Only a very small number of New Zealanders were awarded the DFC, and Dawson was possibly only the second to receive the award.
Lieutenant Samuel Dawson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery and courage during a bombing expedition of a German Airship off the coast of Schleswig in 1918.
It was quoted in the London Gazette (20 Sept 1918) ''Lieutenant Samuel Dawson (Sea Patrol) was engaged in long distance bombing raid on an enemy aircraft station under very difficult circumstances and carried out a successful attack from a low height in the face of severe enemy fire".
The awards and memorabilia of Lieutenant Samuel Dawson, DFC, RNAS, and RAF together with further material relating to Samuel Dawson and his two brothers, will be auctioned at 6pm on Thursday the 11th of August.
The group of medals carries an estimate of NZ$6,000 - $10,000 (US$8,700). Although it's not easy to compare like with like amongst medals, this seems somewhat modest, as DFC groups have brought considerably more in the past.
For example, in November 2010 a set of medals led by a Distinguished Flying Cross and Distinguished Service Order belonging to WWII flying ace Bob Doe sold for £185,000 ($288,300) at Spink in London. Watch this space for more news of this exciting sale.
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