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Paul Wattling Rabone

Portrait, awarded the D.F.C. from The Weekly News; 29 March 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, awarded the D.F.C. from The Weekly News; 29 March 1944 - This image may be subject to copy …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Paul Wattling AWMM
  • Surname
    Rabone AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 36179 AWMM
    • NZ2171 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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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
    • Civil Reserve of Pilots April 1936 AWMM
    • 4 July 1938 No. 1 FTS, Wigram as Acting Pilot Officer AWMM
    • Awarded flying badge on 13 October 1938. AWMM
    • Controller training - at Kenley October 1941 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Inter War 4 July 1938 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Paul Rabone was the son of Wing Commander Clarence Noble Rabone and Frances May Rabone, of Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; husband of Pamela Barbara Rabone, of Kairanga, Wellington.

    1931 - attended Palmerston North High School

    1932-33 Attended New Plymouth Boys' High School

    Attended Palmerston North Technical College

    September/October 1940 -Promoted to Flying Officer

    27 December 1940 - Acting Flight Lieutenant

    3 September 1941 -Flight Lieutenant

    Married Miss Buchanan from Palmerston North on 12 September 1941. She was the sister of Flight Lieutenant Lindsay Buchanan, DFC, reported missing in the Middle East in April 1944. Accompanied by her husband she received her brother Lindsay's medals from the King on 22 October 1942.

    Acting Squadron Leader rank as Flight Commander to 488 (NZ) Squadron - June 1942

    July 1943 - Flight Commander - Acting Squadron Leader

    Originally buried in Heligoland OIsland, later re-interred in Hotton British Military Cemetery in Belgium.

    The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    24 July 1944 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    North Sea AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hotton War Cemetery, Luxembourg, Belgium AWMM XI. C. 8. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      1944 AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Vol. 2 p. 253-254; vol. 3 p. 402 AWMM
    • Thompson, H. (1956). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vols. 1-3). Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Vol 1 p. 98, 128-9, 226; Vol. 2 p 214, 220; Vol. 3 p. 166, 182-3 AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      p. 332-336 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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