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Surname: 
Burke
Initials: 
MD
Rank: 
Cpl
Corps: 
RNZAF
Service number: 
81049
Unit:
Notes: 

Awarded Air Force Medal (AFM) on 30 October 1973. See comment below for citation.

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Comments

BURKE, Morris David, W81049, enlisted as a Boy Entrant in January 1963 and was awarded the Air Force Medal on 30th October 1973.

Citation: He has flown as a crew member in Iroquois aircraft on 29 search and rescue and medical evacuation missions. On 16th May 1972 Sergeant Burke was the crewman on an Iroquois, helicopter called in to rescue a party of rock hunters who had previously been lost in the Kaimai Ranges near Te Aroha. The party which included elderly persons had to be lifted 120, feet from a narrow stream bed. Heavy driving rain with reduced visibility and severe turbulence creating pronounced cable oscillation made conditions for the' rescue hazardous. In these difficult circumstances' Sergeant Burke completed seven double winch ascents, and displayed great skill and complete disregard for his personal safety in successfully and speedily accomplishing the rescue. It is considered fitting that Sergeant Burke's performance merits this well earned award