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John Rutherford Clark Kilian

Photograph of 'Pilots of No. 485 Squadron in front of a Spitfire at RAF Station Kenley. L-R: On wings; DT Clouston, JR Liken, TC Goodlet, JJ Palmer. On engine; AR Robson, PH Gaskin. Standing; EJ Shaw, ED Mackie, IJ McNeil, WV Crawford-Compton, MRD Hume, JG Pattison, JD Rae, JRC Kilian, Adjutant, EP Wells, BE Gibbs, D Russell, MM Shand. In front; DGE Brown, JM Checketts, SF Browne, HR Leckie. Air Force Museum of New Zealand, ALB090071011

Photograph of 'Pilots of No. 485 Squadron in front of a Spitfire at RAF Station Kenley. L-R: On wing …


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    John Rutherford Clark AWMM
  • Surname
    Kilian AWMM
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    WWII NZ1043 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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  • Second World War Fighter Ace.

    Attended Christ's College, Christchurch, and Canterbury Agricultural College. AWMM


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  • Death
    23 July 1989 AWMM
    Age 78 AWMM
    GeraldineCanterbury AWMM
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    Geraldine Cemetery, Geraldine, Canterbury AWMM Plot 6, Row 551, Services Section, AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • New Zealand, World War II Appointments, Promotions, Transfers and Resignations, 1939–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM
    • Shores, C. (2008). Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the British and Commonwealth Forces of WWII (Vol. 2). London, U.K.: Grub Street Publishing.; Christopher Shores (2008) AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] - Historical Items - List of New Zealand Fighter aces with their Scores (Unofficial) December 1944. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845799). AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM


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25 August 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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