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Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:584; O3104
Rank:Wing Commander
Date of Birth:13 November 1920
Place of Birth:North Sydney, NSW, Australia
Date of Death:28 May 1992 (Aged 71 years)
Decorations:Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar
Air Medal (US)

AWM: P10029.011.001

Distinguished Service OrderDistinguished Flying Cross & Bar
1939-45 StarPacific Star1939-45 War MedalAustralian Service Medal 1939-45
Korea MedalUN Service Medal for KoreaQueen Elizabeth II Coronation MedalAir Medal (US)


Distinguished Service Order:
Wing Commander KINNINMONT is now completing his fourth operational tour overseas. During this tour he occupied the post of Officer Commanding No. 77 (Interceptor/Fighter) Squadron and has shown outstanding determination and courage.
He commenced his present tour at a time when the Squadron had just taken on strength a large percentage of inexperienced pilots but by his personal leadership and example, he succeeded in maintaining the squadron at its customary high level of operational efficiency.
Wing Commander KINNINMONT led the Squadron on many operations which, to ensure success, required attacks to be driven home to dangerously low altitudes in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire. On three separate missions his aircraft was hit by ground fire but on each occasion he continued to press home his attack with great determination.
This officer's shrewd and aggressive leadership has been a credit to himself and the Royal Australian Air Force.

Distinguished Flying Cross:
Squadron Leader KINNINMONT was a member of No. 453 Fighter Squadron throughout the Malayan campaign and completed a total of 70 hours of operational flying, during which he destroyed three Japanese aircraft and damaged another six.
He was posted to No. 77 I/F. Squadron on the 1st August, 1943, and flew a total of 17 operational hours before being posted to command No. 75 I/F. Squadron on the 23rd October, 1943. While with this squadron, he completed a further 131 hours of operational flying, and brought his total of sorties to 107 with 31 strikes.
Squadron Leader KINNINMONT has proved himself to be an outstanding leader, and has displayed exceptional courage and skill in the execution of offensive strikes against the enemy. He has repeatedly attacked and inflicted damage on the enemy in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, particularly during the months of February and March, 1944, when his determined and daring attacks on targets in the Alexishaven, Hansa Bay and Wewak areas set a striking example to all members of his squadron. His courage and keenness have at all times been outstanding and have contributed considerably to their innumerable successes.

Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross:
As Wing Leader of No. 78 (Fighter) Wing for over seven months, Squadron Leader KINNINMONT has displayed outstanding leadership and keenness to destroy the enemy, and has been largely responsible for the excellent results achieved during the Borneo operations.
Operating from Tarakan, Squadron Leader KINNINMONT led his formations constantly on strafing and dive-bombing attacks on Japanese installations, concentrations and dumps along enemy escape routes inland from the east coast of Borneo, and at Sandakan, Tawao, Selor, Balikpapan and Bandjermasin.
His leadership when engaged on close support operations with the 7th Australian Division in extremely difficult country at Balikpapan was excellent, and played a considerable part in their successful conclusion.
Squadron Leader KINNINMONT's cheerfulness, daring and devotion to duty have been paramount in the achievements of the squadrons under his leadership.

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll
Korean War Nominal Roll
The London Gazette - Distinguished Service Order Announcement (7 July 1953)
The London Gazette - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross Announcement (21 June 1946)
The London Gazette - Air Medal Announcement (26 April 1955)


Lax, M. 2016 Kinninmont, Jack Royston (19201992). Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 20 December 2017 from <http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/kinninmont-jack-royston-16237>.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1995, KINNINMONT Jack Royston : Service Number - O3104 : Date of Birth - 13/11/1920 : Place of Birth - North Sydney, NSW : Conflict - WW2, Korea, A12372, R/3104/H.

Record updated on 12 April 2018.


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