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    Default Sqn Ldr 42603 Robert Haig Hansen, MBE, RAF

    Of possible interest to some on the forum is a death notice today in the local Christchurch, New Zealand, paper - 'The Press'. It records the death of the above here on 18 July 2009. According to Maton's 'Honour the Air Forces', his MBE was awarded in New Year Honours List of 1.1.46. There does not appear to be a contemporary New Zealand connection so it would appear that he must have migrated to New Zealand during the postwar years.

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    Errol, You should know that I can't resist a challenge. Herewith your man's LG entries:
    Air Ministry,
    19th September, 1939.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers on probation for six years on the active list.
    2nd Sept. 1939 :
    Robert Haigh HANSEN (42603).

    Air Ministry,
    18th June, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Acting Pilot Officers on probation are graded as Pilot Officers on probation on the dates stated:
    7th Apr. 1940.
    Robert Haig HANSEN (42603).

    Air Ministry,
    27th September, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments :
    10th July 1940.
    Robert Haig HANSEN (42603).

    Air Ministry,
    20th June, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the war substantive rank of Flying Officer:
    7th Apr. 1941.
    Robert Haig HANSEN (42603).

    Air Ministry.
    19th May, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Flg. Offs. to be Flt. Lts. (war subs.):
    R. H. HANSEN (42603) 7th Apr. 1942.

    Air Ministry, 14th June, 1945.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following personnel who have been mentioned in despatches:
    Acting Squadron Leaders.
    R. H. HANSEN (42603), R.A.F.V.R.

    Air Ministry, 14th August, 1945.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Transfer to reserve.
    The undermtd. (and called up for Air Force service):
    Flt. Lts.:
    10th July 1945.
    R. H. HANSEN (42603).

    CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD. '
    St. James's Palace, S.W.I.
    1st January, 1946.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:
    To be Additional Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
    Flight Lieutenant Robert Haig HANSEN (42603), Royal Air Force.

    Regards, Terry

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    Thanks Terry, interesting to see that he was also mid.

    Errol

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    Hi, Robert Haig Hansen was my grandfather.

    Do any of you have any additional information on him? I would be grateful to learn whatever I can about him, and his military career.

    Please let me know.

    Warm regards

    Harry Hansen
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    www.harryhansenmusic.com

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    Harry, I have seen your post and received your private message. Unfortunately I can't add anything further to my post of 2007. At that time I was accessing the London Gazette which is a public forum; I have no further information. Regards, Terry

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    Harry,

    Would you know what Robert's New Zealand connection was?

    Errol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Errol Martyn View Post
    Harry,

    Would you know what Robert's New Zealand connection was?

    Errol
    Hi, sorry for not posting earlier, I just noticed this question now.

    My Grandfather went to Borneo, Malaysia after his military service and joined the police force there, eventually becoming Police Chief, and then moved to New Zealand, I believe the reason he stayed in New Zealand, was because he had been away from England for so long that he lost his British residency and passport. I guess it was easier for him just to stay in New Zealand.

    - Harry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Harry, I have seen your post and received your private message. Unfortunately I can't add anything further to my post of 2007. At that time I was accessing the London Gazette which is a public forum; I have no further information. Regards, Terry
    Hi Terry, not a problem. I appreciate the info you provided.

    All the best

    - Harry

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    Harry,
    I am curious to know if your family has a Scandinavian, possibly Danish, connection?

    Regards

    Mikkel Plannthin
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    danishww2pilots.dk - a resource on Danish aircrew during the Second World War

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryHansen View Post
    Hi, sorry for not posting earlier, I just noticed this question now.

    My Grandfather went to Borneo, Malaysia after his military service and joined the police force there, eventually becoming Police Chief, and then moved to New Zealand, I believe the reason he stayed in New Zealand, was because he had been away from England for so long that he lost his British residency and passport. I guess it was easier for him just to stay in New Zealand.

    - Harry
    Harry,

    Many thanks for this, appreciated.

    Errol

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