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Robert Watson Paterson

RNZAF photo of Robert Watson Paterson (Aka Robin)

Robert Watson Paterson

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Watson AWMM
  • Surname
    Paterson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Robin AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 131728 AWMM
    • 417100 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 February 1919 Online Cenotaph Data Entry Form - April 2015 ElthamTaranaki Online Cenotaph Data Entry Form - April 2015
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs J. Paterson (mother), Mountain Road, Eltham AWMM
  • Relationship status
    23 December 1941 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


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
  • Enlistment
    WW2 23 December 1941 Online Cenotaph Data Entry Form - April 2015 Accountant Clerk/Civilian Online Cenotaph Data Entry Form - April 2015
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • 23 December 1941 AWMMHeight, WWII AWMM
      5 feet 8 1/2 inches AWMM
    • 23 December 1941 AWMMEye colour, WWII AWMM
      Blue AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Destination of Initial Embarkation: Bouganville.

    Pilot 17 October 1942; Flying Officer 17 April 1943; Acting Flight Lieutenant 25 November 1944; Flight Lieutenant 17 October 1944; Flight Lieutenant extension of commission 11 July 1962.

    GTS Levin; EFTs New Plymouth; SFTs Woodbourne; SFTs Wigram; No2 G R Nelson N R School New Plymouth; No 2 G R Nelson; Whenuapai (pending posting); No 4 (BR) Sqdn Nausori; Whenuapai (Hobsonville); No 4 (BR) Sqdn; Nausori; No 2 F.O.T.U.; No 19 (F) Ardmore; Guadacanal; Totokina; No 21 (F) Ardmore.

    Aircraft: DH 82, Gypsy Major, Oxford, CheetahX, Hudson, Wright Cyclone, Vickers Vincent, Pegasus, Harvard, ?, Kitty Hawk, Allison.

    Record compiled from Online Cenotaph Data Entry Form - April 2015. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    9 June 1982 Online Cenotaph Data Entry Form - April 2015
    Age 63 AWMM
    ElthamTaranaki Online Cenotaph Data Entry Form - April 2015
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Eltham Cemetery, Anderson Road, Eltham, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • A kind and generous uncle, who grew tasty peas for Christmas dinners, but I'm sure his plane would have flown even better if the pistons hadn't been taken out to use as ashtrays.
    Public - John Richard - Other relative - 25 September 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 September 2015John RichardAuckland, New ZealandOther relative
08 October 2020ShirleneWaitara, NZOther Relative

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