A.F.M. Medal Gazetted 2 Jan 1956. M.I.D. Gazetted 13 Dec 1966. Patrick Billy "Laz" Hawker joined the R.A.F. at the tail end of WWII and first flew as a bomb aimer on 17 June 1946, initially flying in Wellingtons and Mosquitos. He took part in Broadcast Interception Trials towards the end of 1948, with anti-jamming exercises the following year.
By May of 1949 Hawker was attached to No. 202 Squadron at Aldergrove flying in a Halifax as part of Operation Bismuth, later in the same year with No.39 Squadron at R.A.F. Fayidin, Egypt, the following year service in Nicosia and by the start of 1951 he had amassed 734 flying hours. Hawker was then appointed as an instructor on Bristol Brigands, later flying in Meteors with 85 Squadron. His second book ends with a total of 1,872 hours flying time. Then posted to 60 Squadron, initially in Leeming and later Tengah in Meteors and transferring to 209 Squadron.
On leaving 209 Squadron, Squadron Leader Crook commented: "I have been most impressed with the very competent and loyal manner in which Fl.Lt. Hawker has always completed his duties on 209 Squadron. His consistent conscientiousness as an independent detachment commander on active service in Borneo and as the Squadron Deputy Navigation Leader has been most commendable."
Hawker was awarded his commission as Pilot Officer from the Queen on 3 May 1956. The accomapnying copy of 'Sixty Squadron 1916 Royal Flying Corps Royal Air Force 1966 - a History of Fifty Years Service' lists Hawker as serving between June 1959 and June 1961, under the chapter four heading of 'Nightfighters'. His final logbook ends with a flight on the 11 Nov 1967 in a Wessex II, the total flying hours for his career being 3,116.86 hours in daylight and 580.7 at night.