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Ian Richard Brown

Photograph of Flight Sergeant Ian Richard Brown. Image kindly provided by Shaun Lindsay (May 2019). Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph of Flight Sergeant Ian Richard Brown. Image kindly provided by Shaun Lindsay (May 2019). …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ian Richard AWMM
  • Surname
    Brown AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Buster AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 431614 AWMM
    • WWII NZ431614 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 December 1924 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Wellington Public - Shaun - Direct descendant - 7 May 2019 - Family records
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 67 Grafton Road, Roseneath, Wellington AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 W A Brown, 67 Grafton Road, Roseneath, Wellington AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific Theatre (South West Pacific) Public - Shaun - Direct descendant - 8 May 2019 - Family Records
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 431614 AWMM
    • WWII NZ431614 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Air Gunner/Military AWMM
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Buster was born in Wellington on 24 December 1924 to Walter Alfred Brown (WW1 veteran) and Louise Brown (nee Radford). Buster grew up in Roseneath, Wellington and attended Wellington Technical High School (now Wellington High School). Buster had two sisters.

    Buster was an Air Gunner in a PV1 Ventura bomber of Number 3 squadron, based in the pacific theatre during WW2. The Squadron completed three operational tours of the South West Pacific, the latter tours with Ventura medium bombers. During the tours it was based at Espritu Santo, Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Emirau, Green Island and New Britain.

    Buster attended Gunnery Training School at Ohakea from 21 February 1944 to 31 March 1944. According to his logbook, Buster flew 43 missions including 14 strikes with Number 3 Squadron amassing 315 hours and 15 minutes flight time. Buster's last mission was on 24 June1945.

    After the war, Buster was a prominent member of the Upper Hutt RSA, Air Gunners Association and the Brevet Club for ex Air Force personnel. Buster also worked as a Fitter & Turner, primarily for General Motors and Repco. Buster was married after the war to Yvonne and they had two children. Buster also had three grandsons at the time of his death in 2007. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    18 October 2007 AWMM
    Age 82 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Plot 81, Row G, Block 05, Taita Lawn Cemetery AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Dominion Post AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Gone but not forgotten. Miss and love you always grandad. Brent, Jeny and Maria
    Public - Brent - Direct descendant - 25 April 2020



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  • External links
  • Documents
    Cenotaph data entry form AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
08 May 2019ShaunAuckland, New ZealandDirect descendant

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