N.Z.411466 Sergeant Maurice SPINLEY, Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 37 Squadron.
Spinley, Maurice. NZ. 411466 Sergeant, R.N.Z.A.F., No 37 Squadron.
London Gazette 16/2/1943. Sorties 40, Flying Hours 283. Pilot. Air2/8935.
Since joining the Squadron in June, 1942, Sergeant Spinley has completed 40 long distance operational sorties totalling 283 operational hours. These operations inclued raids on objectives in Cyrenaica, Crete and enemy occupied territory in Egypt.
Sergeant Spinley has completed a full operational tour, mainly as Captain. During this tour, he has displayed outstanding devotion to duty which was an inspiration to all the Squadron. Towards the end of his tour, he experienced a succession of alarming events including a crash at night and return to Tobruk to the Delta on one engine. He was taken off operational duties and ordered to rest, but within a few days, requested to be allowed to resume flying until such time as he could be posted to a non-operational duties.
12th January, 1943