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Full Name
Eric Eugene Croker
Rank Last Held
Sergeant (Pilot)
Forename(s)
Eric Eugene
Surname
Croker
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
NZ391826
Gender
Male
Date of Birth
1 January 1917
Place of Birth
Auckland, New Zealand
First Known Rank
Sergeant
Occupation before Enlistment
Electrical Apprentice
Next of Kin
Mrs E.M. Croker (mother), 18 Te Ra Road, Point Chevalier, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Date
18 December 1939
Age on Enlistment
22
Military District
New Zealand
Body on Embarkation
Royal New Zealand Air Force
Embarkation Date
12 July 1940
Vessel
Rangitane
Destination
United Kingdom
Other Units
  • Attached RAF
  • 111 Squadron
  • 260 Squadron
Military Training
6 Operational Training Unit
Campaigns
  • Europe
  • Battle of Britain
Military Awards
1939-45 Star (Battle of Britain clasp)
Wounds and Diseases
Severe head Injuries were sustained in crash, admitted to Catterick Military Hospital where he later died.
Last Unit Served
Royal New Zealand Air Force, 41 Squadron, RAF
Place of Death
Catterick Military Hospital, Yorkshire, England
Date of Death
1 June 1941
Age at Death
24
Year of Death
1941
Cause of Death
Died of wounds received in an aircraft accident
Cemetery Name
Catterick Cemetery, Yorkshire, England
Grave Reference
C. of E. Sec. Row M. Grave 18.
Biographical Notes
  • Eric Croker was the son of Eric Arthur Croker, and of Ethel Maude Croker, of Point Chevalier, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Suffered mortal injuries after a training plane crash
Additional Information
  • Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981).
  • The Battle of Britain: 10 July - 31 October 1940
  • Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.
Further References
Sources Used
Previous Military Experience
Civil Reserve of Pilots

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