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Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:O11371
Rank:Wing Commander
Date of Birth:4 July 1923
Place of Birth:Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Decorations:Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal (US)
Units:No. 77 Squadron, RAAF


21 May 1942Enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force.
22 July 1970Discharged from Royal Australian Air Force.


Distinguished Flying Cross:
Since September, 1952, Flight Lieutenant Hurst has held the appointment of Flight Commander in No. 77 (Interceptor/Fighter) Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, operating from a forward air base in Korea. During his current tour of operations, Flight Lieutenant Hurst has already flown one hundred and twenty one Meteor jet fighter sorties against the enemy, eighty-six of these sorties being ground attack strikes. These ground attack strikes consisting of rocketing and strafing, have been directed against heavily defended enemy troop concentrations, supply centres, lines of communication and ammunition dumps.
On 22nd September, 1952, Flight Lieutenant Hurst directed and lead a Squadron rocket attack against a dangerous build-up of enemy troops in North West Korea. Although met by intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, this officer brilliantly led the Squadron in a low, daring attack, which successfully destroyed the target.
Throughout his many operations, Flight Lieutenant Hurst has displayed complete disregard for personal safety, and his courage, and leadership ability have brought great credit upon himself and the Royal Australian Air Force.

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll
Korean War Nominal Roll

Record updated on 17 December 2017.


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