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    Hi gents,

    I'm after any additional details (date of enlistment, postings, awards, etc) re the service of these pilots, both apparently Australians in the RNZAF (?)

    F/S Alexander Edwin Howell, RNZAF 401275; 605 Sqn, Malta 1941; 274 Sqn, Western
    Desert 1942. MIA 3/4/42 (age 26)

    F/L Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF 391873; 487 Sqn 1944. KIA 19/11/44 (age 33)

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Bruce

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    Bruce,
    From my '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)':

    HOWELL, Flight Sergeant Alexander Edwin.
    NZ401275 (prev A401275); b Ballarat, Vic., Australia 10 May 15; to NZ 'at an early age'; Otago BHS, Dunedin; clerk – Vacuum Oil Co, Dunedin. Otago Aero Club (Otago Daily Times Flying Scholarship winner), RNZAF Civil Reserve Pilot/Otago Aero Club c.Nov 38, 'A' Licence 20 Mar 39, RNZAF Levin/GTS as Airman Pilot u/t 7 May 40 [113 days hosp/IQ between 26 May-29 Sep], 1EFTS 28 Oct 40, 1FTS 27 Dec 40, Pilots Badge [wef 21.2.41] & Sgt 22 Mar 41, att RAF & emb for UK 29 Apr 41, 3PRC 29 Jun 41, 52OTU (Hurricane) 14 Jul 41, 79 Sqn (Hurricane - 8 ops) 1 Sep 41, 1PDC 27 Sep 41, emb for Gold Coast c.e.Oct 41, by BOAC to Egypt via Nigeria, Belgian Congo & Sudan 25 Oct-1 Nov 41, 274 Sqn (Hurricane - 30 ops) 5 Nov 41, kao 3 Apr 42. Alamein Memorial - Column 265. Son of Gnr Edwin James Howell, Royal Australian Artillery (KIA France, 31 Jul 17) & Mrs Euphemia Susan Howell (née Ewan), Dunedin. [OHT3].

    ANDERSON, Flight Lieutenant Alexander Stuart.
    NZ391873 (prev A391873); b Sydney, NSW, Australia 19 Oct 11; Waverley Coll, Sydney; manager – Treister Hats, Wgtn. Australian Army/CF (2nd Div, Fd Engineers) 2 yrs; to NZ 1938, RNZAF Levin/GTS as Air Observer u/t 18 Dec 39, 1AOS 15 Jan 40, Air Observers Badge & Sgt/Comm 4 May 40, att RAF & emb for UK 24 May 40, 1 Depôt 10 Jul 40, 11OTU (Wellington - at least 1 op), 75(NZ)Sqn (Wellington - c.25 ops) 28 Aug 40, baled out on rtn from Hamburg op 17 Oct 40, c/ldg on rtn from op (uninj?) 11 Feb 41, 11OTU (Wellington - 2 ops) as instr or staff 9 Mar 41 [2SAN for instrs cse 4 Dec-9 Jan 42], remust as Pilot u/t & 13ITW 9[19?] Sep 42, 26EFTS (Tiger Moth) 13 Nov 42, emb for Canada, 32EFTS RAF (Tiger Moth?) 19 Mar 43, 35SFTS RAF (Tiger Moth) 18 May 43, 41SFTS RAF (Harvard) 5 Jun 43, Pilots Badge 17 Sep 43, 31PD RAF Sep [Oct?], att RAF & train to New York for emb for UK c.24 Oct 43, 12PD&RC 3 Nov 43, 20(P)AFU (Oxford) 4 Jan 44 [att 1519 BATF (Oxford) 1-c.7 Mar], 60OTU (Mosquito) 30 May 44, 2GSU (Mosquito) 22 Aug 44, 487 Sqn RNZAF (Mosquito - 17 ops) e.Sep 44, kao 19 Nov 44. Rheinberg War Cemetery - 11.A.21, Germany. Son of William James Stuart & Freda Anderson, Bondi, Sydney, NSW, Australia; h of Mercia Anderson, Woodstock, England. [OHT2 & BSD, phot. TWN 20.11.40].

