Distinguished Service Order Awardee List

A total of 3 Awards are listed.
Distinguished Service Order : 3 |
Distinguished Service Order
Sqn Ldr   Mehar Singh 1559 GD(P)Unit : No.6 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 28 Mar 44
Details : Sqn Ldr Mehar Singh, DSO. IND/1559 : This officer has completed a very large number of operations, and has displayed great skill, courage and determination. He is a most inspiring leader, whose example has been reflected in the fine fighting spirit of the squadron. This officer has rendered most valuable service.
Reference: London Gazette 36443 dated 24 March 1944. Page 1443 (Courtesy Hugh Halliday) 

Distinguished Service Order
Sqn Ldr   Geoffrey Stanton Sharp RNZAFUnit : No.4 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 23 Mar 45
Details : Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Stanton Sharp, DSO. (403476 RNZAF) : In January 1945, this officer led the squadron on a sortie in support of a landing by ground forces at Myebone. The purpose was to lay a smoke screen. Precise timing and great accuracy were essential to success. In spite of considerable anti-aircraft fire, Squadron Leader Sharp led his squadron in to the target with great skill and, as a result of the excellent work performed, the ground forces were enabled to execute a landing under a well-timed and accurately placed smoke screen. During the operation Squadron Leader Sharp's aircraft was hit several times by anti-aircraft fire, but he flew it back to base. This officer has completed many reconnaissances over difficult terrain and in extremely bad weather, with excellent results. He has displayed exceptional skill, great courage and devotion to duty in the execution of his allotted tasks.
Reference: London Gazette 36997 dated 20 March 1945. Page 1594 (Courtesy Hugh Halliday) 

Distinguished Service Order
Sqn Ldr   Robert Francis Thomas Doe 41908 RAFUnit : No.10 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 02 Oct 45
Details : Sqn Ldr Robert Francis Thomas Doe, DSO DFC. (41908 RAF) : Under the inspiring leadership of Squadron Leader Doe, his squadron has attained a high standard of operational efficiency. He has successfully completed numerous bombing and low-level attacks within 60 yards of our troops and over mountainous and difficult terrain. Whilst operating over the Arakan front his squadron has been responsible for the destruction of over 200 river craft, one tank, three bridges, six ferries and various other enemy objectives. Squadron Leader Doe has completed his third tour of operational duty and has at all times displayed an unconquerable spirit and great devotion to duty
Reference: London Gazette 37291 dated 2 Oct 1945. Page 4857 (Courtesy Hugh Halliday) 

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