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Alan Whitelaw

Photograph of Flying Officer Alan Whitelaw 413719 in uniform. Image kindly provided by Darlene Mahoney (February 2018). Image may be subject copyright restrictions.

Photograph of Flying Officer Alan Whitelaw 413719 in uniform. Image kindly provided by Darlene Mahon …


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  • Forenames
    Alan AWMM
  • Surname
    Whitelaw AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 413719 AWMM
    • WWII NZ413719 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 November 1916 AWMM WoodvilleNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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Wars and conflicts

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  • Armed force / branch
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    • WWII 413719 AWMM
    • WWII NZ413719 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
    11 October 1943 AWMM
    "This officer's operational career has been distinguished throughout by his technical skill as a navigator, infectious enthusiasm for operational flying and determination to guide his aircraft accurately to the target and back. He has participated in sorties against many of the most heavily defended targets in enemy territory." By Such Deeds, p. 510 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

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  • Flying Officer Alan Whitelaw flew at least 26 sorties with 158 Squadron RAF, then instructed on 20 OTU RAF (Wellington). Source: C.M. Hanson, 'By Such Deeds', p.510. AWMM


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  • Death
    29 January 2018 AWMM
    Age 101 AWMM
    PaihiaBay of Islands AWMM
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Paihia Public Cemetery Paihia Bay of Islands New Zealand AWMM RSA Ash Berms, Block A, Plot 27 AWMM
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  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald, February 6, 2018 "WHITELAW, Alan. Awarded the DFC, Service NZ 413719. Passed away 28 January 2018. Aged 101. Cremated on 31 January 2018 in Kerikeri after a short day in Whangarei Hospital and Kerikeri Retirement Village. Alan was a lifetime member of the Russell RSA and will be missed by his comrades. Loved uncle of Andrew (Wellsford), William (Bill) (Ohau), Ruth (Paraparaumu), and Mary (Kawerau). Good friends Darlene and Dick Mahoney (Michigan USA) and best mate Ron (Paihia). A Memorial Service will be held at Paihia Military Cemetery, at a later known date. Rest in peace." AWMM
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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
    • 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.510 AWMM
    • Alan died 29/01/2018. The result of a fall and a major Heart Attack. Public - Andrew Peter - Other relative - 30 January 2018 - Attending to his funeral.
    • As President of the RUSSELL RSA Inc, we sadly mourn the loss of our most senior member. Alan has be Public - Alastair - 30 January 2018 - Personal and on behalf of the RUSSELL RSA Inc


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30 January 2018AlastairRussell Bay of IslandsOther
30 January 2018Andrew PeterWellsford, NZOther relative

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