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Royal Australian Air Force
Service No:
Group Captain
Date of Birth:
10 September 1914
Place of Birth:
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death:
17 November 1982
Age at Death:
68 Years
Prisoner of War:
Companion of the Distinguished Service Order and Bar
Distinguished Flying Cross

Award Citations

Bar to Distinguished Service Order

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Group Captain HAMPSHIRE has led the squadron on very many sorties during which 32 enemy aircraft have been destroyed.

Much of this success can be attributed to this officer's outstanding leadership and great skill. His iron determination and unfailing devotion to duty have set an example of the highest order.

Group Captain HAMPSHIRE has inflicted much loss on the enemy including the destruction of seven aircraft.

Unit: No. 456 Squadron, RAAF

Gazetted: The London Gazette, 6 February 1945

Distinguished Service Order

Unit: No. 22 Squadron, RAAF

Gazetted: The London Gazette, 27 April 1943

Distinguished Flying Cross

Wing Commander HAMPSHIRE has commanded the squadron since December, 1943, and has displayed inspiring leadership, great skill and gallantry.

Since operating in this country this officer has shot down three enemy aircraft at night, two of them in one sortie. In the latter of his two flights his aircraft was damaged by flying portions of disintegrating enemy aircraft. Nevertheless he flew safely to base although his aircraft was almost uncontrollable.

This officer's achievements are worthy of the greatest praise and typical of the determination he has shown throughout his operational tour.

Unit: No. 456 Squadron, RAAF

Archival Material

National Archives of Australia

Series No. Control Symbol Item Title Digitised Item Item ID
A9300 HAMPSHIRE K M HAMPSHIRE KEITH MACDERMOTT : Service Number - 147 : Date of birth - 10 Sep 1914 : Place of birth - PORT MACQUARIE NSW : Place of enlistment - POINT COOK VIC : Next of Kin - HAMPSHIRE P 5250080

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