Index of Air Force Awards
Grand Officer of the Legion of Merit
The Independence Commerative Decoration
Commander of the Legion of Merit
The Silver Cross of Rhodesia
The Officer of the Legion of Merit
The Member of the Legion of Merit
The Bronze Cross of Rhodesia
The Defence Cross for Distinguished Service
The Meritorious Conduct Medal
The Defence Forces' Medal for Meritorious Service
The Military Forces' Commendation
Award Recipients and Citations:
Grand Officer of the Legion of Merit (G.L.M.)
Date Rank Name Previous Awards 11.11.1976 AVM H. Hawkins I.C.D., C.B.E., A.F.C.
Date Rank Name Previous Awards 1970 AVM A. M. Bentley C.B.E., A.F.C. Gp Capt H. J. Pringle O.B.E. Gp Capt G. A. Smith O.B.E., E.D. AVM A.O.G. Wilson O.B.E,. 1976 Wg Cdr C. S.V. Goodwin O.B.E. AVM H. Hawkins C.B.E., A.F.C.
Date Rank Name Previous Awards 11.11.1975 Air Marshal M. J. McLaren 11.11.1978 Capt/Flt Lt J. M. Mallock I.C.D. 11.11.1978 Air Marshall F. W. Mussell
Date Rank Name Previous Awards 01.04.1975 Air Lt R. J. Watt 01.04.1975 Sgt G. Wittal 15.10.1976 Flt Lt M. Borlace*
Also awarded SCR by the army - date unknown
22.04.1977 Flt Lt V. Cook 04.11.1977 Flt Lt K. Benecke D.C.D 14.03.1980 Flt Lt K. Benecke DCD, SCR
Date Rank Name Previous Awards 12.07.1971 Air Cdr J. H. Deall D.S.O., O.B.E., D.F.C., N.I.C. 12.07.1971 Gp Capt D. A. Bradshaw 12.07.1971 AVM J. P. Moss 11.11.1973 Air Marshal J. P. McLaren 11.11.1973 Air Cdr H. J. Pringle I.C.D., O.B.E. M.I.D. 11.11.1974 AVM F. W. Mussell 11.11.1975 Air Cdr A. W. Mutch 11.11.1975 Gp Capt A.M.M. Thompson 03.02.1978 Gp Capt N. Walsh B.C.R. 11.11.1978 AVM C. W. Dams 11.11.1978 Gp Capt O. D. Penton A.F.C. 13.04.1979 Air Cdr N. K. Kemsley 08.06.1979 Maj M. J. Swart
Ex Squadron Leader RRAF
OLM (Army) M.F.C. (Non Op)
Date Rank Name Previous Awards 12.07.1971 Wg Cdr A. F. Chisnall 12.07.1971 Wg Cdr K.A.S. Edwards 12.10.1971 Sqn Ldr A. J. Rowe 11.11.1971 Wg Cdr L. A. Deall 10.07.1972 W.O. 1 C. J. Cubitt M.B.E. 05.04.1974 Sqn Ldr P. J. H. Petter-Bowyer M.F.C. 11.11.1975 Gp Capt H. J. Watson 11.11.1977 Mr. J. R. Haaroff 15.09.1978 Cmdt R. Hallack M.L.M., Ex VR 11.11.1978 Sqn Ldr M. E. Robinson M.F.C. , VR 13.04.1979 Wg Cdr J. F. Du Rand 27.04.1979 Gp Capt P. E. Stapleford
Date Rank Name Previous Awards 23.10.1970 Wg Cdr N. Walsh 23.10.1970 Flt Lt M. McLean Op Cauldron 15.10.1976 Air Lt P. H. S. Simmonds 15.10.1976 Flt Sgt M. I. Upton 04.11.1977 Flt Lt J. R. Blyth-Wood 10.07.1979 Air Lt N. Lamb M.F.C. 07.12.1979 Ait Lt M. Kruger
Date Rank Name Previous Awards 15.10.1976 Air Lt K. Beneke 11.11.1977 Flt Lt E. O. Lunt 11.11.1977 Flt Lt R. B. McGregor 15.09.1978 Sqn Ldr H. G. Griffiths 15.09.1978 Sqn Ldr D. A. G. Jones 11.11.1978 Wg Cdr P. J. H. Petter-Bowyer M.L.M. 13.04.1979 Sqn Ldr C. J. T. Dixon 13.04.1979 Flt Lt M. J. Ronne 13.04.1979 Flt Lt. A. R. Bruce 22.06.1979 Sqn Ldr C. L. Wightman 30.11.1979 Flt Lt J. M. Baldwin 30.11.1979 Wg Cdr J. E.Bennie
Date Rank Name Previous Awards 26.09.1975 Flt Lt B. S. Moss M.F.C.
Date Rank Name Previous Awards 11.11.1976 Flt Lt (VR) E. D. D. Cochrane 11.11.1977 Sqn Ldr (VR) S. D. Fenton-Wells 11.11.1977 Flt Lt (VR) J. C. B. Shaw 11.11.1978 Sqn Ldr (VR) P. H. Corbishley 11.11.1978 Sqn Ldr D. C. Howe 11.11.1978 Flt Lt (VR) P. L. Genari 26.01.1979 Flt Lt (VR) D. McC. Barbour 26.01.1979 Flt Lt (VR) G. A. Walker-Smith 07.12.1979 Sqn Ldr J. W. Redmond 07.12.1979 Flt Lt D. B. G. Miles M.B.E.
Date Rank Name Awards 15.10.1976 Mr P. L. Greenway 11.11.1977 Mrs C. Jansen 11.11.1978 Mr J. Makwanda 20.04.1979 Mr G. A. Baverstock DMM
Date Rank Name Previous Awards 12.07.1971 Sqn Ldr P. A. Barnett 12.07.1971 Sqn Ldr K. M. Gipson 12.07.1971 Mast Tech W. C. Gaitens 11.11.1971 WO1 W. H. Owens 11.11.1973 Sqn Ldr J. C. Boyd 11.11.1972 Sqn Ldr A. E. Bell 11.11.1972 Flt Lt J. E. Varkevisser 11.11.1974 Gp Capt A. D. Brenchley 11.11.1974 Gp Capt D. W. MacLaughlin 11.11.1974 Wg Cdr J. M. Johnstone 11.04.1975 Flt Lt K. C. Law 11.04.1975 Flt Lt I. M. Harvey 11.04.1975 Sqn Ldr B. C. Smith 08.10.1975 Wg Cdr W. P. Jelly 08.10.1975 Sqn Ldr E. R. Wilkinson 11.11.1975 Sqn Ldr G. A. Baverstock 11.11.1975 Wg Cdr P. D. Cooke 15.10.1976 Flt Sgt P. A. McCabe M.F.C. 15.10.1976 Sqn Ldr G. W. Wrigley 15.10.1976 Flt Lt D. H. Thorn 15.10.1976 Air Lt M. J. Litson M.F.C. 15.10.1976 Flt Lt T. A. Hales 15.10.1976 Flt Lt D. A. Ramsbotham 11.11.1976 WO1 P.J. Adcock 11.11.1976 WO1 J. D. Ncube 11.11.1976 WO1 R. B. Pardoe B.E.M. 11.11.1976 Flt Sgt P. Musundira 11.11.1977 Gp Capt F. D. Janeke 11.11.1977 Gp Capt G. L. Pink 11.11.1977 Sqn Ldr J. R. Digby 11.11.1977 Sqn Ldr R. J. Dyer 11.11.1977 Sqn Ldr C. F. White 11.11.1977 Flt Lt. T. L. Baynham 11.11.1977 Sqn Ldr D. J. G. de Kock 11.11.1977 Flt Lt N. R. d'Hotman 11.11.1977 Flt Lt K. A. Newman 11.11.1977 Flt Lt M. D. Svboda 11.11.1977 Flt Lt G. T. Todd 11.11.1977 WO1 G. A. D. Dartnall 11.11.1977 Master Tech T. J. Skeen 11.11.1977 Flt Sgt R. H. Blumeris 11.11.1978 Flt Lt T. J. P. Murphy 11.11.1978 Flt Lt R. D. Paxton M.F.C. 11.11.1978 Sergeant S. J. Nechironga 11.11.1978 Sqn Ldr D. R. Thorne 11.11.1978 Sqn Ldr R. J. Brand 11.11.1978 Flt Lt P. Cowan 11.11.1978 Flt Lt J. R. C. Matthews 11.11.1978 Flt Lt D. M. Rowe 11.11.1978 WO1 T. N. Anderson 11.11.1978 WO2 B. V. Ord 11.11.1978 WO2 C. R. L. Mackie 1979 Mr F. G. Mold 13.04.1978 Air Lt M. J. Strauss 13.04.1979 Gp Capt H. C. S. Slatter 13.04.1979 Sqn Ldr G. Alexander 13.04.1979 Flt Lt E. J. Brent 13.04.1979 Flt Lt S. P. Morgan 07.12.1979 Wg Cdr P. J. McLurg 07.12.1979 Sqn Ldr K. L. Burmeister 07.12.1979 Flt Lt N. D. E. Maasdorp 07.12.1979 FltLt K. V. Spence 07.12.1979 Air Lt G. A. Oborne 07.12.1979 W.O.1 W. A. Cobbett 07.12.1979 Air Lt C. M. Sherwell 07.12.1979 W.O.1 J. R. McKenzie 07.12.1979 W.O.1 W.J McMurdo 07.12.1979 M. Tech C. P. Fawns 07.12.1979 M. Tech J. D. Fowler 07.12.1979 W.O.2 N. Farrell 11.11.1978 WO1 A. S. Dube 13.04.1979 WO J. A. Pirie
Date Name Awards 23.10.1970 A. B. Aird 23.10.1970 P.J.H. Petter-Bowyer 23.10.1970 C. J. T. Dixon 23.10.1970 R. Graydon 23.10.1970 M.J. Grier Operation Nickel 23.10.1970 K. C. Law 23.10.1970 P. J. Nichols 23.10.1970 K. Smithdorff 23.10.1970 B. C. Warren 23.10.1970 T. J. van den Berg 23.10.1970 A. E. van Rooyen-Smit 23.10.1970 R. C. White Operation Nickel 05.04.1974 C. P. Dickinson 05.04.1974 D. M. Rowe 05.04.1974 C. de Beer 05.04.1974 M. J. Litson 05.04.1974 A. W. Wild 13.09.1974 B. K. Collocott 13.09.1974 R. D. Paxton 13.09.1974 B. S. Moss 11.04.1975 T. L. Baynham 11.04.1975
11.04.1975 S. A. Stead 11.04.1975 J. D. Annan 15.10.1975 P. A. McCabe 11.04.1976 P. A. Tubbs 30.07.1976 N. D. E. Maasdorp 30.07.1976 H. J. Britton 30.07.1976 H. A. J. Jarvie 22.10.1976 M. J. Delport 15.10.1976 R. B. McGregor 15.10.1976 J. M. Baldwin 15.10.1976 E. R. Morris 24.06.1977 C. P. Dickinson 24.06.1977 C. G. Ward 24.06.1977 M. J. Delport 2 awards 24.06.1977 M. R. M. Broadbent 24.06.1977 T. M. Thomas 24.06.1977 M. D. Svoboda 24.06.1977 M. S. Saunders 24.06.1977 P. W. Haig 30.09.1977 M. L. Aitchison 30.09.1977 D. A. D. Bourhill 30.09.1977 R. J. Brand 30.09.1977 S. H. Caldwell 30.09.1977 W. G. Cronshaw 30.09.1977 A. I. Fleming 30.09.1977 A. Aird 30.09.1977 I. M. Harvey D.M.M. 30.09.1977 J. J. B. Steyn 30.09.1977 A. R. Jordan 30.09.1977 M. G. Knight 30.09.1977 N. H. M. Meikel 30.09.1977 D. W. Pasea 30.09.1977 K. Peinke 30.09.1977 D. J. Wallace 30.09.1977 C. M. Wiltshire 04.11.1977 A. M. Merber 04.11.1977 R. J. Watt SCR 04.11.1977 J. M. H. Lynch 28.07.1978 G. H. F. Du Toit 28.07.1978 M. F. McLean BCR 28.07.1978 R. W. J. Sykes 28.07.1978 M. S. Hatfield 28.07.1978 N. Lamb 28.07.1978 C. J. Tucker 28.07.1978 C. J. Tucker 28.07.1978 D. G. Sinclair 28.07.1978 C. J. Tucker 28.07.1978 C. J. Tucker 28.07.1978 C. J. Tucker 28.07.1978 C. J. Tucker 26.01.1979 C. J. Abram 26.01.1979 R. G. Beaver 26.01.1979 A. C. Bradnick 26.01.1979 P. Braun 26.01.1979 R. C. Christie 26.01.1979 C. M. da Silveira 26.01.1979 M. E. Dawson 26.01.1979 R. E. Dives 26.01.1979 B. G. Graaff M.F.C. 26.01.1979 L. E. R. Hooh 26.01.1979 R. C. Meecham 26.01.1979 J. W. Mienie 26.01.1979 I. Rodwell 26.01.1979 C. J. Spalding 26.01.1979 M. D. Svoboda 26.01.1979 I. F. Peacock 26.01.1979 A. E. Thomas 26.01.1979 R. Thompson 26.01.1979 C. Wilms 13.04.1979 J. H. Ludgater 13.04.1979 R. J. Bolton 13.04.1979 W. D. Michie 24.06.1977 C. J. Wentworth 24.06.1977 T. L. Baynham 24.06.1977 D. A. G. Jones 30.09.1977 A. R. Bruce
Date Rank Name Awards 1970 Sqn Ldr E. Carpenter 1970 Sqn Ldr G. P. Fenn 1970 Sqn Ldr F. G. Littlewood 1970 Sqn Ldr M. J. Swart 1970 Sqn Ldr T. S. Wilson 1970 Flt Lt J. F. du Rand 1970 Flt Lt J. R. C. Matthews 1970 WO1 R. Coleman 1970 WO1 J. D. Gordon-Brander 1970 WO1 D. L. Jukes 1970 WO1 R. G. Lohan 1970 Mast Tech P.J. Adcock 1970 WO2 M. J. Strauss 1970 Mast Sgt C. J. McIntyre Frantan Explosion - 2 Squadron 1970 Sgt R. V. St Quinton 1971 Air Lt J. R. Brakewell 1971 Mast Tech W. Johnstone 10.12.1972 Sqn Ldr C. G. Tubbs 10.12.1972 Act Sqn Ldr P. H. Corbishley 10.12.1972 Ftl Lt G. E. Ewing 10.12.1972 Cpl E. Tobayiwa 11.11.1973 Flt Lt S. D. Fentom-Wells 11.11.1974 Flt Lt R. E. Bull 11.11.1974 Flt Lt G. A. Lewis-Walker 11.11.1974 Flt Sgt J. V. Widdett 11.11.1975 Flt Lt W. W. Buckle 11.11.1975 Flt Lt G. E. Dewsbury 11.11.1975 WO1 K. R. Salter 11.11.1975 WO2 P. Ngulu 11.11.1975 Mast Tech J. B. H. Stead 11.11.1975 Flt Sgt C. J. Green 11.11.1975 Sgt R. Moore 11.11.1975 Sqn Ldr D. C. Howe 11.11.1975 Sqn Ldr M. E. Robinson 11.11.1975 Flt Lt F. Barlow 11.11.1975 Flt Lt J. C. B. Shaw 11.11.1975 Flt Lt K. J. Sampson 11.11.1975 WO2 R. L. Streeter 11.11.1976 Sqn Ldr B. W. Vaughan 11.11.1976 Sqn Ldr J. O. Cramp 11.11.1976 Sqn Ldr J. M. Wall 11.11.1976 WO1 J. Hack 11.11.1976 WO1 M. E. Berry 11.11.1976 Mast Tech J. H. Bugler 11.11.1976 Mast Tech R. W. Williams 11.11.1976 Mast Tech J. W. Imrie 11.11.1976 Cpl I. Mushawato
Air Marshal Frank W Mussell
Air Marshal Mussell's dedication and tireless devotion to duty has been an inspiration to the men under his command. The Rhodesian Air Force continues to make increasingly significant and effective contribution in all aspects of joint operations. Air Marshal Mussell has given outstanding service to Rhodesia.
