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    Can anyone provide details of the recommendation or citation for the DFC of Flt Lt Van de Kiste. When was it awarded and which unit was he serving on? Is there a crew list for the sortie which resulted in the award?

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    Hi Tom, if this is F/Lt Van Der Kiste DSO then a simple 'google' search throws up the citation and all sorts:

    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1941/1941%20-%201338.html

    http://www.unithistories.com/officers/RAF_officers_V01.html

    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=TeB4fMufZQYC&pg=PA53&lpg=PA53&dq=van+der+ kiste+dso&source=bl&ots=7DEZQtO8DY&sig=_RQZ6Hyc1H3 iUx7_KP1GNitGnoo&hl=en&ei=bvndS5HyGc6qsQan36TDBw&s a=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CCMQ6AE wCA#v=onepage&q=van%20der%20kiste%20dso&f=false

    Cheers, Tom

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    Hi Tom,

    Thanks again. Yes i think it may be Van der rather than Van de. I will check your links.

    Yours

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    GALLANTRY IN AIR OPERATIONS
    PILOT'S RECONNAISSANCE OVER NORWAY

    The King has approvd the following award in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy:-

    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER
    Flight Lieut. Robert Edgar Guy VAN DER KISTE, No. 210 Sq.

    In April this officer was the captain of an aircraft which carried out a reconnaissance of the Norwegian coast from Hammerfest to Harstad, entailing a flight of many hours. The greater part of the reconnaissance had to be carried out at less than 2,000 ft., but Flight Lieut. Van Der Kiste made a skilful use of the low cloud and the topographical features of the country that very little oppostion from the ground was encountered. At Harstad, where there was no cloud, he approached the twon flying just above the water level and, despite anti-aircraft fire, flew right in and completed his reconnaissance. By skilful low flying among the fjords he was able to avoid any damage to his aircraft.

    On a previous occasion Flight Lieut. Van Der Kiste carried out a reconnaissance at a low altitude under extremely trying conditions. Although his aircraft was damaged by enemy fire, he completed his mission and skilfully flew back to base.

    He later went on to become the commanding officer of RAF Killadeas 131 OTU on Lough Erne in Northern Ireland.

    Also - "Wing Commander Guy Van Der Kiste DSO OBE ex 210,201 and 88 Squadrons".

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    John Evans’ booklet “The Sunderland Flying-Boat Queen – Vol.2” has a Forward by R E G Van der Kiste DSO OBE.



    and this photo of him in the cockpit on p.21



    Cheers
    Richard

    Sorry, looks like photobucket has failed me!
    Last edited by sunderlandnut; 3rd May 2010 at 21:30. Reason: photobucket failure

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    Thanks Richard and Skyhawk - very useful info.

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    Tom

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