Lamason, Phillip John

Date of birth:
September 15th, 1918 (Napier, New Zealand)
Date of death:
May 19th, 2012 (Dannevirke, New Zealand)
Nationality:
New Zealander

Biography

Rank: Squadron Leader

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Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Pilot officer
Unit:
RNZAF
Pilot Wing
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Pilot Officer
Unit:
No. 218 Squadron, Roya Air Force
Awarded on:
May 15th, 1942
Action:
One night in April, 1942, this officer was the captain of an aircraft which attacked Pilsen. During the return flight his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter and sustained damage; the hydraulics were shot away and the turret rendered unserviceable, while a fire broke out in the middle of the fuselage. Displaying great presence of mind, Pilot Officer Lamason coolly directed his crew in the emergency and, while 2 of them dealt with the fire, he skilfully outmanoeuvred his attacker and finally shook him off. By his fine airmanship and great devotion to duty, Pilot Officer Lamason was undoubtedly responsible for the safe return of the aircraft and its crew. This officer has completed 21 sorties and he has at all times displayed courage and ability.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
No. 15 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
June 2nd, 1943
Mentioned in Despatches
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Squadron Leader
Unit:
No. 15 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
January 14th, 1944
Mentioned in Despatches
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Squadron Leader
Unit:
No. 15 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
June 27th, 1944
Action:
For "courage and devotion to duty of a high order" and "vigorous determination" in attacks on Berlin and other heavily-defended targets.
Details:
2nd award: bar
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

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