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Russell Murray Clarke

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Group WW2, 2 RNZAF airmen, aboard SS Andes, October 1945, returning from the war: left to right, Flying Officer Max Collett MiD (NZ422066) (left) and Russell Clarke DFC (NZ42190) (Right) - This image may be subject to copyright

Group WW2, 2 RNZAF airmen, aboard SS Andes, October 1945, returning from the war: left to right, Fly …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Russell Murray AWMM
  • Surname
    Clarke AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NZ42190 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 March 1943 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Standard aircrew training: 6 weeks Ground Training School, AWMM
    • 3 months Elementary Flying (DH 82) AWMM
    • 6 months on Harvards at Woodbourne. AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Dental, Unknown Period AWMM
    False teeth AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • He was the son of Mrs E.L. Clarke

    Husband of Margaret

    Aged 20 years 8 months at enlistment

    Embarked for Great Britain with a contingent of Pilot Graduates Ex Course 31

    He graduated with the Flying Badge 30 November 1942. Final leave from 6 February 1943 to 5 March 1943 (date of embarkation) - "although the Flying Badge was officially awarded in November 1942, we of course 31, were not presented with it until the conclusion of our advanced training course, at Woodbourne on 5 February 1943 and were not accorded a passing out ceremony but were issued with flying badges and badges of rank from the stores." (Russell Clarke 2005)

    The last unit he served with was the 485 (RAF) NZ Spitfire Squadron

    Record compiled with the serviceman in 1999 AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    6 January 2011 AWMM
    Age 89 AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 8 January 2011 AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • Documents
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald 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
      Hanson, C. (2001). p. 126 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (2008). vol. 3 p. 607 [ref 149] AWMM
    • Wells, K.W. (1984). 485 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force : an illustrated history of the New Zealand spitfire squadron. Auckland, N.Z.: Hutchinson. AWMM
      Wells, K.W. (1984). p. 158 - Nominal Roll. Group photographs p.120-1, 139, 152 AWMM
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