Air Marshal Mussell was appointed Commander of the Rhodesian Air Force in April 1977 after a distinguished career in a wide range of staff and operational appointments. Under his inspiring command and leadership, the air force continues to make an increasingly significant and effective contribution to all aspects of joint operations.
The Silver Cross of Rhodesia (SCR)
Air Lieutenant Roger John Watt
Whilst flying a helicopter on a recent mission, Air Lieutenant Watt and his crewmember, Sergeant Whittal, discovered eight to ten terrorists running in a dry riverbed. All these terrorists opened fire on the helicopter. Air Lieutenant Watt radioed for support and remained in a wide orbit over the area in order not to lose the terrorists. All this time, his aircraft was subjected to very heavy ground fire. Sergeant Whittal used his rifle to keep the terrorists confined to their immediate area. This meant that the aircraft had to be kept close to and therefore within firing range of the enemy. Regardless of the considerable fire directed at the aircraft, the crew continued to hold the terrorists in the same place until support arrived some 25 minutes later. As a result of this action, several terrorists were killed, and a number wounded and captured, together with a quantity of arms, ammunition and documents recovered. Air Lieutenant Watt has been involved in numerous engagements with the terrorists and his personal courage, enthusiasm and determined aggression have been an inspiration to all members of his squadron.
Sergeant Garry Whittal
Whilst flying as a crewmember in a helicopter on a recent mission, Sergeant Whittal and his pilot, Air Lieutenant Watt, discovered eight to ten terrorists running in a dry riverbed. All these terrorists opened fire on the helicopter. The pilot radioed for support and remained in a wide orbit over the area in order not to lose sight of the terrorists. All the time the helicopter was subjected to very heavy ground fire. Sergeant Whittal used his rifle to keep the terrorists confined to their immediate area, which meant that the aircraft had to be kept close to and therefore within firing range of the enemy. Regardless of the considerable fire directed at the aircraft, Sergeant Whittal tenaciously stuck to his task until support arrived, some 25 minutes later. As a result of this action, several terrorists were killed, and a number wounded and captured, together with a quantity of arms, ammunition and documents recovered. During this and other engagements, Sergeant Whittal has revealed a degree of personal gallantry, and devotion to duty far beyond the call of normal duty.
Flight Lieutenant Michael Borlace
Flight Lieutenant Borlace, as a helicopter captain, has been involved in several heated engagements with terrorists and has on a number of occasions directed operations with complete disregard for his own safety.
During one contact, his aircraft was hit and damaged to such an extent that it became extremely difficult to control. He then skilfully executed a precautionary landing some 1,500 metres from the main contact and, once the aircraft had been secured, joined the ground forces and continued the contact on foot.
Within a few days, Flight Lieutenant Borlace was again in action. He came under fire and his aircraft was struck seven times, wounding him in the hand. After he was shot, Flight Lieutenant Borlace had the use of only the thumb and index finger on the wounded hand but he continued to engage the terrorists until the operation was completed. Flight Lieutenant Borlace, under difficult and hazardous conditions, has displayed conspicuous gallantry, allied with aggressiveness and professional skill of an outstanding order.
Flight Lieutenant Victor BW Cook
While Flight Lieutenant Cook was en route to casevac a wounded African, his helicopter was damaged by terrorist ground fire which also wounded a crewmember, to the extent that control was partially lost. He was forced to crash-land the aircraft, in the process sustaining injuries in the face, arm and foot. As the aircraft was about to hit the ground, he noticed some 15 terrorists underneath the aircraft. Immediately after landing, he observed a nearby terrorist attempting to reach his AK rifle. Flight Lieutenant Cook attempted to fire his personal weapon, but realized it had been damaged. He immediately ran to the terrorist's weapon and killed him with it. Flight Lieutenant Cook then returned to his aircraft to assist his wounded crewman but noticed movement in the bush. He then initiated offensive action, which he maintained until reinforcements arrived, by making sorties into the bush at some distance from the helicopter, firing into the bush whenever he spotted movement.
There is no doubt that by unhesitatingly taking a positive lead, while totally ignoring his own injuries, Flight Lieutenant Cook's aggressive action turned a potentially disastrous situation into one of advantage, thereby ensuring the safety of his crew. His gallant conduct, in most hazardous circumstances, is deserving of the Silver Cross of Rhodesia.
Flight Lieutenant Kevin (Cocky) Benecke DCD
Since the award of the Defence Cross for Distinguished Service in August 1976, Flight Lieutenant Benecke has continued to employ his remarkable ability to find terrorists from the air and then attack them with courage and precision. The demands for his special skills have resulted in his spending long periods in the operational area and he has taken a leading role in 20 contacts since his last award. He is acknowledged to have been directly responsible for more successful contacts with the terrorists than any other single member of the air force.
Bar to the Silver Cross of Rhodesia
Flight Lieutenant Kevin (Cocky) Benecke SCR DCD
On 21St October 1979, Flight Lieutenant Benecke was the pilot of a command helicopter, which was involved in a combined ground and air action against a group of about 80 heavily armed terrorists. By his effective control of the operation and his aggressive use of his aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Benecke was able to prevent the small security force sub-unit from being overrun. The difficult terrain made it necessary for the aircraft to be flown unusually low and close to the enemy, where it was exposed to continuous and heavy ground fire and hit several times. Apart from a brief period when the helicopter was refuelled and rearmed, Flight Lieutenant Benecke remained in close contact with the terrorists over a three-hour period. By his courageous and aggressive action and his effective command of the battle, he was primarily responsible for bringing this engagement to a highly successful conclusion.
The Officer of the Legion of Merit (O.L.M.)
Group Captain DA (Dicky) Bradshaw
Group Captain Bradshaw attested into the Royal Air Force in July 1943, completing his war service on 31St October 1946 in the rank of flying officer.
He was accepted into the Southern Rhodesian Auxiliary Air Force in March 1950 and finally attested into the Southern Rhodesian Air Force on 1St December 1951. He was promoted to his present rank in October 1966.
Throughout a career covering a variety of senior flying and staff appointments, Group Captain Bradshaw has displayed the highest qualities of conscientiousness and dedication to duty. Being deeply service motivated, he has at all times been conscious of the welfare of his men and has always participated actively in every sphere of service life.
He had made a significant and noteworthy contribution to the progress of the Rhodesian Air Force, especially in the administration and development of operational procedures.
Air Vice Marshal John Peter Moss
Air Commodore Moss served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War from December 1940 to July 1946, attaining the rank of flight lieutenant.
In December 1948, he attested into the Southern Rhodesia Staff Corps as a sergeant, being appointed to commissioned rank in March 1950. He was promoted to his present rank in April 1969 and was appointed Deputy Chief of Air Staff in March 1970.
In a long and distinguished career, Air Commodore Moss has given outstanding service in senior staff appointments, including Air Officer Administration, Chairman of the Joint Planning Staff and Air Advisor at Rhodesian House. During the latter appointment, which lasted just over three years from July 1956 to September 1959, he performed his duties in a most commendable manner.
His particular qualities as a sound administrator have proved of immense benefit to the force. He has served most loyally and as a service-orientated officer, he has always participated actively in all facets of service lif
Air Marshall M. J. McLaren
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Air Commodore J. H. Pringle
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Air Vice Marshal Frank W Mussell
Air Vice Marshal Mussell was appointed to commissioned rank in the Rhodesian Air Force in March, 1954, after completing a Short Service Engagement of two years, during which time he received his flying training.
In a long and distinguished career, Air Vice Marshal Mussell has given outstanding service in many junior and senior Flying, Command and Staff appointments. These appointments have covered the full spectrum of the force's functions, including a posting to Lisbon as the first Air and Military Liaison Officer in the Diplomatic Mission. He currently holds the appointment of Chief of Staff.
Air Vice Marshal Mussell has, throughout his career, displayed noteworthy qualities, which include above average flying ability, meticulous attention to all the facets of the task before him, integrity, loyalty and devotion to duty.
He has made a significant and important contribution to the progress of the Rhodesian Air Force in all fields.
Air Commodore A. W. Mutch
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Group Captain A. M. M. Thompson
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Group Captain Norman Walsh
Group Captain Walsh was appointed Director of Operations at Air Force headquarters in August 1976. In this capacity and in previous command and staff appointments he has been responsible for the planning, coordination and control of air force participation in many combined operations.
Group Captain Walsh, by his exceptional leadership, personal example, command ability and outstanding cooperation with the ground forces, has played a prominent role in bringing operations to highly successful conclusions, and has thereby rendered distinguished service to Rhodesia.
Air Vice Marshal Christopher (Chris) W Dams
Air Vice Marshal Dams was appointed Chief of Staff of the Rhodesian Air Force in April 1977. During his career, he has given distinguished service in a wide range of flying, staff and command appointments. He has displayed high qualities of devotion to duty and determination to achieve the highest possible standards in all aspects of the task before him. He has made, and continues to make, a significant contribution to the effectiveness of the Rhodesian Air Force.
Group Captain Oswald D (Ossie) Penton
Throughout his varied career, in both operational and staff appointments, Group Captain Penton has displayed outstanding qualities of command and leadership. His loyalty to, and involvement in, this force have been complete and unswerving. At the same time, he has proved to be an exceptional ambassador for the air force in his dealings both with other arms of the security forces and with commerce and industry from which are drawn the volunteer and other reservists whom he commands. His record has been one of unstinting and distinguished service.
Air Commodore Noel Keith Kemsley
Air Commodore Kemsley was appointed to the Director General of Supporting Services, at Air Force headquarters, in August 1978. Throughout his service he has, in both commanded and staff posts, demonstrated loyalty, perseverance and ability of the highest order, while his personal contribution to the operational effectiveness of the force, over the period 1976 to 1978, was especially notable. He has given distinguished service both to his force, and to his country.
MEMBER OF THE LEGION OF MERIT
Wing Coimmander A. F. (Tony) Chisnall
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Wing Commander KAS (Ken) Edwards
Wing Commander Edwards throughout his career, during which he has held flying command posts and a number of important Air Staff appointments, has shown a high degree of loyalty and dedication to duty. He bas consistently displayed qualities of leadership both in operations and on the sports field and has a definite ability for encouraging his juniors to give of their best. He has served with distinction in I.S. and counter insurgency operations, displaying a soundness of purpose in the exercise of command and control of air force elements.
Squadron Leader A. J. (Jack) Rowe
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Wing Commander L. A. (Les) Deall
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Warrant Officer I C. J. (John) Cubitt
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Squadron Leader Peter (PB) Petter-Bowyer
Squadron Leader Petter-Bowyer has been mainly responsible for the fostering and development of the visual reconnaissance techniques, which are proving to be so successful in current anti-terrorist operations. By personal example, he has constantly striven to promote this skill among his squadron pilots. His mastery of the art has been achieved by perseverance and constant awareness of the fleeting visual clues presented by the movement of terrorists. He has been personally responsible for the discovery of numerous terrorist bases, which have subsequently been attacked and destroyed. His contribution to current operations has been of inestimable value.
Commandant R. (Bob) Hallack ex VR
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Squadron Leader Marshall E Robinson
Squadron Leader Robinson has commanded No 103 (Salisbury) Squadron since 1971. Despite his many commitments to the civil sector of the community, he has consistently placed service requirements before personal interests and has earned the respect of all who have served with him. The efficiency and ability, which have earned him positions of responsibility in his civilian capacity, are reflected in the high standards achieved by the squadron under his command.
Wing Commander Jacobus Francois Du Rand
Wing Commander J. F. du Rand, as a Squadron Leader commanded No. 5 Squadron. During this period, the tactical employment of the Canberra in operations was significantly developed and the Squadron, as a whole reached a high level of operational efficiency.
Later, as Officer Commanding Flying Wing New Sarum, he used his previous operational experience gained both as a helicopter and jet pilot, to maximum effect. He was able, through his personal leader-ship, to create a dedicated and effective operational team and was an active participant in the planning and the execution of many successful operations.
He has served with distinction throughout his service career.
The Bronze Cross of Rhodesia (BCR)
Flight Lieutenant Mark McLean
On 18t11 March 1968, 13 Troop, 1St Battalion, The Rhodesian Light Infantry, and a platoon of 1st Battalion, The Rhodesian African Rifles, were engaged at close range by a large and well-armed terrorist gang numbering over 60 men. The small army units were pinned down in open ground by heavy automatic fire from rifles and machine guns. At the commencement of the contact, the only air support available was an unarmed Trojan reconnaissance aircraft. Second Lieutenant Pearce, the commander of the army units on the ground, made contact with this aircraft and requested air support to enable hip to move his men and dislodge the terrorists with grenade attacks. Flight Lieutenant McLean arrived overhead the contact area in a helicopter at the height of the engagement. The ground attack was unsuccessful owing to the heavy fire coming from the well-defended terrorist position and Second Lieutenant Pearce was forced to withdraw to enable an air strike to be mounted.
Despite the close proximity of the opposing ground forces, Flight Lieutenant McLean took an approximate marking of the terrorist position and proceeded to put in several attacks on the enemy. Each hazardous attack was met by extremely heavy automatic fire from the terrorists and there is no doubt that Flight Lieutenant McLean's complete disregard for his own safety, and his heroic actions in engaging the terrorist gang facilitated the successful withdrawal of the ground forces.
Following the initial contact, Flight Lieutenant McLean remained in the contact area and directed the numerous air strikes on the terrorist position. On several occasions, Flight Lieutenant McLean flew low over the enemy position to mark it with smoke grenades, and wasagain met by heavy automatic fire from the terrorists. Subsequently, with great skill and daring, he succeeded in evacuating five casualties, once again under extremely hazardous conditions.
Despite the long hours already spent in the air, Flight Lieutenant McLean again returned to the contact area on completion of the evacuation and gave valuable assistance to the ground forces in the form of air reconnaissance of the enemy area.
Squadron Leader Norman Walsh
On 18th July 1968, army units made contact with a large, heavily armed group of terrorists, numbering some 30 men, in the Kariba area.
The terrorists had established themselves in a deep gorge and engaged the security forces at close range with heavy automatic fire from rifles, machine guns and bazookas. 12 Troop, 1st Battalion, The Rhodesian Light Infantry, commanded by Second Lieutenant J T Strong, found itself in an extremely unfavourable position in the gully and was pinned down by the weight of fire from the terrorists.
