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Sydney Nelson Cross

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Sydney Nelson AWMM
  • Surname
    Cross AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ414258 AWMM
    • WWII 414258 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 February 1919 RNZAF Biographies (R17845609) BalcluthaOtago RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. J. J. Cross of Balolutha 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 Officer RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)
  • 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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    • Sydney Cross was the son of Joseph John and Harriet Annie Cross of Tuapeka Mouth, Otago

      Attended Tuapeka High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)) AWMM
    • Stirling III BF463 crashed in Store Bælt off Halskov on 21/4 1943.

      The aircraft belonged to RAF 90 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded WP-Q.
      T/O 21:53 Ridgewell OP: Rostock.

      Between 01:21 and 02:41 Stirling BF463 was hit by flak and crashed into Store Bælt off Halskov killing the crew of seven.

      The body of W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Thomas E. Hall was found on the beach by Sønderstrand on Sjællands Odde on April 27 at 16:15 hours. It was claimed by Oberleutnant Detcher of the German Wehrmacht and buried in København Bispebjerg cemetery on May 1.

      Navigator / Bomber Sgt Norman Shield was found in Store Bælt on May 24 and laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on May 26.

      Air Gnr. Sgt John D. Lindrea was found in Store Bælt on May 26 and laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on May 31.

      A fisherman brought the dead body of Pilot P/O Sydney N. Cross RNZAF to Reersø harbour on May 27. The body was placed in the chapel at the church of Reersø. Cross was laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on May 31 1943.

      The body of Navigator /Bomber Sgt Lancelot Tagg is reported to have been found by Uggerløse on May 27 and laid to rest in København Bispebjerg cemetery on June 2. (The mentioning of Uggerløse is probably a mistake since it is located more than 30 kilometres to the east of Store Bælt).

      Flt. Engr. Sgt Cyril L. Cruttenden was found in Store Bælt on May 28 and laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on May 31, while Air Gnr. Edwin M. Offen was found by Lejeodde by Skelskør on June 9 and laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 12/6-1943 Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 5 September 2019 - Reference and credit :
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About death

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  • Death
    21 April 1943 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    DenmarkEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Svino Churchyard, Svino, Southern Zealand, Denmark AWMM Grave 31 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
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  • Gone but never forgotten and always loved
    Public - Rachael Leigh Cross - Other Relative - 25 April 2015



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  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. 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
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Co - Dy. Archives New Zealand (R17845609) - 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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04 October 2022AntonioHastings DistrictResearcher
09 September 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher
25 April 2015Rachael Leigh CrossChristchurchOther Relative

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