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Charles Dudley Dobson

Group. Pilots course 12A, No. 1 Service Flying Training School, RNZAF Station Wigram. L-R: Back; WV Eunson, J Badcock, TL Bowker, WA Fergie, CD Dobson, HW Millard, FS Penman, VE Meaclam, GA Hutt, CJ Fraser. Middle; JW Chapman, JA Froggatt, OR Cooper, DL Clow, AG Craig, VP Cummock, SH Manning, WR King, HJ Lorimer, BD Stringer, W Kennedy, FS Johnstone, AJ MacGregor. Front; WJ Barnes, JS Bergin, EW Cox, FW Davidson, AL Ellis, JN Williams, SG Horner, WJ Greenhalgh, WJN McIntosh. Image kindly provided by Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum, MUS970513. Image subject to Crown Copyright, 1941

Group. Pilots course 12A, No. 1 Service Flying Training School, RNZAF Station Wigram. L-R: Back; WV …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles Dudley AWMM
  • Surname
    Dobson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ41980 AWMM
    • WWII 41980 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 December 1917 AWMM FijiMelanesia AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Father: Mr. C. D Dobson, Hitchen Hills, Hurunui, Hawarden r. d. Christchurch AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. C. D Dobson of Hurunui AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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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

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    • Son of Charles Dudley Dobson and of Jean Dobson (nee Earsham) of Christchurch.

      Attended Christs' College, Christchurch (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)) AWMM
    • Charles mother was Jean Dobson (nee Earshman) Public - Roderick Dudley Gwynne - Direct descendant - 26 September 2015 - Family member - uncle


About death

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  • Death
    29 August 1942 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Durnbach War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany AWMM Coll. grave 2 D. 20-22 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    A pew inscribed with his name and date of death. Cathedral Grammar school, Christchurch, New Zealand. Public - Sarndra - 28 June 2020 - Press, 6 August 1943; Paperspast portal; National Library of New Zealand;

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. 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
    • 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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28 June 2020SarndraAuckland, New ZealandOther
26 September 2015Roderick Dudley GwynneMasterton New ZealandDirect descendant

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