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William Hector Stratton

Portrait of Air Vice Marshal William Hector Stratton, Wellington, 24 July 1968. Air Force Museum of New Zealand, PR7593-68. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Air Vice Marshal William Hector Stratton, Wellington, 24 July 1968. Air Force Museum of …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Hector AWMM
  • Surname
    Stratton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 40152 AWMM
    • WWII NZ2176 AWMM
    • 70021 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 July 1916 Hanson HastingsHawkes Bay Hanson
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  • Address before enlistment
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Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military Hanson
  • Enlistment
    12 July 1937 Hanson
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
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Biographical information

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  • Obtained Pilot's License from Western Federated Flying Club. Source: Obituary, New Zealand Herald.

    Shared the Royal Air Force's first victory over the German Messerschmitt 110 aircraft in Second World War, believed to be the Luftwaffe's 'wonder plane'. Source: Christopher Shores, Aces High.

    Commanding Officer of 213 Squadron, Royal Air Force, from March 1943. Commanding Officer of 134 Squadron, Royal Air Force, from June 1943. Source: Christopher Shores, Aces High.

    Appointed Assistant Chief of Air Staff, 1961. Chief of Air Staff, July 1969 to July 1971. Source: Hanson, By Such Deeds, p.463. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    27 December 2005 Cemetery Record
    Age 89 AWMM
    PerthWestern Australia Cemetery Record
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  • Cemetery
    Karrakatta Cemetery, Nedlands, Perth, Western Australia AWMM Plot 13, Garden 14A, Crematorium Rose Gardens AWMM
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  • External links
    Arnold Pickmere, Obituary, New Zealand Herald, 27 January 2006
    Further Reference
  • 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
      p.463 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
    • 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
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM


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