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Lindsay Stuart Black

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Lindsay Stuart AWMM
  • Surname
    Black AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ40961 AWMM
    • WWII 40961 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 April 1914 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
    1914 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 June 2022 - Research
  • Place of birth
    Levin. NZ Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 June 2022 - Research
  • Birth notes
    son of Charles Stuart & Florence Maud BLACK Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 June 2022 - Research
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Parents: Mr & Mrs C. S. Black, Weraroa Road, Levin AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
      6 November 1944 AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • DFC awarded in late 1944, citation reads:
      "This officer has participated in a large number of sorties, including attacks on barges, locomotives and road transport. He has displayed commendable skill and courage and throughout has set a fine example of devotion to duty". Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 8 November 2017 -

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Lindsay Black was the son of Charles Stuart and Florence Maud Black, of Levin, Wellington, New Zealand.

      Attended Scots College Wellington (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)) AWMM


      SPITFIRE SQUADRON (Special Correspondent.) LONDON, March 5;

      Wing Commander R. C, Grant, D.F.C. and bar, D.F.M.. of Auckland, was killed on active service. He was buried on Friday at Brookwood cemetery, after a service at the Gravesend church. Group Captain A. J. Manson represented the New Zealand High Commissioner, Mr. W. J. Jordan, and Mr. Walter Nash, Squadron Leader J. G. McDermont represented the R.N.Z.A.F. headquarters, and Squadron Leader E. D. Abernethy represented the Air Mission in Ottawa. Wing Commander Grant had . an outstanding career as a fighter pilot. He won the D.F.M. before joining the New Zealand Spitfire squadron m the autumn of 1941. ' He arrived as a flight-sergeant, and by summer of the following year was the squadron’? commanding officer. For his rest period, he made a lecture tour of Canadian stations. tie recently returned to England and wa= promoted wing commander. He led the wing in several recent operations; and had shot down eight enemy planes. He was regarded as being among the best fighter pilots New Zealand had produced in this war. His brother lan was shot down over France while with the New Zealand Spitfire squadron, Wing Commander Grant shooting clown the German who got his brother. The New Zealand Spitfire Squadron, which recently ended its rest period and returned to “front line” operations, paid a last tribute to its former commanding officer. Led by Flight Lieutenant Lindsay Black, of Levin, it circled twice over the Brookwood cemetery while the burial service was taking place Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 June 2022 - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXXI, ISSUE 21347, 7 MARCH 1944, PAGE 4
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About death

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  • Death
    5 March 1945 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England AWMM 2. AA. 5. AWMM
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  • Obituary
    The death has occurred on active service overseas of Flight Lieutenant Lindsay Stuart Black, D.F.C. Flight Lieutenant Black was born in Wellington in 1914, & was educated at a preparatory school near London, while his parents (Mr. and Mrs. Charles Black, of Levin) resided in England. Returning to NZ he completed, his education at Scots College, attaining the distinction of being dux of the college, and at Victoria University College, where he secured his LL.B. in 1939. He joined the legal staff of Mr. Andrew Todd, & upon Mr. Todd relinquishing his practice took up a position with Messrs. Buddle, Anderson, Kirkcaldie, & Parry, of Wellington. In 1938 he joined the staff of Messrs. Blenkhorn and Todd, of Levin, with whom he continued until he enlisted in the Air Force late in 1939. He had a distinguished service record, and gained the D.F.C. at the end of last year for conspicuous service and devotion to duty. Flight Lieutenant Black was a keen athlete and secured Wellington provincial honours in 1936 in the half-mile event. He was also prominent for some years in the University athletic tournaments, representing Victoria College in both boxing and long-distance running. Whilst in Levin he was a member of the Levin Amateur Athletic Club. His parents live at "Weraroa Road, Levin. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 2 June 2023 - DEATH ON SERVICE
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  • On the 3rd August 1942, a Dornier Do 217E-4 Wnr.1225 (U5 + AD) from Stab III/Kampfgeschwader was bombing Wellingborough, Northants. It was in turn attacked by F/Lt Lindsay Black (RNZAF) in a Spitfire Vb of No.485 Squadron and shot down. The aircraft crashed near Cranford, a small village on the outskirts of Kettering, killing all four crew members. Uffz Eugen Beyerer, Uffz Erich Huwald, Uffz Zerak and Gefr Frisch all now lie in the Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase: Block 9. Row 6. Grave 35.
    Public - Godfrey - Researcher - 31 January 2016



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ab - B. Archives New Zealand (R17845607) - 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. [List of Killed - Officers (Canada, Pacific, Europe) - Airmen (Canada, India and Far East)]. Archives New Zealand (R17845748) AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
02 June 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher
08 November 2017KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
31 January 2016GodfreyKettering Northamptonshire EnglandResearcher

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