Serial Number: NZ416680
RAF Trade: Wireless Operator-Air Gunner
Date of Enlistment: 30th of November 1941
Rank Achieved: ??
Flying Hours: ?? hours
Operational Sorties: ?? Ops
Date of Birth: 11th of December 1919
Service Details: Frederick Birdling enlisted at RNZAF Station Levin on the 30th of November 1941 as an Air Gunner under training.
He embarked on the Dominion Monarch on the 8th of January 1942, travelling to Canada to undergo his Wireless Operator-Air Gunner training. His first posting was to No. 3 Wireless School, at Winnepeg, as a member of Course 37. He graduated from that wireless course on the 1st of June 1942, and then proceeded to No. 8 Bombing and Gunnery School at Lethbridge.
His next posting after the bombing and gunnery course was to No. 34 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Pennfield Ridge. This was situated in Charlotte County, New Brunswick. It seems this unit was flying Lockheed Ventura reconnaissance bombers.
Died: 23rd of September 1995, aged 75
Connection with Cambridge: This is not firmly established yet, can you assist?
Notes: Thanks to Errol Martyn who has supplied some information on this page