Dinwoodie, Hubert

Date of birth:
March 24th, 1896 (Christchurch, Great Britain)
Date of death:
August 28th, 1968 (Ringwood, Hampshire, Great Britain)
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Second-Lieutenant
Unit:
3rd Battalion Dorset Regiment, 1/76th Trench Mortar Battery, British Army
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1916
"For conspicuous gallantry. During an attack by the enemy, although his gun emplacement was destroyed by a shell and the gun partially buried, he immediately got it into action again, and, after firing till his ammunition was exhausted, removed the gun into safety. He then, though partly incapacitated, led parties with ammunition and bombs up to the firing line."
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Squadron Leader
Awarded on:
June 11th, 1942
HM Birthday Honours
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Squadron Leader
Unit:
5140 Bomb Disposal Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
February 4th, 1947
On the 20th August, 1945, German high explosive aircraft bombs were being loaded into vessels at Lubeck for disposal at sea, and two train loads of bombs were drawn into the quay side. Loading into barges was in progress, when a 50 kilogram bomb was accidentally dropped a distance of about four feet by the German loading party. The bomb exploded, killing 6 persons and injuring twelve.

Squadron Leader Dinwoodie and corporal Garred were sent at once to Lubeck, to report on the situation and, if possible, to clear the dangerous missiles. Despite the very considerable risk involved, Squadron Leader Dinwoodie and Corporal Garred proceeded to defuse one of the bombs in an attempt to discover the cause of the explosion. They found that the accident was due to defective German workmanship or design.

With extreme care, Squadron Leader Dinwoodie, assisted by Corporal Garred, rendered the eleven bombs safe. From the information obtained by them, it was possible to minimise the danger and clear the trains. The docks at Lubeck are situated in the centre of the town, therefore the explosion of the contents of the trains would inevitably have wrecked the whole area and caused many casualties. Throughout the operation, Squadron Leader Dinwoodie displayed cold blooded heroism and initiative in extremely critical circumstances.

Finally promoted to the rank of Wing Commander.
George Cross

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