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Ian Allan Charles Grant

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ian Allan Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Grant AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Alan AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ391351 AWMM
    • A391351 AWMM
    • WWII 391351 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 November 1915 AWMM WoodvilleManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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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

Biographical information

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  • Ian Grant was the son of William Edward and Gertrude Isabella Grant (nee Rowntree), of Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand. Brother of Veronique.

    Student of Mount Albert Grammar School

    Three brothers died in service: William Edward Grant, died of illness on the 2 February 1932 while serving with the Royal Air Force; Ian Allan Charles Grant (NZ391351) was killed on 13 February 1943 and Reginald Joseph Cowan Grant (NZ421969) was killed on the 28 February 1944.

    He was flying under the command of his brother, Squadron Leader R.J. Grant (NZ421969), in the Tangmere sector of No 20 Fighter Group. In their first patrols from Tangmere the New Zealanders saw little action, but early in February there was a lively engagement with German fighters over Abbeville. Shortly after crossing the French coast the Spitfires were directed by their ground control towards a formation of some fifteen FW190's which they soon sighted and attacked. But while they were engaged with this force a further twenty Focke-Wulfs suddenly swept down out of the sun, and in the hard fighting that followed three New Zealand Spitfires were shot down. In the midst of the battle Squadron Leader grant, who was leading No. 485 that day, had the distressing experience of seeing his younger brother (Flying Officer I.A.C Grant (NZ391351) shot down before he could intervene to save him. He did, however, succeed in destroying the German fighter which made the attack.

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). His medals, photographs and other papers are held in the Mackrell Collection, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Reg and Ian Grant Memorial Cup. The trophy was presented to the Mount Albert Grammar School in 1945 by their father and sister. Inscribed for the Open Sprints Champion, it has been awarded every year since. Both Reg and Ian were noted athletes in their time at the school. The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    13 February 1943 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    HardelotFrance AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Memorial cup, Reg and Ian Grant Memorial Cup. Mount Albert Grammar School, Auckland. 1945- Awarded annually to the school Open Sprints Champion AWMM
    • King's Cliffe Airfield Memorial, King's Cliffe, Northhamptonshire, England AWMM
    • Mount Albert Grammar School, Alberton Ave, Mount Albert Auckland 1025 AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Vol 1, p. 63; Vol 3, p. 215 AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      p. 173-174 AWMM
    • Thompson, H. (1956). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vols. 1-3). Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vol. 2, p. 185). AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2012). New Zealanders serving with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, 10 July – 31 October 1940. [A list compiled by Ministry for Culture and Heritage with Errol Martyn]. AWMM


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