At the commencement of the engagement, Squadron Leader Walsh was tasked with the deployment of stops in the surrounding mountainous country, and with the positioning of reinforcements for the troops engaged in the combat. This he accomplished with great skill despite heavy fire from the terrorists and the extremely difficult terrain. At the same time, he succeeded in manoeuvring his helicopter into a position to engage the terrorists. At great personal risk and under heavy automatic fire from close range, Squadron Leader Walsh was able to provide enough support to enable 12 Troop to withdraw to a more satisfactory position. At this juncture, Squadron Leader Walsh undertook to evacuate a wounded soldier from the contact area, a feat which he accomplished despite the hazardous conditions prevailing and the nearness of the landing zone to the terrorist position. By this time, Squadron Leader Walsh's helicopter had been hit by enemy fire but he remained over the contact area to direct the air strike. The close proximity of the ground forces to the terrorist position aggravated the situation and necessitated extremely accurate target indication for the air strike, which could only be mounted from one direction.
Squadron Leader Walsh succeeded in pinpointing the terrorist position to such a degree that the Provost strike was an outstanding success and contributed greatly towards the lowering of the terrorist morale in addition to inflicting several casualties.
There is no doubt that Squadron Leader Walsh's skill as a pilot, coupled with his complete disregard for his personal safety, contributed in no small way to the success of the action.
Air Lieutenant Peter Hamilton Swayne Simmonds
Air Lieutenant Simmonds has served continuously on operations since the commencement of Operation Hurricane. He has been engaged in numerous contacts with the enemy in the course of which many terrorists have been killed and others captured. Air Lieutenant Simmonds has come under heavy fire on many occasions and, despite being wounded, has maintained a cool and professional approach to operational duties. During one recent combined ground and air action, Air Lieutenant Simmonds was the air commander of a total of ten aircraft. In a series of heated contacts with a large group of terrorists, he displayed outstanding qualities of command and his tenacity contributed largely to a very successful operation. During this same operation his fine example brought high praise from the security force members involved and particularly from the local army commander who flew with him throughout the action. On this, and other occasions, Air Lieutenant Simmonds revealed an outstanding degree of determination and personal bravery.
Flight Sergeant Michael Ian (Mike) Upton
Flight Sergeant Upton, as an aircrew member on No 7 Squadron, has been involved in numerous engagements with terrorists. During a contact with the enemy, his aircraft was hit by ground fire, which damaged the helicopter. Flight Sergeant Upton immediately took a machine gun from a soldier in the aircraft and, by using it brought accurate fire to bear on the terrorists. Although their aircraft, which was the only one in the contact area, was again hit by ground fire and further damaged, the crew continued to engage the enemy until relieved. The aircraft was then landed some 1,500 metres from the main contact area where upon Flight Sergeant Upton, having ensured that it was secured, joined the ground forces and continued the engagement on foot.
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Flight Lieutenant John R. (JR/Planks) Blythe-Wood
Flight Lieutenant Blythe-Wood served as a helicopter pilot on No 7 Squadron for over three years and was involved in 46 contacts with the enemy. During his service, he developed a unique ability to coordinate command and control operations from the air. His abilities earned him the highest regard of his colleagues throughout the security forces. His service on operations was always characterized by outstanding dedication to duty and bravery under fire.
Air Lieutenant Nigel Lamb
Air Lieutenant Lamb has been involved in 65 contacts during two years of helicopter flying. He has earned the highest regard of his colleagues and other security force members for his skill, his gallant conduct in hazardous conditions and his ability to command when necessary the battle from the air. Throughout his service on operations, he has displayed dedication to duty and bravery whilst under fire.
Air Lieutenant Michael Charles Kruger
On 27th September 1979, Air Lieutenant Kruger, a helicopter pilot, was called upon to evacuate an operational casualty.
In the face of the dangers involved, he remained cool and confident; in the poor light conditions, his professional skill was by necessity of a high order; throughout, he paid no regard to his own safety. All these characteristics eventually combined to result in the successful evacuation of the casualty. His gallant conduct in this hazardous operation was in the highest traditions of the service.
MERITORIOUS CONDUCT MEDAL (MCM)
THE DEFENCE CROSS FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Air Lieutenant K. Benecke
Air Lieutenant Benecke joined Number Four Squadron as a newly trained pilot in April 1973. Since that date he has served continuously on operations. He has, over the past three years, built an enviable reputation as an outstanding air reconnaissance pilot where his perseverance and determination have provided accurate intelligence which has led to numerous successful contacts with terrorists.
As a close support, ground attack pilot, Air Lieutenant Benecke has become well-known for his aggression and skill which has drawn high praise from all branches of the Security Forces. He has personally been involved in airstrikes resulting in the deaths of many terrorists. During separate contacts he has shown a disregard for his personal safety in pressing Thome his attacks. He has on numerous occasions been responsible for directing jet aircraft strikes on to enemy positions whilst acting as Forward Air Controller and performed his duties in a calm and professional manner. His successes in action are a credit to the Rhodesian Air Force.
Squadron Leader H. G. Griffiths
Squadron Leader Griffiths served as Officer Commanding No. 7 Squadron from August 1975 to December 1977. During this period, in addition to his operational and instructional duties, he was faced with a very heavy administrative burden as a result of the increased involvement of his Squadron in operations. His persistent search for improvements in operational and training techniques has contributed to many of the successes achieved in both these fields.. In all aspects of his duties, Squadron Leader Griffiths has rendered distinguished service, both to his Squadron and to the Air Force.
Squadron Leader D. A. G. Jones, MFC
Squadron Leader Jones has served as Officer Commanding No. 4 Squadron since February 1976. In operations he has demonstrated a calm, professional, and aggressive approach in contact with the enemy and has achieved a high degree of success as a reconnaissance pilot. During the period, he has also been directly involved with the conversion-to-type and operational training of aH Regular Force and Reserve pilots posted to the Squadron. His Squadron has contributed significantly to Fire Force operations throughout the country.
Wing Commander P. J. H. Petter-Bowyer MLM
Wing Commander Petter-Bowyer has occupied a Staff appointment for the past two years with a special responsibility for equipment research and development, following a history of successful initiation of experimental projects from the field. His long association with the subject, coupled with his dedication, perseverance and initiative, have resulted in a number of important programmes succeeding in the face of considerable difficulties. As a consequence, the air force and the country as a whole have benefited from a greatly enhanced range of operational equipment and from very large savings in foreign currency.
Squadron Leader Christopher John Taylor Dixon
Squadron Leader C. Dixon has served as the Officer Commanding No. 5 Squadron since January, 1977. During this period he has led his Squadron with great determination and his calm approach to hazardous operational situations has served as an example and inspiration to his men.
The record of operational successes of his Squadron stand as an enduring testament to his leadership and personal skill as a pilot.
Flight Lieutenant Michael Smith Ronne
Flight Lieutenant M. Ronne is a highly experienced navigator serving with No. 5 Squadron, and holds the appointment of "B" Flight Commander.
His determination in the face of danger and his ability to lead others has been an inspiration to all who have worked with him.
He has led all the major jet strikes in the past two years and has undertaken many other high risk sorties.
He has made a notable contribution to the operational effectiveness of this force.
Flight Lieutenant Alastair Robert Bruce
Flight Lieutenant A. R. Bruce has served as a Flight Commander on both No. 5 and No. 3 Squadron. He has taken an active interest in all aspects of his work and has been responsible for introducing techniques which have improved operational capabilities of these Squadrons.
He has led by personal example, and has contributed significantly to the success of many operations.
Squadron Leader Charles Lorimer Wightman
Squadron Leader C. L. Wightman has served as a Flight Commander on No. 1 Squadron and is currently the Officer Commanding that Squadron.
He has completed more than 85 operational sorties and on the majority of occasions he has planned and led these strikes. His determination, calm approach and aggressive spirit has set a fine example to his fellow pilots.
The operational successes of his Squadron are testament to his professionalism and have brought great credit to the Rhodesian Air Force
Flight Lieutenant J. M. Baldwin
Flight Lieutenant Baldwin has completed more than 80 operational sorties during his service career. He served with No 7 Squadron from October 1974 to March 1978, and since April 1978 to the present date he has served with No 1 Squadron. Throughout this long period on operations, he has displayed outstanding dedication to duty. His distinguished performance has made a notable contribution to the operational effectiveness of the force.
Wing Commander John Edward Bennie
Wing Commander Bennie, as a squadron leader, commanded No 4 Squadron from August 1978, until June 1979. Earlier, as a flight lieutenant he served as the 'A' flight commander on the squadron from May 1975 to July 1976. During both these periods, he was involved in the control and execution of many successful operations. Although he was faced as squadron commander a growing administrative burden, as a result of the increasing involvement of hissquadron in the war effort, he has maintained a high standard of operational efficiency in the unit. His total commitment to the service has contributed significantly to the over-all military effectiveness of the security forces.
The Medal for Meritorious Service (MSM) (Military)
Flight Lieutenant Edward Denzil Donald Cochrane (VR)
Flight Lieutenant Cochrane has been a member of the Rhodesian Air Force Volunteer Reserve for more than 12 years. He has given exemplary voluntary service and has constantly placed his talents at the disposal of the air force on a priority basis.
Squadron Leader Steve D Fenton-Wells (VR)
Squadron Leader Fenton-Wells attested into the Volunteer Reserve on 24th September 1967, and his service culminated in his appointment, in March of 1973, as officer commanding No 107 Squadron. He has volunteered for many periods of duty and, for his efforts during the first two months of Operation Hurricane, he was awarded the Military Forces Commendation (Non Op). He has served on continuous voluntary call-up since 19th February 1976, and has given of his services unstintingly in all aspects of operations. He is currently attached to the Selous Scouts and has won the respect and esteem of that unit, the Volunteer Reserve and of members of the regular army and air force. Squadron Leader Fenton-Wells' voluntary service has been outstanding and characterized by resource and devotion to duty.
Flight Lieutenant JB (Chris) Shaw (VR)
Flight Lieutenant Shaw attested into the Volunteer Reserve on 17th March 1966, and has served for the past nine years with No 103 Squadron. He has shown himself to be a man of outstanding dependability and loyalty. His contribution to No 103 Squadron and in effect the whole Volunteer Reserve, in terms of effort, time and energy has been far in excess of that expected of him. As senior training officer he has spent hundreds of hours of his own time, over and above the demands made of him during actual squadron training, in the preparation of training programmes, lectures and exercises, not only for the benefit of members of his squadron but also for the Volunteer Reserve as a whole. In addition to this training commitment, he has, through his own efforts and application, become a highly efficient field operator. His dedication loyalty, integrity and sense of duty have been outstanding.
Squadron Leader Peter H Corbishley
Squadron Leader Corbishley has commanded No 101 (Bulawayo) Squadron Rhodesian Air Force Volunteer Reserve since 1971. In this capacity, he has been an excellent representative of the force in Matabeleland. He has made the smooth functioning and welfare of the squadron his prime concern and has earned the respect of his service colleagues. His 17 years of voluntary service have been characterized by loyalty and dedication to duty.
Squadron Leader Donald C (Don) Howe
Squadron Leader Howe commands No 104 (Umtali) Squadron. Rhodesian Air Force Volunteer Reserve, a task that he performs with a high degree of loyalty, devotion to duty and enthusiasm. His insistence of the highest standards has ensured that his squadron has consistently fulfilled its roles, and his personal influence has contributed to the excellent relationship that exists between the regular and reserve components of the air force.
Flight Lieutenant Peter L (Pete) Genari
Flight Lieutenant Genari has served with the Volunteer Reserve of the Rhodesian Air Force for some eleven years, during which time he has acted as deputy to his squadron commander, with specific responsibility for security training. As one of the first reserve officers to be used in a field command appointment, he gained the respect of his colleagues and has distinguished himself as a forward airfield commander. His service has been characterized by his efficiency and attention to detail; and has brought credit both to his unit and to the air force in general.
Flight Lieutenant David M Barbour
Flight Lieutenant Barbour has served as a pilot on No 3 Squadron since August 1968. The spirit in which he has volunteered his services and the manner in which he has carried out his duties are worthy of special note and have significantly contributed to the continuing success of No 3 Squadron operations.
Flight Lieutenant George A Walker-Smith, MFC (Non Op)
Flight Lieutenant Walker-Smith served in the Royal Air Force as a pilot from 1940 to 1946 and joined the Volunteer Reserve of the Rhodesian Air Force as a pilot on No 3 Squadron in July 1966. Since attestation he has given unstintingly of his time in a voluntary capacity and his operational flying contribution to No 3 Squadron, the force and Rhodesia has been outstanding.
Squadron Leader James William (Jim) Redmond
Squadron Leader Redmond has served as a medical officer with No 102 Squadron, Volunteer Reserve since February 1968. In this capacity, he has displayed outstanding dedication to duty, never failing to assist when called upon, regardless of his private interests. His devotion to the well being of others and his enthusiasm for any task required of him, have distinguished him and brought credit to the Volunteer Reserve.
Flight Lieutenant David Basil Gerald Miles, MBE
Flight Lieutenant Miles has a service background dating from 1936. He has spent the last eight and-a-half years as a VR officer in the post of flying wing adjutant at Thornhill. During this time, his example to juniors and seniors alike has been exemplary. His work is characterized byefficiency and friendliness and his personal efforts have helped to maintain the good name of the air force, especially in the Midlands. His unswerving devotion to duty, resourcefulness under difficult circumstances and his total reliability have proved to be of exceptional value to the air force.
MSM (Civil Division)
Mr Philip Lawrence Greenway
Mr Greenway is a civilian employee of the Rhodesian Air Force. By virtue of his diligence and in-depth technical knowledge, he has performed invaluable services and helped to overcome various problems confronting his branch of the force.
Mrs Cathy Jansen
During her years with the air force (nearly 20), Mrs Jansen has by her dedication, example and the efficient conduct of her duties, contributed significantly to the overall efficiency of the force and effective conduct of present operations. In addition, her manner has promoted the public image of the air force and of the Ministry of Defence. Her valuable service has been characterized by resource and devotion to duty.
Mr J Makwanda
Mr Makwanda has been employed as a spray-painter in the High Speed Finish Section at New Sarum, since 23' July 1957. Although he has had to work without supervision on many occasions, he has continued to demonstrate his considerable expertise and has consistently maintained the exceptionally high standards necessary for work on aircraft and their components even though working in appalling conditions. His personal contribution to the productivity of his section has been outstanding.
Mr George Albert Bavestock, DMM
Before retirement from the Rhodesian Air Force, Mr Bavestock became involved, through the Joint Planning Committee of the Ministry of Defence at that time, with the technical photographic problems and planning involved in the establishment of National Registration. On retirement from the air force, he immediately joined the Ministry of Internal Affairs to assist the Registrar-General with the implementation of the scheme. His expertise and technical knowledge and diligent application to the task contributed greatly to the successful implementation of national registration, and also resulted in a great saving on foreign exchange in both capital outlay and running costs.
DEFENCE MEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE (DMM)
Squadron Leader Peter Arthur Barne
Squadron Leader Kenneth Mash (Ken) Gipson
Squadron Leader Gipson attested into the force in March 1952 in the rank of corporal. He served through the ranks, was commissioned as an armament officer in May 1959 and appointed staff armament officer in January 1962.
