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    Default Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Henry Becroft, DFC RNZAF

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    412189 Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Henry Becroft, DFC (1915-1987)
    RNZAF RAF. Served: UK 218 (Gold Coast) Bomber Squadron then as a flying instructor. Rated as an exceptional pilot. Awarded DFC.

    Auckland Star report relating toDFC dated 26.10.1943 :
    "Flying-Officer Becroft as Captain, has completed 30 operations over enemy territory, states the citation. One night in April 1943, he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Rostock. While crossing the enemy coast his aircraft was hit by flak and one engine and the elevator controls were damaged. Despite this Flying-Officer Becroft continued to his target and carried out a bombing attack. He has displayed great skill, courage and determination.

    He was awarded two MiD in 1945, which one implies he completed two tours with 218 Squadron. I am yet to confirm this, any pointers or help with this would be appreciated.

    Flying-Officer Becroft was born in Helensville in July, 1915, and was educated at the Helensville primary and district high schools. He was commissioned in December 1942 and promoted to flying-officer last June.”

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    Steve
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    Steve,

    From Colin Hanson’s By Such Deeds – Honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923 – 1999 :

    BECROFT, Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Henry, DFC, mid(2).
    NZ412189 & 131582; Born Helensville, 6 Jul 1915; RNZAF 13 Apr 1941 to 10 Sep 1945, Res. to 2 Jan 1968; Pilot.
    Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (19 Oct 1943): [218 Sqn RAF (Stirling)] As captain, Flying Officer Becroft has completed 30 operations over enemy territory. One night in April, 1943, he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Rostock. Whilst crossing the enemy coast [Denmark], the aircraft was damaged by fire from the ground defences. One engine was damaged as also were the elevator controls. Despite this Flying Officer Becroft continued to the target and executed his bombing attack. This officer has displayed great skill, courage and determination.
    Citation Mention in Despatches (1) (1 Jan 1945): For distinguished service. For service with 218 Sqn RAF.
    Citation Mention in Despatches (2) (14 Jun 1945): In recognition of distinguished service and devotion to duty.
    Flt Lt Becroft complete two tours with 218 Sqn.
    Died Auckland, 2 Jan 1968.

    Colin had access to Becroft's service record, so I suspect that is the source of his two tours comment.

    Errol

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    Hi Errol,

    Thank you for your help.

    Is it possible to get a copy of Becroft's service record, and if so via who?

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    Steve
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    Steve,

    Don't know if your aware of this, but l'll pop it in away:

    2 October 1942
    1651 CU
    Stirling I N3678 "C"
    Training

    T/o 2210 Waterbeach with the intention of carrying out a night exercise, but crashed after developing a swing that could not be controlled. Following a successful tour of operational duty, Sgt Becroft RNZAF returned to 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit as an instructor. While so employed, he was involved in two serious accidents (20 August and 27 October 1943 respectively) but escaped unharmed on each occasion

    See:BCL8/pp.30, 60 & 72

    Col.

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    Hi Steve,
    Yes mate you can. Drop a line to NZ Defence Forces Archives, Trentham Military Camp, Private Bag 905, Upper Hunt 5140 New Zealand. Its a free service if you order one a year. The wait time at the moment is 6 Mths.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Gents,

    Thank you all for your posts.

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    Steve
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