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Donald Gordon Cobden

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  • Service number
    41552 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Last rank
    Pilot Officer (Pilot) AWMM
    Royal Air Force, 74 Squadron AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Gordon AWMM
  • Surname
    Cobden AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    41552 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    11 August 1914 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaign
    • France & Germany AWMM
    • 1940 Battle of Britain AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    41552 AWMM
  • Military service
    • 615 Squadron, RAF AWMM
    • 74 Squadron, RAF AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • 1939-45 Star (Battle of Britain clasp) AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Posted to 5FTS (Flying Training School), Sealand 28.1.39 AWMM
  • Enlistment
    Inter War Aug 1938 AWMM
    England AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    Inter War 24 AWMM

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 3 Squadron AWMM
    Royal Air Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Shot down by German aircraft AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Pilot Officer (Pilot) AWMM
    Royal Air Force, 74 Squadron AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Donald Cobden was the son of Alfred Palmerston Cobden and Mabel Elizabeth Cobden, of Papanui, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.

    Educated at Christchurch Boys High School 1927-31

    All Black in 1937

    He was killed on his 26th birthday

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940 AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    26 AWMM
  • Date of death
    11 August 1940 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
  • Death notes
    Over the English Channel AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Oostende New Communal Cemetery, Oostende, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM
  • Grave reference
    Plot 9. Row 3. Grave 24. AWMM
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  • Obituary

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