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BENDIXSEN, F/L John (J13401) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.541 Squadron - Award effective 29 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 10 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born in London, England, 1923; home in New York City; enlisted Toronto, 3 September 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942). Commissioned 1942.
Flight Lieutenant Bendixsen has completed an operational tour on Photographic Reconnaissance during which time he has flown 92 sorties. On November 28th, 1944 he photographed targets in Rochum, Essen, Duisburg, Hamborn, Gilsenkirchen [sic], Eindhoven, Gilze, Rijen, Venlo, Wanne-Eickel, Westkapelle, Flushing and Terneizen in one sortie. On May 21st, 1944, Flight Lieutenant Bendixsen photographed two flying bomb sites from 100 feet. On returning, a successful landing was made although the cloud base was only 150 feet. Flight Lieutenant Bendixsen proved himself to be a most reliable and thorough photographic reconnaissance pilot.
Users may be interested in our blog post on PRU Spitfire pilots written by John's son.