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Lloyd Mackay Ralph

Informal group of No. 485 Squadron pilots and the New Zealand High Commissioner standing beside a Spitfire at RAF Station Redhill. All are New Zealanders except Norris who is an Englishman. L-R: Sergeant Kronfield, Sergeant Rae, Pilot Officer Tomas, Sergeant Ralph, Squadron Leader Knight DFC, Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Norris DFC, Flight Lieutenant EP Wells DFC & Bar, Sergeant Frecklington, Mr. WJ Jordan, Pilot Officer Clouston, Flight Lieutenant R Baker, Pilot Officer Chandler, Pilot Officer WV Crawford-Compton. Image kindly provided by Air Force Museum of New Zealand, MUS98091

Informal group of No. 485 Squadron pilots and the New Zealand High Commissioner standing beside a Sp …

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  • Title
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    Lloyd Mackay AWMM
  • Surname
    Ralph AWMM
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    • WWII 401779 AWMM
    • WWII NZ401779 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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    16 July 1919 Hanson, p/ 406 Hanson, p/ 406
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    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
      "This officer has completed a very large number of sorties. During his first tour of duty he was wounded by enemy anti-aircraft fire. Flight Lieutenant Ralph has taken part in many dive-bombing and low level bombing sorties. In attackes on ground targets he has destroyed many more. More recently he took part in attacks on enemy airfields, and during this period he destroyed six more transport vehicles and damaged 18. He also destroyed one enemy aircraft on the ground. Flight Lieutenant Ralph is an outstanding flight commander with a brilliant record." Hanson, p. 406 AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

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  • Son of Charles Humphrey Ralph and Rebecca (Fletcher) Ralph Brother of Winifred (Ralph) Burrell and Ethel Vivienne (Ralph) Wilkinson.

    "Prior to serving with the 66 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Ralph had flown 193 sorties during two tours with 485 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force (spitfire) and five sorties with 501 Squadron Royal Air Force (Spitfire). He had flown at least seven sorties with 66 Squadron when the award was made." Hanson, p. 406

    Later appointed a Justice if the Peace in Timaru, 1978. AWMM
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About death

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    22 May 1983 AWMM
    TimaruCanterbury AWMM
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  • References
    • 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. 406 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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