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Francis Noel Brinsden

Group of pilots from No. 19 Squadron RAF and No. 616 Squadron RAF pose with two mascot dogs and a Spitfire.
Taken at RAF Fowlmere on the 21st September 1940.
L-R: On wing; Brian Lane, 'Flash' the Alsatian, 'Grumpy' Unwin, 'Rangy' the Spaniel, Francis Brinsden (NZ). Standing; Bernard Jennings, Colin MacFie, Billy Burton, Philip Lackrone (American volunteer)

Frank Brinsden (right on wing) during the Battle of Britain.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis Noel AWMM
  • Surname
    Brinsden AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    40338 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Claude Brinsden (father), Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 August 1937 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    Inter War May 1937 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
    EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    WW2 POW - Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany AWMM
    Sylt, Germany AWMM
    17 August 1943 AWMM
    Blinded by search light while flying low, aircraft hit sea. AWMM
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    WW2 9 May 1945 AWMM
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Biographical information

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  • Provisionally accepted for short service commission in RAF 1937

    Transferred to RNZAF 1944

    27 June 1947: Granted permanent commission in RAF.

    July 1948: Command of 141 Squadron

    1951: Posted to Air H.Q. Malaya, attached to Kuala Lumpur as operations officer.

    After his retirement he moved to Australia

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July - 31 October 1940 AWMM


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  • External links
  • References
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      Wynn, K. (1981). p.31-35 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2012). New Zealanders serving with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, 10 July – 31 October 1940. [A list compiled by Ministry for Culture and Heritage with Errol Martyn]. AWMM


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