Acting Flight Lieutenant Athol Larry McGRATH (N.Z.415337), Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 156 Squadron.
McGRATH, Athol Larry, A/F/L (NZ 415337, Royal New Zealand Air Force) - No.156 Squadron -
Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943.
Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 11720.
During his service with this squadron, Flight Lieutenant McGrath has displayed exceptional ability as a pilot and captain of aircraft. By his firm airmanship and courage, he has been responsible for many successful operations, showing the utmost determination in identifying the target and pressing home his attack. This officer’s leadership and operational efficiency have been invaluable to his crew.
Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday.