Robert Lawrence Spurdle 3 March 1918 - 1994 Key details Contribute › Service numberNZ44230 AWMM Also known asPeter AWMMSpud AWMM ForceAir Force AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeWW2 AWMMRoyal New Zealand Air Force, 12 Personnel Despatch & Reception Centre AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Report Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share 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 Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth3 March 1918 AWMM Place of birthWhanganuiManawatu-WanganuiNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesWanganuiNew Zealand AWMM Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW2 AWMMWarehouseman AWMM Post war occupationEngineering AWMM Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkationMr & Mrs F.M. Spurdle (parents)WanganuiNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 7 June 1940 AWMMSingle AWMM Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaigns1940 AWMMBattle of Britain AWMMPacific AWMM ForceAir Force AWMM Service numberNZ44230 AWMM Military unitsRoyal 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 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 Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross and bar (DFC*) AWMM1939-45 Star (Battle of Britain clasp) AWMMWar Medal 1939-1945 AWMM Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military trainingRongotai -Ground Training AWMMNo. 1 EFTS, Taieri AWMMNo. 1 FTS, Wigram AWMMRAF, Uxbridge AWMMNo. 7 OTU, Hawarden AWMM EnlistmentWW2 AWMMJul 1939 AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 AWMM21 AWMM Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 AWMM7 June 1940 AWMMNew Zealand AWMM Embarkation bodyWW2 AWMM7 June 1940 AWMMRoyal New Zealand Air Force AWMMRangatira AWMM Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notes Report Last known rank Contribute › Last rankWW2 AWMM18 April 1946 AWMMTo Reserve AWMMRoyal New Zealand Air Force, 12 Personnel Despatch & Reception Centre AWMM Report 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 Report Death About death Contribute › Age at death Date of death1994 AWMM Cause of death Place of deathNew Zealand AWMM Death notesNew Zealand AWMM Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery name Grave reference Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Memorial reference Obituary Report 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. 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