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Surname SPINLEY   Initials M   First Name MAURICE  
Decorations DFM MID  
Rank Flight Leutenant   Unit RNZAF   Service No. NZ 411466  
Age 22  Deceased 3/02/1945  Previous Squadron PFFNTU  
Comments 19/9/44 - F/O SPINLEY D.F.M. and crew reported from P.F.F.N.T.U.  
Address Wellington, New Zealand.  
Cemetery LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERYLeopoldsburg, Limburg, Belgium  
Grave Location VII. E. 2.  
Additional Info Son of Charles William Spinley and of Emma Margaret Spinley (nee Jordan), of Wellington, New Zealand.  
War Graves Link 2110032  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFM  12/02/1943  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 
MID  29/12/1944  Flight Lieutenant. M. SPINLEY, D.F.M. (N.Z.411466).   
Source Date Comments
LG 35904  12/02/1943  DFM Notification 
ORB  19/09/1944  F/O SPINLEY D.F.M. and crew reported from P.F.F.N.T.U. 
LG 36866  29/12/1944  MID Notification (Page 103) 
ORB  3/02/1945  Two aircraft failed to return F/L M Spinley DFM and F/L J.G. Evans and crews. 
ORB  5/02/1945  Information received from Air Ministry that F/L Spinley's aircraft (missing 3.2.45) disintegrated in mid air near HECHEL, BELGIUM. The rear gunner was the only survivor, and the Navigator has not been located and is unaccounted for.