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Alexander Crozier

Portrait from The Weekly News; 7 June 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from The Weekly News; 7 June 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Crozier AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ415749 AWMM
    • WWII 415749 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 May 1920 AWMM OhakuneManawatu-Wanganui 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


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and 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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    • Alexander Crozier was the son of Robert Frederick and Annie Crozier, of Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand

      Brother of Robert Crozier (NZ401641) who was killed on air operations 21 February 1942

      Attended Whangarei High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)) AWMM
    • Alexander CROZIER
      4 May 1920 — 2 March 1944

      Alexander Crozier was born in Invercargill on 4 May 1920 to Robert Frederick Crozier (b. 1882; Newcastleton, Roxburghshire, Scotland) and Anne Swallow Crozier (née Stewart; b. 1884; Southland, New Zealand). Alexander was the second of their three boys.

      As with his older brother, Robert, before him, Alexander joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force and trained to become a pilot. He was eventually posted to 23 Squadron, R.A.F. (Alghero, Sardinia: 238 Wing, Mediterranean Allied Coastal Air Force). Alexander had clocked up 734 flight hours before his final mission.

      Thursday 2 March 1944

      Alexander went missing near Padua, Italy on 2 March 1944 while on an offensive patrol over the Po Valley area near Padua, Italy. His Mosquito FB.V1 LR253/M took off at 19:05 and was lost without trace, the two crew commemorated on the Malta Memorial, Malta.

      Flight Officer Alexander Crozier; NZ415749, R.N.Z.A.F., age 23.
      Flight Sergeant John Harold Pownall; Service no. 1337555, age 22. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 23 Squadron. Son of Walter L. and Mary L. Pownall of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. Public - Michael - Other relative - 13 November 2017 - Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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About death

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  • Death
    2 March 1944 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Mediterranean AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Malta Memorial, Malta 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
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      The Weekly News 1944 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (1998-2008). Vol 12, p.197 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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