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Ralph O. Brown

Flight Lieutenant Ralph Osbourne Brown - of Nelson, New Zealand.

Flight Lieutenant Ralph Osbourne Brown.

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    Ralph O. AWMM
  • Surname
    Brown AWMM
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    WWII 424421 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    9 September 1919. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 10 June 2019 - Reference : (England).
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    Air Force AWMM
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    WWII 424421 AWMM
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    Another one of the great boys, now resting in peace. 28 May 2019 passed away - Age 99 Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 31 May 2019 - Aircrew Remembered

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    WW2 Vessel was Day Star AWMM

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  • Fl/Lt. Ralph Osbourne Brown NZ/424421 RNZAF

    Born on the 09th September 1919. Passed away 28th May 2019, just 99 years old.

    Fl/Lt. Ralph Brown, enlisted on the 02nd May 1942 as a pilot with the RNZAF, trained in Canada and United Kingdom.

    Served from the 31st October 1942 until the 21st December 1945 on air operations. Released , from RAF service, at the end of hostilities on the 09th March 1946. Commissioned into general reserve on the 06th October 1950 until he retired on the 09th September 1974 with service number 133003.

    Awarded the 1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45 and the New Zealand War Service Medal. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 10 June 2019 - Reference : (England).
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  • Death
  • Date of death
    28 May 2019. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 10 June 2019 - Reference : (England).
  • Age at death
    99 years of age. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 10 June 2019 - Reference : (England).
  • Place of death
    Nelson, New Zealand Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 10 June 2019 - Reference : (England).
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    This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM


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10 June 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher
31 May 2019KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
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