Burnett, Wilfred Jasper

Date of birth:
November 1915 (Fredericton/New Brunswick, United Kingdom)
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flying Officer
Awarded on:
October 22nd, 1940
"This officer has carried out a total of 32 operational flights against the enemy during which he has completed 187 hours flying as a First Pilot.
Throughout these operations Flying Officer Burnett has shown outstanding ability, determination and devotion to duty, and has always pressed home his attacks in spite of enemy opposition.
He has carried out numerous operations and bombing attacks, both from low and high level, and in spite of his aircraft being hit on many occasions all his attacks have been notable for their thoroughness, coolness and complete disregard for personal safety.
This officer is always an enthusiastic volunteer for any task that is offered to him, and he has at all times set an excellent example to other pilots in his squadron."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Wing Commander
Awarded on:
June 8th, 1944
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Wing Commander
Unit:
No. 138 (Special Duties) Squadron, RAF Special Duties Service, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
March 23rd, 1945
"This officer has commanded No. 138 Squadron with outstanding success for six months. During this period the Squadron was engaged in particularly intensive operations which were complicated by a re-arming programme which was extremely smoothly and expeditiously executed. Wing Commander Burnett is at all times keen to fly on operations, irrespective of the hazards involved. He has had combat with enemy fighters on several occasions and at all times has inspired all ranks in the Squadron by his personal example and devotion to duty. I strongly recommend him for the Distinguished Service Order."
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Wing Commander
Awarded on:
April 11th, 1945
"As a Squadron Commander over a period of five months, this officer has completed twelve operations of a special nature in France. His determination and skill have undoubtedly set an example which has been emulated by other members of his squadron. He has played no small part in contributing to the war effort in France, and has inspired his whole squadron by his good leadership and the fine example he has set."
Received with palm from General Koenig at the Hotel Les Invalides, Paris in April 1945.
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Wing Commander
Awarded on:
June 29th, 1948
Mentioned in Despatches
Rank:
Wing Commander
Awarded on:
January 2nd, 1956
For his part in Aries Programme polar flight.
Air Force Cross
Rank:
Group Captain
Awarded on:
July 1957
For his leadership of No. 148 Squadron during the Suez Crisis.
Mentioned in Despatches
Rank:
Air Commodore
Awarded on:
January 23rd, 1968
For services during the handover of Aden in 1966-67.
Mentioned in Despatches
Rank:
Air Commodore
Awarded on:
June 14th, 1980
For services as Secretary to the Unit Trust Association in 1980.
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Palestine 1945-48
General Service Medal 1918-1962
"South Arabia, Near East"
General Service Medal 1962-2007

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