75 Sqn (NZ) RAF WW2

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by Algee, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Algee

    Algee Very Insignificant Member

    HI all.
    I'm trying to do a little research for a friend of mine from New Zealand.
    His uncle, Ernest Abraham, was a navigator in 75 Sqn during WW2, he survived the war and died a few years ago in his nineties.

    My mate thinks his uncle Ernie was awarded some kind of award for bravery but is unsure what.

    I don't have service dates, a rank or service number for him so any leads on archives would be a bonus.

    Any information on how to track down his war record, any awards, M.I.D. etc would be gratefully received.

    I've got hold of the squadron info from that period and found a couple of websites from RAF Feltwell but am after some more personal info

    I know the odds are stacked with so little to go on
    Thanks in advance
    Al:poppy:
     
  2. azza

    azza Member

    Hi Algee
    Your mate can get in touch with the "Auckland War Memorial Museum" on
    Domain Drive
    Parnell
    Auckland NZ.
    They have all the files and information on everyone that served in WW2 for NZ
    Im not sure how much info they will give you if you are not a family member.
    If your mate lives close to Auckland tell him to get along to the museum and check it out, its a fantastic time and a real great slice of history.
    I hope this was a help for you
    Azza
     
  3. 629_SQN

    629_SQN DFC

    75 (New Zealand) Squadron flew Mk.I, IA & IC Wellingtons from RAF Feltwell (April 1940-August 1942). Hope it narrows the timeframe!
     
  4. Algee

    Algee Very Insignificant Member

    Hi again,
    Thanks for the leads and a great link I found posted by Owen http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/research-material/11436-new-london-gazette-website.html
    I ran his name through the London Gazette dated 13 Nov 1945 and got a service number and rank and found he was awarded the DFC

    "Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Acting Flight Lieutenant.
    Ernest Joseph ABRAHAM (N.Z.428061) 75 (N.Z) Sqn"

    Would anyone be able to point me in the right direction to find the citation for the DFC? (If one exists that is, I know it wasn't always the case)

    Thanks all
    Al
     
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  6. Oggie2620

    Oggie2620 Senior Member

    Algee
    There is a 75 (NZ) Sqn Assn (based in NZ) and a Friends of 75 (NZ) Sqn Assn (based in UK) that you can join. If you want more details please pm me and I will give you the emails for both secretaries. There is a guy called Errol Martyn on rafcommands and cfww2 who is so knowledgeable about NZ WW2 stuff you cant go wrong by contacting him as well.
    If you are going to be in the UK please contact me because I live in East Anglia where they were mostly based and have now been to every airfield site they were at...
    Dee
     
  7. Algee

    Algee Very Insignificant Member

    Algee
    There is a 75 (NZ) Sqn Assn (based in NZ) and a Friends of 75 (NZ) Sqn Assn (based in UK) that you can join. If you want more details please pm me and I will give you the emails for both secretaries. There is a guy called Errol Martyn on rafcommands and cfww2 who is so knowledgeable about NZ WW2 stuff you cant go wrong by contacting him as well.
    If you are going to be in the UK please contact me because I live in East Anglia where they were mostly based and have now been to every airfield site they were at...
    Dee

    Hi Dee,

    I've put my mate onto all the contacts mentioned here, he lives in Taupo so it's driving distance to the Auckland Museum - I may even call in when I'm there next year for the Rugby world cup, it sounds like my kind of place! :)

    I haven't been able to track down a citation for the DFC yet though

    Thanks everyone for all the assistance
     
  8. Oggie2620

    Oggie2620 Senior Member

  9. 75 NZ Sqn were also based in Newmarket. I have a facebook group on RAF Newmarket
     

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