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Surname COCHRANE   Initials A W G   First Name ALFRED WILLIAM GORDON  
Decorations DSO DFC + +  
Rank Squadron Leader   Unit RNZAF   Service No. N.Z.403429  
Age   Deceased   Previous Squadron  
Comments Born 10 October 1916 at Rawene, North Island.

Enlisted 29 September 1940.

Commissioned in April 1942.

Awarded DFC, 11 August 1942 (No.150 Squadron);

awarded Bar to DFC, 8 January 1945 (No.156 Squadron);

awarded second Bar to DFC, 21 February 1945 (No.156 Squadron).

For citations to DFC and two Bars, see G/C C.M. Hanson, in By Such Deeds: Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (Christchurch, Volplane Press, 2001) .

Remained in RNZAF to 9 April 1947.

Postwar he served with BOAC for 25 years (Yorks, Hermes, Stratocruisers, Comet and Boeing 707). Died in Wimborne, Dorset, England, 29 October 1994.  
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Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  7/08/1942  Pilot Officer Alfred William Gordon COCHRANE (NZ.403429), Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 150 Squadron.  150 
DSO  29/12/1944  Acting Squadron Leader Alfred William Gordon COCHRANE, D.F.C. (N.Z.403429), R.N.Z.A.F., 156 Sqn.

This officer has displayed the highest standard of skill and courage in operations against the enemy. He has completed a very large number of sorties, involving attacks on a wide range of enemy targets and throughout has displayed outstanding determination and devotion to duty.

On a recent occasion. Squadron Leader Cochrane participated in an attack on the airfield at Eindhoven. His accurate and determined bombing in the face of concentrated anti-aircraft fire set a very fine example. His achievements have won great praise. 
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Bar to DFC  13/02/1945  Acting Squadron Leader Alfred William Gordon COCHRANE, D.S.O., D.F.C. (N.Z.403429), R.N.Z.A.F., 156 Sqn.

Squadron Leader Cochrane is a cool and courageous captain and pilot, whose fine qualities of leadership and determination have been well illustrated in many operations against the enemy.

In December, 1944, Squadron Leader Cochrane participated in an attack on the airfield at Dusseldorf. In spite of intense and accurate fire from the ground defences, Squadron Leader Cochrane pressed home his attack with his usual skill. His aircraft was hit but he flew it back to base. His devotion to duty has been unfailing. 
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2nd Bar To DFC  23/03/1945  Acting Squadron Leader Alfred William Gordon COCHRANE, D.S.O., D.F.C. (N.Z.403429), R.N.Z.A.F., 156 Sqn.

One night in February, 1945, Squadron Leader Cochrane, as captain of aircraft, was detailed to attack enemy troop concentrations in Goch. Soon after reaching the target the port wing of his aircraft sustained severe damage and part of it fell off. Undeterred, Squadron Leader Cochrane, with superb airmanship and courage, continued with his task.

This officer has set a magnificent example of fearlessness. His tenacity of purpose and cheerfulness have been an inspiration to his squadron. 
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Source Date Comments
LG 35661  7/08/1942  DFC Notification 
ORB  17/07/1944  S/L M.R. Attwater DFC was Master Bomber and F/L A.W.G. Cochrane DFC was Deputy Master Bomber for the raid on MONT CANDON C/WORKS 
ORB  31/07/1944  F/L A.W.G. Cochrane DFC was Master Bomber and S/L G. C. Hemmings was Deputy on a raid on FORET DU CROC C?WORKS 
ORB  18/08/1944  S/L M.R. Attwater was Master Bomber and F/L A.W.G. Cochrane DFC was Deputy, with 10 other aircraft attacked CONNATRE 
ORB  22/08/1944  F/L A.W.G. Cochrane DFC (Pilot) promoted to A/S/Ldr. 
ORB  27/08/1944  Stettin - S/L M.R. Attwater DFC was Master Bomber and S/L A.W.G. Cochrane was Deputy for the raid. 
ORB  31/08/1944  On ST RIQUIER S/L M.R. Attwater DFC was Master Bomber and S/L A.W.G. Cochrane DFC was Deputy 
ORB  3/09/1944  Eindhoven - S/L A.W.G. Cochrane was Master Bomber and F/L K.P.C. Doyle Deputy Master Bomber. 
ORB  6/09/1944  S/L T.E. ISON DFC was Master Bomber, and S/L A.W.G. COCHRANE DFC Deputy Master Bomber with two other aircraft attacked LE HAVRE 
ORB  8/09/1944  LE HAVRE - S/L T.E. ISON DFC was Master Bomber and S/L A.W.G. COCHRANE DFC Deputy Master Bomber 
ORB  14/09/1944  Wassanaar - S/L A.W.G. COCHRANE DFC was Master Bomber and F/L K.P.O. DOYLE Deputy Master Bomber. 
ORB  17/09/1944  BOULOGNE. S/L A.W.G. COCHRANE was Master Bomber and the Commanding Officer (W/C T.L. BINGHAM-HALL DFC) was Deputy Master Bomber 
ORB  29/10/1944  WALCHEREN Coastal Batteries. S/L A.W.G Cochrane DFC and F/L P.F. Clayton DFC were Master Bombers and F/L T.R. Harris and F/L G. Lewis were Deputy Master Bombers. 
ORB  1/11/1944  S/L A.W.G. Cochrane DFC crashed during takeoff, undercarriage collapsed. 
ORB  30/11/1944  DSO Notification 
ORB  30/11/1944  S/L A.W.G. Cochrane DFC immediate DSO. 
ORB  24/12/1944  DUSELDORF. S/L A.W.G. Cochrane DSO DFC was Master Bomber and F/L G. Lewis was Deputy. 
LG 36873  29/12/1944  DSO Notification 
ORB  31/01/1945  The following awards to members of the Squadron were awarded during the month: S/L A.W.G. Cochrane DSO DFC, Bar to DFC. 
ORB  31/01/1945  The following awards to members of the Squadron were awarded during the month: S/L A.W.G. Cochrane DSO DFC, Bar to DFC. 
ORB  7/02/1945  The Master Bomber was involved in a collision whilst orbiting the target and the aircraft sustained damage, losing the port wing tip, but returned safely to base. 
ORB  7/02/1945  GOCH - The raid was sucessfully controlled by S/L A.W.G. Cochrane DSO DFC and Bar as Master Bomber, and F/L T.S. Harris was Deputy. 
LG 36942  13/02/1945  Bar To DFC Commendation 
ORB  17/02/1945  WESEL. The Master Bomber, S/L A.W.G. Cochrane DSO DFC and Bar, ordered the mission to be abandoned. The TI's dropped disappeared into cloud and not even the glow was seen. He came down from 15,000 ft to 3,000 ft and abandoned the mission owing to the bad weather conditions and the proximity of our own troops. 
ORB  28/02/1945  2nd Bar to DFC 
ORB  28/02/1945  The following awards to members of the Squadron were awarded during the month: S/L A.W.G. Cochrane DSO DFC & Bar, 2nd Bar to DFC. 
LG 37001  23/03/1945  2nd Bar to DFC