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Robert Crozier

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  C_026. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel C_026. Image taken June 2020.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Crozier AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ401641 AWMM
    • WWII 401641 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 June 1917 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. R. F. Crozier of Timaru AWMM
  • Relationship status


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  • Capture details
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  • Liberation date
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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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    • Robert Crozier was the son of Robert Fredrick and Annie Swallow Crozier of Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand.

      Brother of Alexander Crozier (NZ415749) who was killed on air operations 2 March 1944

      Attended Taumarunui District & Whangarei High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)) AWMM
    • Robert Crozier
      16 June 1917 — 21 February 1942

      Robert Crozier was born in Invercargill on 16 June 1917 to Robert Frederick Crozier (b. 1882; Newcastleton, Roxburghshire, Scotland) and Anne Swallow Crozier (née Stewart; b. 1884; Southland, New Zealand). Robert was their first child and the eldest of three boys.

      When war broke out, Robert joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force and trained to become a pilot. He was eventually posted to 500 Squadron, Royal Airforce and flew reconnaissance in a Lockheed Martin Hudson: VAM697/K. Robert had 203 flight hours to his credit and the mission he took on 21 February 1942 was only his fourth operation.

      Saturday 21 February 1942

      Four Lockheed Martin Hudson coastal reconnaissance aircraft of 500 Squadron took off from Bircham Newton, Norfolk, on Operation “Shadow” off the Danish coast. They were searching for German shipping and naval vessels. ‘Q’ was the first to depart 14:55; returned at 16:10 owing to a suspected engine failure. ‘H’ departed at 15:05 and returned 18:00 hours as both engines out, probably due to icing. ‘A’ departed at 15:15 and later sighted two Danish trawlers at 54° 27’ N; 4° 26’ E, sailing on a NW course. Nothing further sighted. ‘A’ crash-landed at Leuchars (RAF base south of Dundee). ‘K’ took off at 15:28 but did not return. The aircraft was lost without trace in the North Sea, it’s crew of four missing. All were later commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial:

      Pilot Officer Robert Crozier; 401641; Royal New Zealand Air Force, NZ; 24 years
      Sergeant Frederick Douglas Orgar; 957398; Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, UK; 23 years
      Flight Sergeant Roy Livingstone Pitkin; 776091; Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, UK; 22 years
      Sergeant Clarence Leslie Broadfield; 1164579; Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, UK; 20 years Public - Michael - Other relative - 13 November 2017 - Air Ministry Squadron Operations Records, National Archives, Kew. Catalogue reference: AIR/27/1942
      Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Runnymede Memorial
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About death

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  • Death
    21 February 1942 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Mediterranean AWMM
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    • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (1998-2008). Vol. 1, p.183 and Vol. 3, p.153 AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Co - Dy. Archives New Zealand (R17845609) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [Missing - But Presumed Dead on Lapse of Time - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845743) 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


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02 October 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
08 June 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher
13 November 2017MichaelBrisbane, Queensland, AustraliaOther relative

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