Donald Gordon Cobden 11 August 1914 - 11 August 1940 Key details Contribute › Service number41552 AWMM Also known as ForceAir Force AWMM Rank and unit at dischargePilot Officer (Pilot) AWMMRoyal Air Force, 74 Squadron 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 Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesDonald Gordon AWMM SurnameCobden AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number41552 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth11 August 1914 AWMM Place of birthChristchurchCanterburyNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesChristchurchNew Zealand AWMM Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentInter War AWMM Post war occupation Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkation Relationship status Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsFrance & Germany AWMM1940 AWMMBattle of Britain AWMM ForceAir Force AWMM Service number41552 AWMM Military units615 Squadron, RAF AWMM74 Squadron, RAF AWMM Military service615 Squadron, RAF AWMM74 Squadron, RAF AWMM Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards1939-45 Star (Battle of Britain clasp) AWMMWar Medal 1939-1945 AWMM Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military trainingPosted to 5FTS (Flying Training School), Sealand 28.1.39 AWMM EnlistmentInter War AWMMAug 1938 AWMMEngland AWMM Age on enlistmentInter War AWMM24 AWMM Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 AWMM2 September 1939 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW2 AWMM2 September 1939 AWMMRoyal Air Force AWMM3 Squadron AWMM Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in ActionCause of Death AWMMShot down by German aircraft AWMM Report Last known rank Contribute › Last rankPilot Officer (Pilot) AWMMRoyal Air Force, 74 Squadron AWMM Report Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 1927-31All Black in 1937He was killed on his 26th birthdayPortrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940 AWMM Report Death About death Contribute › Age at death26 AWMM Date of death11 August 1940 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of death Death notesOver the English Channel AWMM Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameOostende New Communal CemeteryOostendeWest-VlaanderenBelgium AWMM Grave referencePlot 9. Row 3. Grave 24. AWMM Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Memorial reference Obituary Report Roll of Honour Remember Donald Gordon Cobden by laying a poppy. Maurice Cobbe Alfred Palmerston Cobden Donald Gordon Cobden Edwin Percival Cobden Edwin William Rex Cobden Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Donald Gordon Cobden Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources UsedAllblacks.com website All Blacks A to Zhttp://stats.allblacks.com/asp/atoz.asp?group=ASources UsedAllblacks.com website All Blacks A to Zhttp://stats.allblacks.com/asp/atoz.asp?group=ASources UsedRugby Museum.co.nz rugby profilehttp://www.rugbymuseum.co.nz/ABProfilee.asp?level1=All_Blacks&Level2=ABC&IDID=156Further ReferenceBattle of Britain, a website.http://www.raf.mod.uk/bob1940/bobhome.htmlFurther ReferenceBattle of Britain Historical Society website.http://www.battleofbritain1940.net/Further Reference DocumentsWynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMMChester, R., McMillan, N. & Palenski, R. (2005). The encyclopedia of New Zealand rugby. Auckland, N.Z.: Hodder Moa. (4th ed.) AWMMWynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMMWynn, K. (1981). p. 85-86 AWMM Report Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.