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Tan, Kay Hai

Date of birth:
March 10th, 1914 (Singapore)
Date of death:
October 30th, 1991
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Kranji
Chinese (1912-1949, Republic)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Flying Officer
No. 225 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
February 16th, 1944
"On February 7th 1944, F/O Tan set out on a combined vertical photographic and visual reconnaissance in the LITTORIA-CORI area. They arrived during a bombing attack on the beach-head, and 20+ bandits were reported. F/O Tan and his weaver were intercepted by 5. 190ís (sic), and they became separated. On his own, in the face of intense A.A. fire, and knowing that bandits were in the vicinity, F/O Tan successfully completed his mission. In addition to the five pinpoints which he had been briefed to photograph, he photographed two artillerypositions, which he pinpointed South of Rome. One on the following day, he was briefed to do an artillery shoot in the AUSONIA area. He was given the positions of five enemy batteries, and was told to engage three. Nevertheless, he successfully engaged all five of these, then registered a further battery which he had located, and finally successfully engaged a concentration of enemy H.T. (Half-Track transports)

This Officer has now completed 146 hours operational flying with this Squadron, having joined 225 in April 1943. Since then he has served with distinction in N. Africa, Sicily, and Italy. His exceptional keenness, initiative and total disregard of danger, have been an inspiration to his fellow pilots, and the above two examples of his work are in keeping with the high standard he has set during the last few months."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)