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Robert Harold Strang

Biography for Robert Harold Strang. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Sm- Ty. Archives New Zealand (R17845616-0292). CC-BY 2.0.

Biography for Robert Harold Strang. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Pers …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Harold AWMM
  • Surname
    Strang AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    79515 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 May 1918 RNZAF Biographies (R17845616) InvercargillSouthland RNZAF Biographies (R17845616)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr Robert Matthew Strang (father), 23 lewis Street, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Wife: Mrs M. Strang of Perth Scotland AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr & Mrs R. M. Strang of Invercargill AWMM
  • Relationship status


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 RNZAF Biographies (R17845616)
  • 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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Robert Matthew and Jeannie Strang, of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand; husband of Marguerite Strang, of Muswell Hill, Middlesex

      Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.

      Attended Southland Boys' High Sschool (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845616)) AWMM
    • Born on the 16th May 1918 at Invergarville. Worked as a commercial traveller for David Strang Ltd. (coffee and spice manufacturers). Awarded his 'A' flying licence with the Southland Aero Club on the 20th March 1939. Selected for RAF on a short service commission on the 28th October 1939. Awarded his pilots badge on the 22nd January 1940. Attached to the RAF and embarked for England on the 23rd March 1940. After various Operational Training Units before joining 65 Squadron on the 04th September 1940. Whilst with 65 he carried out some 36 operational sorties. Joined 485 squadron on the 01st June 1940. Son of Robert Matthew and Jeannie Strang (née Campbell), of 23 lewis Street, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand and husband of Marguerite Strang, of Muswell Hill, Middlesex. A total of 499 flying hours logged and on his 105th operational sortie. He had flown on operations dated 25/26th October 1940 thus qualifying for the Battle of Britain clasp but this was not claimed/awarded. Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 5 April 2021 - and the research by Errol Martyn
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About death

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  • Death
    25 January 1942 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM

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05 April 2021KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
29 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
27 April 2020DavidChristchurch 8025Researcher

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