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Sol Glazer

Biography for Sol Glazer. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ea - Gw. ARchives New Zealand (R07845610-0513). CC-BY 2.0.

Biography for Sol Glazer. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Sol AWMM
  • Surname
    Glazer AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ40621 AWMM
    • WWII 40621 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion
    Jewish AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 May 1911 RNZAF Biographies (R17845610) RNZAF Biographies (R17845610)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr. & Mrs. S. Glazer of Wellington, Flat 11, Sunhaven Flats, Oriental Bay, Wellington AWMM
  • Relationship status


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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Air Observer/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845610)
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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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    • Son of Samuel Glazer and of Polly Glazer (nee Nissenbaum), of Wellington

      Attended Wellington College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845610)) AWMM
    • Flight Sergeant Sol Glazer, RNZAF, was the Observer in the crew of Sgt Alexander Graeme Elder, RAF.
      On 13th March 1941 - at 20.00 hours - Wellington B.Ic, N2746/BU-M, of RAF 214 Squadron took-off from RAF Base Stradishall for a bombing mission to Hamburg, Germany.
      At some time in the flight, the Wellington was attacked by a German night fighter. N2746 crashed shortly after 23.00 hours just to the east of the Hoofdweg, the main road from Vlagtwedde to Ter Apel, near Jispinghuizen.
      All but Sgt Douglas Wilmott Waters, the front turret gunner, perished in the crash. The rest of the crew were buried in the Esserveld General Cemetery.

      The air crew were :
      Sgt Alexander Graeme Elder, RAF
      Sgt Victor Lawrence Bagley, RAF
      Sgt George Cedric Daniel, RAF
      Sgt Sol Glazer, RNZAF
      Sgt John La Bassee Tomkinson, RAF

      It is thought, that when on their the way to the target, and, flying over the Province of Groningen, they were intercepted around 23.00 hours by a German night fighter, piloted by Oberfeldwebel Paul Gildner. Gildner had been successful only twenty minutes prior when he shot down Blenheim IV, T2278 of 110 squadron (with crew F/L John Dickinson, DFC, Sgt Charles William Fry and Sgt Robert Mower). This Blenheim crashed west of the City of Groningen, near the Auvemalaan, Tolbert.

      According to 'Luftwaffe Night Fighter Combat Claims 1939 - 1945' (p.17), both Leutnant Reinhold Knacke (of 2./NJG 1) and Gildner (of 4./NJG 1) claimed a Wellington around this time: Knacke at 22.50 hrs and Gildner at 23.10 hrs. (BCL, Vol.III, 1941, p.31) Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 17 February 2020 - Reference : New Zealand War Graves in the Netherlands : RNZAF Graves in Groningen. (Internet source).
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  • Death
    13 March 1941 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    The Netherlands (Holland)Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Groningen (Esserveld) General cemetery, Groningen, the Netherlands AWMM Plot RP. Row Class 2. Coll. grave 26 AWMM
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    Roll of Honour, Wellington Jewish Community Centre, 80 Webb Street, Wellington 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. 112, vol. 3 p. 209 AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ea - Gw. Archives New Zealand (R17845610) - 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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