THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
PRICHARD David Leatham
RAF 36203, Flying Officer, 75 (NZ) Squadron

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 24 July 1947
One night in June 1941, this officer carried out an attack against Cologne.While some distance from his target and when on the edge of a dense belt
of searchlights through which he had just flown.  Flying Officer PRICHARD’S aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter which opened fire
from very close range.  A cannon shell damaged his engine - almost severing one of the airscrew blades - while the rear gun turret was put out
of action.  Although forced to fly at reduced speed with subsequent loss of height and all powers of defence gone, Flying Officer PRICHARD
continued his mission overcoming almost insuperable difficulties before finally dropping his bombs in the target area.  Despite a harassing return
journey, he skilfully flew back to base where he successfully crash-landed his aircraft without injury to his crew.  On a previous occasion, Flying Officer
PRICHARD displayed great flying skill which enabled his crew to shoot down an enemy fighter which attacked his aircraft when returning home
from a successful attack on Brest.  Throughout the numerous operational flights in which he has participated, this officer has displayed a high
courage, skill and devotion to duty





AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
1939-45 Star
Air Crew Europe Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
New Zealand War Service Medal

NOTES
Born 15 November 1916, Dannevirke, New Zealand
Enlisted into RAF August 1939
Died 2 September 2007, Bournemouth, UK