His industry, example and devotion to duty, especially as a staff officer concerned with the development of weapons and certain explosive stores, have played a notable part in expanding the operational capability of the Rhodesian Air Force.
Master Technicial William (Chick) Gaitens
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Squadron Leader James Cordiner (Jimmy) Boyd
Squadron Leader Boyd attested into the air force in May 1955, having served for six years with the South African Air Force.
He was commissioned in 1961.
As the staff signals officer he has made an outstanding contribution to all aspects of air force signals and has personally planned and directed the development of highly-specialized and complex ground communications equipments and systems. His ability and diligence are truly deserving of recognition.
Squadron Leader Alexander Eric Bell
Squadron Leader Bell served with the Royal Air Force as aircrew from 1942 to 1946 and then completed an eight-year commission as an equipment officer in that force.
He attested into the Equipment Branch of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force in 1956. He has given service of a high order whilst commanding the Equipment Section at Thornhill and as the officer commanding the Central Equipment Department.
He was appointed to the air force headquarters staff in 1966 and is now on extended service. He continues to make an invaluable contribution to the general administration of the Equipment Branch, particularly in the control of all air force contracts.
His conscientious application to duty, at all times, warrants recognition.
Flight Lieutenant Justus E (Varky) Varkevisser
Flight Lieutenant Varkevisser qualified as a pilot attack instructor on 27th October 1958. Since then he has excelled both as an operational pilot and as a weapons instructor. By his personal example and dedication to duty, he has contributed much to the fighting skills of many pilots and to the overall operational effectiveness of this force.
His quiet determination and outstanding personal performance provide a continuing example of excellence to all his fellow pilots.
Group Captain AD (Don) Brenchley
Group Captain Brenchley joined the Rhodesian Air Force from the Royal Air Force in December 1958. He served initially as a navigator on No 5 Squadron, has held various staff appointments in air force headquarters and is now the chairman of the Joint Planning Staff. The outstanding feature of his career has been the energy with which he approaches any task given him and, in particular his driving enthusiasm for and technical expertise in the field of photographic reconnaissance. He can be given much personal credit for the outstanding photographic capability of the Canberra aircraft. His personal contribution to the air force and to his adopted country has been truly meritorious.
Group Captain Dermott Wilmot (Mac/Porky) MacLaughlin
Group Captain MacLaughlin attested into the Rhodesian Air Force in March 1957 after previous service in the South African Air Force. He has served in various command and staff appointments and is now Director of Operations, Air Force headquarters. In this capacity, he is responsible for the day-to-day functions of the Air Staff and, in particular, the employment of air effort associated with operations. He is completely selfless in his devotion to duty and heenjoys the respect of his peers in the security forces, both as a pilot and as an operational commander, and he has made a notable contribution in the field of joint operations.
Wind Commander William P. Johnstone
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Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Charles (Ken) Law
Flight Lieutenant Law has been involved in IS and COIN operations for a considerable time, both as a fixed wing and helicopter pilot. His bravery and determination under fire were recognized by the award of the MFC (Operational) for his part in an operation against terrorists in 1968. Since then, he has displayed initiative, courage and a very high standard of airmanship on numerous occasions whilst in contact with the enemy. His devotion to duty in the support of ground forces has been an inspiration to his fellows.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Mowbray Harvey
Flight Lieutenant Harvey has been involved in IS and COIN operations for nine and a half years, during which time he has been involved in a large number of contact with terrorists. His experience of helicopter operations and his initiative have enabled him, on many occasions, to take full advantage of opportunities presented when in support of ground forces. The continued application of his knowledge and the personal courage and determination displayed have set a fine example to all members of his squadron.
Squadron Leader B. C.(Brian) Smith
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Wing Commander William P (Bill) Jelley
Wing Commander Jelley commanded the Flying Wing at New Sarum from July 1972 to May 1975. During his tour of duty his wing expanded considerably; but despite the increased responsibility, compounded by several changes in the appointment of commanding officer, he encouraged and achieved the highest standards of proficiency and discipline in the squadrons under his command.
He has at all times during his career been deeply involved in all aspects of air force life.
Squadron Leader E (Eddy) Wilkinson
Squadron Leader Wilkinson has commanded No 7 (Helicopter) Squadron since January 1973. During the period of his command, the vastly increased involvement in operations has imposed considerable strain on the squadron's administration and organization. With tremendous enthusiasm, energy and drive, Squadron Leader Wilkinson successfully overcame these and many other problems. His squadron was awarded the Jacklin Trophy as the most outstanding squadron of 1974. During his previous appointment as OC No 6 (Training) Squadron, the same enthusiastic devotion to duty which he has always displayed, resulted in this squadron also winning the Jacklin Trophy.
Squadron Leader George Albert Bavestock
Squadron Leader Bavestock was the station photographic officer at Rhodesian Air Force Station New Sarum from Pt January 1964, to the date of his retirement. During this difficult period, through the application of a high degree of professional knowledge and resourcefulness, he has made a significant contribution to the development of the highly-efficient photographic reconnaissance capability that the force enjoys today. His determination and inventive capacity especially when beset with the problems associated with a difficult supply situation, were a fine example to all members of his section and this force.
Wing Commander Peter Devereux Cooke
Wing Commander Cooke attested into the Southern Rhodesian Air Force on ls` September 1953. Having joined as a pilot he was posted to air traffic control duties at Thornhill in 1956 and served with distinction as an air traffic control officer for six years. During this period, he was often detached to provide air traffic control assistance to the Vampire and Dakota aircraft on the Aden route. This task was particularly exacting because of the primitive facilities available and the near maximum range at which the Vampires were operating.
Wing Commander Cooke returned to flying duties in 1962 as one of the first helicopter pilots to be posted to the newly-formed No 7 Squadron. During his four-year tour on the squadron he held both 'A' and 'B' flight commander posts.
From 1966 to 1973, Wing Commander Cooke held the post of OC No 4 Squadron and various staff appointments in air force headquarters. During his tour as OC No 4 Squadron, he transformed the Trojan aircraft from a light civil transport aircraft into a fully operational counter-insurgency weapon. From October 1973, he was detached to the NE border area as an air commander on Operation Hurricane. During this period, Wing Commander Cooke impressed with his ability and efficiency in controlling Air effort and played a large part in proving the effectiveness of Joint Operations.
Over the past 19 years, Wing Commander Cooke has rendered valuable and meritorious service to his force and his country.
Flight Sergeant Peter Andrew McCabe, MFC Op
Flight Sergeant McCabe has served as a helicopter crewman on No 7 Squadron for three years. He has been engaged in numerous engagements with terrorists, which have resulted in heavy casualties to the enemy. Despite heavy return fire, he has at all times remained cool and maintained accurate and destructive attacks on the enemy. Flight Sergeant McCabe has revealed praiseworthy enthusiasm by voluntarily engaging in a wide range of extraneous activities, particularly those relating to communications.
Squadron Leader George Winston Wrigley
For long and valued service on helicopters. Squadron Leader Wrigley has played a prominent role on No 7 Squadron, both operationally and as an instructor, for a period of six years.
Flight Lieutenant David Henry Thorn
Flight Lieutenant Thorn served continuously on operations as a helicopter pilot from 1973 to 1976. He has personally been involved in many contacts with the enemy during combined ground force and air operations. His high professional approach has contributed to an outstanding record of successes in these contacts. Flight Lieutenant Thorn has on numerous occasions been in command of the air element during operations where his calm efficient leadership has earned him an enviable reputation with superiors and subordinates alike.
Air Lieutenant Michael John Litson MFC Op
Air Lieutenant Litson has served continuously on operations in both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters since the beginning of 1973. During numerous separate engagements, many enemy casualties have been attributed to his flying skill and determination. His performance as anoperational pilot has been characterized by perseverance and aggression, which has resulted in the achievement of an enviable record against terrorists, allied with a complete disregard for his own safety.
In addition to the operational task, Air Lieutenant Litson has consistently engaged in extraneous service activities in the field, which have served to emphasize his outstanding officer qualities.
Flight Lieutenant Walter Thomas (Frank) Hales
Throughout a long career as an instructor and training officer at the Parachute Training School, Flight Lieutenant Hales has been largely responsible for an extremely high safety record and the introduction of progressive techniques.
Flight Lieutenant Derryk Arthur Ramsbotham
By virtue of his ingenuity and engineering skill, Flight Lieutenant Ramsbotham has made a major contribution to the technical service ability record of the force.
Warrant Officer I Philip John (Phil) Adcock, MFC (Non Op)
Warrant Officer Adcock has shown outstanding efficiency in a variety of technical developments and has made a significant contribution to the effectiveness of the Rhodesian Air Force.
Warrant Officer I Johnson Denja Ncube
Warrant Officer Ncube has played a prominent part in moulding his squadron into an extremely loyal and efficient unit and his outstanding powers of command have greatly contributed to maintaining the high morale that prevails amongst his subordinates.
Warrant Officer I Roy Bernard Pardoe, BEM
This highly experienced and competent warrant officer has, by virtue of his diligence, determination and devotion to duty, played a major part in maintaining a high rate of aircraft serviceability. His leadership of his technical team has been outstanding.
Flight Sergeant Pisirayi Musundire
Throughout his entire service Flight Sergeant Musundire has displayed constant devotion to duty and loyalty to the service. His specialist knowledge as medical assistant is of a high order and he sets an outstanding example to his subordinates.
Group Captain Francois D (Tol) Janeke
Group Captain Janeke (then a wing commander) was employed on full-time field force unit duties from December 1975, to March 1977, after a tour of duty as officer commanding Flying Wing, Thornhill, during which he served several field detachments in the same role. By his drive, determination and personal effort, together with his excellent staff and leadership qualities, he ensured that assigned air effort was always employed to best effect in his operational area, and that the highest degree of cooperation with other security forces was maintained. His contribution to the successful prosecution of operations was outstanding.
Group Captain GL (Len) Pink
Group Captain Pink attested into the Rhodesian Air Force in 1958 as a navigator. After an outstanding tour of duty with No 5 Squadron, he was promoted to the rank of squadron leader and posted to air force headquarters where he served with distinction in various appointments in the operations and adminstration branches. In all these appointments, he demonstrated an exceptional degree of drive and energy and in August 1976, achieved the distinction of becoming the first navigator to be appointed to a command post, as the commanding officer of the air force station, New Sarum. In this capacity, his ability in both the operational and administrative spheres has made a marked contribution to the operational readiness of all wings under his command.
Squadron Leader John R (Diggers) Digby
Squadron Leader Digby has, by his professional contribution to the service in his primary function as the senior air traffic controller and through his wide variety of secondary duties, made a considerable contribution to the field of air operations. In addition his personal efforts in promoting esprit de corps amongst service personnel has been truly outstanding and his sincere concern for the welfare of individuals within the force has been exceptional. He has rendered, and continues to render, valuable service characterized by resources and devotion to duty.
Squadron Leader RJ (Ron) Dyer
Squadron Leader Dyer attested into the air force in December 1952. Since his appointment as staff armament officer at air force headquarters in 1971, he has been directly responsible for maintaining, and improving, the armament capability of the air force. This task has required the continual exercise of initiative, ingenuity and most importantly a precise and thorough control of all armament stores. He has, by resource and devotion to duty, made a major contribution to the operational effectiveness of the air force.
Squadron Leader Cyril F White
Squadron Leader White has spent six years on counter-insurgency operations, firstly on No 4 Squadron where he became squadron commander, then as OC Forward Airfield Kariba, and latterly as a member of the field force unit. He has a considerable knowledge of operations and has played a significant role in Joint Operations. His unstinting service has been characterized by resource and great devotion to duty.
Flight Lieutenant Trevor L (Beaver) Baynham
Flight Lieutenant Baynham served on No 7 Squadron as a helicopter pilot from August 1971, to April 1976, during which time he played a direct and substantial role in the war against the terrorists. Throughout his tour of duty, he took an active interest in helicopter tactics and operational procedures and made a notable contribution, both at base and during field developments, to the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the squadron.
Squadron Leader Derek JG de Kock
Squadron Leader de Kock has commanded Parachute Training School since September 1973. By his personal example, drive and dedication he has achieved an outstanding safety record in the field of parachuting. He has also been responsible for developing operational techniques, which have culminated in the regular deployment of paratroopers in the fireforce role. His service has been characterized by exceptional ability and merit.
Flight Lieutenant Robert (Bob) d'Hotman
Flight Lieutenant d'Hotman was posted to No 3 Squadron in November 1964, and over the years, through sheer hard work and devotion to duty he has become a mainstay of the squadron. As a senior squadron member, he has been involved in many special operations and is also largely responsible for squadron training. By his determination and outstanding devotion to duty, he has rendered and continues to render valuable service to his force and Rhodesia.
Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Arthur (Ken) Newman
Since July 1973, Flight Lieutenant Newman, flying the Provost and helicopter aircraft, has been involved in 47 successful strikes against terrorists and has made a considerable contribution to the over-all operational effort. He was recently involved in the evacuation of three wounded security force members under extremely difficult circumstances by night. By his skill as a pilot, and his concern for his comrades in arms, he greatly assisted in sustaining the morale of the unit concerned on this occasion. His service as a pilot has throughout been characterized by resource and devotion to duty.
Flight Lieutenant M D (Danny) Svoboda, MFC Op
Flight Lieutenant Svoboda has been flying on operations since April 1973, and has been employed since June 1976, on helicopter operations. His fine performance as an operational pilot has been characterized by sound qualities of leadership, often under conditions of considerable personal danger. He has rendered, and continues to render, valuable service characterized by resource and complete devotion to duty.
Flight Lieutenant Gregory T (Greg) Todd
Flight Lieutenant Todd has been involved in operations since February 1973 to date, flying Provost, Trojan and Alouette aircraft. Over this period, he has taken part in 37 ail strikes and by his continuous devotion to duty he has greatly assisted the security forces in their task of eliminating the enemy. Among other incidents, he experienced a fire in the rear of his helicopter while returning to an operational base at night. His quick reaction and professional handling of this serious emergency undoubtedly saved a very valuable aircraft.
Warrant Officer I Geoffrey AA (Geoff) Dartnall
Warrant Officer Dartnall has served on No 7 Helicopter Squadron since October 1973, and was appointed as warrant officer in charge of the squadron on 1" October 1976. He has workedunremittingly to maintain the serviceability of No 7 Squadron aircraft both at base and in the field when the workload, because of a three-fold increase in the squadron's operational and training commitment, has resulted in unprecedented demands upon the squadron's technical staff. The fact that this squadron has been able to meet the task is a true reflection of his outstanding ability.
Master Technician TJ (Tossie) Skeen
Master Technician Skeen has held the post of radar/radio technician in the air traffic control tower at Thornhill since he attested on 8th December 1959. He is responsible for maintaining radar and radio equipment, which is vitally necessary for both operations and training. Through his diligence, devotion to duty and initiative he has achieved an extremely high state of serviceability despite the difficulties imposed by sanctions. He has also assisted in the production, for air traffic control, of training aids which, apart from being a valuable asset, have resulted in a considerable financial saving to the air force.
