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Ronald Arnold Hadley

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ronald Arnold AWMM
  • Surname
    Hadley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 79511 AWMM
    • WWII NZ79511 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 December 1919 AWMM HastingsHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mr Arnold Harold Hadley, Thames, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Hadley of Thames AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    No. 3 Course. 19 Operational Training Unit. RAF Kinloss 24 July 1940 Public - Paul - Researcher - 24 June 2023 - UK National Archives, Course photograph. Pictured with his Brother Trevor.
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    • Pilot/Military AWMM
    • Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)
  • Enlistment
  • 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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    • Son of Arnold Harold and Lilian Kate (nee Kigar / Kjar) Hadley of Thames

      Trevor Hadley and his younger brother Ronald Hadley embarked for UK in March 1940. Both men served with 58 Squadron, Bomber Command, part of 4 Group. This squadron, ex Coastal Command was based at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire from 14 February 1940.

      Ron Hadley was killed in action on 9 September 1940 when his plane crashed with engine trouble following a successful raid over Germany. It was his 15th mission and he was aged just 20.

      Not among the ‘few’ (Wynn, 1981) as served Bomber Command but AWMM includes him in Battle of Britain display (2010), as he was killed when his plane crash-landed 8/9 October 1940, and at the time of unveiling of the Westminster Abbey Battle of Britain Memorial Windows, his dad was invited to attend, indicating that his death was part of the larger view.

      Attended Stratford Technical High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)) AWMM
    • Spelling of Lilian Kate's surname is: KJAR Public - Julia Denise - Other Relative - 22 January 2015 - Family papers
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About death

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  • Death
    9 October 1940 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Great Bircham (St Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk, England AWMM Plot 1. Row 1. Grave 10 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

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  • External links
  • References
    • Chorley, W. (1992). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crews lost during 1939-1940 (Vol. 1). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] - Historical Items - Battle of Britain Roll of Honour, July - October 1940. Archives New Zealand, Wellington, ADQA 17263 AIR118/109/77e (R17845784) AWMM
      Chorley, W. (1992-). p. 117 AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ha - Hy. Archives New Zealand (R17845611) - 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. [(New Zealanders Attached to R.A.F. [Royal Air Force]) (Officers), (Europe) - Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845744) AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Deceased New Zealanders (Formerly) serving with RAF [Royal Air Force]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845760). AWMM


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24 June 2023PaulNottinghamResearcher
23 January 2015Julia DeniseNew ZealandOther Relative

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