Robert Lawrence Spurdle Born 3 March 1918 - Died 1994 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service numberNZ44230 AWMM Also known asPeter AWMMSpud AWMM ForceAir Force AWMM Last rankWW2 Royal New Zealand Air Force, 12 Personnel Despatch & Reception Centre AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Lay a poppy In snow at Volkel January 1945. Image from Lee Melles collec … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesRobert Lawrence AWMM SurnameSpurdle AWMM Ingoa Also known asPeter AWMMSpud AWMM Service numberNZ44230 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth3 March 1918 AWMM Place of birthWhanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM Birth notesWanganui, New Zealand AWMM Occupation before enlistmentWW2 Warehouseman AWMM Post war occupationEngineering AWMM Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkationMr & Mrs F.M. Spurdle (parents), Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 07 Jun 1940 Single AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaigns1940 Battle of Britain AWMMPacific AWMM ForceAir Force AWMM Service numberNZ44230 AWMM Military serviceRoyal Air Force, 74 Squadron AWMMRoyal Air Force, 91 Squadron AWMMRoyal Air Force, 116 Squadron AWMMNo. 2 Observers' Training School -(he started Camera Gun Assessing School) AWMMRoyal New Zealand Air Force, 16 Squadron AWMMRoyal Air Force, 130 Squadron AWMMRoyal Air Force, 80 Squadron AWMMHQ 83 Group AWMM11th Armoured Division AWMMCentral Gunnery School AWMM Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross and bar (DFC*) AWMM1939-45 Star (Battle of Britain clasp) AWMMWar Medal 1939-1945 AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military trainingRongotai -Ground Training AWMMNo. 1 EFTS, Taieri AWMMNo. 1 FTS, Wigram AWMMRAF, Uxbridge AWMMNo. 7 OTU, Hawarden AWMM EnlistmentWW2 Jul 1939 AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 21 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 Vessel was Rangatira AWMMRoyal New Zealand Air Force AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notes Last known rank Contribute › Last rankWW2 18 April 1946 AWMMTo Reserve AWMMRoyal New Zealand Air Force, 12 Personnel Despatch & Reception Centre AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Husband of ShirleyEducated at Wanganui Collegiate.Joined RNZAF Sep 1939, transferred RAF July 1940, transferred again back to RNZAF July 1945.Embarked as a Trainee Pilot, rank unknownKnown as Peter by family. Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July - 31 October 1940 AWMM Death About death Contribute › Age at death Date of death1994 AWMM Cause of death Place of deathNew Zealand AWMM Death notesNew Zealand AWMM Cemetery name Grave reference Memorial name Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Robert Lawrence Spurdle by laying a poppy. Maurice Spurdle Percy Alexander Spurdle Robert Lawrence Spurdle Thomas James Spurdle Wray Spurdle Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Robert Lawrence Spurdle Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksPapers Past. Digital New Zealand Newspapers.http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspastSources UsedBattle of Britain, a websitehttp://www.raf.mod.uk/bob1940/bobhome.htmlFurther ReferenceBattle of Britain Historical Society, a website.http://www.battleofbritain1940.net/Further ReferenceFighter Pilots. Evening Post, Volume CXXXI, Issue 124, 28 May 1941, Page 11http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=EP19410528.2.105&srposFurther Reference DocumentsThompson, H. (1956). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vols. 1-3). Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMMWynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMMSortehaug, P. (1998). The wild winds : the history of number 486 RNZAF Fighter Squadron with the RAF5. Dunedin, N.Z.: Author. AWMMThe Evening Post AWMMWynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMMWynn, K. (1981). p. 362-367 AWMMWeekend Herald AWMMThe Flying Ace, Our ANZACS. (2012, April 21). Weekend Herald. AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.