Air Commodore Gordon Henry Steege DSO DFC (30 October 1917 - 1 September 2013) resigned in January 1947 from the post of Director of Operations of the Royal Australian Air Force to become a kiap.
He served as a Patrol Officer at Esa’ala, Kairuku, Madang and Saidor and Assistant District Officer in Manus.
He resigned August 1950 and returned to Australia for family health reasons.
Steege’s service in World War II was highly distinguished. He was a fighter ace in North Africa, credited with eight aerial victories and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after shooting down three German aircraft in a single sortie with 3 Squadron.
He then became Commanding Officer of 450 Squadron before being posted to the Pacific where he led No 73 and 81 Wings (in Milne Bay and then Manus).
During the Korean War, he briefly commanded 77 Squadron.
We have lost a very fine man.
With thanks to his great mate, Bill Brown MBE