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    Default New Zealand Air Force WW2

    I am trying to find information about Alexander Watt who was in the New Zealand airforce and based near Bolton UK during WW2 in 1940-41. He came from Invercargill NZ and was aged around 20-22. He was the sweetheart of my mother Lily Cunningham at that time. They corresponded through a third party as her own mother would not have approved their friendship. But she heard no more from him after he left for action in 1941. She is now 85 and would dearly like to know what happened to him. Can anyone help?

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    There is a Sgt Walter Alexander Watts RNZAF who was killed 6.4.41 in the Middle East listed in the Book 'For your Tommorow' Vol 1 by Errol Martyn.
    Errol will have more details
    Could be your man but his age is listed as 27 when he died.
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    Billiejean,

    I think the man you are looking for is:

    NZ41431 Robert Alexander Watt
    Born 14 Dec 1921
    Enlisted RNZAF at Whenuapai on 14 Jan 1941 as an Aircrafthand
    Later remustered as an Air Gunner under training
    Embarked on the 'Aorangi' for Canada on 26 May 1941
    Arrived Vancouver 13 Jun 1941
    In Canada he would have trained at a Wireless School, then at a Bombing and Gunnery School
    He most likely next crossed the Atlantic for service with the RAF (although a number of trained airmen did return to New Zealand from Canada direct)
    On 26 Nov 1943 he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer (he had risen to the rank of Flight Sergeant prior to this)
    He survived the war and was transfered to the Reserve on 20 Dec 1946, by which time he was a Flight Lieutenant

    You might be able to find out more about him, or even make contact should he still be alive, by placing a small notice under the 'Lost Trail' column in the 'RSA Review' magazine. The service is free and the editorial email adress is rsareview@rnzrsa.org.nz

    Errol

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