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Robert Bailey

Robert Bailey - This image may be subject to copyright

Robert Bailey - This image may be subject to copyright


Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 September 1923 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 15 October 1941 AWMM 33 Koraha Street, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Inez Freeman (mother), 33 Koraha Street, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs I. Freeman, 33 Koraha Street, Remuera, Auckland AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and 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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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 8 3/4 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Inez Freeman (formerly Bailey) and stepson of James Freeman, of Remuera, Auckland. Next of kin listed as Mrs J. Freeman, Remuera

    Entered Papakura Camp on 20 March 1942.

    65th Battery, 15th Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Narrow Neck, 15 April 1942.

    Transferred to 22nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Narrow Neck, 18 May 1942.

    Posted to 98th Battery, Whenuapai, 21 May 1942.

    Transferred to Area pool for posting to RNZAF Air Defence Unit, Rukuhia, 31 July 1942.

    Enlisted in RNZAF, Rukuhia, on 5 August 1942.

    Bailey and his entire crew, which included fellow New Zealanders, Mauson Lammas (pilot) and Douglas William Vaughan (navigator), were killed when their Stirling bomber was shot down by German night fighters over Denmark on 23 April 1944. In April, 1994, the people of Taasinge unveiled a 50th Anniversary Memorial Stone at Vemmenaes, near where the Stirling bomber crashed, to commemorate the seven airmen killed.

    The Auckland Museum manuscripts collection holds papers (letters, newspaper articles, photographs, service record) relating to Flight Sergeant Bailey's war service (MS 2006/25).

    Attended Northcote Intermediate High School, the Oakleigh State School and Melbourne High School, Victoria, Australia (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 April 1944 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    VemmenaesDenmark AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Aabenraa Cemetery, Denmark AWMM Allied Military Plot, Row 4, Grave 6 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Albany Memorial Library, Auckland AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      The Weekly News 1944 AWMM
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Bailey, Andrew Robert. Papers relating to war service of Flight Sergeant Robert Bailey, 75 Squadron, RNZAF, 1942 - 1994. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2006/25. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. 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
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ab - B. Archives New Zealand (R17845607) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [List of Missing - United Kingdom, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845745) AWMM

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