Māori › Valton William James Crook Born 11 May 1913 - Died 1950 PDF Key details Service numberNZ40203 AWMM Also known asBill Crook AWMM Armed force / branchAir Force AWMM Last rankWW2 Warrant Officer AWMM Royal Australian Air Force AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Enquire Lay a poppy Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesValton William James AWMM SurnameCrook AWMM Ingoa Also known asBill Crook AWMM Service numberNZ40203 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Birth11 May 1913 AWMM Orange, North West New South Wale AWMM Orange, New South Wales, Australia AWMM Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Address before enlistment Post war occupation Next of kin on embarkation Relationship statusPre 23 March 1940 AWMM Single AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaign1940 AWMM Battle of Britain AWMM 1939-1945 AWMM WW2 AWMM World War II AWMM Sinai & Palestine AWMM 1941 AWMM World War 2/wars AWMM Crete AWMM North Africa AWMM Sicily AWMM 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM Italy AWMM Armed force / branchAir Force AWMM Service numberNZ40203 AWMM Military serviceRoyal Air Force, 264 Squadron AWMM 37 Squadron AWMM Headquarters 25 Group AWMM 1653 Conversion Unit AWMM 160 Squadron, RAF AWMM Royal Air Force, 178 Squadron AWMM 1 Squadron AWMM Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Military decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards1939-45 Star (Battle of Britain clasp) AWMM MiD. 1942 AWMM War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military trainingGround training at Weraroa January 15 1940 AWMM Lewis Gunners Course at Air Observer's School,Ohakea AWMM RAF 264 Squadron, Duxford, for further training AWMM 5 OTU, Ashton Down. AWMM Branch Trade Proficiency EnlistmentWW2 5 January 1940 AWMM Age 26 AWMM Roof tiler/Civilian AWMM New Zealand AWMM WW2 1944 AWMM AWMM Occupation before enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 Vessel was Akaroa AWMM Royal New Zealand Air Force AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date Liberation Repatriation POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notes Last known rank Contribute › Last rankWW2 1 February 1945 AWMM Warrant Officer AWMM Royal Australian Air Force AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › When attached to 37 Squadron in Egypt, he was shot down into the sea and was not picked up for 38 hours.During his service he flew a total of 750 hours, of which 520 were operational.Discharge date from the RNZAF 9 June 1944.Discharge from RAAF in February 1945, Wynn (1981) suggests for medical reasonsPortrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940 AWMM Death About death Contribute › Death1950 AWMM Age 37 AWMM Date of death Age at death Place of death Cause of death Death notes Cemetery Cemetery name Grave reference Obituary Memorial name Memorial reference Memorials Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Roll of Honour Remember Valton William James Crook by laying a poppy. Sydney Thomas Crook Thomas Walter Crook Valton William James Crook Walter Crook William Arthur Crook Lay a poppy for 2021 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Valton William James Crook Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksBattle of Britain, a website. http://www.raf.mod.uk/bob1940/bobhome.html Further Reference Battle of Britain Historical Society, a website. http://www.battleofbritain1940.net/ Further Reference DocumentsWynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM Wynn, K. (1981). p. 98-99 AWMM Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. 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 The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.Online Cenotaph Data by Auckland War Memorial Museum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.