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Desmond Ray Ross

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Desmond Ray AWMM
  • Surname
    Ross AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ411451 AWMM
    • WWII 411451 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 October 1919 Data entry form Data entry form
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 14 Walton Street, Remuera, Auckland AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Magnus Montgomery (father), Sulphur Point, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ411451 AWMM
    • WWII 411451 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and 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
    • Weight, WWII AWMM
      166 pounds AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWII AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, WWII AWMM
      Brown AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Magnus Montgomery Ross and of Margaret Ross (nee Clarkson), of Sulphur Point.

    He was educated at Newton East School, Ponsonby School and Auckland Grammar School. Played rugby for the school and later Mt Eden Club. A member of the College Rifles Rugby Football Club

    Employed by John Burns & Co. Ltd. as a warehouseman.

    He trained at No. 4 Elementary Flying Training School, Whenuapai, however he was remustered to Air Gunner and later to Air Observer.
    He sailed for Canada on 22 September 1941. On 11 October he commenced training at No.6 Air Observers School, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan where he gained his Air Observers badge and promotion to Sergeant on 28th Feb, 1942. He later trained in Manitoba, crossed to the UK in April 1942 and was posted to Cumberland, Bassingbourn, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
    In April 1943 he was posted to the famous No. 75 (NZ) Squadron, then at New Market Suffolk. He was a member of the crew of a Stirling Bomber which carried out several operations over Stuttgart, Ludwigshafen, Rostock and Duisberg in Germany. He also took part in mine-laying operations.

    On 28th April 1943, Sgt Ross was a navigator of a Stirling Aircraft which never returned. All of the crew were presumed to have lost their lives. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 April 1943 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Europe 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



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  • Memorial name
    • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, College Rifles, Rugby Union Football & Sports Club, 33 Haast Street, Remuera, Auckland AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • We think of you still and regret that you had such a short life. From your five cousins still living and extended family in the next generations.
    Public - Barbara Christine - Other relative - 15 November 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Kirk, Stan. Letters from members of the College Rifles Rugby Football Club 1939-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 1418 AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM


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31 October 2022AntonioHastings DistrictResearcher
22 August 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
06 June 2018BarbaraAucklandOther relative
15 November 2015Barbara ChristineAuckland New ZealandOther relative

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