When the war began, Euan Dickson was a young engineer living in
New Zealand. Giving up his job as foreman in a machine shop, he returned to England in
1915 and joined the Royal Naval Air Service. Flight Sub-Lieutenant Dickson received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3966 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Royal Naval Air Station, Cranwell on 12 December 1916. On 31 March 1917, he was posted to 10 Naval
Squadron but was reassigned to 5 Naval Squadron in France on 29 April 1917. Apart from a
two week leave of absence and a brief stay in the hospital, he remained on combat duty
until August 1918. During that time he flew the D.H.4 on more than 150 missions and was
credited with downing 14 enemy aircraft. When the war ended, Dickson returned to New
Zealand, took a job with the Canterbury Aviation Company and was the first person to fly
across Cook Strait in 1920. He later became chairman of the Eden Motor Company in Auckland
and retired in 1964.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Euan Dickson (left) after first flight from Christchurch to Wellington across Cook Strait
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Sub-Lieut. Charles Roger Lupton, R.N.A.S.
Flt. Sub-Lieut. Euan Dickson, R.N.A.S.
Obs. Sub-Lieut. William Lawrence Hill, R.N.A.S.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in a bombing raid on Thourout Railway Station and Varsennaere Aerodrome on the 25th October, 19X7. These officers volunteered for the expedition in spite of extremely unfavourable weather conditions. They have all previously taken part in many bombing raids.
Flt. Lieut. Euan Dickson, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.
For conspicuous gallantry in attacking enemy aircraft and in carrying out bombing raids. On the 16th March, 1918, he went to the assistance of a machine of his formation which was being attacked at close quarters by twelve enemy scouts. Despite the fact that all the guns on his machine were useless owing to lack of ammunition, he turned and charged the hostile formation, splitting it up and diverting their attention from the other machine, thus undoubtedly saving it. On other occasions he has brought down enemy machines and taken part in many daylight bombing raids, at all times showing utter fearlessness and great determination.
Lieut. (Hon. Capt.) Euan Dickson, D.S.C.
Since 17th April, 1918, this officer has led eighty-four successful bombing raids. His leadership has been conspicuous for remarkable bravery, skill, and determination. On one raid directed, against a town in occupation by the enemy, he obtained seven direct hits on the railway station and four on a dump outside. Thrice on a prior date he led his flight to attack enemy billets and horse lines, descending to low altitudes and engaging enemy troops on the ground.