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Irving Stanley Smith

Portrait of Irving Stanley Smith (NZ43048) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait of Irving Stanley Smith (NZ43048) - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Irving Stanley AWMM
  • Surname
    Smith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Black Smith AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ43048 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 May 1917 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr & Mrs A.E. Smith AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 July 1939 AWMM Single AWMM


Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Flying Training - Mangere NZ, May 1939 AWMM
    • Jesus College, Oxford -11 September 1939 AWMM
    • No. 10 EFTS, Yatesbury (initial training on Tiger Moths) AWMM
    • 2FTS, Brize Norton -24 March 1940 - 11 July 1940 (intermediate and advanced training) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Jan 1939 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Apprentice Coach Painter/Civilian AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Educated at Whau Valley Primary School, Whangarei High School and Seddon Memorial Technical College.

    Was a member of Ponsonby Boys' Brass College for several years, playing cornet and tenor horn.

    Acting Squadron leader 19 February 1942

    Acting Wing Commander May 1942

    Married Miss Joan Debenham, a WAAF officer in London in November 1942.

    At the time he was invalided out of the RAF in February 1966, he had flown 4000 hours and during wartime had completed three operational tours. He had taken part in 222 patrols and sorties in which he had taken offensive action or had it taken against him.

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

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  • Death
    1999 AWMM
    Age 82 AWMM
    DevonEngland AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
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  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Thompson, H. (1956). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vols. 1-3). Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      Wynn, K. (1981). p. 353-359 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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30 May 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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