    Errol

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    Errol
    Wish we knew why they joined the RNZAF rather than the RAAF or is it because you Kiwis are "Sweet As".... I can understand FS Howell as he seems to have had a NZ mother but not Anderson.

    By the way talking of Anderson. I was interested to see he was at one point a 75er.. Dont suppose you have a copy of his escaper/evader report if that is what he did? Pity he was unlucky in the mossies...

    Dee
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oggie2620 View Post
    By the way talking of Anderson. I was interested to see he was at one point a 75er.. Dont suppose you have a copy of his escaper/evader report if that is what he did? Pity he was unlucky in the mossies...
    Dee
    Dee,

    Bale out was over UK.

    Errol

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    Bruce/Errol,

    Anderson, having Australian NOK, has an (undigitised) A705 at the NAA:

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=1061188

    I have a copy of the history of Waverley (RC) College (Sydney,NSW):

    The Crest of the Wave:A History of Waverley College 1903-2003.
    Fleming,Justin
    Crows Nest:Allen & Unwin,2003.

    Anderson is not mentioned in the Roll of Honour 1939-1945 (Appendix XIII, p.229).

    This might just be an oversight. I will contact the College, and ascertain if Anderson is on their School Rosters.

    There is also a problem verifying his Australian military service. He has no listing at the NAA.

    For Howell, you might find the following of interest:

    http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=144826

    and...

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=6994264

    Col.
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    Along similar lines to Bruce’s query regarding Anderson and Howell ………Errol, would you have any further details etc about the following RNZAF pilots with possible Australian connection?

    Sgt Arnold George Browne NZ.329011, KIA 229 Sqn RAF - 9 Jan 42
    P/O Thomas Edward Barker NZ.404336, KIA 245 Sqn RAF – 19 Jun 43

    Both are recorded on the CWGC site as having Australian parents but am not sure whether they were born in Oz.

    Forenames, service numbers and other details for following?
    J.P.Walker, 261 Sqn RAF circa 1943, born Toowoomba, Qld
    20 Oct 43 - 'Sally' prob

    R.I. ‘Bob’ Laing DFC, 73 Sqn RAF, born Wynyard, Tas
    6 Jan 41 - CR.42 dam
    11 Apr 41 - Ju 87 dam
    23 May 41 - 2 Ju 87 dam?

    Any help appreciated.

    Regards, Drew H

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    Col,

    Re further on Anderson (from RNZAF post-war bio c.late 1940s):

    '... received his secondary education at the Waverley College, Sydney, where he attained Intermediate standard. The sports in which he was actively interested included cricket, football, boxing, baseball, tennis and gold. He was a baseball representative for Victoria, Australia, and was a member of the territorials in Australia for 2 years. From 1927 to 1938 he was employed as a salesman by United Felt HAts Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Australia....'

    Errol

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    Thanks Errol, Col, etc; I couldn't have asked for more. Anderson's situation was similar to
    'Bluey' Dall, with both heading to NZ in the late 'thirties, probably for employment
    opportunities, and the war breaking out soon thereafter. It's not really that surprising
    that they served in the RNZAF.

    I think Bob Laing is described in 'Hurricanes over Tobruk' as a Tasmanian; perhaps his circumstances were also similar to Anderson and Dall (?)

    Cheers,

    Bruce

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    Drew,

    BROWNE, Sergeant Arnold George.
    NZ392011 (prev A392011); b Burracoppin, Western Australia 10 Jan 13; Macedon State Sch, Vic.; to NZ e.1939; miner - Blackwater Gold Mining Co, Waiuta. RNZAF Levin/RTS as Aircrafthand (GD) 29 Dec 39, 2FTS 17 Jan 40, remust as Airman Pilot u/t 26 Oct 40, ITW 27 Oct 40, 3EFTS 24 Nov 40, 2FTS 18 Jan 41, Pilots Badge [wef 3.3.41] & Sgt 12 Apr 41, att RAF & emb for UK 29 Apr 41, 3PRC 29 Jun 41, 56OTU (Hurricane) 14 Jul 41, 87 Sqn (Hurricane) 23 Sep 41, emb for West Africa on/after 28 Sep 41, by air to Egypt, 229 Sqn (Hurricane) 1 Nov 41, kao 9 Jan 42. Alamein Memorial - Column 266. Son of Sydney George & Emma Browne (née Arnold, later Horne); stepson of Louis Albert Horne, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
    [NOTE: correct service number]


