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Cyril Keith Silcock

Portrait of Flight Lieutenant C.K. Silcock, of Nelson, awarded a bar to the D.F.C. Auckland Weekly News, 12 May 1943. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19430512-19-4. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Flight Lieutenant C.K. Silcock, of Nelson, awarded a bar to the D.F.C. Auckland Weekly N …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Cyril Keith AWMM
  • Surname
    Silcock AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII NZ411641 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 May 1915 AWMM BrightwaterNelson AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Nelson AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ411641 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Cross and bar (DFC*) AWMM
      DFC. awarded 20 October 1942. Citation: DFC 'One night in September 1942, this officer captained an aircraft detailed to attack an aircraft works in northern Germany. On arrival in the target area, Flying Officer Silcock descended to only 60 feet and, despite barrage balloons and anti-aircraft fire at point-blank range, he released his incendiary bombs over the objective. Flying Officer Silcock piloted his aircraft through the tops of the flames which rose from the burning buildings. The whole fuselage was filled with smoke and pieces of burnt ash. Throughout, this officer displayed high skill and courage. He has completed several sorties all of which have been successful.' Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross awarded 14 April 1943. Citation: Bar to DFC 'This officer has displayed consistent coolness and deliberation in the planning and great determination in the execution of his tasks. He participated in a raid on Stuttgart in November 1942, flying low throughout the whole journey. During the return flight he successfully machine-gunned six trains. Flight Lieutenant Silcock has at all times been exceptionally keen to fly on operations and has set a fine example to his crew and squadron. He has completed a number of sorties since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.' AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      Mentioned in Despatches 8 June 1944. Citation: MiD. 'in recognition of distinguished service and devotion to duty'. AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    RNZAF Woodburn, Blenheim, NZ, and RAF Kinross, UK. Public - Richard Alexander - Child - 15 February 2018 - Family papers and pilots log book
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW2 NelsonTasman AWMM
    • 1941 Public - Richard Alexander - Child - 15 February 2018 - Family papers and pilots log book
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Jeweller and engraver, Nelson. Public - Richard Alexander - Child - 15 February 2018 - Family papers and pilots log book
  • Age on enlistment
    26 Public - Richard Alexander - Child - 15 February 2018 - Family papers and pilots log book


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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    • WW2 Squadron Leader AWMM
      Royal Air Force, No. 44 Squadron AWMM
    • Last rank: Squadron Leader/ acting Wing Commander.
      Seconded to RAF, 44 Squardon, Bomber Command in 1 Public - Richard Alexander - Child - 14 February 2018 - Officers log book
    • April 1941 and in 1945 transferred to RAF Transport Command. Public - Richard Alexander - Child - 15 February 2018 - Pilots log book

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Keith Silcock joined the RNZAF in March 1941 and was trained as a pilot at Woodburn, NZ. He was seconded to the RAF in the latter part of the same year and following training at RAF Kinross OTU served in Bomber Command with 44 Squadron stationed in Lincolnshire. He flew Avro Lancaster bombers, completing two tours (60 operational missions) of duty. Following the end of WW11 he was transferred to RAF Transport Command and flew missions to Europe, Egypt, India and South America (he co-flew the first Avro York aircraft long-haul flight to SA), before resigning his commission in February 1947 and returning to New Zealand. Family source.

    Acting Wing Commander on discharge. Family source. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    13 June 1977 AWMM
    Age 62 AWMM
    WaikanaeWellington Region AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • 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.438 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM


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15 February 2018Richard AlexanderMasterton, New ZealandChild

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