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Edward George Olson

Portrait of Group Captain Edward George Olson, Auckland Weekly News, 5 May 1943.  Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19430505-19-1. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Group Captain Edward George Olson, Auckland Weekly News, 5 May 1943. Auckland Libraries …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edward George AWMM
  • Surname
    Olson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ted Olson AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ1008 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 February 1906 AWMM New PlymouthTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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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
    Inter War 1935 AWMM Soldier/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
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  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Edward Olson was the son of Percy George Olson, and of Ellen Olson (nee Sullivan), of New Plymouth, Taranaki; husband of Myrtle Mabel Olson, of Fitzroy, Taranaki, New Zealand.

    Educated at New Plymouth Boys' High School.

    Joined the Royal Air Force in 1925 and served in Egypt and India, 1926-29.

    He returned to New Zealand in 1929.

    In 1941 he went to Great Britain as NZ Liaison Officer to the Air Ministry.

    Commanding Officer (CO) of 75 (NZ) Squadron, 1942.

    He was recalled to New Zealand to serve as Officer Commanding (OC), Central Group.

    Promoted to Air Commodore.

    Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of RNZAF HQ, London, UK, 1944-45.

    His health had been causing concern for some time, and ultimately he was given no option but to have an extended period of rest and treatment in New Zealand. His death occurred only a few weeks after his return to New Plymouth. AWMM
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  • Death
    15 May 1945 AWMM
    Age 39 AWMM
    New PlymouthTaranaki AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth, New Zealand AWMM As. 1. AWMM
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21 December 2019LouiseNew Plymouth, New ZealandResearcher
27 April 2015CatherineAuckland, New ZealandResearcher
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