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Ronald Burns Bannerman

Ronald Burns Bannerman WW1 in flying kit standing in front of propellor - No known copyright restrictions

Ronald Burns Bannerman WW1 in flying kit standing in front of propellor - No known copyright restric …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ronald Burns AWMM
  • Surname
    Bannerman AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ1160 AWMM
    • WWI 13754 AWMM
    • WWII 1160 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 September 1890 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM 35 Neidpath Road, Mornington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs Mona Bannerman (wife), 29A Grass Street, Oriental Bay, Wellington. AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Cross and bar (DFC*) AWMM
      Distinguished Flying Cross citation, Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 November 1918: "During recent operations this officer has done gallant service. While on an offensive patrol with two other machines he was attacked by several Fokker biplanes, and, in the engagement, he shot down one. In addition, he has destroyed four other enemy machines." Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross citation, Supplement to the London Gazette, 3 December 1918: "A bold and resolute leader, whose ability inspires confidence in those who serve with him. During the operations in September he accounted for six enemy machines, displayed marked courage and judgement." AWMM
    • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration (ED) AWMM

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Prisoner of war

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  • Ronald Bannerman was the son of Agnes Gibson Bannerman and William Bannerman.

    Educated at Otago Boy's High School, and studied Law at the University of Otago. Enrolled at the New Zealand Flying School in March 1916.

    Took his Flying Certificate at the New Zealand Flying School, Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand on a Curtiss Flying Boat, 16 December 1916.

    Bannerman flew more than 180 missions during World War One. "Described by his seniors as a 'very daring and skillful leader' he was credited with 17 'kills' during the war, making him the squadron's second best pilot." (Sunday Star Times, June 8, 2003)

    During World War Two Bannerman returned to serve the RNZAF in an administrative role. He finished with the rank of Air Commodore.

    [ The aerodrome website] provides the following commentary about Bannerman: "A Sopwith Dolphin pilot, Bannerman joined the Royal Flying Corps on 29 March 1917. A barrister and solicitor in Gore, Southland, he served as an Air Member for Personnel in the Royal New Zealand Air Force from 1942 to 1945, attained the rank of Air Commodore and became a CBE. " AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 August 1978 AWMM
    Age 87 AWMM
    GoreSouthland AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Studholme, J. (1928). New Zealand Expeditionary Force record of personal services during the war of officers, nurses, and first-class warrant officers, and other facts relating to the N.Z.E.F. : unofficial but based on official records. Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Sunday Star Times AWMM
      Sunday Star Times, June 8, 2003 AWMM
    • Shores, C. (1991). Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces, 1915-1920. London, England: Grub Street. AWMM
      p. 62 AWMM
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p.71 AWMM

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