THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
WEBB Richard
NZ391853 & 70019, Acting Wing Commander, Royal New Zealand Air Force

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 4 July 1944
Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has continued to lead his Wing with courage, inspiring them by his determination and selfless devotion to duty.  A typical example of his tenacity and courage occurred in May 1944, when he was leading a formation of spitfires on a low level bombing sortie.  His aircraft was hit by two explosive bullets which burst inside the cockpit, rendering him unconscious and causing injuries which resulted in blindness of the right eye.  Wing Commander Webb regained consciousness quickly and asked another pilot in the formation to lead him the 200 miles back to base where he made a perfect landing

Distinguished Flying Cross
Gazetted 23 March 1944
This officer has completed a very large number of operational sorties, many of them in support of the ground fighting in the forward areas in the Italian theatre.  Throughout he has displayed high powers of leadership, great skill and determination and much of the fine fighting spirit of the squadron he commands can be attributed to this officers personal example.  In air fighting Squadron Leader Webb has shot down at least three enemy aircraft.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 8 June 1944
In recognition of distinguished service and devotion to duty.

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Flying Cross
1939-45 Star
Air Crew Europe Star
Africa Star
Italy Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
       Mention in Despatches
New Zealand War Service Medal

NOTES
Born 10 March 1912, London, UK
Killed in aircraft accident 27 May 1953