Flight Sergeant Reginald H (Reg) Blumeris
Flight Sergeant Blumeris served on No 7 Squadron from November 1970, to October 1976, and was posted back to the squadron in April 1977. During the last two years, Flight Sergeant Blumeris has been responsible for technical training on No 7 Squadron and, despite this heavy training commitment, he has also served as a helicopter crewman on operations. During these periods of deployment, he has ensured that the highest standards have been maintained by the less experienced technicians in the field. He has rendered, and continues to render, valuable service characterized by resource and devotion to duty.
Flight Lieutenant Terence JP Murphy
During just over two years of helicopter operations, Flight Lieutenant Murphy was involved in 53 contacts with the enemy. Throughout his service, he has shown himself to be a sound leader and tactician whose coolness and dedication in action and high standards of professionalism in all phases of operations have brought great credit to the force as a whole.
Flight Lieutenant Richard D (Dick) Paxton, MFC Op
Flight Lieutenant Paxton served on No 7 Squadron from February 1972, until he retired from the air force in March 1978. During his six years of operations on the squadron, he displayed a consistently high degree of skill as a helicopter pilot and an exceptional fighting spirit. He was involved in many contacts with the enemy where he always displayed high qualities of command and leadership. His service on the squadron was characterized by great resource-fulness and outstanding devotion to duty.
Sergeant S J Nechironga
Sergeant Nechironga has, during the course of his duties, shown great initiative, courage and outstanding devotion to duty.
Squadron Leader David R (Dave) Thorne
As a flight lieutenant, Squadron Leader Thorne served as flight commander on No 6 Squadron Rhodesian Air Force, from February 1975 to January 1978. During this time, he acted as officer commanding the squadron for long periods. He was responsible for the training of large courses of student pilots, with minimal staff to support him. The training schedule has demanded long hours of dedicated service from all members of the squadron and the high rate of qualification among the cadet pilots is attributed to both the quality of his leadership and the efforts of officers and men under his command.
Squadron Leader Richard J (Rich) Brand
Squadron Leader Brand joined the Rhodesian Air Force in 1960 and served as OC No 1 Squadron from February 1976 to July 1978. Under his leadership, the squadron maintained a continually high state of readiness and effectiveness in its many roles. His inherent ability to deliver weapons with precision, combined with his spirit of aggressive determination has contributed significantly to many successful operations.
Flight Lieutenant Peter (Pete) Cowan
Flight Lieutenant Cowan is an officer of the Security Branch of the Rhodesian Air Force. Throughout his service he has shown great initiative in the administration of anti-sabotage courses and general defence and weapon training, both for military and civilian organizations, often during his own time. His knowledge of explosives, and weapons and associated equipment has been of considerable value to the force, and his untiring efforts have been a constant example to his colleagues.
Flight Lieutenant John RC Matthews
Flight Lieutenant Matthews attested into the Volunteer Reserve in 1961 as an air movements officer, taking up a flying appointment as a VR pilot with No 3 Squadron the following year. After ten years of service in this capacity, he re-attested as a regular officer, and was subsequently posted to Air headquarters for operations room duties. Flight Lieutenant Matthews's background knowledge of transport operations, coupled with his dedication and enthusiasm, have resulted in an outstanding performance in the vital task of monitoring the air force's air operation.
Flight Lieutenant DM (Dave) Rowe
Flight Lieutenant Rowe attested into the Rhodesian Air Force in 1969. He has spent the greater part of his career to date directly engaged in counter-insurgency operations. He has been engaged in flying instructional duties. He has distinguished himself both as an operational pilot and as an instructor, bringing credit to the force and setting an example to all who have served with him.
Warrant Officer ITN (Tom) Anderson
Warrant Officer Anderson has been employed as Technical Warrant Officer-in-charge of Specialist Vehicles at the Motor Transport Section, Rhodesian Air Force New Sarum, since 1972. During this period, he has devised and constructed many servicing facilities within his section and ensured the highest standards of technical competence of the men under hiscommand. The consistently high serviceability state of these vehicles has been largely attributable to his drive, determination and mechanical expertise.
Warrant Officer I BV (Barry) Ord
Warrant Officer Ord has served as a technician on No 7 Squadron for the past two years, as deputy to the warrant officer-in-charge. During this period, he has been responsible for the administration, repair and servicing of a flight of aircraft. He has discharged all his duties in an energetic and highly efficient manner and has displayed, at all times, outstanding devotion to the task.
Warrant Officer I CRL (Bob) Mackie
Warrant Officer Mackie has been employed in the engine repair section at Rhodesian Air Force, New Sarum, since July 1976, as warrant officer-in-charge of the Goblin engine bay. During this period, serious difficulties have been experienced with engine component balancing, which could have resulted in the grounding of Vampire aircraft. The resolution of these problems has been achieved mainly through meticulous research, painstaking experimentation and his total dedication to the task.
Mr Frederick Grant Mold
Mr Frederick Mold, a civilian aviation technician, has been attached to the Rhodesian Air Force for full-time duty over the past 18 months.
During this period, he has been largely responsible for the introduction of modifications, and for aircraft repair work of a highly-specialized nature.
By his total commitment to the task and his ability and readiness to pass his knowledge to others, he has made an outstanding contribution to the operational effectiveness of the force.
Air Lieutenant Michael J (Mike) Strauss
Air Lieutenant Strauss has served with the Rhodesian Forces since 1961. He has spent much of his recent service at the station hospitals at Thornhill and New Sarum, and has borne a large share of the load of medical administration, which has arisen from -current operational commitment. In addition to his normal duties, he has often participated personally in the air evacuation of casualties. His service has been characterized by selflessness and devotion to duty.
Group Captain Hugh Clarke Scudamore Slatter
Group Captain Slatter has given outstanding service to the air force in various command positions since November 1973, when he was appointed to command No 2 Squadron. Later as OC No 6 Squadron he was responsible for all advanced flying training and development of a new syllabus and procedures. After a short spell as air detachment commander in the field he became OC Flying Wing, Thornhill. His deep interest in all aspects of flying, together with a very high personal standard of professionalism ensured the continued preparedness and efficiency of all the squadrons at Thornhill. He involved himself in the planning of several operations and then flew on the actual air strikes. His concern for the welfare of those under his command and his overall example have been a source of inspiration to all those who served with him.
Squadron Leader George Alexander, DFC
Squadron Leader Alexander served with No 3 Squadron for fourteen and a half years. He was in command of the squadron for eight years, during which time he developed most of the operational techniques currently in use. He was involved in many operations, where he displayed determination, and a high level of professionalism. During this time, he has rendered meritorious service to his country.
Squadron Leader Edward James (Ted) Brent
The then Flight Lieutenant Brent has served as flight commander and flying instructor on No 5 Squadron for over two years. During this time, he had been responsible for maintaining a high standard of professionalism among the aircrews, and the planning and execution of operations.
By his dedication to these tasks he has rendered valuable service to Rhodesia.
Flight Lieutenant Sean Padraig Morgan
Flight Lieutenant Morgan serves as a navigator with No 5 Squadron. He has taken part in all major operations carried out by the squadron in 1978 and has excelled in the photographic role. He has displayed a high degree of professionalism throughout his career and has set a fine example to all members of his squadron.
Wing Commander Peter John McLurg
Wing Commander McLurg in his position as staff officer operations has given unstintingly of his time and energy in the discharge of his duties. His contribution to the Operations Command Team, to operational planning and control, and his total dedication and loyalty to the service, remain outstanding. His concern for the welfare of those members under his command and his personal example have been an inspiration to those who serve with him.
Squadron Leader Kenneth Lionel (Ken) Burmeister
Soon after the introduction into service of the Cheetah (Agusta Bell 205A) it became necessary to initiate a full major servicing programme on these aircraft. Without the normal range of facilities and with very sketchy knowledge among the technicians of these new aircraft and its components, the task was a formidable one.
Squadron Leader Burmeister, relieved of his normal duties, was charged with returning the aircraft to operations in the shortest possible time. He was also, at that time, unfamiliar with the aircraft. He immediately applied all his energies to directing the activities of his subordinates.
By the exercise of initiative and endeavour on the part of the whole team, the aircraft were indeed returned to operations in short order, markedly improving the efficiency of the air force at a very critical time. This achievement was due, in no small measure, to Squadron Leader Burmeister's leadership, energy and professional expertise.
Flight Lieutenant Norman David Eustace (Barn Barn) Maasdorp
Flight Lieutenant Maasdorp served continuously on counter-insurgency squadrons from September 1974, until June, 1979.
He made significant contributions to many successes of the security forces. Throughout this period, his dedication has been an inspiration to his fellow pilots.
Flight Lieutenant Keith Vernon Spence
Flight Lieutenant Spence served two years and four months as a helicopter pilot. He took an active interest in improving the capability of the helicopter and the operational tactics employed in the war. His interest, both at base and in the field, contributed significantly to the operational efficiency of the squadron.
Air Lieutenant Geoffrey Alan (Geoff) Oborne
Air Lieutenant Oborne served from November 1976 to July 1979 on helicopters. During this period, he displayed a consistently high degree of skill as a pilot and an above-average fighting spirit. His determination led to the successful completion of a number of hazardous night casualty evacuations, bringing credit to his squadron. His meritorious service whilst flying helicopters was characterized by resourcefulness and devotion to duty.
Warrant Officer I William Anthony (Tony) Cobbett
Since November 1976, the rate of serviceability of the aircraft on No 5 Squadron has remained at an extremely high level, enabling the squadron to respond to all operational demands made on it. WO I Cobbett was in charge of the technicians responsible for producing and maintaining these high standards of serviceability. His management of, and inspiration to, the men under his command, and his outstanding devotion to duty, have contributed significantly to operations.
Air Lieutenant Christopher Marten (Chris) Sherwell
Chris Sherwell was the warrant officer in charge of the Aeronautical Inspection Services from October 1974 to June 1979. During this period, he displayed his versatility as an aircraft engineer and by enthusiasm and dedication resolved many technical and procurement problems. His many successes have enhanced the already excellent reputation of his section and his professional skill and resourcefulness have set a fine example to his fellow members.
Warrant Officer I John Robert McKenzie
Warrant Officer McKenzie has served in the Rhodesian Air Force for 18 years and since October 1971, has been senior range warden at Kutanga Bombing Range. In this post, he has excelled in all aspects of his responsibilities, working many hours beyond the call of duty to ensure the efficiency of the range. With a limited staff and by self-help he has completed many new building projects at an overall saving to the government. His duties on the range are often of a hazardous nature, being closely connected with, and vital to, the testing and development of new weapons and armament projects. By his resourcefulness, leadership and devotion to duty he has contributed significantly to the efficiency of the force.
Warrant Officer I William John (Willie) McMurdo
Warrant Officer McMurdo served on No 4 Squadron from June 1974 to July 1979. During thatperiod, he was responsible for coordinating the repair and servicing of a large number of aircraft and for the technical administration of the squadron. He discharged all his responsibilities in an exemplary manner and displayed, at all times, outstanding devotion to duty.
Master Technician Conrad Porteous (Tweeks) Fawns
Master Technician Fawns has served as a telegraphist since 1967, and has given a consistently excellent professional performance, both in the field and at base.
He has frequently been called upon in recent years to provide field communications for joint force operations of a difficult and hazardous nature. On these occasions, his service in providing consistently reliable and accurate communications has proved a vital contribution to the success of operations. Throughout his service, M Tech Fawns has earned the unqualified respect of all who have worked with him. His exemplary conduct, professionalism and selfless devotion to duty have been of great benefit to the force and the country alike.
Master Technician John Denton Fowler
Master Technician Fowler, as the member-in-charge of the New Sarum machine shop, has, under increasingly trying circumstances, maintained the highest standard of workmanship demanded in the manufacture of aircraft components. Despite many difficulties, he has met, with resources, every demand made on him and has contributed greatly to the overall efficiency of the force.
Warrant Officer II Norman Farrell
Warrant Officer Farrell has served on helicopters as a technician since December 1972. He has achieved much under adverse conditions, and in doing so has made a most commendable contribution to his force and his country.
Warrant Officer1 S. S. Dube
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MEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE (CIVIL DIVISION)
Mr. Frederick Grant Mold
Mr. Frederick Mold, a civilian aviation technician has been attached to the Rhodesian Air Force for full time duty over the past eighteen months.
During this period he has been largely responsible for the introduction of modifications, and for aircraft repair work of a highly specialised nature.
By his total commitment to the task and his ability and readiness to pass his know-ledge to others, he has made an outstanding contribution to the operational effectiveness of the Force.
MILITARY FORCES COMMENDATION (OPERATIONAL)
Corporal Alan B Aird
Corporal Technician Aird was the gunner on a helicopter, which was called to assist ground forces who were in armed conflict with a band of terrorists in the Zambezi Valley on 30th July 1968. He directed accurate machine-gun fire from the helicopter, causing casualties among the terrorists and thus enabling the ground forces to regroup and to resume their attack, successfully diminishing the gang.
Squadron Leader Peter (PB) Petter-Bowyer
On 29th April 1966, Squadron Leader Petter-Bowyer was the pilot of one of four helicopters, which participated for the first time in a joint operation with the BSAP against terrorists. Squadron Leader Petter-Bowyer, flying in an unarmed aircraft and under fire from the ground, remained in close proximity to the terrorist position, which he was able to identify from the air, and provided a highly effective airborne control post for the police force. By the exercise of cool judgement, Squadron Leader Petter-Bowyer contributed greatly to the success of the operation, which resulted in the destruction of the terrorist gang without loss to the security forces.
During operations in the Zambezi Valley on 30th July 1968, Rhodesian Security Forces surprised a band of terrorists. The terrorists returned heavy and effective fire, which pinneddown the Rhodesian troops. Squadron Leader Petter-Bowyer, who was pilot of a helicopter, was called to assist. His action enabled the troops to regroup under cover of smoke and resume their attack, successfully diminishing the gang.
Flight Lieutenant Christopher JT (Chris) Dixon
Just before last light on 23`d August 1967, security forces made contact with a large group of terrorists. Shortly after making contact with the enemy, communications between the patrol and the Joint Operations Centre were lost. At approximately 01 h30 on 24th August 1967, Joint Operations Centre headquarters received a radio message asking for immediate evacuation of a battle casualty from the area of contact.
Flight Lieutenant Dixon was tasked to do this duty, which he accepted with alacrity. This task required a night flight of approximately 40 miles over inhospitable country and where there were no aids to navigation. There were, additionally, the dangers and hazards of landing and take-off in a small badly-lit landing zone. Flight Lieutenant Dixon accomplished this mission successfully and delivered two casualties to hospital. The willing, cheerful and most efficient manner in which Flight Lieutenant Dixon carried out this duty, knowing full well the hazards and dangers involved, was greatly admired and appreciated by all members of the army taking part in the operation.
Sergeant R (Butch) Graydon
On 18th July 1968, Sergeant Graydon was a crewmember of a helicopter that went to the assistance of Rhodesian ground forces who were in armed conflict with terrorists in a well-defended position. The difficulty of the terrain and proximity of the opposing forces demanded that the helicopter be flown very low and close to the terrorist position, thereby exposing the crew to heavy ground fire. Whilst operating under these conditions of grave danger to his personal safety, Sergeant Graydon displayed great courage and tenacity in directing fire on the enemy position, thereby allowing Rhodesian troops to move to a more favourable position with minimum casualtie.
