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Victor Gordon Roberts

Portrait, Flight Lieutenant Roberts, the photograph was also used used on his funeral service card at the Lambert Fountain Memorial Chapel in Papakura. - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Flight Lieutenant Roberts, the photograph was also used used on his funeral service card a …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Victor Gordon AWMM
  • Surname
    Roberts AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Kiwi AWMM
    • Robbie AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ415365 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 November 1920 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 18 October 1941 AWMM 7 Croydon Road, New Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr and Mrs F F Roberts (Parents) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 12 January 1942 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 inches AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Tonsils removed in Auckland Hospital 1941. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      He was taken off the STIRLING CASTLE while sailing for New Zealand and hospitalised in the United Kingdom with an unknown virus. AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died Aneurism AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Flight Lieutenant Roberts was involved in dropping supplies to the Dutch from VE Day, May 1945 and also flying ex Prisoners of War back to Great Britain.

      He married Joyce Pilkington of Auckland in 1948 in the United Kingdom, where the first two of their children were born; Christine in 1949 and Brian in 1952. Gary was born in New Zealand in 1956. AWMM
    • He was offered a commission in the RAF after the war and returned to the UK. He spent 2 years in Iraq. On his return to New Zealand in 1955, he joined the Department of Cival Aviation and was seconded to the RNZAF and then posted to Laucala Bay, Suva. After a 4 year posting, the family returned to NZ and Vic returned as Superintendent of Ardmore Aerodrome. This aerodrome had been closed for many years and he was charged with reopening it and working as Air Trafic controller in charge. The airport was controlled by a chequers van for some time until a control tower was built and Vic drove the van to many country air strips that were having "Air" Days. He was also controller in charge at the opening of Mangere Airport, later called Auckland Airport. He was offered the position of Superintendent at Auckland Airport but because of ill health, he declined and retired shortly after that. Public - Christine - Child - 6 October 2016 - I am his daughter.
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About death

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  • Death
    1 February 1997 AWMM
    Age 76 AWMM
    TakaniniAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery & Crematorium (Papatoetoe Cemetery), 357 Puhinui Road, Puhinui, Manukau City AWMM RSA 1328 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald 2 and 3 February 1997 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    New Lynn RSA, 2 Veronica Street, New Lynn 0600 AWMM

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  • I had the great privilege, as a young navigator on his first tour in the RAF, of flying with Vic Roberts at RAF Sharjah in the Gulf in 1954. His calm manner both in the air and on the ground inspired great confidence in his crew which I remember so vividly now - over sixty plus years later. I also met his young family in Iraq a year later
    Public - Tony - Comrade - 3 June 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      New Zealand Herald 2 and 3 February 1997 AWMM
    • Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery & Crematorium (Papatoetoe Cemetery), 357 Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
      Cemetery register no. W 8374 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
    • Information kindly provided by family 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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01 June 2023TonyAucklandResearcher
06 October 2016ChristineRD5 TuakauChild
03 June 2015TonyFarnham UKComrade

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