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Douglas Alexander Greig

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Portrait of Squadron Leader Douglas Alexander Greig, Auckland Weekly News, 28 February 1945. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19450228-26-44. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Squadron Leader Douglas Alexander Greig, Auckland Weekly News, 28 February 1945. Aucklan …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Douglas Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Greig AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ1293 AWMM
    • WWII 130733 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 November 1916 AWMM RotoruaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Air Force Cross (AFC) AWMM
      Jan 1945 AWMM
      As recorded in Rudge, C (2003): "In recognition of his contribution as a flying instructor and test pilot". AWMM
    • Air Medal (USA) AWMM
      8 October 1943 AWMM
      As recorded in Rudge, C (2003). Citation: "For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight as a member of a fighter squadron in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands from 7 May to June 1943. During a period of intense activity, Flight Lieutenant Greig took part in numerous patrols, escort missions, task force cover and one strafing attack on a hostile destroyer, despite heavy concentrations of enemy anti-aircraft opposition. On one occasion operating with a group of our fighters on an interception assignment over the Russell Islands, he observed an enemy Zero closing in on the tail of a friendly plane and immediately launched a furious attack. When the hostile aircraft attempted to escape, Flight Lieutenant Greig followed it down in an almost verticle dive and continued his relentless firing until his opponent crashed in flames. His excellent marksmanship and outstanding professional skill contributed greatly to the success of a vital mission." AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details

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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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Husband of Rita; father of Ian and Kendall and step father of Annette, Peter and Jennifer

      Served in the Pacific AWMM
    • Doug Greig was married to my sister, Joan (Sal) Kendall, sons Ian and Kendall Public - Kay - Direct descendant - 10 January 2016 - Family archives
    • Following on from Sal's death and his later marriage to my mother, Joy Were (Brown), Doug farmed in the Pepepe Valley, eventually retiring to a beachhouse he built at Pauanui. He was a generous stepfather and made all his stepchlldren welcome, often taking them up for joyrides in a locally owned Cessna. Still much missed by all his family. Public - Jennifer Carol - Child - 22 January 2022 - Personal experience
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Death

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  • Death
    21 May 1998 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 25 May 1998 AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
    He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
    If poetry could tell it backwards, true, begin
    that moment shrapnel scythed you to the stinking mud . . .
    but you get up, amazed, watch bled bad blood
    run upwards from the slime into its wounds;
    see lines and lines of British boys rewind
    back to their trenches, kiss the photographs from home —
    mothers, sweethearts, sisters, younger brothers
    not entering the story now
    to die and die and die.
    Dulce — No — Decorum — No — Pro patria mori.
    You walk away.
    You walk away; drop your gun (fixed bayonet)
    like all your mates do too —
    Harry, Tommy, Wilfred, Edward, Bert —
    and light a cigarette.
    There’s coffee in the square,
    warm French bread
    and all those thousands dead
    are shaking dried mud from their hair
    and queuing up for home. Freshly alive,
    a lad plays Tipperary to the crowd, released
    from History; the
    Public - Dakota - 7 May 2018
    Report 

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Ross, J. (1955). Royal New Zealand Air Force. Wellington, Dept .of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy
    http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2AirF.html
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Ross, J. (1955). Royal New Zealand Air Force. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p. 253, p.277 AWMM
    • Rudge, C. (2003). Air-to-air : the story behind the air-to-air combat claims of the RNZAF. Lyttelton, N.Z.: Adventure Air. 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.222 AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
22 January 2022Jennifer CarolSydney AustraliaChild
07 May 2018DakotaTaupoOther
10 January 2016KayNasebyDirect descendant

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