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Vale - Leigh Oxley 'Laddie' HINDLEY DFC, 421904/O23946, Pilot ..









Distinguished Flying Cross Citation

Flight Lieutenant Leigh Oxley HINDLEY joined the Royal Australian Air Force on 24th April 1942 and was awarded his pilot badge in April 1943.  He was commissioned on 1st October 1944 and served in the RAAF until the end of the Second World War 1939-1945.  He rejoined the RAAF in February 1951 and has served continuously since that date.  Flight Lieutenant Hindley was posted to No 9 Squadron Vietnam, for flight commander duties and in that capacity he was responsible for the supervision of flying operations.  His skill in the air and his experience contributed a great deal towards the development of the operational techniques so successfully employed by No 9 Squadron in the first 10 months of operations.  He participated in a large number of the more hasardous missions flown by the squadron, and on many occasions his helicopter came under direct small arms fire from the Viet Cong.  His strong sense of duty, resourcefulness and personal qualities revealed him as a courageous leader who earned the respect of all squadron members.  He constantly pushed himself to the limits to ensure the best operational results and set an excellent example at all times.  Much of the success enjoyed by No 9 Squadron in air operations in support of No 1 Australian Task Force was due to the personal efforts of Flight Lieutenant Hindley.

Recommendation for Honours and Awards, DFC Citation for Leigh Oxley Hindley, 23 November 1967.

A brief Record of Service and Training include:

  • Date of Enlistment - 24 April 1942.
  • Trainee Pilot - 1 BFTS, Uranquinty, NSW, 1942-1943.
  • Sergeant, 1943.
  • Flight Sergeant, 1944.

Squadrons:

  • 80 Squadron (Kittyhawk).
  • 5 Squadron.
  • 9 Squadron.

Aircraft Flown:

  • De Havilland Tiger Moth DH-82.
  • CAC Wirraway CA-16.
  • Curtis Kittyhawk P40.
  • Douglas Dakota DC-3.
  • Bell Iroquois UH-1B/D.

Honours and Awards:

  • Distinguished Flying Cross.
  • 1939-1945 Star.
  • Pacific Star.
  • War Medal 1939-1949.
  • Australian Service Medal 1939-1945.
  • Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 with Clasps Malaya, Malaysia and Vietnam.
  • General Service Medal 1918-1962.
  • General Service Medal 1962 with Clasp Malay Peninsula.
  • Vietnam Medal.
  • Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 with Clasp Thai-Malay.
  • Australian Defence Medal.
  • Netherlands War Cross.
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
  • Pingat Jasa Malaysia.

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