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Philip Langsford

Portrait of Flight Lieuntenant Phil Langsford. Image kindly provided by Pip Lindholm (July 2021).

Portrait of Flight Lieuntenant Phil Langsford. Image kindly provided by Pip Lindholm (July 2021).

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Philip AWMM
  • Surname
    Langsford AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Phil AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ412343 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 January 1922 AWMM TakapunaNorth Shore City AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr J.C. Langsford (father), Dominion Street, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 26 May 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Kappelberg, Germany AWMM
      17 April 1943 AWMM
      Flying with 78 (RAF) Squadron on an operation to Pilson, had to ditch plane and captured AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany AWMM
      22 April 1943 AWMM
    • WW2
      Stuttgart, Germany AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag Luft VI, Heydekrug, modern day Šilutė, Lithuania AWMM
      Jun 1943 AWMM
    • WW2
      Germany, Europe AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany AWMM
      Nov 1943 AWMM
      Commissioned AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 5 May 1945 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    1154 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Medical, WWI AWMM
    Army- Tonsilitis - Admitted Army Hospital Narrow Neck, Auckland AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Joined 18th Anti-aircraft Battery 1938, Mobilized 3 September 1939. Transferred to RNZAF.

    Was attached to RAF Bomber Command.

    Philip Langsford final raid on German targets was 17 April 1943.

    Captured the same day, he was unaware of his promotion until November 1943 when he was removed from the NCO's Stalag Luft VI and returned to Stalag Luft III which was for Officers only by then.

    In a letter Lansford to Armoury dated 7 November 1998 he wrote: "The human brain seems to have a considerable capacity to gloss over extremely unpleasant facts. My effort to give a total and accurate account of POW life is reviving memories.

    In January 1945 we were ordered out of Stalag Luft III. The start of an appalling journey in the depths of one of the area's worst winters. Thousands of poorly fed and equipped men were marched for 2-3 days westward from what is now Poland. Rested, briefly in a glass factory at Moscau?, then by train in cattle trucks to a run-down POW camp. Known as 'Milag Maklage Nord' in the Bremen area. In April we were on the road again, heading towards Lubeck. British Army overtook us, ensuring our release. Great rejoicing!"

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1998.

    WWII Flight Lieutenant. Trained in Canada en-route to service with the RAF. Was a Prisoner of War. Husband of Jackie. Ref; Martyn E W, For Your Tomorrow, Vol 3, p594, ref [63].

    Member of the 'Goldfish Club', whilst serving as the Wireless Operator with the 78 Squadron, Halifax MKII W1063.On the 7th November 1942, at approximately 4am The crew were bombing Genoa Base-Linton on Dose via Swiss Alps, the lost the port inner motor over alps bombed target from 5000 feet and headed to Gibraltar. Engine failure possibly damaged by flak caused the crew to belly-flop in the ocean, off the East Coast of Spain. The crew spent approximately 4 and 1/2 hours, before being picked up by Launch (Customs), (Goldfish Club).

    Phil was interviewed for a documentary Pō ki te Pō – Night after Night – Jede Nacht wieder which was aired for Anzac day 2008, produced by Jennifer Bush-Daumac. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 October 2007 AWMM
    Age 85 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Kimihia Lawn Cemetary, Huntly AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Langsford, Phil. Notes on my Wartime Activities in the 1939/45 War. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 99/66. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Vol. 3 p. 594 ref. 63 AWMM
    • Chorley, W. (1996). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses 1943 (Vol. 4). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. AWMM
    • 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
    • Goldfish Club, New Zealand Branch. The Goldfish Club: Roll of Honour 1954 - 2003. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2004/32. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
19 July 2021PipSydney, AustraliaChild
15 July 2021PhillipaNew ZealandChild
05 July 2021Philippa JaneSydney, AustraliaChild

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