      France and Germany
Africa Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45

NOTES
Born 13 July 1914, Auckland, New Zealand
Died 8 August 1947, Flying accident