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Ronald Joseph Belcher

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ronald Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Belcher AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Raymond Joseph Belcher AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 40931 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 February 1919 AWMM BirminghamWest Midlands AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
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Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • He was a member of the 'Goldfish Club".

    Date and time of ditching, 13 January 1941, Mediterranean. The cause of the incident due to being shot to pieces. Time spent in water seven hours.

    Believed to be the first New Zealander to arrive in Malta. Of the 103 men that left New Zealand to join the RAF only 3 returned. One of the few people in the world to belong to the Goldfish and Caterpillar Clubs. To have survived from a destroyed aircraft, once by rubber dinghy and the second time by parachute.
    "Survived four aircraft accidents, including a mid-air collision over Milson aerodrome, Palmerston North. member of the 'Goldfish Club' after spending seven hours in the sea off Malta, following a ditiching." (Hanson, p. 80). AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
    The Goldfish Club (UK).
    http://www.thegoldfishclub.co.uk/
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. 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.80 AWMM
    • Goldfish Club, New Zealand Branch. The Goldfish Club: Roll of Honour 1954 - 2003. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2004/32. AWMM
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