Squadron Leader Michael R (Mick) Grier
During August 1967, army and police forces were in close contact with terrorists in the Zambezi Valley area. Squadron Leader Grier was captain of a helicopter involved in the movement of ground forces in the area when the contact occurred. The helicopter crew directed fire on to terrorists who were in a strong defensive position and pinning down Rhodesian forces at about 25 metres range. The helicopter action, carried out whilst under enemy fire, was performed with determination and undoubtedly helped to hold Rhodesian casualties at a low level.
At about 22h00 on 18th July 1968, Squadron Leader Grier and another helicopter pilot successfully completed a hazardous evacuation of casualties in two helicopters, following an engagement between Rhodesian forces and terrorists in the Zambezi Valley. The serious condition of the casualties demanded that the helicopters be flown into a deep ravine on a very dark night and landed in a very small landing zone situated on a steep slope. The possibility of enemy fire during the evacuation existed. Meticulous planning of the evacuation by Squadron Leader Grier and a very high standard of flying resulted in the casualties being evacuated without further loss.
Air Lieutenant Kenneth C (Ken) Law
During an engagement in the Zambezi Valley on 18th July 1968, security forces were in armed conflict with terrorists and were pinned down by effective fire from the enemy. Air Lieutenant Law was the pilot of one of two Provost aircraft, which were called in to make bombing attacks. The nature of the terrain imposed severe restrictions on their attack pattern, while the proximity of the opposing forces forced him to release his weapons over the heads of our own troops. By his determination and highly accurate flying whilst under heavy fire, his bombing resulted in many casualties among the enemy without causing loss among our forces
Flight Lieutenant Peter J (Pete) Nicholls
On 18th July 1968, Flight Lieutenant Nicholls was the pilot of a helicopter that provided air cover for Rhodesian forces during an engagement with terrorists in the Zambezi Valley. The difficulty of the terrain and proximity of the opposing forces demanded that the helicopter be flown very low and close to the terrorist position, thereby exposing the crew to heavy ground fire. By his disregard for his personal safety, Flight Lieutenant Nicholls was able to direct accurate fire on the terrorists, thus enabling the ground forces to withdraw to a more satisfactory position with minimum casualties. The same night, at about 22h00, Flight Lieutenant Nicholls was the pilot of a pair of helicopters that successfully completed a hazardous evacuation of casualities following the engagement between Rhodesian forces and terrorists. The serious condition of the casualities demanded that the helicopter be flown into a steep ravine on a very dark night and landed on a very small landing zone on a steep slope. The possibility of enemy fire during the evacuation existed. The very high standard of flying and airmanship displayed by Flight Lieutenant Nicholls contributed to the satisfactory completion of the operation without further loss.
On 19th December 1969, Flight Lieutenant Nicholls was the pilot on one of a pair of helicopters involved in the evacuation of several severely wounded soldiers after an operation in the Zambezi Valley area. The casualty evacuation occurred on a very dark night, in steadily deteriorating weather conditions and in mountainous country. There was a high possibility of continued terrorist action during the actual landing of the helicopter at the landing zone. By exercising great flying skill and airmanship, Flight Lieutenant Nicholls contributed significantly to the success of the sortie
Sergeant Kevin (Tinker) Smithdorff
On 18th July 1968, during operations, Sergeant Smithdorff was a crewmember of a helicopter that went to the assistance of ground forces that were in armed conflict with terrorists. Whilst operating under conditions of grave danger to his personal safety, Sergeant Smithdorff directed fire onto the enemy position until the aircraft was itself damaged by enemy fire and was forced to return to base. Sergeant Smithdorff's display of courage and tenacity, in support of the pilot's heroic action, contributed significantly to the success of the operation.
Senior Aircraftman Brian C Warren
Displayed courage against a well-armed terrorist group. He put in several accurate machine-gun attacks in the face of extremely heavy automatic fire.
Sergeant TJ van den Berg
On 18th July 1968, Sergeant van den Berg was the crewmember of a helicopter, which went to the assistance of Rhodesian ground forces who were pinned down by effective terrorist fire.
Whilst in a position where his personal safety was in great danger, and under heavy fire from the enemy during which the helicopter was hit, he displayed great determination and tenacity in supporting the pilot's heroic feats by directing accurate fire on the enemy position, thereby enabling 12 Troop to withdraw to a more satisfactory position
Flight Lieutenant Anthony E (Tony) van Rooyen-Smit
During an engagement in the Zambezi Valley on 18th July 1968, security forces were in armed conflict with terrorists and were pinned down by effective fire from the enemy. Flight Lieutenant Smit was the pilot of one of two Provost aircraft that were called in to make bombing attacks. The nature of the terrain imposed severe restrictions on their attack pattern, while the proximity of the enemy forced him to release his weapons over the heads of our own troops. By his determination and highly accurate flying whilst under fire, his bombing resulted in many casualties among the enemy without loss among our own force
Sergeant Robert C (Bob) Whyte
On 13th August 1967, Sergeant Whyte was the crewmember on a helicopter, which went to the assistance of Rhodesian ground forces pinned down, at a range of 25 metres, by a group of terrorists in a strong defensive position. Whilst under enemy fire, he directed attacks onto the terrorist position. His determination, under conditions of great personal danger, undoubtedly helped to keep Rhodesian casualties at a low level
Air Sub-Lieutenant Christopher P (Toffer) Dickinson
Air Sub-Lieutenant Dickinson has been continually involved in anti-terrorist operations over the past eight months. During this period, he has twice received specific recommendations for the cool and efficient manner in which he has provided armed air support for ground forces. His consistently excellent standards of flying, skill and high courage are worthy of praise.
Air Lieutenant David M (Dave) Rowe and Sergeant Carl de Beer
On 20th December 1973, Air Lieutenant Rowe and Sergeant de Beer were the crew of a helicopter engaged in a trooping sortie in the operational area. While approaching a landing zone, the aircraft came under heavy terrorist ground fire and the pilot was seriously wounded in the right arm and right leg. Sergeant de Beer immediately attempted to bind the wounds and to assist his pilot. It soon became apparent that the pilot would not be able to fly the aircraft back to the base camp, and, as a forced landing was imminent, Air Lieutenant Rowe briefed his technician on the use of an important flight control (collective pitch lever) which he was unable to operate himself.
With both members of the crew operating various flying controls, a safe landing was made, thus saving the aircraft and the lives of the passengers. In successfully overcoming this very dangerous situation, Air Lieutenant Rowe and Sergeant de Beer demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and outstanding crew cooperation.
Air Lieutenant Michael J (Mike) Litson
During 1973, Air Lieutenant Litson in continual operations against terrorists showed greatskill and courage in reconnaissance work, resulting in numerous discoveries of terrorist presence. He was also involved in eleven air strikes on terrorist positions, where his aggressive spirit and accurate delivery of weapons resulted in the elimination of terrorists and contributed significantly to the overall success of security force operations.
Air Lieutenant AW (Alf) Wilde
During 1973, Air Lieutenant Wilde participated in 14 air strikes in support of ground forces engaged in operations against terrorists. His constant and outstanding courage and high standard of operational efficiency in flying and weapons delivery have contributed greatly to the morale of ground forces and to their successes in the elimination of terrorists.
Air Lieutenant Wilde has earned and deserves the reputation of a fearless and aggressive pilot.
Sergeant Bernard K (Berni) Collocott
Throughout several engagements with terrorists, Sergeant Collocott, a helicopter crew-member, has at all times remained calm, and his decisive and calculated actions contributed a great deal to successful operations.
Air Lieutenant RD (Dick) Paxton
Air Lieutenant Paxton was overflying a terrorist camp, when his aircraft came under automatic fire. He manoeuvred his aircraft in the vicinity of the camp and directed accurate fire, causing the terrorists to flee, leaving behind large quantities of clothing, equipment and documents of great value to the security forces.
Again on 24th October 1973, Air Lieutenant Paxton's aircraft came under heavy ground fire whilst dropping troops around a terrorist camp. He positioned the troops and then actively supported the ground forces in their attack despite being under fire himself.
In this contact, many terrorists were killed. There were no security force casualties. His calmness and bravery under fire contributed in no small measure to the success of the ground forces.
Flight Lieutenant Basil Stone Moss
Flight Lieutenant Moss, a serving member of the Rhodesian Air Force and a fluent Shona linguist, volunteered for operational service with the army as an interpreter. His talents were soon fully realized and he has been called on, on many occasions, to lead or accompany security forces in pursuit of terrorists.
During September 1973, in the north-eastern border area, Flight Lieutenant Moss and his men were investigating the whereabouts of a certain terrorist group. Shortly after last light, the security force patrol was confronted by a group of three terrorists and, without regard to their personal safety, Flight Lieutenant Moss and his men opened fire killing two terrorists and capturing a third. As a result of this contact, certain weapons and valuable documents were captured.
In November 1973, Flight Lieutenant Moss was leading a security force patrol in pursuit of a group of six to seven terrorists. As his men closed in on the terrorists he realized that their position was becoming precarious and the likelihood of being ambushed was increasing. Showing courage and determination the group continued until such time as they entered the ambush position and were fired on. Flight Lieutenant Moss realized that immediate and aggressive action was required. Without hesitation or regard to their personal safety, he and his men returned the fire and forced the terrorists to flee. The contact resulted in the death of a terrorist group leader.
By his continuous courage, devotion to duty and fine leadership, Flight Lieutenant Moss has made an invaluable contribution to operations to date.
Air Lieutenant Trevor Lloyd (Beaver) Baynham
Air Lieutenant Baynham has displayed bravery and continuous devotion to duty as a helicopter pilot in numerous contacts with terrorists. On several occasions, his aircraft has been subjected to heavy terrorist fire but this has not deterred him in his support of the ground forces. His determination has inspired less-experienced pilots, thus contributing greatly to the success of operations.
Flight Sergeant Norman Farrell
Flight Sergeant Farrell has shown outstanding devotion to duty and courage on operations, in the face of enemy ground fire and under the most adverse weather conditions. His determination as a helicopter gunner has set a fine example and contributed greatly to the security forces' successes.
Flight Sergeant Stephen Arthur Stead
Flight Sergeant Stead has been involved, as a helicopter crewman, in numerous operations in support of ground forces. His determination in carrying out his duties, in the face of enemy fire, has materially affected the success of these operations. His continuous devotion to duty is noteworthy.
Flight Lieutenant John Douglas Annan
Flight Lieutenant Annan was commanding a section of helicopters in support of ground forces engaged with a terrorist gang in the north-eastern border area. During the ensuing battle, Flight Lieutenant Annan, under continuous fire from the ground, controlled the deployment of troops and air support with excellent results. Flight Lieutenant Annan displayed a high standard of leadership, courage and devotion to duty and contributed directly to the overall success of the security forces.
Sergeant Peter A (Pete) McCabe
Sergeant McCabe has shown continuous devotion to duty as a helicopter crewman on operations. His accuracy as a gunner, despite his coming under heavy fire from the ground, has made a valuable contribution to security force successes.
Sergeant Philip Andre Tubbs
Sergeant Tubbs has served for two years as an engineer and crewmember on No 7 Squadron. Throughout this period he has consistently applied himself assiduously and cheerfully to all duties, and has conscientiously carried out his operational tasks. A large number of terrorists have been killed or captured in the numerous engagements in which he has participated.
Air Lieutenant Norman DE (Barn Barn) Maasdorp
Air Lieutenant Maasdorp was the pilot of an aircraft whose task it was to support ground forces in an expected action against a terrorist group. He was able to locate the enemy position and, by skillful assessment of the situation, directed the re-positioning by helicopter of follow-up troops while ensuring that other elements of the ground forces were correctly alerted and prepared, to act as stop groups. At this stage he actively and persistently engaged the enemy with accurate fire in very difficult terrain.
Air Lieutenant Maasdorp, as a junior member of his squadron, made a major contribution to the overall success of this operation which lasted for more than eight hours, and in which 16 terrorists were killed and one captured, wounded. He displayed initiative and leadership qualities of a far higher standard that would be expected from a pilot of his experience and seniority, and brought great credit both upon himself and on his squadron.
Sergeant Hugh John (JB) Britton
Sergeant Britton has served with the Rhodesian Air Force for eleven years and has been a helicopter engineer and crewmember since 1974. Throughout his tour on No 7 Squadron, he has demonstrated marked qualities of diligence and enthusiasm for the operational tasks. Operations in which he has participated have resulted in numerous casualties to the terrorists.
Flight Sergeant Henry Allan James (Haj) Jarvie
Flight Sergeant Jarvie has served on No 7 Squadron as an engineer and gunner for two years. During this period, his devotion to duty and efficient performance under arduous conditions have been noteworthy. On one occasion, his gunsight was shattered by a burst of enemy fire which also wounded his pilot. This did not deter him from maintaining heavy and accurate fire on the terrorists until the completion of the contact
Air Lieutenant Michael John Delport
On 17`h August 1976 Air Lieutenant Delport was a pilot under operational instruction when his aircraft sustained considerable damage from ground fire during an attack on a terrorist target which resulted in the loss of roll control. The aircraft captain was injured during the attack and was forced to hand over control of the damaged aircraft to Air Lieutenant Delport during a critical stage of the attack. In spite of limited experience on the aircraft type, he displayed outstanding flying skill and professionalism in recovering the crippled aircraft to safe flight and nursing it safely back to base for a difficult landing. By his action, Air Lieutenant Delport exhibited skills of an exceptional nature, which resulted in the safe recovery of a valuable military aircraft, and to saving of life, including that of the aircraft captain who had sustained combat injuries during the initial attack.
Flight Lieutenant Robert Burns McGregor
Flight Lieutenant McGregor has served on helicopters since January 1973. On operations, he has displayed outstanding qualities of professionalism and leadership on every occasion that he has come into contact with the enemy. His skill as an operational pilot and air commander has become widely recognized by ground and air force commanders and his own subordinates.
In February 1976, Flight Lieutenant McGregor was flying the command helicopter in a formation when ground forces contacted a large group of terrorists. By the skilful direction of air strikes and the positioning of troops by helicopter, the success of the operation was ensured anda large number of terrorists was killed and others captured in the combined air and ground action. During the same month, Flight Lieutenant McGregor was piloting a helicopter during a contact when two security force members were wounded. He gave top cover to another helicopter carrying out the casualty evacuation thereby drawing fire onto his own aircraft. He returned to the contact area at night under difficult flying conditions and again under fire, to resupply troops with ammunition. These two actions are a measure of the determination that Flight Lieutenant McGregor has shown during numerous contacts.
Air Lieutenant John Malcolm Baldwin
As a helicopter pilot, Air Lieutenant Baldwin has been involved in numerous engagements with the enemy. His calm control and leadership under arduous conditions have contributed greatly to the success of these contacts. During 1976, Air Lieutenant Baldwin was flying as part of a formation in support of a combined operation against a large group of terrorists. During the contact that followed, Air Lieutenant Baldwin was responsible for carrying out the evacuation of wounded security force members. This evacuation was ,achieved despite extremely small landing zones and heavy enemy fire. Air Lieutenant Baldwin's cool skill under fire contributed greatly towards the maintenance of morale of our troops and the ultimate achievement of many killed or captured terrorists.
