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    Default F/L Gray Stenborg RNZAF-402494, DFC

    A happy new year to one and all,
    I have been trying to find this Spitfire pilots posting fron NZ to Canada to UK and Malta.( 485, 111, 185, 91sqns)
    Though he was one of the 'aces' it is strange there is no complete list of his postings and dates.
    Any help would be gratefully appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Roy

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    Default Gray stenborg

    Roy, i have mailed you some details
    phill

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    Roy,

    From my trilogy 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Three: Biographies & Appendices)':

    STENBORG, Flight Lieutenant Gray, DFC.
    NZ402494 (prev A402494); b Auckland 13 Oct 21; King's Coll, Auckland (1st XI); student. RNZAF Whenuapai/NZGR (Baffin/Vildebeest) Sqn as Aircrafthand (AMD) 9 Jul 40 [sick leave/hosp 9-15 Sep & 3-23 Oct], GTS 22 Dec 40, remust as Airman Pilot u/t 23 Dec 40, 4EFTS 9 Feb 41, emb for Canada 29 Apr 41, att RCAF 14 May 41, 34SFTS RAF [did not fly at] 16 May 41, 32SFTS RAF 27 May 41, Pilots Badge & Sgt 8 Aug 41, Comm 9 Aug 41, 1 Y Depôt 16 Aug 41, att RAF & emb for UK 25 Aug 41, 3PRC 2 Sep 41, 58OTU (Spitfire) 15 Sep 41 [hosp 17-30 Sep, 'instructional duties' from 28 Oct], 11 Gp Pool 18 Nov 41, 485 Sqn RNZAF (Spitfire - 3 ops) 1 Dec 41, 111 Sqn (Spitfire - 31 ops) 15 Jan 42, to Gibraltar c.24 May 42, emb fleet carrier HMS Eagle c.6 Jun 42, flew a Spitfire off Eagle in Med for Malta & 185 Sqn (Spitfire - 34 ops) 9 Jun 42, shot down after dest 1 Me 109/baled out into sea (uninj) 17 Aug 42, by air to UK c.late Aug 42, 2PDC 2 Sep 42, 59OTU (Hurricane) 21 Sep 42, 3FIS (Master &/or Spitfire?) 30 Sep 42, 58OTU (Master &/or Spitfire) as instr c.29 Oct 42 [att CGS (Spitfire?) 13 Jan-18 Feb 43], FLS (Spitfire) 24 Apr 43, 91 Sqn (Spitfire - 120 ops) 18 May 43, kao 24 Sep 43. Marissel French National Cemetery - coll. grave 205, Oise, France. Son of Gunnar & Ruby Amelia Stenborg (née Moore), Parnell, Auckland. Note: credited with 13 or 14 e/a dest, 1 shared dest, 3 dam. [OH Malta, OHT1, OHT3, BSD & phot. TWN 24.11.43].

    Errol

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    Default Many thanks

    Hello Errol and Phill,
    Many thanks for sending this fantastic information to which I am truely grateful.
    Files on an amazing pilot, to have achieved so much in such a short time.
    Am I correct in saying though he claimed 14 victories, he was not awarded a bar to his DFC?
    We musy not forget them.
    Thanks,
    Roy

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    Roy,

    Correct - no bar to his DFC.

    Errol

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