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Alfred Ernest Dryden

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alfred Ernest AWMM
  • Surname
    Dryden AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ413549 AWMM
    • WWII 413549 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 October 1919 RNZAF Biographies (R17845609) InglewoodTaranaki RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. E. Dryden, 293 Courtney Street, New Plymouth AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. E. Dryden of New Plymouth AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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 on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Alfred Dryden was the son of Joseph and Ellen Dryden, of New Plymouth, New Zealand.

      Attended New Plymouth Boy's High school (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)) AWMM
    • Alfred Dryden was born in Inglewood on 17 October 1919. After a couple of years at NPBHS he left to work as a farmhand and then the Pihama Dairy factory before he joined the RNZAF in 1941. He was sent to the United Kingdom in December 1941 where he received training to become a flying instructor in Perth, Scotland. He was then employed as a flying instructor at Wolverhampton, Carlisle and several other training schools in the UK. In February 1944 he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and began his own training on Spitfire aircraft before being sent to join No 249 Squadron in Italy. On 22 September 1944, aged 24, while flying a Mustang on a strafing sweep he failed to return to base. His body was never recovered. His name is commemorated on the Malta Memorial, Malta. Public - Louise - Researcher - 5 July 2019 - West, J. (1995). Lest We Forget. New Plymouth: New Plymouth boy's High School Centennial Trust.
      Puke Ariki. Retrieved from https://collection.pukeariki.com/objects/92690
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    22 September 1944 AWMM
    Age 25 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

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Malta Memorial, Malta AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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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
    • 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. [Missing believed killed - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845746) 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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