156 Squadron Log
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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