Title: Mr Double Seven – Wing Commander Richard (‘Dick’) Cresswell
Author: Odgers, George
Edition: 1st Edition
Publisher: Air Power Development Centre
Publication Date: 2008
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 170 pages
Comments: Wing Commander Richard (‘Dick’) Cresswell logged over 450 hours flying hazardous operational missions as the leader of an Australian fighter squadron in two wars-first, in World War II, and then in the Korean War of 1950-53.
In these conflicts he was three times the Commanding Officer of the famed ‘77th Squadron’. Moreover, on each occasion that he commanded No 77 Squadron, it was committed to ‘the sharp end’ of the campaigns in which he fought. Not many fighter leaders of the Royal Australian Air Force achieved this remarkable distinction, which seemed to challenge the rules.
Because of his distinguished service leading No 77 Squadron in war, Dick Creswell became known throughout the RAAF as ‘Mr Double Seven’. Here is the tale of one of the legends of the RAAF, told by well-known RAAF historian, George Odgers.