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Donald Carlson

Photograph of Squadron Leader Donald Carlson. '"This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties. He is a skilful and energetic squadron Commander who, by his personal example, has raised the squadron to a high pitch of fighting efficiency. He has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft." (Picture issued 1942)'. Imperial War Museum, Air Ministry Official Second World War Collection, CH 6123. © IWM CH 6123.

Photograph of Squadron Leader Donald Carlson. '"This officer has completed a large number of operati …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald AWMM
  • Surname
    Carlson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Don AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 40207 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Birth
    4 October 1912 Public source OwhangoManawatu-Wanganui Public source
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    WW2 1937 Thompson, New Zealanders in the Royal Air Force
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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

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  • Remained in the Royal Air Force after the war in the Fighter Control Branch. Retired as a Squadron Leader, 7 May 1958. Source: Christopher Shores, Aces High, Vol. 2. AWMM


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  • Death
    17 August 1983 Shores, Aces High
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  • External links
  • References
    • Thompson, H. (1956). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vols. 1-3). Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Vol. 1, p.236 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
    • London Gazette AWMM


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