Sergeant Edward Reginald (Ginger) Morris
During the two and a half years in which he served as a helicopter engineer Sergeant Morris carried out his operational duties in an exemplary manner. The efficiency with which he carried out his technical duties was also of the highest order.
Air Lieutenant Christopher Paul (Chris) (Toffer) Dickinson
After dark on 7th November 1976, Air Lieutenant Dickinson was called to evacuate a seriously wounded soldier. Because of communications failure he had to search the area, finally landing in close proximity to the continuing contact. He displayed initiative, courage and resourcefulness throughout a most difficult situation.
Air Lieutenant Clive G Ward
On 11th November 1976, during a major attack on a heavily defended terrorist base, Air Lieutenant Ward, the pilot of one of a pair of light aircraft, pressed home his attack in the face of intensive ground fire, successfully destroying two heavy machine guns. He displayed courage and determination.
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Air Lieutenant Michael J (Mick) Delport
On 11th November 1976, during a major attack on a heavily defended terrorist base, Air Lieutenant Delport, the pilot of one of a pair of light aircraft, pressed home his attack in the face of accurate and intensive ground fire, successfully destroying two heavy machine guns. He displayed courage and determination.
Over the period of 9th &10th December 1976, Air Lieutenant Delport was involved together with a helicopter of No 7 Squadron as the total air effort, against groups of terrorists. Bydisplaying initiative, determination and tenacity, he contributed very largely to a highly-successful operation.
Flight Lieutenant MRM (Russell) Broadbent
On an afternoon in June 1976, Flight Lieutenant Broadbent, flying a light aircraft, was required to assist jet effort in neutralizing extremely heavy ground to air fire.
Despite determinated ground fire, he pressed home his attack to very good effect, showing a complete disregard for his own safety.
Squadron Leader Tudor M (Dood) Thomas
Squadron Leader DAG (Dag) Jones
Flight Lieutenant FL (Beaver) Baynham
Flight Lieutenant CJ (Chris) Wentworth
On 15th November 1976, these four officers were involved in providing support to ground forces throughout a day-long successful contact with terrorists. Their perseverance and tenacity were outstanding.
Flight Lieutenant MD (Danny) Svoboda
Over the period of 9th/10th December 1976, Flight Lieutenant Svoboda (who held the rank of air lieutenant at the time), was involved, together with an aircraft of No 4 Squadron as the total air effort, in intensive ground operations against groups of terrorists. By displaying initiative, determination and tenacity, he contributed very largely to a highly-successful operation.
Squadron Leader Michael S (Mike) Saunders
Squadron Leader Saunders, a reserve pilot of a light aircraft, was called out at midnight when terrorists attacked a lonely farmhouse. He dropped flares in the area but the terrorists continued to attack. As there was no other assistance available, he then carried out a rocket attack, successfully dispersing the terrorists.
He displayed high personal courage and flying skill.
Flight Lieutenant Philip W (Phil) Haigh
Over the past two years, Flight Lieutenant Haigh's aggressive flying in support of ground forces has reflected great personal determination and courage. During a recent contact, he displayed flying skill of a high order by attacking terrorists who had pinned down security forces at a range of 25 metres. This precision attack permitted the troops to take the fight successfully to the enemy.
Flight Lieutenant Mark L Aitchinson
Flight Lieutenant Aitchinson served on No 7 Squadron from February 1974 to April 1977. During this period, he was employed almost entirely on operations and made frequent contact with the enemy. Through his continuous devotion to duty, he greatly assisted the security forces in their task of eliminating the enemy.
Air Lieutenant David A D (Dave) Bourhill
On 28th February 1976 Air Lieutenant Bourhill was involved in a day-long battle against terrorists during which he flew eight hours thirty minutes in his aircraft. He carried out a number of strikes on the terrorists with coolness and precision, despite his limited experience, and was largely responsible for the high casualty rate inflicted on the enemy. Throughout the engagement, he displayed bravery and determination of a high order.
Squadron Leader Richard J (Rich) Brand
Since 1st January 1976, Squadron Leader Brand, Officer Commanding No 1 Squadron, has been involved in 27 operational air strikes. Four of these strikes were in direct support of ground forces that were in close contact with the enemy. By his efficiency and the professional manner in which these sorties were carried out, Squadron Leader Brand set a fine example to his subordinates.
Flight Lieutenant Stephen H (Steve) Caldwell
Flight Lieutenant Caldwell served on No 7 Squadron from January 1973 to February 1976. During this period he had many successes against terrorists in his role as a helicopter pilot, and made a marked contribution to the effectiveness in battle of his squadron.
Squadron Leader W Graham Cronshaw
Squadron Leader Cronshaw served on No 7 Squadron from December 1970 to April 1975 and completed his tour as the 'A' flight commander of that squadron. He contributed significantly to the operational preparedness of No 7 Squadron, and since his appointment to a staff post, has maintained his flying currency on the helicopter. He has been subject to periodic service on No 7 Squadron where his previous experience has been invaluable. His service has been noteworthy for continuous devotion to duty.
Flight Sergeant Alexander Ian (Flamo) Fleming
Flight Sergeant Fleming joined No 7 Squadron in August 1975 and is still serving. During this service on the squadron, Flight Sergeant Fleming has come into contact with the enemy on many occasions in his role of helicopter technician.
He was recently involved in a successful casualty evacuation by night in very difficult circumstances during which, owing to the very capable assistance that he provided his pilot, three wounded security force men were recovered to hospital. His service has been noteworthy for continuous devotion to duty.
Sergeant Alan Aird (MFC Op second award)
Sergeant Aird, a reservist and ex-7 Squadron technician, had served in the operational area in 1976 and 1977. During those periods, his application to the task has been far above the normal demands of duty and has significantly contributed towards the squadron's performance in the field. His service on call-up has been noteworthy for continuous devotion to duty.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Mowbray Harvey, DMM
Flight Lieutenant Harvey was awarded the Defence Forces Medal for Meritorious Service in March 1975 for service recorded on No 7 Squadron prior to his posting to No 3 Squadron. Since that date, he has been attached to the helicopter squadron on several occasions and has been involved in many contacts with the enemy. Because of his professional knowledge and ability in this role, he has continued to make a highly-commendable contribution to the operational effort.
Sergeant Johannes Jacobus Botha (Hans) Steyn
Sergeant Steyn was posted to No 7 Squadron in December 1975 and is still serving on that squadron. Since December 1975, he has had many contacts with terrorists as a helicopter technician, in which role he has excelled.
Flight Sergeant Anthony Robert (Tony) Jordan
Flight Sergeant Jordan joined No 7 Squadron in August 1975 and is still serving on that squadron. During his tour, he has participated in many contacts with the enemy in his role of helicopter technician. His aggressive approach to his task is deserving of commendation.
Air Lieutenant Mark G (Willie) Knight
Air Lieutenant Knight was posted to No 7 Squadron on 1st September 1975 and is still serving. During this period, he has been employed entirely on operations and has been involved in many successful contacts with the enemy as a helicopter pilot in the fireforce. His service on the squadron has been characterized by outstanding devotion to duty.
Air Lieutenant Nicholas HM (Nick) Meikle
Air Lieutenant Meikle joined No 7 Squadron in February 1976 and is still serving on that unit. He has been involved in numerous successful contacts with the enemy, and his contribution to the success of helicopter operations has been highly commendable.
Squadron Leader Douglas W (Doug/Glob) Pasea
Squadron Leader Pasea served on No 5 Squadron for a period in excess of ten years after he qualified as a navigator. His service has been noteworthy for continuous devotion to duty. As an 'A' flight commander of the squadron, he bore a heavy responsibility for the operational effectiveness of the unit. He has shown an above average professional ability, and has been directly involved in 30 operational sorties.
Air Lieutenant Kevin L Peinke
Air Lieutenant Peinke was posted to No 7 Squadron on 1st September 1975 and is still serving on that squadron. During this period, he has been employed entirely on operations and has had many successful contacts with the enemy as a helicopter pilot. His readiness to take the fight to the enemy has been commendable.
Flight Lieutenant Mark Frank McLean, BCR
Flight Lieutenant McLean retired from the air force in 1976 having served on No 7 Squadron for five years, during which time he earned the Bronze Cross of Rhodesia. Since 1976, he has served on No 7 Squadron on each of his call-up periods as a reserve pilot, during which he has been involved in 21 contacts with the enemy. His service as a reserve pilot has been highly commendable.
Flight Lieutenant RWJ (Bill) Sykes
Flight Lieutenant Sykes has served on No 7 Squadron for the past two years during which time he has been involved in 37 contacts with the enemy in all theatres of operation. By his aggressive approach to his duties, he has made a commendable contribution to security force operations.
Air Lieutenant Martin Stuart Hatfield
On 21St March an army formation contacted a large group of terrorists. The ground was unfavourable to the army, who were pinned down by the enemy fire and were in some danger of being overrun.
Air Lieutenant Hatfield was called upon to assist. Despite being subjected to heavy and accurate enemy fire on each occasion, Air Lieutenant Hatfield made several attacks on the enemy positions, expending all his weapons. Air Lieutenant Hatfield's courage and determination were commendable and in the opinion of the commander on the spot, prevented the army position from being overrun.
Air Lieutenant Nigel Lamb and Air Lieutenant Christopher J (Chris) Tucker
At 18h00 on 28th January 1978 Air Lieutenant Tucker was flying a Lynx aircraft as top cover to Air Lieutenant Lamb, flying a helicopter, during an extraction of troops from a hostile area. On approaching the landing zone, Air Lieutenant Lamb came under heavy enemy ground fire and was forced to withdraw.
The two young pilots, using radio communications, then coolly assessed their predicament and formulated their plan of action. In conditions of failing light, which precluded heavier air support, Air Lieutenant Tucker attacked the enemy positions while Air Lieutenant Lamb uplifted the security force call sign.
Their display of professionalism, skill and determination was highly commendable.
Air Lieutenant Christopher J (Chris) Tucker (Second Award)
For five days, Air Lieutenant Tucker was the sole air effort on a particular operation. He delivered numerous air strikes with little or no covering fire and he played a major part in destroying enemy equipment and neutralizing enemy positions. His highly effective participation in the operation materially assisted ground forces in achieving their objective.
Warrant Officer Douglas G (Doug) Sinclair
Warrant Officer Sinclair has served on No 7 Squadron for the past two years as one of the senior technicians on the squadron. He has played a major part in maintaining the highest servicing standards within the squadron. He has proved to be an extremely capable helicopter technician and crewmember and has acquitted himself well in all operational areas. His professional approach and devotion to duty have set an excellent example to his fellow crewmen.
Sergeant HK (Bert) Keightley
Sergeant Keightley has served on No 7 Squadron for the past two years and three months. Throughout this period, he has proved to be a most efficient helicopter technician and crewmember and has acquitted himself well in all operational areas.
Sergeant CD (Dave) Jenkins
Sergeant Jenkins has served on No 7 Squadron for the past three years. Throughout this period he has discharged his duties as a helicopter technician and crew member in a highly-efficient and professional manner, under all conditions and in all operational areas. He has rendered distinguished service in all spheres of squadron activity and has displayed continuous devotion to duty.
Sergeant Hugh R (Mac) McCormick
Before his retirement from the air force in 1976, Sergeant McCormick spent four years seven months on No 4 Squadron and 12 months on No 7 Squadron. Since his retirement, he has served as a reservist on No 7 Squadron for all his call-up periods. He has effectively contributed to both squadrons' operational results by his all-round efficiency and cheerful, willing approach.
Sergeant C Frank Robinson
Sergeant Robinson has served on No 7 Squadron for the past two and a quarter years, during which period he has discharged his duties as a helicopter technician and crewmember, in an efficient, professional manner, under all conditions and in all operational areas.
Flight Lieutenant Christopher J (Chris) Abram
On 27th July 1978 Flight Lieutenant Abram displayed judgement, initiative and courage of a high order while flying a Lynx aircraft in support of ground forces.
Flight Lieutenant Richard G (Rich) Beaver
As a light aircraft pilot, Flight Lieutenant Beaver was involved in two highly commendable actions during October 1977. In the first, he assisted ground forces to withdraw from an untenable position by delivering a hazardous night air-to-ground attack on terrorists by the light of flares, which he had dropped. Later, over dangerous terrain in the Zambezi River gorge, he successfully attacked terrorists attempting to cross the river by boat and then provided highly effective control for a strike by jet aircraft on terrorist position adjacent to the crossing point.
Flight Lieutenant Alan C Bradnick
Flight Lieutenant Bradnick attested into the regular force in 1953 and retired as a Dakota training captain in 1972, later joining the Volunteer Reserve. In addition to the enthusiasm that he re-applied to the flying training task given to him, the determination and flying skill he has displayed on many operational sorties has been highly commendable.
Sergeant Paul A Braun
Sergeant Braun has been involved personally in some 61 contacts with the enemy during his tour of duty on No 7 Squadron. In all these actions, he has demonstrated courage and tenacity of a high order and has set a fine example for his colleagues.
Air Lieutenant Richard H (Dick/Prof) Christie
Air Lieutenant Christie, an officer of the Rhodesian Air Force Volunteer Reserve, has served on No 3 Squadron as a pilot since October 1974. The spirit in which he has volunteered his services and the manner in which he has conducted himself in the field have made a commendable contribution to the operational effort.
Flight Lieutenant Carlos M da Silveira
Flight Lieutenant da Silveira has served as a pilot on No 3 Squadron since he joined the force in January 1976. The cool determination, skill and professionalism he has applied to completing many hazardous tasks by day and by night reflect credit on him, his squadron and on the force. His positive attitude to the task in hand has been an excellent example to all who have served with him.
Air Lieutenant ME (Mark) Dawson
Air Lieutenant Dawson has served on operations as a helicopter pilot for two and a half years. In the course of 51 contacts with the enemy, he has displayed courage, imitative and a high degree of devotion to duty. He has rendered consistently valuable service to the air force and Rhodesia.
Flight Lieutenant Richard E (Dicky) Dives
Flight Lieutenant Dives is a retired regular officer who served as a reserve pilot flying light aircraft. He has distinguished himself on numerous occasions, both by the accuracy of his weapon delivery and the professional manner in which he has taken the lead in the conduct of operations. He has made a valuable contribution to the air force's operational effort.
Squadron Leader Bernard Gerard (Bee Gee) Graaff, MFC (Non Op)
The then Flight Lieutenant Graaff was tasked to halt a night terrorist attack on a farm homestead. He illuminated the area with flares but the terrorists persisted in their attack. However, after establishing indirect communication with the farmer, he selected two target
Air Lieutenant Trevor Arthur Jew
During his service, Air Lieutenant Jew has consistently shown courage and determination in air operations. Typical of this spirit was an incident of the 12th August, 1978, when a Security Force unit was pinned down, out of ammunition and in danger of being over run.
Despite the continuous fire directed at him, Air Lieutenant Jew pressed home accurate attacks and prevented the enemy from capitalising on their advantage.
His aggressive attitude undoubtedly gained the time necessary to effect a successful withdrawal of the unit.
