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Desmond Roy Browne

Photograph of Desmond Roy Browne, taken at Air Training School, New Zealand, prior to overseas air war service. Image courtesy of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph of Desmond Roy Browne, taken at Air Training School, New Zealand, prior to overseas air w …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Desmond Roy AWMM
  • Surname
    Browne AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ416086 AWMM
    • WWII 416086 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 December 1919 AWMM New LynnAuckland City AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 98 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) AWMM
      18 January 1944 AWMM
      "Flight Sergeant Browne, as captain of aircraft has participated in many operational sorties. The skill with which he has completed his tasks has contributed to the success of his missions. At all times Flight Sergeant Browne has shown great courage and determination, often remaining over the target area for thirty minutes in spite of intense and accurate opposition." AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      14 June 1945 AWMM
      "For Distinguished Service, for service with 462 Squadron RAAF" AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 9 November 1941 AWMM Medical student/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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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  • Attended Auckland Grammer School and Auckland University. Embarked with the Royal New Zealand Air Force for attachment to the Royal Air Force. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    17 July 2000 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Te Kuiti Cemetery AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
    'Three more awards for RNZAF Pilots' New Zealand Herald, 29 January 1944
    Further Reference
  • References
    • New Zealand, World War II Ballot Lists, 1940–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p.100-101 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM

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