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John Talbot Strang

Group photograph of six New Zealanders on the RMS Remuera in early 1938, sailing to the UK for pilot training under the Empire Pilot Training Scheme. As follows: Wing Commander Douglas Robert Bagnall 43021, Pilot Officer Roy Bradney Bould NZ2312, Flying Officer John Talbot Strang NZ40861, Squadron Leader Peter Wynn Mason West 40870, Pilot Officer Ian Ronald Gow 40820, Flying Officer Maurice Craig Kinder 40836. Image kindly provided by Graham Bould (May 2017). Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Group photograph of six New Zealanders on the RMS Remuera in early 1938, sailing to the UK for pilot …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Talbot AWMM
  • Surname
    Strang AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NZ40861 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 January 1914 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
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  • Birth notes
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  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr W. Strang (father), Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • No 1 E&RFTS, Hatfield (pupil pilot) AWMM
    • RAF Uxbridge AWMM
    • No. 5 Flight Training School, Sealand AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Inter War Mar 1937 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Truck Driver/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Educated at Timaru Boys' High School.

    Became interested in flying as a youth and learned to fly at the Canterbury Aero Club with Captain Bert Mercer, obtaining his 'A' License and building up a total of 80 flying hours.

    Applied for RAF short-term commission in March 1937.

    Acting Pilot Officer 1938

    Flying Officer - September 1940

    Acting Squadron Leader - October 1942

    Chief Ground Instructor -Secunderabad -1 January 1944

    Returned to live in New Zealand after 1950 and settled in Timaru, living there until his death.

    prominent in Rugby administration

    At the time of his death Jack Strang was patron of the South Canterbury Brevet Club.

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 July 1979 AWMM
    Age 65 AWMM
    TimaruCanterbury AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Wynn, 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. 375-377 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

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