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Full Name: Richard Waller Brookman
Rank Last Held: Sergeant
Forename(s): Richard Waller
Surname: Brookman
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: NZ40186
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 24 November 1912
Place of Birth: Waitara, Taranaki, New Zealand
Occupation before Enlistment: Commercial Traveller
Enlistment Date: September 1939
Age on Enlistment: 27
Military District: New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Royal New Zealand Air Force
Embarkation Date: 6 June 1940
Place of Embarkation: Auckland, New Zealand
Vessel: Rangitata
Destination: United Kingdom
Other Units:
  • Attached RAF
  • 17 Operational Training Unit
  • 106 Squadron
  • Europe
  • Battle of Britain
Military Awards: 1939-45 Star (Battle of Britain clasp)
Last Unit Served: RoyalNew Zealand Air Force, 235 Squadron, RAF
Place of Death: Crashed into the sea off Denmark
Date of Death: 22 February 1941
Age at Death: 28
Year of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: Killed on air operations
Memorial Name: Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom
Memorial Reference: Panel 63
Biographical Notes:
  • Son of Harold and Margaret Brookman, of Epsom, Auckland
  • Coastal Command
  • Lost his life in the Battle of Britain
Description of Image: Portrait, Weekly News
Additional Information:
  • Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981).
  • The Battle of Britain: 10 July - 31 October 1940
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland, The Author.
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