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PIPER, JOHN WALTER WEDGWOOD, DFC

Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:250828
Rank:Flight Lieutenant
Date of Birth:7 May 1917
Place of Birth:Armadale, Victoria, Australia
Decorations:Distinguished Flying Cross

Citations

Distinguished Flying Cross (Recommendation):
Flight Lieutenant Piper enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force as an Air Cadet on the 4th March, 1940, and was appointed to a commission with the rank of Pilot Officer on the 24th September, 1940.
Prior to his arrival at Gurney Field this officer had destroyed two Zeros and 1½ bombers and had distinguished himself in strafing raids on Lae Aerodrome and whilst escorting A-24s over Lae he determinedly fought off enemy Zeros.
After his arrival at Gurney Field Flight Lieutenant Piper carried out his duties as Flight Commander in a most commendable manner. Leading a flight of ten aircraft to Goodenough Island he located seven enemy barges and protected his flight whilst they strafed the barges until he was satisfied that no enemy aircraft were in the vicinity. As a result of this action the heavily laden barges were destroyed by fire.
On the 27th August he repeatedly strafed an enemy truck laden with ammunition in the jungle until it finally exploded although there were enemy fighters in the vicinity.
He has also led seven other strafing attacks on enemy positions setting at all times the highest example of determined offensiveness whilst leading his flight and maintaining a high standard of loyalty and devotion to duty. Throughout the Milne Bay operations this officer displayed the highest qualities of courage and devotion to duty.

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World War 2 Nominal Roll

Record updated on 4 May 2018.


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