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William Max Krebs

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  J_021. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel J_021. Image taken June 2020.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Max AWMM
  • Surname
    Krebs AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ402194 AWMM
    • WWII 402194 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 June 1917 RNZAF Biographies (R17845612) GisborneNew Zealand RNZAF Biographies (R17845612)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr W.E. Krebs (father), Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. R. P. Krebs. Derby Street, Gisborne AWMM
    • WW2 Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Krebs of Gisborne 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
  • 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 on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Attended Marist Brothers School & Gisborne High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845612)) AWMM
    • William was the son of William Ernest and Ruby Krebbs of Gisborne New Zealand. Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 4 August 2020 - research


About death

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  • Death
    26 March 1942 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Advice has been received by Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Krebs that their son, Flight-Sergeant Max Krebs, has been reported missing after flying operations. Flight-Sergeant Krebs was in a fighter squadron in England, where he had been for the past 13 months. He was, in hospital for a short time, following an accident while flying, but he had been flying again for the past few months. Before leaving Gisborne Flight-Sergeant Krebs was prominent in hockey circles, and was secretary of the Poverty Bay Hockey Association. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 18 July 2023 - GISBORNE FLIER MISSING
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Gisborne First World War Memorial, The Esplanade, Kaiti, Gisborne AWMM

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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) - Ib - Ly. Archives New Zealand (R17845612) - 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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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
18 July 2023Lorraine Mona Gisborne Researcher
04 August 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
24 August 2017JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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