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McNAMARA, FRANK HUBERT, VC, CB, CBE

Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:5
Rank:Air Vice Marshal
Date of Birth:4 April 1894
Place of Birth:Rushworth, Victoria, Australia
Date of Death:2 November 1961 (Aged 67 years)
Decorations:Victoria Cross
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

AWM: P00336.001

Citations

Victoria Cross:
For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during an aerial bomb attack upon a hostile construction train, when one of our pilots was forced to land behind the enemy's lines.
Lt. McNamara, observing this pilot's predicament and the fact that hostile cavalry were approaching, descended to his rescue. He did this under heavy rifle fire and in spite of the fact that he himself had been severely wounded in the thigh.
He landed about 200 yards from the damaged machine, the pilot of which climbed on to Lt. McNamara's machine, and an attempt was made to rise. Owing, however, to his disabled leg, Lt. McNamara was unable to keep his machine straight, and it turned over. The two officers, having extricated themselves, immediately set fire to the machine and made their way across to the damaged machine, which they succeeded in starting.
Finally Lt. McNamara, although weak from loss of blood, flew this machine back to the aerodrome, a distance of seventy miles, and thus completed his comrade's rescue.

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll
Wikipedia
The London Gazette - Victoria Cross Citation (8 June 1917)

Record updated on 23 March 2018.


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