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Charles Croall



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Croall AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NZ41627 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 January 1916 AWMM HaweraTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) AWMM
      7 January 1947 AWMM
      Citation: Warrant Officer Croall was captured at Tonning in Germany on 29th July, 1942, and was imprisoned at various camps in Poland and Germany. On 12th December, 1942, twelve prisoners, including Warrant Officer Croall, escaped and attempted to steal an aircraft but were caught and returned to camp. In February, 1943, in company with an Australian, Warrant Officer Croall escaped from a working party at Lasisk. After travellling through Poland they were arrested at the Polish-German border seven days later. Another attempt was made in May, 1943, from a working camp. Warrant Officer Croall and a companion headed towards Czechoslovakia but on the fifth night, when boarding a coal train bound for Italy, they were seen and recaptured. This Warrant Officer made three more escapes, his freedom on one occasion, lasting ten days. Finally, in February 1945, he and a friend jumped from a train at Kolin, near Prague. They were recaptured seven days later and sent to a concentration camp. Warrant Officer Croall was liberated in May, 1945, by the Americans. He was a very persistent escaper in spite of ill-health and earned high commendation for his actions. AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1941 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    29 July 1942 AWMM
  • 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 Ellen: Father of John

    His aircraft X3452, a Vickers Wellington Mk III medium bomber from the base at Feltwell, was coned by searchlights over the target of Hamburg on 29 July 1942. As it lost height in evading the lights it was hit by light AA fire and ditched in the River Elbe. Four of the five crew including Charles became Prisoners of War and all survived captivity in Stalag VIIIB at Lamsdorf. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    18 October 2013 AWMM
    Age 97 AWMM
    ThamesCoromandel District AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Totara Memorial Park, Thames AWMM 2 RSA A, Plot 0156 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 19 October 2013 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 19 October 2013 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
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      pp.142-3. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p.593. (Ref 59) AWMM

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