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Cresswell, Richard "Mr Double Seven"

    Date of birth:
    July 27th, 1920 (Launceston/Tasmania, Australia)
    Date of death:
    December 12th, 2006 (Canberra, Australia)
    Service number:
    O383
    Nationality:
    Australian (1901-present, Federal Monarchy)

    Biography

    Wing Commander Richard Creswel was the first Australian pilot to shoot down an enemy airplane in Australian airspace. Group Captain Wilfred Arthur recommended him for an DFC, but this was "'lost' in the system". Cresswell also served in the Korea War. There are some who think the DFC he earned in Korea should have been an DSO instead and that it was probably due to his occasional flamboyance, confidence and impressive combat experience (court martialed during WW2) that senior officers "only" bestowed him the DFC.

    Promotions:
    1939: Pilot Officer
    January 1941: Flight Lieutenant
    20 April 1942: Acting Squadron Leader
    January 1944: Acting Wing Commander
    ?: Squadron Leader
    1952: Wing Commander

    Career:
    1939-1940: No. 3 Squadron RAAF
    1940-1942: No. 2 Service Flying Training School
    1942-1943: CO, No. 77 Squadron RAAF
    1944: No. 1 Wing RAAF
    1944-1945: No. 71 Wing RAAF
    1947-1948: CO, No. 78 Wing RAAF
    1950: CO, No. 21 Squadron RAAF
    1950-1951: CO, No. 77 Squadron RAAF
    1953-1956: CO, No. 2 Operational Training Unit RAAF

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    Rank:
    Pilot Officer
    Unit:
    No. 1 Flying Training School, Royal Australian Air Force
    Awarded on:
    1939
    RAAF Pilot Badge
    Period:
    Korean War (1950-1953)
    Rank:
    Squadron Leader
    Unit:
    No. 77 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force
    Awarded on:
    June 22nd, 1951
    For meritorious services sustained in air operations in Korea.
    Air Medal (AM)
    Period:
    Korean War (1950-1953)
    Rank:
    Squadron Leader
    Unit:
    No. 77 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force
    Awarded on:
    July 19th, 1951
    For superior flying ability & extraordinary achievement over Pyongyang on 19 January 1951.
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
    Period:
    Korean War (1950-1953)
    Rank:
    Squadron Leader
    Unit:
    No. 77 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force
    Awarded on:
    January 8th, 1952
    For leadership of high order on 98 sorties (301 flying hours).
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

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