Air Lieutenant Jew is serving as a pilot with No. 4 Squadron. On the night of the 14th January, 1979, he reacted to a call for assistance from a farmhouse that was under a terrorist attack. Although the weather conditions and the terrain made navigation difficult he responded without hesitation.
The attack on the farmhouse continued dispite the initial efforts of Air Lt Jew, who then delivered several weapons attacks against the terrorists' positions.
This suc cessful air attack caused the terrorists to retreat and undoubtedly saved the lives of the occupants of the farmhouse. The pilot demonstrated a high degree of flying skill, determination and courage.
Air Sub-Lieutenant Jonathan Hugh Ludgater
During March, 1979, Air Sub-Lieutenant Ludgater, whilst flying a Lynx, was called upon to provide top cover for two helicopters that had sustained damage from enemy small arms fire. Despite being subjected to heavy and accurate enemy fire, Air Sub-Lieutenant Ludgater made two attacks on the enemy position. During the second attack his aircraft sustained damage resulting in total aileron control failure which caused the aircraft to roll dangerously to the right. By correctly analysing the problem in a cool, and professional manner Air Sub-Lieutenant Ludgater brought the aircraft back under control and flew the aircraft safely back to base. During this incident he exhibited flying skill of an exceptional nature, and saved a valuable military aircraft.
Air Lieutenant Raymond John Bolton
Air Lieutenant Bolton has served as an operational ground attack and helicopter pilot over the past two and a half years. During this period he has been involved in 56 contacts with the enemy, demonstrating throughout commendable skill, courage and devotion to duty.
Air Lieutenant William David Michie
Air Lieutenant Michie has served as a helicopter pilot over the past two years. During this period he has been involved in over 60 contacts with the enemy. He has demonstrated skill and courage, and has set a fine example to those serving with him.
Air Lieutenant Geoffrey Alan Oborne
Air Lieutenant Oborne is currently serving as a helicopter pilot and his completed 18 months of operational flying, and has come into contact with the enemy on many occasions, often as the command helicopter pilot. He has demonstrated skill and leadershi of a highly commendable standard, throughout the period
Air Lieutenant William David Michie
Air Lieutenant Michie has served as a helicopter pilot over the past two years. During this period he has been involved in over 60 contacts with the enemy. He has demonstrated skill and courage, and has set a fine example to those serving with him.
Air Lieutenant Ian Forrester Peacocke
Air Lieutenant Peacocke has served as a helicopter pilot over the past 18 months. Throughout this period he has displayed skill and courage in contact with the enemy, setting a fine example to all those serving with him.
Air Lieutenant John David Kidson
Air Lieutenant Kidson has served on No. 4 Squadron since November, 1976. He has been involved in numerous contacts with the enemy and has consistently conducted operations in an efficient and cool manner. He has provided invaluable assistance in the Fire Force role in which his ability has proved outstanding.
Flight Lieutenant G. H. F. Du Toit
On the 12th January 1978 during a major contact with terrorists, the airborne Army Commander was wounded and was unable to continue to control the battle. Flight Lieutenant Du Toit, flying a helicopter, then took over command of all the Army stop groups and deployed them to surround and cut off the terrorists. For the remainder of the day-long battle, during which he flew for 61 hours, Flight Lieutenant Du Toit continued to command the operation, demonstrating a high degree of competence and determination throughout the day.
Air Lieutenant Terence John McCormick
On the 9th October, 1978, Air Sub-Lieutenant McCormick was the lead helicopter pilot in an action against terrorists. On arrival overhead the target area, the Army officer in McCormick's aircraft was wounded and it became necessary for Air Sub-Lieutenant McCormick to assume control of the action, to deploy troops, to co-ordinate airstrikes and to maintain the momentum of the sweep lines.
Despite heavy ground fire McCormick only handed over to another aircraft once the initiatives was firmly with the Security Forces.
He then evacuated the wounded Army Officer to safety and resumed his aggressive role in the battle in which many terrorists were killed. His performance throughout the period of the contact was highly commendable.
Flight Lieutenant M. F. McLean, BCR
Flight Lieutenant McLean retired from the Air Force in 1976 having served on No. 7 Squadron for five years, during which time he earned the Bronze Cross of Rhodesia. Since 1976, he has served on No. 7 Squadron on each of his call-up periods as a Reservist, during which he has been involved in 21 contacts with the enemy. His service as a Reservist has been highly commendable.
Flight Lieutenant R. W. J. Sykes
Flight Lieutenant Sykes has served on No. 7 Squadron for the past two years during which time he has been involved in 37 contacts with the enemy in all theatres of operation. By his aggressive approach to his duties he has made a commendable contribution to Security Force operations.
Air Lieutenant M. S. Hatfield
On 21st March an Army formation contacted a large group of terrorists. The ground was unfavourable to the Army, who were pinned down by enemy fire and were in some danger of being overrun.
Air Lieutenant Hatfield was called upon to assist. Despite being subjected to heavy and accurate enemy fire on each occasion, Air Lieutenant Hatfield made several attacks on the enemy positions, expending all his weapons. Air Lieutenant Hatfield's courage and determination was commendable and in the opinion of the Commander on the spot, prevented the Army position being overrun.
Air Lieutenant N. Lamb and Air Lt C. J. Tucker
Air Lieutenant Tucker was flying a light air-craft as top cover to Air Lieutenant Lamb, flying a helicopter, during an extraction of troops from a hostile area. On approaching the landing zone, Air Lieutenant Lamb came under heavy enemy ground fire and was forced to withdraw.
The two young pilots, using radio communications, then coolly assessed their predicament and formulated their plan of action. In conditions of failing light, which precluded heavier air support, Air Lieutenant Tucker attacked he enemy positions while Air Lieutenant Lamb uplifted the security force callsign.
Their display of professionalism, skill and determination. was highly commendable,
Air Lieutenant C. J. Tucker (Second Award)
For five days, Air Lieutenant Tucker was the sole air effort on a particular operation. He delivered numerous air strikes with little or no covering fire and he played a major part in destroying enemy equipment and neutralising enemy positions. His highly effective participation in the operation materially assisted ground forces in achieving their objective.
Warrant Officer D. G. Sinclair
Warrant Officer Sinclair has served on No. 7 Squadron for the past two years as one of the senior technicians on the Squadron. He has played a major part in maintaining the highest servicing standards within the Squadron. He has proved to be an extremely capable helicopter technician and crew member and has acquitted himself well in all operational areas. His professional approach and devotion to duty have set an excellent example to his fellow crew-men.
Sergeant H. K. Keightley
Sergeant Keightley has served on No. 7 Squadron for the past two years and three months. Throughout this period he has proved to be a most efficient helicopter technician and crew member and has acquitted himself well in all cperational areas.
Sergeant C. D. Jenkins
Sergeant Jenkins has served on No. 7 Squadron for the past three years. Throughout this period he has discharged his duties as a helicopter technician and crew member in a highly efficient and professional manner, under all conditions and in all operational areas. He has rendered distinguished service in all spheres of Squadron activity and has displayed continuous devotion to duty.
Sergeant H. R. McCormick
Prior to his retirement from the Air Force in 1976, Sergeant McCormick spent 4 years 7 months on No. 4 Squadron and 12 months on No. 7 Squadron. Since his retirement he has served as a Reservist on No. 7 Squadron for all his call-up periods. He has effectively contributed to both Squadrons' operational results by his all-round efficiency and cheerful, willing approach.
Sergeant C. F. Robinson
Sergeant Robinson has served , on No. 7 Squadron for the past two and a quarter years. During this period he has discharged his duties as a helicopter technician and crew member. in an efficient. profesional manner, under all conditions and in all operational areas.
MILITARY FORCES COMMENDATION (NON-OPERATIONAL)
Warrant Officer I Michael Eric McCormack
Warrant Officer I McCormack has served with No. 3 Squadron since July, 1975, and he became Warant Officer in Charge on 1st February, 1977.
Through his unstinting efforts he has maintained the Squadron at a high standard of serviceability. His leadership of the technical team of his Squadron is most commendable.
Warrant Officer II Colin John Bedford
During a recent operation Warrant Officer II C. J. Bedford was appointed to be in charge of a technical team supporting on squadron deployment. By his enthusiasm and dedication to the task he made an outstanding contribution to the success of the operation.
Warrant Officer II Colin John Bedford
During a recent operation Warrant Officer II C. J. Bedford was appointed, to be in charge of a technical team supporting on squadron deployment. By his enthusiasm and dedication to the task he made an outstanding contribution to the success of the operation.
Sergeant Michael Stephen Cunningham
Sergeant M. S. Cunningham has served with No. 3 Squadron since 1st February, 1978.
He has shown outstanding qualities as a technician and his personal efforts to maintain the operational efficiency of the Squadron have involved arduous work above the call of duty.
Sergeant Roger Shepherd
Sergeant R. Shepherd has served with No. 3 Squadron since 1st March, 1977. Despite a disability received on operations, he has displayed a high degree of diligence and has set a most worthy example by his enthusiasm for his work.
Sergeant Roger Shepherd
Sergeant R. Shepherd has served with No. 3 Squadron since 1st March, 1977. Despite a disability received on operations, he has displayed a high degree of diligence and has set a most worthy example by his enthusiasm for his work.
THE COMMANDER'S COMMENDATION
Sergeant D. Garside
who was on duty at the ATC Fire Section on the 6th November, 1978, when he became aware of an unusual engine noise emanating from one of three Hunter aircraft in the circuit. He immediately informed Air Traffic Control and the pilot was instructed to land. By his exceptional vigilance Sergeant Garside saved the air-craft from serious damage.
Air Lieutenant C. Buchan
who was a passenger in a helicopter which hit power lines and crashed into a dam, turning inverted as it did so. Air Lt Buchan assisted the pilot in releasing his seat belt and, when the pilot experienced further difficulties in the water, helped him to safety. Air Lt Buchan's display of cool nerve and sound judgement and timely actions undoubtedly saved the pilot's life.
Corporal E. Bori
who was responsible for saving a member of the Security Section from serious injury.
A guard dog under treatment for an illness turned vicious and savaged his handler, continuing the attack until Corporal Bori, with complete disregard for his own safety tackled the dog, allowing the injured handler to escape.
His display of courage was highly commendable.
Master Sergeant G. E. Maddocks
who, on the 14th December, 1978, was instructed to assess the damage caused, by terrorist action, to a civilian fuel bowser. Although he found the vehicle extensively damaged, he was able to make the vehicle towable. Then, although his own vehicle was considered totally unsuited to be used as a tractor, he displayed outstanding driving skill in towing the bowser from the danger area over hazardous roads to safety. The initiative and technical expertise demonstrated by Master Sergeant Maddocks in this difficult situation was highly commendable.
Master Sergeant M. S. Burlin
who has displayed resourcefulness and industry of a high order in producing a water cannon for use by the Bomb Disposal Squad. This device has greatly increased the Force's capabilities in dealing with suspect packages. His approach to his and other projects is typical of his dedication to his work.
Air Lieutenant C. G. Goatley
who was the pilot of a helicopter involved in an attack on a terrorist base. When an aircraft crashed close to the terrorist position, Air Lt Goatley took immediate control of the situation. He directed other helicopters to provide protection during the rescue, to inspect the crashed helicopter and to evacuate the injured. His prompt action and display of above average command ability in a hostile environment ensured the swift recovery of the injured crew to safety.
Air Lieutenant Nigel Lamb
On the 27th July 1978, Air Lieutenant Lamb and his helicopter crewman, Corporal Saint, deployed troops and gave covering fire during attempts to rescue a crashed helicopter crew, in an area strongly defended by terrorists.
Although troops were eventually forced to withdraw and recover to base, the determination and courage displayed by the helicopter crew, in the face of extremely heavy ground fire, was highly commendable.
Air Lieutenant Michael Charles Kruger
On 17th August 1978, Air Sub Lieutenant Kruger was the pilot of an aircraft which flew a stick of troops to the assistance of ground forces ambushed by terrorists.
At the scene of the ambush he found the ground action in progress. After deploying the troops, he engaged the enemy to very good effect and, thereafter, directed a sweep through the ambush area by the ground party.
Air Sub-Lt Kruger's aggressive and competent reaction contributed materially to the successful resolution of a difficult situation.
Master Sergeant Guy Kenneth Phipps
Master Sgt Phipps and Master Sgt Hartwell were responsible for all the technical work associated with the re-siting of the Air Force Communications Centre. This task involved considerable extra work during weekends and after normal working hours over a period of several months. The final product was an example of sound engineering which allowed a smooth and rapid changeover to the new location and has resulted in improved efficiency in Air Force Communications Centre. They are commended for their industry and dedication to their task.
Corporal Philip James Archenoul
On 17th August 1978, Corporal Archenoul was a member of the crew of an aircraft which flew a stick of troops to the assistance of ground forces ambushed by terrorists. A ground action was in progress at the scene of the ambush. The pilot of the aircraft after deploying the stick of troops, engaged the enemy from the air. Corporal Archenoul's competent and aggressive participation contributed materially to the successful outcome of the action.
The Thornhill Simulator Section
The Section, planned and constructed a simulator for basic flying training, including the design and erection of a suitable building to house the equipment. The project was completed very rapidly and at minimal cost through the unstinting efforts of the members of the Section, led by Master Sgt Nesbit, P. R. They displayed outstanding enthusiasm, industry and a high degree of technical skill in their task. The new equipment is a valuable addition to the training capability of the Rhodesian Air Force.
The New Sarum Fire Section
The Section was called to assist the civil authorities in fighting a major fire at the Bulk Fuel Storage Depot, .Salisbury on the 11th December, 1978.
Due to the intense heat caused by the ignition of the fuel tanks, many difficulties were encountered, but members of the Section resolutely fought the fire despite considerable danger to themselves.
They only relinquished their efforts after more than 8 hours of continuous exertion throughout the night, during which time they contributed significantly to the efforts made to contain the fire.
AC S. J. Anstee
AC Anstee was manning a guard post at a Forward Airfield when terrorists mounted a major attack on the security force position.
Aircraftman Anstee took immediate retaliatory action using machine-gun fire, thereby allowing security forces to re-group and repel the attack.
Flight Sergeant S. Farrell and Flight Sergeant G. H. Swanepoel
Flight Sergeants Farrell and Swanepoel were responsible for the design and development of an
aircraft gun fit. By their close co-operation and diligent application to the task, they produced
a completely acceptable solution to a complex problem and, therefore, made a marked contri
Dution to the war effort.
Flight Lieutenant E. H. Paintin
Flt Lt Paintin was flying a Canberra at 30 000 ft when the instruments indicated a fire in the starboard engine. Full fire drills were carried out but the fire warning light remained on. After the navigator had carried out a visual check and a chase aircraft had confirmed that no external signs of a fire were visible, Flight Lieutenant Paintin elected not to abandon the aircraft but returned to base where he carried out an assymetric landing without incident. Flight Lieutenant Paintin undoubtedly saved a valuable aircraft.
Air Lieutenant N. D. E. Maasdorp
Air Lt Maasdorp came under extremely heavy small arms fire while landing his helicopter. His technician was killed, while he and a soldier were wounded. Despite his injuries and damage to the aircraft, Air Lieutenant Maasdorp flew the helicopter out of danger and landed it safely a short distance away. His prompt, cool and correct handling of an emergency situation, in the face of enemy fire, was outstanding.