Hegman, John Alfred

Date of birth:
June 23rd, 1904 (Auckland, New Zealand)
Date of death:
February 15th, 1944
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Berlin
Plot: 2. Row: N. Grave: 8.
Nationality:
New Zealander (1907-1947, Dominion UK)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Flight Lieutenant
Unit:
No. 162 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
March 23rd, 1943
Action:
Citation:
"Fit. Lt. Hegman has taken part in a large number of operational sorties as captain of aircraft. He has always displayed the greatest determination, perseverance and courage."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Squadron Leader
Awarded on:
May 6th, 1944
Action:
"One night in January 1944, Acting Squadron Leader Hegman, [DFC], was pilot and captain of one of a force of bombers detailed to attack Berlin. Early in the outward journey, some important gear became ineffective. Never the less Squadron Leader Hegman decided to continue his mission and eventually reached the target some 10 minutes after the attack was scheduled to end. In spite of the strong defences, the Squadron Leader made a successful bombing run and afterwards flew back to an airfield in this country where he effected a safe landing. His efforts on this occasion were typical of the determination and fearlessness he has invariably shown in pressing home his attacks on the enemy. He is a gallant and skillful pilot and leader whose sterling qualities have impressed all."
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

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