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Robert Birnie

School class photograph, Helensville District High School 1931, named Robert Birnie NZ403773 in class - This image may be subject to copyright

School class photograph, Helensville District High School 1931, named Robert Birnie NZ403773 in clas …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Birnie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ403773 AWMM
    • WWII 403773 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • 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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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ403773 AWMM
    • WWII 403773 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Robert Birnie was the son of George and Irene Birnie, of Murray's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.

    At the time of his death Birnie was attached to Bomber Command and his flying hours had totaled 301 hours and he was on his 5th operation. On his final operation he was flying as the observer.

    The plane was shot down over on January 9th 1942 and downed at Golleville ,a small village about 20 miles south of Cherbourg.

    Remembered on the Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna.

    http://twgpp.org/downloads/news/TWGPP_Newsletter_Summer_2009.pdf pp13-14 about finding aircraft parts on farm in France. Barrass, M.B. (2001- 2008). Web site: Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. "Squadrons numbered in the 400 series were technically units of the RCAF, RAAF and RNZAF, but their members were placed under the operational control of the RAF and are usually considered to be part of the RAF's organisational structure". URL: http://www.rafweb.org/Sqn485-490.htm AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    9 January 1942 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    GollevilleFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cherbourg Old Communal Cemetery, Manche, France AWMM Plot 6. Row C. Joint grave 1-2. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Golleville Memorial, near Cherbourg, Manche, France AWMM
    • Helensville District High School (Kaipara College) Roll of Honour, Helensville, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Kaipara Memorial RSA, 49 Commercial Road, Helensville, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, (ex RSA Roll, on a boulder), The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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  • In tribute to a former student of Kaipara College (Helensville District High School). Your story was the focus of the Anzac Day school assembly.
    Public - John - 22 April 2015
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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Chorley, W. (1994). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses 1942 (Vol. 3). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. 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

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08 June 2016Georges FranceOther
22 April 2015JohnHelensvilleOther

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