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Denis John Thomas Sharp

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  • Service number
    • WWII NZ2145 AWMM
    • WWII 42729 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Denny AWMM
    • The Black Prince AWMM
    • 'Officer in charge of droppings' AWMM
    • Araldite AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
Portrait of Denis John Thomas Sharp. Image kindly provided by Geoff Sharp (May 2021).

Portrait of Denis John Thomas Sharp. Image kindly provided by Geoff Sharp (May 2021).

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Denis John Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Sharp AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Denny AWMM
    • The Black Prince AWMM
    • 'Officer in charge of droppings' AWMM
    • Araldite AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ2145 AWMM
    • WWII 42729 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 August 1918 Hanson DunedinOtago Hanson
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  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Single/WWII AWMM
    Married Beverley Bryant 1945 AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
      7 August 1944 AWMM
      Citation for Distinguished Flying Cross, "This officer has completed a large number of sorties, many of them against dangerous and difficult targets. He has displayed a high degree of skill and courage, setting an example which has been reflected in the operational efficiency of the squadron. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft." By Such Deeds, p. 433 AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) Twice AWMM
      Citation Mentioned in Despatches: (16 December 1943) For meritorious service; Citation Mentioned in Despatches: (14 June 1945) For distinguished service with 11 Squadron, RAF March to December 1944. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    WW2 24 July 1939 Hanson Clerk/Civilian Hanson
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Squadron Leader Sharp acted as Air Liaison Officer for Brigadier Bernard Fergusson during the Chindits expedition and was cenetrally invoolved with the chossing and setting up of supply drop locations behind enemery lines in Burma.

    "On 27 January 1942 Squadron Leader Sharp flew a Hurricane of 258 Squadron Royal Air Force off the deck of HMS Indomitable to Batavia, his first tour being with 258 Squadron in the UK and the Far East. His second was flown with 5 and 11 Squadrons, Royal Air Force, in India and Burma. By mid-1944 he had flown 450 sorties and had also served as an ALO with 77 Indian Infantry Brigade, in October 1942-May 1943 with Wingate's expedition into Burma. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    2004 Public source
    Age 85 AWMM
    Tweed HeadsNew South Wales Public source
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  • Obituary
    Obituary: Sydney Morning Herald, 6 February 2004 AWMM
  • Memorial name
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      P.433 AWMM
    • New Zealand, World War II Appointments, Promotions, Transfers and Resignations, 1939–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM

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