    CLIFT, Pilot Officer Kenneth.*
    NZ404336; b Sydney, NSW, Australia 7 Jan 16*; ed ?; to NZ c.1937; motor metal worker - W Monteith & Son, Auckland. RNZAF Levin/GTS as Airman Pilot u/t 24 Nov 40, 4EFTS 27 Dec 40, emb for Canada 27 Feb 41, att RCAF 16 Mar 41, 6SFTS 20 Mar 41, Pilots Badge & Sgt 14 Jun 41, 1 M Depôt 14 Jun 41, att RAF & emb for UK 20 Jun 41, 3PRC 1 Jul 41, 52OTU (Hurricane) 14 Jul 41, 43 Sqn (Hurricane) 2 Nov 41, 4ADF (fighters) Dec 41, 245 Sqn (Hurricane, Typhoon; 'numerous' ops) 17 Mar 42, Comm 3 Mar 43, kaa 19 Jun 43. Chichester Cemetery - square 42, RC plot, grave 53, Sussex, England. Son of Thomas Claude & Josephine Florence Barker (née Harn), Bondi, NSW, Australia. Note: * served as Kenneth Clift but true name Thomas Edward BARKER and born Battery Point, Hobart, Tas., Australia 12 Aug 07. [phot. TWN 14.7.43].


    NZ411002 Fg Off Walker, John Plimmer
    Some further info available at
    http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-3RAF.html (NOTE: says born Armidale)

    From 'By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999':

    LAING, Flight Lieutenant Robert Inglis, DFC.
    NZ391360; Born Wynyard, Tasmania, 11 Mar 1913; RNZAF 20 Nov 1939 to 10 Apr 1946; Pilot.
    Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (3 Apr 1942): [73 Sqn RAF (Hurricane/Tomahawk)] This officer has flown for a large number of hours during arduous operations in the Western Desert. Throughout, he has displayed outstanding courage and ability, particularly in low-level machine-gunning raids on enemy aerodromes and motor transport columns. Such an occasion occurred in December, 1941, when in a raid on the aerodrome at Jedabya, 13 enemy aircraft were destroyed on the ground. In this operation, Pilot Officer Laing pressed home his attack with determination. Official History records that Sgt Laing had two remarkable escapes. On a 23 May 1941 operation his was the only one of six Hurricanes to reach Crete from Egypt. Before he could take off again his aircraft was destroyed on the ground at Heraklion by German Me 110s. However, he got back safely from Crete squeezed into the cockpit of another Hurricane with its pilot using him as a cushion! A few days later he was strafing a German landing ground in the desert and had set fire to two aircraft when he was hit in the radiator by fire from two Me 109s, with hits also being registered in his elevator controls. Skimming along the cliff tops, trying to shake off the Germans, he saw the outer defences of Tobruk when he crashed into a wadi, his aircraft bursting into flames. He dragged himself clear and into a nearby cave thinking that he was still in enemy territory. He remained in the cave for several hours until a party of British troops out on patrol found him and took him into Tobruk.

    Errol

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    Thanks so much Errol. The information has helped clear up a few questions, especially for Barker. I googled his assumed name and found the following article regarding his death.
    http://content.yudu.com/Library/A14duf/BritainAtWarMarch200/resources/18.htm
    It has been interesting tracing Australians in the RNZAF. Unfortunately, as with many service personnel, it is often easier to find information about those who died.

    It seems logical that countries so close to one another would have had draftees enlisting in the cross-tasman services at the outbreak of war. I know via the AWM service files and official unit records that many New Zealanders popped up in RAAF service. I can only assume the same occurred in the RNZAF regarding Aussies?

    Drew

    PS: Sorry Bruce for taking your thread on a slight tangent…….I figured the queries may be of interest to your research as well.

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