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Malcolm William Randall

Biography for Malcolm William Randall. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Qu - Sl. Archives New Zealand (R17845615-0019). CC-BY 2.0.

Biography for Malcolm William Randall. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased P …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Malcolm William AWMM
  • Surname
    Randall AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ41493 AWMM
    • WWII 41493 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 May 1917 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Rae Randall (wife), 15 Kilmore Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. S. F. Randall of Christchurch. Widow: Mrs. R. M Randall of Christchurch AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs. R. M. Randall (W) Box 1177, Christchurch AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845615)
  • Enlistment
    WW2 19 January 1941 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Carpenter/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 4 inches AWMM
    • Chest expansion, Unknown Period AWMM
      34 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      black AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      hazel AWMM
    • Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Malcolm Randall was the son of Samuel and Annie Randall; husband of Rae M. Randall or Christchurch, New Zealand. Married on March 8 1941.

    Born in Christchurch on the 22nd May 1917, Malcolm Randall received his secondary education at Christchurch Technical College attaining Matriculation standard. The games he played were rugby and cricket. His civilian occupation was that of a carpenter in the employ of Paynter and Hamilton, Christchurch. In February, 1940 he applied for war service in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

    Flight Sergeant Randall was enlisted for aircrew training on the 19th January, 1941 at the Ground Training School, Levin, and was posted on the 4th March to No.3 Elementary Flying Training School, Harewood, to commence his flying training. This elementary training completed, he proceeded on the 15th April to No.2 Service Flying Training School, Woodbourne, for training on service type aircraft. While here on the 25th May he was awarded his Flying Badge and on the 5th July received his promotion to sergeant. His promotion to flight sergeant was promulgated when he was later serving in England on the 1st June, 1942. Meanwhile, on the 22nd July, 1941 he had embarked for the United Kingdom.

    On arriving in England on the 2nd September, 1941, Flight Sergeant Randall reported to No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, where he was attached until posted on the 17th September, to No.10 Operational Training Unit, Abingdon, Berkshire, to crew-up and completed his training on Whitley bomber aircraft. On the 13th November he was posted to No.58 Squadron, St. Eval, Cornwall, and commenced operational flying. During December 1941 he carried out two operational flights being attacks on Brest in France and Dusseldorf in Germany. On the 12th January, 1942 he was attached for a week to No.1501 Beam Approach Training Flight, Abingdon, for a short instrument flying course. At the completion of this course he returned to No.58 Squadron, and resumed operational flying. As pilot of a Whitley bomber he took part in a further twenty-one operational flights, bringing his total operations to twenty-three. These additional operations included attacks on St. Nazaire (2), Paris (3) and Arras in France; Mannheim in Germany; nine anti-submarine sweeps, three offensive patrols and a convoy patrol.

    On the 3rd August, 1942, Flight Sergeant Randall was pilot of a Whitley bomber taking part in a move of No.58 Squadron to Wick, Caithness, Scotland. When over Wick his aircraft stalled and spun in from 300 to 400 feet six occupants of the aircraft being killed. Flight Sergeant Randall was buried in the Wick Cemetery. One other occupant of the aircraft was also a New Zealander, Sergeant K. G. Dunn of Whangarei.

    Attended Christchurch Technical College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845615)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    3 August 1942 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Wick Cemetery, Caithnesshire, Scotland AWMM Section O, Grave 420. AWMM
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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
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Qu - Sl. Archives New Zealand (R17845615) - Former archives reference: AIR118 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
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [(New Zealanders Attached to R.A.F. [Royal Air Force]) (Officers), (Europe) - Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845744) AWMM

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