The Superb Great War D.S.C. & Bar for second award, Second War Military C.B.E. Group of twelve to Air Commodore W. H. Dunn, Royal Air Force, late Royal Naval Air Service, decorated for his gallant services as a Pilot in the relief of Kut Operations in Apr
The Superb Great War D.S.C. & Bar for second award, Second War Military C.B.E. Group of twelve to Air Commodore W. H. Dunn, Royal Air Force, late Royal Naval Air Service, decorated for his gallant services as a Pilot in the relief of Kut Operations in April 1916 (D.S.C.) & East Africa operations (Bar): flew operationally in Waziristan 1920s, adding the Military C.B.E. in W.W.2. as C.O. Operational ‘Fighter’ (Command).
31 D.S.C. & BARS to R.N.A.S. for W.W.1. TOTAL 85 bars for all Services.
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, C.B.E. (Military) Commander’s 2nd type neck badge, silver-gilt & enamel, George V. Distinguished Service Cross with Second Award Bar (h/m London 1918) 1914-15 Star Flt. S. LT. W. H. DUNN, R.N.A.S., British War and Victory Medals CAPT. W. H. DUNN, R.A.F., I.G.S. 1908-35 bar Waziristan 1921-24 F./L. W. H. DUNN, R.A.F., 1939-45 & Africa Star, Defence and War Medals with M.I.D. Jubilee 1935, Coronation 1937.
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire C.B.E. Lon. Gaz. 2.6.1943. Air Commodore Wilfred Henry Dunn, D.S.C. Original recommendation says Operational Award ‘Fighter’ (Command)
Distinguished Service Cross-Flight Commander Wilfred Henry Dunn, R.N.A.S. D.S.C. Lon. Gaz. 22.2.1918: “In recognition of his services whilst employed in connection with military operations in East Africa. He did splendid work during the operations in the Lindi area and carried out valuable bombing and reconnaissance flights”
Second Distinguished Service Cross -Flight Sub-Lieut. Wilfred Henry Dunn, D.S.C. Bar to D.S.C. Lon. Gaz. 17.5.1918 – Services in Mesopotamia: “For conspicuous courage and skill in carrying out an extraordinary amount of flying, both in sea and land planes. He is invariably cheerful and ready when called on for work”.
Mention in Despatches Lon. Gaz. 1.1.1941 Group Captain, R.A.F.
Wilfrid Henry Dunn born 19.9.1893, qualified Third Officer in the British India Company 1914. Prob. Flight Sub. Lieut., R.N.A.S. Jan. 1915, qualified for his “Wings” and R.A.E.C. Aviator’s Certificate 11.3.1915 served as a Pilot on H.M.S. Empress, engine failure, force landed on sands at Bembridge (Isle of Wight) – stranded 4.7.1915 in his Farman Seaplane, then posted in Sept. 1915 to the Mesopotamia Theatre; Force 'D' R.N.A.S. employed in operations to relieve the siege of KUT. Crashed his Type 827 Seaplane at Orah, 10 miles South of Kut 14.2.1916 and in April 1916, a hard-pressed force of 4 B.E.2c’s, 2 Naval Farman's and 3 Short Seaplanes, dropped 19,000 pounds of food in two weeks to the besieged garrison at KUT, comprising of 140 flights - Lewis guns and ammunition were removed with medical supplies and food stowed in their place, but the pilot still had his revolver ! A constant worry for the likes of Dunn, for German aircraft did their best to interfere in the first ever attempt to keep troops supplied by air. In these Kut food drops he wrecked one Voisin 10.4.1916, and another landing UNDER telegraph wires, removing the undercarriage on 5.5.1916 His ‘conspicuous courage’ was duly recognised by a Bar to his D.S.C. In Dec.1916. Transferred to 8 Squadron R.N.A.S. East Africa Theatre of operations, flew from Lindi for co-operation with the Army, until some Voisin aircraft at Zanzibar could be resurrected, a single seaplane operated out of the local harbour, for recon. & bombing sorties. The official record of No. 8 Seaplane Sqd. (R.N.A.S.) states: ‘Two Voisin machines arrived at Lindi in June and proceeded to carry out an extensive series of photographic flights from the results of which the first accurate maps of this part of the country were made. Lindi, a difficult place to work from, was unhealthy with a non satisfactory aerodrome, but Flight Lieut's Dunn work was very valuable. In Aug. the enemy, still in the vicinity were forced to retire by our troops supported by a preliminary bombardment by the two Monitors, who flooded their ballast tanks and managed to get the necessary elevation, while the R.N.A.S. carried out the spotting ...... Lindi aerodrome was abandoned on 12 Oct. moving to Mtwa, the planes co-operated with the troops over a 3 day engagement driving the enemy out of a very strongly fortified position in Makiwa. This engagement was the heaviest of the campaign and after the enemy had been forced to continue their retreat, the R.N.A.S. machines were employed in low flying in search of water holes for the supply of our troops ..... ’ Had engine failure on take off, turned to avoid a hanger, port wing hit ground, wrecked, Dar-es-Salaam 27.11.1916. Moved to Zanzibar, the R.N.A.S. detachment returned to the U.K. in Jan. 1918, although Dunn and another pilot left behind ‘in case of eventualities’. Advanced to Flight Cdr. in June 1917, joined 67 Wing in the Adriatic, a Flight Lieut. in the new R.A.F. 1.4.1918. Joined the Aircraft Depot, India Group in Dec. 1919, and in Oct. 1920 as a Flight Cdr. in 5 Squadron flying Bristol Fighters on the North West Frontier of India & in the Waziristan operations of 1921-24, Flight Cdr. 16 Sqd. 1925 and 4 Sqd. on Bristol Fighters in 1929 H.M.S. Vindictive and 1930s C.O. of the Fleet Air Arm element in the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Glorious. C.O. 230 Sqd. Feb. 1935 (flying Singapore III, Sunderland I, in U.K., Egypt & Singapore) and as C.O. in the 8,000 mile 'PIONEERING' trip from Plymouth to Singapore taking 3 weeks with five Singapore Flying Boats. Advanced to Group Capt.1938. In the 1939-45 War, was C.O. R.A.F. Benson 1940 & then S.A.S.O., 14 (Fighter) Group, awarded the Military C.B.E. as A.O.C. No. 81 Operational Training Group, Fighter Command from July 1942, Dunn became S.A.S.O., Air Defences, Eastern Med. setting up his H.Q. in Cyprus he & his staff to oversee fighter operations. In Mch. 1944, appointed A.O.C. 210 Group, Med. Allied Coastal Air Force, later in 1944 Retired as an Air Commodore. ORIGINAL signed & dated 1924 portrait picture wearing D.S.C. & Bar + W.W.1 miniatures. 15 copy pictures of Dunn in R.A.F. & R.N.A.S. uniform & him in some of the ‘string bag’ aeroplanes he flew. 9 page report of 8 Squadron R.N.A.S. services in Zanzibar East Africa and other articles on Sqd's & Kut airlift. Extensively pictured and written up in "Wings Over Mesopotamia" (M. Lax, M. O'Connor, R. Vann published 2017)